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India: Great Wonders of the South

$3500

per person

Reach back in time to the Dravidian culture and observe the influence of the French, Dutch and English colonialists. There’s much to learn about the South Indian culture on this tour. Excite your taste buds with an interactive kitchen experience with an authentic Chettinad chef.

Enrich your knowledge while enjoying a cup of tea at the Munnar Tea Plantations and Tea Museum. Arrive at Kerala where St Thomas the Apostle introduced Christianity in the 1st century. Stroll by the Arabian Sea front and relax on a Backwaters small boat cruise. You’ll be amazed by how much you can learn from this trip!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mahabalipuram

13 Days, 12 Nights: Chennai, Mylapore, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Karaikudi, Madurai, Munnar & Cochin  ✦  Customizable Private Tour

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Shiva temple a tourist attraction

Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Rainbow-colored Shiva Temple on the Peacock Trail

Mahabalipuram
Famous for hundreds of 7th century rock monuments & temples

Thousands of 7th and 8th centuries rock sculptures dedicated to the God Shiva

Descent of the Ganges
Enjoy a stroll surrounded by amazing 7th century rock sculptures in Mahabalipuram

Kerala Houseboat
Cruise past the rice paddies and coconut groves on the Kerala Backwaters

Temple with colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals

Meenakshi Temple
Decorated with colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals

Meenakshi hindu temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India. One of the famous landmarks in East India

The Temple City of Madurai
The temple towers of Meenakshi Temple soar to the sky

Historic Hindu Temple
See the thousands of colorful statues of Meenakshi Temple up close

Chinese Fishing Nets
14th century technology transfer!

Kathakali Dancer
Story telling with intricate gestures, elaborate costumes and striking makeup

Spice Market
Buying fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and other locally grown spices

Visit Tea Plantations
Some of the finest tea plantations in India are in the higher regions of Kerala

Tea Leaf Pluckers
Pluckers among the tea plants

Santa Cruz Basilica
A historic Portuguese legacy

Brihadishvara Temple
Magnificent 11th century Hindu Temple in Thanjavur

South Indian Weaver
Weaving with a traditional loom

Crispy Dosa (Rice Pancake)
Served with coconut & sambar Chutney

Ottu Shavige
South Indian rice noodles with chutney


YOUR JOURNEY


Tour Plan

Hotels
Dates & Prices

    1

    Meet Up at Chennai (MAA)

    Upon arrival at Chennai airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore this capital city of Tamil Nadu state on your own with an optional add-on private car and chauffeur.
    2

    Chennai | Mylapore Peacock Trail

    Let’s take the Peacock Trail through Mylapore, a town that predates Chennai by at least 2,000 years and is the religious and cultural epicenter of the Tamil people. Visit the Kapaleeshwarar temple, re-built 300 years ago, which is a fine example of the pure Dravidian style with gopurams and mandapams.
    Marina Beach is 4 miles long on the Bay of Bengal, one of the longest beaches in the world. Near the north of Marina Beach is Fort St George which was the first English fortress in India. The fort also houses St Mary's Church, both the oldest Anglican church and the oldest British building in India.
    This evening, enjoy a local dance performance with your welcome dinner.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Welcome Dinner
    3

    Chennai – Pondicherry (Puducherry) | Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram

    Mahabalipuram is a small seaside village and once the main port of the Pallava Dynasty from the 5th to 9th centuries. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries.  See the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple with thousands of sculptures dedicated to the glory of God Shiva.
    Afterwards you continue by road to Pondicherry
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast       Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    4

    Pondicherry (Puducherry) | Pondicherry City Tour, Cooking Demonstration

    Today you visit a local village to observe their traditions and daily life.
    In 1674, Pondicherry became a French colony. Experience the French colonial atmosphere in Puducherry, visit the French quarter and the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram (an ashram is akin to a monastery), founded by one of India's greatest philosopher-poets. Other attractions are the lush Government Park and elegant Gandhi Memorial.
    Enjoy your cooking demonstration at the hotel.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    5

    Pondicherry – Thanjavur | Silk Weavers’ Colony

    Visit Tanjavur which is a major silk center and watch traditional weaving at the silk weavers' colony. Some of the silk saree is embroidered with gold and silver thread.
    See Indian Tie & Dye techniques from 5000 years ago.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast      Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner 
    6

    Thanjavur | Brihadeeswara Temple, Cooking Demonstration

    Thanjavur thrived as the ancient capital of the Chola kingdom.
    The great Brihadeeswara (Brahadeeswara) Temple in Dravidian architecture is one of the most magnificent South Indian temple architecture.
    To explore more about Chola artifects, visit the Thanjavur Palace, Saraswati Mahal library and the art gallery. The art gallery hosts an excellent collection of Chola bronzes and stone carvings. Enjoy an introduction to the Thanjavur style of paintings.
    Enjoy your cooking demonstration at the hotel.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    7

    Thanjavur - Karaikudi | Trichy City Tour

    Drive from Thanjavur to Karaikudi to visit Trichy that was a capital of the early Cholas in the 3rd century BC. It has passed through the hands of many rulers including the British. It is known for the famous 17th century Rock Fort Temple.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast      Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    8

    Karaikudi – Madurai | Meenakshi Temple

    Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome. It’s celebrated Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of India's greatest temples with a dazzling maze-like structure. Meenakshi Temple with its nine gopurams (temple towers) soaring to almost 164 feet above the gateways, is decorated with colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals.  The incredible thousand-pillared hall and the Golden Lotus tank are must-see attractions!
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner 
    9

    Madurai - Munnar

    Drive to Munnar, the hill station 6,000 ft above sea level that is the home to many tea plantations. These tea plantations were the British Raj’s solution to Chinese tea monopoly in the 1800s. With its cooler weather, the fog often wafts over the mountains. The tranquil beauty of nature is punctuated by signs of women plucking buds and leaves from the green tea gardens (tea plantations).
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner 
    10

    Munnar | Tea Plantation, Tea Museum, Kudla Dam, Echo Point

    You stroll through a working tea plantation. Depending on the time of the year, you may be able to see the colorful tea pluckers at work and visit the factory to observe the Tea making process - crush, tear, curl. Then visit the interesting Kannan Devan Tea Museum with machines, photographs, classic bungalow furniture and office equipment of the Colonial era.
    Other attractions are Kudla Dam, Echo Point and a gentle hike through the lush landscape.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner 
    11

    Munnar - Cochin| Fort Cochin, Kathakali Dance Performance

    We drive to Cochin today. Serene Cochin is a melting pot of medieval Portuguese and Dutch heritage mixed with an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. You will visit the historical towns of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, the spice markets, antique shopping market, synagogue and the famous Chinese fishing nets.
    Enjoy a performance of famous Kathakali dancing demonstrating an ancient ritual that plays an important role in Kerala's cultural life.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast      Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner 
    12

    Cochin | Alleppey Lunch Cruise

    Alleppey is in the hub of Kerala's backwaters, home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. Take a small boat (shikara) cruise to explore the unique water world of villages, shikaras (traditional motorized small boats), toddy shops and houseboats surrounded by great paddy fields.
    Then back to Cochin.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast      Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    13

    Depart Cochin (COK)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and transfer to Cochin International Airport (COK) for your flight home.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    Overview
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Hotel Information

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    ChennaiCallCall
    PondicherryCallCall
    ThanjavurCallCall
    KaraikudiCallCall
    MaduraiCallCall
    MunnarCallCall
    CochinCallCall
    * Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
     
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Dates & Prices

    Dates & Pricing 

    Private Tour, daily departure

    YearTour DatesComfort PremiumLuxury
    2020Jan 10 to Mar 31CallCall$4,300
    2020Apr 1 to Sep 30CallCall$3,500
    2020Oct 1 to Dec 20CallCallCall


    Private Tour Price Details

    • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
    • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

    Deposit

    • A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking. Full payment to be made 70 days prior to departure date.

    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest arrival airport is MAA(Chennai International Airport).
    • ‣ The nearest departure airport is COK(Cochin International Airport).
    • ‣ Contact us for more details and pricing.
     

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

    Exclusions

    • ‣ International and Domestic Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels