Looking for a South India tour with your family or friends? Please keep in mind that most of the itineraries start from Chennai – the capital of Tamil Nadu and magnificent centre of cultural inheritance and temple architecture. It’s one such destination in whole South India belt that displays a perfect mixture of the Dravid, the Dutch and Portuguese traditions.
About all the major destinations in Chennai can be discovered in just a half-day tour with a reliable Indian tour operator. Places such as St. Mary’s Church, St. George Fort, and Fort Museum serve as the heart of Chennai. If you’re a history buff or art lover, Chennai has unlimited attractions for you.
After visiting Chennai, your next destination should be Mahabalipuram. Placed just seventy kilometers away from Chennai, this town was named after the Pallava emperor Mamalla. Its numerous historical monuments are indexed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Shore Temple, Pandava Rathas and Arjuna’s Penance are some of the finest monumental temples found here.
While taking a tour from Mahabalipuram, tourists can easily discover Kanchipuram in just half-day tour. Admired for its shrines and silk sarees, Kanchipuram located at a distance of only sixty-five kilometers from Mahabalipuram. Sightseers can rent a guide to discover the old temples such as Kailasanatha Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambaranatha, etc.
Prospered under the ruling of Nayaks and Mahrattas rulers, Tanjore known as a paradise for religious minded folks. Serving as a “Treasure House of Art” for many years, this small yet lovely city displays beautiful handicrafts such as the art plate, bronze icons, pith-work, Thanjavur paintings and the traditional south Indian melodic instruments.
This is your final stop in Tamil Nadu during this trip. This is the destination where one can experience affluent cultural inheritance dating back to more than 2500 years. It’s the oldest town in Tamil Nadu and provides attractions such as Meenakshi Sundareshwar, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, etc.
Placed 136 kilometers away from Madurai, Periyar lies with its heavenly dense greens & tranquil watercourses to greet sightseers in the God’s own Country – Kerala. Renowned for its wildlife refuge, Periyar offers a chance to spot and take pictures of animals such as tigers, elephants, antelopes, bison, wild boar and a huge range of birds.
Moving towards the next destination, tourists drive to Kumarakom via gigantic Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is most preferred amongst all the nature and bird lovers. Cormorants, ducks, teals, night herons, darters, Siberian storks and egrets are the major attractions of this refuge.
Finally, you can move towards Cochin for a half-day trip, where one can discover attractions such as Jewish Town and Chinese finishing nets, and enjoy viewing Kerala’s most well-known traditional dance – kathakali.