Cultural South India Tour

Destination Covered
Chennai – Tirupati – Puttaparthi – Bangalore – Mysore – Ooty – Coimbatore – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey – Cochin
Tour Duration
15 Nights / 16 Days

Overview

It's what you'd expect South India to be like: calm, cool, and lush. South India can take you on a meandering journey that you have been wishing for a long time, with landscapes covered in giant trees rubbing shoulders with each other, a maze-like languid network of backwaters spread across the region, culturally centric cities documented with minutely carved temples, and home to a good number of animals. You can enjoy the best of South India in the shortest amount of time. This package will take the stress out of planning and allow you to focus on the sites that really stand out, allowing you to experience South India the way you want.

Tour Highlights

Itinerary
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Day 01: Chennai (Arrival)

Arrive at Chennai International Airport. On your arrival, you will be greeted and met by a representative from our company, and then transferred to your pre-booked hotel.

In the evening, go to Ashtalakshmi Temple, Shri Parthasarathy Temple, and Kapaliswara Temple in Mylapore, which were all built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD (Eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva). Stay in a hotel in Chennai for the night.

Day 02: Chennai Sightseeing   

Prepare to visit some beautiful places such as Kapeleeswar Temple and Fort St. George after breakfast (the oldest fort in Chennai). Following that, visit Santhome Cathedral, the National Art Gallery, St. Mary's Church, Anna Zoological Park, Birla Planetarium, and People's Park. Stop by Kalakshetra and the Theosophical Society for a while. Later in the evening, go to the well-known Marina Beach (the second largest in the world). Arrive at the hotel. Stay in Chennai for the night.

Day 03: Chennai – Tirupati (140 kms/ 2½ hrs )

After breakfast, get ready to travel to Tirupati, where you will visit the Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. Temple is a famous Vaishnavite temple in Tirumala, dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara, a Vishnu incarnation who is said to have appeared here to save mankind from the trials and tribulations of the Kali Yuga. Tirumala Temple, Tirupati Temple, and Tirupati Balaji Temple are some of the other names for the temple. For Darshan, Lord Venkateswara is also known as Balaji, Govinda, and Srinivasa. Later, visit Padmavathi Temple, where the Goddess Lakshmi is said to have been born as Alamelu to Akasha Raja, the ruler of this region, and married Venkateshwara of Tirupati. After twelve years of deep penance, Goddess Lakshmi granted Lord Venkateswara darshan on a red Lotus flower (Padma in Sanskrit) at Alamelu mangapuram. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay after darshan.

Day 04: Tirupati – Puttaparthi (230 km/ 4½ hrs)

Drive to Puttaparthi after breakfast. After arriving, rest and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 05: Puttaparthi (Ashram Visit)

Early this morning, visit Prasanthi Nilayam, 'The Abode of Supreme Peace,' which is Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Ashram (spiritual retreat) near the village of Puttaparthi in the Anantapur District of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Mandir (shrine), residential complexes for devotees, the headquarters of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, and the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust are all located in this valley, which is nestled among a chain of hills with the river Chitravathi flowing to its east. Staying in a hotel for the night.

Day 06: Puttaparthi – Bangalore (160 km/ 3 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Bangalore, where you will check into a hotel. Bangalore, also known as Garden City or India's Silicon Valley, is the state capital of Karnataka. Later, take a sightseeing tour of Bangalore, which includes stops at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Vidhana Soudha, and Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park, Bangalore Fort, and ISKCON Temple. Return to the hotel in the evening after completing the full-day sightseeing tour. Hotel stay for the night

Day 07: Bangalore – Mysore (155 km/ 3½ hrs)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and be driven to Mysore, stopping along the way to see Srirangapatna, a historical site. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Mysore, stopping at the Mysore Palace, Shivanasamudra Waterfalls, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, St. Philomena's Church, railway museums, and Vrindavan Garden. After the sightseeing tour, attend the light and sound show in the evening before returning to the hotel. Staying in a hotel for the night.

Day 08:  Mysore – Ooty (130 km/ 3 hrs)

Early in the morning, drive to Chamundi Hills and visit Chamundeshwari Temple. Later, check out of the hotel and drive to Ooty, stopping at Mudumalai Forest along the way. On arrival, check-in at the hotel, spend the day at leisure/shopping in the local markets, and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 09: Ooty Sightseeing

After breakfast, take a toy train ride from Ooty to Connor and experience the Nilgiri Mountain Railway adventure. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you. After that, go to the Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Pykara Lake, and Ooty Lake, among other places. Staying in a hotel for the night.

Day 10: Ooty – Coimbatore (95 km/ 2 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Coimbatore. Upon arrival, tour the city, including the Marudamalai Temple, Dhyanalinga Temple, Adiyogi Shiva, and Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple. Check into the hotel and stay the night.

Day 11: Coimbatore – Munnar (170 km / 4 hrs)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Munnar. Munnar is a well-known hill station located on the Western Ghats at an elevation of 1600 metres above sea level. It's essentially a tea town, with miles upon miles of tea plantations. On the way, stop by the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, as well as the Karadipara View Point. Spice plantations, Rubber plantations, Pineapple gardens, and so on. Arrive at the hotel and check in. Staying in a Munnar hotel for the night.

Day 12: Munnar Sightseeing

After breakfast, go sightseeing in Munnar. Visit Eravikulam National Park, commonly known as Rajamala, the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Thar, in the morning. The Nilgiri Thar can be seen up near and personal here. After that, go to a tea factory and museum. Visit Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, and Kundala Lake in the afternoon. Mattupetty Dam offers boating opportunities. Visit the floral garden on your way back. Enjoy a Katthakali dance spectacle in the evening. Staying in a Munnar hotel for the night.

Day 13: Munnar – Thekkady (100 km / 3hrs)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Periyar, commonly known as Thekkady. One of the world's most amazing natural wildlife sanctuaries is Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit Devikulam, Signal View Point, Anayirangal Dam, Spice Plantations, and more along the way. Arrive to the hotel and check in.

Afternoon boating at a man-made lake; this is India's first wild life sanctuary where you may get the rare experience of observing wildlife up close from the safety of a lake boat. Bison, Gaur, Wild Elephants, Sambhar, and a large variety of birds are likely to be seen. The evening is yours to shop. Stay the night in a hotel in Thekkady.

Day 14: Thekkady – Alleppey Houseboat (140 km/ 4 hrs)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Alleppey, Kerala's backwater destination. Arrive at Kettuvallom Houseboat and check in (the boat will be ready around 1200 hrs) to begin your journey through Kerala's picturesque backwaters and small lakes. Your houseboat has a bedroom with an attached bathroom, as well as a dining area and a sitting area. The boat will be accompanied by three members of the crew. There is a driver, a helper, and a cook. The accompanying cook will prepare and serve lunch, evening tea, snacks, and dinner on board. Overnight stay on the Houseboat

Day 15: Alleppey – Cochin (60 km/ 1½ hrs)

After breakfast, go for Cochin. Check into the hotel and unwind. St. Francis Church, Vasco House, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese fishing nets, seaside boardwalk in Fort Kochi, and Jewish Synagouge, Palace, and Jew village of Mattanchery are among the sights to see in Cochin.

Later in the evening, go to Marine Drive, a famous hangout spot built along the water's edge. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 16: Cochin departure

Drive to Cochin airport early in the morning, according to your flight schedule, to board your return flight to your hometown with wonderful memories of Incredible India.

  • 15 Nights accommodation in the listed hotels/similar
  • Assistance by our company representative on arrival
  • All accommodation will be in Double Occupancy in every hotel
  • Daily Breakfast in all above mentioned hotels
  • 01 Night accommodation at Premium Houseboat with all meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • All transfers and sightseeing by AC Vehicle as per itinerary
  • Professionally General English speaking Driver with uniform
  • Toy train ride in Ooty
  • Tea Plantation tour in Munnar
  • Kathakali dance show Munnar
  • Spice plantation tour in Thekkady
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances of the car.
  • 5 % GST included in the above package.
  • Meals specified other than itinerary
  • International & Domestic flight cost
  • Laundry fee, Camera fee
  • Entrance fee can be paid directly. If any
  • Items of Personal Nature, Porterage
  • Guiding and any personal expenses will be paid by you.
  • All other items and services not specified above
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