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Splendors of South India Tour - with Houseboat Stay

10 Days

south india tour with houseboat stayKerala is where India slips down into second gear, stops to smell the roses and always talks to strangers. The real emerald jewel in South India's crown are the backwaters that meander throughout Kerala. Here, spindly networks of rivers, canals and lagoons nourish a seemingly infinite number of rice paddies and coconut groves, while sleek houseboats cruise the water highways from one bucolic village to another. On this South India tour, your House Boat will carry you slowly into the countryside and offer a close look into an engaging rustic life. Skiff-fishermen launching their cockleshell boats and rural scenery will keep you interested in the exotic back-waters of Kerala.

International Flight Schedule | South India Tour Itinerary | Quotation | Booking Information

International Flight Itinerary (Suggested)

Los Angeles - Singapore- SQ 27 - 1:05am - 11:35am +1 Free tour to explore Singapore)
Singapore - Madras - SQ 528 - 8:35pm - 10:00pm
Day 10 - Cochin - Singapore - SQ 503 - 11:10pm – 6:05am +1  
Singapore – Los Angeles – SQ 12 – 9:40am – 11:05am (same day)

All flight schedules are subject to change.

South India Land Tour Itinerary

Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to your Hotel Savera.

AM: Madras city: visit the fort St. George and St. Mary’s church-built by the British East India Company in 1653 AD. A church within the fort was consecrated in 1680. The high court, built in the indo saracenic style and the San Thome cathedral, where St. Thomas the apostle is said to be buried. Marina beach is one of the nicest beaches in this region, popular with the local people.

PM: Visit Mahabalipuram: Also known as the Seven Pagodas, Mahabalipuram is a pleasant seaside Resort, 85 kms from Madras. Today the principal attraction of the place to the tourist lies in the wonderful monolithic monuments and stone sculptures of the ancient Pallava Dynasty of Kings who ruled much of the territory now known as Tamil Nadu, from the 16th century AD. These Kings laid the foundations of Dravidian architecture in India and at Mahabalipuram, today, the earliest of these remarkable monuments are to be seen, all hewn out of rocks. The important monuments to be seen are the Five Rathas, the bas-relief on huge rock popularly known as Arjuna's Penance, the Mahisasura Mandapam, the Krishna Mandapam and the shore Temple.

Return to Madras for your overnight stay at Hotel Savera.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Trichy.

DEP: MADRAS      1245 HRS    Kingfisher Air #IT2991
ARR: TRICHY        1355 HRS

Meeting assistance on arrival and enjoy a quick tour of Trichy.

Trichy: This town had been the southern sea of power for centuries.  Many French and English battles were fought here battling for power when Robert Clive brought victory to the English in 18th century. The rock fort has played an important role in these events.  Visit the island of Srirangam, a massive Vishnu temple with seven walls.

Later drive to Tanjore. On arrival check in at Hotel Parisutham.

Continue the South India tour after breakfast by visiting the world famous heritage Tanjore temples.

south india tour tanjoreTanjore (Thanjavur): Tanjore was the capital of Chola Empire from the 10th to 14th century A.D. built in 1003 a.d. by King Rajaraja. This temple is considered the grandest and finest in India. The majestic tower of the temple rises 216 ft. high over the city. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola formed by a single granite block weighing 80 tones. This enormous stone is said to have been positioned by moving it along an inclined plane which commenced in a village 6 km. away - a technique adopted by the pyramid-builders of ancient Egypt.

PM: Drive to Madurai (128 kms –3 hrs) check in at your Hotel Great Regency.

After breakfast visit the Meenakshi Temple.

Meenakshi Temple: This is an exquisite example of Temples built by the Pandyan Rulers. There are as many as 11 majestic towers with the main entrance from the east. There are two Shrines, one dedicated to Sundreswarar and the other to his consort Meenakshi. The hall in front of the Sundareswarar shrine is known as Kampathadi Mandapam. The different manifestations of Lord Shiva are depicted on the pillars of this hall. 

The hall of thousand pillars is the most interesting feature. This remarkable structure was built in the 16th century. The pillars here have a repeated motif of the Stylized Dragon. There are musical pillars in one of the outer enclosures. Each pillar sounds a different note when struck. Inside, a pillared Portico surrounds he sacred Golden Lotus Tank. According to a legend, this tank was once used to judge the Merits of Tamil Literary Works. Manuscripts of great worth would float on its discerning waters, while those lacking in merit would sink. The Temple Art Gallery is interesting.

Witness the Pooja (Worship) ceremony in the evening on this tour of South India.

Overnight at Hotel Great Regency.

Drive Madurai/Periyar (160 kms/4 hrs).On arrival check-in at Hotel Cardamom County.

PM: Boat cruise in the Periyar Lake to see the wild animals.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - surrounds the Periyar Lake formed by a dam across the Periyar River. This tropical forest reserve has all the major birds, animals as well as flora which a nature lover would like to see. A variety of wildlife, from elephants, bison and monkeys may be seen, from your launch cruising down the lake which meanders through the jungle-covered hills that surround it.

Continuing with the tour of South India, you can enjoy a walk through a small bazaar where you can see the famous spices of India which are grown in this area. The whole area is a lush tropical garden filled with spice plants of all kinds including cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, cloves etc.

Drive Periyar to Kottayam to the jetty. On arrival check-in at your Houseboat  known as the VAMBANADU KETTUVALLAM. ((Non- air -conditioned)

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Kettuvallam: Adapted and modernized from the traditional Kettuvallam (Rice Boat) of Kerala, the Kettuvallam is an experience in itself.  Large and comfortable amenities you could ask for.  A large, secluded bedroom, an attached bathroom, a full fledged kitchen with a spacious dining area and a sundeck where you can laze on wicker chairs as you watch the world go by.  The Kettuvallam comes complete with a full time chef to cook you the catch of the day or whatever else that you might fancy and two attendants are always at your beck and call to serve your needs.

south india tour backwatersYour House Boat carries you slowly into the countryside offers a close look into an engaging rustic life.  Skiff-fishermen launching their cockleshell boats and rural scenery will keep you interested in the exotic back-waters of Kerala.

Lunch and dinner at the houseboat.

Early in the morning enjoy a panoramic view of sunrise from the deck of your houseboat.

After breakfast cruise towards Alleppey through interesting countryside. Arrive at Alleppey by the rice boat and drive to Cochin (2 hrs). On arrival check-in at your Hotel Arches.

south india tour danceEve: Enjoy the Kathakali dance performance in a theater. You will get there one hour early to see the artists putting on the exquisite make –up. 

AM: Cochin: Continuing with the South India tour, you will visit to the Cochin Harbor Terminus, Mattancheery Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Cochin Area-St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets. Also at Ernakulam, the Public Gardens, Colleges, High Court Building and Broadway Shopping Centre.

PM: Indian home visit with Kerala cuisine cooking demonstration and Dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Arches

Room until noon. Later transfer to Cochin International airport for your flight home.

*Note: All flight schedules are subject to change. Itinerary may be revised in the event of such changes or any circumstance beyond our control.

Quotation Per Itinerary 

Land & Domestic India Cost – Per Itinerary – 10 Days
Minimum 2 Persons

1) Per person, sharing twin -TBA
2) Single Room Supplement
International Flight Options:- LAX - Madras - LAX
1) Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong – TBA
2) Singapore Air via Singapore - TBA
*Excludes airport taxes/fuel surcharges

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Full board at non air –conditioned houseboat
  • Train fare – madras to trichy in aircon chair car
  • Transfers & tours by aircon vehicle
  • Local english speaking guide
  • Present government taxes
  • Boat cruise in periyar lake
  • Kathakali dance in Cochin
  • Entrance fee at all monuments
  • 3.10% vat govt. Tax

International Airfare and taxes are not included. Choice of Cathay Pacific Airways via Hong Kong (LAX – Madras – LAX) or Singapore Airlines via Singapore (LAX – MADRAS and return from Cochin).

Charges for services of a personal nature, such as personal tipping, telephone, laundry, room service, airport taxes, trip/baggage insurance, visa/passport fees, camera/video fees, extra meals and beverages and any items not specifically mentioned.

Completed booking forms must be sent in with your tour deposit of $500 per person to reserve space on this South India tour. We limit our group size for maximum enjoyment.

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We offer low cost add-on airfares from your home city. Call 714-964-6896 / 800-423-9566 for more details.

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Your passport must be valid for six (6) months beyond your last date of travel and contain a minimum of two blank pages.

A visa is required for travel to India and we can assist you with this. The cost for the visa for India is $90.00 per person.

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We highly recommend trip cancellation insurance and we can assist you in obtaining this valuable coverage, at competitive rates.

Booking Conditions

We request a deposit of $500.00 per person, to proceed with all reservations. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure, and final documents are sent 30 days prior to departure.

Terms of Booking

We request a signed copy of our terms and conditions which details our cancellation policies and terms of booking. We also need a clear copy of your passport. (Please enlarge to 120%).


All rates are quoted are based on current tariffs and rates of exchange and are subject to change. Government taxes are based on current rates and are subject to change. We accept all major credit cards.

All airfares quoted are subject to change, unless ticketed. All discount fares are subject to penalties for changes and cancellations after ticketing. No mileage credit on Discount Economy fare in quotation.

NOTE: We reserve the right to change or alter the itinerary when circumstances beyond our control deem it necessary.

Please contact us for bookings and information.