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DISCOVER SOUTHERN INDIA & KERALA - 2017

Tour Code - 2640 13 days - CHENNAI to COCHIN $1723 AUD
Experience southern India and the various cultures that make this part of India so unique. Enjoy visits to ornate temples and colourful village markets, then, marvel at the beauty of the backwaters of Kerala on an overnight houseboat cruise.

Extend your trip to Ooty & Mysore

Extend your trip with a relaxing stay Marari Beach

Standard Features

Destinations

  • SIGHTSEEING
    In Chennai, Pudiuherry, Madurai and Cochin. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Five Rathas, Auroville, 'Life Of Pi' Tour, Heritage Walk of the Puducherry French Quarter, Darasuram Temple, Brihadeshwara Temple, Tanjore Palace, Meenakshi Temple, Heritage Walk In Fort Cochin.
  • GUIDES
    Services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring.
  • HOTELS
    Hotel accommodation in twin-bed rooms with private facilities, as stated or similar.
  • MEALS
    Breakfast daily (B), 3 Lunches (L), 3 Dinners (D)

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
12
3
3

Day by Day

  1. CHENNAI.
    Welcome to Chennai. This beautiful city on the Bay of Bengal, formerly known as Madras, has grown from a small fishing village into India's fourth largest metropolis. On arrival in Chennai you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chennai that includes the Mylapore Walk. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

  2. CHENNAI.
    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chennai that visits KALAKSHETRA and DAKSHINACHITRA, a unique heritage centre for the living traditions of Indian art, craft and architecture. Journey to MAHABALIPURAM, once the main port of the Pallava Kingdom and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B) Note: Some sights are subject to days of operation.

  3. CHENNAI - KANCHIPURAM - PUDUCHERRY.
    Begin today with a visit to KANCHIPURAM. Showcasing more than a thousand temples, the Kanchipuram sky line features a stunning cluster of ornate towers that mark the temple entrances. The area is also famous for its silk industry, with weavers following designs that are hundreds of years old to make luxurious saris. Arrive in Puducherry late this afternoon. (B)

  4. PUDUCHERRY.
    This morning, visit AUROVILLE, the city of dawn. This experimental township was established as a universal place where men and women of all countries could live in peace and harmony above all nationalities, politics and religious beliefs. In the afternoon, visit the PUDUCHERRY MUSEUM, an excellent gallery of sculptures and archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. Enjoy a 'LIFE OF PI' TOUR and HERITAGE WALK of the French Quarter. Visit the SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM, one of the highlights of Puducherry, visited by thousands of people from all over the world. Your evening is free to explore at leisure. (B)

  5. PUDUCHERRY - SWAMIMALAI - DARASURAM - TANJORE.
    Travel through the rich and varied countryside to Tanjore in Tamil Nadu. En-route visit the temple town of SWAMIMALAI and the DARASURAM TEMPLE. (B)

  6. TANJORE.
    Today, visit the famous BRIHADESHWARA TEMPLE and TANJORE PALACE. This evening, enjoy an introductory discussion on Tanjore Paintings and Tamil cuisine followed by dinner. (B,D)

  7. CHETTINAD - MADURAI.
    Continue exploring Southern India on the way to Madurai via Chettinad. Visit CHETTINAD VILLAGE MARKET and enjoy a traditional meal served on banana leaf. Arrive in Madurai, one of southern India's oldest towns. (B,L)

  8. MADURAI.
    In the morning, enjoy a tour of the LOCAL FLOWER MARKET, followed by a sightseeing tour of Madurai. This evening, enjoy a glimpse of Madurai's devout religious culture on a visit to the atmospheric MEENAKSHI TEMPLE at prayer time. (B)

  9. MADURAI - THEKKADY - KUMARAKOM.
    Admire the changing sights as you journey to Kumarakom. Along the way, enjoy a visit to a SPICE PLANTATION followed by lunch in Thekkady. (B,L)

  10. KUMARAKOM - KERALA BACKWATERS CRUISE.
    Board your HOUSEBOAT for an overnight cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. As you drift along, enjoy authentic local food, watch the villagers go about their daily chores and marvel at the beauty of the backwaters. Tonight, remain onboard your houseboat for a unique stay on Lake Vembanad. (B,L,D) Note: Due to space restrictions, please plan to pack a small overnight bag for the houseboat stay.

  11. KERALA BACKWATERS CRUISE - COCHIN.
    Say goodbye to your houseboat and travel to Cochin, an important spice trading port since the 14th century and now a cosmopolitan business centre. In the evening, enjoy a SUNSET HARBOUR CRUISE on the Arabian Sea. (B)

  12. COCHIN.
    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Cochin that includes a HERITAGE WALK in Fort Cochin. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore, shop or visit an Art Cafe. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular show of KATHAKALI DANCE. (B)

  13. COCHIN.
    Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
10 Sep 2017 22 Sep 2017 $1723 AUD $2490 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
08 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 $1944 AUD $2887 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now
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02 Nov 2017 14 Nov 2017 $1944 AUD $2887 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
(from)
Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
(from)
PRE CHENNAI 01 Oct 2017 31 Dec 2017 $208 AUD $122 AUD
PRE CHENNAI 01 Apr 2017 30 Sep 2017 $178 AUD $105 AUD
POST COCHIN 01 Oct 2017 31 Dec 2017 $171 AUD $85 AUD
POST COCHIN 01 Apr 2017 30 Sep 2017 $115 AUD $57 AUD

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