Why Pay Retail? Call us or click for a quick quote and save money!
Dates & Prices
|Start Date||End Date||Offers||Brochure|
|Oct 17, 2020||Oct 30, 2020||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Oct 24, 2020||Nov 06, 2020||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Nov 07, 2020||Nov 20, 2020||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Nov 14, 2020||Nov 27, 2020||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Nov 28, 2020||Dec 11, 2020||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Dec 19, 2020||Jan 01, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Dec 29, 2020||Jan 11, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Jan 02, 2021||Jan 15, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Jan 16, 2021||Jan 29, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Jan 30, 2021||Feb 12, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Feb 06, 2021||Feb 19, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Feb 27, 2021||Mar 12, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Mar 06, 2021||Mar 19, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Mar 20, 2021||Apr 02, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Mar 27, 2021||Apr 09, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Sep 25, 2021||Oct 08, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Oct 16, 2021||Oct 29, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Oct 30, 2021||Nov 12, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Nov 06, 2021||Nov 19, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Nov 13, 2021||Nov 26, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Nov 20, 2021||Dec 03, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Nov 27, 2021||Dec 10, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Dec 04, 2021||Dec 17, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Dec 11, 2021||Dec 24, 2021||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
|Dec 25, 2021||Jan 07, 2022||Call Us||Get Lower Price||Get Quote|
Call or submit a quote to get our Low Prices!
Travel to India and embark on this classic southern India tour from Chennai to Kovalam Beach. Lush, tropical southern India is charming, captivating and hospitable. Discover a thousand shades of green and share smiles with the friendly local people. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region in its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations. This is a fabulous part of India includes Kerala and follows the road less travelled - without sacrificing too many creature comforts.
Day 1: Chennai
Welcome to Chennai, India. You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This adventure will begin with an important group meeting at 6 pm when we'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive in Chennai with free time to spare, take the chance to walk around India’s fourth largest city and perhaps visit the local marketplaces and temples. In the evening, maybe join your fellow travellers for dinner.
Day 2: Puducherry (Pondicherry)
This morning you will leave the city behind and drive along the scenic East Coast Road (approximately 2 hours) to the fishing town of Mamallapuram, home to sprawling, relaxed beaches. Visit the 8th-century Shore Temple and its mandapams (carved pillars) and watch locals pay their respects to the deity Shiva. Later in the afternoon continue the drive to Pondicherry (approximately 3 hours). On arrival the rest of your evening is free.
Day 3: Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Today you will visit Auroville, which sits just outside Pondicherry and is an experimental township dedicated to the concept of human unity. With more than 80 rural settlements and home to over 1500 residents, half of the town’s population are foreign nationals. Auroville is also home to the world’s largest solid crystal, which you can examine. Return to Pondicherry for a walking tour to see local temples, the French Quarter and the spiritual community of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Evidence of the French colonial period is everywhere – the architecture, sprawling town squares and even in the police uniforms.
Day 4: Madurai
Today, continue by private vehicle to Madurai (6 hours), with plenty of bathroom and chai stops along the way. After arriving in the city in the late afternoon, head out on a short orientation walk of the local area to get your bearings. The rest of the day is free.
Day 5: Madurai
Continue your walking exploration of Madurai today. Take guided wanders through the Tailor's Market, the local bazaars and the Sri Meenakshi Temple. Still in use today, this ancient temple is a maze of lamp-lit corridors leading to shrines where traditional rituals take place. Next is the National Gandhi Museum, dedicated to the life and achievements of the 'Father of the Nation' and the leader of India's fight for independence. This evening is free for you to use as you wish.
Day 6: Thekkady
Travel to countryside Thekkady by private vehicle on a roughly 4-hour drive past rubber and pineapple plantations. Thekkady is the gateway to Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, perched high in the ranges of the Western Ghats. This afternoon, take a tour of a local spice plantation.
Day 7: Thekkady – Periyar National Park
This morning, take a guided nature walk in the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Look out for tiger tracks, spotted deer, Indian elephants or gaur – the world's largest species of buffalo. You are most likely to encounter Bonnet macaques and the Malabar giant squirrel, a species native to India. The rest of your day is free, but you might want to unwind with an optinoal ayurvedic massage or attend an exciting demonstration of Indian martial arts (kalaripayattu) at the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre.
Day 8: Munnar
This morning drive north to Munnar (approximately 4 hours), an old British Hill Station cradled in a picturesque valley. At 1525 metres above sea level, there’s likely to be dramatic drop in temperature here, so have your jacket ready! Take a tour of a nearby tea garden on arrival, where you can soak up the luscious green surrounds. There may be an opportunity to visit the tea museum, though opening hours are irregular so this cannot be guaranteed. This evening, relax at your mountain resort.
Day 9: Munnar – Mattupetty Dam
This morning take a guided walk around the lush hills of Munnar, India’s largest tea-growing region and favourite summer retreat during the British Colonial era. In the afternoon, journey out to the scenic Mattupetty Dam where you can take an optional motorboat ride. Return to Munnar for a free evening.
Day 10: Kochi
In the morning, drive from the tea covered hills to Kochi (approximately 5 hours). Cochin, as it was formerly known, is spread over several islands and is a melting pot of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and British influences. On arrival, take some time to relax after a long drive. In the early evening you will enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. This classical dance style combines symbolic storytelling with physical technique. It is one of the most vibrant and extraordinary theatre forms in the world and proficiency requires incredible commitment and rigorous training.
Day 11: Kochi
Today, you will explore the antique shops and spice bazaars, visit Fort Kochi and see the Chinese fishing nets that line the coast. You will also stop at the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), which was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese and later claimed by the Dutch in 1663. Continue to the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest existing Jewish synagogue in India, built in 1568. The rest of your day is free.
Day 12: Kerala Backwaters
Drive to the backwaters of Kerala this morning (approximately 3 hours) and discover Alleppey’s sleepy, palm-shaded waterways. Once a significant trading port, the town is now famed for the long ‘snake boat’ races that take place in August every year. Tonight, you'll sleep on a traditional Kettuvallam (houseboat). These floating cottages have western toilets, private bedrooms, a dining area and open deck where you can relax.
Day 13: Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam (approximately 4 hours). Kovalam was once a quiet coastal village known for its export of fresh fish and coconuts but is now one of India’s most popular beach resorts. On arrival, set out on a walking tour. The rest of your day is free, but you might want to make an optional excursion to the 16th-century Koyikkal Palace.
Day 14: Kovalam
No activities are included today and your trip ends after breakfast. We can organise a departure transfer to the airport in Trivandrum if you organise it in advance. Otherwise your leader will assist you in booking a taxi.
- Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
- Mamallapuram - Shore Temple
- Auroville - Experimental township
- Puducherry - Walking tour & Sri Aurobindo Ashram
- Madurai - Sri Meenakshi 1000 Pillar Entrance
- Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
- Madurai - Gandhi Museum
- Madurai - Walking tour
- Periyar - Spice plantation visit
- Periyar - Guided nature walk
- Munnar - Tea Garden visit
- Munnar - Mattupetty Dam
- Munnar - Town Walk
- Kochi - Kathakali performance
- Kochi - Ferry to Mattancherry
- Kochi - Jewish Synagogue
- Kochi - Dutch Palace
- Kochi - Fort Kochi walk
- Kovalam - Walking tour
13 Breakfast(s) Included
1 Lunch(es) Included
1 Dinner(s) Included
Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?
Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?
Similar Tours Other Travelers Liked
|Imperial Rajasthan end Udaipur (Summer 2020)||Luxury Gold|
|Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Kathmandu 2020||Globus|
|Colourful India Celebrate Diwali Summer 2020||Trafalgar|
|Colourful India Summer 2020||Trafalgar|
|Golden Triangle and the Ganges Summer 2020||Costsaver|
Call Us Now 1-800-935-2620
How It Works
Vacationing has never been easier or cheaper with the help of a dedicated travel consultant from AffordableTours.com
Find your perfect trip on our website and simply request a free quote. Need to speak to a live person? Call us 7 days a week at 1-800-935-2620. No robots here!
Dedicated Travel Consultant
Your personal travel consultant will reach out and be your point of contact for your entire travel experience from start to finish. Did we mention you'll be working with an award winning team? Sweet!
Lowest Price Guaranteed
Because we're one of the largest sellers of travel, we're able to give you a discount on your vacation package. No one beats our prices!
Stress Free Travel
Knowing you got the best deal, all that's left is for you to pack your bags and enjoy your vacation!