- Art and architecture
- duration 11 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 10+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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. Join our 11-day tour and become a part of the expedition to discover gems of South India. The architectural beauty of Kanchipuram, Hindu temples of Mahabalipuram and Darasuram temple will amaze your sight and the tranquility of Periyar’s wildlife will keep you thrilled while sailing down Kerala´s backwaters. This tour will expose the best treasures of South India and will fulfill your expectations and inspire your senses.
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
Pondicherry: This city offers a unique experience with a mixture of modern heritage and spiritual culture
Thanjavur: Famous for the UNESCO-listed Brihadishvara temple, dedicated to Shiva. It is also an important Hindu pilgrimage center
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
Houseboat: A traditional boat floating on the canals of the Keralan backwaters
Kochi:A vibrant city located on the southwestern coast of the Indian peninsula in the state of Kerala, ‘Land of the Gods'
Day 1: Arrival Chennai
Day 2: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Chennai (150 Km – 3 Hrs)
Day 3: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (155 Km – 3.5 Hrs)
Day 4: Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Gangaikondacholapuram – Darasuram – Kumbakonam (130 Km – 3 Hrs)
Day 5: Kumbakonam – Tanjore (40 Km – 1 Hr)
Day 6: Tanjore – Trichy – Tanjore (60 Km – 2 Hrs)
Day 7: Tanjore – Madurai (190 Km – 3 Hrs)
Day 8: Madurai – Periyar (150 Km – 3.5 Hrs)
Day 9: Periyar – Alleppey (130 Km – 3.5 Hrs)
Day 10: Alleppey – Kochi (55 Km – 1 Hr)
Day 11: Depart Kochi
- 10 Nights' accommodation
- 10 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch (Day 9)
- 1 Dinner (Day 9)
- Air-conditioned transportation
- Inbound airport transfers from Chennai International Airport
- Outbound airport transfers to Kochi (Cochin) Airport
- Operated with English-speaking local guide*** (in each city during sightseeing & excursion)
- ***Accompanied Italian speaking guide upon additional cost as an optional extra***
- All monuments as indicated in the program; sightseeing tour of Chennai; Government Museum; National Art Gallery; Kapaleeshwarar temple; Santhome Cathedral, Hindu temples of Mahabalipuramr; urobindo Ashram, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Nataraja temple, emples of Darasuram, Airavatheeswarar temple, Sarangapani temple, Brihadeeswara Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Hindu temple, the Meenakshi temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace and the Gandhi museum, Sri Meenakshi temple night ceremony, boat ride on Periyar Lake, Kerala martial arts performance, board a houseboat (Kettuvallom), Mattancherry Palace, Pardesi Synagogue, Kathakali dance show.
- Meet & Greet on arrival at Chennai (Madras) International Airport
- Porterage only in the airport
- Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
- Optional excursions (as recommended/suggested) in the itinerary.
- Any airfare, airport taxes, supplement for which are quoted separately if applicable
- Tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff
- Indian tourist visa fees
- Any service not listed above
- Real-time prices and availability.
- Earn US$ 104+ in travel credits.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Tamil Nadu And Kerala, Private Tour 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 18 July 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 July 2021, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Tamil Nadu And Kerala, Private Tour 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 Tamil Nadu And Kerala, Private Tour 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 travelling 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.