Duration: 25 Nights / 26 Days
Location: South India – Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu & Goa
Best season: November to February.
Category: Cultural, Heritage, Nature and Beach Holidays .
Covering:Chennai > Pondicherry > Madurai > Kerala > Kovalam > Allepey overnight on Houseboat > Fort Cochin> Nilgiris – Ooty > Mysore > Bangalore > Goa.
You can take it: As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice).
Special about the tour:
This tour offers a chance to experience the South part of India with Goa. While visiting the heritage monuments and natural beauty, with a lifetime experience on the Nilgiri Mountain Railways of India. We will visit Pondicherry also known as “The French Riviera of the East”, Hindu temples at Madurai, beautiful beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, overnight stay in house boats to experience the back waters of Kerala with its wildlife, tea , coffee and spice plantations in the hills, along with the relaxing beach holidays in Goa.
On this special customised tour your will travel and experience the most beautiful and lovely region of South India compromises of 03 states Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and 01 union territory of Pondicherry with the beautiful golden sandy beaches at Goa. You will also travel on the world famous Steam engine Train “The Nilgiri Mountain Railways of India” to Ooty.
This exciting, beautiful tour starts from the state of Tamil Nadu at Chennai to Mahabalipuram –famous for its rock cut monolith temples and is one of the 16 world heritage sights been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit the Pondicherry also known as “The French Riviera of the East”, we will visit the exquisitely carved grand Hindu temples of Tanjore and Madurai– Some of these temples are the biggest Hindu temples in India and represent the ancient Dravidian cultures which flourished between 6th to 9th century.
Further the tour will take you to Kerala, well known as God’s own country and will visit the picturesque beautiful beaches of Kovalam and Varkala which are the most beautiful beaches of Kerala and is described as the ‘Paradise of the South India’. We will also visit Alleppey, known as the ‘Venice of the East’, famous for its backwaters full of immense natural beauty. The traditional wooden houseboats also enhance the beauty of these backwaters. Overnight experience on these houseboats will fascinate you and will provide you to see the local people from much closer. A visit to the places like Thekkady ( Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve) famous for its wildlife sanctuary & Tiger reserve and thick forests, with a boat tour to wildlife sanctuary, a visit to the elephant camp and spice plantation tour, tribal dance show will leave you with a lifetime memorable experience..!
We will also visit Munnar- the breathtakingly beautiful place with magnificent mountains, lakes, flora and fauna , tea gardens and Eravikulam national park famous for Nilgiri Tahr,we will also visit Fort Cochin – known as Queen of Arabian Sea, which is the vibrant city and considered as the most important city on the west coast, where we will attend the Kathakali classical art/dance performance .
We will also visit Ooty in the Nilgiri hills (Karnataka) —where we will ride the World famous UNESCO Heritage — Nilgiri Mountain Railways of India, still run with the help of steam engine, further visit to Mysore Palace and fly from Bangalore to Goa – An excellent blend of sea, sand and surf, Goa beaches have long been a favorite hunt for beach lovers. Warm golden sand, gleaming sea
Each day of this tour itinerary offers an opportunity to explore superb historic architecture, exquisitely carved temples, oldest churches,and natural attractions including various kinds of wildlife, spice plantations, tea gardens, beautiful calm hill stations, picturesque beaches, lakes, back water canals, cultural diversity and much– much more. It also provides you a chance to meet the locals on the way and to enjoy the local exotic cuisine on Banana leaf, visit the local fruits, flowers and vegetable markets, a chance to enjoy the world famous Ayurveda body message therapies, traditional classical performing arts and folk dances, elephant rides, bull cart ride, bicycle rickshaw ride etc.
Apart from the sightseeing you get your free time to relax up on the beaches in Kerala & Goa and time to shop traditionally jewellery & handicraft items made of various metals, precious and semi precious stones, sandalwood, ivory, silk products and specially the spices of India.
You travel at your own pace and will stop at villages and towns on the way to get an insight into the daily life of the people. Your knowledgeable guide/ tour escort is with you throughout the trip to all the famous sights and makes history and culture come alive through the stories that unfold throughout the journey and will make your tour a memorable tour in India which is unparalleled and unforgettable!
Chennai > Mahabalipuram > Pondicherry> Tanjore, > Chettinadu Kanadukathan > Madurai,> Kovalam > Trivandrum > Varkala > Alleppey (Kerala backwaters on a house boat) > Thekkady > Munnar > Cochin > Ooty > Mysore,> Bangalore > Goa > Chennai.