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India Travel » Budget India Tours » Experience South India - 08 days

Experience South India – 8 days

Tour Brief

This is a private trip, you can start on any date. You can even request to customize this itinerary.

Duration: 07 Nights/ 08 Days
Price: Starting USD 640 USD 804 per person
Destination : Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai
Region: South India
Validity: Till March, 2017

This the hub of South India tourism besides Kerala. Temples, Beaches, strong embodiement of religion and tradition in day to day living, shopping, intricate weaving, beaches, evidence of French influence on a port city, is all going to be a part of your experience on this trip. This brief journey will provide you an ample contrast from a North India and will allow you to see the diversity of the country.
Although this trip is generally done by people who are either on their second visit to India or the ones who are specifically looking to visit Chennai and around, a week here can be a good addition to North India trip if one wishes to see contrasting cultural diversity in India.

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with Standard hotels
USD 640 USD 804
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USD 940 USD 1182
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Itinerary

All our itineraries below are bare-bone versions. While our Budget tours are private guided tours meant to be assisted with our on-ground customer support available at your disposal 24/7 while you are on a tour with us, being on a private tour you have flexibility to add or subtract activities within a city as per your interest or in consultation with us or your tour guide or as per available time. Our itineraries are made to deliver optimal travel routes and experience.

Day 01 : Arrive Chennai
Idiscoverindia tour packagesArrive Chennai, as per your flight schedule, pick up from airport and transfer to hotel, after some rest, half day city tour of Chennai to visit the Museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the flower and Fruit Market, High Court, fort Museum, Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : Chennai To Kanchipuram To Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to visit Kanchipuram [65Km, 1.5 Hrs], This golden city was one of the seven sacred cities of India and once had 1000 temples. Now only 20 remains. It is also famed for its hand-woven cottens and Kanchivaram silk. Visit Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambaranathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ulagalanda Peerumal Temple.

Later driver to Mahabalipuram [55 Km, 1.5 Hrs], arrive and check in hotel, take rest, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Mahabalipuram To Pondicherry
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, day city tour to visit Mahabalipuram which was the main port of the Pallava dynasty and has exquisite rock-cut monuments, monolithic structures and basreliefs, visit the Krishna Mandapam or Cave temple, Five Rathas Temple (Pancha Pandava Rathas), Shore Temple, ashed by the waves of the sea, which is a World Heritage monument.

Later transfer from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry [100Km, 2.5 Hrs], enroute visit Auroville, arrive Pondicherry and check in hotel, take rest, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Pondicherry
After breakfast, day city tour to visit Aurobido Ashram which forms the nucleus of many activities and trade of Pondicherry. The Pondicherry Marine Drive, with a 1.5 kms long promenade is the best place to stroll in on an evening. The Pondicherry Museum is a treasure trove of antique with a section on French India which is housed in rooms done up in typical French style. Archaeology, geology, sculpture, weapons, handicrafts and art are some of the other sections, evening free, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Pondicherry To Tanjore To Trichy
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, driver from Pondicherry to visit Tanjore [140 Km, 3.5 Hrs], arrive Tanjore and visit temples including Brahadeeswarar temple, this is a magnificent Shiva temple built in 1003 AD by king Rajaraja I , the Chola king and the Palace with the vast labyrinthian buildings, enormous corridors, big halls, watch towers, moat, fort and courtyards.

Later transfer from Tanjore to Trichy [90Km, 2 Hrs], on the way visit Brahadeeswarar temple of Tanjore, this is a magnificient Shiva temple built in 1003 AD by king Rajaraja I , the Chola king and the Palace with the vast labyrinthian buildings, enormous corridors, big halls, watch towers, moat, fort and courtyards, Arrive Trichy and check in hotel, evening free, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Trichy To Madurai
After breakfast, visit the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapathy, the Rock Fort, 434 steps cut into the Rock side and interspersed which shrines, lead to the temple, yet another flight leads to the temple of Lord Shiva. Visit Srirangam a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, later transfer from Trichy to Madurai [135 Km, 3.5 Hrs], arrive and check-in hotel, take rest, evening free, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 : Madurai
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, visit the Great Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side), the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo sacracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes and arches ,the Pazhamudir Solai Temple, and the Kallazhagar Koil, later if time permits ,you can visit the Gandhi Museum, evening free, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 : Madurai Departure
After breakfast, as per your flight schedule transfer to Madurai airport to take your flight to Ahmedabad / Indore for your onward journey.

 

 

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All Pricing is based on two people travelling together.

Price with Standard hotels: USD 640 USD 804 per person
Price with Comfort hotels: USD 940 USD 1182 per person
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See images of hotel & know more about the different accommodation option for this package.
with Standard hotels
USD 640 USD 804
per person
with Comfort hotels
USD 940 USD 1182
per person

Hotels

Our Hotels for Budget tours come at these pricing levels- Basic, Standard and Comfort.
It is essential you read and review as much to make a decision on the choice of hotels.

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Basic

Our Basic trips comes with carefully chosen private rooms with independent baths. The accommodation included could be a mix of 2 star and budget homestays, that provide an authentic experience. Care is taken by our experts to pick the best in the category and price range. These hotels are for the guests who are looking for basic no-frills attached clean accommodations.

The guests who choose this option are very budget conscious and are more concerned with sightseeing and doing as much as possible outside. A local guide in each city is included in the price for such trips. A comfortable sedan is used that can easily seat up to 3 passengers.  

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Standard

Our Standard trips are most popular with those looking an upgrade on Basic accommodations. All our Standard trip hotels come with standard amenities like clean rooms, attached baths with added amenities that may or may not include a pool, a restaurant, strategic location, etc. The Standard hotels are what we call an equivalent of 3 star hotels or boutique hotels. While care is taken to choose the best hotels in its category, there might be a difference in quality/ amenities provided at a hotel just on the basis of the place they are located. Rest assured all hotels are above par hotels and individually selected by our experts.

The guests who choose this option are budget conscious but at the same time are willing to pay more for their hotels to get a greater value out of their hotels. Like all our trips, Local city guides are provided in our Standard trips ,A comfortable sedan is used that can easily seat upto 3 passengers.

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Comfort

Comfort Trips are designed keeping in mind the guest who wants to have a hotel with all amenities and comfort.The guests who undertake such trips want to enjoy their hotels as well as sightseeing. Comfort is important and they are willing to pay a premium than encounter a surprise in not having what they expected. The guests who opt for Comfort trips are the ones who do not necessarily want to spend on a 5 star but yet want to enjoy more and less the same amenities as premium hotels.

The hotels we choose are well known brands (international or local), premium boutique hotels or even a luxury homestay, depending on the choice of the guest. The hotels are selected to provide the best experience and mix of luxury and comfort at a price which is much less than our Luxury trips.
Other than the choice of hotels, our Comfort trips just like other Budget trips come with comfortable sedan and guides.

Inclusion/ Exclusion

Package Cost Includes:
  1. Accommodation in 01 A/c Room on twin sharing basis in the above mentioned hotels.
  2. Daily breakfast in all the hotels.
  3. All pick up, drop, transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private A/c Indigo car, including all toll tax, parking and driver charges.
  4. Personal English speaking guide during your sightseeing as per itinerary.
  5. Monument entrance fee.
  6. All applicable tax.
» All Basic and Standard option prices of our Budget Tours are without Guide and Monument entrance fee. However you can include a guide or Monument entrance fee on request separately.
» Comfort option prices includes Guide and Monument Entrance fee.
Package Cost Does Not Include:
  1. Items of personal Nature like Porterage, Tips, Laundry, Mineral Water.
  2. All other items and services not mentioned above.

Tips to customize

( Please note, Some  suggested activities might already be included in the published price. Speak to our travel consultant for exact details )

While increasing this itinerary by a day or two is a good standalone option, the other good possibility is to add Kerala to this trip to create a 15-16 day itinerary covering  the whole of South India. Another possibility is to add about 10-12 days in North with a week here to get a good 3 week diverse Indian cultural trip.

On Activity Level you could do the following  :

  1. Watch a classical music /dance performance
  2. Shop for Sarees in Kanchipuram
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