15 DAYS
Duration
Year round – private tours
Dates
India
Destination

Glimpses of South India

Picturesque sceneries, colourful and warm people, passionate culture. Take a glimpse into this exciting world. Be part of it. Meet South India.
Everywhere you go, you can feel the energetic and exotic spirit of South India. It is deeply rooted in everyday life, historical and cultural heritage. In its glorious temples, ancient forts, pilgrimage roads, wonderful natural beauties.
Walk with us through Chennai, understand core beliefs of Hindu in Chidambaram, feel the wisdom in Madurai, wander through beautiful tea plantations in Munnar, enjoy the picture book sights at Southeast coast.
Everyone should strive to achieve dharma.
Everyone should strive to visit South India.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact Spirit Journeys Worldwide for quote including flights
DEPARTURE TIME TBA
INCLUDED14 Nights accommodation at the hotels mentioned above based on Twin/Double Sharing as per hotels mentioned including an overnight in train.
Meal Plan as stated [BB: Bed & Breakfast / Houseboat only FB: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Half day sightseeing tour of Chennai
Excursion to Mahablipuram from Chennai
Half day sightseeing tour of Tanjore
Sightseeing tour of Trichy en-route Tanjore – Karaikudi
Orientation tour of Karaikudi
Half day sightseeing tour of Madurai
Evening witness prayer ceremony at Meenakshi Temple Madurai
Visit to a Tea Museum and Tea Plantation in Munnar
Half day sightseeing tour of Kochi followed by Kaleidoscope show
Train fare in First Air-Conditioned Sleeper Class for Chennai – Chidambaram sector
All transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary will be by an air-conditioned Innova car or [similar]
All taxes, parking fee, entrances, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all airports;
Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
Spirit Journeys representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers with meet and assist
All currently applicable taxes;
NOT INCLUDEDExpenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;
Meals other than those specified above;
All lunches will be on direct payment basis
Any insurance;
India Visa
International air-fare;
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;

Additional information

LocationIndia
Single supplementFor single prices please contact us for a quote – tour based on 2 people travelling
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Day 01: ARRIVE CHENNAI

On arrival in Chennai: Company representatives cannot come into the baggage collection area. After you have cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting for you. Amongst them will be a Spirit Journeys representative who will be waiting to greet you with a paging board with your name on it. Please, note that the crowds can be enormous and it is possible that you may not spot our representative, despite their best efforts to be as visible as possible, so please keep an eye out for them. On arrival, a representative will meet you and transfer to airport hotel. Your travel documents will be handed over to you on arrival. Rest of day, spend at leisure.

Overnight: Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, Chennai [Deluxe Delight room with Breakfast]

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Day 02: CHENNAI

In the morning, take an orientation tour of Chennai. The sightseeing begins with visit to Fort St. George, which is presently being used by the Tamil Nadu Government. Here, you can visit the museum holding many remembrances of the East India Company and the British period. Afterwards, proceed to Mylapore. Later on, go to San Thomas Church. En route, drive past the Marina Beach, the second longest in the world, stretching for several miles.

Rest of the day is at leisure (No Transportation).

Overnight: Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, Chennai [Deluxe Delight room with Breakfast]

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Day 03: CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM – CHENNAI

After breakfast, join the  excursion to Mahabalipuram (approx. 80 Kms – 2 Hrs one way). In Mahabalipuram, visit the famous Shore Temple. After this exciting experience, return to your hotel.

Overnight: Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, Chennai [Deluxe Delight room with Breakfast]

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Day 4: CHENNAI – CHIDAMBARAM – TANJORE

Tea / coffee at the hotel (packed breakfast will be provided). Transfer  to the railway station in order to connect with your train to Chidambaram.

Train Trichy Express:
Departs Chennai 08:15
Arrives Chidambaram 12:48

On arrival, take a sightseeing tour of Chidambaram. This highly spiritual place is an important destination for followers of the Hindu god Shiva and exponent of the fearsome, frenzied Tandav Nritya or the dance of destruction. After this tour, drive to Tanjore (approx. 130 Kms – 2.5 Hrs). On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Svatma, Tanjore [Premium Room in Heritage Residence with breakfast]

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Day 05: TANJORE

After breakfast, enjoy your sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Start with a visit to Brihadeeshwara Temple, next,  go to the Palace most of which is in ruins housing the Tamil University Museum, the Art Gallery and the Saraswati Mahal Library. After the tour, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Svatma, Tanjore [Premium Room in Heritage Residence with breakfast]

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Day 06: TANJORE – TRICHY – KARAIKUDI

After breakfast, drive to Trichy (approx. 60 Kms – 1.5 Hrs). On arrival, enjoy the sightseeing tour of the Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam at Trichy. After sightseeing, proceed to Karaikudi, the biggest City in Sivaganga (approx. 80 Kms – 2 Hrs). On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Overnight:Visalam, Karaikudi [Standard Room with Breakfast] 

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Day 07: KARAIKUDI

Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, famous for its fortress-like homes and temples that are architectural marvels. As a creative part of this tour, enjoy a tile making demonstration. The tour ends with a visit to the Antiques Street. After this exciting  tour, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Visalam, Karaikudi [Standard Room with Breakfast]

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Day 8: KARAIKUDI – MADURAI

In time, drive  to Madurai (approx. 95 Kms – 03 Hrs). On arrival, a representative will meet you and  transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Heritage Madurai, Madurai (Luxury Villa with Breakfast)

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Day 9: MADURAI

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Madurai, one of the oldest cities in South India and the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Madurai’s main attraction is the famous Meenakshi temples in the heart of the old town. Another attraction is the Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Late this evening, proceed to the Meenakshi temple complex to witness the spectacular evening prayer ceremony.

Overnight: Hotel Heritage Madurai, Madurai [Luxury Villa with Breakfast]

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Day 10: MADURAI – MUNNAR

Following  breakfast, drive  to Munnar (approx. 160 Kms – 4.5 Hrs). On arrival, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight is at Windermere Estate, Munnar [Cottage with Breakfast] 

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Day 11: MUNNAR

In the morning, wander through the Tea Museum (closed on Monday) where you will learn about the process of tea making. Later on,  enjoy a guided walk through the Tea Plantations.  Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Windermere Estate, Munnar [Cottage with Breakfast]

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Day 12: MUNNAR – ALLEPPEY

This morning after breakfast, drive to Alleppey (approx. 150 Kms – 4.5 Hrs). Upon arrival in Alleppey, embark your houseboat ( kettuvallam) for overnight stay [check in time is 1300 Hrs].

Overnight: Houseboat [01 Bedroom FB with All Meals]

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Day 13: ALLEPPEY – COCHIN

Breakfast is on board at the houseboat. Next,  disembark the houseboat and drive to Kochi (approx 60 Kms: 1.5 Hrs). On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Check in time is 1200 Hrs. We will place a request for early check-in and do our best to secure it, however, it depends on availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (no transportation)

Overnight: Hotel Malabar House, Kochi [Roof Garden Suite with breakfast]

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Day 14: KOCHI

This morning after breakfast, take a half day sightseeing tour of Cochin. All the sightseeing places are located in the Fort Cochin area itself. Begin with Dutch Palace also known as Mattancherry Palace (Closed on Friday). Next,  visit Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday). Admire St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica Church. Later in the evening, experience the unforgettable Kaleidoscope show, a mixture of various traditional dances.

Overnight: Hotel Malabar House, Kochi [Roof Garden Suite with breakfast]

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Day 15: DEPART KOCHI

After breakfast,  a representative will transfer you  to the airport in order to board your flight to London.

Special Notes:

UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require.
Hotel check-in & check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs except for Taj and Oberoi properties where check-in time is 1400 Hrs and check-out is at 1200 Hrs;
In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;
Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced “No-Smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one.

For Security Reasons, it is mandatory to supply the following

  • Guest Residential Address
  • Contact Numbers
  • Email ID
  • Nationality
  • Place of Work / Organization Name
  • Designation
  • Photo Identity
  • Copy of passport
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