Southern Highlights Tour of Kerala

14 Nights From £1325.00 per person, 2 Sharing


You will be met at the airport by your personal driver and driven to your hotel in Chennai where you will have time to explore this vibrant city. The following morning you will begin your tour of southern India with time to take in the wonders of the areas along your route through Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending with a relaxing night on a Keralan houseboat.


Day 1- 2:  You will be met at the airport by your personal driver and taken to your Chennai hotel for two nights. The following day you will be collected by your driver to tour Chennai on the Bay of Bengal; Chennai is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and you will have the opportunity to visit religious sites including the Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

Day 3-4: Your driver will collect you after breakfast for the drive to Mahabalipuram, a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Visit the spectacular temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries.

Day 5-6: Today you will travel to Pondicherry a French colonial settlement. Its French legacy is preserved in the beautiful French Quarter with a seaside promenade that runs along the Bay of Bengal. You will tour the delightful and beautifully bougainvillea decorated houses and streets of the area. Pondicherry is unique in character to the surrounding area.

Day 7-8:  Today you will be driven to Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu, it has an abundance of beautiful temples which include the famous 11th-century Brihadeeswarar Temple. There’s also the Thanjavur Maratha Palace with the ancient Saraswathi Mahal Library and Thanjavur Art Gallery.

Day 9: Today you travel onto Chettinad a small quaint village in Southern Tamil Nadu. It is known for its culinary delicacies and is one of the many reasons why people visit to taste the unique fresh spices of India and you will have time to sample the tastes and aromas of southern India.

Day 10-11: Today you move onto Kerala, starting with the ancient city of Madurai located on the banks of the River Vaigai.  You can wander the narrow streets and visit the famously colourful temple of Meenakshi Amman.

Day 12-13: As you travel south in Kerala you will head to the hills of the Western Ghats and Munnar, a fabulous location, with its lush green hillsides covered with tea plantations, you can visit a tea factory or a spice plantation taking in the cooler clean air of the hill region.

Day14: Today you travel to Alleppey (Alappuzha) home to the famous Kerala backwaters and the Spice Trail, there is a local museum and lighthouse that you can visit before joining your houseboat cruise. You will spend the day cruising the backwaters and spend the night peacefully on board your houseboat, you will be catered for by the on board staff on a full board basis during your cruise.

Day 15: You will be collected from your houseboat and transferred to Cochin Airport in time for your flight home.

Your tour will include:

  • All accommodation (4* and 5*) with breakfast
  • Luxury car with an English speaking driver to escort you throughout your trip.
  • Full board Houseboat Cruise.
  • Entrance to all excursions.
  • TTA guarantee (Travel Trust Association)
  • Our professional services from enquiry to your return.

All of our tours can be tailored to your individual requirements, we are always happy to arrange a bespoke tour.

*Flights not included.

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Sightseeing throughout your Kerala Moments tour

  • Chennai

    Chennai, previously known as Madras is on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India and is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. This bustling city is home to Fort St. George, a museum showcasing the history as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost and the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods.


  • Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake in Tamil Nadu. This area is most famous for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises three ornate granite shrines, you can also visit Krishna’s Butter Ball a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple.   Mahabalipuram has some great cafes and restaurants where you can sample the local sea food dishes.

  • Pondicherry

    Pondicherry was a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, the French Quarter which still holds the French legacy is very pretty with tree-lined streets, mustard-coloured colonial houses and villas that are florally decorated with bougainvillea and geraniums and chic boutiques to explore. The beach promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including the Gandhi Memorial.


  • Thanjavur

    Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu was formally named Tanjore and is home of the 11th-century Brihadeeswarar Temple with its elaborate frescoed interior, it is also home to the Thanjavur Maratha Palace which holds the centuries old Saraswathi Mahal Library with its original palm-leaf manuscripts. The area is steeped with the cultural history of the area.



  • Chettinad

    Chettinad is a small town in Tamil Nadu and is well known for its unique and elaborately decorated houses and mansions. The highlight of your tour to Chettinad will be the culinary delights that the town is famous for with many restaurants and cafes where you can sample the delicately fragrant dishes of the area.


  • Madurai

    Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and sits on the banks of the  Vaigai River. Madurai is dominated by the 14 colourful gopurams (gateway towers) of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The temple is covered in bright carvings of Hindu gods and is a major pilgrimage site in the area, millions of Hindus attend the processions and ceremonies of the Chithirai Festival celebrating Meenakshi and Lord Vishnu.

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