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Serene South India Tour Package - Kerala Temples, Kerala Backwaters, Jungle Boat Safari

You may think that a 16-day long trip to South India seems right out of a storybook, but we are here to make it a reality with your own private guided tour. Experience the spice plantations, houseboat tours, Kathakali dances, ancient temples, jungle boat safaris, and lounge around on the magnificent beaches of South India as you begin your journey in Chennai.

After sightseeing in Chennai, check out Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, the two temple towns of South India. From famous rock carvings to seeing a thousand temples, these two ancient cities will leave you spellbound.

Add a dash of a French experience to your holiday with a trip to Pondicherry, where you see the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Move on to Tanjore, a 1500-year-old city that houses the 1000-year-old Brihadeeshwara Temple. If you have had your fill of temples, take an adventurous route to visit the Periyar National Park and check out a Kathakali dance performance in Kochi.

No trip is complete without Ooty, the queen of hill stations. A ride in Ooty's toy train will take you back to your childhood. The city of palaces, Mysore, and a visit to the very modern Bengaluru wraps up this long South India odyssey.

15 Nights/16 Days
Private Tour
Fully Escorted
15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinner included.
Private Car
English Speaking Driver

Vibrant Experiences

Spice Plantations
Evening with Local Family
Indian Cuisine Cooking Classes
Kerala Backwaters
Houseboat Tour
Jungle Boat Safari
Kathakali Dance
Ancient Temples
Toy Train ride in Nilgiri Hills
Beach Resorts
Rain forests

Trip Route

Chennai Mahabalipuram Kanchipuram Pondicherry Tanjore Trichy Madurai Periyar Kumarakom (Houseboat) Cochin Ooty Wayanad Mysore Bangalore

With Standard Hotels

A$2960 per person/twin share

With Deluxe Hotels

A$0 per person/twin share

With Luxury Hotels

A$0 per person/twin share
Special Offer
$100 Deposit Only
Book now and pay rest by 14 days before your tour start date.
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Accommodations

Combination of best heritage, 3, 4 & 5 Star hotels located at the prime locations.

Day 1: CHENNAI, WELCOME TO INCREDIBLE INDIA!!
Our representative will welcome you at Chennai International Airport and assist you with your hotel transfer. Check-in at the hotel and you will have remaining time for leisure. Meals: Welcome Dinner Included
Day 2: KANCHIPURAM & MAHABALIPURAM, ANCIENT CITIES
Have breakfast and check-out from the hotel to visit the ancient city of Kanchipuram - the ancient capital of the Pallavas, famous as a city of 1000 Temples and 124 shrines. A guided sightseeing tour through the city includes visit to popular shrines namely Ekambareshwara, Kailasanathar Temple and Kaanchi Kaamachi. Next on the list is Mahabalipuram, a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site located between Great Salt Lake and the Bay of Bengal. Mahabalipuram is famous for its rock carvings and the beautiful 7th century Shore Temple. Check-in at your beach resort and later explore the best of this ancient town at Pancha Pandava Rathas, Varaha Mandapa and other structures that were built during 7th and 8th century. Stay overnight at your resort. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 3: PONDICHERRY
Third day of the trip is all about adding French experience to your holiday in India. We will drive you to the Puducherry (formerly known as Pondicherry), an erstwhile French colony. Located along the Bay of Bengal, this Union Territory offers bewitching views of swaying palms dotting pristine beaches, fishing villages, great sea-food, quality wine and backwaters. Besides breathtaking nature, Pondicherry is also known for renowned attractions such as Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Check-in to your beach resort and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 4: PONDICHERRY, FRENCH FLAVOUR
Pondicherry tour starts today. The French Quarter and Sri Aurobindo Ashram are first two attractions on the Day 4 itinerary. While exploring these sites, you can easily identify the French influence in Pondicherry’s culture and architecture. Later in the day, the tour will take you to Auroville, the township established in 1968 to celebrate the unity among human beings. The world's largest solid crystal can be found in this township. EVENING WITH LOCAL FAMILY & COOKING CLASS Spend evening with the local family. You will experience a great insight into the lifestyle of Indian family. Later, you will be part of a cooking class with the local family. You will learn few local dishes and how to prepare them from with fresh ingredients. Enjoy the dinner prepared by you with the family. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included.
Day 5: TANJORE
Have delicious breakfast and we will drive you to your next destination Tanjore, a city with 1500 years of impressive history. The city features 1000-year-old Brihadishvara temple, one of the largest temples in South India. The Sacred Bull made from a single piece of stone is one of the significant highlights in the temple. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 6: MADURAI
The day kicks off with drive to Madurai via Trichy. Spend some time at notable Jambukeshwar and Srirangam temples in Trichy before driving further to Madurai. Check-in at your hotel. In the evening, you can plan to experience the night at popular Shree Meenakshi Temple. A procession takes place during the ceremony where the bronze idol of Lord Shiva is taken to the bedchamber of the Hindu deity, Parvati. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 7: MADURAI, DRAVIDIAN ARCHITECTURE
After breakfast, visit Meenakshi Temple to admire the classic Dravidian architecture and find solace in its spiritual charm. The city tour starts in the afternoon and will take you to the city’s top-rated attractions including Tirumal Nayak Palace and the Mariamman Teppakula. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 8: PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK (THEKKADY), SPICY & WILD
The day starts with a scenic drive to Periyar National park, Thekkady. The drive will take you through the lush agricultural areas and the Spice Market at Theni, which is one of the largest in South India. Later be a part of wildlife boat ride over the beautiful Periyar Lake in Periyar National Park, one of the prominent elephants and tiger reserves in India and admire the gorgeous natural surroundings. You can explore various species of animals and birds and might get a glimpse of wild elephants, tigers, boars and bison. Overnight stay in Thekkady. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 9: ALLEPPEY, VENICE OF THE EAST
Today, we will take you to Alleppey, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, with its meandering lagoons, coconut trees, endless rows of paddy fields.
Around 1200 hrs check in at the Houseboat and start your cruise through the rich and splendid backwater. It will be a unique and exclusive experience in your lifetime. You will be cruising along the village sides and paddy fields witnessing the core life of the Kerala villages for the whole day. The houseboat is fully furnished with bedrooms and a kitchen. Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at the houseboat.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.
Day 10: COCHIN (KOCHI), ANTIQUES SHOPPING & KATHAKALI DANCE
Enjoy healthy breakfast and drive to Cochin. Explore St. Francis Church- the oldest church in India, the imposing Santa Cruz basilica built by the Portuguese, the heritage sites of Fort Kochi and shop for antiques and spices. Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue are other highlights of the tour. You will have several opportunities to find prized souvenirs such as spices and antiques while shopping at Jew Street. KATHAKALI DANCE Add a cultural tinge to the evening with a Kathakali dance performance at a popular cultural centre in Fort Kochi. The, colourful dance is not merely a dance. It is an art form that comprises powerful storytelling with ritual, drama, and music. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 11: OOTY, QUEEN OF HILL STATIONS
Have breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Drive to Ooty, the queen of hill stations. Check-in at the hotel and later explore the popular attractions such as Dodda Betta, Ooty Lake and botanical gardens. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 12: OOTY – COONOOR, TOY TRAIN
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and head to Ooty Railway station. Embark on a memorable journey to Coonoor on a toy train. Below is the train schedule: Toy Train, UAM – ONR, Train# 56137, 09:15 - Departs from Ooty, 10:25 - Arrival at Coonoor The train journey passes through the mesmerizing Nilgiri Hills and shutterbugs will find amazing photography opportunities. Our driver will receive you at Coonoor Railway Station and you will visit Sim’s Park, Tea Gardens and Dolphin’s Nose. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 13: MYSORE
Start your day with a healthy breakfast and later drive to the legendary city of Palaces, Perfumes, Sandalwood and Handicrafts – Mysore. Check-in at your hotel and relax for some time. In the evening, visit Brindavan Gardens and Chamundi Hills. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 14: MYSORE, CITY OF PALACES
Visit ‘Devraja Flower Market’ early in the morning and your Mysore city sightseeing tour kicks off after breakfast. Mysore Zoo and Mysore Palace are two of the many attractions you are going to visit today. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 15: MYSORE – BANGALORE
Today you will drive to Bangalore after having breakfast. Arrive in Bangalore and check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon, visit notable Bangalore attractions such as Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Garden, and Bull Temple. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Day 16: DEPARTURE BANGALORE AIRPORT
This Morning after breakfast checkout from your hotel and at appropriate time you will be transferred to Bangalore Airport for your onward journey. Board your flight and fly back with memories to cherish for life. Tour ends. Meals: Breakfast Included.
Accommodations

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Inclusions
  • Accommodation at the specified hotels.
  • Daily breakfast during your stay at all proposed destinations.
  • Services of English speaking tour guide during all sightseeing tours.
  • Trip to Spice plantations in Thekkady.
  • Boat safari trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Entrances to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Full body Ayurvedic massage.
  • Toy Train ticket in Ooty.
  • Kathakali dance show tickets. 
  • Camera fees.
  • All arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing by an exclusive deluxe air-conditioned Toyota Eitios Car (for 2 persons), Toyota Innova Car (for 4 persons), Tempo Traveller (for 6/8 persons).
  • Airport pickup and transfers.
  • State tax, toll taxes and driver allowances.
  • Assistance at all pickup and departure points.
  • All applicable taxes.
Exclusions
  • Any kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, meals, telephone bills and beverages. 
  • It also does not include meals not specified.
  • Domestic & International airfares. 
  • Optional, suggested or unspecified activities. 
  • Insurance and Medi claim.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments.
  • Anything Not Mentioned in The Inclusions.
  • Airfare / train fare.
  • Any adventure activities Fee. Like, Ride, Boating, & Safari Etc.
  • Guide / Elephant Ride.
  • Light and Sound Show.
  • Guide / Entry Fees to Monuments and Palaces.
  • Personal Travel Insurance, Telephone Call.
  • Tour Guide, Cable car ticket.
  • Any other expenses/service not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • All Items of Personal Nature.
  • Any Cost Arising Due to Natural Calamities Like Landslides, Roadblocks, Etc.
  • Any Increase in Taxes or Fuel Leading to An Increase in Surface Transport.
  • Mandatory X- Mas / New Year Eve Supplementary Charges, That Should Be Paid by The Guest Directly to The Hotels Concerned. 

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If you decide to cancel your tour for any reason up to 14 days prior to your tour start date, we will refund your full deposit and any progress payments made by you within 14 business days.
If you decide to rebook or reschedule your tour for any reason up to 14 days prior to your tour start date your deposit and any progress payments will be carried forward as full credit towards future travel with us for up to five years with Zero fees.
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If you decide to cancel your tour for any reason 7 days or less prior to your tour start date - we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking. Vibrant india tours will endeavour to recover as much of your funds as we can on your behalf, or negotiate a credit for future use.
If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
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