This 8 day South India Tour package from Australia, indulges you in rich Flavours of South India whilst exploring the best sites that South India has to offer. We travel to the aromatic state of Kerala in South India to evoke its true and natural beauty. In short this is a perfect trip of South India, as you experience rich Cuisine served on banana leaf like the locals have it. We begin with heritage city ofCochin new namedKochi, rich with its European colonies from colonial era of India. Followed by famed tea/spice plantations of Munnar Hill Station. Next, we aboard a traditional Kerala boat ‘Kettuvallam’ in Alleppey for backwater river cruise. We end with the relaxing beach town of Kovalam locatedin the South India’s capital city of Trivandrum pronounced as the evergreen city of India by ‘Mahatma Gandhi.’ From ethnic south Indian cooking classes, traditional houseboat river cruises, rich spice plantations, to relaxing beaches, this is an amazing trip that covers complete South India.
Trip Highlights of this 8 day Tour package:
Sun & SandyKovalam Beachside
See Traditional Live Dance Kathakali
Visit Jew Town & The Spice Markets of Kochi
Trek inTea Plantations of Munnar
Enjoy Traditional Backwater Cruises
Explore Golden Temple of South India
EnjoyBeach town of Kovalam
The itinerary of this 8 day South India tour package is geared towards those Australians who want to explore the South India on their second India trip or want to extend their first India visit to include the grandeurs of South.
Arrive KOCHI (Old Name Cochin). You will be met and transferred to your hotel for checkin. Overnight: Hotel in Kochi
KOCHI tour 9am. After breakfast, we take you for sightseeing of Kochi. We begin thru one of the oldest street of Fort Kochi Princes Street. Here you can witness a perfect blend of new and old colonial era, as the street is home to British, Portuguese, and Dutch era architecture visible everywhere from local residences, shops to cafés. Later witness how local fisherman use traditional Chinese Fishing Nets for fishing. We continue tour and visit inside 1500 built Santa Cruz Basilica and St Francis Church renowned world-over as the oldest European church in India. Later continue your sightseeing tour as we visit inside Portuguese Dutch Palace locally called Mattancherry Palace (from outside). Next, we visit the famed Jew Town area to explore one of the world’s oldest existing Jewish Synagogue (from outside). In Jew Town, we also visit The Spice Markets where shopkeepers explain you the importance of various spices. These markets are renowned for trading between Europeans and Arabs since the olden times, and today home to traditional spices, oils and classic arts-craft. After tour return back to hotel. 5.30pm. We take you to a vintage wood-lined theatre for a traditional Kathakali Dance Show of Kerala, completed with ancient story telling using intimate hand-eye coordination. Before the show begins also witness how the Dancers authentic make-up routine behind the stage. Overnight: Hotel in Kochi
KOCHI to MUNAR HILL STATION (140Kms, 3-4Hr Drive) 8am. After breakfast/check-out we drive you to Munnar Hill Station situated in the Western Ghats range of mountains and 5000ft above sea level and check-in at your Hotel. Rest day at leisure. Rest of the Day free to relax or do your own activities. Overnight : Hotel in Munnar
MUNNAR tour 9am. After breakfast, we take you for Nature Walk to local Spice & Tea Plantations. Munnar was developed to cultivate spice and tea plants since the British Raj Era. Enjoy soft-trek, bird watching, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air. Main spices cultivated here are ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg. Feel free to pick up a few packets of tea & spices grown here! 12pm. We take you for a Soft-Trek inside the Eravikulam National Park famed as the first and most famed national park of Kerala. Amongst other rare flora & fauna here, enjoy sighting Nilgiri Tahr - A world rare species of mountain goats found only here. Later we return to Hotel to rest. Later we return to Hotel. Overnight : Hotel in Munnar
MUNNAR to ALLEPPEY (175Km, 4-5Hr Drive) 8am. After breakfast/check-out we drive you to a jetty point in Alleppey. Upon arrival, we will check-in at your Traditional Houseboat locally called ‘Kettuvallam’ and begin your Backwater Cruise. Relax and unwind as your houseboat cruises thru narrow canals and scenic Kerala backwaters. Enjoy Traditional Lunch and Dinner served onboard. Overnight : Houseboat, Alleppey
ALLEPPEY to KOVALAM via Kanyakumari (120Km, Apx 3Hr Drive) 09am. After breakfast/check-out you will be driven to capital of Kerala Trivandrum enroute visit Kanyakumari. After the tour continue drive to Kovalam beachside town for check-in at your Hotel. Rest day at leisure by the beachside. Overnight : Hotel in Kovalam (Trivandrum)
TRIVANDRUM Tour: 8am. After breakfast, we begin sightseeing of Trivandrum. We visit 5000Yr old Padmanabhaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu- the preserver and protector of life. Nicknamed the Golden Temple of South India, this temple is the richest Hindu temple in the world. It is estimated over $22bn worth gold and precious stones are kept in its vault. Next, we visit inside 1880 British built Napier Museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery housing over 1100 ancient works from Rajput and Mughal dynasty. Later we return to your Hotel for day at leisure by the beachside. Overnight : Hotel in Kovalam (Trivandrum)
Depart KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM: (17Km drive) (At your flight time advised) After breakfast/check-out you will be transferred to Trivandrum International Airport for your return flight home.
- Information like altitude, total walking times and distance in the day to day itinerary are approxmate only.
- the itinerary should be regarded as an outline only. The routes may have to be changed due to weather and other unpredictable conditions.
Airport pick ups & drop offs, all land transfers, a private vehicle with driver provided for all transfers, city sightseeing guide, taxes, all entrance fees to monuments covered in itinerary, Accommodations on bed and breakfast basis, other meals as per the itinerary.
Meals not mentioned in itinerary, Visa fees, international flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, drinks, hot water shower or drinking water on trek, tips, and anything not mentioned in inclusion section.