South India: Tamil Nadu & Kerala

“Colourful, exotic, mystical South India, rich in history and culture, from temples, beaches to sensational food; there is all to fill your holidays. Explore the lush landscapes, the exotic bazaars and the spice plantations. Discover the backwaters, queer fishing villages and share the friendly local people smiles. Amaze yourself before the ruins and temples, be delighted with the spicy curries and treat yourself with the traditional indian drink, the lassi…” Saurabh

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CHENNAI AIPORT

Madras, Chennai … Chennai, Madras? What is the real name? Both Captain! Chennai was formerly called Madras and was renamed in 1996 to remove the traces of British colonialism.

CHENNAI

Welcome my friends!

MAHABALIPURAM


Mahabalipuram is also called Mamallapuram. This small village in Tamil Nadu owes its prosperity mainly to tourism.

PONDICHERRY
At 18 Diagou Mudaliar Street of Pondicherry lies a great center of Ayurvedic massages. You can relax yourself for 500 Indian rupees only. Tested and approved!

CHIDAMBARAM

Namaste my friends!

TANJORE

Contrary to popular belief, shaking his head from side to side in India does not mean “no”. It means “yes.”

CHETTINAD – MADURAI

Hello you!

MUNNAR – PERIYAR

General knowledge questions (to impress your friends) :

Is Periyar Lake natural? | Answer: no, it is a completely artificial lake created in 1895

How many square kilometers does the Periyar Nature Reserve? | Answer: 26km²

PERIYAR – KOTTAYAM

This region of India is full of spices and tea fields. On the road enjoy the scenery!

KUMARAKOM

Do you enjoy your trip?

KOCHI

Not to be missed in Kochi: Chinese fishing nets. This is a pendulum system invented by … the Chinese obviously! Definitely, we would wonder if almost Kochi is truly an Indian city …

DAY 1

Trip India : Flight

ARRIVAL AT CHENNAI AIRPORT

 

  • Arrival at the airport at the end of the day
  • Meet with your local agency at the airport
  • Transfer to your hotel

Overnight at Park Chennai Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2

Trip India : Kochi Kerala

CHENNAI

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • City tour of Chennai
  • Visit or Marina beach
  • Saint George Fort : currently for the state governments secretariat
  • Santhome Cathedral
  • National Museum
  • Kalakshetra School of Dances

Overnight at Park Chennai Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3

Travel in India : Munnar Tea Plantations

KANCHIPURAM – MAHABALIPURAM

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Chennai
  • Road to Kanchipuram by car
  • Visit the main temples of Kanchipuram : Ekambeshwara, Varadaraja and Kailashanatha
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Road to Mahabalipuram by car
  • Arrive in the evening in Mahabalipuram

Overnight at MGM Beach Resort (or similar)

DAY 4

Travel India : Periyar Lake Kerala

MAHABALIPURAM – PONDICHERRY

 

  • Early morning : visit of the temples of Pancha Rathas
  • Visit the Pandavas : Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva
  • Road to Pondicherry by car
  • Lunch in Pondicherry
  • City tour of Pondicherry

Overnight at Hotel Anamalai (or similar)

DAY 5

India Travel : Backwaters Kerala

CHIDAMBARAM

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Pondicherry
  • Road by car to Chidambaram
  • Visit of the temple of Natraja
  • Lunch on the way
  • Road by car to Tanjore
  • Arrive in Tanjore late in the afternoon

Overnight at Lakshmi Hotel (or similar)

DAY 6

Travel India : Kerala Backwaters

TANJORE – TIRUCHIRAPALLI

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning : visit of the Brihadisvara temple
  • Visit of the Royal Museum
  • After lunch : road by car to Tiruchirapalli
  • Arrive to Tiruchirapalli early in the evening
  • On arrival : visit the island of Srinangam

Overnight at Royal Santham Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7

Trip India : Kovalam Beach Kerala

CHETTINAD – MADURAI

 

  • Early morning : breakfast at the hotel
  • Road by car to Chettinad : visit of the town
  • Road by car to Madurai
  • Arrive to Madurai for the lunch
  • Afternoon : visit of the Tirumala Nayak palace
  • Meenakshi temple
  • Evening : experience the spiritual atmosphere during the prayer ceremonies

Overnight at Germanus Days Inn. Hotel (or similar)

DAY 8

Trip India : Tea Plantations Munnar

MUNNAR – PERIYAR

 

  • Early morning : breakfast at the hotel in Madurai
  • Possibility of visiting the flower market of Madurai (6:00 to 8:00 a.m.)
  • Leave for Munnar in the morning
  • Visit of the tea plantations of Munnar
  • Lunch in Munnar
  • Road by car to Periyar
  • Arriving in the afternoon
  • Rest of the day at leisure : you may visit spice market of Thekkady

Overnight at Hotel Silver Crest (or similar)

DAY 9

Travel India : Periyar Lake Kerala

PERIYAR – KOTTAYAM

 

  • Early in the morning : boat ride on Periyar Lake
  • Return to your hotel for breakfast
  • Morning : road by car to Kottayam
  • On the way : visit of the garden of tea and spices
  • Lunch in Kottayam
  • Afternoon : road to Kumarakom

Overnight at Lakesong Kumarakom Hotel (or similar)

DAY 10

Travel India : Kerala Backwaters

KUMARAKOM

 

  • Early in the morning : cruise on the backwaters of Kerala in the Kettuvallam (houseboat)
  • Lunch served on board
  • The cruise will take you to Alleppey
  • Arrive to Alleppey in the evening
  • Then road by car to Kochi
  • Arrive to Kochi at dinnertime

Overnight at The Grand Hotel (or similar)

DAY 11

Trip India : Flight Return

KOCHI

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning : sightseeing tour of Kochi by boat
  • Afternoon : free time
  • Tour suggestions : bazaars of Kochi, Kochi Fort, the Jewish Synagogue
  • After dinner : transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination
The price includes
  • Airport transfers on arrival/departure and 24/7 assistance
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers, for the tour itself and the visit of sites with an English-speaking driver guide. This is a private tour so you will be on your own (as a couple, a family or a group of friends, etc.) and your driver guide will escort you for the duration of your stay
  • Hotel accommodation as stated in the itinerary (half board basis, except the last day)
  • Entrance fees for the sites mentioned in the tour notes
The price doesn't include
  • International flights
  • Excursions and visits not mentioned in the tour notes
  • Personal spending money  and incidental expenditure
  • Insurance

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