10 Days - South India Tour

Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Cochin

Overview

South India is a splendid mix of religious towns, spice plantations, coastal beauties, ancient ruins, forts, and an unparalleled diverse cultural treasure.

Travelogy India is providing customized 9 Nights 10 Days South India Tour Itinerary covering the exquisite beauties of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, starting from the wildlife beauties to the iconic cultural monuments.

Highlights

  • Basilica of San Thome, Lighthouse and Marina Beach - Chennai
  • Krishna Mandapam, Shore Temple, Sakkiswarar Temple at Mahabalipuram
  • Kailasanathar Temple and Ekambaranathar at Kanchipuram
  • Chola Temple and Brihadeeswarar Temple at Tanjore
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Palace at Madurai
  • Cruising on the lake of Periyar and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Experience rice boat in Alleppey
  • Kathakali Dance show in Cochin

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Chennai

Once you reach the Chennai Airport or railway station, warm welcomed by your tour representative. He will assist you and transfer you to a pre-booked hotel for check-in. After checking in, he will give you a brief about the tour itinerary and other related documents.

After a brief rest and refreshment at the hotel, you will be taken on a city sightseeing tour in Chennai covering attractions like the lighthouse, British-built Old Government House, Basilica of San Thome, Marina Beach, and others. You will be taken back to the hotel in Chennai for an overnight stay.

Day 2 : Chennai – Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (By Surface 144 km - 04 hr)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a road trip to Kanchipuram. At Kanchipuram, you will be exploring Ekambaranathar and Kailasanathar temples.

Later, you will be driven to the famous cultural site, Mahabalipuram. Once you reach Mahabalipuram, you will be checked into a hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Mahabalipuram.

Day 3 : Mahabalipuram - Tanjore (By Surface 302 km – 6 hr)

After breakfast, you will be exploring the cultural remnants of a once-flourishing port city. Top destinations covered are Mahishasura Mardini Cave, Mahabalipuram shore temple, Krishna Mandapam, and others.

Later, you will be driven to Tanjore. After a brief rest and refreshment, you will be visiting the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple and other Chola Temples.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Tanjore.

Day 4 : Tanjore - Madurai via Trichy (By Surface 200 km - 04 hr)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a road trip to Madurai viaTrichy. You will be halting at Trichy to explore Rock Fort and Srirangam Temple. Once you reach Madurai, you will be checked into a pre-booked hotel.

After a brief rest, you will be visiting Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the cultural face of Madurai.

Overnight stay and dinner at Madurai hotel.

Day 5 : Madurai Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will be taken to Tirumalai Palace and Meenakshi Amman Temple. Later, you will be taken on a city exploration tour. By evening, you will be taken back to Meenakshi Amman temple for evening rituals.

Overnight stay in the Madurai hotel.

Day 6 : Madurai – Munnar (By Surface 154 km - 5 hr)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a road trip to Munnar, Kerala. Once you reach Munnar, you will be checked into a hotel and taken on a tea garden walking tour and Tea Museum (closed on Monday). Later, you will be visiting a tea factory to watch how the tea leaves are refined, dried, and cleaned for processing.

Overnight stay in the Munnar hotel.

Day 7 : Munnar - Periyar (By Surface 94 km – 4 hr)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a road trip to Periyar. On the way, you will be stopping at Idukki Dam for sightseeing. After reaching Periyar, you will be taken on a lake cruise on Lake Periyar to enjoy wildlife watching and bird watching at Periyar wildlife sanctuary.

You will be spotting animals like tigers, elephants, sambhar, monkey, leopards, antelopes, wild boar, and others. You would be taking part in a sightseeing tour in the evening.

Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 8 : Periyar - Alleppey Backwaters (By Surface 105 km - 3 hr)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a road trip to Alleppey to take a houseboat cruise on the backwaters from Kumarakom to Alleppey. Backwater cruising is the best activity to enjoy nature and observe the local lifestyle of villagers.

Also view the scenic beauty of Kerala through exotic backwaters on the traditional rice boats. Overnight stay in the hotel in Alleppey.

Day 9 : Alleppey - Cochin (By Surface 49 km - 01 hr)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Cochin. After checking into a hotel, you will be taken to a cultural center to watch live Kathakali performance.

Overnight stay in Cochin.

Day 10 : Cochin (Departure)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a half-day tour to Cochin covering Synagogue, a Jew Town (not available on Saturdays), and spice market. Later, you will be checked out move towards the airport.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in standard category of rooms at all hotels
  • Meal Plan on Bed & Breakfast at all places accordingly
  • All meals on houseboat Alleppey
  • Night ceremony in Madurai
  • Tea Plantation tour in Munnar
  • Boat ride in Periyar
  • Spice Plantation tour in Periyar
  • Visit of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • English speaking guide as per places mentioned in itinerary.
  • All transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary by air-conditioned private vehicle for the entire tour
  • All applicable current taxes for hotels and transport

Exclusions

  • Air Fare / Rail Fare
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry / tips / shopping / telephones / Medical etc.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions mentioned above
  • Entry fees to Monuments specifically
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Photography and video making fees at the sites
  • Personal insurance