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Temples and Heritage Tour

South India is renowned for its rich cultural heritage. There is a lot to be discovered in this enigmatic region of the Indian subcontinent. Begin with remnants of ancient civilisations, uncover Buddhist shrines that are carved into mountainsides, and stand in awe of magnificent Dravidian temples that date back to the 9th century.Enter the holy sites and marvel at the masterpieces inside, peruse the special artwork and intricate stone carvings before spending time in local areas to enrich your experience and deepen your understanding of South India’s colourful legacy.
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Temples and Heritage Tour

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Our Temples and Heritage tour will take you on a journey from Mahabalipuram to Kumarakom. The itinerary will allow you to explore UNESCO heritage sites, learn about India’s famous experimental township and admire stunning temples dedicated to Hindu deities.You will also have the opportunity to see the sights of towns and cities, learn about the local way of life, plus try your hand at making traditional South Indian cuisine. The tour will end with a sunset cruise on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, the perfect place to finish your spiritual and cultural adventure. 


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  • Accomodation
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • Half board
  • Private transfers
Day: 1 | Chennai-Mahabalipuram

Arrival in Chennai then proceed for Mahabalipuram

Touch down at Chennai International Airport and transfer to the old port town of Mahabalipuram, now best known for its spectacular and well preserved rock-cut monuments. Check into you... more

Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry
Day: 2 | Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry

Travel to Pondicherry

This morning we travel to Pondicherry, the former capital of the French territories in India.

Check into your hotel before you embark on a walking tour through the hi... more

Day: 3 | Pondicherry

Sightseeing in Pondicherry

Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before making your way to Auroville, an experimental community located just 30 minutes from Pondicherry. You will have t... more

Pondicherry to Thanjavur via Trichy
Day: 4 | Pondicherry to Thanjavur via Trichy

Travel to Thanjavur following a brief stop at Trichy

Check out of your hotel and depart for Thanjavur.

Make a short stop at the Rock Fort Temple in Trichy. Located at the top of a 272-foot outcrop, you have the option t... more

Thanjavur to Chettinad
Day: 5 | Thanjavur to Chettinad

Drive to your next destination, Chettinad

Your day will begin after breakfast.

In the morning, you will visit the Brihadishvara Templ... more

Chettinad Sightseeing
Day: 6 | Chettinad Sightseeing

Sightseeing tour around the city

Today is a full day of sightseeing around Chettinad. The region gets its name from the Chettiars, a prosperous and powerful business community whose influence ... more

Chettinad to Madurai
Day: 7 | Chettinad to Madurai

Travel to Madurai

Check out and embark on a two-hour drive to Madurai, one of South India’s great temple towns. more

Day: 8 | Madurai

A full day learning about local crafts

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a day of learning about local crafts in Madurai. You will get to watch stone sculpting, handloom weaving, Sungudi sari dyeing and doll making as we... more

Day: 9 | Madurai-Thekkady

Drive to Thekkady

After breakfast drive to Thekkady, located in a dense tropical evergreen and deciduous forest set high up in the Western Ghats.

Relax at the hotel and explore your su... more

Day: 10 | Thekkady

Sightseeing in Thekkady

Spend your morning boating on Periyar Lake. Keep an eye out for various animals on the shore including, elephants, deer, bison, and occasionally even a tiger a... more

Thekkady to Kumarakom
Day: 11 | Thekkady to Kumarakom

Head to your next destination, Kumarakom

After an early brekfast, head to Kumarakom.

The afternoon will be spent at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, where a variety of migratory birds like cranes, parrots and c... more

Day: 12 | Kumarakom

At leisure, evening sunset cruise

Spend today at your own pace. You can explore the local area, book a trip to the Tea Museum, or visit Rajamalai National Park.

In the late afternoon, you will be invi... more

Day: 13 | Kochi

Departure to Kochi Airport

Check out of your hotel and transfer to Kochi International Airport where you will connect to your onward destination.


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