The Southern Odyssey
| A Luxury South India Tour |
16 Nights & 17 Days
Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Tanjore – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kochi – Bangalore – Mysore – Bangalore
This luxury South India tour offered by Alluring India is one of the top south India tour packages. It encompasses a very distinct experience as compared to the North India tours. It is almost like visiting another country altogether. The temple trails from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, Tanjore, Trichy and Madurai would fascinate those interested in vivid architectures, heritage and cultural aspects of these temple towns. The best aspect of this south India tour is that one will get to experience a considerable variety in terms of monuments, architectures and scenic landscapes. While the state of Tamil Nadu offers more of temple architectures in the Dravidian style, the state of Karnataka has a very different architecture style. The major cities of Mysore and Bangalore in Karnataka have some wonderful monuments. The Mysore palace is built in the Indo-Saracenic revival style, which is basically a mixture of the Sassanian or Persian style and native Indian style of architecture. On the contrary the Bangalore palace is surprisingly very different and is built in the Tudor style of architecture of England, somewhat resembling the Windsor castle.
Variety is also seen in terms of the natural landscapes in different states of this south India tour package. One gets to enjoy on the relaxing beaches of Mahabalipuram in this south India tour. While the state of Tamil Nadu boasts of its beautiful beaches, Kerala has its wildlife and backwaters to flaunt. Mysore and Bangalore are more of metropolitan hubs with more modern infrastructure like its Tamilian counterpart of Chennai. The region of Thekkady with its Periyar national park is famous for its wildlife and varied flora and fauna. One can enjoy a boat ride at Periyar lake as well as a jungle trek in the forests on this exciting south India tour. For those interested in various art forms can check out the handicrafts market in Kochi and also opt for a local art performance known as Kathakali dance. A significant highlight of this dance is the make-up that is put on the actors in a very specific style that can take hours of work. Besides Kathakali, another popular dance form is the 'Kalaripayattu' or the 'Sword-dance'.
This is undoubtedly one of the best south India tour packages, as one gets to visit all the major 3 states in south – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & the God’s own country – Kerala! A comprehensive south India tour offering everything from beaches to backwaters to temples and palaces is all you need to cover the southern part of the country in the most detailed manner. However, it surely depends on the time you have in hand.
- One of the most popular luxury south India tours, this tour showcases a mesmerizing architectural extravaganza.
- The French Quarters and a modern Ashram in Pondicherry.
- Beaches at Mahabalipuram and Chennai.
- A short Jungle trek and exploring the spice gardens in Periyar.
- Witness a ‘Kalaripatthu’ dance presentation depicting the local dance art form of Kerala.
- Cruise the serene backwaters of Kerala in our exclusive and luxurious houseboats.
Program SummaryLike most south India tour packages, this south India tour also commences at Chennai, followed by a drive to Mahabalipuram on the third day to visit Arjuna Penance, The five Rathas & The Shore Temple. You will then drive to Trichy and do some local sightseeing. On the sixth and seventh day you visit Tanjore and Madurai. Ninth day will be the drive to Periyar where you will visit the Spice Gardens & enjoy a short jungle trek. After spending some leisurely time on the serene backwaters of Kumarakom, you will proceed to Kochi. On the 13th day, you will fly from Kochi to Bengaluru and after spending 2 nights here, you will drive to Mysore. On the last day of your luxury south India tour, you will drive back to Bengaluru Airport for further flight connection. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best south India tour packages covered in a leisurely manner.
ExclusionsPersonal expenses such as cold drinks, laundry charges, telephone calls, portrage, excess luggage charges, tips, mineral water & all other items of personal nature & also food & drinks not forming part of itinerary | Airfare from home country to India| Any other item which is not included in tour land price includes section..
For the most comfortable and enjoyable South India tour experience, the best time to travel is from November to February, as it is winter season in India. As these places lie on the coastal belt it is quite hot and humid here in other months. If one is unable to travel during the winter season of India, then one may also consider taking this south India tour during end of September or beginning of October. It is the time when the monsoon rains are receding and the weather is pleasant. Another benefit of traveling during this period is the lush green landscapes that will simply mesmerize you and uplift your spirits. Even the beaches can be enjoyed post rains and also the backwaters will be a pleasant experience!
This most comprehensive tour among all the south India tour packages, ensures a smooth travel from one state to another and minimum flight travel. Starting the tour at Chennai offers the advantage of minimum road travel and easily entering the neighboring state of Kerala through Madurai. As the Kerala tour ends at Kochi, one can take a flight to Bengaluru. There are direct flights from Kochi to Bengaluru. Mysore, however, does not have an airport and hence one has to travel back to Bengaluru for further flight connectivity. It is thus recommended to consult an Alluring India Tour specialist who will work out the best routing and package price for you, considering the beneficial flight options, transport and accommodation too.