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Cultural Gems of South India



7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




Cultural Gems of South India” is a captivating journey that takes you through the rich and diverse heritage of the southern region of India. Explore Chennai’s historic landmarks, from Fort St. George to Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Discover the ancient temples of Kanchipuram and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram. Immerse yourself in the French charm of Pondicherry, visit magnificent Chola temples in Thanjavur, and explore the cultural treasures of Madurai. This tour offers a glimpse into the vibrant traditions, art, and spirituality that define South India.


  • Immerse yourself in Chennai's rich heritage with visits to Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and a leisurely stroll along Marina Beach.
  • Embark on a scenic drive through Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, exploring ancient temples, monolithic wonders, and coastal beauty.
  • Experience the unique blend of spirituality and French charm in Pondicherry, with visits to Auroville, the museum, and a leisurely drive through the enchanting French Quarters.
  • Continue your journey with a visit to the Great Living Chola Temples in Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram, and be awed by the grandeur of the Brihadeshwara Temple in Thanjavur.
  • Conclude your adventure with a cultural exploration of Madurai, visiting the iconic Meenakshi Temple, historic palaces, and vibrant local attractions before returning to Chennai for your departure.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 42%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 43%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 53%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 51%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 56%
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 54%
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 59%


Day 1: Arrive Chennai
Arrive in Chennai and transfer to your hotel. You'll have the opportunity to visit Fort St. George, St. Mary Church, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Government Museum, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral, and Marina Beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Chennai -Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (240kms)
After breakfast, drive to Pondicherry via Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Explore Kanchipuram's ancient temples and visit Mahabalipuram's Monolithic Temples, Krishna's Butterball, Cave Temples, Shore Temple, and Arjuna's Penance. Check in at your Pondicherry hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Pondicherry
Enjoy breakfast and explore Pondicherry. Visit Auroville, Pondicherry Museum, and take a drive through the charming French Quarters, including French consulate, Raj Nivas, Government Square, and more. Relax on the beach. Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 4: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Darasuram - Thanjore (180kms)
After breakfast, drive to Thanjavur via Chidambaram Nataraja Temple and The Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram & Darasuram. Check in at your Thanjavur hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Thanjore
Start your day with breakfast and visit the Brihadeshwara Temple & Palace Complex, built by the great Chola king in the 10th century. Explore nearby villages in your free time. Overnight in Thanjavur.

Day 6: Thanjore - Trichy - Madurai (190kms)
After breakfast, drive to Madurai via Trichy. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Rock Fort Temple, and Jambukeshwara Temple in Trichy. Check in at your Madurai hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Madurai - Chennai (Flight)
Explore Madurai after breakfast, visiting Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, and Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Later, take a flight back to Chennai and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Chennai - Departure (Flight)
Have breakfast at the hotel and, as per your flight schedule, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 7 Nights' accommodation in 5-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Madurai - Chennai flight fare approx. INR 5000 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?
5 Star hotels
Chennai - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace
Pondicherry - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Tanjore - Sangam Hotels
Madurai - Courtyard by Marriott/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai


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