Explore Southern India

Overview

This will be a unique journey in Southern India. Completely untouristic…

Package Includes :

Duration : 19 Nights / 20 Days

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Mumbai

Arrive at the commercial capital of India and check in. Rest of the day free for leisure.

DAY 2 : Mumbai

Half day trip to Elephanta cave island for astonishing ancient sculptures. Later during the day visit notable attractions of the city which includes Dhobi Ghat, Crawford market, Marine drive and old mansions of Colaba area.

Flight Details

Flight Name/Number : Jet Airways/9W457
Departure from Mumbai : 0800 HRS
Arrival at Hyderabad : 0915 HRS

DAY 3 : Hyderabad

Reach Hyderabad and check in. In sightseeing tour of the city visit the Salar Junf Museum, Birla Temple, Hussain Sagar Lake (Buddha Statue), Osmania University and the Historic Charminar. Evening free to explore and shop in the bustling and extremely interesting old bazaars around Charminar.

DAY 4 : Hyderabad

Visit the Golconda Fort, a massive fort having a long history behind its existence. Also visit the impressive tombs of Golconda kings. Rest of the day free at your discretion to spend in the charming city of Hyderabad.

DAY 5 : Chennai – Madurai

Reach Tamilnadu plains- the Dravidian heartland. On arrival we keep the remaining day at leisure.

Flight Details

Flight Name/Number : Jet Airways/9W494
Departure from Hyderabad : 0800 HRS
Arrival at Chennai: 0900 HRS

Flight Name/Number : Jet Airways/9W3519
Departure from Chennai : 1905 HRS
Arrival at Madurai: 2025 HRS

DAY 6 : Madurai

Visit the Thirumal Nayaka Palace and the Dravidian masterpiece Meenakshi Sundereshwar temple which makes the city of Madurai so famous and pulsate with festivities.

DAY 7 : Chettinad

Reach Chettinad where you will stay at an old mansion known as Chettinadu Mansion. The place is located in Chettinad region which is famous for the old houses of rich Chidambaram merchants who now live in big cities. The entire area gives a feeling of old world charm and heritage. The place is important to see the traditional architecture of Tamilnadu. During your stay you will served the local Tamil delicacies.

DAY 8 : Chettinad

In the morning take a village tour of Chettinad area. Remaining day at leisure.

DAY 9 : Swamimalai

Drive further to Swamimalai & check in at your beautiful resort. During the day take an excursion of the interesting towns located at a short distance.

Enjoy excursions covering temple tours to adjoining Chola Era cities are easily possible. It is also possible to visit the villages, old streets and bazaars with the help of your driver. The region is very famous for arts & crafts especially the art of Chola style brass/bronze sculptures.

DAY 10 : Swamimalai

During the day take the interesting excursions of the towns around.

DAY 11 : Cardamom House (Athoor)

Drive further & check in at Cardamom House, Athoor. Remaining day at your discretion.

DAY 12 : Cardamom House

Day at your discretion.

DAY 13 : Periyar

Drive westwards and finally reach Periyar National Park – One of the best jungles in India to see wild elephants. Day free to explore on own.

DAY 14 : Periyar

Visit the National Park on boat over Periyar lake where several wild animals come congregate at different times.

DAY 15 : Kanam Estate

Drive further & check in at Kanam Estate. Remaining day at your discretion.

DAY 16 : Kumarakom

Drive downhills through beautiful spice and rubber plantations and reach Kumarakom- an island with a beautiful bird-sanctuary and extremely serene atmosphere. Stay at Coconut Lagoons- a wonderful resort providing restored tharawads as idyllic rooms.

DAY 17 : Houseboat

Day till noon free to relax in the resort with traditional Ayurvedic therapies as the most suggested facility for rejuvenation. After lunch board your exclusive kettuvalom to sail through Kerala’s most enchanting backwater scenery. Kettuvalom is a traditional rice barge converted into a houseboat having all boarding and lodging facilities. Overnight on board.

DAY 18 : Kochi

After a short drive reach Kochi – the cultural and commercial hub of Kerala. Day sightseeing at Fort Kochi. Visit the Mattancherry palace, Jewish synagogue, Jew town, old spice markets, St. Francis church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Chinese fishing nets. Evening free to explore the vibrant markets.

DAY 19 : Kochi

Day at your discretion. In the evening you may watch the Kathakali dance performance in one of the many theatres of Kochi.

DAY 20 : Kochi

At appropriate time transfer to international airport to board the flight back home. The tour ends.