Essence of South India

  • Days 09 Private Tour Available
  • From ₹ 75,000.00
CHECK AVAILABILITY

About this activity

  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:9 Day(s)
  • Activities
    • Waterfall
    • India Sightseeing
    • Beach Holidays
    • Boat Cruise
    • Cultural Walking
    • Honeymoon
    • Monuments
    • Nature
    • Photography
    • Safari
    • Temple
    • UNESCO
    • Unique Adventure
    • Wildlife Safaris
  • Travel StylePremium
  • Guiding Type: Partially Guided
  • Guide Language
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Laid Back
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • For Art Lovers
    • LGBTQ
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Asia, India,
    • Kochi
    • Alappuzha
    • Munnar
    • Periyar National Park
    • Madurai
    • Thanjavur
    • Puducherry
    • Mahabalipuram
    • Chennai
  • Pickup

    Cochin airport

  • Drop-off

    Chennai airport or another location

  • Age Range - (Years Old)
Tour Highlights
One of its kind de lux backwaters cruise in Alleppey
- Visit tea plantations in Munnar
- Stay close by the nature and admire its beauty
- See Kathakali performance in Kochi
- See martial art in Kerala
- Visit spice plantations 
-       Personal driver and comfortable AC vehicle
-       Safari boatride in Periyar
-       Unesco Dravidian temples in Tamil nadu
-       Visit French colony town Pondicherry
Tour Introduction

The tour focuses on showing you the the greenest and the most idyllic Kerala state and famous for one of its kind Southern temples in Tamil nadu. During this tour will have an opportunity to explore not only beautful and interesting monuments and places in Tamil nadu but also stay close to wonderful nature of Kerela state. The tour includes paradise boat ride at Kerala backwaters, sightseeing amazing tea plantations  in Munnar and far more attractions which will broaden your mind and knowlege about the south of India. In Tamil nadu visit UNESCO colourful Dravidian temples and spend some time in French colony town Pondicherry located at Indian Ocean.

ITINERARY

Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. After refreshing and rest sightseeing Cochin - a town famous for its spices and seafood. Visiting the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue. Transfer to the Fort Cochi district where we will visit the Church of St. Thomas - the place where Vasco da Gamma was buried. Then, walk in the port where you can admire the fishermen preparing the nets for fishing. Dinner at one of the charming seafood restaurants. In the evening Kathakali show - southern art and make-up preparation. Night at a hotel in Cochin.

After breakfast, drive to Alleppey, where we will have a luxury cruise by houseboat made only of natural materials in the famous Kerala backwaters, during which one will have an opportunity to admire the natural beauty of Kerala, relax and photograph the everyday life of the villagers. During the cruise we will taste the houseboat chef's dishes. Overnight at the boat.

After breakfast and check-out from the boat, drive to Munnar which is a picturesque mountain village located among tea fields. You can enjoy wonderful views and feel the unique atmosphere of the town. You will visit a tea plantation and the "Tata museum" tea museum. In the evening, a show of martial arts characteristic for Kerala is planned. Another places are Mattupetty dam , Pothamedu view point. Overnight in a hotel in Munnar.

After breakfast travel to Periyar Sanctuary. South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, birds and even the odd tiger! Kumli, close to the sanctuary and where you’ll stay, is a pretty little town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops. There is plenty to do in and around Periyar, so we leave the choice to you. Enjoy an included boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants or do local sightseeing of spice plantation .Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Madurai. Visit famos Meenakshi Temple - a complex dedicated to Shiva and his wife, which is characterized by a wealth of sculptures and decorations, and a multitude of pillars. Visiting Tirumalaha Najak Palace from 1636 with visible Islamic influences. Overnight at a hotel.

Travel to Tanjor, where we will visit a set of unique temples that are on the UNESCO list. There is a sanctuary, which is covered by a monolithic dome built of a single block of granite weighing 80 tons, which was pulled to the top of the building with the help of a 6 km long ramp, using the ancient technique of building the pyramids used by the Egyptians. Wonderful bronze handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a trip around South India. In the afternoon, visiting the Tanjore Palace Complex with interesting exhibitions and a library. Night in Tanjore.

Visit the capital of the former French colony, the Sri Aurobindo ashram and the temple of the god Ganesha where you can see not only various rituals and representations of the god Ganesha but also a live elephant who blesses the people visiting the temple with its trumpet. In the evening, walk the boulevard of the rising moon along the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram. The city is famous thanks to its seven pagodas. On the local waterfront there is a group of ancients from the 7th century, carved in rock caves and monolithic sanctuaries representing the architectural style of Drawi. The monument has been inscribed on the UNESCO list. Particularly noteworthy are the huge reliefs, considered the most perfect example of the Palladian art. The most famous is the relief of Penance Bhagirathy, known as the Ganges Ride from Heaven. The picturesque Shore Temple was built in honor of Vishnu nearby. A night at the hotel.

After breakfast travel to Chennai. Drop off to the airport.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

3-star accommodation in hotels with breakfast (AC, private bathroom) according to standards in India Ac luxury houseboat with all the snacks and meals -   All the hotels  have good reviews on Tripadvisor. Some of the hotels are heritage properties. The hotels in the package are located in the central location  near the main attractions. Wifi available in all hotels  Check in time 10 o'clock and check out time 12 o'clock Houesboat - a luxury houseboat that cruises through Alleppey and Kumarakom .This fully air-conditioned houseboat including living rooms.According to guests preference,A/C can be provided in the living room or bedroom on request during their stay on-board.Apart from that crew consists of 2 captain cum guide and a professional chef to provide you with delicious food. The quality provided to our guests is excellent Please note that we can send the names of the hotels before or after the booking. There is also a possibility of upgrading to 4 or 5 star accommodation on your request.
Pickup & Drop-Off
Guide
On this tour the driver will be your guide in the most of the places
Local guides in Tanjore and Mahabalipuram included in the package (the guides speak Engish and they will provide you with the information about the monuments in these places)
Please note:
You can also request an English speaking guides in the other places:
The cost of hiring a local guide for a full day sightseeing is: 25 USD
Meals

Breakfast 

Full board on the houseboat

Transport
Ac commercial vehicle with an English speaking driver. All the cars have a valid insurance and all India permits. 
The drivers speak English and have a long experience in work with foreign tourists from all over the world.
All the transfers are provided as well as pick up and drop off in Delhi.
The cars model depends  on the number of travellers: 
Single person – Tata indigo or Suzuki desire Ac car
2 – 4 travellers - Tata indigo or Suzuki desire Ac 
5 – 6 travellers– Innova Ac
Other Included
- Kathakali show - a classical dance form of Kerala and in a way has today become the icon of Kerala. This dance form involves elaborate makeup, bright costumes; intricate hand, body, facial and even eye movement.
- Houseboat cruise 
- Martial art show in Munnar Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art and fighting system that originated in Kerala
- Spice plantation in Periyar
- boat ride in Periyar Wildlife sanctuary

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Extra Services

Other Excluded:

- meals (except breakfast and hoseboat cruise)
- entry admissions to the monuments
- tips for the diver
- tips for the hotel staff 
- personal expenditures

Covid Safety

All our staff members are fully vaccinated, trained and able to answer questions regarding safety and hygine. The drivers have to wear masks. Vehicles used for transporting our clients must be thoroughly and  regularly cleaned and disinfected. Hand sanitizer should be  available in the vehicle. 
Restaurants selectec for meals must be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day. Tables and chairs must be disinfected after each guest use. Hand sanitizer should be made available
Accommodation
All rooms must be thoroughly and regularly cleaned and disinfected.Hand sanitizer should be available in public areas.
Staff must be trained and able to answer questions regarding safety protocols in place.

Availability

  • Apr2024
  • May2024
  • Jun2024

Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay % of the tour amount

Tour Date Change Policy

Not Available

Reviews


Paylesstoursindia Essence of South India ×

Communicate with Paylesstoursindia

  • 1. Your enquiry is sent directly to the company.
  • 2. They will reply to your own email, from where you can continue the conversation.