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India Travel » Budget India Tours » South India Cultural Tour - 14 days

South India cultural tour - 14 days

Tour Brief

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

Duration: 13 Nights/ 14 Days
Price: Starting USD 1220 USD 1536 per person
Destination :Mumbai, Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai
Region: South India
Validity: Till March, 2017

Largely popular with travelers who either are on their second trip to India or have near a month in India and want to split time between North and South India. This essential South India Cultural tour covers the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
This trip will give you a window to look into the contrasting life in South India as opposed to North of the country.
With 2-major south Indian cities, beach, temples, hills and palaces, Tea gardens, this trip is a reflection of rich diverse cultural heritage as well as diversity in landscape of South of India.


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with Standard hotels
USD 1220 USD 1536
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with Comfort hotels
USD 1750 USD 2202
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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 Mumbai
Idiscoverindia tour packagesArrive Mumbai, as per your flight schedule pick up from Mumbai airport and transfer to hotel, day at you rest, evening free to explore the nearby places on your own, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02 : Mumbai
After breakfast, day city tour to visit Gateway of India, Flora Fountain, Hanging Gardens, Prince Of Wales Museum, evening free to visit to visit the shopping places, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03 : Mumbai To Bangalore
After breakfast, as per your flight schedule transfer to Mumbai airport to take your flight to Bangalore, arrive Bangalore, pick up from airport and transfer to hotel, day at you rest, evening free to explore the nearby places on your own, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04 : Bangalore
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, day city tour to visit Tippu’s Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbaug, Ulsoor Lake, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Vishweshwaraiah Museum, Utility Building etc, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 05 : Bangalore To Mysore
After breakfast, transfer from Bangalore to Mysore,  arrive and check in hotel, after some rest, day city tour to visit, Maharaja’s Palace, Brindavan Gardens, St. Philomena’s Church, Chamundi Hill, evening free to visit the shopping places, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06 : Mysore To Bangalore To Chennai
After breakfast, as per your flight schedule transfer from Mysore to Bangalore airport to take your flight to Chennaii, arrive Chennai, pick up and transfer to hotel, take rest, evening free to visit the local markets, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 : Chennai
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, day city tour to visit museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (closed on Fridays and Public holidays), later visit the flower and Fruit Market, High Court, fort Museum, Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Chennai To Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, transfer from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, arrive and check in hotel, after some rest, 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, evening free, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 : Mahabalipuram  (Day trip to Kanchipuram)
After breakfast, full day trip to visit Kanchipuram, 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 return back to Mahabalipuram, evening free, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 : Mahabalipuram To Pondicherry
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, half day city tour to 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. Afternoon transfer from mahabalipuram to Pondicherry, enroute visit Auroville. Arrive Pondicherry and check in hotel, take rest, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 : Pondicherry To Kumbakonam
After breakfast, half 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 lond 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. Afternoon transfer from Pondicherry to Tanjore, enroute visit Chidambaram, Gangai kondacholapuram, Darasuram. Arrive Kumbakonam and check in hotel, evening free to take rest, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 : Kumbakonam To Trichy
Idiscoverindia tour packagesAfter breakfast, day city tour to visit Kumbakonam, later transfer to Trichy, 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 13 : 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, arrive and check-in hotel. After some rest, visit the Great Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later visit 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, evening free, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 : Madurai Airport Drop
After breakfast, as per your flight schedule transfer to Madurai airport to take your flight for your onward journey.

 

 

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Price

All Pricing is based on two people travelling together.

Price with Standard hotels: USD 1220 USD 1536 per person

Price with Comfort hotels: USD 1750 USD 2202 per person
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See images of hotel & know more about the different accommodation option for this package.
with Standard hotels
USD 1220 USD 1536
per person
with Comfort hotels
USD 1750 USD 2202
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. Air Ticket for 02 adults for traveling from:
      Mumbai To Bangalore
      Bangalore To Chennai
  5. Personal English speaking guide during your sightseeing as per itinerary in each city.
  6. Monument entrance fee.
  7. 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 this is a pretty extensive trip in South India, another week or so would allow you to add the state of Kerala to your itinerary.
Possibilities exist to customize at 2 levels.

On Activity Level :

  • Take a guided tour at a tea garden and experience the process of tea making from collecting to processing
  • Take a 3-4 hr cooking class
  • Have dinner with a local family
  • Live in a luxurious  stay in midst of a Tea Garden
  • Go for a South Indian Cultural show encompassing   musical or dance performance
  • Visit the “Saree”( traditional Indian dress for women) making/ weaving  factories  and see the effort involved in the exquisite designs and works.

On Itinerary  Level :

  • For Wildlife enthusiast, if you have 2 more days you could add a visit to Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary  or/and the Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary - a part of the famous Nilgiri Bio-sphere Reserve of India.
  •  An  extension  of anywhere between 4- 9 days in state of Kerala is a possibility. It can possibly include Backwaters, Beaches, Wildlife and Rubber plantations and even touching the southernmost end of India.
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