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Astonishing South India

Astonishing South India




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This Tour introduces with the magnificent temples of South India that developed with the time as a result of either religious influence or religious reverence. When it comes to the temples of southern India, one is astonished to see the dominating power of the state due to its many ancient, towering masterpieces, brightly painted sculptures depicting the grandeur and magnificence of the Tamil Culture. Apart from perceiving the mind blowing architecture of the various shrines built by the ruling archaic dynasties depicting the symbol of their unrivalled power and might, the recognized UNESCO World Heritage sites, the visionary innovation of the artist speaking through the each stone carving and the faith and adornment in the heart of every citizen for the divine, you will be pleased with divergent and enriched market of the cities full of valuable 3S of south shopping – Silk products, Spices, Stone carved handicrafts.
  • Jama Masjid – The largest Mosque in India
  • Rikshaw Ride in the streets of Delhi
  • Akshardham Temple – An epitome of Modern Architecture
  • Night visit to Qutab Minar
  • Discover the rich history of silk weaving in Kanchipuram
  • Explore the French charms of Pondicherry
  • Admire architectural masterpieces of famous temples
  • Enthralling views of Kovalam Beach

Welcome with garlanding on arrival at Delhi airport.

Handover of documents (Map of India, Itinerary, Hotel Booking vouchers) with some Indian chocolates & adopter in a sling bag on arrival at Delhi airport.

2 Photographs (per person) to be clicked by professional photographer during the trip.

Gifting Indian souvenir while departure from India.


Day 01                Arrive Delhi

Day 02                Delhi

Day 03                Delhi to Chennai (By Air)

Day 04                Chennai sightseeing

Day 05                Chennai to Kanchipuram (90 Kms/ 2 Hrs) to Mahabalipuram (70 Kms/ 1.5 Hrs)

Day 06                Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry (100 Kms/ 2 Hrs)

Day 07                Pondicherry

Day 08                Pondicherry to Thanjavur (200 Kms/ 4.5 Hrs)

Day 09                Thanjavur to Trichy (60 Kms/ 1 Hr)

Day 10                Trichy to Madurai (150 Kms/ 3 Hrs)

Day 11                Madurai to Rameshwaram (170 Kms/ 3.5 Hrs)

Day 12                Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari (325 Kms/ 6 Hrs)

Day 13                Kanyakumari to Kovalam (100 Kms/ 3 Hrs)

Day 14                Kovalam

Day 15                Drop to Trivandrum Airport (15 Kms/ 0.5 Hrs) & Departure to Delhi

Day 16                Delhi Departure


  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance fees (Cable and car and Moon Valley)
  • Box lunch water, banana apple and chocolate
  • Departure Taxes
  • Entry Fees
  • 5 Star Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers

Tour Plan

Day 1 : Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at Delhi airport, meet our representative (preferred language speaking) and greeted with a warm welcome with garlanding. Then our representative will escort you to the pre-booked hotel. Arrive hotel & fulfil check-in formalities. Spare little time with our representative to provide brief information about the tour.

Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 2 : Delhi City Tour

This day introduces you with the city Delhi where you can witness a unique blend of the traditional and cosmopolitan styles. Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious,

tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.
After breakfast gather at hotel’s lobby & proceed for guided city tour of Delhi including Jama Masjid followed by Rikshaw ride, Raj Ghat, Humayun’s Tomb – the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, drive past through India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), Akshardham Temple (closed on Mondays) – A Hindu temple which exemplifies traditional Hindu culture and architecture. 7000 artisans were involved in the construction of the temple aided by 3000 volunteers.

At last visit Qutab Minar to experience night view (visit permitted till 9 pm). The Qutub Minar is a towering 73-meter-high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. This tower is the highest tower in India, complete with five storeys and projecting balconies. The first three storeys of the Qutub Minar are made of red sandstone and the last two are made of marble and sandstone.

Apart from the tower, the Qutub Minar complex comprises of the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque (the first mosque to be built in India), a 7-metre-high iron pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar. After sightseeing return to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Delhi to Chennai (By Air)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Delhi airport to board flight for Chennai, located on the Coromandel Coast, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu, a State of the Indian Sub-continent. It is the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country. On arrival at Chennai airport, meet & greet by our Representative who will assist you to direct towards your

pre-booked hotel. Arrive hotel & fulfil check-in formalities.
Rest of the day at leisure to indulge in your own activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4 :Chennai City Tour

After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chennai city, visiting Kapaleeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the oldest temples in Chennai , The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government’s secretariat; Santhome Cathedral was built around the 14th-15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. This afternoon visits the Egmore Museum & ends your tour

with a stroll at Marina Beach while enjoying the sunset, the second longest beach in the world. After sightseeing return to hotel & Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5 : Chennai to Kanchipuram (90 Kms/ 2 Hrs) to Mahabalipuram (70 Kms/ 1.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Kanchipuram to visit a stunning set of temples, all built in the 7th and 8th centuries. With a weaving tradition dating back to the Pallava era (when silk was the royal cloth), Kanchipuram is also justly famous for its fine silk saris each embellished with stunning patterns. In 2005, “Kanchipuram Silk Sarees” received the Geographical Indication tag, the first product in India to

carry this label. After visiting Kanchipuram, continue your journey to Mahabalipuram (Also known as Mamallapuram). On arrival in Mahabalipuram, transfer directly to your hotel and check-in. Later, take a sightseeing tour of this World Heritage city that boasts of some of India’s most sublime rock-cut art. The seven pagoda-style Shore Temples, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture, deserve special mention. They were constructed in a single century-long burst of creative enthusiasm.
Later, drive back to hotel & Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 6 : Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry (100 Kms/ 2 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to visit The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world. It is spread over eight and a half acres of land and is home to over 2500 reptiles. Here you can get an opportunity to meet with distinct species of reptiles in their natural habitat.

After visiting Crocodile farm, proceed to visit Pondicherry, which was the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century.
Arrive Pondicherry & check-in at hotel. In evening, you can take a stroll at one of the beaches of Pondicherry & visit the local markets.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7 : Pondicherry

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of this former French enclave which today is an interesting mix of Gallic charm and Tamil influences. Start with a visit to Aurobindo Ashram and the city of Auroville. In order to book a meditation session at Auroville, one needs to make an advance booking by visiting the centre & presence for the

person is a must (one can apply for a day prior while approaching for Pondicherry). Spend the rest of the day strolling through both the French and Tamil quarters.
Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 8 : Pondicherry to Thanjavur (200 Kms/ 4.5 Hrs)

After breakfast check out from hotel & proceed for Thanjavur, one of the districts of the state of Tamil Nadu, in South-eastern India. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. Arrive Thanjavur & check-in at hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Thanjavur.

Major attractions include Brihadeeswarar Temple and Thanjavur Palace. The Brihadeeswarar Temple built by Raja Chola I, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This spectacular temple is over 1000 years old and is one of the largest temples in India. Using the same construction techniques used by the ancient Egyptians to construct the pyramids, this architectural masterpiece with its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. The tower of the temple is built so the shadow of the Cupola never falls on the ground.Thanjavur Palace is a fascinating and rich piece of history famous for its library and museum of artefacts. Overnight, stay at hotel. Afterwards visit Thanjai Mamani Koil near Thanjavur is a set of three Vishnu temples, together called a Divyadesam. It is among the 108 such more temple premises in India. The temple has a local origin myth that has its roots in one of the many canonical myths about Lord Vishnu. After sightseeing return to hotel & Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9 :Thanjavur to Trichy (60 Kms/ 1 Hr)

After breakfast check out from hotel & transfer to Trichy. Arrive Trichy & check-in at hotel. This afternoon takes a sightseeing tour of the erstwhile capital of the mighty Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive’s house is a point of attraction as is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is particularly famous and

the Temple on top offers stunning panoramic views. Time permitting, this evening visits the bustling bazaar before returning to the hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 : Trichy to Madurai (150 Kms/ 3 Hrs)

After breakfast check out from hotel & set out by road for the temple city of Madurai, also an important cultural and commercial hub as far back as 550 AD. In the afternoon you visit one of the most important and holies of all temples, Meenakshi Sundareshwar. This temple complex is one of the largest in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, this is a living

temple and though non-Hindus are not allowed in the inner sanctum, there is still plenty to see and absorb. The energy and devotion of the countless pilgrims who visit is remarkable. Not to be missed also is the colourful market around the temple, the opulent Nayak Palace and Thirupparan Kundram Temple. Later tonight, return to the Meenakshi temple to witness the special daily closing ceremony.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11 : Madurai to Rameshwaram (170 Kms/ 3.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed towards Rameshwaram. Arrive Rameshwaram & check-in at hotel. After relaxing for a while proceed to visit Ramehswaram Temple. A perfect blend of mind-boggling architecture and spiritual significance, Rameshwaram Temple, also known as Ramanathaswamy Temple of Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Not just spiritually, Rameshwaram Temple is appealing

architecturally also. With the longest corridor of the world and immaculate carvings on pillars, it is definitely a treat for your eyes.
Then visit Agnitheertham, is the most significant Theertham (pilgrimage) in Rameswaram. As per Hindu Religious fact, it is at this place Lord Rama offered prayers to Lord Shiva and worshipped him after winning the battle against Asura King Raavan. Lord Rama took a dip in this sea to wash away the sin of killing Raavan who is basically a Brahmin. Hence devotees take a dip in the sea near Agnitheertham before worshipping Lord Shiva in Ramanathaswamy Temple. Tourists can see many people offering prayers to their ancestors in the steps of the Agnitheertham.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12 : Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari (325 Kms/ 6 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Dhanushkodi Beach. Dhanushkodi is a small town located southeast of Pamban in Rameswaram. This place is popular for its two attractions, namely the Dhanushkodi Beach and Dhanushkodi Temple, which attract people from places near and far. The Dhanushkodi Beach, popularly known as Archal Munai by locals, is considered as one of the most beautiful sites

in the town that visitors simply cannot afford to miss. It makes for an enthralling landscape, owing to the endless blue waters of the ocean touching the wide stretch of sandy shores. Owing to its crystal clear water, the coral reefs are easily visible.
After sightseeing continue your journey to proceed for Kanyakumari. Arrive Kanyakumari & check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 13 : Kanyakumari to Kovalam (100 Kms/ 3 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for sightseeing tour of Kanyakumari visiting the most famous monument – Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Back on the mainland, visit the Gandhi Memorial & the ancient Kanyakumari Temple. Then on your way to Kovalam, your next stop will be at Padmanabhapuram Palace (closed on Mondays) on the way. The palace was constructed around 1601 CE and last stop is

Suchindram Temple. After sightseeing continue your journey to Kovalam. Kovalam beach is the world famous Indian tropical beach, boarded by blue waters and lush coconut gardens, is a western cultural dot on a traditional and orthodox Kerala physique. Blue water and favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Sea, here, is pacific and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sand bed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Arrive Kovalam by evening and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14 : Kovalam

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple & Napier’s Museum at Trivandrum.Thereafter proceed for Poovar Beach, located 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), here one gets to see a slice of life in a coastal village. It offers one a wonderful view of the formation of the backwaters. The golden sands

are home to some of the best picnic spots in the area. This area is located at the juncture of the Neyyar River joining with the Arabian Sea. The serene beauty of the place can be explored through a boat ride providing you an opportunity to see the mangrove forest, Golden sand beach, floating cottages, elephant rock and many more.
By evening return to Kovalam and have a relaxing time while strolling at the beach, as Kovalam has three incredible beaches. The lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and Samudra beach. The three beaches together form the famous crescent beach with a coastline length of 17km. The iconic Lighthouse Beach is the kind of beach with a lighthouse, straight out of a picture book. With its red and white painted tower structure standing tall above a hillock at a height of 118 feet. The beach is loved for its soft expanse of sand and calm waters. Ideal to idle away. Hawah Beach with its rocky cape is preferred for swimming and sun bath. You can also spot fishermen in action on their catamarans. Samudra Beach is a calm and secluded beach which is less visited by tourists. This beach is mostly preferred by honeymooners for its privacy. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15 : Drop to Trivandrum Airport (15 Kms/ 0.5 Hrs) & Departure to Delhi

After breakfast check out from hotel & proceed for Trivandrum airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi airport, greeted by our representative & transfer to hotel pre-booked for you. Rest of the day at leisure or if time permits you can go for shopping.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16 : Delhi Departure

This is the last day of the tour & it’s time to say Goodbye to India. The morning is at leisure. Your escort and vehicle are at your disposal. Later, depending on the time of your international flight you are assisted with your transfer to the airport for your homebound journey.


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