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South India Heritage Tours

Destinations covered: Chennai – Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) – Puducherry (Pondicherry) – Gangakionda Cholapuram – Darasuram – Swamimalai – Karaikudi – Dindugal – Madurai – Kovalam – Thotapally – Alappuzha (Alleppey) – Kochi (Cochin)

If you wish to get the touch of ancient India, then there can be no better place than South India. This part of India perfectly represents the heritage of the nation. Our South India Heritage tour will allow you to explore witness and admire the heritage of the region.

Duration: 16 days / 15 nights

Day 1: Arrival in Chennai Our executive will warmly welcome you at Chennai airport from where you will be driven to your hotel. Once you freshen up, we will take you to the sightseeing of Chennai like Fort St. George, Government Museum, St. Mary’s Church, Valuvaar Kottam etc. and thereafter you will be driven back to your hotel room at night for rest.

Day 2: Chennai – Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) (65 Kms / 1.5 hours drive) On the second day, you will be driven to Mamallapuram, which is 65 Kms away from Chennai. This is a well-known pilgrimage center where temple of Lord Shiva is the major attraction. Other attractions of Mamallapuram are Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Rathas, Dakshinachitra and Sculpture Museum. You will be shifted to hotel in the night for rest.

Day 3: Mamallapuram – Puducherry (Pondicherry) (90 Kms / 2.5 hours drive) After Mahabalipuram, the turn comes to visit Pondicherry which was once ruled by the French. Sri Aurobindo – a famous Hindu mystic, once resided here. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Botanical Gardens, The Statue of Duplex and Serenity Beach are the main attractions of Pondicherry that we will visit during the day.

Day 4: Puducherry (Pondicherry) After having the tasty morning breakfast, we will take you to the tourist attractions of Pondicherry which you have missed on the third day like Raj Niwas (Palais du Gouvernement), French War Museum, Masthan Saheb Darga, Light House and Paradise Beach.

Day 5: Puducherry (Pondicherry) – Gangaikonda Cholapuram – Darasuram – Kumbakonam (170 Kms / 4.5 hours drive) On fifth day of your Heritage Tours in south india, you will be driven to Kumbakonam enroute visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram which was the capital city of Chola Empire and was built by the great Chola emperor Rajendra Chola I (AD 1012–1044) & Darasuram, on arrival at Kumbakonam, check in at hotel and relax, overnight stay at hotel in Kumbakonam

Day 6: Kumbakonam to Tanjore (40 Kms / 1.5 hours drive) Another panchayat town viz. Swamimalai will be visited by us on the sixth day of South India heritage tour, where you will get the chance of having the glimpses of the city of old age Indian courts & later on proceed to Tanjore, on arrival check in at hotel and relax, later visit Royal Palace Complex, overnight stay at hotel in Tanjore

Day 7: Tanjore to Karaikudi (100 Kms / 2.5 hours drive) Karaikudi is situated in Sivagangai district, which is famous for its houses; you can see the different types of houses with good architecture, Enjoy a sound sleep in your hotel at Karaikudi.

Day 8: Karaikudi – Dindugal (100 Kms / 2.5 hours drive) Dindugal is the town which you will visit on the eighth day of your South India tour. Dindugal Fort, located on the 280 ft high hill is a major draw for the tourists and we will spend the day exploring the fort. Your overnight stay will be at hotel in Dindugal.

Day 9: Dindugal – Madurai (60 Kms / 1.5 hours drive) Madurai, the city of nectar has several draws for tourists like world famous Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam and Gandhi Museum that we will visit during the ninth day of our South India heritage tour. Enjoy sound sleep in the night at your comforting hotel accommodation in Madurai.

Day 10: Madurai – Kovalam (350 Kms / 7 hours drive) After morning breakfast, your trip to Kovalam, which is also known as paradise of lovers, on arrival check in at hotel, you will spend night in a comforting resort of Kovalam.

Day 11: Kovalam You open your eyes in the morning in Kovalam on the eleventh day. After having the breakfast, we will take you to some of the wonderful tourist spots of Trivandrum including Napier Museum, Chitra Art Gallery, Zoo & Padmanabha swamy temple at Kovalam. You will spend one more night at your comforting beachside resort in Kovakam.

Day 12: Kovalam – Thotapally (200 Kms / 4 hours drive) Early morning, you will be drive to Thotapally which is one of backwater destinations, on arrival embark at the houseboat, during your crusie you will get the rare chance of visiting the rustic lifestyles of village people of Kerala. You will stay overnight at houseboat in Thotapally

Day 13: Thotapally – Alappuzha (Alleppey) The fact cannot be denied that some of the world’s most comforting houseboats are found in Alleppey. We will enjoy sailing in Alleppey backwaters during the day. You will spend your thirteenth day in this wonderful backwater destination, overnight at houseboat

Day 14: Alappuzha (Alleppey) – Kochi (Cochin) (65 Kms / 1.5 hours drive) After breakfast proceed to Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala, is your next destination which you will visit on the fourteenth day of your South India heritage tour. It is one of the must visit destinations for ‘South India Heritage Tour’, as you can witness the heritage of distinct cultures here. Evening is all yours to enjoy some leisure activities of your choice in Kochi.

Day 15: Kochi After breakfast, we will take you for the sightseeing tour of Kochi. Here, you can admire the attractions like Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Bolgatty Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Willingodon Island and St. Francis Church. After completing the fifteen successful days of your South India heritage tour, you will be transferred back to your resort for a sound sleep.

Day 16: Kochi – Departure Finally, the day comes when you get ready to depart back to home with astonishing memories of South India Heritage Tours. We will drive you to the Kochi Airport in our air-conditioned car from where you will start your onward journey to way back home.