Spotlight on South India - Tamilnadu, Kerala & Karnataka (All Inclusive with domestic flight)

Spotlight on South India
India is never same, If you want to have an idea how it was before the Muslin invasions. You must visit South India. A journey of ancient India , far from influences of the Islamic world , preserves the richest and most ancient Hindu traditions. Where Muslims invaders could not destroy the great Hindu shrines and temples as in Trichy, Kanchipuram, Madurai and Tanjore. Temples of Tamil Nadu, the lush and tropical Kerala , the splendor of the Dravidian Architecture in the temples of Karnataka. The nature is more benign, because it rains more, and there is the no phenomenon of desertification.This tour covers the major attractions of the South India and the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala & Karnataka.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
In accordance to the COVID 19 pandemic all our tours are operated with all precautionary measures including SANITIZED CARS AND HOTELS/COMPLIMENTARY SANITIZERS/MASKS (Your safety is our priority)
  • All Inclusive Tour - Hotels / Domestic Flight/ Transport / Guides / Monument Entrances/Backwater
  • Houseboat excursion In Backwater Followed by Lunch
  • Rickshaw Ride in Madurai.
  • Spice Plantation in Periyar
  • Evening Arti Ceremony at Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai
  • Chettinad village walk.
  • Belur & Halebidu Temples at Hassan
  • Sravanbelagaola Jain Pilgrim Centre
  • Jeep Safari in Mountains of Periyar
  • More Value for Your Money.
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Spotlight on South India
India is never same, If you want to have an idea how it was before the Muslin invasions. You must visit South India. A journey of ancient India , far from influences of the Islamic world , preserves the richest and most ancient Hindu traditions. Where Muslims invaders could not destroy the great Hindu shrines and temples as in Trichy, Kanchipuram, Madurai and Tanjore. Temples of Tamil Nadu, the lush and tropical Kerala , the splendor of the Dravidian Architecture in the temples of Karnataka. The nature is more benign, because it rains more, and there is the no phenomenon of desertification.This tour covers the major attractions of the South India and the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala & Karnataka.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
In accordance to the COVID 19 pandemic all our tours are operated with all precautionary measures including SANITIZED CARS AND HOTELS/COMPLIMENTARY SANITIZERS/MASKS (Your safety is our priority)
  • All Inclusive Tour - Hotels / Domestic Flight/ Transport / Guides / Monument Entrances/Backwater
  • Houseboat excursion In Backwater Followed by Lunch
  • Rickshaw Ride in Madurai.
  • Spice Plantation in Periyar
  • Evening Arti Ceremony at Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai
  • Chettinad village walk.
  • Belur & Halebidu Temples at Hassan
  • Sravanbelagaola Jain Pilgrim Centre
  • Jeep Safari in Mountains of Periyar
  • More Value for Your Money.

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Chennai
  • End Bangalore
  • Countries
    • India
  • City
    • Chennai
    • Mahabalipuram
    • Tanjore
    • Trichy
    • Madurai
    • Periyar
    • Kumarakom
    • Cochin
    • Bangalore
    • Hassan
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips
  • Accommodation Standard, Superior, Deluxe
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our highest standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    ARRIVAL IN CHENNAI & SIGHT SEEING
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Arrival in Chennai, After the customs formalities, Meet with MTA Representative. Our Representative will be waiting for You Outside the exit gate of International Airport. Start Your Day with the panoramic tour of the city with the Marina Beach and the church of Saint Thomas, who came to India in 3rd century AD.

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances Tour Highlights : St Thomas Church, Kanchipuram Temple, Kailashanatha Temple’

    Please Note : The Tour Starts at 9 AM in the Morning, please plan your arrival accordingly. Hotel Checkin would be After the sightseeing.

    Visited places:
    • Chennai
  • 2
    CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY ( 220 KM – 5 Hrs Approx, Excluding Stops)
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Drive to Pondicherry. Along the way, stop at Mahabalipuram to visit the famous seashore rock-cut and monolithic temples. A World Heritage site. 

    Visit the 7th-century Shore temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. Later visit the 7th- century Five Rathas and Arjuna Penance These temples are considered as the very first example of the Hindu temple architecture. Continue to Pondicherry.

    Arrival at Pondicherry and in the afternoon, visit the ancient French colony of Pondicherry with the visit of ashram of Sri Aurobindo, the great philosopher. Built by a disciple of Aurobindo in his memory, one of the most evocative active ashrams in India. Then take a walking tour in old city followed with the visit of ancient Portuguese and French churches.

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights : Seashore Temples of Mammalapuram, Aurobindo Ashram

    Visited places:
    • Chennai
    • Mahabalipuram
    • Pondicherry
  • 3
    PONDICHERRY – GANGAIKONDACHOLPURAM – DARASURAM - TANJORE ( 210 KM – 5 Hrs Approx, Excluding Stops)
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Tanjore with a stop to visit the temples of Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram and the village of silk weavers. The town of Darasuram is famous for the Airavateswara temple built by Rajaraja Chola II in the twelfth century. The temple is Unesco world heritage site and is a treasure trove of art and architecture.

    Arrival in Tanjore. Once the ancient capital of Cholas. Tanjore dates back its history to the  time of emperors Rajaraja I and Rajendra I, protectors of the arts and brave conquerors, who ruled over the city in the 11th century. Visit the temple of Brihadeshwara, the symbol of the city of Tanjore and a world heritage temple complex, is surrounded by long walls, a cloister with columns and niches, and boasts two gopurams at the east entrance.

    It preserves the classical architecture of the Dravidian temples with a mandapa and a large room that leads to the central sanctorum, made from a single piece of granite weighing 80 tons.

    After visiting the temple, continue with a stop at "The Raja Museum and Art Gallery" to admire an interesting collection of artefacts and sculptures in bronze and granite in the Chola style. The Saraswati Mahal library contains over 40 thousand rare books and inscriptions on palm leaves in Indian and European languages.

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights : Darasuram Temple, Brihadeshwara Temple at Tanjore

    Visited places:
    • Pondicherry
    • Tanjore
  • 4
    TANJORE - TRICHY - CHETTINAD (100 KM – 3 Hrs Approx, Excluding Stops)
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Chettinad, enroute stop at Srirangam to visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, considered as the most important of the 108 temples dedicated to the deity. Its foundation dates back to the fourteenth century: the complex consists of seven concentric walls, called prakara. with entrances to the four cardinal points, surmounted by high gopurams, for a total of twenty-one towers. At the center of the island the sancta santorum with the main image of Vishnu Ranganatha. Crossing the Indian countryside rich in banana plantations, sugar cane and paddy fields. Continue to the zone called Chettinad from the name of the ancient rich merchants who lived there. In the afternoon, walk in the village to admire the ancient buildings, visit a cotton weaving center and a factory for the manual manufacturing of the tiles.

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide , Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights : Sri Ranganathswamy Temple at Trichy, Chettinad Village

    Visited places:
    • Tanjore
    • Trichy
    • Chettinad
    Accommodation offered:
  • 5
    CHETTINAD - MADURAI ( 100 KM – 2 Hrs Excluding Stops)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Drive to Madurai. Arrive to Madurai and visit the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Dedicated to Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati) and Sundareshwar (Lord Shiva). The main Attraction of temple are its colourful towers. Later proceed to take a Rikshaw Ride in the old city. This Rikshaw ride is a different experience everyone should take. This longest Rikshaw Ride in Asia will take you in a journey of old time. Visit the Spice Market, Banana Market, Onion Market, Textile Market, Residential areas and local small scale factories. Evening pay an another visit to the Meenakshi Temple to participate in the evening ceremony. 

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances 

    Tour Highlights : Meenakshi Temple, Rikshaw Ride, Evening Ceremony

    Visited places:
    • Chettinad
    • Madurai
  • 6
    MADURAI - PERIYAR (145 KM – 4 Hrs Excluding Stops)
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    Continue in the direction of Periyar, located at 900 meters on the Western Ghats, in a splendid scenery of tea and spice plantations. The Periyar National Park is one of the most important and ancient projects to protect the Indian tiger. Arrival and hotel accommodation in the area of Thekkady.

    In the afternoon take a Jeep Safari in Mountains. Along the way, a brief tour of spice plantation and driving through the gardens of Tea, Coffee and cocoal.

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Train, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights : Jeep Ride, Spice Plantations

    Visited places:
    • Madurai
    • Periyar
  • 7
    PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM (170 Km – 4 Hrs Excluding Stops)
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Drive to Kumarakom. Arrive Arrive and checkin to the Hotel. Afternoon free for leisure, relax, Ayurvedic treatments and to admire the nature of Kerala. 

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights : Houseboat Excursion followed by Lunch, Backwater of Kerala

    Visited places:
    • Periyar
    • Kumarakom
  • 8
    KUMARAKOM - COCHIN ( 260 KM – 5 HRS Excluding Stops)
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    Morning free for leisure, Ayurvedic Treatments or relax. Later, checkout from the hotel and proceed to Cochin. Enroute excursion with the Houseboat in the backwaters , the series of canals , rivers and natural lakes that cross the region of Kerala like a spider web. Lunch in Houseboat. Disembark from Houseboat and proceed to Cochin.

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast , Lunch, Transport, Tour Guide

    Tour Highlights : Houseboat Excursion and Lunch

    Visited places:
    • Kumarakom
    • Cochin
  • 9
    COCHIN
    Day 9 Transfer by car

    Visit the most cosmopolitan city in South India: the Chinese nets , the Mattancherry Dutch Palace , the church of San Francesco which houses the tombstone of Vasco de Gama , the synagogue in the Jewish area. Afternoon enjoy the dance show of Kathakali. 

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrance

    Tour Highlights : Chinese Fishing Net, Fort Cochin.

    Visited places:
    • Cochin
  • 10
    COCHIN - BANGALORE - MYSORE (Flight to Bangalore, Drive to Mysore 140 KM, 3 HRS Excluding Stops)
    Day 10 Transfer by airplane

    Flight to Bangalore. On arrival proceed to Mysore (140 km. Approximately 3 hours), stop and visit the famous temple of Somnathpur, a masterpiece of inlaid stone. Afternoon Mysore Palace, residence of Maharajas. The interior is beautifully decorated with mirrors, paintings and stained glass, the floors are mosaic and doors are finely carved.

    Inclusions : Domestic Flight, Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrance

    Tour Highlights : Somnathapur, Mysore Palace

    Visited places:
    • Cochin
    • Bangalore
    • Mysore
  • 11
    MYSORE – HASSAN (120 KM – 3 HRS Excluding Stops)
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Hassan. Upon arrival transfer to hotel, afternoon visit the famous temples of Belur and Halebidu, splendid examples of architectural star of the Hoysala dynasty. 

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrance

    Tour Highlights : Temples of Belur and Halebidu

    Visited places:
    • Mysore
    • Hassan
  • 12
    HASSAN – SRAVANABELGOLA – HASSAN
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    Excursion to Sravanabelgola to visit the Jain temple located on an imposing hill that houses the gigantic monolithic statue of Bahubali. This is the oldest and most important jain pilgimage centres in india and the site of the huge 17 metres high naked statue of Gomatesvara. Back to Hassan.

     

    Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrance

    Tour Highlights : Sravanabelagola Jain Pilgrimage Site

    Visited places:
    • Hassan
  • 13
    HASSAN – BANGALORE – AIRPORT (120 KM – 3 HRS Excluding Stops)
    Day 13 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Bangalore. Afternoon short tour of the city. No overnight. Transfer to the international airport.

    Inclusions : Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrance

    Visited places:
    • Hassan
    • Bangalore
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    Accommodation on twin sharing basis
    Daily breakfast at all hotels
    Entrance fees to museums, archaeological sites and parks.One visit to each monument is allowed
    Houseboat Excursion in backwater followed by Lunch at Alleppey
    Rikshaw Ride in Madurai
    Mountain Jeep Safari in Pariyar
    Sravanabelgola Excursion at Hassan.
    One souvenir gift with compliments from MTA.
    2 Bottle of water per pessenger per day
    Local Assistance druing the tour
    Travel Kit with document folder
    GST (Goods and Services Tax)
     
    Price does not include
    • Any Airfare or Train fare 
    • Insurance of any kind.
    • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
    • Personal expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, Meals, Tipping etc.
    • Camera fee at any monument
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
    • Gratuities