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South India Tour - South India Houseboat Tour

Tour Duration 17 Days Tour Code JTT / SHT
Season Jan - Dec Tour Category Boating & Sailing
Destinations Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Houseboat - Alleppey - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore - Mumbai
   
Tour Type Long Tour India - South India Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Chennai :
Arrive at Chennai. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. This morning we set out to explore the city of madras. Visit the National Art Gallery Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church and the St. Thomas Cathedral and drive along the marina. Walk with our guide though some colorful market areas. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram : After breakfast we drive to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival in Mahabalipuram we check into our pre booked Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Mahabalipuram, once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 06th and 09th Centuries AD.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram : Depart for a tour of Kanchipuram, city of a thousand temples, Once the capital of Pallava, Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. The temples were built mainly by two rulers, Mahendray and Mamalla Narashimha Parman.

Day 4: Chennai - Madurai :. Today we are transferred to the airport to board our flight for Madurai.upon arrival we are met and transferred to our pre booked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5: Madurai : Madurai's history goes back to six centuries before Christ. The Pandyan rulers made this their capital until the 14th Century and the city flowered with the genius of its writers, builders, poets and academics. Then the Nayaks ruled Madurai from the middle of the 16th Century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple were raised during their dynasty. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Madurai - Periyar : After early morning breakfast we drive to Periyar (Thekkady). The drive up to this hilltop wildlife sanctuary is one of the most beautiful. Starting with coconut groves at the lower lever you then see rubber, tea and the spice plantation as you gain height. Upon arrival check into your prebooked hotel.

Day 7: Periyar - Kumarakom : Today we start our drive for Kumarakom. The drive is a beautiful experience passing through the backwaters and plantations. Upon arrival at Kumarkom check into hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Kumarakom - Houseboat : Today morning we are transferred to the embankment point for the Houseboat. It is once a life time experience to have such a romantic and beautiful experience. For the next Two nights we spent on the House Boat passing through the Backwaters of Kerala. The journey will pass through the following areas Kumarakom, Vattakkayal, Chambakulum, Ambalapuzha, Karumadi, Kayakulum, Alumkadavu. Overnight on the House Boat.

Day 9: Houseboat : On board the House Boat. Overnight on the House boat.

Day 10: Houseboat - Alleppey - Cochin : Today morning it is now time for us to Disembark the Houseboat and we are transferred to Cochin via Alleppey. Upon arrival in Cochin we check into our pre booked hotel for an Overnight.

Day 11: Cochin : Early morning rise and transfer to the backwaters of Cochin, which run from the sea inland through lush tropical countryside. It could be compared to a cruise down the amazon with jungle foliage hanging from the banks. This relaxing boat trip is fascinating, as our guide discussed the history of the early explorers and traders who used this as a main artery to the sea. Evening we go to watch the famous Kathakali Dance Performance. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12: Cochin - Ooty : Morning after breakfast we start our drive towards Ootacamund most popularly known as Ooty. It is mostly referred to as the Queen of the Southern Hills stations.It drives its name from the Niligiri or the Blue Mountains - the name to the Hills by the inhabitants for more than 850 years because of the blue haze of clouds which envelope the hill slopes.Upon arrival we check into our prebooked Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13: Ooty - Mysore : After a relaxed morning we start our drive towards Mysore, wending along through verdant and hilly countryside, where the legendary warrior Tipu Sultan built the island fortress and Summer Palace entirely of wood, with exquisitely painted walls. Upon arrival in Mysore check into your prebooked Hotel. Evening relaxing or visiting the local bazaar. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 14: Mysore : After a relaxed breakfast we drive for a morning sight-seeing of the city of Mysore. Mysore a city of 17 Palaces - the Maharaja's City Palace being one of the largest in the country. Today's city tour include the zoological gardens, the Chamundi Temple, handicraft Center and 22 km away - the Brindavan Gardens, which are a sight by day and night. Evening visit to the gardens where there are many illuminated fountains. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 15: Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore : Today after an early breakfast we start our Journey for Bangalore en-route Hassan. Hassan is famous for its temples of Belur and Halebid. Belur, on the banks of river yagachi, was capital of the Hoysala Empire over 800 years ago. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Bangalore - Mumbai : Today we are transferred to the airport to board our flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai (Bombay) you are met and transferred to your prebooked Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 17: Leave Mumbai : After what will have been a majestic way to see and experience royal India, we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for our flight back home.




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Trip Overview

Tour Category

Cultural Journey, Boating & Sailing

Highlights of the tour

- Chennai
   - Health capital of India & Tanjore Paintings
- Mahabalipuram
   - Stone Carvings
- Kancheepuram
   - Silk Sarees
- Madurai
   - Famous Meenakshi Temple
- Periyar
   - National Tiger Park
- Kumarakom
   - Backwaters of Kerala
- Alleppey
   - Boat Races, Houseboat
- Cochin
   - Finest Natural Harbours
- Ooty
   - Queen of Hill Stations
- Mysore
   - Sandalwood and its Products
- Hassan
   - Exquisite Temples
- Bangalore
   - IT Hub of India
- Mumbai
   - Gateway of India

Group size
2 - 50 people

Group leader
Local guides in case of Individual travelers (FIT) and Tour escort in case of Groups (GIT)

Season
January - December

Accommodation

17 Days / 16 Nights

Hotels
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Budget Hotel
Deluxe Hotel
Luxury Hotel


Transport
By Road - Car
By Flight

Meals
Daily Breakfast
Lunch / Dinner from USD$ 4.5 / person / day

Airfare Included
Not included

Tour Customizable
Yes

  
Destination Guide

Destinations
Alleppey
Bangalore
Chennai
Cochin
Kanchipuram
Kumarakom
Madurai
Mahabalipuram
Mumbai
Mysore
Ooty
Periyar
 
       

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