South India with Backwaters

13 Days / 12 nights from $3,433 – land only

This fantastic tour takes you on a journey through the heart of the Dravidian South. Visit the famous temples of South India with their elaborate carvings and architectural styles. Glide through the backwaters of Kerala – God’s own country. The backwaters give you an opportunity to Experience the Living Cultures of Kerala at close quarters. The incredible festivals of the south, with gold caparisoned elephants and garishly deco-rated chariots moving in processions through the temple towns, complete the cultural experience. Visit the Periyar Sanctuary where you can see wildlife in its natural habitat. Walk through the Spice Plantations for a glimpse of the exotic spices used in Indian cooking. Kerala is known for its wonderful food, come enjoy the food and learn the secrets of this wonderful cuisine.

Chennai (1) , Mahabalipuram (2) , Pondicherry (1) , Tanjore (1) , Madurai (2) , Periyar (1) , Houseboat (2) , Cochin (2)


Day 1: Arrive Chennai

After clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you escort you to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Chennai / Mahabalipuram (Approx. 58 kms / 1 hr 30 min) (B)

South_India_Day_2After breakfast, visit the Fort St. George which was built by the British East India Company and also houses a small quaint museum known as the Fort Museum. Later on, drive to Mahabalipuram en route visiting the Cholamandal Art Village, a cooperative effort with houses of some 30 artists and sculptors.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram / Kanchipuram (Approx. 65 Kms / 1 hr 30 min) (B)

Embark on a half-day excursion to Kanchipuram, also known as the, ‘City of a thousand temples.’ The most famous of these are the Ekambeshwara temple and the Varaderajaswamy temple. Drive back to Mahabalipuram to explore its five ‘Pagodas,’ or chariots.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4: Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry (Approx. 138klms / 3hrs, 30 minutes) (B)

South_India_Day_4Drive to Pondicherry after breakfast and check-in to the hotel. Discover the huge cream-and-brown Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of Pondicherry’s finest Catholic churches. You are sure to be enthralled as you survey the stone sculptures, bronze weapons and paintings at your next stop which is the Pondicherry museum.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5: Pondicherry / Tanjore (Approx. 177 klms / 5 hrs approx) (B)

In the morning, drive to Tanjore. Explore the Brihadeeswara Temple, the main attraction of Tanjore. Enjoy a journey through the rich collection of bronze and stone statues, dating from the 9th to the 12th century at the Art Gallery. A visit to the Saraswati Mahal Library which contains a huge collection of about 30,000 palm leaves and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages is the perfect end to the day.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Tanjore / Trichy / Madurai (Approx. 150 kms / 5 hrs) (B)

In the morning, leave for Madurai, via Trichy and visit Rock temple and Sri Rangnathaswamy Temple. Later drive to Madurai. Madurai also known as the Temple City is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. The evening will be spent at the Meenakshi temple to witness the Arti ceremony.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 7: Madurai (B)

After breakfast, visit the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple and add on to the experience by visiting the famous weavers of Madurai. Later in the afternoon visit the Gandhi Museum and explore the Tirumalai Nayak Mahal. The Sound and light show at the Palace narrates the beautiful history of the Palace. Explore the colorful markets of Madurai

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8: Madurai / Periyar (Approx. 145 kms / 4 hrs 30 min) (B)

After Breakfast, drive to Periyar and check-in to the hotel. A pleasant boat ride thereafter would be a perfect way of observing the wildlife in their natural habitat.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9: Periyar / Backwaters (Houseboat) (Approx. 215 kms / 5 hrs) (B,L,D)

In the morning, visit the Spice Plantation and later drive to the starting point of our boating trip to board the luxury houseboat. Traditionally called a Kettuvallom, or rice barge, the shallow and rounded hull of the boat is made without using a single nail. The first and only one of its kind, our luxury 9 room houseboat is named the “Vaikundum.”

Overnight Houseboat.

Day 10: Backwaters (Houseboat) (B,L,D)

On this comfortable floating home you may spend your day relaxing and unwinding. As you slowly cruise along the backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, you may choose to stop and explore some of the many small villages, farmlands, old temples and churches that you come across.

Overnight Houseboat.

Day 11: Backwaters (Houseboat) / Cochin (Approx. 90 kms / 2 ½ hrs) (B)

After breakfast, drive to Cochin and check-in to the hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Cochin. In the evening watch a Kathakali dance performance, the most developed dance-drama art of India.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Cochin (B,D)

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Cochin. Fort Cochin, your first stop, where the Portuguese flag was first hoisted is also believed to be the oldest settlement in India. Thereafter, visit the St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama. The gorgeous view of the ocean from the beach enhanced by the Chinese fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450 AD makes extremely picturesque sight only to be followed by a visit to the Jewish Synagogue (closed to non-Jews on Fridays and Saturdays). Depart for the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) which contains mythological murals and traditional Keralite flooring. Finally, wrap up your experience with a traditional cooking demonstration and dinner with Nimmy, a professional cookery instructor and her stockbroker husband, Paul.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Departure Cochin (B)

You will be escorted to the International airport to board your outgoing flight.


  • 4 star accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Home hosted dinner in Cochin.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Boat ride at Periyar.
  • Services of English speaking Local guide during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
  • All arrival & departure assistance transfers with representative at the airports.
  • Assistance and porterage at the airports.
  • All Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by exclusive using of air conditioned Innova car.
  • All currently applicable taxes. 


  • International airfares
  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any tipping.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions.
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India.


  • Prices are subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or amendment in Government taxes.
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