20 Days - South India Tour from Chennai

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kovalam - Alleppey - Cochin - Mysore – Hassan - Hospet - Bangalore - Mumbai

Overview

South India is well known as a glorious Land of Temples. It has unique natural beauty, the long stretches of coastal belt has many historical temples, attractive beaches, wildlife, yoga & ayurvedic medical centers.

Travelogy India helps you to get the glimpses of the major attractions in Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka through the 20 Days South India tour from Chennai. Get customized itineraries for a memorable South India tour.

Highlights

  • British-built Old Government House and Marina Beach
  • Krishna Mandapam and Arjuna's Penance at Mahabalipuram
  • Chola Temple and Brihadeeswarar Temple at Tanjore
  • Night Ceremony at Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
  • Enjoy Cruise and Safari at Periyar
  • Rejuvenate yourself at Ayurvedic Center - Kovalam
  • Classical Dance Performance at Cochin
  • Brindavan Gardens and St. Philomena's Church at Mysore
  • Ruin of Virupaksha Temple, Hazara Rama Temple - Hampi
  • Visit Gateway of India, Dhobhi Ghat - Mumbai

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Chennai

Get a warm welcome by our executive on arriving at Chennai airport you. He will accompany you to the pre booked hotel and will assist you in check in process. Then he will hand over your tour related documents and will tell you about the tour program. After refreshment relax at the hotel either visit the nearby places. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram (by surface approx 57 km - 01 hr)

After breakfast, go for the sightseeing of Chennai like British-built Old Government House, Basilica of San Thome, the lighthouse and Marina Beach. Later take a drive to the town of Temples, sea and sand, Mahabalipuram. You will be accommodated to a pre booked hotel after reaching Mahabalipuram. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 3 : Mahabalipuram - Excursion to Kanchipuram (by surface approx 70 km / 02 hrs – one way)

After breakfast, you will explore the city of Mahabalipuram covering Krishna Mandapam and Arjuna's Penance, the Shore Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Mahishasura Mardini Cave etc..

Later Visit to Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambaranathar, Kamakshi Amman Temple (Parabrahma Rupini) and Silk Sari Weaving Center at Kanchipuram. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Day 4 : Mahabalipuram - Tanjore (by surface approx 302 km / 06 hrs)

Move towards Tanjore after breakfast in the early morning. Chola Temple and Brihadeeswarar Temple along with other attractions will be covered on the fourth day. Check-in to a hotel booked for you to spend your night comfortably.

Day 5 : Tanjore - Madurai via Trichy (by surface approx 200 km / 04 hrs)

Have your breakfast and leave for Madurai. Enroute take a visit to Trichy covering Rockfort and Srirangam Temple.

Check into a hotel after arrival. After refreshment visit the magnificent Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple. Rest of the day explore the city. Stay in the hotel at night.

Day 6 : Madurai Sightseeing

In the morning, a half Day tour to Meenakshi Amman Temple and historical monument Tirumalai Palace will be on the cards for you. Back to hotel for relax. After dinner, we will take you to Meenakshi Temple once again to watch the night ceremony. Stay Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 : Madurai - Periyar (by surface approx 148 km / 3 ½ hrs)

A trip to Periyar will be on the cards for you after breakfast. See the Idukki Dam on your way. On reaching Periyar, you will move to your pre-booked hotel, where you will rest for a while.

You will cruise across the Periyar Lake to see the wildlife. Post lunch, take a safari to go round the nearby Coffee Plantations & villages. Night stay at Periyar hotel.

Day 8 : Periyar – Kovalam (by surface approx 221 km / 6 hrs)

After breakfast sail across the Lake Periyar on a boat to view wildlife in the Periyar wildlife Sanctuary for two hours. Go back to the hotel for check out and then you will move towards Kovalam.

Check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day leisurely on the beach. Relax whole night in the hotel.

Day 9 : Kovalam Sightseeing

Spend the entire day on the beaches of Kovalam amidst scenic beauty of sun-kissed sand and coconut trees. Also you can enjoy water sports and rejuvenate yourself in the Authentic Ayurvedic Centers.

Enjoy your dinner and night stay in the hotel.

Day 10 : Kovalam – Thottapalli (by surface approx 138 kms / 4 hrs) Kettuvallam

Drive to Thottapally after breakfast. On reaching there, you will board a houseboat. Enjoy a cruise across the backwaters of Thothapalli to Alleppey. Observe and experience the daily life of the villagers. You will have a comfortable stay in the houseboat at night.

Day 11 : Alleppey – Cochin (60 km/02 hour)

Enjoy the natural beauty of Alleppey while cruising across the backwaters. Enjoy the thrilling boat race, backwaters, house boats, beaches, palms, gourmet delight and many more.

You will leave the houseboat at noon and will proceed to Cochin. On reaching Cochin, you will be accommodated to the pre-booked hotel.

Day 12 : Cochin Sightseeing

In the morning you will go for Cochin sightseeing tour. Explore the cluster of islands and peninsulas. You will enjoy the classical dance performance of Kathakali in the evening. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 13 : Cochin - Guruvayur - Mysore (by surface approx 348 kms / 7-8 hrs)

Early morning of the thirteenth day of your tour will begin with a drive to Mysore. On the way, you will visit Guruvayur. Check into a hotel after reaching Mysore where you will spend a relaxed night.

Day 14 : Mysore Sightseeing

Go for a city tour after breakfast. A visit to Brindavan Gardens, dancing musical fountains of Krishnarajasagar Dam, magnificent monuments of Srirangapattnam will be on the cards for you. You will also visit Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery and St. Philomena's Church. You will stay in the hotel at night.

Day 15 : Mysore – Hassan (by surface approx 184 kms / 4 hrs)

You will leave for Hassan from Mysore. On the way, you will visit the Shravanabelagola. After breakfast, you will spend your day in sightseeing of Hassan. You will take an excursion to Belur and Halebid. Enjoy shopping at local markets in the evening. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16 : Hassan - Hospet (by surface approx 315 kms / 7 hrs)

After breakfast, we will leave for Hospet. It's 7 hour journey by road. After arrive, Check into hotel. Dinner and stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 17 : Hospet - Hampi - Hospet (by surface approx 15 kms / 30 mins – one way)

Spend entire day in traveling around the city of Hampi and Vijayanagar, post breakfast. The ruins of the Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Pushkarni, Hazara Rama Temple and many more can also be visited. For an overnight stay you will return back to the hotel.

Day 18 : Hospet – Bangalore (by surface approx 328 km/ 06 hours)

Take on a drive to Bangalore after having breakfast. Check into a hotel on reaching Bangalore. Visit the majestic Vidhan Soudha, Tipu Sultan Palace, ISKCON Temple and Lal Bagh Garden. Comfortable night stay in the hotel will be on the cards for you.

Day 19 : Bangalore – Mumbai (by flight)

After having breakfast, you will drive to Bangalore airport from where you will board a flight for Mumbai. Our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you to the hotel for check in.

You can relax there or get rejuvenated. The rest of the day you can spend in touring Mumbai city. Pay a visit to Gateway of India, Victoria Rail Terminus, Hanging Gardens, Dhobhi Ghat etc.

In the evening, walk around the nearby streets or enjoy delicious local mouth watering street foods. You will stay in the hotel at night.

Day 20 : Mumbai (Departure)

Have your breakfast and drive towards Mumbai Airport as your tour comes to an end. You will board a flight to return back home from there.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in standard category of rooms at all hotels
  • Meal Plan on Bed & Breakfast at all places accordingly
  • All meals in houseboat.
  • Kathakali dance in Cochin
  • Boat ride in Periyar
  • 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
  • Tips and gratuities