South India Travel Package
South to The Malabar Coast
Duration : 18 Nights / 19 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai - Covelong -
Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Kodaikanal - Munnar - Cochin -
Mararikulam - Chennai - Tellicherry - Coorg - Mysore - Chennai
Day - 1 » Chennai - Covelong
This morning drive to the fishermans cove Hotel at Covelong, just
32 kms from the city. Stop en route at Dakshin Chitra cultural centre
dedicated to the art, architecture and culture of the Southern Indian
states. Stay for 3 nights at Fishermans Cove Hotel (luxury sea
Day - 2 & 3 » Covelong
Day - 4 » Covelong - Pondicherry
Drive south to Mahabalipuram noted for the seven monolithic temples,
each carved from a single granite boulder standing on the seashore. In
the village you will see a huge frieze, known as Arjunas Penance,
which is cut on to a flat granite rock face. Continue to Pondicherry the
former french colony; the centre of the town still retains a french
atmosphere in its architecture and planning. Stay at the Hotel De L
Orient an 18th century French colonial house.
Day - 5 » Pondicherry
This mornign drive out of the city of Gingee to see the remarkable 15th
century Vijaynagar fort. Return to Pondicherry and in the afternoon
visit the Aurobindo Ashram founded by a Bengali philosopher in the early
Day - 6 » Pondicherry - Tanjore
Today drive via the temple towns of Chidambaram and Kumbakonam to
Tanjore to stay fortwo nights at the Ideal River Resort which is
situated overlooking the Cauvery river outside of the town.
Day - 7 » Tanjore
This entire area is rich in South Indian temple architecture. Today
visit the great Brihadiswara temple in Tanjore, which is considered to
be one of the most magnificent Chola temples in India. Drive out to
Trichy which, is dominated by the rock Fort Temple. Also visit Srirangam
a superbtemple complex spread over an island in the Cauvery River. The
Sri Ranganathaswami temple dedicated to vishnu is one of the biggest
temples in India.
Day - 8 » Tanjore - Madurai
This morning drive to Madurai, which has been a centre of learning, and
pilgrimage for many centuries. Life in this bustling pilgrimage city is
centred on the great Meenakshi Temple,w hich dominates the old city.
This temple with its gopurams (pyramidal gateway towers) is covered with
a profusion of multi coloured images of mystical figures, animals and
gods. Stay overnight at the taj Garden Retreat or Hotel Sangam.
Alternatively, from Tanjore you could visit the region of Chettinad,
just 90 kms east of Madurai, and home to the Nattukottai Chettiars, a
prosperous banking community, who ventured overseas to Ceylon, Burma and
Indo-China in the 19th and 20th centuries and amassed great fortunes.
This area is noted for its grand mansions that are an archite ctural
delight. We would recommended a two-night stay at The Bangala a charming
75-year-old Chettinad Bungalow belonging to the Meyyappa Chettiar
Day - 9 » Madurai - Kodaikanal
Today it is a scenic drive up to Kodaikanal,which is one of the most
charming hillstations in South India. Kodaikanal lies on the southern
crest of the Palani Hills, at an altitude of 2100 metres above sea
level. Stay two nights at the Carlton Hotel.
Day - 10 » Kodaikanal
At leisure, Kodaikanal is noted for its scenery and landscaped lakes.
Two of the msot spectacular views in India can be enjoyed from Coakers
walk and pillar Rocks; however, at certain times of year the views can
be restricted by the weather.
Day - 11 » Kodaikanal - Munnar
Leave today for a scenic drive through the hills to Munnar, at 1520
metres above sea level, in the high ranges of Kerala. Munnar is a
genuine hill station and centre of the Kerala tea industry. It is also
close to Anaimudi, at 2695 metres the highest peak in South India. In
the town Christ Church with its memorial plaques to past planters is
worth visiting. Stay at Windamere estate or Siena Village.
Day - 12 » Munnar
Full day exploring Munnar and the surrounding area of Eravikulam
Day - 13 » Munnar - Cochin
Drive south to the Malabar Coast and to Cochin. Stay at the Brunton
Boatyard Hotel overlooking the sea in Fort Cochin.
Day - 14 » Cochin
This morning visit the synagogue, dutch Palace, st Francis Church
and the spice market. In the afternoon take a harbour cruise to see some
of the nearny islands and the legendary Chinese fishing nets.
Day - 15 » Cochin - Mararikulam
This morning it is a short drive south to end your journey for three
nights at the Marari Beach Resort at Mararikulam. Alternatively, before
relaxing at thebeach, spend a couple of days cruising the backwaters on
your own houseboat.
Day - 16 & 17 » Mararikulam
Day - 18 » Mararikulam - Chennai
Transfer by car to Cochin airport for your return flight to Chennai.
Assistance on arrival end of tour.
Extension Tour to Cochin to Chennai
Day - 14 » Cochin - Tellicherry via Calicut
Today drive to Tellicherry. Stay overnight at Ayisha Manzil a 140
year-old colonial style bungalow, belonging to the Moosa family, it is
situated on a hollock overlooking the Arabian Sea. The bungalow is
simply furnished with family antiques and consists of six bedrooms all
with en-suite bathrooms.
Day - 15 » Tellicherry - Coorg
Morning at leisure. After lunch leave for a scenic drive to coorg,
nestling in the Western Ghats at 800 metres above sea level. The
beautiful district of Coorg, untouched by urban development, offers
crisp air, thick tropical forest, exotic spice and coffee plantations,
extensive paddy fields and diverse flora and bird life. Stay for two
nights at the Orange County Resort.
Day - 16 » Coorg
This morning take a short forest walk from Orange Country, with a local
guide, to a tribal village. The Kurbas and Eravas tribes live in small
communities in the forests of Coorg. They cultivate the fields and
collect honey and herbs from the forest. In the afternoon visit a local
Day - 17 » Coorg - Mysore
Morning drive to the palce city of Mysore. Stay two nights at the
Lalitha Mahal palace hotel (new wing).
Day - 18 » Mysore
Explore Mysore and the surrounding area. Places of interest include the
Maharajas palace, the colourful vegetable and flower markets, and
Chamundi Hill noted for its Nandi temple. Outside of Mysore you may wish
to visit the Kesava Temple at Somnathpur.
Day - 19 » Mysore - Chennai
This mornign visit the ruins of Tipu Sultans capital at
Srirangapatna, which is situated just outside of the city. Return to
Mysore to join the Shatabdi Express train for the 7-hour
journey to chennai.