Splendours of South India
Explore The Exotic Beauty
Chennai- Mahabalipuram- Pondicherry- Tanjore- Madurai- Periyar- Kumarakom- Backwater-Cochin
Best time to visit - It is accessible all year round but best time is winter due to pleasant weather
Temples, Forts & Palaces at Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai & Houseboat in Kerala
South India is best represented by its beautiful architecture of palaces, forts, temples, history and the natural beauty. States in southern India dominate the list when you have to find the perfect blend of nature’s beauty and human creation. Thus, South India tour packages offer various things to the visitors.
Be it the lush green jungle or the beautifully carved temples, forts & palaces, it has a lot in its platter for the visitors to enjoy. And, also a visit to Periyar National Park gives a true touch of nature’s beauty and beautiful creations. Spice plantation and backwaters also amaze the visitors with its magical splendours that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world.
While temples, forts and rich history welcomes visitors to Tamil Nadu state, houseboat is a unique experience to be relished in Kerala state. So, pack your bags to get on the board and enjoy exotic South India tour package with us.
Follow The Route
Upon your arrival at Chennai, you will be escorted by Indecubo Travels’ representative to check-in to the hotel.
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state. The city is also known as ‘Hollywood of India’ as it is the hub for South Indian film production. Its history dates back to 1639. Francis Day, who was a trader at British East India Company was the first person to build a trading post near Madraspatnam village. Since then, Madras, the former name for Chennai came into existence.
Overnight stay would be at the hotel in Chennai.
Post breakfast, we will proceed for sightseeing of Chennai. Firstly, we will visit Kapaleshvara Temple that is dedicated to Shiva God at Mylapore. This temple perfectly exemplifies the mesmerizing architecture of South Indian temples. After admiring the beautiful architecture of Kapaleshvara Temple, we will reach St. Thomas Church. It is a Portuguese old Cathedral that traces back to 16th century where remains of St. Thomas were buried.
Next in line is the University which is famous for its Indo-saracenic architecture, Marina Beach that allures the visitors for its serene pathway along with sea and National Museum housing the sculptures, explicitly crafted statues made up of bronze and archaeology art dating back to Pallava, Pandava and Cholas. It also exhibits the invaluable remains of iron and stone era.
Continuing the drive, we will reach Mahabalipuram. It served as the second capital to Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. The quaint village is ideally set along the sea-side with picturesque landscape. Unlike the rest of Tamil Nadu, the carvings of sculptures in this village depict the practices of day-to-day life.
After arrival at Mahabalipuram, check-in to the hotel.
Overnight stay would be at the hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Post breakfast; get ready for half-day city tour that includes:
Arjuna’s Atonement is a mythical story about the source of issue of River Ganges, It shows animals, deities, some divine creatures, tales of Panchatantra and Arjuna performing atonement to get God Shiva’s boon.
Shore Temple is quite beautiful and romantic depicting the final phase of art by Pallavas. By the time, it got devastated by wind and sea. It was built by Rajasimha in late 7th century. It is said that once there were seven temples. Of these seven, six were eroded due to natural elements. Dedicating to God Vishnu and God Shiva, it has three shrines. It is also considered to be the most distinctive feature.
With eight mandapams tucked over main hill, two have not been finished. Of these eight, Krishna Mandapam is one of the most primitive rock-cut temples. This mandapam depicts the scene where Krishna is lifting Mountain Govardhana to protect the people from the anger of Indra. Over the top of hill, there is a Butterball of Krishna that shows his love for fresh butter.
Rathas are architectural prototypes of Dravidian temples that depict the gopurams and vimanas. These include sculptured walls and halls with numerous pillars.
Evening is set at leisure to relish few moments at splendid beaches.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Mahabalipuram.
After having breakfast at Mahabalipuram, proceed to Pondicherry. Pondicherry is a famous former French Colony. Visitors can witness Portuguese touch in today’s Pondicherry as well. This place is also of sacred importance as St. Agasthaya and Shri Aurobindo attained enlightenment.
Once we reach Pondicherry, check-in to the hotel first. After few hours of relaxation, proceed for city tour.
The very first spot that we explore will be Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This ashram was established in November 1926 and is credited to Sri Aurobindo. During its establishment, only 24 disciples were in the ashram. Since inception, The Sri Aurobindo Ashram has become a buzz among tourists. Auroville, also known as ‘City of Tomorrow’, is 10 kilometres distant to north of Pondicherry. People belonging to various nationalities, faiths and beliefs dwell here in Auroville. It is a spectacular township where people from different regions settled here who seek serenity.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Pondicherry.
Post breakfast, start your drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel first. After few hours of relaxation, visit Brihadeshwara Temple and Fort. It perfectly exemplifies Chola architecture and is one of world heritage sites of UNESCO. The dome over it is made up of single piece of granite that weighs 81 ton. It was constructed in the similar manner as Egyptian Pyramids. For over thousand years, this temple is witnessing the continuous worship and prayers.
Note: Only Hindus are allowed in this temple.
Thanjavur Palace & Museum
Near the temple, there is a palace made up of granite that was built by Nayakas during 1550. Later it was completed by Marathas. The Armoury and the observation tower are visible from all parts of the city. Housing an art gallery, a library and a hall of music this palace attracts the visitors from all around the world.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Thanjavur.
Have breakfast and then proceed for an excursion to Trichy which is at a distance of 55 kilometres and 3 hours’ drive.
Rock Fort Temple is 83 metres high projection. It was first crafted by Pallavas and was then fortified by Nayakas. To reach the top, one has to climb 437 steps. However, the view from top is worth watching.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is an awesome temple complex located at Srirangam at a distance of three kilometres from Rock Fort. Seven concentric walls surround it with 21 gopurams. Thus it is considered as the largest in India. Its history belongs to Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and Vijaynagars.
Post sightseeing tour, drive back to Tanjore.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Thanjavur.
Post breakfast at Thanjavur, start driving to Madurai- the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. Dravidian art, architecture, culture, palaces and temples lie in Madurai and that is why it is called cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. During Nayaka kings, it served as their capital.
Upon arrival at Madurai, check-in to the hotel first. After few hours of relaxation, proceed for the city tour of Madurai.
First tourist spot is Meenakshi Temple that dates back to around 2000 years. It exemplifies Dravidian architecture in an incredible way. The current structure of this temple was designed by Vishwanath Nayak in 1560. It is sprawled over six hectares with four entrances. It has 12 towers, of these each are of 45 to 50 meters height. Golden Lotus Tank or Potrama Raikulam is the spot where literacy society of Tamil, known as Sangam used to choose the merits and demerits of the work. You will be amazed to know that the museum at temple has 985 pillars whereby each surpasses the beauty of other.
Tirumalai Nayak Mahal is an Indo-Saracenic style building that was built in 1523 and was four times in area as compared to present. Travellers can also see the light and sound show on the life of Tirumalai Nayak and Silapathikaram.
During evening, attend the ceremony at Meenakshi Temple. The ceremony is called ‘Bedtime of God’. A colourful procession is carried from the shrine of Lord Shiva that is accompanied by temple singers, musicians and temple priests. Before entering Goddess Parvati’s temple to sleep during night, Lord Shiva meets other deities on the way. This ceremony should not be missed at any cost.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Madurai.
After having breakfast at Madurai, start driving to Periyar. Periyar National Park is a unique wildlife sanctuary sprawled over 780 sq. Km. Area. There is a man-made lake at the centre that is fed by Periyar River.
Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Periyar.
Early morning is set for game-viewing in boats at Periyar National Park. Periyar National Park is a unique wildlife sanctuary. The boats will take you through the jungle waterways where you will spot elephants, bison and deer. You can also witness over 100 years old trees that are 50 metres high.
After enjoying boat-ride return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, a visit to spice plantation is scheduled. Walk through aromatic spice gardens where natural aromas will soothe your senses. Spices are the substances with flavours that can be added as preservative. Of all the spices, many have medicinal properties. For illustration, turmeric is an anti-oxidant while curry leaf is vital for controlling and preventing diabetes.
Many spices are also known to have medicinal value, for instance turmeric is a known anti-oxidant and curry leaf can control and prevent diabetes.
Spice plantations at Kerala are quite fascinating as there different sections dedicated to different spices. Farmers in Kerala use traditional farming practices and modern practices as well for growing spices such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint and sage.
Dinner and overnight stay would be at a hotel in Periyar.
Post breakfast, a drive to Kumarakom is scheduled for today. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel first. Kumarakom is a spectacular and splendid spot in God’s own country, Kerala. The coconut trees along the roads with never ending green fields are definitely the sights to behold. Feast your eyes with backwaters, nests of birds at mangroves, rambling lagoons and more. It is a place to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Kumarakom.
After having breakfast, proceed for jetty to get into houseboat (kettuvallom) on Backwaters of Kerala that are world famous for its serene and picturesque landscapes.
Houseboat word is derived from two different words- ‘Kettu’ which means to tie-up while ‘Vallom’ means boats. Boats in Kerala have contributed a chunk to economic development of Kerala. It carries the people and assets from length and breadth of land which is inaccessible otherwise. Backwaters cannot be found anywhere else in the world other than Kerala. The houseboats in Kerala are leveraged with all the modern conveniences.
Dinner and overnight stay would be in houseboat.
Post breakfast on houseboat, de-board at jetty and start driving to Cochin. Influence of Portugal, Holland and England can be witnessed at Cochin. Cochin is the perfect amalgamation of different cultures and beautiful architecture. Jewish Synagogue, Dutch architecture, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples, mosques and Chinese fishing nets can be seen just in a day. Upon arrival at Cochin, check-in to the hotel first.
Kathakali Dance Drama is the most featured proposition of Kerala. So, evening is set for an exlusive Kathakali Dance Drama presentation. It is the traditional dance form of Kerala whereby performers are dressed in colourful costumes and amaze the audience with incredible facial expressions, hand forms and dance moves. Kathakali is a mask dance that has been originated from Kerala and is 1500 years old.
Kathakali dance form features 24 mudras or moves that express different emotions such as serenity, wonder, love, anger, contempt, kindness, valour, fear and loathing. This dance is majorly performed by males.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Cochin.
Post breakfast at Cochin, a city tour is scheduled that involves the following:
A Portuguese trader, Vasco de Gama came to India through sea. He died in Kochi and was buried in St. Francis Church. Despite the fact that his remains were carried to Portugal, his burial spot at this church is clearly marked.
Jewish Synagogue, located near Dutch Palace in Mattancherry, is adorned with Belgian chandeliers and Chinese tiles. Giant scrolls of Old Testament are also spotted here.
Dutch Palace in Mattancherry belongs to Portuguese. In 17th century, it was modified by Dutch and was then presented to Kochi’s Raja. Coronation ceremony of many Rajas of Kochi was held here. It has an awesome collection of frescoes that depict the scenes from Mahabhartha and Ramayana, the Hindu epics.
Chinese fishing nets present a unique proposition in Cochin. These nets were introduced by the traders from court of Kablai Khan, the Chinese ruler. Apart from China, these fishing nets are found only in Kochi. These fishing nets are source of income for numerous fishermen. Visitors may witness the whole coast along Vypeen and Fort Kochi tucked with Chinese fishing nets.
Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Cochin.
You will be transferred to airport to board the flight to next destination.