South India is frequently referred to as the Hindu heartland of India by prominent travel guides. It lies in the peninsular Deccan Plateau and is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, the Indian Ocean in the south and the Bay of Bengal in the east. The geography of the region is diverse, encompassing two mountain ranges, the Western and Eastern Ghats, and a plateau heartland. Adi Shankara coined the name Dravida in the 8th century as he called himself Dravida Shishu, meaning a child from South India. The term Deccan, an Anglicised form of the word "Dakhhin" which is a derived from the word dakshina meaning south, refers only to the area covered by the Deccan Plateau, a volcanic plateau that covers most of peninsular India excluding the coastal areas. The terms Karnād and Carnatic have long overgrown particular association with the plateau and refer to all of South India, including the coasts, the western of which is named the Carnatic coast.

10 Days from USD 999 onwards

Chennai | Mahabalipuram | Kanchipuram | Madurai | Periyar | Kumarakam | Alleppy | Kovalam


Day 1: Chennai/Mahabalipuram (2 hrs. drive)

A hectic day- long tour starts from early morning. The places to visit Chennai are Government Museum and National Art Gallery, Fort St. George and St. Mary's Church, Crocodile Breeding Farm, Gandhi Memorial, Kala- Kshetra and Mylapore Temple. Afternoon drive from Mahabalipuram. Visit Mahabalipuram Shore Temple- this temple is a rock-cut structure with rock carvings in the typical Dravidian forms of architecture and art. Besides, explore also the remnants of 124 rock-cut shrines and other monuments mostly excavated from deep sands. From there, we move on towards Kanchipuram, a manufacturing center for Silk Sari Weaving. Overnight at Mahabalipuram beach.

Day 2: Mahabalipuram/Kanchipuram/Chennai (2 hrs. drive)

Morning drive to Kanchipuram, the erstwhile capital of the Pallavas and Cholas, visit its numerous temples dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses. It is also home to the weavers of the famed Kanchipuram silks. Return to Chennai for the night.

Day 3: Chennai/Madurai (by flight)

Morning flight to Madurai. Later proceed on city tour visiting the temples which are a city within a city built in the Dravidian style, one for Shiva and other for spouse Meenakshi. Also visit Teppa Kulu, a tank with an island temple.

Day 4: Madurai/Periyar (4 hrs. drive)

Proceed by road to Periyar. Check into Spice Village set in the heart of the cardamom hills of Kerala. The village lies just outside Periyar Tiger Reserve and a stay here is a perfect way to appreciate the environment. This is a place for anyone who loves nature to fill your lung with fresh air, to savour the rich fragrance of cinnamon and cloves or to watch young elephants at the water's edge. Day at leisure to visit nearby coffee plantations, spice gardens with pepper vines or a trek deep into the tropical forest.

Day 5: Periyar

Tour of Periyar wildlife sanctuary by boat or elephant to view a rich variety of wildlife- tiger, elephant, wild boar, deer and monkeys.

Day 6: Periyar/Kumarakom (4 hrs. drive)

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. Check in to your resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience. After getting refreshed visit the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Enjoy the ethereal magic of nature.

Day 07: Kumarakom to Alleppey (Houseboat)

Morning after breakfast check in to a Houseboat and sail back to Alleppey passing through Chennamkery, Kainary, Pallathuruthy and Kuppapuram- all small backwater villages, to reach and Disemabrk at Alleppey. 'Venice of the East', a small town placed south of Cochin is highly visited as a finishing point jetty. Stay your night at a houseboat at Alleppey. Overnight Houseboat.

Day 08: Alleppey to Kovalam (4 ½ hrs. drive)

After morning breakfast enjoy rest of the day at leisure on the houseboat. Later drive to Kovalam, enjoying the lovely view of the coast areas, coconut trees and the green lagoons. Later beach tours of Kovalam, considered to be the finest beach resort in the world. Enjoy the lovely surrounding and the picturesque view of the Light House beach, the largest and the most popular beach in Kovalam and Samudra Beach. Also enjoy the lovely view of the Arabian waves embracing the virgin sands as well as enjoy various water sports in a pleasant and exciting way.

Day 09: Kovalam

Go for a ful day sightseeing tour of Trivandrum the capital city of Kerala to pay visit to some of the exciting tourist attractions including Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Museum and Sri Padmanabha Temple. Rest of the after enjoy along the pristine beaches of Kovalam and surf the cool breeze as well as enjoy the bliss of the warm water of the Arabian Sea.

Day 10: Kovalam - Trivandrum - Departure

Drive to Trivandrum Airport to connect flight for onwards destination.


Room with breakfast + air-conditioned car with driver + English speaking/language guide/naturalist for all sightseeing& safari.