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  • Mamallapuram - Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery
  • 13 Nights / 14 days

Magical South India Tour- 13 Nights and 14 Days

Enjoy the quintessential South India experience with this 13 night, 14 day South India tour which is, as the name suggests, truly magical. Discover awe-inspiring temples, grandiose palaces, French colonies, culinary delights and much more.
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Tour Highlights

  • Stay a Beach Resort
  • Stay in the French Town of Pondicherry
  • Visit the Breehadeswara Temple of Tanjore
  • Explore the Heritage Town of Chettinad
  • Explore the Temple Town of Madurai
  • Experience the Serenity of the Lush Tea Hills of Munnar
  • Cruise on a Houseboat Overnight
  • Stay in a Beach Resort
  • Relax With a Complimentary Ayurveda Massage
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Mamallapuram
Mamallapuram, or Mahabalipuram, is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises 3 ornate granite shrines. Krishna’s Butter Ball is a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple.
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2 Pondicherry
Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.
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3 Thanjavur
Thanjavur is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its many temples include the 11th-century Brihadeeswarar Temple, a vast Chola dynasty–era complex with a frescoed interior. Thanjavur Maratha Palace is home to the centuries-old Saraswathi Mahal Library, with palm-leaf manuscripts, and Thanjavur Art Gallery, with bronze statues. Tamil University Museum displays coins, folk artifacts and musical instruments.
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4 Karaikudi
Karaikudi is a municipality in Sivaganga district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the 20th largest urban agglomeration of Tamil Nadu based on 2011 census data.
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5 Madhurai
Madurai which is considered to be one of South India's oldest and most historic cities. Early Greek historical documents record Madurai's existence since the 4th century BC. Madurai's rich cultural heritage has passed been down the many centuries making it one of the most prominent temple towns in Tamil Nadu today.
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6 Munnar
Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal get-away destination.
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7 Alleppey-House Boat
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons.
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8 Mararikulam
The picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam is tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves and the resorts here are set by the pristine white sand beaches that offer you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Marari has been inhabited by fishermen for millennia and here you will find the authenticity and the breathtaking natural surroundings have been preserved carefully
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9 Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery

Cochin International Airport, Cochin (IATA: COK,ICAO, VOCI) is an international airport serving the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. Located at Nedumbassery, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of the city, Cochin International Airport is the first airport in India developed under a public-private-partnership (PPP) model and was funded by nearly 10,000 non-resident Indians from 30 countries

It is the busiest and largest airport in the state of  Kerala. As of 2019, the Cochin International Airport caters to 61.8% of the total air passenger movement in Kerala. It is also the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic and eighth busiest overall. In fiscal year 2018-19, the airport handled more than 10.2 million passengers with a total of 71,871 aircraft movements.The airport is a primary base for Air India Express operations which is also headquartered in the city.

The airport operates three passenger terminals and one cargo terminal. With over 150,000 square metres (1,614,587 sq ft) in area, the airport's Terminal 3 is one of the largest terminals in India.On 18 August 2015, Cochin International Airport became the world's first fully solar powered airport with the inauguration of a dedicated solar plant. On 26 July 2018, the airport was selected for the coveted Champion of the Earth award, the highest environmental honor instituted by the United Nations.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01 – Chennai – Mamallapuram (65 km / 1.5 hrs)
Welcomed by a Globe Travel Centre representative at Chennai airport, and you will be transferred to Mamallapuram. In a land that is liberally strewn with some of the best in temple art, Mamallapuram holds its own and stands as a silent, yet eloquent, witness to the glory of its creators.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02 – Mamallapuram
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous World Heritage Monuments of Mamallapuram: the Shore Temple, built in the 7th century; the Arjuna's Penance, a bas-relief; the Five Rathas, which symbolizes equality of men and women; and many cave temples. You can also visit a sculpting studio.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03 – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry (100 km / 2 hrs)
Drive to Pondicherry, en route visit Auroville – the universal town, where men and women of all backgrounds and beliefs are able to live in peace. Once you arrive in Pondicherry, check into your hotel. Pondicherry is attractively set on the Bay of Bengal, and the town is a throwback to colonial times when it was a French enclave. Those familiar with European colonial architecture will enjoy the Gallic imprint with the profusion of Catholic churches and the distinctly French buildings, such as the beachfront Hotel de Ville. The city's French influence also carries through to the food, with excellent French restaurants. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry; you'll have more time to gorge on French baguettes for lunch before we set out to see the sights of Pondy, as Pondicherry is popularly known. Visit the Shri Aurobindo Ashram, the Ganesha Temple, the Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Gandhi Statue on the boulevard.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04 – Pondicherry – Tanjore (225 km / 5 hrs)
Tanjore or Thanjavur rose to glory during the Chola period between the 9th and 14th centuries A.D. It has been the treasure house of art for centuries and is called the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is well-known throughout the world for being the home to some magnificent temples, the Rajah Serfoji's Saraswathi Mahal Library, the Thanjavur Art Gallery and also for its exquisite handicrafts like the Thanjavur Art Plate, Pith Work, Bronze Icons, paintings and classical South Indian musical instruments.
Overnight at the hotel 
with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05 – Tanjore
In the morning, visit the Bridhadeshwara temple and fort, the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture and a World Heritage Site. Educate yourself on bronze by visiting the impressive Bronze Museum with the world's finest Chola bronzes, and then visit a bronze factory. Go on a special visit to the nearby village to experience the art of statue making and glass painting. In the afternoon, take an excursion to Tiruchirapally (Trichy), a town that is a fine blend of the traditional and the modern. Apart from the fort, there are several churches, colleges and missions dating back to the 1760s.Tiruchirapally is also called the Rome of the East. The major highlights are the Srirangam temple complex, which is situated on an island surrounded by the river Cauvery.The Srirangam temple is the foremost among the eight shrines of Lord Vishnu. Lush green mango groves, banana gardens, and coconut groves add colour to the island. 
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06 – Tanjore – Karaikudi (110 km / 2.5 hrs)
Drive to Karaikudi, a major town in the Chettinad region, which is famous for its heritage. The palatial mansions with their rare architecture make Chettinad a place of charm and a must-visit destination. The town of Karikudi is also known for its cuisine. Explore the Athangudi village situated in Chettinad, which is popular for handmade terracotta tiles. The tiles are sun-dried and patterned beautifully and are mainly designed using sand, cement and synthetic oxides.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07 – Karaikudi – Madurai (90 km /2 hrs)
Drive to Madurai, one of South India's greatest temple towns synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2,500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre as early as 550 AD. Check into the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08 – Madurai
Today, go on a sightseeing tour of Madurai to explore the many fascinating temples and structures of this city. In the morning, you will visit the famous Meenakshi temple; the 1,000-pillared hall depicts beautiful sculptures showcasing stories from ancient Hindu Epics. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi Temple again to attend the popular evening ceremony where the Hindu God Siva is taken in a palanquin to the bedroom of his wife Meenakshi.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09 – Madurai – Munnar (155 km /4 hrs)
Drive to Munnar, a hill station located 1,600 meters above sea level. Once the summer resort of the British administration in South India, it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal holiday destination. Check into your hotel and unwind, enjoying the ambience of Munnar.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10 - Munnar
Visit a tea museum, take a short trip to the Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Thar mountain goat amongst others, or simply walk through the enchanting tea estates and enjoy the tranquillity of the area.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
  • DAY 11 – Munnar – Kumarakom – Houseboat (140 km)
Drive to Kumarakom. Embark on your private houseboat, and cruise the backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats, or Kettuvalloms, are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings, it's the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals travel in canoes, and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods door-to-door in small, wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters, you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route.
Overnight on board with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
  • DAY 12 – Houseboat - Alleppey – Marari (15 km / .5 hrs)
Disembark from your houseboat at Alleppey, and drive to the picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam and check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, this resort is set in the pristine white sand beaches of Marari - offering you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. In the evening, relax with a complimentary Ayurvedic full body massage.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle for your transfer.
  • DAY 13 – Marari
Day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the hotel
  • DAY 14 – Marari – Cochin – Departure (75 km / 2 hrs)
Departure transfer to Cochin airport to board your flight with a vehicle for your transfer.

When Should I go?

Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29°C throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.
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Monsoon Months in Kerala

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to Kerala

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to Kerala when the weather is sunny and pleasant. The months of April and May are also favourable for travel but the humidity tends to be comparatively higher. August and September are also good months for travel.

Price Guide

Prices are per person based on 2 people occupying 1 double/twin room and may vary based on local market fluctuations. For single supplements please get in touch.

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Price Includes: International flights, B&B at all hotels except where cited on the itinerary, chauffeur driven AC car, all entrance fees, guide charges, all activities mentioned on the itinerary.

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Destination Nights Standard Superior Deluxe
Mamallapuram 2 Ideal Beach Resorts Grande Bay Resort and Spa Mamallapuram Raddison Blu Temple Bay
Pondicherry 1 Dumas Guest House CGH Earth Maison Perumal Palais De Mahe
Thanjavur 2 Parisutham Hotel Tanjore Ideal River View Tanjore Hi
Karaikudi 1 The Bangala Chettinadu Mansion CGH Visalam
Madhurai 2 GRT Regency Madurai Sangam Hotel, Madurai Heritage Madurai
Munnar 2 Bracknell Forest Ambady Estate Windermere Estate
Alleppey-House Boat 1 Lakes and Lagoons Lakes and Lagoons Lakes and Lagoons
Mararikulam 2 Abad Turtle Beach Marari Villas Marari Beach Resort

Ideal Beach Resorts

If you are embarking on a refreshing nature adventure or just looking for a peaceful, idyllic place to contemplate life, enjoy a gentle stroll along the blue waters, and rejuvenate your body and mind welcome to Ideal Beach Resort.

Nestled in the sprawling corromandal coastline overlooking the Bay of Bengal, it is an ideal place to enjoy some of India's unique cultures. Our close proximity to Mahabalipuram one of India's architectural splendours offers you an exciting location for basking in the glory of the tropical conditions here, where the choices for recreation and relaxation are endless.

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