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Holiday in South India

TIN19: 8 Days Bangalore - Kochi - Alleppey - Chennai - Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Bangalore
Your 8 days India tour starts! Upon arrival in Bangalore, which is also known as Bengaluru, our representative will pick you up at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to refresh yourself after the long flight or walk around to get the first impression of this city on your own.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Royal Orchid Central, Bangalore
Day 2 Bangalore
Today's South India tour package leads you to visit Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, the Nandi (Bull) Temple, and stop by Vidhana Soudha. Cubbon Park is considered the 'lung' of Bangalore for its large area covered with plantations. There you can get close to nature and enjoy various plants. Lalbagh Botanical Garden, famous for its abundant plant, a total of 1,853 species, is the most beautiful one in India. The Nandi (Bull) Temple with a long history is popular for its enormous idol of Nandi, a holy bull whose name means 'happy'. Vidhana Soudha, featuring the splendid white facade and the combination of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles, is a Bangalore's government building where sits the legislative.

Meals: Breakfast
Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore
The glasshouse in Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Day 3 Bangalore - Kochi
Fly to Kochi, airport pick-up & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Jew Town, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue. (B)
After breakfast, we will accompany you to the airport and help you to board the flight to Kochi, earlier called Cochin. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we will escort you to start your Southern India tour in Kochi that covers the Jew Town with the peaceful lanes in the combination of the eastern and western styles; the 16th-century Dutch Palace featuring the fine frescos; St Francis Church, a wooden church built in 1503; and the 4th-century Jewish Synagogue, which is an operative synagogue with the longest history. In the evening, you can choose to watch a traditional dance show featuring the colorful make-up called Kathakali, which is on your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Kochi
Day 4 Kochi - Alleppey
Drive to Alleppey & check in at houseboat. Afternoon enjoy a houseboat cruise. (B+L+D)
Today we will drive to a must-go destination in the South India tours - Alleppey (Alappuzha), a port city between Vembanad Lake and the Arabian Sea so its unique water landscape should not be missed. On arrival, we will escort you to embark a houseboat - a unique local boat with several simple rooms built on it. During the cruise, you can enjoy the fascinating landscapes, beautiful sunset, and experience the local leisurely life. Your houseboat also serves the authentic cuisines of Kerala. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cruises: Lakes & Lagoon, Alleppey (Houseboat)
Houseboat in Kerala's backwaters
Enjoy the fanscinating landscapes on houseboat
Day 5 Alleppey - Kochi - Chennai
Drive to Kochi airport & fly to Chennai. Airport pick-up & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Santhome Church and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. (B)
In the morning, you will be transferred to Kochi Airport by our comfortable vehicle and fly to Chennai. Upon landing, your local driver will pick you up and then lead you to check into your hotel. In the afternoon, we will escort you to visit Santhome Church that is built of the mausoleum of St. Thomas and end today's South India tour package at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, a Dravadian-style temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with abundant sculptures in rich colors.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Accord Metropolitan, Chennai
Day 6 Chennai - Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry & check in at hotel. Afternoon visit French Quarter, Aurobindo Ashram, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple. (B)
After breakfast, we will drive to your hotel in Pondicherry (Puducherry) from Chennai. In the afternoon, your Southern India tour will lead you to tour around Pondicherry. As a French colony in the past, the town is brimmed with colonial buildings in the French Quarters, where we will take a stroll. You will also be escorted to tour some major attractions there including Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a peaceful community for spiritual activities like meditation, and the 16th-century Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple built for Lord Ganesha.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Accord, Pondicherry
Day 7 Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram
Drive to Mahabalipuram. Afternoon is at leisure at the beach. (B)
After breakfast, we will drive to Mahabalipuram (also called Mamallapuram) full of historic heritages. After the check-in at your hotel, you have the rest of the day free for your own arrangements. You could get relaxed on the beach near your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ideal Beach Resort
Day 8 Mahabalipuram - Chennai & Departure from Chennai
Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance, Five Rathas. Afternoon drive to Chennai airport & see off. We wish you a nice trip home! (B)
Today your South India tour will take you to explore the cave temples and Mandapams cut in the rocks on which Hindu myth and legends carved on, among which the Shore Temple, a Hindu stone temple built in the 8th century; the relief of Arjuna's Penance - the largest relief in the world; and the Five Rathas, a 7th-century rock temple complex built from a monolith, stand out. 

At the end of your 8 days India tour itinerary, we will transfer you to Chennai Airport by a comfortable vehicle for the departure flight. We wish you a nice trip home!

Meals: Breakfast
Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram
Stone built Shore Temple
Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram
The relief in Arjuna's Penance
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