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The Complete South India Explorer - 22 Nights / 23 Days

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The Complete South India Explorer - 22 Nights / 23 Days

If you wish to experience the Best of South India in a single Trip. Well, this itinerary is tailored made and customized for travelers like you.

DAY 1

Arrive Chennai

Incredible India welcomes you !! On your arrival at the airport you will be met and received by our tour executive. He will then introduce you to your driver who will be with you throughout your trip. Proceed to pre booked hotel and relax from your long flight. Later after lunch head out visit Dakshinachitra, which is a center for the living traditions of art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture of India with an emphasis on the traditions of South India. Read more

Chennai 01 Night
DAY 2

Chennai – Mahablipuram

Today proceed to Mahablipuram (1.5hrs drive), it lies on the Coromandel Coast which faces the Bay of Bengal. This is an elegant place to watch which a well-established sea port was during the 7th and 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty. Spend the remaining day at leisure.

Mahablipuram - 02Nights
DAY 3

Mahablipuram

Full day to relax and visit some famous UNESCO monuments such as Arjuna’s penance, Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Krishna’s butterball , Ancient monuments, historic temples for their unique sculptures, the culture and tradition of the natives and so on. Evening will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the tropical beach. Read more

DAY 4

Mahablipuram – Pondicherry

Today you will head to Pondicherry (2.5hrs drive), which stands as a living monument of the French culture in India. On reaching check in to hotel and relax. Spend the remaining day at leisure to explore on your own interest.

Pondicherry - 02 Nights
DAY 5

Pondicherry

Full day to relax and sightsee Pondicherry. Auroville, which is a Universal Town where people from different nationalities, faiths and beliefs, can live in peace and harmony. Aurobhindo ashram, it was built with the object of creating an evolution of a higher spiritual consciousness. Later in the evening you can enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride in the French Quarter. Read more

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DAY 6

Pondicherry – Tanjore

Relax in the morning and start drive to Tanjpre (5hrs drive), on the way visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, which is an architectural work of genius. In the early 11th century, the temple got built by Rajendra Chola, who was the son and successor of Rajaraja Chola. The temple is renowned for having the biggest Shivalingam in the Southern part of India. At Darasuram you will see the temple and the grandeur of Chola architecture. This is a well presented temple considering it was built in the 12th century AD. Here you can see the musical stone stairs that produce a metallic sound like a xylophone when struck. Proceed your drive to Tanjore. On arrival check in at the hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Read more

Tanjore - 01 Night
DAY 7

Tanjore – Chettinad

In the morning visit the Brihadeeswara temple, the finest Dravidian (South Indian) style temple. This thousand year old edifice is still a major place of worship and offers a glimpse of the classical civilization which has existed in Tamil Nadu for a more or less unbroken period of over 2000 years. You may also visit Saraswathi Mahal Library and Art Gallery with a large collection of Chola bronzes - a unique example of Hindu architecture Then proceed to a unique destination Chettinad (2hrs drive). Chettinad is something of a world apart and a truly unique destination. Here visit the local markets and temples, observe the local craft of tile-making, Kannudakathan is a perfect place to slow down, walk the quiet streets and meet the local people. Chettinad Cuisine is the cuisine of this region, is one of the spiciest and the most aromatic in India. It is famous for its use of a variety of spices used in preparing mainly non-vegetarian food. Read more

Chettinad - 02 Nights
DAY 8

Chettinad

Full day sightseeing of Chettinad. Today you visit the local craft of tile-making at Athangudi, Wood carving and Hand weaving of Kandangi sarees at Karaikudi. Kannudakathan is a perfect place to slow down, walk the quiet streets and meet the local people. Or you can also visit the nearby villages and enjoy bullock cart ride etc. Read more

DAY 9

Chettinad – Madurai

Today morning drive to Madurai (2hrs drive), the oldest as well as the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is one of Tamil culture's most vital centers the temple and bazaar are at the heart of this vibrant and colorful city. On reaching check in to your hotel and relax. Day at leisure to explore the city with your own interest. Madurai is renowned for its silk and cotton. You can visit the nearby colorful bazaars, this will give you an insight of the local people. In the evening you can join a traditional Tamil family who is will teach you how to cook some delicious, yet traditional Tamil food. You will also enjoy dinner here with them. This will definitely will an amazing experience to remember. Read more

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DAY 10

Madurai

Today early you can do the Morning Vannakam Madurai walk to explore the splendid sleepless city would be very unique, traffic less, safe and will give you a closer insight of India’s culture and their way of life. The first place to visited is the Meenakshi- Sundareswarar temple located in the heart of the city This is home of the religious and cultural life of the city. This temple is an outstanding example of Vijayanagar temple architecture. You may also visit the Gandhi Museum established in memory of the Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Thirumalai Nayak Palace which was built by King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD. Later in the evening you can witness Night ceremony at Meenakshi Amman Temple, every evening the deities which are housed within Meenakshi temple are processed through the complex and the temple closed for the night- this is a spectacular event, complete with drumming, chanting and lots of colour and well worth seeing on one of your evenings in the city. Read more

DAY 11

Madurai – Munnar

Today after breakfast take a leisurely 5hrs drive towards the beautiful hill station of Munnar while enjoying the stunning views of the grand valleys. On the way to you can also watch the adorable waterfalls and colorful flowers. Evening will be at leisure to explore the nature on your own by taking a peaceful walk by the mesmerizing greenery hills or enjoy an authentic Ayurvedic massage at the hotel. Read more

Munnar - 02 Nights
DAY 12

Munnar

Enjoy a full day visiting the attractive lakes, striking reservoirs, remarkable forests. Sightsee - Rajamalai National Park, some of the animals spotted here are Elephant, Nilgiri langur, small-clawed and lots of interesting small animals. The Tea Museum showcases old photographs, machinery, curios and other artifacts that have been used since ancient times. Pothamedu, where you can enjoy watching the plantations of tea, cardamom, coffee and other spices. Mattupetty Lake & Dam where you can enjoy speed boating. Also visit Tea Estate, Echo Point, etc. Read more

DAY 13

Munnar – Thodupuzha

Today you will drive 3hrs to Thodupuzha, your accommodation is at “Dewalokam Homestay”- a truly unique way to relax and unwind in this peaceful and unspoiled heaven. The area is tucked away beyond commercial rubber plantations in a secluded paradise. It is bounded by a tranquil river and nature reserve, you can chose to be as active or relaxed as you wish away from the bustle of tourist India. Enjoy your stay at this homestay for two days. Here, you can do various activities like spice walk, Bamboo rafting, village walk, cycling on the village road, school visit, cooking demo, etc… You can check with your hosts for the available activities and enjoy them. Read more

Thodupuzha - 02 Nights
DAY 14

Thodupuzha

Relax or do the activities available – just go through their site for various activities and you would get some idea on this - http://www.dewalokam.com/Alliance/AllianceList.aspx?linkId=6

DAY 15

Thodupuzha – Alleppey

Today you will drive 2.5hrs to the backwaters region of Alleppey also known as "Venice of east”, where you’ll embark the traditional Houseboat. You will be floating rhythmically to the waves and enjoy watching Kuttanadu farming, coir making, fishing, dish washing and day to day activities of the local village people. There is a Kerala that lives along these backwaters busy with its own unique culture, it will be incredibly different experience just floating in this backwaters and absorbing unusual representation. You will be provided with welcome drink, lunch, snack, beverages, dinner and breakfast on full board. Stay overnight at houseboat Read more

Houseboat - 01 Night
DAY 16

Alleppey - Cochin

Today after a relaxing breakfast at the houseboat head out to visit to Fort Cochin (2hrs drive) where there’re several historic sites. The Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday/Saturday) was built in 1568 AD. The Dutch Palace (closed on Friday), the main attractions has the outstanding collection of mural paintings found inside. After lunch visit St. Francis Church, the first European church that was built in India. Folklore Museum, is meant for architectural enthusiasts who wish to explore places with a touch of traditional designs. You may also explore the fragrant spice markets of the Jew town. Read more

Fort Cochin - 02 Nights
DAY 17

Fort Cochin

Today you will enjoy Manakkodam village visit with lunch, this will definitely be an unique experience for you. Manakkodam is a typical Kerala village where the Kerala culture remains intact in terms of dress code and cuisine etc. It is a pollution free village surrounded by green leafy plants and coconut trees. You will get to engage many exciting activities to learn more about Keralan culture and tradition. In the evening visit the Chinese fishing nets, here you can enjoy watching the beautiful sunset by the seashore. You’ll be ending the day by enjoying Kathakali show- the traditional dance of this part of India with wonderful and unique makeup and costume. Read more

DAY 18

Cochin – Wayanad

Today morning after breakfast drive to Wayanad (6hrs), a biodiversity hotspot and is home to some endangered, exotic species. On reaching check in to your hotels and relax. Later you can explore the captivating sights, sounds and fragrance of Wayanad, you may also shop for some specialties of Wayanad like spices, coffee, tea, bamboo products, honey and herbal plants. Read more

Wayanad - 02 Nights
DAY 19

Wayanad

Today you will be also visiting the famous Edakal caves first. These are a group of three caves which are at a height of nearly 1000 meters. These reflect the echoes of various culture and civilizations that existed here during pre-historical times. If interested you might also visit some very unique tribal villages near by that will give you an insight of their way of life. Later sightsee Ambalavayal Heritage Bathery Jn temple. You may also visit some very unique tribal villages near by that will give you an insight of their way of life. Explore this unique place on your own interest Read more

DAY 20

Wayanad – Mysore

Today you will head out to sandalwood city “Mysore (3hrs drive). On reaching check in to hotel and relax for a while. Evening visit The Devaraja market is in the centre of Mysore and is truly a central hub of trade, covering flowers, fruit, vegetables, incense, kitchen equipment, bangles and many other locally produced goods. Rest of the day will be at leisure to explore this historical city with your own interest Read more

Mysore
DAY 21

Mysore

Full day to sightsee Mysore city. First visit the Maharaja’s Palace. The Palace incorporates artistic creation from around the world and has well preserved paintings on many walls, showing the annual Dussera procession through the streets. Also visit St. Philomena's Church, Chamundi Hill and Bull temple. Later after lunch drive to see a small but intricately carved temple at Somnathpur dating back to the 10th century, we can include this trip in the afternoon, the 1hr drive is through very lush agricultural areas running close to the Cauvery River. Read more

DAY 22

Mysore - Bangalore

Today you will drive to Bangalore (4.5hrs) en route visit Srirangapatna, a place with reverberating History and Culture. This is also a place most sought after by ardent historians, pilgrims, professionals and tourists. The place which witnessed and Tippu Sulthan. On reaching check in to hotel and spend the remaining day at leisure. Read more

Bangalore - 01 Night
DAY 23

Bangalore Departure

Today according to the timing of your international flights you’ll transferred to Bangalore international airport to take your outbound flight, fly back home with fond memories of your tour to incredible India, Country that never fails to charm its visitors. Tour ends with beautiful memories!! oday according to the timing of your international flights you’ll transferred to Bangalore international airport to take your outbound flight, fly back home with fond memories of your tour to incredible India, Country that never fails to charm its visitors. Tour ends with beautiful memories!! Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Chennai
Hotel La Woods
Day 2
Location Mahablipuram
Hotel Mahabs
Day 4
Location Pondicherry
Hotel Les Hibiscus
Day 6
Location Tanjore
Hotel Parisutham
Day 7
Location Chettinad
Day 9
Location Madurai
Hotel JC Residency
Day 11
Location Munnar
Day 13
Location Thodupuzha
Day 15
Location Alleppey
Day 16
Location Fort Cochin
Hotel Arches Hotel
Day 18
Location Wayanad
Day 20
Location Mysore
Day 22
Location Bangalore
Hotel Tulip Inn
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Chennai
Hotel Trident
Day 2
Location Mahablipuram
Day 4
Location Pondicherry
Day 6
Location Tanjore
Day 7
Location Chettinad
Hotel Visalam
Day 9
Location Madurai
Hotel GRT Regency
Day 11
Location Munnar
Hotel Swiss County
Day 13
Location Thodupuzha
Hotel Dewalokam
Day 15
Location Alleppey
Day 16
Location Fort Cochin
Day 18
Location Wayanad
Day 20
Location Mysore
Day 22
Location Bangalore
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Chennai
Day 2
Location Mahablipuram
Day 4
Location Pondicherry
Day 6
Location Tanjore
Hotel Svatma
Day 7
Location Chettinad
Day 9
Location Madurai
Day 11
Location Munnar
Day 13
Location Thodupuzha
Hotel Dewalokam
Day 15
Location Alleppey
Day 16
Location Fort Cochin
Day 18
Location Wayanad
Hotel Tranquil
Day 20
Location Mysore
Day 22
Location Bangalore
Hotel ITC Gardenia

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • 22 nights of accommodation at the above mentioned hotels
  • Accommodation as 01 double/twin sharing bedroom
  • Complimentary breakfast at all hotels
  • Complimentary arrival and departure assistances
  • Complimentary mineral water bottle in car throughout the trip -01 bottle / person / day
  • 01 prepaid simcard to use throughout the tour
  • All meals Dewalokam homestay and Wayanad hotels
  • Morning Vannakam Madurai walk
  • Cooking class with dinner in Madurai
  • Cultural Art Performance at Greenix Village in Cochin
  • Manakkodam village visit in Cochin
  • All transfers and sightseeing by A/C Swift Dzire / Toyota Etios with experienced and knowledgeable driver
  • All expenses related to transport such as fuel, toll, parking and interstate taxes
  • All applicable Government taxes

Package excludes

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Entry fee / Guide / Ayurvedic massages at any places
  • Flight fare / Visa
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusion
  • Tips, gratuities, shopping or any other expenditure of personal nature

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  • The above given price is valid up to September 2017 (For season price from October – March please contact us)

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This was our second family tour with Indian panorama. A superb company. They did utmost to make sure that any special requests etc were granted. we were met by Representatives on arrival in Delhi and also on arrival at all hotels to assist with check in. The hotels, coaches, drivers and guides were excelent. I have used this company in the past and it would be my first choice in the future. This is an extremely professional, helpful and knowledgable company, one that I would have no hesitation in strongly recommending to anyone considering a trip to India. Read more

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Me n my husband just returned from our wonderful trip from dehli and extremely grateful to Indian Panorama for making it such an unforgettable experience. We cannot praise highly enough the competence, professionalism and courtesy of the Indian Panorama staff we had contacted especially Mary, and our driver Mr Prateeb. Our trip was well planned and arranged very professionally. The hotels provided was excellent. We were upgraded to a suite in dehli as we were having some issues wt room. I will definately book my travel package wt indian panoroma on my next trip. Read more

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