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Private Departure - Chennai to Cochin Tour

Explore the idyllic towns and nature South India

Tour price

We’ll keep slashing the price as others join this tour.

4 people
$1 250
per
person

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How many are you?

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$1 250
per
person
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Tour duration
13 days
Max participants
4
Service level
Standard +

What's it really like?

Southern India is green, lush and captivating, and home to the hospitable, friendly and always smiling local people. The South India tour will take you on a path less travelled, through scenic nature, colourful temple towns, multiple world heritage sites and palm-fringed Kerala backwaters. During our 13-day journey from Chennai to Cochin, we will also visit the culture-rich towns of Pondicherry, Thekkady and Madurai, and experience the striking wildlife of Periyar National park.

Tour highlights

  • Lush landscape of Southern India
  • Picturesque Kerala houseboat ride
  • Mouth-watering South Indian food
  • Historic and busy southern towns
  • Periyar National Park/ Tiger Reserve
  • Charming rural fishing villages

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Day 1

Arrive in Chennai

Arrive in Chennai, the capital of the Tamil Nadu state on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Meet with our representative and transfer to hotel.

Accommodation
Hotel
Day 2

Mahabalipuram

Sightseeing Tour to  Fort St. George, St. Thomas Mount, San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleeswar. After that start drive to Mahabalipuram and sightseeing tour to Shore Temple, The Five Raths, The Arjuna's Penance and the Tiger cave.

Activities
Chennai sightseeing;
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 3

Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry. Sightseeing tour of Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville.

Activities
Pondicherry sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 4

Pondicherry

Free time at Pondicherry.

Activities
Pondicherry free time
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 5

Madurai

Transfer to Villupuram train station and day train to Madurai. AC seats. Transfer to hotel. 

Activities
Train to Madurai
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 6

Munnar

After breakfast visit the Meenakshi Temple & straight drive to Munnar. Arrive Munnar & Check in at hotel. Evening enjoy tea plantation tour.

Activities
Munnar sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 7

Munnar

After breakfast, you will enjoy tea plantation tour. You will also have the option of day hiking on direct payment basis.

Activities
Munnar sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 8

Thekkady

After breakfast, drive to Thekkady and check into the hotel. We will then enjoy the exciting sights and aromas of the Spice Plantation Tour with a local guide.

Activities
Spice Plantation Tour
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 9

Kumarakom

In the morning proceed to Periyar National Park. The Park and the Tiger Reserve are one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Since boat travel is the only means of transport in the park, large areas can be covered in a short time. After the boat ride we will return to our hotel and take off for Kumarakom. Kumarakom is Kerala’s heartland of lagoons, palm-fringed lakes, and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals, with the typical low-slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to the milkman and local politicians.

 

Activities
Periyar National Park Safari, Kumarakom visit
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 10

Alleppey

Board the comfortable houseboat to Alleppey after breakfast. Enjoy the magical houseboat ride and the breathtaking views of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay on the houseboat.

Activities
Kerala boat tour
Accommodation
Houseboat
Day 11

Cochin

After having breakfast on the houseboat, we will leave for Cochin. After arrival, check in at the hotel.

 

Accommodation
Hotel
Day 12

Cochin

Half-day Sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese. Continue to visit Jewish Synagogue located in the Jew Town quarter of Old Cochin. We will also see the Chinese Fishing Nets that line the seafront and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Activities
Cochin sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 13

Departure

In time you will be met by our representative and transfer to Cochin international airport.

What's included?

  • Accommodation in a double room
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner 
  • Transportation (incl. airport transfer)
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees.

Not included

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities to local staff
  • Cost due to any unforeseen circumstances 

Tour provided by

Orange Trips & Tours
Orange Trips & Tours

Fact sheet

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided in this fact sheet is subject to change. Faralong.com can not take responsibility for third party information and its changes. However, we do aim to update this page as often as possible. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage to check all important travel info such as visa regulations and travel info from the respective channels in your country.

Tour Provided

The name, address and emergency contact numbers of the local tour operator will be released to the clients after the final payment has been done.

We would like to assure you that all of our partners are well-known and respected in their field of work. Faralong.com is a part of the Summit Travel Group, who has been partnering with these service providers for years.

Service and Physical Activity Levels

Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:

Service Levels

Basic
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.

Standard
Accommodation in local 3-4* hotels suitable for the destination. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Comfort
Accommodation in international chain hotels, upmarket lodges or local 4-5* hotels. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Physical Activity

1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.

2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.

3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.

4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.

5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.

All necessary information regarding a specific tour is displayed on the tour page.

What's included

All tours on Faralong.com include accommodation, local transport (excluding airport transfers if not stated otherwise), meals as specified, English speaking guide and all entrance fees.

If there are any changes to the inclusions, then they are all noted on the tour page.

What's not included

None of the tours on Faralong.com include international flights to/from the destination, travel insurance (mandatory), visas if necessary, gratuities to local staff, personal expenses, optional activities or airport transfers (if not stated otherwise).

If there are any changes to the list of services not included in the tour, then they are all noted on the tour page.

Single Travellers

If you are traveling alone and would like to have your own room, then please add a Single Supplement from the Extra Services when booking or if not available, send us an email at travel@faralong.com.

Otherwise, you will be accommodated in the same room with another traveler of the same sex.

Tour Cost and Group Size

The final cost of the tour is determined 45 days before departure when the group is automatically closed. Until that point, in case of vacancies, it is possible to join the group and, therefore, lower the cost for everyone.

The maximum group size is always noted in the pricing scheme on the tour page. Please note that all of our tours are guaranteed from two travelers.

Our pricing scheme applies to private groups as well and no extra charge is applicable. The maximum group size, however, stays the same as stated in the pricing scheme.

Confirmations

All confirmations, joining instructions and tour operator contacts are made available after the final payment has been received by Faralong.com.

If a confirmation is needed for visa application purposes before the final payment has been made then, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com.

Itinerary

The itinerary of a tour can be found on the particular tour page.

Please note that all itineraries are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. The security and well-being of our clients always comes first to us and all of our esteemed partners.

Tour Leader

All tours on Faralong.com include the services of an English-speaking tour leader/guide/driver.

At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.

Travel Documents

Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.

Note that in some cases, a passport has to be valid up to 6 months after departing the destination. Be sure to check visa and other travel regulations from your local government offices well in advance.

Health

Please make sure that you check the vaccination requirements or your destination well in advance. Some countries might have mandatory vaccination rules and it is solely up to you to abide to them.

In case of high altitude trekking, please consult your doctor before making a booking. It is important to us and in regards to everyone’s safety that every group member is fit to take on the challenge.

In some cases, Faralong.com is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.

Weather

It is advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination a few days prior to departure.

Problems

Our and our local partners’ goal is to make everything go without any problems. However, sometimes the odds may not be in our favor and something may happen.

In case of problems on the road, please notify your tour guide first. It is important to give the local provider a chance to make things right.

If the problems can not be solved, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com. Be sure to give us an overview of the problem, your contact details and your booking reference.

In case of emergencies, it is mandatory to call the emergency number of our local tour provider. This number will be given to you with the confirmations and joining instructions, after making the final payment.