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Temples of Tamilnadu, Tea Estate & Backwater of Kerala Chennai to Cochin Driving Tour



9 Nights / 10 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Arrive Chennai & explore the colonial town, fort & churches. Then proceed to Mahabalipuram, known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries via Kanchipuram, the city of thousands of temples. Walk in the street of French colony in Pondicherry and then proceed to visit The Great Living Chola Temples at Darasuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram & Thanjavur. Then visit two largest and active temples in India at Trichy & Madurai. Enter in the lush green Kerala hill Munnar a Tea Estate then to Alleppey a Backwater resort. The tour will end in Cochin, the coastal gateway city connected with international flights.


  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 46.8%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 45.4%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 54.9%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 54.5%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 59.1%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 58.2%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 62.6%


Day 1: Arrive Chennai
Arrival Chennai airport assistance & transfer to hotel. Later visit Fort St. George, St Mary Church inside the fortress, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Government Museum, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral & Marina Beach. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram (120kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mahabalipuram via visiting Kanchipuram an ancient city famous as city of thousands temple. Arrive Mahabalipuram check in at hotel. Later visit Monolithic Temples, Five Rathas, Krishnas Butterball, Cave Temples, Shore Temple & The Arjuna Penance. O/n at hotel.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (120kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Pondicherry check in at hotel. Later Visit Aurovil & Pondicherry Museum. Drive pass or walk through stunning French Quarters, which include French consulate, Raj Nivas, Government Square, Churches & French schools. O/n at hotel.
Day 4: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (180kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Thanjavur via visiting Chidambaram Nataraja Temple and The Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram & Darasuram. Arrive Thanjavur check in at hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 5: Thanjavur - Chettinad (140kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Palace Complex built by great Chola king in the 10th century. Later drive to Chettinad via visiting Trichy Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Rock Fort Temple & Jambukeshwara temple. Arrive Chettinad check in at hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 6: Chettinad - Madurai (90kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit few 19th-century mansions, whose wide courtyards and spacious rooms are embellished with marble and teak. Drive to Madurai check in at hotel. Later visit Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple & Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. O/n at hotel.
Day 7: Madurai - Munnar (160kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Munnar check in at hotel. Later Visit Pothamedu, Mattupetty dam, Rajamala hill, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupedi Dairy Farm, Echo Point & Tea Museum. O/n at hotel.
Day 8: Munnar - Alleppey (165kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat and sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. Lunch, dinner & o/n on board in houseboat.
Day 9: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin check in at hotel. Later visit Fort Cochin, St. Frances Church, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Dutch Palace & Chinese fishing nets. Evening Kathakali Dance show. O/n at hotel.
Day 10: Cochin - Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule Departure transfer to airport.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 9 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per 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.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?
4-Star Hotels Used or Similar
Chennai - The Raintree/ Accord Metropolitan
Mahabalipuram - Ideal Beach Resort/ Confluence The Banquet & Resort
Pondicherry - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Tanjore - Sangam Hotels/ Ideal River View Resort
Chettinad - Chidambara Vilas/ Chettinadu Mansion
Madurai - GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
Munnar - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
Alleppey - Premium Houseboat
Cochin - Casino Hotel/ Le Maritime
From which city will my tour start?
The tour will start from Chennai and end in Cochin. Alternatively, it could start in Cochin and end in Chennai.
Can travelers upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels?
Yes, travelers can upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels by paying the supplement. Please send inquiry for same from the booking page to get the price quote.


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