Chennai to Kochi - 9 days

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Travelling from the east to west coast of Southern India, visit intricate and beautiful UNESCO listed Hindu temples such as the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram and Airavateswara temple in Darasuram. Soak in the atmosphere of colonial Pondicherry and end in the port city of Kochi.

Highlights
  • Mahabalipuram – discover the striking Shore Temple which sits on the beautiful Bay of Bengal
  • Trichy – visit the imposing Rock Fort Temple which is perched imposingly on a hill overlooking the city
  • Madurai – light candles and sing songs as you enjoy a lively Aarti prayer ceremony and explore the city on a guided tour
  • Tanjore – tour the highlights of the city and gaze at the towering Brihadishwara Temple
  • Kanchipuram – explore the plethora of Hindu temples in this ancient city which are dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu
  • Pondicherry – stroll along the beach in this French colonial city and visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
  • Kochi – enjoy free time to explore independently and perhaps enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance show
Age Policy
16 + if accompanied by an adult.
Destinations
  • Asia
  • India
Tour Types
  • Small Group
Day 1: Chennai

Welcome to Southern India! On arrival in Chennai you'll be transferred to our hotel in Mahabalipuram where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Kanchipuram Temples & Mahabalipuram sightseeing

Today we explore the plethora of temples at Kanchipuram and then enjoy a guided tour of Mahabalipuram. Visit the beautiful Shore Temple, the largest bas-relief carving in the world at Arjuna's Penance and the Five Rathas. These five temples were all carved individually from five giant rocks.

Day 3: Pondicherry sightseeing

Explore the French colonial city of Pondicherry today. Stroll along the beach and see the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart,

Day 4: Temples & Tanjore
( overnight in Tanjore)
Today we drive to Tanjore, stopping at numerous temples en route including the Natraja Temple in Chidambaram and Airavateswara Temple. The evening is at leisure in Tanjore.

Day 5: Tanjore sightseeing & Evening Aarti Ceremony

Tour the highlights of Tanjore including the giant Brihadishwara Temple before we drive to Madurai. This evening we attend an Aarti prayer ceremony.

Day 6: Madurai sightseeing

Tour the highlights of Madurai including the rock cut Thirupparankunram Murugan temple and browse a bustling local bazaar.

Day 7: Rock Fort Temple
( overnight in Overnight Train)
Explore the towering Ranganathaswamy Temple today and arrive in Tanjore. Visit the imposing Rock Fort Temple before we board the overnight train to Kochi.

Day 8: Free day in Kochi

Enjoy a free day in Kochi once we arrive this morning.

Day 9: Kochi

Sunday. Our tour comes to an end today with an included transfer to the airport.

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights 3 - 4 star hotels and 1 night overnight sleeper train from Trichy to Kochi
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 9
  • Guided touring of Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram Temples, Pondicherry and Madurai
  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visas
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$15-25pp, paid in local currency

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