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Temples, Beaches & Backwaters: An East to South India Exploration



16 Nights/ 17 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




Explore a captivating 17-day journey through East and South India, starting in Kolkata. Visit historic temples like Konark Sun Temple and majestic palaces. Relax on the serene beaches of Puri and cruise the tranquil waters of Chilika Lake. Continue to discover South India’s cultural gems in Madurai and Munnar’s tea plantations. Experience the rich biodiversity of Periyar Sanctuary and glide along Kerala’s backwaters on a houseboat. Your adventure culminates in the vibrant city of Cochin, offering a harmonious blend of spirituality, natural beauty, and cultural heritage.


  • Immerse in Kolkata's rich culture, visiting iconic sites like Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge.
  • Discover Bhubaneswar's ancient temples, caves, and rock edicts, showcasing India's heritage.
  • Journey through the heritage route from Bhubaneshwar to Puri, with stops at Konark Sun Temple and artisan villages.
  • Witness the avian wonders of Chilika Lake and explore Puri's spiritual charm.
  • Traverse South India's cultural tapestry, from Chennai's bustling cityscape to Pondicherry's French influence and Thanjavur's architectural marvels.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 43%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 42%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 52%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 50%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 56%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 53%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 58%


Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
Arrive at Kolkata airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest and relaxation at the hotel.
Day 2: Kolkata
Explore the vibrant city of Kolkata with visits to Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Netaji Bhawan, Howrah Bridge, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and more.
Day 3: Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar (Flight)
Fly to Bhubaneswar and visit Parasurameshwar, Mukteshwar, Rajarani, and Lingaraj temples, as well as Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves, and Dhauli Rock Edicts.
Day 4: Bhubaneshwar - Puri (60kms)
Drive to Puri via the Konark Sun Temple and stop at Pipili, Raghurajpur artisan village, Ramchandi Temple, Chandrabhaga Beach, and the Jagannath Temple.
Day 5: Puri - Chilika Lake (55kms one way)
Take an excursion to Chilika Lake, known for migratory birds. Enjoy a boat ride and return to Puri.
Day 6: Puri - Bhubaneshwar/ Chennai (flight)
Fly to Chennai and explore the city, visiting Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Government Museum, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral, and Marina Beach.
Day 7: Chennai - Pondicherry (160kms)
Drive to Pondicherry, stopping at Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram to visit historic sites, and then explore Pondicherry's French Quarters.
Day 8: Pondicherry
Visit Auroville, Pondicherry Museum, and relax on the beach while exploring the picturesque French Quarter.
Day 9: Pondicherry - Thanjore (220kms)
Drive to Thanjavur, visiting Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and Darasuram en route.
Day 10: Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai (190kms)
Explore Brihadeshwara Temple and Palace Complex in Thanjavur. Drive to Madurai, stopping at Trichy to visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple, and The Rock Fort.
Day 11: Madurai - Munnar (160kms)
Visit Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, and other attractions in Madurai. Drive to Munnar.
Day 12: Munnar
Explore Munnar's attractions, including Pothamedu, Mattupetty Dam, Rajamala Hill, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupedi Dairy Farm, Echo Point, and the Tea Museum.
Day 13: Munnar - Thekkady (100kms)
Drive to Thekkady, visiting Ramakkalmedu en route. Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary by boat and enjoy a spice plantation tour.
Day 14: Thekkady
Continue your exploration of Thekkady's wildlife sanctuary and spice plantations.
Day 15: Thekkady - Alleppey (160kms)
Drive to Alleppey and embark on a houseboat journey through the backwaters. Enjoy the serene surroundings and spend the night on the houseboat.
Day 16: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)
Disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin. Explore Fort Cochin's landmarks, watch a Kathakali Dance show, and spend the night in Cochin.
Day 17: Cochin - Departure
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 16 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.
  • Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar - Chennai flight fare approx. ₹15500 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 below mentioned hotels or similar
Kolkata - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern
Bhubaneshwar - Mayfair Lagoon/ Trident Hotel
Puri - Mayfair Waves
Chennai - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace
Pondicherry - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Thanjavur - Svatma
Madurai - Courtyard by Marriott/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Munnar - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County
Thekkady - Spice Village/ Carmelia Haven Resort
Alleppey - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)
Cochin - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien


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