South India, South India Tour, 16 Days South India Tour

16 Days South India Tour (Group Tour)

(16 Days / 15 Nights)
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Chennai-Covelong-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry-Chidambaram-Kumbakonam-Tanjore-Srirangam-Trichy-Madurai-Periyar-Kumarakom-Kottayam-Alleppey- Cochin-Ooty-Mysore-Halebid-Belur-Sravanabelgola-Bangalore)
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South India is famous for its natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage and thus provide the visitors a stimulating experience. During the 16 Days South India Tour you will visit some of the finest temples of South like the cave temples in Mahabalipuram and the most outstanding examples of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. During this tour you will also enjoy the vivid tropical vegetation and boat ride on backwaters.

Day 01: Chennai
Around Midnight arrive in Chennai. The cosmopolitan City and capital of TamilNadu is the main gateway for the travellers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02:  Chennai - Covelong - Mahabalipuram (about 58 kms.)

Morning city tour of Chennai. We will visit the fort St. George near the harbor area of Chennai. Then drive to Mahabalipuram. In Mahabalipuram you will visit some of the 14 cave temples and 9 monolithic rathas (temple chariots). Pallavamala was the ruler who made the famous port in the 7th century and was largely responsible for building the temples. Overnight stay at the Beach resort. BD

Day 03: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (about 100 km)
In the morning after having breakfast, drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry. Pondicherry was retained as French colony until 1954. Pondicherry has even today the French atmosphere amidst the surrounding Tamil country. We visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is a world famous Yoga and philosophy center. BD

Day 04: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Kumbakonam - Tanjore (about 190 km)
We drive through the tropical mountains to Chidambaram. Chidambaram lies on the north edge of the coleroon river. In Chidambaram we visit the Natraja Temple which is dedicated to the dancing Lord Shiva, a famous Hindu deity of the Chola Kings. On the way to Tanjore we have a stop over in Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam is famous for its 18 temples in the town centre. The city Tanjore (Thanjavur) is our last destination today. Tanjore was the capital of great chola empire who built more than 70 temples between 10th and 14th century. We visit here one of the world heritage monument, Brihasdisvara Temple (11th century), which is also known as big temple. BD

Day 05: Tanjore - Srirangam - Trichy (about 60 km)
Today we drive to Srirangam and visit the Ranganathasvami Temple which is one of the largest temples in India dedicated to god Vishnu. After the visit of Srirangam we proceed to Trichy. Trichy, the land near the delta is very fertile and productive. This town Trichina is so ancient that it was mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC by Alexandrian geographer. We climb stairs to the famous Rock Fort which was built on 84 m high rock in the centre of town in about 1660. We also visit a Shiva and Ganesha temple and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings from the top. BD

Day 06: Trichy - Madurai (about 140 km)
Today we leave Trichy and drive to Madurai. Madurai, situated on the bank of river Vaigai is also referred to as the Athens of the East. Madurai has the most outstanding examples of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Minakshi Temple, a standing monument to the temple builders of the 16th and 17th century. We spend enough time in Minakshi Temple and afterwards have a walk through the bazaars of this 2500 years old town before we drive back to our hotel. BD

Day 07: Madurai - Periyar (about 140 km)
Today we visit at first Tirumalai Nayaka Palace which was built in the 1636 and represent the Indo-Mughal style. A visit to Gandhi Museum is also included in our programme today. In Gandhi Museum we get the information about the life of Gandhi and freedom movement during the presence of British in India. In the afternoon we drive to Periyar.
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Day 08: Periyar - Kumarakom (about 120 km)
We start our day by having a Boat ride on the lake of Periyar. The lake of Periyar is the central point of the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 780 square km and was designated a part of project Tiger in 1973. After the Boat ride we drive through the Park and observe the elephants, bison, sambar, wild oxen, wild boar and spotted deer which are common here. In the afternoon we drive through the mountains which are full of Cardamom and pass through the tea and coffee plantations and proceed to Kumarakom. In Kumarakom we enjoy the Boat ride trip through the tropical vegetation on the backwaters. BD

Day 09: Kumarakom - Kottayam -  Alleppey (about 38 km)
Today we enjoy a Boat trip for two hours through the narrow channels of famous backwaters of Kottayam and arrive in Alleppey. Overnight at houseboat. BD

Day 10:  Alleppey - Cochin (about 64 km)

Today we drive to Cochin. Cochin is the most interesting town in South India at Malabar Coast and is also known as Venice of south. In Cochin we visit St. Francis church, the oldest European church in India in which the grave of famous sailor Vasco da Gama can be visited. After the visit of St. Francis Church we have a walk through the Jewish area of Mattancherry. BD

Day 11: Cochin 
Today the town of Cochin is divided into different parts namely, Fort Cochin, Willington Island, Ernakulam, Bolghatty Island and Vypeen Island. Most of the historic buildings are in Fort Cochin. We have whole day today at leisure so that we can explore Cochin on our own. In the late afternoon we visit a Kathakali dance school. Kathakali dances come from Kerala and in its traditional form relates stories from the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. BD

Day 12: Cochin - Ooty (about 280 km)
From the tropical coast of Kerala we drive on the serpent road and pass through the Tea plantation and eucalyptus forests of mountains of Nilgiri and arrive in the city Ooty (Udhagammandalam). Ooty which was developed as hill station by British, lies at an altitude of 2300 m. and still has British flair. BD

Day 13: Ooty - Mysore (about 170 km)
Ooty (also known as the queen of the blue mountains) is famous for its rolling hills covered in pine and eucalyptus forests and also for its coffee and tea plantations. We visit the famous and most beautiful botanical Garden of Ooty which covers an area over 20 hectares and is planted with more than a thousand varieties of plants, shrubs and trees including orchids, fern and alpine. In the afternoon we pass through the betel nut and pepper plantation and proceed to Mysore. In Mysore we drive to Chamundi Hill to see a giant Nandi (buffalo god) and enjoy the view of the surroundings form the hilltop. BD

Day 14: Mysore - Halebid - Belur (about 170 km)
Today we visit the most impressive and one of the largest city palaces in India. The City Palace of Mysore "Ambar Vilas" is built in the Indo-Saracenic style. Mysore is world famous for Silk and Sandalwood. Mysore is also a centre of producing saris which is a common dress of woman in India. After the sightseeing of Mysore we proceed through picturesque hilly landscape and arrive in Halebid which is the ancient capital of Hoysala empire. In Halebid we visit the Hoysalesvara Temple of 12th century where we see half life size statues of Hindu deities, with minute details of each, all around the temple. After the visit in Halebid we proceed to Belur. In Belur we visit the group of Chennakesava Temples which are famous for its architecture and sculptures. BD

Day 15:  Belur - Sravanabelgola - Bangalore (about 160 km)
Today we proceed to Bangalore. On the way to Bangalore we make a stopover in Sravanabelgola where we visit the colossal monolithic statue, standing 18 meters high. This Jain sculpture represents the saintly prince Bahubali after he had gained enlightenment. After the visit of Sravanabelgola we proceed for Bangalore. Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. This former "Garden city" Bangalore is known today as "computer city" of India. In Bangalore we visit the monolithic Nandi, Shiva's Bull and famous Gowda Fort which was built by Tipu Sultan. BD

Day 16: Flight to Home
Around midnight flight back to home destination.

About Hotels:
We provide you the accommodation as per your budget mentioned above in the table of hotels category for any of the booked tour. Hotels provided by us are from budget to luxury class hotels. Luxury hotels are all five stars or of above standard. Deluxe would be a combination of 3 and 4 star Hotels and standard would be a combination of 2 and 3 star or similar hotels. The criteria for selecting hotels by us remains the best value of your money. We also provide you wherever possible accommodation in heritage hotels. Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.

 

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       15 Days South India Tour (Group Tour)  – Indicative group tour cost in Euro on per person basis from 2 to 18 Traveler
(Year 2017 - 2018)

Group Travel Dates

Tour cost in Euro from 2 person to 18 person

2

3-5

6-9

10-13

14-18

 

Room Type*

DBL

DBL

DBL

DBL

DBL

SRS*

             

13.03.17 - 28.03.17

€ 1640 € 1500 € 1325 € 1395 € 1320 € 585
             

03.04.17 - 18.04.17

€ 1475 € 1350 € 1195 € 1255 € 1190 € 525
             

19.09.17 - 04.10.17

€ 1495 € 1370 € 1210 € 1275 € 1205 € 535
             
03.10.17 - 18.10.17 € 1820 € 1665 € 1470 € 1550 € 1465 € 650
             
17.10.17 - 01.11.17 € 1820 € 1665 € 1470 € 1550 € 1465 € 650
             
14.11.17 - 29.11.17 € 1820 € 1665 € 1470 € 1550 € 1465 € 650
             
05.12.17 - 20.12.17 € 1820 € 1665 € 1470 € 1550 € 1465 € 650
             
16.01.18 - 31.01.18 € 1820 € 1665 € 1470 € 1550 € 1465 € 650
             
06.02.18 - 21.02.18 € 1820 € 1665 € 1470 € 1550 € 1465 € 650
             
13.03.18 - 28.03.18 € 1820 € 1665 € 1470 € 1550 € 1465 € 650
             
03.04.18 - 18.04.18 € 1640 € 1500 € 1325 € 1395 € 1320 € 585
             


* The international flights are not included in the given cost.
* Approx. 07 weeks before the start of the trip, we will let you know how many participants have signed up for this trip, as the cost of the Tour varies depending on the number of participants.
* For single person traveling alone the “Single Room Supplement” is not valid and a surcharge will be levied on it.
* The tour cost may increase subject to fuel price hike.
* Visa fees (about € 105) are not included in the given tour cost.


*Our Team will be in touch with you regarding the total Tour members in the group as the cost of the tour depend on the number of Travelers, with the increasing number of participants there will be discount at the time of final payment (accordingly to the table).

*Single Room Supplement not valid

DBL* = double room * SRS = Single room supplement

 

Proposed Hotels

Nights

Indo Vacations – Inclusions included in the given tour cost:

  • Complete sightseeing program as per the itinerary

  • A boat trip through the backwaters in Kumarakom (2 hours)

  • Accommodation in a double room with shower /bath & WC in the hotels as indicated.

  • Half board (breakfast and dinner in the booked Hotels)

  • Drinking water in the vehicle (1 liter per person / day)

  • Boat ride in Periyar and Boat ride from Kumarakom to Alleppey.

  • Steamer ride and cultural evening including dance performances in Cochin.

  • An air-conditioned vehicle, including insurance, fuel etc. with chauffeur (experienced, reliable and English speaking) during the entire tour.

  • Complete sightseeing program as per itinerary

  • Valid guaranteed Contract for the services to be provided by our travel agency.

  • Luggage handling at the hotels

  • Accommodation in double room with shower or bath / WC in the hotels as indicated.

  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary.

  • Travel literature

  • All Applicable taxes

  • Guidance and assistance throughout the tour by a English-speaking local guide (An accompanying Escort would be provided 10 travelers onward).
     

Not included are: International Flights, Camera fees, tips, drinks and any expenses of a personal nature and services which are not covered under inclusions !


Note:

  • (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

  • Flight schedule, hotel and program modifications may take place in case of an emergency.

  • You will need to apply for a Visa to enter India. Please get the visa well in time. On request we will send you more information.

  • For individual Arrivals you will be picked up at no extra cost from the airport and transferred to the booked hotel (advance notice and flight details will be  required).

  • In case the number of tour participants is not achieved to operate a group there is possibility that a surcharge must be levied, or alternatively we reserve the right to withdraw from the travel contract not later than 14 days prior to departure before. (Most of the tour operations are guaranteed on two travelers).

  • Indo Vacations reserve the right of changes which may be beyond our control.


    Heritage Hotels:
    Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.


    Testimonials & References from the customers who already traveled with us!
     

Hotel Radha Regent, Chennai****

Chennai

1

Hotel Ideal Beach Resort, Mamallapuram (Beach Resort)***

Mahabalipuram

1

Hotel Annamalai International, Pondicherry ***

Pondicherry

1

Hotel Ideal River View Resorts, Thanjavur***

Tanjore

1

Hotel Breeze Residency, Tiruchirappalli***

Trichy

1

Hotel GRT Regency, Madurai****

Madurai

1

Hotel Treetop, Thekkady (Deluxe Hotel)***

Periyar

1

Hotel Cocobay Resort***

Kumarakom

1

Deluxe House boat Alleppey
1

The Killians Boutique Hotel***

Cochin

2

Hotel Destiny Farmstay, Ooty****

Ooty

1

Hotel Sandesh The Prince****

Mysore

1

Hotel Southern Star***

Belur

1

Hotel Adarsh Hamilton**** Bangalore
1
Total Nights 15


Details for the vehicles used are available at the below given links: 
For 1 - 3 person – Etios / Swift Dzire - (4 seats)
For 3 - 5 person – Toyota Innova / Mahindra Xylo - (6 seats)

For 6 - 9 person - Tempo Traveler - (10 seats)
For 10 - 15 person mini-bus (18 seats)

For 16 - 28 passenger bus - (30 - 35 seats)
 

 

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