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Southern India Kerala Tour Packages (13 Nights / 14 Days)

Routing: Chennai | Mahabalipuram | Pondicherry | Kumbakonam | Tanjore | Madurai | Periyar | Alleppey | Cochin

Discover the enchanting allure of Southern India, particularly Kerala, a region celebrated for its diverse attractions and awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Set off on an unforgettable expedition through the heart of southern India with our thoughtfully designed Southern India tour packages. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage of this captivating part of the country.

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India is a nation of captivating contrasts and remarkable diversity. When you venture into the northern region, you'll encounter towering mountains and expansive plains. But as you journey towards the south, you'll be welcomed by magnificent plateaus and exquisite beaches. South India boasts a plethora of tourist destinations that await your exploration.

Upon closer examination, you'll discover a harmonious blend of ancient heritage within the bustling cities of the South. Whether it's the cosmopolitan charm of Chennai, the tech-savvy ambiance of Bangalore, or the unassuming allure of Hyderabad, you'll find the touch of modernity you seek. Furthermore, from the enchanting beauty of Kerala to the serene landscapes of Ooty, South India offers a plethora of honeymoon packages. All in all, your South India tour promises to be a tapestry of diverse experiences.

If you're contemplating booking South India tour packages, look no further than Kerala Tour Packages. We offer an extensive array of South India holiday packages, including South India temple tours, village tours in South India, and honeymoon packages that cater to various tastes. Our Holiday trips to South India are designed to help you unravel the authentic diversity of this incredible nation. To accommodate a wide range of preferences, we provide South India packages departing from Bangalore, Chennai, and other key locations.

South India boasts numerous holiday destinations, many of which are encompassed in our South India Tour. So why delay? Let's embark on this captivating journey of South India exploration by reserving your South India tour today.

In the heart of South India, there lies a treasure trove of stories waiting to be discovered, where ancient legends and vibrant cultures merge seamlessly with the modern world. When you plan a journey through some of the most enchanting tourist places in South India don’t miss to include the below tourist places in your South India Tour.

Chennai - Gateway to the South:

Our journey begins in Chennai, often referred to as the "Gateway to the South. Since the Chennai International Airport has good international and domestic flight connectivity it is easy to start the South India tour from Chennai." Here, you'll find a bustling metropolis with a rich historical past. Marina Beach, one of the world's longest urban beaches, is a great place to start your exploration. Along the shores of the Bay of Bengal, you can witness the captivating blend of tradition and modernity that defines Chennai.

Mahabalipuram - Monuments by the Sea:

Not far from Chennai lies Mahabalipuram, a coastal town steeped in history. The magnificent Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands as a testament to ancient craftsmanship. But the real charm of Mahabalipuram can be found in its intricate rock-cut monuments and cave temples, where every carving has a story to tell. Staying in a Bach resort for a minimum of 2 nights and exploring the beach and shore temples with the help of a local guide is advisable in a South Indian Tour.

Pondicherry - A Slice of France in India:

Travel a little further south, and you'll find yourself in Pondicherry, a place that feels like a piece of France nestled in India. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter, where pastel-coloured buildings, quaint cafes, and the tranquil Auroville community create an atmosphere of peace and serenity.

Kumbakonam - The Temple Town:

Kumbakonam, a town steeped in spirituality, boasts a plethora of ancient temples that will transport you to a bygone era. Each temple in Kumbakonam has a unique legend associated with it, and the intricate architecture and rituals offer a glimpse into the region's profound religious heritage.

Trichy - A City of Legends:

Trichy, also known as Tiruchirappalli, is a city brimming with legends and architectural marvels. The most iconic landmark is the Rock Fort Temple, perched atop a massive rock, offering panoramic views of the city. Trichy's tales of valour and valour are etched in every nook and cranny.

Tanjavur - Where Art Comes to Life:

Tanjavur, the home of the famed Brihadeeswarar Temple, is an art lover's paradise. The temple's intricate frescoes, the grand Nandi statue, and the grand architecture will leave you in awe. It's here that classical Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music find their roots.

Chettinad - A Feast for the Senses:

Chettinad is a region renowned for its unique cuisine and grand mansions. The Chettiars, a prosperous banking and business community, built these opulent homes. Your visit to Chettinad will be incomplete without savouring a traditional Chettinad meal, known for its use of aromatic spices and flavours while touring South India.

Madurai - The City that Never Sleeps:

Our journey concludes in Madurai, a city that never sleeps. At the heart of this bustling city stands the Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi. The temple's vibrant gopurams (towering gateways) are a kaleidoscope of colours and depict fascinating mythological stories. Temple visit and witnessing the Arti is recommended in the South India tour.

These South Indian destinations aren't just places on a map; they're living, breathing stories. Each has its own unique narrative, whether etched in stone or carried through generations in the form of traditions and cuisine. A journey through these places is an odyssey through time, culture, and the vibrant tapestry of South India's soul.

Below is a Suggested South India Tour to experience the cultural, historical, architectural and food along with the beautiful landscapes of Kerala.

 

 

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Santhome Cathedral

SANTHOME CATHEDRAL

Day 01 - Chennai

Arrive in Chennai and check into your hotel. After that Spend your day in local sightseeing of Chennai city, where you can visit the Santhome Cathedral, Birla Planetarium, Elliot Beach, Valluvar Kottam, National Art and Government Museum, Anna Zoological Park, Kalakshetra, and the Theosophical Society. Overnight stay at GRT Grande.

One of the best places to begin your journey, Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and the sixth largest city in India. It’s one of the top tourist places in South India and the primary gateway for your South India trip. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is a beautiful mix of the old and the young. Witness to a lot of historical kingdoms, today it’s a contemporary city with all amenities. If you’ve already covered the museums and temples, you can check out Marina Beach - the world’s second-longest city beach. Chennai is one of the best South tourist places and has several museums, zoos, and monuments.

Mahabalipuram

MAHABALIPURAM

Day 02 - Mahabalipuram

Day two of the South India tour starts after breakfast. Then drive to Mahabalipuram, the world heritage site famous for the monolith temples dating back centuries. Also visit Kanchipuram, the city of temples enroute. Reach Mahabalipuram to have an overnight stay at Grand Bay.

The first major destination in the package is Mahabalipuram, one of the best tourist destinations in South India, famous for its edifices of Dravidian art and architecture. The guided tour of the rock-cut temples built by the Kings of the Pallava Dynasty and other attractions of the region over two days will be a beautiful start to your South India trip. It’s one of the famous spots on the South India tourist map.

Mahabalipuram Shore Temple

SHORE TEMPLE

Day 03 - Mahabalipuram

Day three of the South India holiday Package starts after breakfast. Spend the whole day on the sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram visiting the shore temple, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas, and the beach. Overnight stay at hotel Grand Bay.

There are a lot of sightseeing spots in Mahabalipuram. One of the primary attractions is of course the Shore Temple, an 8th-century temple by the sea. You can also check out some other important monuments such as the Five Rathas and Arjuna’s Penance. A tour of the UNESCO World Heritage group of monuments is also a must. You can also relax on the beach if you want.

Sree Aurobindo Ashram

SREE AUROBINDO ASHRAM

Day 04 - Pondicherry

Day four of South India Travel starts after breakfast. Then drive to Pondicherry, which covers an area of 480 sq. km. consisting of the four coastal regions of Pondicherry, Karaikal, Yanam, and Mahe. These were former French possessions situated on the eastern coast. Visit:- Sree Aurobindo Ashram- The world famous Sree Aurobindo Ashram is situated here. Raj Nivas- The official residence of the Lieutenant Governor, now known as Raj Nivas, is a true specimen of the fusion of Indian and French cultures. The main building is 200 years old. The interiors, the sitting rooms, and the enclosing galleries have wooden furnishings which have a French base with Indian-style caving. Overnight at Hotel Atithi.

The next leg of the tour takes guests to the beach destination Pondicherry, the erstwhile French Colony of the region, which is a confluence of rich culture and grand architecture. Pondicherry is one of the best places to see in South India and you’ll get to savor the colonial ambiance combined with the rich Tamil culture while being engaged in Katamaran (fishing-raft) rides, fishing, swimming, and sightseeing.

Kumbakonam

KUMBAKONAM

Day 05 - Kumbakonam

Day five of the South India tour starts after breakfast. Kumbakonam is a sacred spot known for its 4 large great temples dedicated to,
1) Sarangapani
2) Kumbeswarar
3) Brahma and
4) Nageswarar. Around Kumbakonam, there are all the Navagraha Temples (Planetary Temples). Visit temples and stay overnight at Mantra Koodam.

Kumbakonam, your next stop is a whirlwind collection of wonderful temples that’ll take you back to the time of the earliest dynasties of the South. It also has two World-Heritage listed temples and can be a peaceful addition to your South India Travel. You can move ahead to Tanjore, the erstwhile capital of the majestic Chola Empire. It’s a heritage city echoing the might and grandeur of Chola architectural styles and culture.

Kumbakonam

KUMBAKONAM

Day 06 - Kumbakonam

Today Morning after breakfast visit temples. Stay overnight at Mantra Koodam.
A village walk with a village temple visit and a village school visit is complimentary. A peeping into a village house seeing the hutment and trying out a kolam in a village house by guests would be memorable experiences. A bullock cart ride around the village and a cooking demonstration on the property would also be something the guests would cherish.

The next day, you can check out some of the beautiful temples of Kumbakonam such as the Kumbeswara Temple, Sarangapani Temple, Chakrapani Temple, and the Ramaswamy Temple.

Tanjore

TANJORE

Day 07 - Tanjore

Today Morning after breakfast proceeds to Tanjore. (Tanjore was once the capital of the Cholas, a destiny of temple builders who ruled south India between the 10th and 14th centuries). On arrival check-in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Sri Brahadeeswara Temple and Art Gallery. Evening free to relax and Stay overnight at Hotel Svatma.

Your next leg of the trip involves visiting another historic town - Tanjore. Also known as Thanjavur, it’s the ancient capital of the Chola kingdom. You can witness the grandeur of the Chola temple here. One of the best examples is the Brihadeeswara Temple, one of the most magnificent pieces of Chola architecture. Other things to see here are Airavatesvara Temple, Thanjavur Royal Palace, and Gangaikonda Temple.

Madurai Temple

MADURAI TEMPLE

Day 08 - Madurai

Drive to Madurai in Tamilnadu, one of South India's greatest temple towns. Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era which is more than 2500 years old. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi Temple to attend the popular evening ceremony where the Hindu God Siva is taken in a palanquin. Overnight at hotel GRT.

Madurai is one of the top tourist places in South India. It was home to the Pandya dynasty and now consists of several historic temples. One of the most popular temples is the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Other renowned places are Koodal Alagar Temple, Thiruparankundram, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum, etc.

Thekkady Lake

THEKKADY LAKE

Day 09- Periyar

Today morning you can go to see the rare species of plantations and animals. Afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, Pepper, Coffee, tea estate, etc… On the way back to Hotel you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight stay at hotel Abad.

In the next leg of your journey, you move from temples to wildlife. One of the best holiday destinations in South India, Periyar is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. It’s located in Thekkady and is set in the lofty Western Ghats. In the olden days, it used to be the hunting ground for Travancore kings.

Spice Plantation

SPICE PLANTATION

Day 10 - PERIYAR

Today morning you can go to see the rare species of plantations and animals. Afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, Pepper, Coffee, tea estate, etc… On the way back to Hotel you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight stay at hotel Abad.

Periyar is home to some prolific species of fauna. Some of the animals you can expect to see here are the Sambar, Gaur, Barking Deer, the tiger, and the Nilgiri Langur. You can also witness the beautiful Periyar Lake. A safari in the tropical forests of Periyar is sure to feed your wild side.

Houseboat

HOUSEBOAT

Day 11 - Alleppey

Today morning Drive to Alleppey and embark on your private houseboat and cruise.
On arrival check into a Traditional Houseboat of Kerala Style and cruise through the backwaters is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. Stay overnight in Houseboat - Premium

Idyllically located on the Vembanad backwaters, Alleppey can be your gateway to experience the spectacular greenery of South India. You can spend some quiet, relaxed moments of repose while watching the paddy fields or the green foliage. Stay overnight at the Houseboat - Premium

Cochin

COCHIN

Day 12 - Cochin

Today morning Drive to cochin. Here you can see the St Francis Church, the oldest Church in India, 500-year-old Portuguese Houses, Chinese fishing nets, 16th-century Synagogue, Jew Town, and Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese, this Palace contains some of India’s most beautiful murals. The evening goes shopping. Overnight at Hotel Casino.

In the final leg of the journey, you’ll be a part of the cosmopolitan culture of Cochin and an intermingling of the ancient and the contemporary. Here you will get to experience some of the oldest colonial houses, palaces, and the famous Chinese fishing nets.

Casino Hotel

CASINO HOTEL

Day 13 - Cochin

Relax in the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel Casino.

To fully enjoy the wonders of Kochi, you must spend one more day here. Some of the best sightseeing options are the Chinese Fishing Nets, Hill Palace Museum, Santa Cruz Basilica Church, Dutch Palace, and a string of museums and galleries.

Casino Hotel

Day 14 - Departure

The morning after breakfast departure transfer to Cochin Airport for your onward journey.

With this, the grand South Indian tour comes to an end. You can book your South India holiday today with Kerala Tour Packages and explore our South India holiday packages.

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Tour Cost PER PERSON (Valid from 01 Oct 2023 - 31 Mar 2024*)

NUMBER OF PERSONS PRICE PER PERSON
If 02 persons travelling together INR 1,10,000 USD 1375
If 04 persons travelling together INR 1,05,000 USD 1315
* Mentioned price is not valid from 20 Dec 2023 to 15 Jan 2024.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


How to plan South India tour?

A comprehensive South India tour that spans across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala typically extends beyond 20 days. Within this timeframe, it's possible to cover either the World Heritage sites of Karnataka and Kerala or delve into the temples and landscapes of Kerala alone.

Commencing the journey in Chennai and visiting Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Trichy, and Madurai, followed by exploration of Kerala's highlights such as Thekkady, Munnar, Kumarakom, and a leisurely stay of 3 to 4 days in either Kovalam or Marari Beach, shapes an exemplary South India tour. Direct flight connections from Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia to Chennai and Bangalore airports facilitate easy access, allowing travelers to commence the tour from either Chennai or Bangalore and conclude it at Cochin or Trivandrum airport.

How much Chennai to Kerala tour family packages by bus?

Regarding family packages for a bus tour from Chennai to Kerala, there are no such direct bus tour services available. Tour operators often curate customized tour packages, predominantly inclusive of private car services, which tend to be the most convenient option for families seeking a comprehensive tour experience.

When should I plan my trip to Kerala?

Kerala has three peak seasons, also known as tourist-friendly seasons; they range from September to March, April to May, and June to August. There are categorized as Peak season, Off-season, and Monsoon season. If you want to avoid the humidity and the monsoons, then you can plan your trip between September and March. This is because holiday destinations in south India have a comfortable climate, and there is little to no humidity. If you’re planning a family holiday as a part of a South India package, then ensure that you book it between September to March for the best experience.

Are cameras allowed inside the temples in South India?

When you take on the South India temple tour packages, especially temples, it’s a standard rule in most Hindu temples, which states that cameras are prohibited in the main prayer area. The temple authorities have the right to grant permits for photographs who want to take pictures on special occasions. You’re free to take pictures outside the main sanctum, but if you’re found clicking pictures inside the main sanctum, your device will be confiscated. Always ask the concerned authorities

Will language be a barrier if I travel to South India?

Some of the most famous places in south India do have a language barrier, and even though it has reduced over the years, it still exists. However, if you plan to visit the top tourist places in South India, then you can converse with English and basic Hindi phrases to get your point through.

How to pack for my South India tour?

As you travel towards the beauty of South India, you will start experiencing a rise in temperatures and humidity. When you plan a holiday to South India, you must keep three components in mind and they are:

  • Weather
  • Culture
  • Location

India is a tropical country, and the South can be way more humid and hot than the north. So, if you’re planning to visit Kerala or Tamil Nadu during the peak seasons, then go for comfortable cotton clothes. Even though the cities are more tolerant of western wear, you should pack clothes that are respectful of the state’s culture.

Here are some of the essentials you have to pack for tourist places to visit in South India:

  • Long dresses or skirts
  • Shorts
  • Flip flops
  • Towels
  • Caps or hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Mosquito repellant
  • A hand towel

Is it safe for a woman to travel solo in South India?

As a solo female traveler, it’s always best to keep your guard up and do your research before visiting any place in South India. When traveling in states like Kerala, it’s best to go for public transport systems. If traveling by public trains and buses is not your cup of tea, then you can hire a reputed taxi service to take you from one place to another. Most parts of South India have good cell service unless you stay at hill stations. Ensure that you visit popular tourist destinations with the help of a reputed tourist guide.

Which is the most beautiful place in South India?

The South India travel guide will take you to many beautiful locations, but the most wonderful of them all is Coorg, Karnataka; it’s also known as the Scotland of India. Coorg is supposed to be the best holiday location in South India because it’s located amidst the mountains in Kerala. The misty landscape is the perfect getaway from busy city life and for nature lovers as well.

What are the best places to visit in South India?

Some of the best places you can visit when traveling in South India are:

  • Coorg- for the waterfalls, elephants, and ultralight flying
  • Kodaikanal- for the lakes, lush greenery, and a beautiful view of Palani Hills
  • Thekaddy- for the massive Pariyar National Park
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands- for the amazing scuba diving and snorkeling experience
  • Gokarna- for the sun, sand, and tan
  • Pondicherry- for the French architecture and relaxed environment
  • Ooty- for the romantic ambiance and tea gardens.

Which are the places along the sea coast of South India?

While planning your South India itinerary, you can visit the following places that are located along the sea coast of South India :

  • Om beach, Gokarna, Karnataka
  • Varkala Beach, Kerala
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Velankanni Beach, Tamil Nadu
  • Poovar Island, Kerala

What is South India famous for?

South India is renowned for a plethora of reasons, which include :

  • Respect for culture and traditional values
  • Huge importance to art
  • Delicious cuisine
  • Rich language
  • Rich flora and fauna
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Historical architecture
  • Tropical weather
  • Gorgeous temples
  • Tea and Coffee plantations

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