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15 Days |South india Beach tour with wildlife

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South india Beach tour with wildlife

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South india Beach tour with wildlife
CHENNAI

MAHABALIPURAM

PONDICHERRY

THANJAVUR

CHETTINAD

RAMESHWARAM

MADURAI

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MUNNAR-PERIYAR-ALLEPPEY-MARARIKULAM-KOCHI

Tour Overview

South India is vibrant, contrary to the hushed peaks of Himalayas. Its lush greens, feral beaches, rock-cut temples, and intense wildlife welcome tourists into the land of wildness. If you want to escape and unwind in lunatic waves in this holiday, opt for paramount South India beach tours! Busy schedules and hectic lifestyle, often, steals the leisure hours. And, now that you have the chance to relax with your friends and family, plan for a beach holiday. South India opens a variety of beaches – some are fierce, whereas, others offer tranquility. Also, South India temples and wildlife has always been a fascinating destination for tourists across the world.

From Chennai- the heartland of Tamilnadu, we take you to the city of ‘Seven Pagodas’, universal town – Auroville, French quarters – Ville Blanche and Ville Noire, Vairavan Kovili temple, and scores of other places ending the journey with the scenic Mararikulam beach village.

In our South India beach tours, we provide every single necessity from accommodation to sightseeing. It’s a 15 days package that entails breakfast along with lodging. You are going to hop from one spot to the other in our comfy, air-conditioned vehicles.


Tour highlights

  • Road trip to Mahabalipuram

  • Exploring the serene Puducherry

  • A visit to the city of Rameshwaram

  • Engrossing in the jungles of Munnar

  • Absorbing the beauty of Alleppey


Itinerary

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Day 01 Chennai to Mahabalipuram by road (51kms)

On the first day, on your arrival in Chennai, you are going to leave for the city of ‘Seven Pagodas’ from the capital city of Tamil Nadu. This two-hour journey is an excellent way of relaxing and reconnecting with your inner self. Away from the bustles of the city, even the small inconveniences, on the way, become a memory.

Mamallapattana (another name for Mahabalipuram), the historic town, is delineated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back in the 7th and 9th century, this place has been a renowned seaport of the Pallavas. Most of the shrines here portray distinct events from Mahabharata.

Passing amid the enthralling beauty of South India, the afternoon tour takes you through the rock-cut Varaha Cave temple, Krishna Mandapams, Pancha Rathas and other ruins from the Pallava dynasty. Here you can see the world’s largest base air relief, Arjuna’s Penance, with full-size image carvings on the rock wall. You must visit the Shore Temple, the oldest twin structure of South India. It is one of the Seven Pagodas, the other sixes have been destroyed long before.

Highlights: Mamallapuram - Visit the Shore Temple, The bas relief Arjuna's Penance & The five chariots.

Day 02 Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by road (96kms)

The next morning, we are going to drive you from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry. The beginning may strike you with a petite fish market, crowded with fishmongers bringing in the catch of the day. Passing by that site, you may see traces of Tsunami laden areas. Moving a bit while turning the entire view. Then, start the panorama of beautiful empty roads with deep blue Ocean and paddy fields, on either side, traveling by, constantly.

Halfway through the ride, a salt span comes into vision. Here, the sea water once evaporated to produce salts. Now, it is the favorite spot of the Flamingos, Eurasian Roller, and Kingfishers. They come over to get the teen-tiny brine shrimps. Engulfed in eternal beauty, you reach the destination – Pondicherry.

Day 03 Puducherry

As per the package, it is an overnight stay in Pondicherry, so, you have enough time to enjoy the serenity of this place. The calmer seas and quiet, placid woods enhance its aura. Pondicherry has some of the astounding beaches of the world. Promenade beach, Paradise beach, Auroville beach, and Serenity beach are the ones to be named, though there are more. On sitting by the shores and listening to the relaxing sound of waves, you may spend the entire evening without a hint of boredom.

Once a French colony, in 1674, now has the most well-preserved monuments and heritage buildings. Typically, it is broken into Indian quarters ‘Ville Noir’ and French quarters ‘Ville Blanche. It seems the churches, temples, buildings, and statues, till today, hold the colonial ambiance.

Auroville is another grand attraction in Pondicherry. The universal township is known to bring human unity in South India. Based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Auroville is built for men and women of every caste, to live peacefully with progressive harmony.

Highlights: Pondicherry - visit the French Quarters, Sri Aurobindo Ashram & Lord Ganesha Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

Day 04 Pondicherry to Thanjavur by road (171kms)

On the next dawn, you are going to set off for Thanjavur, commonly referred to as Tanjore. Once, this place had happened to be the capital city of the Chola dynasty. It is now famous for Tanjore paintings and reflects many incidents from the Chola period. Also, this land holds the origin of Bharatanatyam, one of the oldest classical dance forms.

Tanjore is an important center for art, architecture, and religion. Your sightseeing entails a number of temples, built up in the Chola period like Great Living Chole Temples, Thanjai Mamani Koil, Ajyarappar temple and others. Besides, we are also going to take you for a visit to Saraswathi Mahal Library, the oldest library in Asia, and Thanjavur Maratha Palace, a royal residence. In seasons, you can see full-grown rice fields spreading all over – Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu.

Highlights: Tanjore - visit the Brihadeeswarar Shiva Temple, Thanjavur Maratha Palace, Saraswati Mahal Library and the Raja Raja Chola art gallery.

Day 05 Thanjavur to Chettinad by road

The fifth day of your tour is going to start with a bit of Thanjavur sightseeing. In the early morning, you need to set off for the Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple. It is again a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple walls are beautifully painted and it is crowned with the Monolithic Cupola. The sight is indeed an enthralling one for the tourists visiting there. From there, it is a straight drive to Raja Raja Chola Art Gallery that has a huge collection of bronze and stone idols, dating back to the 12th century AD.

Now that you are done with the remaining sightseeing, it’s time to get excited about the next destination. Chettinad is next on the list another beautiful destination from our list of South India temples and wildlife tours.

Highlights: Visit Chettinad.

Day 06 Chettinad to Rameshwaram by road

According to the trip chart, it’s an overnight stay in Chettinad. The next morning sees into the nearby villages. It is more like leisurely trailing across the lush greeneries while enjoying the picturesque beauty of the countryside.

You must try the original cuisine of Chettinad during your stay. It is quite famous for its aroma and spice. By the time, you are almost done with your Chettinad visit, so, set off for Rameswaram in the day’s light. It is another beautiful roadway in the list with striking scenery all along till Rameshwaram. It is an overnight stay in that location.

Day 07 Rameshwaram

Full of history, Rameshwaram is called as the holiest place for Hindus. Here, you get a full free day to discover the place. Serenity is at another level when you have come down to Rameshwaram. The premium attraction here is the Adam’s Bridge or the Rama Setu – a debatable historic destination for the underlying story. People believe that Rama had built this Setu to connect Rameshwaram island with Srilanka with a motive to save his wife, Sita.

Other tourist spots, here, include Ramanathaswamy temple, Jada Tirtham, Dhanushkodi temple, Gandhamadhana Parvatham and many more. Another must-visit is the 12 Jyotirlingas and the 64- Tirthas. Since you have the entire day in your hand, you may go for an evening trail in the beaches.

Highlights: Visit the Temples of Rameshwaram.

Day 08 Rameshwaram to Madurai by road (169kms)

On the next morning, we will transfer you by road to the next destination, Madurai. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. The name of the place has been derived from the term ‘Madhura’ meaning sweetness. If you are lucky enough, you may visit the land on their 10-day annual festival, Chittirai.

Visit the Rani Mangamma’s palace which is now transferred to Gandhi Memorial Museum. It houses Mahatma Gandhi’s bloodstained cloth that he has been wearing at the time of assassination.

The afternoon tour entails the Meenakshi Temple which was a recent entry in the nominee list for the Seven Wonders of the World. Besides, you must visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace, Alagar Hills, and Tirupara Kundran Rock Temple. As you are tired by the time, it is an overnight rest in Madurai. Enjoy their food, talk to the people and get acquainted with their tradition and culture.

Highlights: Madurai - Visit Meenakshi Temple, Tirumala Nayak Palace, Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple.

Day 09 Madurai to Munnar by road (153kms)

Now that you are rich with the Madurai experiences, it is time for a shift to Munnar. The road that leads to Munnar offers an ecstatic view giving a hint to the upcoming destination. It seems like the sky is in harmony with the fields and hills following by. The weather changes with the altitude spreading utmost relief among the tourists.

Munnar, for a long time, has been a The reason is the calmness that prevails in the atmosphere. Needless to say, such a beautiful place happens to make you fall in love, more. After a few hours’ drives, you reach the destination.


SELECT YOUR OWN HOTELS - CONTROL YOUR BUDGET.

Day Wise Hotel Details

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  • Day 01
    07/06/2020

    Mahabalipuram

    Ideal Beach Resort

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  • Day 02
    08/06/2020

    Pondicherry

    The Windflower Resorts and Spa

    hotel
  • Day 03
    09/06/2020

    Pondicherry

    The Windflower Resorts and Spa

    hotel
  • Day 04
    10/06/2020

    Tanjore

    hotel
  • Day 05
    11/06/2020

    Chettinad

    Chettinadu Court

    hotel
  • Day 06
    12/06/2020

    Rameshwaram

    Royal Park

    hotel
  • Day 07
    13/06/2020

    Rameshwaram

    Royal Park

    hotel
  • Day 08
    14/06/2020

    Madurai

    Germanus

    hotel
  • Day 09
    15/06/2020

    Munnar

    Fort Munnar

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  • Day 10
    16/06/2020

    Munnar

    Fort Munnar

    hotel
  • Day 11
    17/06/2020

    Periyar

    Carmelia Haven Resort

    hotel
  • Day 12
    18/06/2020

    Alleppey

    Lakes N Lagoons

    hotel
  • Day 13
    19/06/2020

    Alleppey

    Lakes N Lagoons

    hotel
  • Day 14
    20/06/2020

    Mararikulam

    Abad Turtle Beach

    hotel
  • Day 15
    21/06/2020

    Cochin

    Departure

    hotel

+ Inclusions

  • Accommodation with breakfast

  • Transfers/visits by chosen vehicle

  • Taxes and assistance

+ Exclusions

  • Insurance

  • Lunches

  • Dinners

  • Domestic airfares

  • Local guides

  • Entrances

Private & Custom Tours: These tours can be customized for you to suit your needs.

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Add additional activities in your itinerary [OPTIONAL]

Madurai

Vanakkam Madurai (Namaste India walking tour)

Duration :2 hours

Periyar

Forest trek with local naturalist in Periyar

Duration :2.5 hours

Regular shared boat cruise in Periyar

Duration :2 hours

Spice plantation tour with local naturalist in Periyar

Duration :2-3 hours

Kalaripayattu Martial Art Show in Periyar

Duration :2 hours

Kochi

Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin

Duration :2-3 hours


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South India Beach tour with wildlife

South India Beach tour with wildlife - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q.1 Is Pondicherry worth visiting?

It is certainly worth visiting, like any place in the world. It all depends on your intelligence and curiosity.

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Q.2 Is Chettinad food spicy?

Chettinad cuisine is not spicy, oily and full of fried items “ Chettinad cuisine typically uses more coriander seeds than chilli in its recipes, so the fact that the food is spicy is a complete misnomer

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