South India is a remarkable prospect of unique places, with its warm and friendly people. When the Aryans began their vast migration into India, each wave displaced some of the original inhabitants southward. The invasion of the South was never completed and Dravidian culture survived from ancient times without any real threat of extinction. Come & conquer the never-ending presence of a glorious civilization.

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South India is a remarkable prospect of unique places, with its warm and friendly people. When the Aryans began their vast migration into India, each wave displaced some of the original inhabitants southward. The invasion of the South was never completed and Dravidian culture survived from ancient times without any real threat of extinction. Come & conquer the never-ending presence of a glorious civilization.

Discover this marvellous country on a tailormade tour, holiday and vacation to one of the most charming areas of Asia!

Tour Highlights:

  • Rural life of South India
  • Cultural & Architectural Site of Tamilnadu
  • Ancient Temples of South India


Trip summary

  • Departure Chennai
  • End Cochin
  • Countries
    • India
  • City
    • Chennai
    • Mahabalipuram
    • Pondicherry
    • Tranquebar
    • Tanjore
    • Chettinad
    • Madurai
    • Dindigul
    • Thekkady
    • Teekoy
    • Alleppey
    • Cochin
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips and custom tours
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

  • 1
    Day 1

    Welcome ! Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to your hotel. After the check-in, your afternoon will be available at leisure.


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  • 2
    Chennai – Mahabalipuram
    Day 2
    Chennai – Mahabalipuram

    After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram.

    Enroute visiting the society in Adayar, its primary object is Universal Brotherhood based on the realization that life, and all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisible.

    Arrival in Mahabalipuram, check-in to your hotel and in the afternoon visiting to Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance - biggest bas relief in the world - and leisure walk to Five Rathas witness the craftsmen making statues in stones.

    Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

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  • 3
    Mahabalipuram – Sadras – Pondicherry
    Day 3
    Mahabalipuram – Sadras – Pondicherry

    After breakfast drive to Sadras, a Dutch Colony in 17th Century, visit the Fort and Cemetery.

    Later we will arrive to Pondicherry, check-in to your hotel and in the afternoon there will be a sightseeing tour to Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram, founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. The ashram is one of the most popular in India with westerners, and is also one of the most affluent.

    Then is fixed a visiting to Manakula Vinayagar Temple and to the French Quarter.

    Overnight in Pondicherry.

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  • 4
    Pondicherry – Tranquebar
    Day 4
    Pondicherry – Tranquebar

    After breakfast drive to Tranquebar, check-in to your hotel.

    We will explore beautiful gate of the majestic King Street, past Lutheran churches and grand bungalows of the Danish Governors and the British Collector's residence.

    Overnight in Tranquebar.

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  • 5
    Tranquebar – Tanjore – Chettinad
    Day 5
    Tranquebar – Tanjore – Chettinad

    After breakfast drive to Tanjore visiting the Brahadeeswara temple which was built by Chola King Rajaraja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture, listed in world heritage monuments. We will also visit the Tanjore Palace which was constructed in 16th Century and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers.

    At the end of the visiting we will leave to Chettinad.

    Check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free.

    In the evening enjoy Chettinad Cuisine and overnight in Chettinad.

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  • 6
    Day 6

    Day tour of Chettinad to witness the hidden treasures of the Chettinad region. Your excursion includes a visit to the Chettinad Palace, a textile weaving village, a tile making village and an antique's market.

    Overnight in Chettinad. 

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  • 7
    Chettinad - Madurai
    Day 7
    Chettinad - Madurai

    After breakfast, leave to Madurai - one of the oldest cities in South India. It has been a centre of learning & pilgrimage for centuries.

    Check-in at your hotel and in the afternoon visiting of  Sri Meenakshi temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. We will just take a leisure walk around the temple to see the flower market and also visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace.

    In the evening witness Aarti Ceremony.

    Overnight in Madurai. 

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  • 8
    Madurai – Dindigul
    Day 8
    Madurai – Dindigul

    After breakfast drive to Dindigul.

    Check-in to Double Dutch Resort at Athoor Village waiting to be discovered, here you can experience true unspoiled rural and village life at your own pace, with activities such as walking, bird watching, photography and painting when the spirit moves you.

    In the afternoon we will explore the village accompanied by the staff, meet the local villagers, visit to local market.

    Overnight in Dindigul.

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  • 9
    Day 9

    Day walk around the Kamarajar Lake, you could witness Coconut and Mango Plantations and visit Lord Sadyani Temple.

    In the evening freetime to relax. Overnight in Dindigul.

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  • 10
    Dindigul – Periyar
    Day 10
    Dindigul – Periyar

    After breakfast, leave to Periyar, check-in to your hotel.

    In the afternoon take bullock cart ride to visit the farmlands of a village hidden in the valley behind the mountains of Periyar Tiger Reserve.

    Overnight in Periyar.

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  • 11
    Day 11

    Morning take a boat ride on the lake of Periyar to watch the wildlife.

    In the afternoon visiting of the Kumily spice markets – option to buy some Kerala spices.

    Overnight in Periyar.

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  • 12
    Periyar – Teekoy
    Day 12
    Periyar – Teekoy

    After breakfast leave to Teekoy.

    Check-in to your Homestay and in the afternoon visit how rubber is produced, plantation of Vanilla and to witness Elephants at Work.

    In the evening enjoy Kerala Dinner and overnight in Teekoy.

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  • 13
    Day 13

    Day option to take a bath in the stream that pass by the resort, explore the vanilla plantations.

    Option for short trekking with your host.

    Overnight in Teekoy

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  • 14
    Teekoy – Alleppey
    Day 14
    Teekoy – Alleppey

    After breakfast drive to Alleppey - an enchanting backwater village.

    Check-in to your backwater resort and in the afternoon witness the Toddy Tapping, Duck Farming, Coir Making, Pottery.

    Overnight in Alleppey – Pooppally’s Homestay.

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  • 15
    Day 15

    Free morning, but in the afternoon boarding to your houseboat and cruise into the canals of Vembanad Lake to witness the traditional Kerala village life remained unchanged for many years.

    Here your crew will prepare you delicious Kerala meal on board. You will visit ancient temples, churches and meet local villagers to see their daily life.

    Overnight in the Houseboat.

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  • 16
    Alleppey - Cochin
    Day 16
    Alleppey - Cochin

    After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and departure for Cochin.

    Check-in to your hotel and visiting of historic Fort Cochin including Jewish Synagogue – oldest synagogue in the commonwealth and the Mattancherry Palace – houses of lots of mural paintings.

    St. Francis Church - the oldest European Church and visit to Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders long ago still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing.

    In the evening watch the performance of Kathakali Dance show – traditional dance of Kerala. You can also witness the make up demonstration.

    Overnight in Cochin.

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  • 17
    Day 17

    The end of our tour has come. After breakfast, you will have free time until the transfer to the airport.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation in above Specified Hotels or similar
    • Breakfast in all hotels
    • Dinner at Chettinad 
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board houseboat, Vanilla County & Double Dutch Resort  
    • Kathakali Show in Cochin
    • Boat Ride, Spice Plantations Tour, Bullock Cart Ride & Elephant Ride in Thekkady
    • All transfers and sightseeing by Air Conditioned Car with English speaking driver for the entire tour
    • Driver’s allowances, diesel / parking charges and all expenses related to car & driver
    • Assistance at arrival and departure points
    • All taxes

    Please note:

    • A Special Dinner from India’s Invitation.  
    • The above cost is subject to minimum 02 full paying passengers.
    • Please feel free to ask us to change any hotel in case you want to change or upgrade
    Price does not include
    • Entrance fee, Guide fee & Camera fee (Video / still) & Guide fee at the sightseeing places
    • Any other meal, tips, porterage
    • International Flight fares, Visa, Insurance
    • Any items of personal nature