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17D16N Discover South India Program


As mystical and spiritual as it is chaotic and confounding, India is overflowing with a diversity of riches. Discover the southern part of the country and visit the cultural centre of South India. It is where nature mingles with modern buildings which form an interesting contrast of the old and the new. See many sculptures and temples of typical South Indian architectural design. You will be able to witness the famous South Indian classical dance - Kathakali. The origins of India's most Spectacular dance-drama go back 500 years to a time when open-air performances were held in temple courtyards of in villages. Enjoy backwater cruise and experience staying for overnight in a house boat. This tour is truly an unforgettable experience to the mystical southern part of India.

Package Inclusive


  • 16 nights accommodation at hotels of your choice based on twin sharing
    Roundtrip private airport transfers and transfers during sightseeing tours
    All sightseeing and excursion tours as indicated in the itinerary
    Services of an English speaking local tour guide in each city
    One time Entrance fees (except camera fees), as prevails currently
    All currently applicable government taxes. Any hike in taxes or entrance fees will be payable extra.
    1 Mineral bottled water per person per day in the vehicle






    Day 1: Arrive Chennai (No Meal)

    Arrive at Chennai International airport this morning /evening. You are met at the airport by Creative Travel representative and transfer to the hotel for check in.Chennai is the fourth largest city in India. It was the site of the East India Company's first settlement. Founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijayanagar rulers of Hampi, a small fort was built at a fishing settlement in 1644 and a town, which subsequently became known as George Town, grew in the area of Fort St, George.Today Chennai is the cultural centre of South India and has become a major centre of commerce. Sky piercing palm trees mingle with modern building's forming an interesting contrast of the old and the new. The colonial influence is well seen in the architecture of the old buildings that dot the city.Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 2: Chennai City Tour (B/L)

    After breakfast, Enjoy a city tour of Chennai. Where guest will visit St. Mary's Church the oldest Anglican Church in Asia, constructed in 1680 AD.  Drive along Marina Beach, visiting Sanit Thomas Cathedral, where lie the mortal remains of St. Thomas Christ's apostle and the earliest Christian missionary in Asia.  Your final stop is colorful Kapaleeswarar Temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, where you have an opportunity to mingle with the devotees and observe the various rituals of Hinduism. Also drive past to clonial building such as Central Railway Satation, Rippon Building & Egmore Railway Station. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 3: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai (B/L)

    Breakfast at the hotel, Excursion of Kanchipuram Temples and visit the Silk House as well. Later continue drive to  Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram - ancient coastal port South of Madras, this city built by the Pallava king Mahendra Varman, was a seaport to connect his empire with Southeast Asia.  Here you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South Indian architectural design. Among them are the Five Radhas - a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock. Also see the world famous Shore Temple lashed by the waves of the sea and the huge fresco; 'The Penance of Bhagirath'. What is special about the sculptures at Mahabalipuram are their depictions of day-to-day: women milking buffaloes, pompous city dignitaries, young girls primping and posing on street corners or swinging their hips in artful come-ons. After the sightseeing return back to the Chennai. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 4: Chennai- Bengaluru via Train (B/L)

    Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Bengaluru railway station to board the Shatabdi train at 0600 Hrs. Up-on arrival at Bengaluru railway station at 1040 Hrs. Meet and greet by our representative. Later Check in at hotel. Afternoon City tour of Bengaluru. Half  Day city tour of Bengaluru, drive past Vidhan Sabha, High Court, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bull Temple and Tippu's Palace. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 5: Bengaluru - Hassan (B/L)

    Morning after breakfast drive for Hassan (approx 3 hrs drive). En-route visit Sarvanabelagola Temple. The name of this holy center is derived from the pond called 'bili-gola' (white pond) between two hills. The largest number of Digamber jam Basadis in India is found at Shravanabelagola. This apart, largest number of rock inscriptions, concentrated at a single center is found here. The temple on the Chikkabetta - Chandragiri, is known as Chandragupta Basadi dedicated to Emperor Chandragupta Maurya. This was originally built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3 Century B.C.. (To visit this temple guest have to climb approx. 200 Stairs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Later in the Afternoon visit to Halebid Temples. The Hoysaleshwara Temple is situated at Halebeedu. The earlier name of Halebeedu was Dwarasamudra - meaning (the door to the ocean)The temple is a Dvikuta (meaning temple with two Vimana/Gopura) dedicated to Hoysaleshwara and Shantaleshwara. In front of the temple there are two Nandi Mantapas which are very beautifully carved and attracts ones attention immediately.As we approach the Hoysaleshwara the main deity, it is stunningly amazing to look at such impressive Shiva in the form of a Linga nicely decorated with jewels and ornaments and dashing back dra. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 6: Hassan - Mysore (B/L)

    After breakfast at hotel drive to Mysore (Approx 130 Kms 2.5 Hrs Drive) En-route visit Srirangapatanam Temple in the island town of Srirangapatna. Lord Ranganatha is seen in a reclining posture referred to as Yoga Sayanam. This is one of the important Swayambu Ranganatha Kshetrams. The devotees cleansed their sins by bathing in the sacred Cauvery. With even Ganga coming here once a year, Cauvery accumulated all the sins and was stuck with a dosham and took on the 'Rakshashi Roopam'.After the visit continue drive to Mysore. Modern day Mysore or the mythological Mahisur named after the Demon King who was destroyed by Chamundi the all powerful goddess. This Imperial City of palaces was the capital city of the Wodeyars, the last rulers of Mysore. The city has captured the imagination of travellers with its rich heritage, quaint charm and magnificent palaces. Situated 770 meters above sea level, Mysore has temperate climate all year round. The city is famous for its silk, sandalwood and incense production, Mysore painting, its Astanga Yoga Gurus. Probably, the most magnificent of sights today is the million lights that illuminate the Amba Vilas Palace.Upon arrival check in into the hotel and relax. Later in the afternoon proceed on a city tour of Mysore y & visit the Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, the beautiful profile of this walled Indo-Saracenic palace, the seat of the maharajas of Mysore, graces the city's skyline. An earlier palace burnt down in 1897 and the present one was completed in 1912, at a cost of Rs~ 4.2 million. Inside it's a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and gaudy colours. Some of it is undoubtedly over the top but there are also beautiful carved wooden doors and mosaic floors, as well as a whole series of mediocre, though historically interesting, paintings depicting life in Mysore during the Edwardian Raj.After the visit explore the city of Mysore & later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 7: Mysore - Ooty (B/L)

    After breakfast drive to Ooty (approx 4 hrs drive.) Arrive in Ooty and check in at the hotel.Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. One can notice a marvellous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. 

    Day 8: Ooty to Coonor by toy train then drive to Ooty (B/L)

    After breakfast drive to Ooty railway station and board the Nilgiris toy train to Coonor , which is an 18 km run and takes about 1 hr 20 mins to reach Coonor. Enjoy this amazing joy train ride through the Nilgiris hills.Upon arrival in Coonor  disembark the train. Later in the afternoon, drive back to Ooty. Overnight at the hotel in Ooty.

    Day 9: Ooty - Munnar (B/L)

    After breakfast depart by surface for Munnar (approx. 240 Km. 6-7 hour drive).  Upon arrival check in at Hotel.Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favoured summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air, Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave. Day free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel 

    Day 10: Munnar - Thekkady (B/L)

    After breakfast checkout from the hotel and visit the Tea Plantation. Later drive to Thekkady   (Approx 4 Hrs Drive) located on the Tamil Nadu & Kerala border this region is known as the Spice Village of India for its vast spice and tea gardens. The road winds through mountains, descending through a carpet of tea bushes, estates of tall rubber trees and gardens of coffee, cardamom and pepper.  The aroma of spices fills the air. Upon arrival in Thekkady (Periyar) you will check in to hotel. Afternoon visit the park for game viewing by boat cruise convoluted waterways affords sightings of elephants, bison, deer and occasionally a tiger. All manner of flora and fauna flourish in this tropical habitat, making it one of the premiere reserves of Southern India.  Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 11: Thekkady (B/L)

    Early morning enjoy Walk through the sanctuary. Later return to the hotel to enjoy Breakfast. After breakfast day free at leisure to visit local spice markets. After some rest in the evening enjoy Kalaripayattu Dance performance. Kalaripayattu  is an Indian martial art from the southern state of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is now practiced in Kerala and contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and among the Malayali community of Malaysia. It was originally practiced in northern and central parts of Kerala and the Tulunadu region of Karnataka.Overnight at the hotel

    Day 12: Thekkady - Alleppey - House boat (B/L)

    After breakfast drive to Alleppey by surface (Approx. 3.5 hour drive). On arrival check in to at the houseboat.Embark on the house boat & cruise through narrow lakes and canals towards Alleppey. Enjoy backwater cruise.The backwaters in Kerala is a network of 1500 kms of canals both manmade and natural, 38 rivers and 5 big lakes extending from one end of Kerala to the other. Before trucks became popular, the main cargo transportation was through backwaters by 'Kettuvalloms'. Kettuvallom means, 'stitched boat'. Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the Kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now these kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.Today things are a bit more modern, although a lot of effort has been made to keep the tradition touch there. Today's houseboats are converted 'kettuvalloms'. They are designed for comfortable cruise and overnight stay. The boat is constructed by Eco-friendly materials like bamboo mat, Arecanut trees and coir. A distinctive feature of the kettuvallom is the design suggesting the possible Chinese influence. The canopy's sides can be lifted.Dining onboard is an experience in its self. Though based on the tradition of fish and vegetables, in keeping with the demands of a cosmopolitan clientele, the cuisine served aboard our houseboats features a far more sophisticated menu than a kettuvallom. The ethnic meals are prepared on board by a personal cook and fish delicacies like white prawns, pearl spotted fish, crabs and mussels are the specialties.  The meals include lunch, evening coffee or tea with snacks, dinner and breakfast. Once on the boat, you will cruise along the backwaters for a couple of hours. Pass small villages and see how the local people live. The lushness of coconut trees will astound you en-route visiting villages to see coir making, tea shops, paddy fields, temples, beaches etc till sunset.At night the boat is anchored at a beautiful and quiet part of the lake.Dinner and Overnight on board.

    Day 13: House boat - Cochin (B/L)

    After breakfast on-board disembark the house boat and drive to Kochin (Approx 90 Kms 1.5 Hrs Drive). Enroute visit local Market, Kokkothamangalam Church and Coir factory. Upon arrival at Kochin check in at hotel. Rest of the day free at lesiure. Kochi (Cochin) is also known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' due to its natural harbour being one of the finest. Kochi is a city made of islands connected to Ernakulum on the mainland by bridges and ferries. The interesting city of Cochin perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. This quaint town has seen historic visits from sea faring traders in the past from Portugal, China etc bringing to it different cultures that make up its fabric.Later in the evening witness the famous South Indian classical dance - Kathakali. The origins of India's most Spectacular dance-drama go back 500 years to a time when open-air performances were held in temple courtyards of in villages. There are over 100 different arrangements, all of them based on stories from the Ramanaya and Mahabharata. Kathalkali isn't simply another form of dancing- it incorporates elements of yoga and ayurvedic (traditional India I medicine. All the props are fashioned from natural materials - powdered minerals and the sap of certain trees for the bright facial make-up the beaten bark of certain trees, dyed with fruits and spices, for wigs, coconut oil for the black paint around the eyes etc. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 14: Cochin (B/L)

    After breakfast proceed for a tour of Cochin visiting the Jewish Synagogue (of 1568), which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It  is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid 18th century.  The synagogue is located in an area called Jew Town, which also is one of the centres of the spice trade in the region. Also visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557. This palace was presented to the ruler of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Palace's alternative name "Dutch Palace" resulted from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663. The most important feature of the palace is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharta and Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga. Another stop is made at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars who accompanied the expedition led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral He famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 15: Cochin - Kovalam (B/L)

    After breakfast drive to Kovalam (approx. 220 Kms 5 hour drive). Arrive in Kovalam and check in at the hotel. On the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shore line is a small village, called Kovalam. This sleepy town suddenly came on the tourist map when its fabulous beaches were discovered.Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches give a ravishing look.The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this beach paradise. A sheltered natural bay with cool soothing palms and gentle waves. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 16: Kovalam- Trivandrum - Kovalam (B/L)

    After breakfast excursion of  Trivandrum where guest will visit . Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Covering an area of about 2,400 sq. metres, the temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is believed to be around 260 years old. The temple with its gopuram (tower) soaring majestically upwards is believed to be one of the 108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnavites in India. Napier Museum: Dating back to 1880, the Napier Museum building is a combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. The building has a unique natural air-conditioning system. A visit to this museum gives you glimpses of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. The museum has an excellent collection of bronzes, historic ornaments, ivory carvings and chariots, and life-size figures of the Kathakali dancers in full costume. Sri Chitra Art Gallery:  The Sri Chitra Art Gallery houses paintings from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of art. Besides these, the gallery has a rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetoslav and Nicholas Roerich. An Oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali are a visual treat to the visitor. Observatory: The Government Observatory is located on a hill opposite the Kanakakunnu Palace. It is an interesting attraction worth a visit. The terrace of this Observatory offers you a fascinating view of the city. Later return back to Kovalam. Overnight at the hotel. 

    Day 17: Kovalam- Trivandrum - Departure (B/L)

    Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast day free at lesiure, later well in time departure transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.
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    Hotels

    4 STAR: Chennai - Courtyard by Marriott, Bengaluru - Hotel Regaalis, Hassan - Ashhok Hassan, Mysore- Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Ooty - Savoy Hotel, Munnar - Shalimar Spice Garden, Thekkady - Spice Village, Alleppy - Deluxe House Boat, Kochin - Courtyard by Marriott, Kovalam - The Travancore Heritage
    5 STAR:Chennai - ITC Grand Chola, Bengaluru - Hotel Royal Orchid Bengaluru, Hassan -Hoysala Village Resort, Mysore - Royal Orchid Metropole Mysore, Ooty - Savoy Hotel, Munnar - The Windermere Estate, Thekkady - Spice Village, Alleppy - Deluxe House Boat, Kochin - Crowne Plaza, Kovalam - Turtle on the Beach

    Term & Conditions

    Rates are applicable to minimum of 2 persons, unless specified. Valid to ALL Markets.
    Validity Period: until Sep 2014 unless specified
    Not included in the package:Any expenses of personal nature like table drinks, laundry, telephone calls,
    mineral water during the meals, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc., airfare or airport tax, camera fees at
    monuments and sites, tips to guide/driver, visa fee, any other service or meals not mentioned above in the program.
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    India, officially the Republic of India (Bharat Ganrajya),is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

    Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region's diverse culture. Gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th century and administered directly by the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.
    Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is the fourth largest city in India. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest industrial and commercial centre in South India, and a major cultural, economic and educational centre as well.



    It was the site of the East India Company first settlement. Founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijayanagar rulers of Hampi, a small fort was built at a fishing settlement in 1644 and a town, which subsequently became known as George Town, grew in the area of Fort St, George. Sky piercing palm trees mingle with modern building forming an interesting contrast of the old and the new. The colonial influence is well seen in the architecture of the old buildings that dot the city.





    Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate (Koppen). The city lies on the thermal equator and is also on the coast, which prevents extreme variation in seasonal temperature. The hottest part of the year is late May to early June, known regionally as Agni Nakshatram (fire star) or as Kathiri Veyyil, with maximum temperatures around 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. The coolest part of the year is January, with minimum temperatures around 15 to 22 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature recorded is 13.8 degrees Celsius and the highest recorded temperature is 45 degrees Celsius. The average annual rainfall is about 140 cm (55 in) (Source: Wikipedia)



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