Best of South India Tour
Tour duration: 22 Days (21 nights)
Starting from: Chennai
Departure from: Mumbai
Total cities covered: 14
Included in the Package:
- 24×7 Online and physical assistance by a professional team during the tour from arrival till departure
- Visa assistance.
- Flight booking assistance.
- Airport pickup from Chennai and drop-off transfer arrangements for departing airport.
- Stay in 100% hygienic, sanitized and personally inspected hotels by We Fly India team (minimum 3 star hotel and highly rated by booking.com etc.).
- Breakfast included.
- Personal transport (A.C) with professional drivers up to 100 miles.
- Domestic flight tickets for over 100 miles distance.
- English, Italian, Dutch(Moderate), Hindi, Punjabi(Perfect) speaking guide during the tour
- Handpicked destinations.
Not included in the package:
- International flight tickets.
- Wine & other alcoholic beverages.
- Lunch & Dinner.
- Club visit during the stay.
- Museum tickets, extra activities that are not mentioned in the package description.
- Insurance for personal injury and 3rd party damage.
Day 1 - 2: Arrival & Sightseeing in Chennai
Marina BeachIndia's largest beach is right around the corner when one is in Chennai. With an extent from Fort St. George to Besant Nagar, the beach is lined with up palm trees. A view when sky and water meet at both the ends is just visible right in front of the eyes when one stands at the shores.
Fort St. George ChurchHistory of India with the British is a fact that can't be changed. And the live example standing in front is Fort St. George. During British rule, it was made as a centre point for official purposes but now encompasses St. George museum with paintings, coins, silverware, arms, porcelain, and documents.
MylaporeThe exotic destination with a distinct culture in the neighbourhood of Chennai is Mylapore. Known for tree-lined avenues, Kapaleeswarar temple, and Ramakrishnan Math as famous attractions, the zone has a combination of thousands of temples, churches, and mosques on its land. San Thomas Basilica and Adi Kesava Perumal Temple have their prominence stand tall. Known as the oldest residential area this place is historically known as Vedapuri. Apart from the Architecture, the major cultural addition here is music sabha and the musicians. In the month of December, many sabhas are organized to revive the age-old culture of playing music in a group. Also, Mylapore food has its own smell and fragrance of its delicious cuisines.
Kapaleeshvar TempleThe unique architectural style, in-depth detail of gopuram and temple head and the magnificent height of around 37 meters are what makes this temple best place to visit in Chennai. The Dravidian style of temple construction is most famous in cities of South India and Kapaleeshwar temple is a live example of the same.
Ripon BuildingAmongst the most famous tourist places in Chennai, Ripon building is a behemoth government building. The beauty of Ripon building, built-in 1913, lies in its stark white colour and Roman-style architecture. It is named after Lord Ripon, the Governor-General of British India.
Golden BeachThis pristine beach is famous for the vast expanses of golden sands framed by the striking blue waters. It is a private beach belonging to the VGP Universal Kingdom and one of the cleanest in Chennai. It is one of the best places in Chennai to keep the whole family engaged with its attractions.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram and Puducherry
Shore TempleA UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sea Shore Temple is this incredible monument that’s a given on the list of itineraries for cities including Chennai, Pondicherry and of course Mahabalipuram. It derives its name from its location on the shore of Bay of Bengal. There are several mythological legends attached to the temple. One of them being- this is one of the few monuments that remained after the Gods caused a flood in the village, envious of its beauty.
Promenade Beach PuducherryRock Beach is the popular stretch of beachfront in the city of Puducherry, India, along the Bay of Bengal. It is a 1.2-kilometre-long stretch in Pondicherry, starts from War Memorial and end at Dupleix Park on the Goubert Avenue.
French ColonyThis quaint, charming town of French Colony Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu is renowned for its delectable food and mesmerizing beaches. The spectacular French architecture gives you the feeling as if you have landed in Bordeaux or Montpellier. The White Town area of this town is referred to as the French Quarter.
Day 4: Thanjavur and Madurai
Brihadeeswra TempleOne of the largest temples in India, the Brihadeeswara Temple also known as Peruvudaiyar Kovil is located in Thanjavur. Dedicate to Lord Shiva represented as a huge ‘Lingam’, the temple was built around 1010 AD by the Chola king Rajaraja Chola I. Considered as one of the three ‘Great Living Chola Temples’ along with the Gangaikondacholeeswaram Temple and Airavastesvara Temple, the complex is also listed as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Meenakshi Temple complexis literally a city – one of the largest of its kind in India and undoubtedly one of the oldest too. The temple grew with the contribution of each dynasty and victorious monarchs, into an enormous complex extending over an area of 65000 Sq m. It is a significant symbol for the Tamil people attracting six thousand visitors a day and recently nominated in the list for the new Seven Wonders of the World and the temple was selected one of the Seven Wonders of India.
Day 5: Rameshwaram
Pamban BridgeIt is India's first sea bridge which connects Indian mainland with Pamban Island. It has a very picturesque double leaf Bascule section, which opens to let the ships pass by. It is around 2.5 Kms and it takes 15-20 minutes for the train to pass through. It is more than 100 years old.
Dhanush Kodi TownThe town of Dhanush Kodi is believed to be the place where Lord Rama had ordered Lord Hanuman to build a bridge which could carry his army across to Sri Lanka, where Demon King Ravana had kept Sita captive. As ordered, Lord Hanuman had obliged and it was here that the Ram Setu was built by the Vanar Sena.
Adam’s Bridge/Ram SetuRama Bridge is also known as Adam's Bridge. As per some sources, Adam (the first human) crossed the bridge from Sri Lanka to India after he was expelled from the Garden of Eden or Garden of God.
Day 6: Kanyakumari
Sunrise point Kanyakumari BeachAt Kanyakumari Beach, you can watch the sun rising between the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Tiruvalluvar Statue – when viewed from the correct angle. The sunrise ranges from 5.35 am to 6.15 am, while the sunset ranges from 6.15 pm to 6.30 pm
Vivekananda Rock Memorialis a monument and popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, India's southernmost tip. The memorial stands on one of the two rocks located about 500 meters off mainland of Vavathurai. It was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda, who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock
The sculpture of Thiruvalluvaris 95 feet (29 metres) and it stands on a 38 feet (12 metres) pedestal that represents the 38 chapters of virtue, the first of three books of the Kural text. The second and third books – wealth and love respectively – are represented by the statue itself
Day 7-8: Varkala, Kerala
Main AttractionsVarkala is a town in the south Indian state of Kerala. It’s on the Arabian Sea and known for Varkala Beach, backed by palm-covered red cliffs. Just south, Papanasam Beach is believed to have holy waters. On a nearby hill, the ancient Janardanaswamy Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Vishnu. Farther inland, the Sivagiri Mutt monument memorializes the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, who is buried here.
Varkala cliffVarkala beach is famous for its rock cliffs, pristine sands, blue waters and mineral springs. The cliff accommodating stretches of shops, restaurants, resorts and beach houses provide everything a tourist is looking for. The view of sunrise and sunset from the Varkala beach is an exotic treat to watch.
Kappil BeachThe long coconut palm groves swaying in the winds, the golden sandy beaches and the rocks shielding the shores from the waves make it a perfect beach destination.
Ponnumthuruthualso known as Golden Island is an island in Varkala of Trivandrum district in Kerala. It is situated in Anjengo lake. The island is a property of a Valiyapurakkal Family. The island also contain a Hindu temple that is 100 years old.
Day 9: Aleppy/Alappuzha
Main AttractionsAlappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. Alappuzha Beach is the site of the 19th-century Alappuzha Lighthouse. The city's Mullakkal Temple features a traditional design. Punnamada Lake's snake boat races are a well-known annual event.
Houseboat CruiseExpect to get hold of the real charm of the Alleppey backwaters. Along with a 1-night stay in a houseboat. The captivating waterways of Alleppey—known as Kerala’s backwaters—aren't accessible to cars. Observe hidden corners of the lush, southern Indian state as you drift along scenic rivers in a traditional houseboat. The all-inclusive overnight tour includes sumptuous onboard meals, so you’ll have all your needs covered. Get a peek at picturesque villages, paddy fields, and coconut groves while you float past some of India’s most stunning locations.
Day 10-11: Coimbatore
Isha centreSurrender yourself to the tranquil environment of this temple which appears to be sending out positive vibes while you meditate. It is one of the most peaceful things to do in Coimbatore that allows you to rejuvenate, and attain inner peace. Isha Foundation is a non-profit, spiritual organization that was founded in 1992 near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, by Sadh guru. It hosts the Isha Yoga Centre, which offers yoga programs under the name Isha Yoga. The foundation is run "almost entirely" by volunteers. The word Isha means "the formless divine".
Adiyogi Shiva StatueThe colossal Adiyogi Shiva Statue, nestled in the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains in the Western Ghats is a sight to behold! The beautiful ebony statue, surrounded by verdant farms and mountains, is located around 24 km from the city centre of Coimbatore and is easily accessible by road. The sculpture stands at a height of 112 feet and is carved out of 500 tones of steel. It is recognized as the world’s "Largest Bust Sculpture” by the Guinness World Records.
Day 12: Mysore
Main AttractionsMysuru is famous in the world for its sandalwood and rosewood artifacts, stone sculptures, incense sticks, inlay work with ivory and its exquisite silk sarees. Mysuru emerged to be one of the major IT hubs in Karnataka. Mysuru is second in state for software exports.
Mysore PalaceIndo-Saracenic architecture has a blend of Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic Styles. The Palace has 12 temples inside. The elaborate golden throne called the Golden Howdah is made up of over 80 kgs of gold. It took 15 years to construct this marvel. Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, is a historical palace and a royal residence.. It used to be the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore. The palace is in the centre of Mysore, and faces the Chamundi Hills eastward.
Day 13-15: Hampi, Karnataka
Main attractionsHampi is famous for its ruins which belong to the Vijayanagar Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also renowned for its group of monuments. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, temples, buildings, and captivating ruins, Hampi is a historical delight for history buffs. Set in an awesome boulder-strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hampi was the capital city of the magnificent capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Founded by Harihara and Bukka in 1336, it fell to the Muslim rulers of the Deccan in 1565, and the city was pillaged over a period of six months before being abandoned. The once-proud city of victory is now a city of desolation. However, the ruins of these historical monuments have withstood the ravages of man and time, and still evoke memories of the grandeur of a bygone era.
Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this historic town is also the “World’s Largest Open-air Museum” and covers an area of nearly 29 sq km. Vijayanagara Empire at its peak was very prosperous and was believed to be larger than Rome with palaces grander than of Lisbon “The city is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it, and the ear of intelligence has never been informed that there existed anything to equal it in the world”, marvelled a 15th century Persian ambassador Abdul Razaak. There were opulent palaces, marvelous temples, massive fortifications, baths, markets, aquaducts, pavilions, stables for royal elephants, and elegantly carved pillars. This was a city whose merchants traded in diamonds, pearls, horses, fine silks and brocades.Most of the important structures and ruins are located in two areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre. The Royal Centre in the south-west part of the site contains structures that seem to have been palaces, baths, pavilions, royal stables and temples for ceremonial use. The Sacred Centre stretches around the Virupaksha Temple
The Temple and the Hampi Bazaar area and is along the banks of the holy Tungabhadra River. The ruins of Hampi are extensive and fascinating enough to absorb your attention for several days.The best way to experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site is to take a leisurely stroll through the eloquent ruins or take a bicycle/ bike ride. If you are hard-pressed for time, a day or two will suffice to see all the important structures. However, photography, archaeology buffs, yoga enthusiasts should plan on staying a little longer.
Day 16-19: Goa
Palolem Beachis a stretch of white sand on a bay in Goa, South India. It's known for its calm waters and for its nightlife, including "silent discos" where partygoers wear headphones. Lined with palm trees and colourful wooden shacks, the beach faces Canacona Island, known for its resident monkeys. To the south, turtles nest at Galgibaga Beach. Inland, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is home to birds, wild boars, and gaur.
Butterfly Beachis famous for its butterfly shape and butterflies swarming around the hilltop here. It is considered the best spot to witness the acrobatics of dolphins and you can even find goldfish here. Things you can enjoy here are rock climbing, sunbathing, boat riding, canoe riding, etc
Baga beachWatersports are the major attraction of Baga Beach. Parasailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing are some of the top watersports activities to enjoy in Baga Beach. One can also go for dolphin spotting tours and island trips from the beach.
The Basilica of Bom JesusThis is a Roman Catholic basilica located in the Goa state, situated in the Konkan region of India. It is both a pilgrimage center and also the most iconic monument of all the churches and convents of Goa, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception refers to the belief that God protected the Virgin Mary from the taint of original sin from the moment she was biologically conceived by her mother St. Anne. In other words, Mary was blessed with 'sanctifying grace' that normally is delivered during baptism after birth. The long-held solemn belief was later converted into a formal dogma by the then Pope in 1854. Immaculate Conception should not be mistaken, though it often is, to the event of a conception of Jesus Christ by Mother Mary, which commands a separate doctrine of the incarnation. The church celebrates the Feast of Immaculate Conception annually on 8th December that is 9 months prior to the Nativity of Mary or the birth of the Virgin Mary. Dudhsagar Falls - is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. It is 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Belgavi–Vasco Da Gama rail route about 46 km east of Madgaon and 80 km south of Belgavi.
Day 20-21: Mumbai
Marine Driveis a 3 kilometer-long Promenade along the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road in Mumbai, India. The road and promenade were constructed by Pallonji Mistry. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast of a natural bay. The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is a 5.6 km long, 8-lane wide bridge that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. It is a cable-stayed bridge with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts on either side.
The Juhu Beachin Mumbai is one of the most famous Indian beaches. Tourists visit this beach because of its peaceful atmosphere and its scenic beauty. Juhu Beach is also famous for its local delicacies and street food. The food stalls set up here offer excellent cuisines and snack items. The gateway of India is also the monument from where the last British troops left India in 1948, following Indian independence. It is located on the waterfront at an angle, opposite the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, and overlooks the Arabian Sea.
Gateway of IndiaThe Gateway of India is an arch-monument built in the early 20th century in the city Mumbai of India. It was erected to commemorate the landing of King emperor George V the first British monarch to visit India, in December 1911 at Strand Road near Wellington Fountain. The foundation stone was laid in March 1913 for a monument built in the Indo Islamic style, inspired by elements of 16th-century Gujarati architecture. The final design of the monument by architect George Wittet was sanctioned only in 1914, and construction was completed in 1924. The structure is a memorial arch made of basalt which is 26 metres (85 feet) high, with an architectural resemblance to a triumphial arch as well as Gujrati architecture of the time.
Elephanta Cavesare situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from Mumbai’s mainland shore. The caves can be reached by an approx. 1-hour boat ride from Gateway of India.
Chhatrapati Shivaji TerminusOfficially Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus since 2017, formerly Victoria Terminus, Bombay station a historic railway terminus and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai ,Maharashtra, India. The terminus was designed by a British born architectural engineer Frederick William Stevens from an initial design by Axel Haig, in an exuberant Italian Gothic style. Its construction began in 1878, in a location south of the old Bori Bunder railway station, and was completed in 1887, the year marking 50 years of Queen Victoria's rule. In March 1996 the station name was changed from Victoria Terminus to "Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus" (with station code CST) after Shivaji, the 17th-century warrior king and the first Chhatrapati of Maratha Empire who employed guerrilla tactics to contest the Mughal Empire and found a new state in the western Marathi speaking regions of the Deccan Plateau.
Bandra-Worli sea linkThis is a bridge which links Mumbai’s suburbs to South Mumbai. It’s a very prestigious bridge which was opened in 2009.
Day 22: Departure day
Drop off and see off at airport by team We Fly India.
On day 22 all guests will depart from the airports as per their return tickets. We are providing a departure from Mumbai Airport. Domestic air ticket support is provided in case guest is departing from different location than Mumbai.