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Southern Splendour

  • Bangalore 1 N
  • Mysore 2 N
  • Ooty 2N
  • Kochi 2N
  • Houseboat 1N
  • Thekkady 2N
  • Madurai 2N
  • Pondicherry 1N
  • Mahabalipuram 2N
  • Tour Itinerary
  • South India
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Family/Groups

Duration

15 Nights 16 Days

Category

Temples / Heritage

Package type

Customisable

Southern Splendour offers a comprehensive South India experience through its most famous destinations. This complete tour covers everything from majestic palaces, mountains walls, down the plains of Keralan backwaters, wild life and celebrated Dravidian heritage temples to the quaint French

Starting from

12000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Temple
  • Architecture
  • Sunset
  • Experience bliss as you enjoy a scenic ride through the Blue Mountains on a heritage ‘Toy Train’
  • Stay on a beautiful eco-friendly houseboat as it traverses through the backwaters
  • Witness the architectural marvel of the temple at Madurai and partake in the festive night ceremony
  • Cover 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites on your tour: Legendary Stone carving sites at Mahabalipuram, the Chola temple sites, Mountain rails and the Western Ghats.
  • Take a ride on a friendly jumbo or even do an elephant shower at Thekkady (optional)

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Tour Summary

  • 16 Days
  • 9 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Bangalore on arrival
  • Day 2 - Bangalore - Mysore
  • Day 3 - Explore Mysore
  • Day 4 - Mysore - Ooty
  • Day 5- Explore Ooty
  • Day 6 - Ooty - Kochi
  • Day 7 - Explore Kochi
  • Day 8 - Kochi - Houseboat
  • Day 9 - Houseboat- Thekkady
  • Day 10 - Explore Thekkady
  • Day 11 - Thekkady- Madurai
  • Day 12 - Explore Madurai
  • Day 13 - Madurai- Pondicherry
  • Day 14 - Pondicherry- Mahabalipuram
  • Day 15 - Explore Mahabalipuram
  • Day 16- Departure from Chennai

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Bangalore On Arrival
  • Full Day
  • In Town

You will be welcomed at Bangalore Airport by our company representative. While modernity does push the boundaries of the city, the combined legacies of Haider Ali, Tipu sultan and the British still live on. Bangalore creature comforts can be godsend for the weary traveler.

  • Get Bangalored Benevolent Climate & Charm of The Indian It Hub
  • Once known as the garden city, it is now dominated by IT Parks.
  • Explore the lovely garden like Lalbhag and cubbon Park and lovely Victorian era architecture as visible on the Vidhan Sauda -Which houses both the state legislature and Secretariat.
  • Enjoy the evening at leisure. Relax and stay at your hotel.

Stay at Bangalore

Hotel Victory Grand

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Centuries ago, Bangalore was a small hilly region occupied by tribal community.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Bangalore

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Day 2

  • Bengaluru to Mysore
  • 3 hrs
  • 150 kms

Today,we travel to one of South India’s most vibrant cities – Mysore. The grand palaces, silk, sandalwood and incense production give an iconic status to this destination. You may also consider visiting Srirangapatna- the summer palace on the way to Mysore.

  • Visit Srirangapatna, the fortress of the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, This was the summer palace and de facto capital from where Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruled in their glory days.
  • Visit the Maharaja’s Palace, an architectural marvel which is the icon of Mysore.
  • If you are lucky to be here on a Sunday or public holiday, the illuminated palace will be a spectacle to remember!
  • Also visit the Rajendra art gallery, which houses a remarkable collection of paintings form Raja Ravi Varma and other traditional Mysore styles.
  • Relax for the night after dinner.

Stay at Mysore

Rio Meredian

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Mysore is one of the first planned cities in Asia?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Mysore

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Day 3

  • Explore Mysore
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Today, you get to explore this ancient city, its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and more. Shop around for premium silk, incense and sandalwood which are a speciality of Mysore. After exploring Chamundi hills during the day, a magical evening at Brindavan awaits you.

  • Morning is a great time to start a fine half-day excursion to Chamundi Hills.
  • Experience the panoramic view overlooking the Mysore city and explore the marvellous temple.
  • The 1000 stone steps laid out by the Maharaja in the 17th century and the majestic Nandi monolith is a compelling sight.
  • Enjoy shopping around for local specialities at the Devaraja Market.
  • Spend the evening at the Brindavan Gardens and witness the dancing fountains where coloured lights transform the place into a magical fairyland.
  • Relax for the night at your resort.

Stay at Mysore

Rio Meredian

(See our stay selections)

AC Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Mysore is one of the first planned cities in Asia?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Mysore

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Day 4

  • Mysore to Ooty
  • 4.5 hrs
  • 150 Kms

Today, we depart by surface to Udhagamandalam (Ooty) and enjoy the ride up the hills. Get away from the plains and soak –in the beauty of the Blue Mountains. The stunning gardens, rolling hills, pine and eucalyptus forests have earned the name queen of hill stations for this place

  • The journey through the Mudumalai jungles will be thrilling as you spot wild elephants by the roadside.
  • It gets better as you take the scenic 36 hairpin bends from the plains to the blue mountains or Nilgiris.
  • Once at Ooty check-in to the resort and relax for a while.
  • Consider visiting the local market and shop around for honey and organic produce harvested by locals. Cottage cheese, spices, home-made chocolates and organic tea are other items to consider (Optional)
  • Relax after a quiet dinner in your resort.

Stay at Ooty

Hotel Lakeview

(See our stay selections)

Luxury Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Nilgiri Express travels through one of the steepest rail stretches in Asia between Ooty and Conoor.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Ooty

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Day 5

  • Explore Ooty
  • Full Day
  • In Town

The day is at leisure to explore the hill station. Spend your day at the view points, lakes or just sipping tea at your hill resort. For those chasing the atmosphere of the British Raj, it just lingers around the clubs and heritage hotels.

  • Visit the famous Botanical garden built in 1847 which features a wide variety of exotic and ornamental plants.
  • The iconic, St Thomas church overlooks the lake where boating facilities are available. You can also try horse-back riding around the lake.
  • Visit the highest peak – Doddabetta which offers a beautiful vista.
  • Relax for the night in your hill resort.

Stay at Ooty

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Nilgiri Express travels through one of the steepest rail stretches in Asia between Ooty and Conoor.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Ooty

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Day 6

  • Ooty to Kochi
  • 7.5 hrs
  • 300 kms

Nowhere else in India can you find such an intriguing mix: a 450-year-old synagogue, colourful street art, iconic fishing nets and gable-roofed victorian structures squeezed together with boho cafes. A tropical port city which sits astride a cluster of little islands, Kochi is far more than your gateway to Kerala.

  • On arrival, meet your Indus representative who will drive you to mainland Kochi. Fresh up at your hotel.
  • Laze around in the town’s arty cafes or hop on a local ferry to see the city skyline at sunset
  • As in important center for arts, Kochi is a standout place to witness an evening Kathakali show (Optional)
  • For dinner, try one of the exquisite seafood restaurants around and relax for the night

Stay at Kochi

Coral Isle

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Kochi was a natural harbour created by the massive floods of 1340? 

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kochi

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Activity Add-ons

Day 7

  • Explore Kochi
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Your tour really begins today by exploring the heritage sites of Fort Kochi. You can shop around for antiques and spices, learn the history of the land.

  • The day is to explore Fort Kochi and dig into Kochi’s colonial past by foot to explore heritage churches, landmarks and the well preserved Dutch Palace.
  • Stroll past shops selling antiques and spices to visit the beautiful Jewish synagogue
  • Walk by the sea to observe the still-in-use Chinese fishing nets and even try operating one
  • For dinner, try one of the cafes around and relax for the night

Stay at Kochi

Coral Isle

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Kochi was a natural harbour created by the massive floods of 1340? 

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kochi

View more tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 8

  • Kochi to Alleppey
  • 2 hrs
  • 80 kms

To glide along backwater canals by day and to sleep under a sky full of stars, a houseboat cruise is pure enchantment! Your private boat, setup as a home on a traditional rice barge, takes you on a journey to discover a water-world brimming with experiences that last a lifetime.

  • Morning, take a short drive through vibrant villages to board your ‘Kettuvallom’
  • Your cruise will take you through splendid waterways giving you sights of homes on the backwaters, shops, the people and their villages.
  • Stop to enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch freshly prepared by the chef on your boat
  • Afternoon, drift by canals fringed with endless paddy fields while you socialise with your crew. Watch backwater life unfold from your boat deck.
  • Your houseboat will be anchored near a village by early evening, Stroll around to interact with locals, go fishing and witness a spectacular sunset.
  • Relax after dinner on the boat experiencing the gentle lapping of water, night sky and balmy breeze.

Stay in Houseboat

Houseboat

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know Kettuvallams were once used to ship agricultural produce from homes by backwaters to market in nearby towns.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Alleppey

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Day 9

  • Alleppey to Thekkady
  • 4 hrs
  • 150 kms

Sheltered in the tranquil spice hub of Periyar is one of India’s best managed wildlife reserves (home to 40 odd hard-to-spot tigers) and a 25-sq-km artificial lake perfect for a scenic spotting cruise. Dig deeper into the range of activities, perhaps trek with a tribal villager or go rafting to see Periyar’s real jungle magic unravel.

  • This morning, drive through a landscape of cardamom plantations, grasslands and tea gardens to the forests of Thekkady
  • Halt at a Spice plantation, learn from an expert about cultivation and the healing power of spices (Optional)
  • Enjoy a scenic Lake cruise inside the thickly forested Periyar reserve to spot wildlife by the water edge
  • Evening, visit a local theatre to see warriors showcase Kalaripayattu, a 3000 year old Keralan martial art (Optional)
  • Shop around the spice town tonight, enjoy dinner and relax at your resort

Stay at Thekkady

Spices Lap

(See our stay selections)

Heritage Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the 100-year-old lake, surrounded by Periyar wild-life sanctuary is artificial?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Thekkady

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Activity Add-ons

Day 10

  • Explore Thekkady
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Today you will have some of the best wild life experiences on offer in Periyar. A nature walk by the lake side, an elephant safari, shopping and evening seeing tribal art (if interested)

  • Early morning consider a nature walk in the reserve
  • Dawn is an excellent time to view exotic wildlife with your trained tribal guide in the periyar reserve. Walk through the safe path and spot wildlife along the way. Head back to your resort for a late breakfast
  • Experience Kalaripayattu: One of the oldest fighting systems in existence (optional)
  • Unwind at your resort today evening with inhouse activities and dinner.

Stay at Thekkady

Spices Lap

(See our stay selections)

Heritage Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the 100-year-old lake, surrounded by Periyar wild-life sanctuary is artificial?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Thekkady

View more tips

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Day 11

  • Thekkady to Madurai
  • 3.45 hrs
  • 160 kms

This morning head to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai. An ancient centre of Tamil Knowledge, centre of power of many dynasties and the seat of divinity from time immemorial, The main attraction here is Meeakshi temple, the abode of fish eyed Goddess. The imposing 15-acre temple complex ornate by gateway towers with exquisitely multi-coloured images of gods, demons and mythical figures is an architectural marvel.

  • Start with the famous Meenakshi temple, which is an architectural marvel.
  • Enter through the busy eastern entrance (a lot of craft shops here) and move on to see the 1000 pillar hall (Ayiramkal mandapam) sculpted with life size ornamented figures.
  • After Darshan, spend time at the massive temple tank and leave the temple through the hall with magnificently painted ceilings.
  • Consider visiting the famous Tirumala Nayak Palace, the 17th century palace of Tirumalai Nayak.
  • Also spend time at the Gandhi museum which presents detailed accounts of the Indian freedom struggle and has rare Gandhi memorabilia.
  • Relax for the night at your hotel.

 

Stay at Madurai

Star residency

(See our stay selections)

Executive Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Madurai is particularly famous for cotton fabric, hand-woven silk, bronze work and stone carvings.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Madurai

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    If you are interested in seeing Indian temple rituals, then don't miss the night ceremony here. The bronze of lord Shiva is brought on a chariot to his wife Meenakshi's bed chamber amidst much chanting, drums, horns and gathering of devotees. An absolute must-see!

    Hand loom textiles can be purchased from Puthu Mandapam. Kumaran Silks and Alankar Textiles are famous for sarees. To buy handicrafts, Government Poompuhar Handicrafts Shop , Khadi Gramayog Bhavan and Cottage Arts Emporium are the best places in Madurai.

Activity Add-ons

Day 12

  • Day trip to Chettinad
  • 2 hrs
  • 90 kms

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel and by 9 am we begin our journey to Karaikudi/chettinad the land of mansions. Today we visit the biggest temple in our tour and spend time royally in the mansions of Chettinad.

  • Arrive at Chettinad and check-in to your mansion.
  • Enjoy a Chettinad style lunch and relax for some time. This is where you will hear the fascinating story of the naatukottaichettiars (a business community), how they built their townships and mansions and also the secrets of their famous cuisine.
  • Explore the mansions of Chettinad: Relive the ancient glory.
  • Every village has a few stately mansions built in the late 19th century with material sourced from around the world.Explore a couple of them to understand the history of Chettinad.
  • Completely man-made tiles: Discover the art of tile making at Athangudi.
  • The Athangudi design on tiles is of a bygone era but they still grace the floors of most chettiar mansions. You will be surprised by observing tile-making: totally handmade using local soil and natural colour to get geometric patterns.
  • Return to your mansion and enjoy the regal life in your mansion for the rest of the day. Live in the charm of a bygone era.
  • Explore the Brihadishwara Temple: ‘Big temple’ with the largest temple tower.
  • This famous Shiva temple is also part of the great living Chola temples heritage site. The temple houses one of Asia’s largest stone Nandi (bull) statues.
  • You could consider a quick shopping tour for Tanjore paintings, dancing dolls and musical instruments. Also consider a visit to the Palace Museum in Tanjore.

Stay at Madurai

Star Residency

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Executive Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Every village in Chettinad has a few stately mansions built in the late 19th century with material sourced from around the world.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Chettinad

View more tips

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 13

  • Madurai to Pondicherry
  • 6.5 hrs
  • 400 kms

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel and by 9 am we begin our journey to the French quartet of Pondicherry. Unmistakably and charmingly distinct European feel of Pondicherry makes for an excellent outing.

  • Visit Auroville: A unique experiment in community living
  • Auroville township is home to an international community (from 43 nations) dedicated to peace and sustainable living.
  • Spend the evening at the French quarter. Walk around and explore
  • Enjoy Do-it-yourself heritage walks through the seafront promenade, white mustard buildings, neo-classical governor’s residence (Raj Nivas) and white town.
  • You could also visit the Aurobindo ashram and its bookstall.
  • Don’t miss French food (hello steak!) and beer.
  • Enjoy the good life and relax for the night at your resort.

Stay at Pondicherry

Le Pondi

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Pondicherry's Independence day is on August 16?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Pondicherry

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Activity Add-ons

Day 14

  • Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram
  • 2.5 hrs
  • 100 kms

We start today’s tour at 9 am after a lovely breakfast in your hotel. Mahabalipuram is an enclave of seafood, sun and sand. The town is famous for its ancient rock carvings and still the best place to see artisans chip away at exquisite sculptures in stone.

  • Spend Half-a-day enjoying Pallava stone work at the UNESCO Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram.
  • Explore the magnificence of Pallava architecture at the 3 monuments: Shore temple (magnificent ruins of a dual shrine), Arjuna’s Penance (bas relief on the face of a huge rock) and the PanchRathas.

Stay at Mahabalipuram

Grande Bay Resort

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Grande Studio

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Most monuments in Mahabalipuram are monolithic, i.e. carved out of single rock.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Mahabalipuram

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Activity Add-ons

Day 15

  • Explore Mahabalipuram
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Spend an extra day here by the beach to relax and cool off after your extensive south Indian tour. Relax as you please by exploring the town on a bicycle or on foot. The entire place resonates to the sound of chisel from small workshops producing ornate stone sculptures.

  • Relax by the shimmering Indian Ocean at Mahabalipuram
  • Sunsets are incredibly beautiful here as fishermen can be seen dragging nets and boats on to sandy beaches in the backdrop of the shore temples.
  • Nights are best spent at the traveller’s ghetto where restaurants serve pizzas, pastas and pancakes. Shop around for little souvenirs in stone.

Stay at Mahabalipuram

Grande Bay Resort

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Grande Studio

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Most monuments in Mahabalipuram are monolithic, i.e. carved out of single rock.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Mahabalipuram

View more tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 16

  • Departure from Chennai
  • 2 hrs
  • 60 kms

Today is the last day of your tour. Head to Chennai, the largest city in South India. Established in 1639 as one of four divisions of the country under Imperial British rule, it is today is a significant gateway to southern India.

  • Check-out after breakfast and head to Chennai.
  • You may consider a quick tour of Chennai City.
  • Chennai has some old temples and churches known for their architecture.
  • Consider spending some time at the famous Marina beach.
  • We will drop you at the airport on time for your departure flight with memories to last for a lifetime.

Departure from Chennai

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Marina Beach in Chennai is one of the largest beaches in the world.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Chennai

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  • Bangalore 1 N
  • Mysore 2 N
  • Ooty 2N
  • Kochi 2N
  • Houseboat 1N
  • Thekkady 2N
  • Madurai 2N
  • Pondicherry 1N
  • Mahabalipuram 2N

15 Nights Economy Package

Starting From

20000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

15 Nights Deluxe Package

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25000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

15 Nights Luxury Package

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45000 / person

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15 Nights Economy Package for groups

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18000 / person

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We handle each booking individually to get best possible prices and inclusions. This means our negotiating power can often lower prices or get more inclusions than indicated here. Give us a try!

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Q & A for Southern Splendour (15 Nights) by Indus Holidays

Can I customise my itinerary with a few stays of my choice?

Answered by Prasanth Madhavan

Definitely! As we specialise in customised holiday planning to Kerala & South India for the last 20 years, we can offer almost any stay option. We have long-standing direct relationships with resorts, homestays & hotels in this region which allow us to deliver privilege services at unbeatable rates.

If you want to change the stay options in our offers, your trip designer will work with you till you are happy with the package. More importantly, our experts give you unbiased insights and highlights of each stay option from direct experience to help you make better choices.

What is the holiday booking procedure?

Answered by Nisha Vinod

You can submit an enquiry here anytime or contact our destination experts directly. One of Indus’ Trip Designers will call you back to understand your requirement and will make an offer within 2 hours. Our experts will also make suitable recommendations on stay options, day activities, itinerary options and transportation to assist you further in customising the holiday to your requirements. Once it is perfect, send a confirmation and we will take care of the rest.

What are the payment options you offer?

Answered by Goldin Syriac

We offer all major payment options including credit cards , debit cards , wire transfer, net banking and UPI. Service charges from the bank may be applicable on select payment methods.

Can my driver speak hindi? Do you offer taxi services only?

Answered by Divya Hrishikesh

Yes, our transportation team carefully chooses and trains our driver partners to deliver the high touch experiences we offer. They are highly co-operative, friendly and can speak in hindi and English. You will also find our cabs to be well maintained, safe and reliable.

When you book hotels, activities and taxi together with Indus, we will be able to offer you a better overall deal than what you get directly. Also you get the added benefit of Indus’ responsive customer relations team for on-tour support. So, currently our trained drivers are available only for our package customers.