Temples, Backwater & Palaces Of South India 15 days

  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly

This our personal favourite itinerary has the ability to touch your soul and melt your city. Explore the magnificent temple & see the largest & oldest active temples of Hindus in Thanjavur, Trichy & Madurai of which some are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk in colonial town of Chennai, Pondicherry, and Fort Cochin. Explore the picturesque Periyar National Park & learn about spice plantation. Cruise in enchanting backwater at Alleppey. Ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway and visit fort & palaces of Mysore and Bangalore.

Day 1 Arrive Chennai

On arrival assistance & transfer to hotel (hotel check in/ out time 12pm). Visit Fort St. George, St Mary Church inside the fortress, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Government Museum, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral & Marina Beach.

O/n at hotel.

Day 2 Chennai - Mahabalipuram (120kms)

Drive to Mahabalipuram via visiting Kanchipuram an ancient city famous as city of thousands temple. On arrival check in at hotel. Visit Mahabalipuram UNESCO WHS monuments Monolithic Temples, Krishnas Butterball, Cave Temples, Shore Temple & The Arjuna Penance.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 3 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (100kms)

Drive to Pondicherry check in at hotel. Visit Aurovil & Pondicherry Museum. Drive pass or walk through stunning French Quarters, charming mustard streets and colonial villas which include French consulate, Raj Nivas, Government Square, Churches & French schools.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 4 Pondicherry - Thanjavur (185kms)

Drive to Thanjavur via visiting Chidambaram Nataraja Temple and The Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram & Darasuram. On arrival check in at hotel.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 5 Thanjavur - Trichy (60kms)

Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Palace Complex built by great Chola king in the 10th century. Drive to Trichy check in at hotel. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple the largest functional temple in the world and The Rock Fort the oldest rock in the world 230 crore years old.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 6 Trichy - Madurai (135kms)

Drive to Madurai check in at hotel. Visit Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple & Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 7 Madurai - Thekkady

Drive to Thekkady via Ramakkalmedu the windiest places in Asia. On arrival check in at hotel.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 8 Thekkady - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on boat safari followed by spice plantation tour. Drive to Kumarakom check.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 9 Thekaddy - Alleppey (135kms)

Transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat & sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters.

O/n in houseboat. Meal plan: B,L,D.

Day 10 Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)

Drive to Cochin check in at hotel. Visit Fort Cochin, St. Frances Church, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace & Chinese fishing nets. Evening watch Kathakali Dance.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 11 Cochin - Ooty (280kms)

Drive to Ooty check in at hotel. Rest time to relax & explore the surrounding.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 12 Ooty - Mysore (140kms)

Visit botanical gardens followed by a ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Drive to Mysore check in at hotel.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 13 Mysore

Excursion to visit Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura. On return visit Mysore Palace, Chamundeswari Temple, Nandi Bull, City Palace & St. Philomenas Church.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 14 Mysore - Bangalore (150kms)

Drive to Bangalore check in at hotel. Visit Lal Bagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Bangalore Fort, Tippu Summer Palace & Bull Temple. Drive pass Vidhana Soudha & Secretariat.

O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.

Day 15 Bangalore - Departure

As per flight schedule departure transfer to airport.

Meal plan: B.

What's included

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  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • 15 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels
  • Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in car
  • Government taxes


  • Any flight tickets
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Meals other than mentioned in day plan
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc
  • Gratuities & optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions


Available in

English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
(Other than English guide subject to availability and at additional cost)

Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors

Departure & Return

Start city: Chennai , Tamil Nadu, India

Pick up times available: 09:00

Pick up location: Chennai Airport

Ends at: Bangalore Airport

Nearest airport: Chennai International Airport (MAA)

Eco Features:

  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 31 days or more before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 16-30 days before the travel date
75% cancellation fee - between 7-15 days before the travel date
90% cancellation fee - between 4-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-3 days before the travel date

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from $1414 per person