Immerse yourself in the beauty of Peninsular India on this journey through the gentler, more relaxed southern states of the kaleidoscopic sub-continent. Prized for millennia for its aromatic spices and other natural resources and cultural treasures, India’s beautiful south remains a feast for the senses with all the right ingredients for a wonderful trip, fragrant cuisines, friendly people, and fascinating cultures. The colour and movement of bustling, increasingly sophisticated cities yields to sleepy fishing villages, tropical coastlines and lush hinterlands. You’ll be astonished by the inspired Pallava sculptures and towering Chola temples of Tamil Nadu, enchanted by the colonial charms of Pondicherry, and lulled to restful sleep by the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. It’s an India still largely untrammelled by tourists that will stay in your heart forever.
01 Upon your arrival in Chennai, you'll be warmly greeted and escorted to your hotel by our representative. Relax and unwind on your first day in the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
02 Embark on a comprehensive sightseeing journey through the vibrant city of Chennai. Explore Chennai's rich heritage and modern vitality with visits to iconic landmarks, such as Marina Beach, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Government Museum, and vibrant markets.
03 Drive to Pondicherry with a captivating stop at Mahabalipuram en route.Mahabalipuram is a coastal town known for its ancient temples, intricately carved rock-cut sculptures, and beautiful beaches.
04 Delve into the charm of Pondicherry with visits to the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Pondicherry, a former French colony, offers a blend of European and Indian culture, serene beaches, and spiritual retreats.
05 Continue your journey south to Thanjavur (formerly Tanjore), known for its cultural significance. The town boasts rich cultural heritage with its magnificent Brihadeeswarar Temple and traditional arts like Bharatanatyam dance.
06 Engage in a full day of captivating sightseeing, exploring the cultural gems of Thanjavur. Explore the architectural marvels of Thanjavur, including the iconic Brihadeeswarar Temple and the royal Thanjavur Palace, reflecting the city's historical and cultural significance.
07 Drive to Madurai, pausing for an enriching visit to a Chettinad villagerenowned for its opulent mansions adorned with intricate woodwork, vibrant tiles, and cultural richness, offering a glimpse into its affluent past. Also get to savour local flavours for lunch.
08 Explore the vibrant city of Madurai with a morning city tour and an evening Hindu prayer ceremony at Meenakshi Temple. Madurai, an ancient city in Tamil Nadu, is steeped in history, boasting vibrant markets, bustling streets, and a rich cultural heritage.
09 Embark on a scenic journey to Periyar in Kerala. Immerse yourself in the aroma of a spice plantation.Periyar's lush spice plantations offer an aromatic journey through cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and more, revealing the essence of Kerala's natural bounty.
10 Experience Periyar National Park's wildlife by boat before departing for the serene town of Kumarakom.
11 Indulge in a full day of relaxation in Kumarakom, nestled by Vembanad Lake, is a serene haven known for its backwaters, bird sanctuaries; capped off with a tranquil evening boat cruise.
12 Travel to Cochin and enjoy a leisurely day exploring the city's captivating sights.Cochin, a captivating city on the Malabar Coast, showcases a blend of historical charm and modern vibrancy, with diverse cultures, bustling markets, and iconic waterfront attractions.
13 Embark on a full day exploration of Fort Cochin, uncovering its historical treasures.Fort Kochi, a historic district in Cochin, Kerala, boasts colonial architecture, Chinese fishing nets, art galleries, and a cultural blend reflecting its diverse history.
14 Conclude your journey with a transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Cherish the memories of your captivating South Indian adventure.