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South India Explorer - 14 days

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group Request as private
  • age requirement 5-99 yrs
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16799
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Chennai, India
  • Ends Kochi, India
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Kerala Backwaters – Sail along the famous backwaters in our deluxe rice boat and enjoy marvelous views
  • Mahabalipuram – Visit the impressive Shore Temple on the Bay of Bengal and the striking Five Rathas
  • Kumarakom – Relax on the shores of Lake Vembanad and opt to visit the local bird sanctuary
  • Madurai – Attend an evening Aarti prayer ceremony and see the impressive rock cut temple of Thirupparankunram Murugan
  • Trichy – Discover the imposing Rock Fort Temple which is perched on a hill overlooking the city
  • Tanjore – Visit the giant 1,000 year old Brihadishwara Temple on our guided tour of the city’s highlights
  • Kochi – Enjoy free time to explore the coastal city and watch an entertaining Kathakali dance show
  • Pondicherry – Tour the French colonial city including the Sacred Heart Basilica and walk on the beach
  • Munnar – Explore the former British Hill Station and enjoy a guided stroll through one of the many sprawling tea plantations
  • Kanchipuram – Marvel at the plethora of Hindu temples dedicated to the gods Shiva and Vishnu
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The tour "South India Explorer - 14 Days" starts from Chennai and ends in Kochi. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 14 days taking you through Munnar, Alleppey, Madurai and 6 other destinations in India. "South India Explorer - 14 Days" is a self-guided group tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Discover the highlights of Southern India, from Chennai to Kochi. Visit some of the most intricate and beautiful Hindu temples of Southern India and uncover the delights of tropical Kerala in India's deep south. Visit UNESCO world heritage temples and spend a night aboard a houseboat, gliding along the tranquil, palm fringed backwaters.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day: 1 Chennai
  • Day: 2 Mahabalipuram
  • Day: 3 Pondicherry
  • Day: 4 Thanjavur
  • Day: 5 Madurai
  • Day: 6 Madurai
  • Day: 7 Trichy
  • Day: 8 Kochi
  • Day: 9-10 Munnar
  • Day: 11 Alleppey
  • Day: 12-13 Kumarakom
  • Day: 14 Kochi
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 11 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
Transport
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 14
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Guide
  • Guided sightseeing - Kochi, Fort Kochi, Munnar tea plantation, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram Temples, Pondicherry and Madurai
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
Others
  • 1 night deluxe houseboat cruise along the Keralan backwaters
  • Traditional Kathakali Dance Show in Kochi, (entrance fee excluded)
  • Train journey: Trichy to Kochi
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International flights and visa
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Entrance Fees: USD$25-35pp, paid in local currency
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REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this South India Explorer - 14 days tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 03 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 February 2023, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

South India Explorer - 14 days 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 South India Explorer - 14 days 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.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

AGE REQUIREMENT

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and during transport.
  • Solo travelers are required to purchase a single room for your personal use.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days before the departure date.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • What are some of the most popular tourist destinations in India?

    India is a veritable treasure trove of incredible places, but the most popular tourist destinations include the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Holy City of Varanasi, and Harmandir Sahib: the Golden City in Jaisalmer, the Red fort in New Delhi, and the Mecca Masjid in Hyderbad.

  • How many days are sufficient for an India tour?

    There are so many things to see and experience in India. You could spend six months exploring India and still feel like you have not seen it all. To experience India and its culture in a practical amount of time, you would need at least three weeks.

  • What are some of the tourist scams that I need to know about before visiting India?

    Unfortunately, India is known for having some unscrupulous people who scam tourists. Some common swindles include the 'fake' tourist office, the hotel switch, inflated taxi fares, and switching money for counterfeit notes. Keep your wits about yourself, and you should be fine.

  • Is India a safe place for tourists?

    India is generally safe for tourists. However, petty crimes, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, are common. Tourists tend to be targeted in busy tourist areas, and petty crime frequently occurs on public transportation and overnight trains. Be aware of your surroundings and take care to avoid potentially risky situations.

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