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Serene South India: Temples, Backwaters & Beaches



14 Nights / 15 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




Experience the tranquility of South India on our ‘Serene South India: Temples, Backwaters & Beaches’ tour. Visit magnificent temples like the Brihadeshwara Temple, cruise through Kerala’s enchanting backwaters on a traditional houseboat, and unwind on the sun-kissed beaches of Marari. This journey offers a perfect blend of spirituality, natural beauty, and relaxation in the serene landscapes of Southern India.


  • Begin your journey in Chennai, exploring its vibrant culture, historic sites like Fort St. George, and the picturesque Marina Beach.
  • Drive through Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, visiting ancient temples, and continue your adventure in the charming town of Pondicherry.
  • Explore Pondicherry's unique blend of Auroville, French Quarters, and relaxing beachfront.
  • Journey to Thanjavur, discovering Chidambaram and Chola Temples, and explore the magnificent Brihadeshwara Temple.
  • Traverse through Trichy to reach Chettinad, where you'll explore 19th-century mansions before heading to the cultural hub of Madurai, known for its iconic Meenakshi Temple.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 44%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 41%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 52%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 48%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 55%
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 52%
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 57%


Day 1: Arrive Chennai
Arrival at Chennai airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time for relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Chennai
After breakfast, explore Chennai's highlights, including Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and Marina Beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Chennai - Pondicherry (160kms)
Drive to Pondicherry via Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram to visit historic sites. Check in at the hotel in Pondicherry. Overnight stay.

Day 4: Pondicherry
Visit Aurovil, Pondicherry Museum, and the French Quarters. Relax on the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Pondicherry - Thanjore (220kms)
Drive to Thanjavur, visiting Chidambaram and Chola Temples along the way. Check in at the hotel in Thanjavur. Overnight stay.

Day 6: Thanjore
Explore the Brihadeshwara Temple and nearby villages. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Thanjore - Trichy - Chettinad (145kms)
Drive to Chettinad via Trichy, visiting temples en route. Overnight at the hotel in Chettinad.

Day 8: Chettinad - Madurai (90kms)
Visit 19th-century mansions in Chettinad. Drive to Madurai and check in at the hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 9: Madurai - Thekkady (160kms)
Explore Meenakshi Temple and drive to Thekkady. Check in at the hotel and visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Thekkady
Enjoy a spice plantation tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Thekkady - Alleppey (140kms)
Transfer to Alleppey for a houseboat cruise through backwaters. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 12: Alleppey - Marari (20kms)
Disembark from the houseboat and transfer to Marari Beach. Check in at the hotel and relax on the beach. Overnight stay.

Day 13: Marari
Free day for beach relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Marari
Another day at leisure on the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Marari - Cochin/ Departure (Flight)
Drive to Cochin for a city tour and later transfer to the airport for your departure.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 14 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.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • 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 - Svatma
Chettinad - Visalam Cgh Earth
Madurai - Courtyard by Marriott/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Thekkady - Spice Village/ Carmelia Haven Resort
Alleppey - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)
Marari - Xandari Pearl/ Marari Beach Resort


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