THE WONDERS OF SOUTHERN INDIA ( PRIVATE TOUR )

  
visit asia - tours to asiaA 14 day fully escorted tour across south India from the east coast to the west.

Only £2,795 per person
Code IS14D

CHENNAI – PONDICHERREY – TANJORE – MADURAI – PERIYAR – HOUSEBOAT CRUISE – COCHIN - MUMBAI

Price includes : CHENNAI – PONDICHERREY – TANJORE – MADURAI – PERIYAR – HOUSEBOAT CRUISE – COCHIN - MUMBAI

Price excludes :International flights*, visa for India ( e-visa obtainable online), other meals, tipping and any service not specified.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices.Please call us for mor information.


DAY 01 CHENNAI (-/-/-)
Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative & transferred to 5* The Leela Palace Chennai. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Chennai.

visit asia - tours to asia DAY 02 CHENNAI (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting Santhome Cathedral Church, St. Thomas Mount & Fort St. George. Afternoon excursion to Kanchipuram, which was under the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century AD and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijaya-nagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. Afternoon is free. Overnight at The Leela Palace Hotel.

DAY 03 CHENNAI / PONDICHERRY BY ROAD 201 KMS / 04 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning drive to Pondicherry with en-route visit to Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram. Continue your drive and check-in on arrival at your hotel in Pondicherry. Afternoon tour of Pondicherry includes Sri Aurobindo Ashram & Pondicherry Museum. Overnight at 3* Ananda Inn Hotel.

DAY 04 PONDICHERRY / TANJORE BY ROAD 177 KMS / 04 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Gangaikondacholapuram Temple. Overnight at 3* Ideal Riverview Resort in Tanjore.

DAY 05 TANJORE / MADURAI BY ROAD 175 KMS / 04 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of famous Tanjore city, visiting the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tones, which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building the Pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Afternoon drive to Madurai, visiting en-route the Rock Fort & the temple complex of Srirangam at Tiruchirappali. Continue your drive & on arrival check-in at your hotel. Overnight stay at 4* The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai.

DAY 06 MADURAI (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of Madurai city to see the great Meenakshi Temple, an excellent example of Dravidian Architecture, dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams (rising high above the surrounding countryside). Also visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace, a gracious building in the Indo Mughal style, famous for the Stuccowork on its domes and arches. In the evening, witness the night ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at the Gateway Hotel Pasumalai.

visit asia - tours to asia DAY 07 MADURAI / PERIYAR (ROAD 137KM) / 4 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning drive to Periyar crossing over the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border to enter into ‘God’s Own Country’. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. The Periyar Wild-life Sanctuary offers a fairly good chance of seeing the great Indian tiger in its natural habitat. Overnight at Spice Village Resort.

DAY 08 PERIYAR (B/-/-)
Morning game viewing by boat on the artificial Lake Periyar. Amongst the animals spotted here are wild elephants, which can be seen and photographed at close quarters, wild boar, sambar, teal, leopard, and wild dog and lanjur monkeys. Overnight at Spice Village Resort.

DAY 09 PERIYAR / KOTTAYAM BOAT JETTY BY ROAD 120 KMS/03 HRS APPROX (B/L/D)
Morning drive to Kottayam Boat Jetty to board your houseboat for a remarkable journey through the coconut-palmed canals. Your houseboat crew will take care of your every need, cook delicious Kerala food and show you the places of interest. Overnight onboard a deluxe a/c boat.

DAY 10 ALLEPPEY / COCHIN BY ROAD 63 KMS / 02 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Arrive in Allepey in the morning. After breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at The Brunton Boatyard boutique Hotel.

DAY 11 COCHIN(B/-/-)
Morning half day sightseeing tour of Kochi. We shall begin the tour by visit to Dutch Palace also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD. The interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. Next visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 AD. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of interest here. Also visit St. Francis Protestant Church in Fort Kochi, originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. It is here the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco-da-Gama were initially buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal. Santa Cruz Baslica Church is also worth visiting. Some beautiful paintings can be seen here. Another attraction here is the Chinese fishing nets that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at The Brunton Boatyard.

DAY 12 COCHIN/MUMBAI (B/-/-)
In due time car transfer to airport for a morning flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, transfer to 5* Trident Nariman Point. Overnight in Mumbai.

DAY 13 MUMBAI (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of Mumbai, including Dhobi Talao, Victoria Station and Marine Drive. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the Trident Nariman Point.

DAY 14 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
In due time car transfer to international airport to board your flight home or for a beach extension in Goa.