Day 3: Explore Pondicherry on a cycle
Ultimate Southern Sojourn
Experience the best of South India with a mix of ancient temples, golden beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, tranquil backwaters and magnificent landscapes.
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Holiday TypeCulture, Food, History, Sightseeing, Wildlife
An extraordinary jaunt through the lush interiors of India. Head from the temples of Chennai and Mahabalipuram up to prime beach gallivanting in Pondicherry. Capture South-Indian culture with dance and music in Tanjore. Take a boat ride through the backwaters of Kerala while you pig out on spectacular coastal cuisine. Cruise through the best of south India where beaches, Ayurvedic massages, curries and coconut groves await.
Why we love this trip:
- Get elbows deep in authentic southern Indian cuisine
- Cruise along the calm backwaters of Kerala.
- The spirit of Indiana Jones swings through the Temples in Tamil Nadu. You'll feel like you're moving through a movie set during the visit.
- Soak in the sun on the golden beach town of Pondicherry. A real treat for adventure seekers too.
Hotel lobby/Airport in the city of arrival.
Arrival and departure transfers are available if needed, please let us know if needed.
What to Remember:
We do not do any hotel and flight bookings, however, we are more than happy to give you recommendations for hotels and suggest activities, once you have booked the tour.
- Transport to all cities mentioned in the itinerary
- Air-conditioned vehicle of your choice
- Your VAYU chauffeur
- Airport Transfers
- The price of the tour includes car fuel, parking fees, state tax, driver allowance and toll taxes.
- Any value added service that you choose for at the time of booking*
*Our value added services include services like in-car Wi-Fi and have to be bought as an add on to your tour at the time of booking. The price of value added services is not included in the price of the tour.
- Hotel bookings
- Entry fees for monuments
- Fees for any other activity
- Tips to your chauffeur
- Food and drinks
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Day 1 - 80 Kms
Welcome to Chennai, India. Choose for your VAYU professional to receive you from the airport or meet him at your hotel. You have the day to yourself to explore the city in your comfortable car. Confused about what to do? Let your VAYU chauffeur steer you to the best sights the city has to offer. Suggested Activities: Visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Historical Alamparari Fort and Elliots Beach.
Day 2 - 150 Kms
Chennai to Mahabalipura via Kanchipuram
In the morning, head inland to the town of Kanchipuram. Located on the banks of the Vegavathy river. It is one of the 7 pilgrimage sites in India for spiritual release. Head over to the major temples of the state before making your way back to the coastline to Mahabalipuram (Approx 2 hrs) An ancient historic town and a bustling seaport from where ancient Indian traders sailed to countries of South East Asia, Mahabalipuram is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, carvings and sculptures. Finish the day off sipping on drinks and trying out the local cuisine by the beach. Need any tips on the way? Your VAYU chauffeur has all the insider knowledge.
Day 3 - 150 Kms
Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry
A 2-hour drive in the morning and you enter a different side of the south-east coast of India. Brimming with French influences and famous for the beaches lining its coast, Pond (as its famously called) is a fascinating region. If you’re not ‘templed-out’, there are tonnes of places to visit in Pondicherry. The best way to explore the city is by pedaling through the streets on a rented cycle. The quaint town of Pondicherry does not disappoint adventure freaks. Paradise Beach and Karaikal Beach are two of the most popular beaches in Pondicherry for thrilling water sports. Relax and get sun-kissed or be on your feet and explore the french colony. There is no wrong way to enjoy Pondi. Suggested Activities: Visit Arikamedu Museum for a glimpse of Rome.
Day 4 - 170 Kms
Pondicherry to Tanjore
You would not want to miss the sun in Pondi and ambience that rivals some of the best beach towns of the west. Take it slow till lunch, and later, let your VAYU chauffeur steer you to the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, Tanjore.
Day 5 - 120 Kms
Tanjore to Trichy to Tanjore
Tanjore has made significant contributions to the evolution of a type of music called Carnatic music. A great way to start the day, visit a classical music recital and dance performance in the city. A 2-hour drive from Tanjore lies Trichy. The present-day city, with a blend of glorious past, stands as a commercial and tourist hub of Tamil Nadu. The spectacular Rock Fort Temple, the landmark of the city, is on the shores of the Kaveri river and should not be missed. Head back to Tanjore in the evening for the night as we gear up for our last stop in the state of Tamil Nadu. Suggested Activities: Watch a Classical Music and Dance Show and visit Rock Fort Temple.
Day 6 - 180 Kms
Tanjore to Madurai via Chettinad
Leaving Tanjore in the morning, your VAYU professional takes you to an ancient city with a rich cultural and architectural heritage, it is called the ‘Athens of the east’; but Madurai, arguably, has as much history as Athens itself. Even though Madurai is best associated with the Meenakshi temple, there are many more interesting things to do in this city. Madurai’s Gandhi Museum has the dress with blood stains that Gandhiji wore when he was assassinated, take in a temple concert in this ancient city or spend some time in the bazaars browsing through traditional handicrafts of Tamil Nadu. Suggested Activities: Visit Meenakshi Temple and Gandhi Museum.
Day 7 - 140 Kms
Madurai to Munnar
Post breakfast, get ready for a picturesque drive as you pass by sprawling tea plantations amidst lush undulating hills of Munnar. A tranquil hill station in Kerala, Munnar is an ideal place for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiast and adventure enthusiasts alike. Indulge in boating, trekking or paragliding or soak in the calm and serenity while you are here. Suggested Activities: Add a spice garden tour en route to Munnar. Enjoy a Shikara ride in Kundala Lake and visit Eravikulam National Park.
Day 8 - 100 Kms
Munnar to Thekkady
A 3-hour drive in the morning from Munnar and you are transported to the evergreen forests of Thekkady, Kerala. One of finest wildlife reserves in India, Periyar National Park spreads throughout the Thekaddy district and is a major tourist attraction. Rejuvenate with a glass of Kerala's famous buttermilk as you have a whole day of exploration ahead. Are you a foodie, culture sponge or nature enthusiast? Your VAYU chauffeur is always ready with helpful suggestions.
Day 9 - 80 Kms
Explore Thekaddy at your own pace, there is plenty to see and do during your stay here: How about experiencing ancient Indian medicine first hand. With some of the best health spas in Kerala, a Shirodhara massage is a unique body therapy from the natural medical system of Ayurveda. Immerse yourself in the culture by attending a Kathakali performance followed by a gladiator-esque kalaripayattu (martial art of Kerala) performance. There's a lot to see and do in Kerala including nature walks and night treks in the National Park. Suggested Activities: Enjoy a shikara ride in Kundala Lake. Visit Eravikulam National Park.
Day 10 - 130 Kms
Thekkady to Kumarakom
From sprawling tea estates and rolling green hills to enchanting backwaters, the beautiful diversity of Kerala is what makes it 'God's own country'. Leave early morning as you do not want to miss your time along the backwaters. Stay in one of the resorts that line up the shores and don't miss out on boating, fishing and bird watching. Our advice, a night on one of Kerala's infamous houseboats lives up to its popularity and then some.
Day 11 - 50 Kms
Kumarakom to Kochi
In the morning your VAYU chauffeur will take you to the capital of Kerala, Kochi. Take your VAYU professional and visit some of the sights around the Fort Kochi area, including St Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and the famous Chinese fishing nets. Why not take a Kochi food and culture tour later in the day.
Day 12 - 80 Kms
Alas, all good things come to an end. There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart your accommodation at any time. We would be more than happy to escort your around Kochi if you wish to stay a few days longer.
Day 6: Visit Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
Day 11: Lunch and shopping at Kochi's Jew Street
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