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South India Highlights

South India Highlights

Highlights

This tour showcases the diverse attractions of southern India. Highlight include the flamboyant Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, the colonial architecture of Chennai, a cruise on the Kerela backwaters, discover the rural charms of south India and a visit to the port city of Kochi - a former centre of spice trade.

ROUTE :

17 NIGHTS / 18 DAYS

Kochi – Alleppey – Thekkady – Madurai – Trichy – Tanjore – Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram – Mysore – Masinagudi – Ooty – Kozhikode - Kochi

Days 1-2 Kochi

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in private car. You can arrive at any time on Day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting with your tour leader . This land of spices has attracted many European Traders and is a unique blend of the old and the new, the Indian and the Western. Visit Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue. Evening enjoy Kathakali Dances – Traditional dance of Kerala.

Day 3 Alleppey

Post breakfast car transfers for Alleppey - "Venice of the east". Upon arrival, transfer to deluxe house boat for overnight stay. Enjoy cruise of backwaters with the mind-blowing view of canal systems, endless lagoons, backwater birds, fishing by locals, paddy fields, small houses on small stretch of land - there are villages in all over these backwaters.

Day 4 Thekkady

Car transfers to Thekkady. Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park - an important tourist attraction in Kerala. Later depart for Wild Plantation Tour and enjoy boat ride at Periyar Lake. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 5 Madurai

Post breakfast depart for nature walk and later transfer to Madurai in Private Car. Overnight hotel stay in Madurai.

Day 6 Trichy

Car transfers to Trichy. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit Rock Fort Temple in Trichy and Ranganathaswami Temple in Srirangam.

Day 7 Tanjore

Post breakfast depart by private car for Tanjore - one of the oldest cities in India. Visit Sri Brahadeeswara Temple and Nayak Palace. Overnight hotel stay in Tanjore.

Day 8 Pondicherry

Depart by car for Pondicherry.En route visit temples in Darasuram, Gangaikondacholpuram and Chidambaram. Transfer to hotel and later visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Manakular Vinayakar Temple.

Days 9 - 10 Mahabalipuram

Post breakfast depart for sightseeing visiting Five Rathas, Arjunas Penance, Shore Temple, Krishna Mandapam. Later car transfer to Mahabalipuram - UNESCO World Heritage. Overnight stay at hotel.

Days 11 – 12 Mysore

Board train on (10th Night) for Mysore. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Visit Mysore Palace, Chamunda Hill.

Days 13 – 14 Masinagudi

Post breakfast proceed to Masinagudi by car. Upon arrival check in your resort. Masinagudi is an exotic locale situated on the foothills of Nilgiris just after the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka. Later witness most exciting life time experience game drive.

Days 15 – 16 Ooty

Depart by chauffer driven car to Ooty - a popular hill station in the Nilgiri Hills. Later enjoy a train ride to Coonor in the world renowned Nilgiris Blue Train. Thereafter visit Botanical Gardens and Tea Plantations.

Day 17 Kochi

Depart for Kozhikode, arrive and transfer to Railway Station to board train for Kochi. Arrive and transfer to Hotel.

Day 18 Kochi –Depart

Breakfast at the hotel. Later in time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

COST OF PACKAGES

COST OF PACKAGE: SILVER
Individual Tour Prices starting from £1,465 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £1,300 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Kochi Abad Plaza / Similar
Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat
Thekkady Green Wood / Similar
Madurai GRT Regency / Similar
Tanjore Parishutham / Similar
Trichy Breeze Hotel / Similar
Pondicherry Annamalai International / Similar
Mahabalipuram Ideal Beach Resort / Similar
Mysore Sandesh The Prince / Similar
Masinagudi Jungle Hut / Similar
Ooty Monarch / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: GOLD
Individual Tour Prices starting from £1,885 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £1,715 per person
PLACE HOTEL
Kochi Gokulam Park / Avenue Regent / Similar
Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat
Thekkady Elephant Court / Similar
Madurai Sangam / Similar
Trichy Sangam / Similar
Tanjore Sangam / Similar
Pondicherry MaisonPerumal / Similar
Mahabalipuram Chariot Beach Resort/ Similar
Mysore Regaalis / Similar
Masinagudi Jungle Resort / Similar
Ooty Sullivan Court / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: PLATINUM
Individual Tour Prices starting from £2,821per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £2,656 per person
PLACE HOTEL
Kochi Le Meridien / Trident / Similar
Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat
Thekkady Spice Village / Similar
Madurai Taj Gateway Pasumalai / Heritance / Similar
Trichy Sangam / Similar
Tanjore Ideal River View / Similar
Pondicherry Le Duplex / Similar
Mahabalipuram GRT Temple Bay / Similar
Mysore Lalita Mahal Palace / Similar
Masinagudi Jungle Resort / Similar
Ooty Taj The Savoy / Similar


*Optional:Return International flight tickets from UK to Delhi/Mumbai can be included at an additional price



ABOVE QUOTATION INCLUDES:

- Accommodation based on double occupancy for total of 16 nights on bed and breakfast basis and 01 night Overnight train from Chennai – Mysore.
- 16 Buffet Breakfast / 03 Lunches / 03 Dinners (All meals can be included at extra cost).
- Services of Local English Speaking Guide at all the locations (Incase of a group there shall be accompanying English speaking guide provided).
- Train ride inAir conditioned coaches from Chennai to Mysore and Kozhikode to Kochi.
- 02 Game Drive at Masinagudi in Shared Jeep.
- Boat Ride at Periyar lake.
- All arrival/ departure transfers & road transport services are in Air conditioned chauffer driven private car/ coach.
- Assistance on arrival and departure in India by Epic India representative.
- 01 bottle of mineral water per person each day (except when in National Park).
- Traditional welcome atKochi Airport upon arrival.
- Monument Entrance Charges as per the itinerary (for single visit only).

ENTRANCE INCLUDED:

Kochi:
Mattancherry Palace Dutch Palace Jewish Synagogue
Madurai:
Meenakshi Temple Tirumala Nayak Temple
Mahabalipuram:
Five Rathas Arjuna’s Penance ShoreTemple Krishna Mandpam
Mysore:
Mysore Palace Bull Temple  

ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- International Flights, Airport Tax, Travel insurance charges and Visa fees.
- Tips for Driver, Hotel Staff, Escorts & Guide etc.
- Personal expenses like drinks, laundry, telephone calls and porterage etc.
- Liabilities due to loss of baggage, accident, injury or medical needs.
- Liabilities due to flight cancellation, and any extra cost involved due to transhipment occurring due to road blocks etc.
- Other personal expenses.
- Any other services not mentioned above.
- Costs of camera tickets are not included in any of our tours.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

- The cost has been calculated on the basis of existing tariffs/conditions and any charge in cost or modification in tax structure will oblige us to revise the same.
- The cost has been calculated on the basis of base category of rooms andincase of non availability of same, supplement as applicable for higher category of room would be extra.
- Additional Lunch and Dinner (excluding drinks) if opted shall be provided in City Restaurants.
- Check-In, Check-out time in Hotels is 12 noon.
- Best Time to travel – All year round.
- All reservations will be subject to availability of accommodation / air seats.
- This document is a proposal of itinerary / quotation and not a confirmation of booking.

EPIC INDIA DIFFERNCE :

  • Comprehensive pre-departure kit for each destination visited containing detailed and up-to-date information on the local climate, suggested dress, tipping, cultural differences, visa requirements, shopping and a brief history of your destination.
  • Full documentation including copies of your final itinerary
  • Complimentary pass to selected Airport VIP lounges and complimentary to- fro car transfers to UK international airport (when you book international flights with our Platinum package)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance and access to emergency numbers.
  • The best guides, drivers and vehicles throughout touring.
  • Quality control across every aspect of the trip – nothing is left to chance.

TAILOR-MADE ALTERATIONS :

  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities or additional nights at places that may interest you.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.
  • To design you own tour visit our tailor made section

Before booking please refer to our Terms and conditions, FAQ's and Before You Travel section for useful tips and advice

A reminder that you're travelling to India and that although we try to stick to the above itinerary it is subject to change at short notice. Remember to pack your patience and sense of humour!