South India Trip

States under South India

Andhra Pradesh

Goa

Haryana

Karnataka

Kerala

Madhya Pradesh

Maharashtra

Rajasthan

Tamil Nadu

Union Territories

Dadar and Nagar Haveli

Daman and Diu

Pondicherry

Trip Details

Duration: 25 - 30 days
Best Time: December - January
Clothes: T-shirts, swimming gear, sun bathing gear.
Expenses: Other than travel expenses, you will need food, hotel and entertainment expenses. This can be upto USD 1500.00 per person.
Distance to travel: 16,000 kms

Trip Cost

USD 3500.00 for group of four or less. This is the expense for the vehicle only.

Your trip will start from any point that you would like to start it from. We are located in McLeodgunj, so we will pick you up from any point between McLeodgunj and Bombay. This trip really starts at Bombay. But if you are coming from Delhi, then we normally start this trip in Madhya Pradesh.

Be prepared for some hot weather. Sweaters are not needed. (Don't even think about them). Summer clothing highly recommended.

Regardless of where we pick you up from, your trip will include the following locations:

Khajuraho
This is our first stop. So, we will drive upto this point non-stop, and then begin your trip.

In the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator.

Bombay (now called Mumbai)
The name Mumbai is an eponym, etymologically derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba, the name of the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi, and Aai, mother in Marathi.

Mumbai is the birthplace of Indian cinema (Dadasaheb Phalke laid the foundations with his silent movies followed by his Marathi talkies), with the oldest film broadcast here in the early 20th century. Mumbai also boasts of large number of cinemas, including the world's largest IMAX dome theatre, which feature mainstream Bollywood, Marathi and Hollywood movies. Many film festivals are avidly attended throughout the year. Besides catering to cinephiles, the city has a thriving theatrical tradition in Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, English and other regional languages.

Here you will be taking the Mumbai Darshn tour, operated by private tour operators located at the Gateway of India. It is a lot more convenient and time saving than taking your own vehicle. The trip starts at 9AM and ends at 9PM. You will be taken from South Bombay all the way upto the North, and then dropped in South Bombay at night.

After resting the night over, you will be taken to Essel World, a theme park located in North Bomaby. You will spend the whole day there, and then stay at a hotel overnight. The third day you can either go shopping, or visit some more tourist spots. At night, you will travel to Goa, a 12 hour drive from Bombay.





Goa
This is where you will spend the maximum time on this trip. We will give you 5 days here, as this is the most enjoyable place. Accomodation is cheap, and food is not expensive either.

You will spend the five days in South Goa, at Palolem beach in your own private hut at the beach. You can rent motorbikes for local Goa tours, or you can take your own vehicle with you. Either way, you are going to enjoy your stay here.

You will also be taken to Calangute beach in North Goa, where you can enjoy speedboat rides, fine dining, and beach games. You can visit the oldest church in South India on your way back to your hut. Rest here for five days, and the sixth day you will be on the road again!

Renowned for its beaches, temples and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. One of the most developed states in India, Goa enjoys a high standard of living.

The name Goa came to European languages from the Portuguese colonisers, but its precise origin is unclear. The name Goa is said to have been derived from the Konkani word 'Goyan', which means a patch of tall grass.

Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. The European guests of the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination in the 1930s. However, Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in the World- the Kovalam beach.

Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services.

The larger of the beaches is called Light House Beach for its 35 metre high light house which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. It was the first topless beach in India. Topfree bathing and parading is banned now except in private coves owned by resorts. Visitors frequent these two beaches. The northern part of the beach is known as Samudra Beach in tourism parlance. A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part. The sands on the beaches in Kovalam are partially black in colour due to the presence of ilmenite and thorazite.





Kanya Kumari
This is another four hours drive from Kovalam Beach. A popular tourist place in India, the town and the district, Kanyakumari District, in which it is located, is a place of great natural beauty - from the blue seas of Kanyakumari town to the blue hills of the Western Ghats in the interior.

Kanyakumari takes its name from the Kumari Amman or Kanyakumari Temple, situated in the town, on the sea-shore, the very confluence of the three water-bodies - Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. According to local lore, Kanya Devi, an avatar of Parvati, was to marry Shiva, but as he failed to show up on his wedding day, the rice and other grains meant for the wedding feast remained uncooked and remain unused thereafter. As the local lore goes, the uncooked grains turned into stones as time went by. Some believe that the small stones which look like rice on the shore today, are indeed grains of the wedding that was never solemnized. Kanya Devi is now considered a virgin goddess who blesses pilgrims and tourists who flock the town.

Kanyakumari has been a great centre for art and religion for centuries. It was also an area of great trade and commerce. It was ruled by the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks. The architectural beauty of the temples in the area are the works of these rulers.

Madurai
The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple, which stands today as one of India's cultural and architectural landmarks, was originally built by the early Pandya King Kulasekara. The ancient city of Madurai was supposed to be laid out in a lotus-like formation with the temple at the center and streets and main thoroughfares layered one after the other in a concentric fashion. Legend has it that on the day the city was to be named, Lord Shiva blessed the land and its people while divine nectar showered on the city from his matted locks. The city hence came to be known as "Madhurapuri" meaning "The City of Divine Nectar". It is likely a late legend attempting to Sanskritise the otherwise Dravidian derivative of 'Madurai'.

Rameshwaram
This small town is situated in the Gulf of Mannar at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. According to legends, this is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge Ram Setu(also known as Adam's Bridge) across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor, Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Shiva to be absolved of the sin of killing Ravana, hence the name of Shiva, which became the name of the town - Rameswara ("lord of Rama"). Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this pilgrimage centre which is known as the Varanasi of the south.

Mahabalipuram
Close to Madras, this small town has the cleanest beaches ever seen. The monuments on the beach are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas (chariots), sculpted reliefs and structural temples. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art.

It is believed by some that this area served as a school for young sculptors. The different sculptures, some half finished, may have been examples of different styles of architecture, probably demonstrated by instructors and practiced on by young students. This can be seen in the Pancha Rathas where each Ratha is sculpted in a different style.

Madras
The city was established in the 17th century by the British, who developed it into a major urban centre and naval base. By the 20th century, it had become an important administrative centre, as the capital of the Madras Presidency.

Chennai is divided into four parts: North, Central, South and West. North Chennai is primarily an industrial area. Central Chennai is the commercial heart of the city and includes an important business district, Parry's Corner. South Chennai and West Chennai, previously mostly residential, are fast becoming commercial, home to a growing number of information technology firms, financial companies and call centres. The city is expanding quickly along the Old Mahabalipuram Road and the Grand Southern Trunk Road (GST Road) in the south and towards Ambattur, Koyambedu and Sriperumbdur in the west.[25] Chennai is one of the few cities in the world that accommodates a national park, the Guindy National Park, within its limits.

Hyderabad
Another overnight drive from Madras to this city is due. Also known as The City of Nizams and The City of Pearls, Hyderabad is today one of the most developed cities in the country and a modern hub of information technology, ITES, and biotechnology.

The original city of Hyderabad was founded on the banks of river Musi. Now known as the historic "Old City", home to the Charminar and Mecca Masjid, it lies on the southern bank of the river. The city center saw a shift to the north of the river, with the construction of many government buildings and landmarks there, especially south of the Husain Sagar lake.

Golkonda (or Golconda), a ruined city of south-central India, is situated west of Hyderabad, capital of ancient Hyderabad state. Several towns in United States of America are named after this fort.

Hyderabad city is today known for its IT and IT Enabled Services, Pharmaceuticals and Entertainment industries. Many Software firms, call centres, Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, dealing with IT and other technological services were set up in the 1990s making it one of the major regions for call centre setups, technology development and KPO hubs in India.


Golconda Fort
Golconda was once renowned for the diamonds found on the southeast and cut in the city. India, at that time, had the only known diamond mines in the world. The Mines of Golconda themselves yielded diamonds of trifling quantity. Europeans knew that diamonds were found only in these fabled mines. Golconda was, in fact, the market city of the diamond trade, and gems sold there came from a number of mines. The fortress city within the walls was famous for diamond trade. Magnificent diamonds were taken from the mines in the region surrounding Golconda, including Darya-e Nur, meaning sea of light, at 185 carats, the largest and finest diamond of the crown jewels of Iran.

DONE
You can now tell us if you want to go to some other place, or you can be dropped off in Delhi, or anywhere on the way, as you please. Our vehicle will be driving all the way back to McLeodgunj to pick up someone else who would be waiting for their tour. So, you are most welcome to drive all the way back to McLeodgunj, and stay over at Hotel Himalayan Paradise

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