Enchanting South India

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  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 10+ years old
  • max group size 3
  • guiding method Fully guided
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  • Starts Chennai, India
  • Ends Chennai, India
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Chennai: The capital of the south, known for the warmth of its people and the hustle and bustle of its streets
  • Mahabalipuram: Its famous Hindu temples on the seashore are an excellent example of Dravidian culture
  • Thanjavur: Famous for the UNESCOlisted Brihadishvara temple, dedicated to Shiva. It is also an important Hindu pilgrimage centre
  • Madurai: Renowned for its temples, Madurai is synonymous with the famous Meenakshi temple
  • Periyar: Known both for its national park and for its varieties of spices
  • Kochi: A vibrant city located on the southwestern coast of the Indian peninsula in the state of Kerala, ‘Land of the Gods'
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The "Enchanting South India" trip starts from and ends in Chennai. It is an art and architecture tour that takes 11 days taking you through Chennai, Chidambaram, Mahabalipuram and 7 other destinations in India. "Enchanting South India" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

 
India is more than a country – it’s a multicultural subcontinent with dozens of languages and religions, and nowhere is this diversity more evident than in the exotic south. The aroma of the tea plantations, the fragrance of the spice gardens, the enchanting mantras and music in the Hindu temples, and the lush green of nature. Discover the mysteries of South India on a journey that invited you to enjoy the richness of Dravidian culture, the colourful gopuram of Hindu temples, houseboats in Kerala backwaters, and much more!
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Arrival Chennai
  • Day 2: Chennai
  • Day 3: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (140 Km – 4 Hrs)
  • Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Puducherry (105 Km – 2 Hrs)
  • Day 5: Puducherry – Chidambaram – Gangaikondacholapuram – Swamimalai – Thanjavur (200 Km – 5 Hrs)
  • Day 6: Thanjavur – Trichy – Madurai (200 Km – 5.5 Hrs)
  • Day 7: Madurai
  • Day 8: Madurai – Periyar (150 Km – 4 Hrs)
  • Day 9: Periyar – Kochi (170 Km – 4.5 Hrs)
  • Day 10: Kochi
  • Day 11: Departure Kochi
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 10 nights´ accommodation 
Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts 
Transport
  • Air-conditioned transportation on a shared basis
  • Arrival transfer from Chennai International airport to the hotel
  • Departure transfer from the hotel to Kochi Airport
Guide
  • Operated with accompanied French or English-speaking guide
  • All  monuments and activities as indicated: half-day city tour of Chennai (Day 2); Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram visit (Day 3); guided visit of Auroville (day 4); temple tour of Chidambaram Hindu temple, Gangaikondacholapuram temple, Gangaikondacholapuram temple (Day 5); city tour of Trichy (Day 6); sightseeing tour of Madurai (Day 7); Periyar National Park (Day 8); city tour of Kochi (Day 9) 
Others
  • Meet & Greet on day 1
  • Boat ride at Periyar Lake (Day 8)
  • Welcome briefing session with the tour representative on day 1
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any airfares or airport taxes, supplements for which are quoted separately if applicable 
  • International or domestic flights 
  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance, etc.
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Travel Insurance, any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Enchanting South India tour. You can cancel the tour up to 35 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 34 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 02 March 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 02 March 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Enchanting South India tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Enchanting South India tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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