South India: The Dravvidian Adventure

Madras, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondichery, Chidamberam, Tanjore, Trichy and our favorite spot in India, Madurai: This is the trip that put John hopelessly in love with South India. India's south is as different from the north as the Mediterranean is from Scandinavia or America's deep south is from New England. Enjoy the wonderful food, fascinating history, and mind-blowing temples.

7 DAYS / 6 NITES 
From only US$ 749 per person

Sample itinerary in 7 days

Shore temple in MahabalipuramDay 1 ARRIVE CHENNAI (Madras) 
Meeting, greeting and assistance on arrival at Chennai International Airport. Transfer to the Ambassador Hotel. Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 CHENNAI - KANCHIPURAM (50 KMs) - MAHABALIPURAM (55 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Mahabalipuram, stopping for a visit in Kanchipuram. On arrival transfer to the MGM Beach Resort. Overnight at the resort.

Day 3 MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERY (134 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Pondichery. On arrival transfer to the Kailash Beach Resort, followed by a sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight at the hotel

Day 4 PONDICHERY - CHIDAMBARAM (80 KMs) - TANJORE (100KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Tanjore, stoping en route to visit Chaidambaram and Darasuram. On arrival transfer to the Oriental Towers Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 5 TANJORE - TRICHY (65 KMs) - MADURAI (145 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Madurai, visiting Trichy en route. On arrival transfer to The GRT Regency Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 MADURAI
A full day sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the world famous temples and much more. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 MADURAI - CHENNAI BY AIR
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to connect to flight for Chennai:
Lv : Madurai at 0830 hrs by 9W3522
Ar: Chennai at 0945 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival; for transfer to international airport later in the day.  

 

The program includes a local guide and an air-conditioned vehicle in each city where the sightseeing tours are included. Three-star accommodations as noted with breakfast only unless other meals are noted in the itinerary. The above rates include entrance for Fort Gorges, The Museum of Chennai, the raths and temples in Mahabalipuram, the museum in Tanjore, Rock Fort and Srirangapatnam Temple in Trichy, and the Nayak Palace and Meenakashi Temple in Madurai, all with local guides. Entrance fees of about $25 per person in total are extra. Airfare Madurai - Chennai is extra. The present tariff is USD 220 per person, subject to change.

Two to four people $879 per person, twin sharing
Five to eight people $749 per person, twin sharing
Single room supplement $294

UPGRADE TO FOUR STAR HOTELS
Le Meridian in Madras, The Ideal Beach Resort in Mahabalipuram, Le Dupleix in Pondichery, the Ideal Beach Resort in Tanjore, and The Taj Gardens in Madurai. Add $340 per person twin-sharing to the three-star rates. Add $365 for a single room to the three-star rates plus the three-star single supplement.

COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH THE KERALA COAST and see the best of the whole south
Add $435 per person and combine our two flagship South Indian trips into a wonderful 13 day / 12 night program, covering the whole region.