- Luxury Experiences
- Beyond India
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
The charm of South India can be best defined through mesmerizing hill stations, majestic temples, lush green forests and immaculate beaches. This tour is the best experience of big cities, beaches of Pondicherry, famous saree making of Kanchipuram, temples of Madurai & Mahabalipuram and backwaters of Kumarakom. You will come across such a diverse culture that will be the one of the experiences of lifetime.
Our 11 Nights/12 Days tour package is a perfect combination of heritage, rejuvenation and pilgrimage destinations that will offer you a unique holiday experience.
When we reach Chennai, our representatives will meet you and you will be transported to the hotel where you spend the whole night.
Day 2: Chennai- Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
Chennai sits on the ‘Bay of Bengal’ and it is the capital of Tamil Nadu, ranking 4th as the largest city in India. In Chennai, you cannot afford to miss Fort St. George, which was constructed way back in 1644. It got tagged as the national monument when we turn back the pages of history and notice that it happened in 1948. Many of the building of this Fort have given way to high-authority government offices, namely the Legislature and Secretariat. You must pay a visit to San Thome Cathedral, the National shrine of St.Thomas Basilica. This Catholic Church reflects a Gothic essence in its appearance. It has a popular saying that this Church is home to the remains of this great saint. He was also called ‘Apostle of India’. The latter took his last breathe in 72 A.D at St Thomas Mount.
Then it is about speeding down to reach Mahabalipuram, covering almost 58 kms, enroute, Destination: Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram also codenamed Kanchi is a famous city, called “Golden City of a Thousand Temples”, 72 kms from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, is a historic town in India. It is popular for the series of temples that have been well-preserved. The handcrafted silks add richness to the cultural history of Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram has its deity connection with Shiva and peace-loving deity Vishnu and holds the prestigious position in the slot of 7 sacred Indian cities. You must not miss taking a trip around the popular temples like Ekambareshwar Temple. If you are a devotee of Lord Shiva, the Kailashnath Temple with magnificent architecture, sprawling lawns, will stun you. The followers of Lord Vishnu can pay a visit to Kamakshi Temple where Lord Vishnu can be traced in sitting, standing and sleeping positions.
You will also get the opportunity to take a trip of Vaikunthaperumal Temple. All these revered places hold a place for the devotees and these were constructed way back in the seventh and eighth century. Kanchipuram is synonymous with handcrafted top-quality silk saris, with heavy embroidery work on the pallu and eye-grabbing designs. This weaving and excellent traditional craftsmanship has its roots in the era of Pallavas, where silk was regarded as a sign of royalty and opulence.
It will be a driving to the next destination Mahabalipuram and after you reach the hotel, you check in.
Overnight stay is scheduled at the hotel.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram
The day starts with sightseeing at Mahabalipuram, where you get to explore the magnanimous Shore Temple, dating back to 7th century. This is a fantastic rock-cup temple and has earned accolades from all over the globe. Lining the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram happens to be a prominent seaport from first century AD. The town had witnessed temple building. Here you can explore the pagoda style temples that are washed by sea waves. Other sights that will capture your attention are the monolithic monuments, temple chariot formations and the carved animal figurines made from rock, which is reminiscent of the influence of Dravidians. You have the afternoon for your leisure time. You stay at hotel overnight.
Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
The trip is of 140 kms to be covered in 4 hours. You leave for Pondicherry in the morning and check-in at the hotel when you reach the place. Pondicherry is an attractive and quaint former French colony that comprises of whitewashed houses and scenic streets. Keeping in mind the French influence, there are multiple restaurants that specialize in French cuisine delicacies. These apart, there are several boutique shops selling leather goods, artistic handicrafts, exotic fragrances and pottery decorative items. There is also Sri Aurobindo Ashram that is well known amidst the local and foreign travelers.
During the day take time and visit the Auroville, which is called the City of Dawn. It has been designed by a French architect names Roger Arger. It is best described as a universal city in its building stage that focuses on the overall development of the human being emotionally and spiritually. The place was established in 1968, it is the home for more than 1300 residents who belong from as many as 30 countries. Auroville happens to be a self-managed and non-sectarian community with the objective of fostering sustainability at every level. It aims to extend the township to as much as 50,000 inhabitants. From here you return to hotel over an overnight stay.
Day 5: Pondicherry – Chennai – Madurai
You start the morning by visiting in and around Pondicherry and visit the famous Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus that is attributed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and is well-known for its stained glass panels that narrate Christ’s entire life. The Church is distinguished for its Gothic architecture. This apart, head to the Saint-Joseph de Cluny School and then stroll around the vibrant bazaars! In the afternoon take a drive to Chennai and then fly to Madurai via an evening flight and reach your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Madurai
You start with an early morning visit to the Meenakshi Temple that is reminiscent of the traditional Dravidian sculpture and architecture. It has two sanctuaries of which one is dedicated to Meenakshi and one to Lord Shiva. There is also the Hall of a Thousand Pillars that is fantastic and attracts worshippers all through the day. Other than this you can also head to Tirumal Nayak’s Palace established in an Indo-Saracenic style that comprises of an elaborate arcade that is assisted by a 48 feet stoned pillar. In the evening make it a point to experience the “Aarti” at Meenakshi Temple that takes place amidst religious prayers and traditional music. You return back to hotel for an overnight stay
Day 7: Madurai – Periyar
This is a total journey of 145 kms to be completed in 5 hours as you leave for Periyar in the morning and check-in at the hotel as you reach. Periyar spans across an elaborate 777 sq kms across the Cardamom Hills in the scenic Western Ghats. Here you will come across Thekkady that houses some of the greatest wildlife reserves and is rich in exotic flora and fauna. Visit the spice plantations and local tea plantations towards the afternoon. Post this return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 8: Periyar – Kumarakom
Here you have to cover a distance of 135 kms in 4 hours. Towards the morning experience the serene boat ride on the pristine Periyar Lake and enjoy the natural landscape. You will come across wildlife such as the spotted deer’s, wild monkeys, wild boars, elephants and many more. The wildlife sanctuary rests at an altitude of 914 to 1828 meters atop the sea level of Periyar Lake. This early morning drive will also make you see the rich tea plantations and glimpse at the paddy fields in Kumarakom. When you arrive at Kumarakom you check-in at the hotel. This place is a quaint backwater village situated on the mesmerizing Vembanad Lake where there are beautiful ancient cottages. You stay at your hotel overnight.
Day 9: Kumarakom – Marari
On this day you will take the morning motor launch to a fascinating cruise amidst the Kerala backwaters. Your journey starts with the scenic lakes and backwaters where you relax and soak in the tranquil scenery. You have the chance to observe and absorb the everyday way of life here with the localities and also experience the one bedroom house with a lounge kept for you. Whilst your stay enjoy the freshly cooked meals served on board. Also take time to relax by the sundeck and gaze at the ambiance, the local people and sip in coconut water and return to your inner peace.
Get off at Alleppey and then head to Marari, a distance of 90 km and then check-in at your hotel. Mararikulam is a scenic fishing village located in the pristine Kerala coastline. This is a shallow and private beach and is bordered with coconut palms. The Marari Beach Resort is set against a wonderful locale that has 25 acres of coconut palm groves. The hotel is created in the pattern of a conventional fishing village having thatched villas depicting the local village style. The ambiance here is a mix of urban and rural world creating a charm of its own that you will like. It’s like the best of both worlds. You stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Marari – Kochin
Post your breakfast in the morning head to Kochi and on reaching sign in to your hotel. Post this your Kochi sightseeing starts. Kochi is called Kerala’s commercial capital and possesses a great natural harbor. It is also termed as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. From a long time back in history, Chinese, Portuguese, British, Dutch, Chinese, Arab seafarers had taken the sea path to Kochi and has left their impact in this town. Here you can visit the famous tourist attractions such as the Church of St. Francis, Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace. You can also learn about the Chinese fishing nets.
Towards the evening watch Kathakali dance performances that comprises of 100 mudras and more that depicts various forms like heroes, deities, kings, heroines and the like based on the Ramayana and Mahabharata. From here you return to your hotel to spend the night.
Day 11: Marari – Kochin
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your Mumbai flight. As you arrive you will be shifted to the hotel where you can rest. This apart you can take out time for you leisure activities and enjoy your stay in Mumbai for the day. You stay in the hotel overnight.
Day 12: Leave from Mumbai for your onward journey
This is the last day in Mumbai from where you will be finally transferred to the airport from hotel in the morning to board the flight for the onward destination.
|DAY||CITY||Hotel / Room Category||11Nights|
|Day 01/02||Chennai||Taj Coromandel – Luxury room||01|
|Day 02/04||Mahabalipurum||Radisson Blu Temple Bay – Chalet Pool View||02|
|Day 04/05||Pondicherry||Palais De Mahe – Standard Room||01|
|Day 05/07||Madurai||The Gateway Pasumalai –Superior Room||02|
|Day 07/08||Periyar||Spice Village– Standard Villa||01|
|Day 08/09||Kumarakom||The Zuri – Deluxe Room||01|
|Day 09/10||Marari||Carnoustie Resort – Akund Villa||01|
|Day 10/11||Cochin||Brunton Boatyard– Standard Room||01||Day 11/12||Mumbai||Taj Mahal Palace – Luxury Grande City View||01|
Tour Cost: per person in USD
|No. of Pax||01 Oct’17 till 14 Apr ’18)(Except 20 Dec’17 – 05 Jan’18)||15 Apr’18 till 30 Sep ’18|
|02 Paying Pax ( Twin Sharing basis)||US$ 3475 per person||US$ 2945 per person|
|Single room Supplement||US$ 1965 Per Single room Extra||US$ 1420 Per Single room Extra|
|Airfare Supplement (Chennai-Madurai, Cochin-Mumbai ) – 02 Sectors||US$ 195 Per person|
1. Total 11 nights programme in based on Luxury hotels.
2. Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis.
3. All transfers, tours and excursion as per itinerary using luxury car.
4. Services of an accompanying English speaking Guide throughout the tour.
5. Entrance fees to sites and monuments mentioned in the Itinerary for one visit only.
6. Boating at Periyar.
7. Assistance on arrival at hotel for smooth Check-in11. All taxes, tolls, parking fees and service tax.
8. All taxes, tolls, parking fees and service tax.
Cost does not include:
• Any airfare (International or domestic).
• Passport and Visa fees for India.
• Lunch or other meals OR options not mentioned in the itinerary / cost inclusion.
• Any item of personal nature and Gratuities.
• Any insurance.
• Additional nights for participants, which is offered at additional cost to individual participants.
• Tips, porterage at hotels and Airport/Railway Station.
Special Value Add ons – Courtesy “Vilasa Luxury”:
• Bottled water available in vehicle during travel.
• Wet tissues available for clients in the vehicle after returning from city tours.
• Express check – in at all hotels.
• Special Farewell Dinner on the Last Day of the Tour with a Souvenir from Vilasa Luxury
• Taj Mahal is closed to public on Fridays. However, with the restoration of Mehtab Bagh, a 17th Century Mughal Garden, its location across the Yamuna River, provides breath taking view of the monument. It is possible to sit in this beautiful surrounding to have à uncluttered view of sunset or sunrise over the mausoleum.
• Elephant ride to visit Amber Fort in Jaipur is subject to availability as government has restricted the number of rides and prior reservation. Clients will have to queue themselves and wait to see if they can get a chance to have the elephant ride. There is no guarantee that even after queuing, they will get an elephant ride if the quota of rides is over. In this case, we shall provide Jeep ride to ascend the Amber Fort.