South India Tours – Plan your holiday in South India with our wide range of Private Guided South India Tours.
About South India – The southern part of India called South India, includes states of Andhra Pardesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Travel Destinations in South India – It is a great travel destination and famous for Bangalore – Tipu Sultan’s Fort and Palace, Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal – some of the earliest and rock- cut caves, Chennai – Fort St. George and Mary’s Church, the first Anglican Church built in India, Chidambaram – the temple complex of Nataraja, Chikmagalur – one of India’s major Coffee growing areas, Hospet, Mysore – princely city with its magnificent palaces, Madurai – 17th century Shree Meenakshi Sundareshawara temple, Munnar – the most popular hill resort town in Kerala, Pondicherry – famous for Sree Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, The French Institute, Raj Nivas, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Cochin – founded by Vasco-da-Gama in 1502 and Kovalam -one of India’s internationally renowned beaches.
Travel Season: The climate of South India is very tropical with the monsoons playing a major role.The region has cooler nights from October to March while days are pleasantly warm which makes it the best time to visit South India. The northern part of South India, temperature can fall below 10°c during October to March. In the months of March to June, days are very hot and temperature can go over 40°c. The southern coastal region has an average minimum temperature of 20°c and maximum of 35°c.
South India Tours: Given below are some of our popular South India tour packages which we have developed over a number of years and tailor made to offer a perfect combination of travel, sightseeing, activities and leisure which is essential to make a holiday totally hasslefree. If you like a travel itinerary and would like to make changes, please let us know. We will be happy to alter it to your liking, budget and other requirements.
6 Days Tour of Cochin, Munnar, Kumarakom and Alleppey – This popular tour of South India is great for those who have limited time but great expectations. This tour starts at Cochin and includes sightseeing. From Cochin we take you to the beautiful hill station of Munnar, known for its sprawling tea gardens where we will drive through the tea estates and reach Mettupatty Dam to enjoy a boat ride and visit Echo point and Kundala Lake. From Munnar we will travel to Kumarakom, where we will enjoy a waters cruise at the exotic resort situated on the picturesque Vembanad Lak. At Alleppey we will check into House Boat and enjoy the afternoon cruising through the backwaters, canals & coir villages.
Itinerary and Details: 6 Days Tour of Cochin, Munnar, Kumarakom and Alleppey
7 Days Tour of Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom and Alleppey – This tour is similar to the above tour, but instead of Munnar, this tour includes Periyar which is famous for spice plantation, wildlife and Periyar Lake, where we will take a boat ride. We have listed it here, because its quite a popular package and many a customers ask for it.
Itinerary and Details: 7 Days Tour of Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom and Alleppey
11 Days Tour of Highlights of South India – This beautiful tour starts at the Museum city of Cochin which was poetically described as Queen of the Arabian Sea and also the Venice of Orient where we will visit St. Francis Church which is the oldest church built by Europeans in India and also the place where Vasco De Gama was buried, Jewish Synagogue built in 1568, beautifully decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers containing giant scrolls of the Old Testament, the Dutch Palace, which has fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Later we will visit the Chinese Fishing Nets which were introduced to Kochi hundreds of years back by traders coming from the court of Chinese ruler Kublai Khan. These giant nets are found on the whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen. We will also enjoy a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama in a local theatre. The next day we will drive to the jetty to board House-boat (Kettuvallom) on the World famous Backwaters of Kerala and spend a night aboard.
At Periyar we will visit the tribals and later drive to an Elephant Camp where we will witness elephant bathing and elephant feeding. We will also take a short 30 min Elephant ride and then drive onwards to visit a Spice Plantation where we will walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature’s bounty. From Periyar we will travel to Madurai where we will enjoy a city tour and also visit Meenakshi Temple to attend the evening ceremony known as ‘Bedtime of the God’. A colourful procession, in which the image of Shiva is carried accompanied by musicians, temple singers and priests from his shrine. We will visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal built in in 1523 where we will enjoy sound and light show on the life of the Tirumalai Nayak and the story of the Silapathikaram.
Our next stop will be Trichy and on the way we will visit Tanjore, which is famous for Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort Built by great Chola king in the 10th century with a dome weighing 81 tonnes made out of single granite rock houled on ramps 6 Kms long to be installed at the height of 63 Mts. At Trichy we will visit the famous Rock Fort Temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. From Trichy we will travel to Mahabalipuram where we will visit Arjuna’s Penance, Shore Temple, Mandapams and the Five Rathas. From Mahabalipuram, we will travel to Chennai and take the flight home.
Itinerary and Details: 11 Days Tour of Highlights of South India
13 Days Tour of Mumbai and Karnataka – This offbeat tour starts at Mumbai and covers Mumbai sightseeing including visit to Elephants Caves and the Prince of Wales Museum, the palace of Tipu Sultan at Bangalore, Lord Vishnu’s Shrine in Sri Ranganathaswami temple at Srirangapatnam, Mysore Palace and Chamundi hills and the local market, 12th Century Hoysala Temple at Belur and Halebid on the way to Chikmalur, Hospet – where we will explore the ruins of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and Hampi which is a world heritage site, Gol Gumbaz, Gagan Mahal and Bijapur Castle at Bijapur, Temples built by ancient Chola Emprire at Pattadakal in Badami and sightseeing at Goa.
Itinerary and Details: 13 Days Tour of Mumbai and Karnataka
9 Days Scenic Kerala Tour – Kerala; God’s own country is one of the most popular destinations in South Asia and a great place to visit. This tour starts at Cochin, includes Cochin sightseeing and takes you to Munnar, a favored british era hill station in Idukki District famous for tea plantations and natural beauty. From Munnar we travel to Periyar and visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Periyar and Thekkady which is famous for spices. Next we will visit Kumarakom, which is a village situated on islands in Vembanadu Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala. From Kumarakom we will travel to Alleppey and enjoy the backwaters on a houseboat and move to Kovalam, known for its beautiful beaches. This tours ends at Trivandarum which is a short distance from Kovalam.
Itinerary and Details: 9 Days Scenic Kerala Tour
13 Days Glimpses of South India Tour – This beautiful tour covers the most popular destinations in South India and is a must for those who wish to explore and experience the unique heritage and culture. It is an alternate to Scenic Kerala Tour if you have additional time. This tour starts from Chennai , includes Chennai sightseeing and covers Temples at Kanchipuram, heritage center – Dakshinchitra, Ancient temples at Mahabalipuram, Auroville Ashram at Pondicherry, the Natraja Temple at Chidambaram, the famous Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjore, Trichy, Meenakshi Temple at Madurai, explore Kuttanad and enjoy a Boat ride in Periyaar National Park at Periyar, Alleppey, Kathakali performance at Kovalam and sightseeing at Cochin.
Itinerary and Details: 13 Days Glimpses of South India Tour
7 Days Odisha Tour – This tour of Odisha state starts at Bhubaneshwar and covers Puri where we explore the Black Pagoda – Sun Temple and relax at the golden beach of Puri, arts and crafts center at Raghurajpur and colorful village of Pipili, Ashoka’s Rock Edits and caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills), Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitgiri ,( Buddhist Monasteries, stupas and museums) also Known as diamond triangle of Buddhist heritage, Bhitara kanika National Park, famous for Salt Water crocodile, Indian Python, deer.
Itinerary and Details: 7 Days Odisha Tour
10 Days South India Splendors Tour – This tour starts at Chennai and ends at Cochin and covers Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom and Alleppey which are popular destinations in South India. The tour includes Chennai Sightseeing, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and magnificent Shree Meenakshi temple at Madurai, Elephant activities at Periyar, A short walk through the area, Kumarakom backwaters, stay and canal cruise aboard a houseboat at Alleppey, sightseeing at Cochin, Kathakali Dance performance and the traditional martial of South India –Kalaripayattu.
Itinerary and Details: 10 Days South India Splendors Tour
South India Tours – Customizing a Tour – You can ask us to add a night here and there, add certain activities, or change the mode of transportation. If you like different itineraries, we can combine them for you. If you can’t find something that you are looking for just let us know, we will try to arrange it for you.