Southern India Jewels

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 8-95 yrs
  • max group size 6
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-38925
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Chennai, India
  • Ends Chennai, India
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Admire the Shore Temple overlooking the Bay of Bengal in Mamallapuram
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Madurai, one of India’s most historic cities
  • Discover the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, blending Indian and European styles
  • Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in search of elephants, boars, and birds
  • Sail through the breathtaking backwaters of Kerala on board a houseboat
  • Bask in the beauty of Cochin, situated on the coast of the Indian Peninsula
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Starting and ending in Chennai, the "Southern India Jewels" trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 11 days. You will travel through Kochi, Chennai, Kumbakonam and 5 other destinations in India. "Southern India Jewels" is a small group trip which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Discover the most fascinating jewels of Southern India with this 12-day ultra-small group tour! Prepare for extraordinary temples, magnificent cityscapes, exhilarating safari adventures, and delicious cuisine. Begin your journey in Chennai, the largest city in Southern India, from where you will travel to Mamallapuram. Pay a visit to Arjuna's Penance, with extraordinary views from two magnificent boulders and exceptional carvings of sacred figures. See the Shore Temple overlooking the Bay of Bengal before you depart for Kumbakonam, a breathtaking town with ancient temples situated between the Cauvery and Arasalar Rivers. Discover the Kumbeswarar and Sarangapani Temples and make your way to Tanjore, once the capital of the Chola Empire. Admire the Brihadeshvara Temple and the Nandi statue. Next, you will visit Trichy and arrive in Madurai for a unique and eco-friendly rickshaw ride. See the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the Meenakshi Temple and travel to Periyar, situated high above sea level surrounded by forests of the Idukki District. Search for wildlife in the area and make your way to Alleppey, home to breathtaking lakes, wonderful canals, and sandy beaches. Cruise along the backwaters of Kerala and drive to Cochin, where you will end your tour of Southern India.
  • Day 1: Chennai - Mamallapuram (65km/ 1.5h)
  • Day 2: Mamallapuram
  • Day 3: Mamallapuram - Kumbakonam (250km / 5.5h)
  • Day 4: Tanjore
  • Day 5: Kumbakonam - Trichy - Madurai (195km /4h)
  • Day 6: Madurai
  • Day 7: Madurai - Periyar (165km/4.5h)
  • Day 8: Periyar
  • Day 9: Periyar - Alleppey (140km / 4h)
  • Day 10: Alleppey - Cochin (65km / 1.5h)
  • Day 11: Cochin
  • 09 Nights accommodation on a twin sharing basis at listed hotels or equivalent
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 traditional lunch in Mamallapuram
  • Full board meal plan onboard houseboat
  • 1 farewell dinner at hotel in Cochin
  • Transportation in deluxe AC vehicle
  • Service of English-speaking local guides
  • 01-night stay on a houseboat
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Bicycle rickshaw tour in Madurai
  • Elephant ride in Periyar
  • Kathakali dance performance
  • All local applicable taxes
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature, tips & gratuities
  • Items not mentioned as being included
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern India Jewels tour. You can cancel the tour up to 78 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 77 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 03 July 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 July 2024, a deposit of 30% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 77 days before trip departure.

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Southern India Jewels tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Southern India Jewels 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.


All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted tours is 8. Minimum age on Safaris is 12. Minimum age for game drives in Kruger National Park (South Africa) is 12. Minimum age for Uganda programs is 15.Please note that many countries have adopted practices to prevent international abductions of children. If a person under the age of 18 years will be travelling with an adult other than his/her parents, or with only one parent, a notarized letter, granting authorization to travel, including the dates of travel should be carried.

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