Project Description

Splendours of Southern India

10 Days / 9 Nights

Chennai • Covelong • Mahabalipuram • Madurai • Periyar • Kumarakom • Alleppey • Kochi



Tel: 1-800-387-0387




DAY 1 Arrive Chennai

Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: 4★+ Hyatt Regency  (1 night)

DAY 2 Chennai – Mahabalilipuram       B

Full day Chennai sightseeing tour highlights visits to the Government Museum Art Gallery, Kapileshwara Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Cathedral and Fort Museum. Drive to Mahabalipuram for your 2 night stay.

Hotel: 4★+Radisson Resort Temple Bay or similar (2 nights)

DAY 3  Mahabalipuram            B

Morning visit to Mahabalipuram, monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th centuries, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arjuna’s Penance, relief sculpture on a massive scale extolling an episode from the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata. The Shore Temple, a structural temple along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea. Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots), five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. Afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 4 Mahabalipuram – Chennai Madurai                B

Transfer to Chennai Airport and fly to Madurai. Afternoon tour highlights visits to the Tirumala Nayak Palace, a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic styles; Tamukkam Palace, which houses the Gandhi Museum and Meenakshi Temple built between 13-16th century dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar. Optional: Evening Aarti Ceremony at Meenakshi Temple.

Hotel: 4★ The Gateway Pasumalai Madurai or similar (1 night)

DAY 5 Madurai – Periyar    B

Morning drive to Periyar (175 km / 5 hrs approx). Afternoon walk in the Spice Plantation & then free time in market for shopping. Evening enjoy Kalaripayattu (1800-1900 hrs) performance which is one of the oldest Indian martial art from Kerala.

Hotel: 4★ Spice Village or similar (1 night)

DAY 6 Periyar Kumarakom     B, L

Early morning enjoy boat cruise on Lake Periyar to witness the wild life in the Periyar National Park. Drive to Kumarakom (125 kms/4 hrs) with en route lunch at John’s Plantation Bunglow in Kinjirapally. Continue your drive to Kumarkom. Evening enjoy sunset cruise on Vembanad Lake.

Hotel: 4★ Coconut Lagoon or similar (1 night)

DAY 7 Kumarakom – Alleppey      B, L, D

After breakfasts, embark on Houseboat and cruise through the canals and visit local life and Snake boat used during snake boat race. Experience the timeless beauty of life along the banks of Kerala with a relaxing stay in Kerala’s traditional Kettuvalloms or houseboats.

Overnight: Premium Houseboat

DAY 8 Alleppey – Kochi                B

Disembark boat at Alleppey & drive to Cochin (70 kms/2 hrs). Visit St Francois Church, Chinese fishing nets and Basilique Santa Cruze. Continue your tour to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue with time at leisure at the market.

Hotel: 4★+ Crown Plaza or similar (2 nights)

DAY 9 Kochi – Kumbalanghi Village – Kochi                     B

Today’s tour highlights an excursion to Kumbalanghi Village, a 16 Sq. km. lush green village surrounded by backwaters and paddy fields. Experience a variety of village activities in Kallanchery, a satellite island of Kumbalanghi. Drive back to Kochi and enjoy Kathakali Dance Performance, a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama.

DAY 10 Kochi Departure           B

Transfer to the airport.


Day 2 – Mahabalipuram


Day 6 – Periyar National Park


Day 7 – Houseboat