Grand South India Tour
Group | 15 Days / 14 Nights
€ 3270 Onwards
Since ages, India has captured the vision of the traveller with its rich mosaic of religions, culture, legends and people. This classical tour unveils the mysteries and legends encircling the dramatic and varied settings of the British capital of Delhi; the holy city of Varanasi; the intricately carved temples of Khajuraho; the cool Taj Mahal in Agra.
Grand South India Tour
*Chennai * Mamallapuram * Kanchipuram * Pondicherry * Chidambram * Tanjore * Trichy * Madurai * Periyar * Back Water Cruise * Kochi * Vythiri * Mysore * Hassan * Hampi * Banglore
Dates & Prices
Day 01 : Chennai – Mamallapuram (55 Km - 1 Hour)
Arrival at Chennai airport. Welcome at the airport and transfer to city for a short tour. After visiting Fort St.George, Anna Samadhi and Museum, drive to Mamallapuram. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 02 : Mamallapuram – Kanchipuram – Mamallapuram ( 160 Km, 4 Hours )
Morning depart for Kanchipuram. It was the historical capital of the Pallavas during the 7th - 9th centuries. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is also famous for hand-woven silk fabrics and saris. Return to Mallalapuram. Visit the Shore Temple which includes many bas reliefs including one 100 ft. long and 45 ft. high carved out of granite. It was built in the early 8th century. Evening relax on the beach. Overnight stay.
Day 03 : Mamallapuram – Pondicherry (155 Km – 3 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry. After arrival check in at the hotel. In this city, many battles were fought between British and French. Pondicherry is synonymous with French Heritage in India and understandably so as it served as the capital of the French Colonies in India. Afternoon visit Sir Aurobindo's Ashram. The ashram was set up in the year 1926 by Sri Aurbindo Ghose. His philosophy is derived in a combination of yoga and modern science. After visiting Ashram, return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore (170 Km – 4 Hours )
Morning leave for Chidambaram. Visit Nataraja temple in Chidambaram. The magnificent Temple was guilt in 7th century A.D. Its beautiful polygonal dome enshrines Lord Vishnu and Shiva. Continue drive to Tanjore and on arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Brihadeshwara Temple which was built in the 10th century. This is the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. The dome on top of the apex of the 63 metre high temple, is a single piece of granite weighing an estimated 81 tons which was put in place by hauling it along an earthwork ramp six km long in a similar manner to which the Egyptian pyramids were built. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Tanjore - Trichy – Tanjore ( 120 Km, 4 Hours )
Morning excursion to Trichy. The city is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Visit The most famous land mark of this bustling town, Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. Also visit Srirangam Temple which consists of 7 concentric walls and 21 towers or gopurams. Drive back to Tanjore for overnight Stay at hotel.
Day 06 : Tanjore – Madurai ( 130 Km, 3 Hours )
Morning drive to Madurai. After arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Madurai covering the famous Meenakshi Temple, Tirumala Naik Palace and Gandhi Museum. The temple is famous for its gigantic gateway which is 49 mts. high. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 : Madurai – Periyar (140 Km, 4 Hours)
Morning leave for Periyar. On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon enjoy Boat cruise which is the best option to experience the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary. Enjoy wild life and watch the wild elephants in their natural habitat. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Periyar – Alleppey ( 130 Km, 4 Hours )
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Alleppey. On arrival embark the house boat.
Enjoy a memorable houseboat ride on enchanting backwaters of Alappuzha to explore its breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and the fascinating Kerala countryside. Traveling along on a houseboat through palm-fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of lush paddy fields and the unique tiny hamlets lined up all along on the edges of the waterways are sights, one can never forget. All meals will be served on board. Overnight onboard the House boat.
Day 09 : Alleppey – Kochi (65 Km, 1 ½ Hours)
Morning leave for Kochi. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Kochi has one of the best natural harbours in the country. Afternoon city tour of Kochi covering Dutch Palace Museum, Jewish Synagogue, Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Net. Evening enjoy one of the classical dances of South India, known as Kathakali. Overnight stay.
Day 10 : Kochi - Calicut - Vythiri ( By Train – 4 Hours + 90 Km, 2 Hours )
Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Ernakulam station to catch the train for Calicut. On arrival transfer to Vythiri which is a picturesque place located in the
northern high ranges of Kerala in Wayandu district. Refreshing, pollution free and inspiring acres and acres of lush green land interspersed with perennial streams and rolling hills at Vythiri. Afternoon visit Chembra Peak, Bhramagiri hills and Tea & Coffee Plantations. Overnight stay.
Day 11 : Vythiri – Mysore ( 275 Km, 6 Hours )
Morning departure for Mysore. Arrival and check in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Mysore visiting City Palace, Beautiful Vrindavan Gardens and Chamundi Temple. Overnight stay.
Day 12 : Mysore – Hassan ( 150 Km, 3 Hours )
Morning departure for Hassan. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Cheenakeshawa temple at Belur which dates back to 13th century and then the Hoysaleswara temple at Halebidu which is known for its carvings. Overnight stay at Hassan.
Day 13 : Hassan – Hospet ( 360 Km, 7 Hours )
After breakfast, check out and drive to Hospet. Hospet was a satellite town built during the reign of Krishnadevaraja. This is a typical town of Karnataka situated 13 kms from Hampi. Overnight stay in Hospet.
Day 14 : Hospet – Hampi – Hospet
After breakfast drive to Hampi. It is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River with a backdrop of majestic rock boulders and was the capital of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. The 15th century Chandramauleshwar Temple is centrally located in Hampi and is one of the site’s most prominent architectural buildings. Vithala Temple is noted for its extraordinary pillars with the animated carvings on it. A set of pillars, known as ‘musical pillars,’ resonates when tapped. Also visit Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Sule Bazaar, Achutaraya Temple, Queen’s bath and Elephant Stables. Return to Hospet for overnight stay.
Day 15 : Hospet – Bangalore ( 340 Km, 7 Hours )
Morning depart for Bangalore. Upon arrival visit Lalbagh Gardens, Cubban Park & Museum. Evening transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.
Guaranteed departures from 02 pax onwards with local guides.
Tour Type: Individual Tour (Special rates available for Group Tours)
Code: TCTNI 2014
The cost includes:
The cost does not includes:
Per person Net Cost
1 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
1 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
€ 510 per person
€ 190 net
€ 105 per person
€ 105 per person
€ 485 per person
€ 170 net
Minimum 02 pax
Supplement for accompanied language speaking Guide till Agra
Airfare Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi
Request Tariff for 1 October 2014 onwards
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TRAVEL BY ROAD
AIRFARES AND TRAVELLING BY AIR
NOTE: The following are the allowances permitted for the baggage checked-in of Indian domestic flights.
All airlines (except SpiceJet which allows 20kg) allow a baggage of the weight indicated below. Please check the airline website for any last minute changes.
Economic class (check), maximum weight allowed 15kg. Any additional kg should be set up in ` per passenger immediately at check price ` 250/kg .This policy is in effect on the following companies:
* Go Air follows a different policy for 03 Sectors [Leh / Jammu / Srinagar] because they are highly sensitive Areas & airport there are not as well equipped as the metro cities in India:
Delhi / Leh / Delhi
Hand baggage of maximum weight of 10 Kgs + Check-in Baggage Maximum of 15 Kgs is allowed.
Only Valuables [Purse / Jewelry / Camera / Laptop / Coat / Mobile] are allowed in Hand luggage & rest all items be should be in the Check-in Baggage (even shoes ) .
Please note that you can carry electronic items like camera etc. but without the batteries. Batteries should be taken out and placed in the check- in baggage. Otherwise the security personnel at the airport shall remove the batteries and throw them away.
We recommend the following:
ACTIVITIES (Wildlife Safari/ Boat ride/ Desert & Rural Safari/ Bicycle & Rickshaw Ride/ Animal Rides)
In order not to encourage begging, we suggest that you should not distribute anything during your visits (candy, money, toys, pens etc.).
Should you wish to made donations in cash or kind, please consult your guide who would provide you with the best advice.
We suggest that you spend your money to buy locally produced things made my local craftsmen and take them to the country of your origin and contribute to the local economy thus providing work to those in need.
PRICE AND OTHER CONDITION OF SALE
(Indicative only because it is at the discretion of each / not to spare but only tickets ) :
• 10% of the total amount of the invoice/meals in restaurants, hotels
• 20 ` (Indian Rupees `) / porterage at hotels
• PP 03 € per day for guide escort (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
• PP 02 € per day for the driver (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
• PP 01 € 01 per day for the assistant driver (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
It is the capital of India since 1912 and the second most populous city in the country . Located in the center of the province of Delhi, is divided into two parts ( old and new ) and it can be admired forts, palaces , tombs and temples of the most varied styles with government buildings in colonial style, modern industries , trades and residential areas all with modern amenities . We recommend visiting the Red Fort, the Jama Masijd , Raj Ghat and the India Gate in the Old Town . In the new area we suggest the Qutab Minar, Birla Temple and the Sikh Temple.
Sikandra is the mausoleum of Akbar. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for constructing this beautiful monument. To construct a tomb in one's lifetime was a Tartary custom, which the Mughals followed religiously. This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes. Sikandra is named after Sikandar Lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517. A visit to Akbar's monument opens before one, the completeness of Akbar's personality as completely as the Taj Mahal does of Mumtaz Mahal's .
It is a city that dominates a feminine touch in their structures and history. Created by Sultan Sikandar Lodi order , years later in her love of an emperor for his wife was reflected in eternity through the monument that identifies both the city and the whole country in the world : the Taj Mahal. The city was occupied for long periods by Muslims , inheriting architectural and urban structures of medieval character we can admire today and its winding streets
Located 35 kilometers from Agra , stands on a rocky platform imperial Fatehpur Sikri, the ruins of which was the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire in the sixteenth century . Surrounded by a wall of 6 km, the d is uninhabited and has been declared architectural heritage .
Known as the Pink City , formerly known as Rajputana, owes its nickname to the color of the sandstone with the buildings of the old city were built. Nice design of this villa is due to the Maharaja Jai Sigh II which began construction in 1728 and got his architect Vidyadhar Chakravarty mix with confidence styles as diverse as Hindu , Jain , Mongol and Persian.
Amber, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. Located 11 kilometers from Jaipur. Amer is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amer Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort. The Amer Fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture.
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Experience a taste of India on this outstanding introductory tour of the country’s most fabled sights. Exploring the Golden Triangle, this journey combines travelling from the country’s capital city Delhi to the wondrous sites of the Mughal capital in Agra and ends with a visit to the romantic pink city of Jaipur.