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The Colors of South India: Culture, Coastline & Backwaters



13 Nights / 14Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




The Colors of South India: Culture, Coastline & Backwaters” is a captivating journey through the vibrant landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of southern India. Explore the ancient temples, palaces, and monuments in cities like Chennai, Mahabalipuram, and Thanjavur, delving into the region’s fascinating history. Then, unwind on the picturesque beaches of Kovalam, sail through the serene backwaters of Alleppey in a traditional houseboat, and immerse yourself in the cultural melting pot of Cochin. This tour offers a harmonious blend of heritage, coastal beauty, and tranquil waters, making it a truly colorful and memorable South Indian experience.


  • Explore Chennai's rich heritage with visits to Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and Vadapalani Murugan Temple.
  • Discover the ancient temples of Kanchipuram, then explore the remarkable monuments of Mahabalipuram, including the Shore Temple and Arjuna's Penance.
  • Immerse yourself in the French charm of Pondicherry, visiting Auroville and the French Quarters.
  • Explore the Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram on the way to Thanjavur, where you'll visit Brihadeshwara Temple and more.
  • Journey through South India, visiting historic sites in Trichy, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, and finally relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Kovalam.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
2 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 43%
3 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 43%
4 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 54%
5 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 52%
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 57%
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 55%
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 60%


Day 1: Arrive Chennai
Arrival at Chennai airport. Transfer to hotel. Later, explore Chennai with visits to Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and Vadapalani Murugan Temple. Enjoy a boat ride on Upper Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram (120kms)
Drive to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram, known as the city of thousand temples. Visit Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadharaja Temple, and Vaikundhaperumal Temple. Continue to Mahabalipuram and visit Monolithic Temples, Krishnas Butterball, Cave Temples, Shore Temple, and Arjuna`s Penance. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (120kms)
Drive to Pondicherry. Visit Auroville, Pondicherry Museum, and explore French Quarters. Enjoy some leisure time on the beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (180kms)
Drive to Thanjavur via Chidambaram to visit the Nataraja Temple. Also, explore the Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram. Arrive in Thanjavur and check in to your hotel.
Day 5: Thanjavur - Trichy (60kms)
Visit Brihadeshwara Temple, Vijayanagar Fort, Thanjavur Art Gallery, and Saraswathi Mahal Library. Drive to Trichy and visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Rock Fort Temple. Overnight in Trichy.
Day 6: Trichy - Madurai (135kms)
Drive to Madurai and visit Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, and Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Overnight in Madurai.
Day 7: Madurai - Rameshwaram (170kms)
Drive to Rameshwaram and visit Ramanathaswamy Temple and Adams Bridge. Overnight in Rameshwaram.
Day 8: Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari (320kms)
Drive to Kanyakumari and visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Vattakottai Fort, Kumari Amman Temple, and Kanyakumari Beach. Enjoy the sunset. Overnight in Kanyakumari.
Day 9: Kanyakumari - Kovalam (80kms)
Visit Kanyakumari's famous attractions. Drive to Kovalam and check in to your hotel. Rest and relax on the beach. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 10: Kovalam
Day at leisure in Kovalam for personal activities and relaxation. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 11: Kovalam
Another day to unwind and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Kovalam. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 12: Kovalam - Alleppey (160kms)
Transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board a houseboat for a cruise through the backwaters. Enjoy the serene surroundings and sunset from the houseboat. Overnight on the houseboat.
Day 13: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)
Drive to Cochin and explore Fort Cochin, St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, and Dutch Palace. In the evening, enjoy a Kathakali performance. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 14: Cochin - Departure
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for your onward journey.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 13 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 Used or Similar
Chennai - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace
Mahabalipuram - Radisson BLU Resort Temple Bay/ Fisherman's Cove
Pondicherry - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Thanjore - Svatma
Trichy - Sangam Hotels
Madurai - Courtyard by Marriott/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Rameshwaram - Hyatt Place Rameswaram
Kanyakumari - Anantya Resorts/ Annai Resorts and Spa
Kovalam - Raviz Kovalam/ Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove
Alleppey - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)
Cochin - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien


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