Bangalore to Kovalam South India Temple, Backwater & Beach
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Product Code : AGORA377
Embark on a captivating journey from the vibrant city of Bangalore to the serene coastal paradise of Kovalam. This meticulously crafted South India Temple, Backwater & Beach tour spans 20 days, taking you through a diverse tapestry of experiences. Explore ancient temples in cities like Thanjavur and Madurai, discover lush tea plantations in Munnar, and witness vibrant backwaters in Alleppey. Enjoy leisurely days on the pristine beaches of Kovalam, delve into the rich culture of Chennai and Pondicherry, and get closer to nature with boat safaris in Thekkady. This tour promises a harmonious blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and tranquil coastal relaxation, making it an unforgettable journey through the heart of South India.
Day 1: Arrive Bangalore
Upon your arrival at Bangalore Airport, our representative will warmly welcome you and assist with your transfer to your hotel. After checking in (hotel check-in/out time: 12 pm), you'll have the rest of the day to unwind, explore the hotel's surroundings, or engage in personal activities.
Day 2: Bangalore City Tour
Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you'll embark on a comprehensive city tour of Bangalore. You'll start by visiting the impressive Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, a historical gem showcasing architectural finesse. Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, with its verdant landscapes, will offer a refreshing and serene experience. The Bangalore Palace, an architectural masterpiece, will take you back in time. Lastly, the Bull Temple, a symbol of strength and devotion, will round off your day. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Bangalore - Vellore (220 km)
After a hearty breakfast, your journey takes you to Vellore. The highlight of your visit will be the stunning Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple, celebrated for its intricate architecture and profound spiritual significance. You'll also explore the historical Vellore Fort and pay your respects at the ancient Jalakandeswarar Temple. Rest and rejuvenate during your overnight stay in Vellore.
Day 4: Vellore - Chennai (145 km)
Bid adieu to Vellore after breakfast as you proceed to Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. En route, you'll visit the sacred town of Kanchipuram, famous for its magnificent temples and exquisite silk sarees. After your arrival in Chennai, a city tour will take you to Fort St. George, a historic stronghold. A leisurely stroll along the Marina Beach will be a delightful experience, and you'll also visit the Kapaleeshwarar Temple and the Government Museum. An overnight stay in Chennai will offer you a well-deserved rest.
Day 5: Chennai - Pondicherry (160 km)
Your journey continues as you head towards the tranquil town of Pondicherry, with its distinct French influence. Along the way, you'll pause at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire its impressive stone carvings and shore temples. In Pondicherry, you'll check in to your hotel and then set off to explore the charming French Quarter, visit the serene Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and enjoy a leisurely walk along the Promenade Beach. You'll spend the night in Pondicherry.
Day 6: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (180 km)
After breakfast, you'll travel to Thanjavur, a city renowned for its rich cultural heritage. Along the way, you'll stop in Chidambaram to explore the fascinating Nataraja Temple. Your arrival in Thanjavur will lead to visits to the majestic Brihadeshwara Temple, the impressive Vijayanagar Fort, and the enriching Thanjavur Art Gallery & Saraswathi Mahal Library. These experiences will form the backdrop for your overnight stay in Thanjavur.
Day 7: Thanjavur - Chettinad (140 km)
Your day begins with a visit to the iconic Brihadeshwara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its remarkable architecture. As the day progresses, you'll journey to Chettinad and explore the vibrant town of Trichy. This city is home to the magnificent Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, the historic Rock Fort Temple, and the sacred Jambukeswarar Temple. Your night will be spent at your hotel in Chettinad.
Day 8: Chettinad - Madurai (90 km)
After a delicious breakfast, you'll explore Chettinad's captivating heritage with a visit to the magnificent Chettinad Palace, with its impressive architecture and intricate design. Later, you'll journey to Madurai, a city famous for its stunning Meenakshi Amman Temple, renowned for its exceptional architecture and intricate carvings. You'll explore the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, a remarkable symbol of architectural grandeur. The evening prayer ceremony at Meenakshi Temple is a must-see experience. An overnight stay in Madurai will complete your day.
Day 9: Madurai - Munnar (160 km)
Your journey continues to the charming hill station of Munnar, known for its lush tea plantations and mesmerizing landscapes. This scenic drive will be filled with picturesque views, and you'll enjoy stopping at various viewpoints along the way. After checking in at your Munnar hotel, you'll have the rest of the day to relax and soak in the serene beauty of Munnar.
Day 10: Munnar
After breakfast, you'll embark on a full-day city tour of Munnar, taking in the breathtaking scenery of this lush region. The Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, will provide you with an opportunity to get up close to these beautiful creatures. You'll also explore the tea estates and spice plantations of Munnar, learning about the fascinating process of tea production at the Tea Museum. Panoramic views await you at the Top Station, and the tranquil ambiance of this hill station will leave you refreshed. An overnight stay in Munnar will be the perfect ending to your day.
Day 11: Munnar - Thekkady (110 km)
After breakfast, you'll make your way to Thekkady, a beautiful town renowned for its wildlife and spice plantations. En route, you'll visit Ramakkalmedu, celebrated for its picturesque landscapes and panoramic views. Upon arriving in Thekkady, you'll check in to your hotel. The evening will be filled with cultural delights as you witness a captivating performance of Kalaripayattu, a traditional martial art form, and enjoy a spellbinding Kathakali dance show. An overnight stay in Thekkady will provide a peaceful conclusion to your day.
Day 12: Thekkady - Kumarakom (140 km)
The day begins with a boat safari in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can spot various wildlife species, including elephants, tigers, deer, and a wide array of bird species. After this wildlife adventure, you'll embark on a spice plantation tour, where you'll learn about the cultivation of spices such as cardamom, pepper, and cinnamon. Later, you'll drive to Kumarakom and check in at your hotel, nestled beside the serene backwaters of Kerala. Spend the evening at leisure, exploring the beautiful surroundings or simply relaxing by the backwaters. Your overnight stay in Kumarakom promises tranquility and natural beauty.
Day 13: Kumarakom - Alleppey
Today, you'll be transferred to the Alleppey boat jetty to board a traditional houseboat for a captivating backwater cruise through the enchanting tropical countryside. Sail along the serene backwaters, passing by lush greenery and local villages. The beautiful scenery and the delicious traditional Kerala cuisine served on board will make for an unforgettable experience. An overnight stay on the houseboat will provide you with a unique and peaceful connection to Kerala's backwaters.
Day 14: Alleppey - Cochin (60 km)
After a delicious breakfast on the houseboat, you'll disembark and drive to Cochin. Upon your arrival in Cochin, you'll check in to your hotel and embark on a city tour. Your exploration will include visits to the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, the historic St. Francis Church, the Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), and the enchanting Jewish Synagogue in the vibrant Jew Town. The evening's highlight is a mesmerizing Kathakali dance performance, offering a captivating glimpse into Kerala's traditional art form. An overnight stay in Cochin will be the perfect ending to your day.
Day 15: Cochin - Kovalam (200 km)
Your journey continues with a drive to Kovalam, a charming coastal town renowned for its pristine beaches and vibrant culture. In the afternoon, you'll explore the city of Trivandrum, where you'll visit the captivating Napier Museum and explore the magnificent Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The rest of the day will be dedicated to enjoying the pristine beaches of Kovalam and the refreshing sea breeze. An overnight stay in Kovalam promises relaxation and coastal beauty.
Day 16 to 19: In Kovalam
These days will offer you the opportunity to indulge in personal activities and relax on the beautiful beaches of Kovalam. You can take leisurely walks along the shore, unwind in the tranquil surroundings, or engage in water sports activities (at your own expense). With your overnight stays in Kovalam, you'll have ample time to enjoy the scenic beauty of this coastal paradise.
Day 20: Kovalam - Departure
On your final day, you'll check out from the hotel after breakfast, based on your flight schedule. Our representative will assist you with your transfer to Trivandrum International Airport for your onward journey. As you bid farewell to the enchanting land of South India, you'll carry with you cherished memories of this temple and backwater tour.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 19 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 19 nights accommodation
Bangalore x 2 nights
3* - Ramada/ The Rialto
4* - Fortune Select JP Cosmos/ Lemon Tree Premier Ulsoor Lake
5* - ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection/ ITC Windsor a Luxury Collection
Vellore x 1 night
3* - Hotel Khanna Fiesta/ POPPYS Anukula Residency
4* & 5* - Regency Sameera Vellore by GRT Hotels/ Fortune Park
Chennai x 1 night
3* - Raj Park/ MGM East Woods
4* - The Raintree/ Accord Metropolitan
5* - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace
Pondicherry x 1 night
3* - Shenbaga Hotel/ Annamalai International
4* - Le Pondy/ The Windflower Resort & Spa
5* - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Thanjore x 1 night
3star - Grand Gardenia/ Oriental Towers
4star - Sangam Hotels/ Ideal River View Resort
5star - Svatma
Chettinad x 1 night
3* & 4*- Chidambara Vilas/ Chettinadu Mansion
5* - Visalam Cgh Earth
Madurai x 1 night
3* - Astoria by Sparsa/ Madurai’s Residency
4* - GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
5* - Heritage Madurai/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Munnar x 2 night
3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle
4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County
Pariyar (Thekkady) x 1 night
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County
Kumarakom x 1 night
3* - Abad Whispering Palm/ Cocobay Resort
4* - Eastend Lake Song/ Goldfield Lake Resort
5* - Coconut Lagoon/ The Zuri
Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat
4* - Premium Houseboat
5* - Luxury Houseboat
Cochin x 1 nights
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien
Kovalam x 5 nights
3* - Harmonia Beach Resort/ Sagara Beach Resort
4* - Estuary Island Resort/ Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel
5* - Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove/ The Leela Kovalam Beach
- Any flight tickets.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.