A 12 day vacation to the most attractive and culturally rich destinations in Southern India. This South India tour covers the best of Kerela, the metropolitan Harbor city of Cochin, the famed backwaters of Kumarakom, and Kerala’s best known National Park, Periyar. After visiting the wonders of Kerala, you continue your South India tour, moving on to Trichy, famous for the Rockfort Temple, on to the Indo French settlement of Pondicherry, to the Temple town of Mahabalipuram, ending up in Chennai , Southern India’s most populous and culturally rich city.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest:
Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Sri Aurobindo Ashram was established in 1926, and has grown under the Mother’s direction, from a small group of two dozen disciples into a large branched out community. The Ashram is not a quiet place of retreat secluded from the world but a vibrant center of life in an urban setting.
Aurobindo hand made paper factory - With the paper produced here being exported to other countries, Aurobindo Hand Made Paper factory is one of the most successful commercial enterprises of the Ashram. You could actually see the process of developing quality hand made papers, as you roam around the factory.
The Pondicherry Museum The Pondicherry Museum is famous for the various stone statues and a fossilized tree trunk.
Your sightseeing tour of P0ondicherry is followed by a drive to Mahabalipuram, the next destination on your South India Tour package.
Mahabalipuram: Mahabalipuram, a small town with vibrant history dates back to the Tamil Pallava dynasty in the 7th and the 9th century in South India. This town is famous for its rock carved temples, sculptures and the world’s largest stone bas relief. The extravagant shore temples are the most famous spots in Mahabalipuram for photography in the country. The structures here are mostly carved out of granite and are one of the oldest existing examples of the Dravidian architecture. There are nine rock-cut cave temples in the area. These temples have interesting carvings on them portraying the Hindu Gods and Goddesses i8n various postures, some mythological relating incidents. There is a carving of the celebrated fight between Mahishasura and Goddess Durga and a carving of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The major attraction here is the carving of the magnificient Pandava Rathas (dedicated to the pandava brothers of Mahabharata) all carved out of a single rock. There is also a huge rock known as the Arjuna’s Penance, where the Mahabharata hero was said to have paid for his worldly sins. There are also famous ‘Mandapams’, which are rock-cut galleries with sculpted figures inside them.
On your arrival in Mahabalipuram, check in at the hotel.
Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram.
|Period / Category||Standard||Superior||Deluxe|
Valid from 01st Oct'16 to 15th April’17
|Us$ 1310 per person||Us$ 1598 per person||Us$ 2002 per person|
Valid from 16th Apr ’16 to 30th Sept'16
|Us$ 1216 per person||Us$ 1384 per person||Us$ 1608 per person|
|Cochin||Gokulam Park Inn||Trident||Vivanta by Taj Malabar|
|Kumarakom||Backwater Ripples||Coconut Lagoon||Vivanta by Taj-Kumarakom|
|Periyar||Cardamom County||Niraamaya Cardamom Club||Spice Village|
|Pondicherry||Le Duplex||Le Duplex||Le Duplex|
|Mahabalipuram||MGM Beach Resort||Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay||Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove|
|Chennai||Radha Regent||The Park||The Leela|
|Madurai||GRT Regency||Heritage Madurai||The Gateway|
Small supplements may apply for travel between 01st November and 15th November'2016, 20th December'2016 and 05th January'2017 and during the month of February' 2017.
Note: All the figures quoted above are net per person in US Dollars.