18 Days Southern India In-depth Tour

Highlights:

Southern India is less famous in travelers than is north . In this in-depth Southern India tour will take you to: Mumbai, the economic center of India; Aurangabad, rock cave monuments; cochin backwater cruise; Thekkady, the heart of spice country ; Periyar National Park, elephant spotting adventure and The Mammoth Sree Meenakshi Temple complex of Madurai and more in Puducherry, Mahabalipuram.

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This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
Travel Seasons:

Most countries in Asia can be visited throughout the year. Taking all factors into account, such as weather, traffic, cost..., there are always good places worthy visiting whenever you travel Asia. According to your personal schedule, we will arrange the proper and suitable itinerary of your targeted countries.

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Route:

Mumbai - Aurangabad - Kochi/Cochin - Backwaters - Thekkady - Periyar National Park - Madurai - Thanjavur - Pondicherry/Puducherry - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai

Itinerary

Day1:

Mumbai

Namaste! Welcome to India. Meet your tour guide who holds Bravo Asia Tours’ greeting board at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. We will transfer to hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight. Start this incredible India tour with the one of the oldest cities of India – Mumbai. Formerly called Bombay, Mumbai is a vibrant metropolitan and No1 city, located on India’s west coast. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to Shiva. The city is also famous as the heart of the Hindi-language Bollywood film industry. There will be no tour in this day so you can take some time to get used to the new time-zone. Overnight in Mumbai

Day2:

Mumbai - Aurangabad

Today, we will have one day city tour of Mumbai before we head to Aurangabad by air. The tour begins at the city’s signature landmark, the Gateway of India. Drive around Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, right beside the docks of Mumbai, and the Victoria Terminus. Next you will visit the Prince of Wales Muesum. Take a break for lunch then continue our tour to the Flora Fountain and Fort area where you can view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the Bristish Raj. Drive up to Malabar Hill where the hanging gardens provide a panoramic view of the city and the Queen’s Necklace. The tour ends with a visit to the famous Dhobi Ghat where you can observe the age old tradition of the Dhobis doing Mumbai’s laundry. Transfer to airport and board your flight to Aurangabad. You are greeted upon arrival and driven to your hotel. Overnight in Aurangabad

Day3:

Aurangabad

We will have a full day tour of the UNESCO world Heritage site – the Ajanta Caves. There are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments dated back to the 2nd B.C. The incredible variety of paintings and sculpture were created in hard rock by using primitive yet ingenious to the devotion of the Buddhists, as well as the talents of their skilled craftsmen. After the tour of Ajanta, we will drive back to hotel. Overnight in Aurangabad

Day4:

Aurangabad - Mumbai

After breakfast and checkout your hotel, we will continue our tour in Aurangabad to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves. There are 34 Caves and any one of them would individually be considered a significant attraction in most nations. Visit The Kailash Temple and Daulatabad Fort. This 14th century hilltop Fort is an impressive sight which’s once sloping sides were manually carved sheer on all sides so that no one could climb straight to the top. After this tour, we will drive to Aurangabad airport in time to board your evening flight to Mumbai. Drive to airport for check-in. Overnight in Mumbai

Day5:

Mumbai - Kochi/Cochin

After breakfast and checkout your hotel, we will continue our tour to Cochin. Your tour guide of Bravo Asia Tours will meet you and hold the greeting board with your name on it. Transfer to hotel for rest until lunch. Start your exploration of South India with a tour to island of Cherai. Visit the 19th century Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkateswara Temple – the temple Ratha then the Portuguese Fort, the Pallipuram Church. This exploration is followed by a walk on Cherai beach that allows you to experience coastal Keralan culture. In the evening, there will be a Kathakali dance show in local theatre. This dance is Kerala’s ancient performing art, which tell story through dancing and music. The dance form is an ancient forefather of many Asian dance forms. Overnight in Cochin

Day6:

Kochi/Cochin

Cochin, the fascinating port city of South India, comes to what it is today with influences of various European cultures and rich indigenous history. Our tour of Cochin starts from the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays). Then we will move on to Jew Street. After the Jew area, we will visit the St. Francis Church, one of the first European churches built in India. The famed Vasco Da Gama was buried in its courtyard for a few years before his remains were returned to Portugal. After lunch, our tour will continue to the most photogenic attractions in Cochin, the Chinese fishing nets. We will be back to hotel so you can have a freshen up. This evening we will go to have dinner with a famous Keralan Chef and her family at their home. This is the highlight of our Cochin tour, you can even learn Keralan cuisine from the Chef. Overnight in Cochin

Day7:

Kochi/Cochin - Backwaters

Morning after breakfast, we will checkout the hotel and drive to the backwaters. Your most treasured travel memories of this India tour start from boarding your houseboat at Alleppey. Overnight in onboard

Day8:

Backwaters - Thekkady - Periyar National Park

Disembark from your houseboat in the morning and enjoy the fascinating drive throught the incredibly scenic rain forests of the Western Ghats as you head for Thekkady (around 4hours). This is one of the most beautiful drives in all of South India. Arrive at Thekkady and checkin to the resort. This is the heart of spice country and the pleasant, mild aroma from the surrounding plantations will fascinate you when you arrive. After late lunch, we visit a neighboring spice plantation to learn how scoring of different spice plants and using their medical and gastronomical properties. Overnight in Thekkady

Day9:

Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park is located around an artificial lake that was formed in 1895 by building a dam on the Periyar River. The lake occupies the valleys of the thickly forested hills serving as a permanent source of water for wildlife in the Park. The highlight of Periyar is definitely elephant. It is very common to see elephant herds drinking around the lake. The rest day will be free for you to enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding resort we chosen for you. Overnight in Thekkady

Day10:

Thekkady - Madurai

Check out from your hotel in the morning and board on vehicle to Madurai (around 3hours). Admire the views along this trip with various lush plantations that grow tea and other crops. Arrive at Madurai and check-in to your hotel. Take a good rest in the following time. You tour guide will meet you in the evening to attend the iconic and impressive evening Palli Arai ceremony at the Mammoth Sree Meenakshi Temple complex. Overnight in Madurai

Day11:

Madurai

The Mammoth Sree Meenakshi Temple complex of Madurai is the main attraction today. After the temple trip, we will visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace, which was constructed in 1636 A.D by an Italian architect. The Palace is an interesting confluence of Dravidian, Islamic and European style. Madurai is an ancient city in South India with more than 2,500 years history. It is now the second largest city of Tamil Nadu and an important cultural and commercial hub. In Madurai, you can hear the Tamil language spoken in its purest form. Now it is a burgeoning industrial center, surrounded by vast stretches of paddy fields, dusty roads ad crowded bazaars. Overnight in Madurai

Day12:

Madurai - Thanjavur

This morning we will check out with the hotel in Madurai. Then take a 3 hour drive to Thanjavur(Tanjore). Arrive at Thanjavur in the early afternoon, we will have lunch at a popular rooftop restaurant that is very close to all the main attractions of Tanjore. After lunch, we will visit a Thanjavur Art Gallery, which collect ancient lost wax process bronzes gathered from all over the region. Overnight in Thanjavur

Day13:

Thanjavur - Pondicherry/Puducherry

Today we are going to visit Brihadeshwara Temple (locally known as Tanjai Periya Kovil) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is one of the largest temples in India and is an example of Tamil architecture during the Chola period. This massive structure has very little in common with any of the other amazing temples in India. It is constructed solely of granite which is too hard and heavy to use in building. After lunch you will proceed on the drive to Puducherry(approximately 4hours). Arrive at Puducherry in the early evening and check into your boutique colonial lodging. This picturesque town was the location of the entire first act of Life of Pi. Overnigh in Puducherry

Day14:

Pondicherry/Puducherry

Take a walking tour of this fascinating town. It is called the French Riviera of the East. With a long history of trade and war, the current city started taking shape under French Governance a few hundred years ago. This extremely laid back city has two distinct parts, the Colonial and the Indian. They are separated by a small canal. The Colonial side is with Mediterranean houses in tree lined streets and the Indian side is of a Tamil city with noise and crowding. Guided tour ends before lunch. The rest of the day will be your free time to explore. Overnigh in Puducherry

Day15:

Pondicherry/Puducherry - Mahabalipuram

Check out from your hotel in Puducherry then proceed on the scenic drive to Mahalipuram. This 3 hour drive will take you through coastal villages with frequent glimpses of the Bay of Bengal. Arrive at Mahalipuram hotel, you will be assisted with checkin. You are at leisure for the remaider of the afternoon. Overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day16:

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is an ancient port of South India, which is like the Hoi An ancient town in Central Veitnam, in each nation’s history progress. Mahabalipuram was the second capital of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram. Vying with this splendor is a beach and the picturesque Bay of Bengal. The famous Pancha Rathas Temple, the massive bas-relief Descent of the Ganges and the eight Mandapams are all located within the small coastal community. Another picturesque view of this beach is fishermen and their colorful fishing boats. In the late afternoon, after visiting all the temples, take a stroll along the beach and talk to those fishermen back with their catch. It is the most original and authentic experience of Mahablipuram. Overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day17:

Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram

Today we will have an excursion tour to Kanchipuram. This ancient holy city is known as the “Golden City of A Thousand Temples” and is one of the seven sacred cities of India. Its many temple domes can be seen from a long ways away as you approach the city. This city is also famous for its silk weaving industry. Kanchi silk sarees are considered to be the finest. We will visit a silk weaving family today. Overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day18:

Mahabalipuram - Chennai

Your tour guide will be assistant of hotel check out, then escort you to the Chennai Airport for your onward flight. Our tour service is officially ends here. It is time for us to say goodbye this time. The whole team of Bravo Asia Tours looks forward to our next meeting in your trip to Asia.

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Dear Clients

This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
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