The southern region of India is home to some extremely beautiful ancient temples and beautiful natural destinations. If you want to explore the best of South India then Grand tour of South India is a best choice for you. You will visit some of the very well-known temples of Tamilnadu, enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala and the historical attractions of Karnataka. The land of 33, 000 temples, Tamil Nadu, is a delight for those with keen interest in history, culture, architecture and spirituality. Besides temples, there are some of the best hill stations in South India that are located here including Ooty, Kodaikanal and Coonoor.

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The southern region of India is home to some extremely beautiful ancient temples and beautiful natural destinations. If you want to explore the best of South India then Grand tour of South India is a best choice for you. You will visit some of the very well-known temples of Tamilnadu, enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala and the historical attractions of Karnataka. The land of 33, 000 temples, Tamil Nadu, is a delight for those with keen interest in history, culture, architecture and spirituality. Besides temples, there are some of the best hill stations in South India that are located here including Ooty, Kodaikanal and Coonoor.

Coupled with wild trails and the beaches, these three hill stations are the reason Tamil Nadu is considered one of the most popular destination for honeymoon in South India. Kerala with its palm fringed backwaters, picturesque hill stations, abundant wildlife, vibrant culture, rich heritage and rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapies is no wonder referred to as the “God’s own Country.” Karnataka is the state where history seems to be contemporary. This is where the chiseled sculptures and engravings shine like they are alive.

 

Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Chennai
  • End Chennai
  • Countries
    • India
  • City
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrival in Chennai and sightseeing
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Meeting at Chennai International airport, transfer to the hotel and check-in.

    Chennai is the fourth largest city of India and the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Here was located the first settlement of East India company’s, founded in 1639 and given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijayanagara rulers of Hampi.

  • 2
    Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (220 Km – 5 Hrs Approx)
    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 the 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 the 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

  • 3
    Pondicherry – Gangaikondacholpuram – Darasuram - Tanjore (210 Km – 5 Hrs Approx)
    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 a 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 artifacts 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

  • 4
    Tanjore - Trichy - Chettinad (100 Km – 3 Hrs Approx)
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Chettinad, en route 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

  • 5
    Chettinad - Madurai (100 Km – 2 Hrs)
    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 the 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 on 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

  • 6
    Madurai - Periyar (145 Km – 4 Hrs)
    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 cocoa.

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

    Tour Highlights: Jeep Ride, Spice Plantations

  • 7
    Periyar - Kumarakom (170 Km – 4 Hrs)
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Drive to Kumarakom. Arrive and check-in at 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

  • 8
    Kumarakom - Cochin (260 Km – 5 Hrs)
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    Morning free for leisure, Ayurvedic Treatments or relax. Later, check out 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 , Transport, Tour Guide

    Tour Highlights: Chitrakoot Dham

  • 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.

    Transfer to the Airport and international departure. No Accommodation.

     

    Inclusions: Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrance

    Tour Highlights: Chinese Fishing Net, Fort Cochin.

  • 10
    Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore (Flight To Bangalore, Drive To Mysore 140 Km)
    Day 10 Transfer by airplane

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  • 11
    Mysore – Hassan (120 Km – 3 Hrs)
    Day 11

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  • 12
    Hassan – Sravanabelgola – Hassan
    Day 12 Transfer by car

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  • 13
    Hassan – Bangalore – Airport (120 Km – 3 Hrs)
    Day 13 Transfer by car

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation for 17 nights on twin sharing basis
    • Daily breakfast at all hotels
    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in the houseboat
    • Surface transportation in Deluxe Air-conditioned vehicle as per itinerary
    • One bottle of mineral water per person per day
    • Personal assistance by our representative on arrival and departure at airport
    • Entrance fee for monuments mentioned in the itinerary
    • Local English speaking guide.
    • Tea Plantation tour in Munnar
    • Spice Plantation tour in Periyar
    • Boat ride in Periyar
    • Kathakali Dance show in Cochin
    • All applicable taxes and service charges.

     

    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