South India Highlights

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12 Nights
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Where ancient culture meets scenic serenity

Get ready to explore ancient temples, float through tropical backwaters, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Southern India. Feast your eyes on colorful spices at local markets and treat yourself to delicious dosas and sweet chutneys. This once-in-a-lifetime 12-night tour takes you on a journey through Tamil Nadu, from Madurai and Puducherry to Tanjore, Kerala, and Kochi. With accommodations, transportation, and guided tours included, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and soak up the stunning scenery of India.

What's Included
  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Chennai (MAA), out of Kochi (COK)
  • All airport and inter-city transfers
  • 2 nights in Chennai at the Grand by GRT Hotels, or similar
  • City tour of Chennai
  • Visit to the Dakshinachitra Museum
  • One-way, economic class flight from Chennai (MAA) to Madurai (IXM)
  • 1 night in Madurai at the Regency by GRT Hotels, or similar
  • Evening temple visit
  • Sightseeing tour of Madurai including Sri Meenakshi Temple & Thirumalai Nayaka Palace
  • 2 nights in Karaikudi at Chettinadu Mansion, or similar
  • Visit to the Chettinad mansions
  • Traditional Chettunad lunch at a local family’s home
  • Visit to Trichy & the Rock Fort (en-route to Tanjore)
  • 1 night in Tanjore at Sangam Hotel, or similar
  • Visit to Brihadeshwara Temple & Palace
  • 2 nights in Puducherry at Hotel Atithi, or similar
  • Sightseeing tour of Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum & Sacred Heart Church
  • Evening village walk
  • 1 night in Mahabalipuram at Mamalla Heritage, or similar
  • Sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram with visits to Shore Temple, Arunja's Penance & Five Rathas
  • One-way, economy class flight from Chennai (MAA) to Kochi (COK)
  • 1 night in Kochi at the Casino Hotel by CGH Earth, or similar
  • Kathakali performance at a local theater
  • 1 night in Alleppey on an air-conditioned Houseboat
    • Lunch and dinner included while staying on the Houseboat
  • Tour of Kerala’s backwaters
  • Sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, Old Jewish Synagogue & Mattancherry Palace
  • 1 night in Kochi at Casino Hotel CGH Earth, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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    Great Ways to Explore
    • Stand in awe of sacred Dravidian-style Hindu Temples, like Meenakshi Amman in Madurai.

    • Savor the flavors of Southern India, as you indulge in traditional dishes like sambar and rasam - both made with lentils, Indian spices, vegetables, and tantalizing sauces.
    • Take in the unique experience of staying overnight on an Indian houseboat in the Kerala backwaters!

    • Enjoy luxurious stays in eight different areas of Southern India.

    • Watch a traditional Kathakali dance performance at a local theater.

    Package Overview

    What do your dreams of India look like? Are you walking through bustling cities lined with textile shops and street vendors? Do you hear traditional Indian music while colorful dancers perform in front of you? Do you smell spicy curry as you walk past family-run restaurants? Perhaps you're stepping into an ancient temple and you feel your head bobbling around as you look around in awe. Whether your dreams of India involve architecture, nature, culture, or all of the above, this 12-night adventure through Tamil Nadu is a dream come true. 

    Explore the coastal cities of Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, and Kochi, then head inland for stays in Madurai, Karaikudi, and Tanjore. One of your days will be spent exploring the lush greenery of the tranquil Kerala Backwaters, and you will stay overnight on a traditional houseboat! With an English-speaking guide accompanying you at all times, this Indian adventure will be stress-free, enriching, and flat-out fun.

    Your journey will begin on the Bay of Bengal in Chennai, where you will enjoy included city tours and museum visits. Hop a quick flight to Madurai, where you'll experience the colorful Meenakshi Temple! Next, you will be driven to Karaikudi, where you will visit the stunning Chettinadu mansion and enjoy lunch at a local home.

    Switch gears and head to Tanjore, with visits to Trichy and Rock Fort along the way! Take photos in front of the breathtaking Brihadeshwara Temple and immerse yourself in its ancient history. Venture to Puducherry and enjoy a thrilling sightseeing tour of Auroville, Sri Aurobindo, and more. You'll also take an evening walk through the local village! Stare out the window as you take a scenic drive to Mahabalipuram, home of Shore Temple and other fascinating structures.

    Finally, you'll reach Kochi, where you will watch a dazzling Kathakali dance performance at a local theater. You'll also visit Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, and much more. From Kochi, you will embark on an overnight boat tour through the Kerala Backwaters!

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