South India Trip and Kerala Backwaters

from $1230
Duration:
11 Days / 10 Nights
Type:
Private Tour
Run:
Everyday

South India Trip will give you the chance to take the adventure beyond the many stone walls of Cochin, along the backwaters of Kerala and deep into the heart of the South of India. Across the spice plantations of Thekkady and around the streets of the Lotus city of Madurai are many secrets just waiting for you to Discover India through our India Travel Package!

Included:
  • Facilitator for assistance on initial arrival and final departure
  • Accommodation at listed hotels in Twin / Double sharing basis.
  • 02 Nights accommodation in Kochi at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
  • 01 Night accommodation in Houseboat -Alleppy at listed hotel on full board basis.
  • 02 Nights accommodation in Thekkady at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
  • 02 Nights accommodation in Madurai at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
  • 01 Night accommodation in Thanjavur at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
  • 02 Nights accommodation in Mahabalipuram at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
  • Enjoy the world famous Backwaters of Kerala
  • Experience the spice plantation tour , Thekkady 
  • English speaking local guides as per the program
  • 01 Bottled mineral  water during long drives .
  • Garlanding upon arrival in India.
  • Monument entrance fees
  • Taxes
     
Excluded:
  • International Airfare
  • Entry visa to India
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spendings
  • Tipping
Itinerary:
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Day 1: Kochi Arrival

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel at Kochi, also known as Cochin and overnight there.

Day 2: Kochi City Tour

Discover our South India Tour Package by enjoying a city tour of Kochi.

First, you will visit The Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday). Then, you will visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555. This Palace was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. This was also known as the Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday). On the beach near the church, you will see the so-called Chinese Fishing Nets, strung out along the tip of the peninsula. Later on, you will be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight stay.


Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Alleppey Houseboat

After breakfast, you will check out from your hotel and will be driven to Alleppey and board the Houseboat (Kettuvallom) on the World famous Backwaters of Kerala. Kettu literally means to tie up and Vallom means boats. Traveling on backwaters is one of the highlights of a visit to Kerala. Then, you will overnight in Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Thekkady Wildlife Tour

Your South India Tour Package will give you the chance to discover the wildlife at Thekkady.

After enjoying your breakfast, you will disembark the houseboat and drive to Thekkady. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Thekkady. After that, you will move to The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary, which is one of the 16 Project Tiger Reserves in India and is amongst the most picturesque wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

Since boat travel is the only way of traveling through this sanctuary, one can cover large areas in a short time and experience the wilderness like never before. There is probably no sanctuary in the world where elephant behavior can be watched in such absolute comfort and safety. Overnight in Thekkady.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Proceeding Thekkady

Add spices to your India Travel Package by visiting the aromatic spice plantations of Thekkady after your breakfast. You will see various species of spices and other aromatic plants/herbs. The guide will explain the use of different spices in the Indian cuisine. Overnight at your Hotel in Thekkady.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Madurai Tour

After enjoying your breakfast, you will be driven to Madurai, a city shaped like a lotus - is the destination of thousands of pilgrims. Madurai is the oldest and the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. On arrival, check in at your hotel.

In the evening, you will visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony at the temple. Then, overnight at your hotel in Madurai.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Continuing Madurai

This morning, you will visit the beautiful Meenakshi Temple. Its enormous domes covered with gaily-colored statues dominate the landscape and are visible from all over Madurai. There are 4 entrances to the temple and 12 towers. The temple is famous for its 1000 pillar corridor.

Enjoy a paddle rickshaw ride through the temple bylanes of Madurai. Then, return to your Hotel and overnight in Madurai.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Thanjavur Tour

After enjoying your breakfast, you will be driven to Tanjore (Thanjavur). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Hotel for check-in. Then, you will visit Sri the Brihadeshwara Temple built by the great Chola king, Raja Raja I in the 10th century AD; this temple is an outstanding example of the Chola architecture. This superb monument has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. After that, you will return to your hotel and overnight in Tanjore.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Welcome Mahabalipuram

After enjoying your breakfast, you will be driven to Mahabalipuram. This tiny seaside village of Mahabalipuram is set in a boulder-strewn landscape. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, you will be transferred to your hotel, check in, and overnight there.


Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Mahabalipuram Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the historical sites of the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram - City of Seven Pagodas. Then, you will visit the Five Rathas (chariots) ceremonial chariots, rock-cut monoliths, named after the 5 Pandavas heroes of the Mahabharata epic and Draupadi their wife.

Next, you will proceed to the Shore Temple by the sea surrounded by gardens designed according to descriptions of the original layout from ancient times. Then, you will visit Bhagirathas Penance, which is a bas-relief sculptured on the face of two enormous adjacent rocks. Rest of the day is free at leisure. After that, you will be back at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Chennai - Final Departure

The day is at leisure. Later, you will meet our Memphis Tours representative and get transferred to the airport to connect to your onward flight.

Accommodation :
Golden Accommodation
Crowne Plaza Kochi
Crowne Plaza Kochi
Heritage Madurai
Heritage Madurai
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
Spice Village - Thekkady
Spice Village - Thekkady
Svatma
Svatma
April - September
$ 1230 Per Person in Triple
$ 1425 Per Person in Double
$ 2670 Per Person Travelling Alone
October - March
$ 1585 Per Person in Triple
$ 1780 Per Person in Double
$ 3380 Per Person Travelling Alone
Diamond Accommodation
 Alleppey Premium Houseboat Alappuzha
Alleppey Premium Houseboat Alappuzha
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
Marriot Kochi Hotel
Marriot Kochi Hotel
Spice Village - Thekkady
Spice Village - Thekkady
Svatma
Svatma
The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai
The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai
April - September
$ 1375 Per Person in Triple
$ 1575 Per Person in Double
$ 2950 Per Person Travelling Alone
October - March
$ 1795 Per Person in Triple
$ 1995 Per Person in Double
$ 3830 Per Person Travelling Alone

 

Prices:

Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in Euro or British pound. The prices quoted per person per tour and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the best possible price. Prices valid all the year, except during Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019.

 

 

Child Policy:

- 0 - 4.99 Free of Charge

- 5 - 10 pay 25% of tour price

- 11 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price

- 12+ pay full tour price as per adult person

 

Note: If the tour package includes flights, trains, jungle safari, private monument, an extra supplement will be applicable to the child.

 

 

Payment Policy: 

An invoice shall be generated, once received confirmation on a tour. The deposit 50% of the total cost, will be required at the time of confirmation. You can pay by bank transfer or credit card. This deposit counts as part of your final payment. The balance 50% is payable 30 days before the commencement of the tour plus any applicable insurance premiums. 

Note: Kindly note that in special cases wherein a hotel requires 100% payment in advance (during festive period i.e. Pushkar Fair, Christmas, New Year, etc.), will be payable along with 50% tour deposit. As per hotel policy, this amount will not be refundable.  

 

 

Tour Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing. The cancellation charges shall be as follows:

  • If you cancel before 45 days of tour commencement date, there will be no cancellation fees, except components which require per booking (train, flight and safaris).  
  • If you cancel on or before 44-30 days of tour commencement date, 25% of the entire tour price will be charged.
  • If you cancel on or before 29-15 days of tour commencement date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged. 
  • Less than 14 Days before arrival 100% cancellation will be applicable. 


Changes By You: 

If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline/ train fees or penalties.

 

Passports & Visa Fees:

All Passengers are responsible for securing proper documentation prior to joining the tour. Passports are required; in addition, travelers are advised to check with local consulates for full details regarding Visa requirements. Please note securing a valid visa for entry is sole responsibility of the traveler.

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