Grand Discovery of India

A sub-continent like no other! Revel in the beauty and diversity of this extraordinary country on a thrilling 29 Day Grand Discovery of India. Discover the grandeur of North India as you journey around the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Continue to spiritual Varanasi, search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and marvel at the incredible Taj Mahal. Your journey then heads south as you explore the British colonial history of Bangalore and Mysore, the lush highlands of Coorg and Kabini and cruise along the spectacular Kerala Backwaters.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Delhi

We welcome you to North India before arriving at your luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharampura haveli. Later, visit Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi

Fly to India’s holiest Hindu city, Varanasi for a two night stay.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride down to the banks of the Ganges River. Cruise the holy river at dusk whilst listening to the sounds of traditional Indian music. Release sacred offerings into the river and witness the magical ceremony of the evening Aarti.

Day 4: Varanasi

As the sun begins to rise, drift slowly down the Ganges River and watch the many ghats come to life. Afterwards, take a stroll along the ghats and laneways of the Old City. Later, journey to one of Buddhism’s most important sites in Sarnath.

Day 5: Varanasi – Khajuraho

Freechoice: Undertake a yoga lesson or visit a Shiva Temple to experience Rudrabhishek.

Fly to Khajuraho, famous for its magnificent World Heritage-listed temple architecture. Enjoy a two night stay at your hotel overlooking the iconic temples.

Day 6 – Khajuraho

Visit the exquisitely sculpted sandstone temples depicting the exotic Karma Sutra carvings for which these temples are famous.

Freechoice: Watch a sound and light show at the temples or a traditional folk dance.
Day 7: Khajuraho – Orchha – Jhansi – Agra

Drive to Orchha and enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continue to Jhansi and board a train to Agra. Arrive in the early evening at your luxurious Special Stay hotel in Agra, only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Day 8: Agra

Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers reflected in the landscaped pools. Later, discover the World Heritage-listed Mughal Red Fort of Agra.

Gather for evening drinks to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal from the close proximity of your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from Asian cuisine at C’est Chine, or a North Indian BBQ. Alternatively, enjoy the buffet at the Bellevue, located at your hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Ranthambore National Park

Explore the World Heritage-listed Site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur. Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

Day 10: Ranthambore National Park

Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal tiger during private morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 11: Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur

Drive to the Pink City, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Later, stop for lunch at Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Stay at your regal hotel in Jaipur for three nights.

Day 12: Jaipur

Visit the City Palace, home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century and the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows. Experience the art and history of Henna at your hotel.

Freechoice Dining: Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high up in Amer Fort while dining at 1135 Restaurant. Alternatively, dine in house at the Giardino Italian restaurant.
Day 13: Jaipur

Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amer Fort before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine at the restored Samode Haveli.

Day 14: Jaipur – Bangalore

Fly to South India via New Delhi to enjoy your two night stay at Bangalore.

Day 15: Bangalore

Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of winemaking.

Day 16: Bangalore – Bekal

Fly to Mangalore and travel to Bekal, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the sea during your two night stay.

Day 17: Bekal

During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the resort’s facilities at leisure.

Day 18: Bekal – Coorg

Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of a working coffee and spice plantation before tonight’s cultural show.

Day 19: Coorg

This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses.

After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

Day 20: Coorg – Bylekuppe – Kabini

Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay. En route visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet.

Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés.

Tonight, watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

Day 21: Kabini

Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eyes out while on a boat safari along the Kabini River.

Day 22: Kabini – Mysore

Travel to Mysore, known for its royal heritage and colonial buildings, before checking into your hotel in Mysore for two nights. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church. Then return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly illumination of approximately 97,000 lightbulbs.

Day 23: Mysore

Freechoice: Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa.

This afternoon drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan.

Enjoy dinner with a local family in Mysore related to the former royal family. The host has converted most of the rooms of her home into a colourful local school for children.

Day 24: Mysore – Bangalore – Kochi

Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore for your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your beautiful colonial-era hotel for the next three nights.

Day 25: Kochi

Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, witness a traditional Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

Day 26: Kochi

Freechoice: Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise, try Dolphins Point barbeque and grill.
Day 27: Kochi – Kumarakom

After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel for the next two nights.

Luxury Houseboat: Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, a converted traditional rice barge known as Kettuvallam, and cruise through the lakes and Backwaters past small villages to witness the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

Day 28: Kumarakom

Freechoice: Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 29: Kumarakom – Kochi

Take away wonderful memories of your Indian adventures as your journey concludes with your transfer to Kochi airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 04$23,390.00$32,090.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 17$23,690.00$32,590.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 28 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 20 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho / Jaipur - Delhi - Bangalore - Mangalore / Bangalore - Kochi
Accommodation:22 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern India Odyssey

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Southern India and its many wonders during this 26 day journey of discovery. Rich in colonial history and flush with spectacular scenery and wildlife, this itinerary is the ideal way to see the whole of this incredible region.

Start in Bangalore, heavily influenced by its British colonial history. From there, the amazing wildlife of Nagharhole National Park and the lush highlands of Coorg beckon, before you embrace your spiritual side during a visit to Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside of Tibet. Arriving in Mysore, join a local family for dinner and witness the city’s impressive illuminated palace. Explore the coastal city of Kochi before heading to the famous Kerala Backwaters, one of the world’s great waterways. Opportunities for wildlife spotting abound in Periyar National Park, while in Tamil Nadu you can enjoy several days exploring local temples, culture and traditional life. From French-influenced Puducherry, head to Chennai where your southern sojourn concludes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

Be welcomed to South India and your hotel for two nights in Bangalore.

Day 2: Bangalore

Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of winemaking.

Day 3: Bangalore – Bekal

Fly to Mangalore and travel to Bekal, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the sea during your two night stay.

Day 4: Bekal

During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the resort’s facilities at leisure.

Day 5: Bekal – Coorg

Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of a working coffee and spice plantation before tonight’s cultural show.

Day 6: Coorg

This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses.

After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

Day 7: Coorg – Bylekuppe – Kabini

Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay. En route visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet.

Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés.

Tonight, watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

Day 8: Kabini

Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eyes out while on a boat safari along the Kabini River.

Day 9: Kabini – Mysore

Travel to Mysore, known for its royal heritage and colonial buildings, before checking into your hotel in Mysore for two nights. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church. Then return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly illumination of approximately 97,000 lightbulbs.

Day 10: Mysore

Freechoice: Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa.

This afternoon drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan.

Enjoy dinner with a local family in Mysore related to the former royal family. The host has converted most of the rooms of her home into a colourful local school for children

Day 11: Mysore – Bangalore – Kochi

Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore for your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your beautiful colonial-era hotel for the next three nights.

Day 12: Kochi

Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, witness a traditional Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

Day 13: Kochi

Freechoice: Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise, try Dolphins Point barbeque and grill.
Day 14: Kochi – Kumarakom

After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel the next two nights.

Luxury Houseboat: Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, a converted traditional rice barge known as Kettuvallam, and cruise through the lakes and Backwaters past small villages to witness the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

Day 15: Kumarakom

Freechoice: Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 16: Kumarakom – Periyar National Park

Ascend into the highlands to Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in Thekkady, this wildlife reserve is known for its elephant population. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Periyar Lake. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 17: Periyar National Park – Madurai

Freechoice: Join an early morning guided jungle walk in the reserve or take a jeep tour through the surrounding countryside, passing local spice farms and plantations, for panoramic views over Tamil Nadu.

Wander through a small family-owned spice plantation and learn how spices grow before enjoying a lunch prepared by the family.

Cross into Tamil Nadu, the ‘State of Temples’ and drive to Madurai, known as the ‘Athens of the East’. Enjoy a two night stay.

Day 18: Madurai

Rise early for a walk through the heritage section of town to witness the early morning rituals. Later, wander through the local flower and vegetable market and the weavers market. An impressive sight awaits as you visit one of South India’s biggest pilgrimage sites, the Sri Meenakshi Temple, dating from the 1500s. Dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva, its nine towering gopurams – or monumental gates – and 12 towers rise high above the surrounding countryside. This evening return by tuk tuk to this magnificent Hindu temple to witness the rituals and celebration of the evening puja ceremony.

Day 19: Madurai – Chettinad

Drive to the small village of Karaikudi, located in the area known as ‘Chettinad’. The merchants and traders (the Chettiars) amassed fortunes from their roles as bankers, building remarkable homes. Experience a bullock cart ride through the narrow streets exploring the charm and faded elegance of colonial bungalows and merchant houses, stopping for a weaving demonstration en route. Stay at your beautifully restored Art Deco mansion, for the next two nights.

Day 20: Chettinad

Witness ‘Kolam making’, colourful designs made with dyed rice, before visiting a pottery village to watch the colourful local tiles called Athangudi being crafted by hand. This afternoon, take a heritage walk and visit Chettinad Palace.

Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration of Chettinad’s unique cuisine before a private Bharattnatayam classical dance performance, one of the most popular classical Indian dances. Settle back and feast on a typical Chettinad wedding dinner menu.

Day 21: Chettinad – Trichy – Tanjore

Journey through the ‘rice bowl’ of Tamil Nadu and on to Trichy, the former Madurai Nayak capital.

Freechoice: Choose to climb the Rock Fort Temple or visit the island and temples of Srirangam.

Continue to Tanjore and stay overnight at your newly restored hotel.

Day 22: Tanjore – Puducherry:

Discover the World Heritage-listed 11th century Brihadishvara Temple.

See a demonstration by master craftsmen on the ancient art of lost-wax casting. Also known as ‘precision casting’ or ‘cire perdue’ in French, it is a method of bronze casting dating back 5,700 years.

Later, drive to the pretty seaside town of Puducherry, the former capital of the French territories in India, then known as Pondicherry. Stay at your romantic hotel, a beautiful tribute to the town’s French legacy.

Day 23: Puducherry

Learn how the local Tamil population successfully assimilated French culture with their own during a heritage walking tour. Stroll past charming Tamil and colonial fusion architecture and visit the Aurobindo Ashram.

Day 24: Puducherry – Mamallapuram – Chennai

En route to Chennai stop at Mamallapuram to explore the spectacular World Heritage-listed Shore Temples. In Chennai, check into your beautiful hotel a two night Special Stay.

Freechoice Dining: Dine on international cuisine at Spectra or China XO, featuring the flavours of China. Alternatively try Jamavar, specialising in Indian cuisine.
Day 25: Chennai

Freechoice: Walk through Georgetown and discover its markets and colonial laneways or explore the 8th century Hindu temples in Kanchipuram. Alternatively, visit a local Indian market and take part in a cooking lesson.

Later, discover the history of the Basilica of San Thome, supposedly the final resting place of St Thomas. Tonight, reminisce about your wonderful journey at your farewell dinner.

Day 26: Chennai

Transfer to Chennai airport and depart South India with wonderful memories.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 17$17,090.00$22,390.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 30$17,490.00$23,090.00
October: 16$16,990.00$22,290.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 25 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 21 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Flights:Air Ticket: Bangalore - Bekal - Kochi
Accommodation:25 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Colours of South India

Tamil Nadu on the east coast of South India is a veritable living museum to both British and French colonial history, providing lots of opportunities to explore this fascinating era.

This ancient state is also home to one of the world’s oldest civilisations. Explore 2,000 year’s of language, dance, poetry and belief systems as you make your way through Madurai, Tanjore and Trichly. These towns are also renowned for their number of well-preserved temples, many of which are World Heritage-listed.

Tap into the spirituality of this region by visiting one of South India’s biggest pilgrimage sites, the Sri Meenakshi Temple which boasts over 33,000 sculptures. For those keen to see wildlife, the tranquil surrounds of Periyar Nationtional Park is just the trick. Known for its elephants, it is one of the great Parks of India.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Kochi

Welcome to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your beautiful colonial-era hotel for the next three nights.

Day 2: Kochi

Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, witness a traditional Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

Day 3: Kochi

Freechoice: Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise, try Dolphins Point barbeque and grill.

Day 4: Kochi – Kumarakom

After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel for the next two nights.

Luxury Houseboat: Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, a converted traditional rice barge known as Kettuvallam, and cruise through the lakes and Backwaters past small villages to witness the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

Day 5: Kumarakom

Freechoice: Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 6: Kumarakom – Periyar National Park

Ascend into the highlands to Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in Thekkady, this wildlife reserve is known for its elephant population. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Periyar Lake. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 7: Periyar National Park – Madurai

Freechoice: Join an early morning guided jungle walk in the reserve or take a jeep tour through the surrounding countryside, passing local spice farms and plantations, for panoramic views over Tamil Nadu.

Wander through a small family-owned spice plantation and learn how spices grow before enjoying a lunch prepared by the family.

Cross into Tamil Nadu, the ‘State of Temples’ and drive to Madurai, known as the ‘Athens of the East’. Enjoy a two night stay.

Day 8: Madurai

Rise early for a walk through the heritage section of town to witness the early morning rituals. Later, wander through the local flower and vegetable market and the weavers market. An impressive sight awaits as you visit one of South India’s biggest pilgrimage sites, the Sri Meenakshi Temple, dating from the 1500s. Dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva, its nine towering gopurams – or monumental gates – and 12 towers rise high above the surrounding countryside. This evening return by tuk tuk to this magnificent Hindu temple to witness the rituals and celebration of the evening puja ceremony.

Day 9: Madurai – Chettinad

Drive to the small village of Karaikudi, located in the area known as ‘Chettinad’. The merchants and traders (the Chettiars) amassed fortunes from their roles as bankers, building remarkable homes. Experience a bullock cart ride through the narrow streets exploring the charm and faded elegance of colonial bungalows and merchant houses, stopping for a weaving demonstration en route. Stay at your beautifully restored Art Deco mansion, for the next two nights.

Day 10: Chettinad

Witness ‘Kolam making’, colourful designs made with dyed rice, before visiting a pottery village to watch the colourful local tiles called Athangudi being crafted by hand. This afternoon, take a heritage walk and visit Chettinad Palace.

Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration of Chettinad’s unique cuisine before a private Bharattnatayam classical dance performance, one of the most popular classical Indian dances. Settle back and feast on a typical Chettinad wedding dinner menu.

Day 11: Chettinad – Trichy – Tanjore

Journey through the ‘rice bowl’ of Tamil Nadu and on to Trichy, the former Madurai Nayak capital.

Freechoice: Choose to climb the Rock Fort Temple or visit the island and temples of Srirangam.

Continue to Tanjore and stay overnight at your newly restored hotel.

Day 12: Tanjore – Puducherry

Discover the World Heritage-listed 11th century Brihadishvara Temple.

See a demonstration by master craftsmen on the ancient art of lost-wax casting. Also known as ‘precision casting’ or ‘cire perdue’ in French, it is a method of bronze casting dating back 5,700 years.

Later, drive to the pretty seaside town of Puducherry, the former capital of the French territories in India, then known as Pondicherry. Stay at your romantic hotel, a beautiful tribute to the town’s French legacy.

Day 13: Puducherry

Learn how the local Tamil population successfully assimilated French culture with their own during a heritage walking tour. Stroll past charming Tamil and colonial fusion architecture and visit the Aurobindo Ashram.

Day 14: Puducherry – Mamallapuram – Chennai

En route to Chennai stop at Mamallapuram to explore the spectacular World Heritage-listed Shore Temples. In Chennai, check into your beautiful hotel a two night Special Stay.

Freechoice Dining: Dine on international cuisine at Spectra or China XO, featuring the flavours of China. Alternatively try Jamavar, specialising in Indian cuisine.
Day 15: Chennai

Freechoice: Walk through Georgetown and discover its markets and colonial laneways or explore the 8th century Hindu temples in Kanchipuram. Alternatively, visit a local Indian market and take part in a cooking lesson.

Later, discover the history of the Basilica of San Thome, supposedly the final resting place of St Thomas. Tonight, reminisce about your wonderful journey at your farewell dinner.

Day 16: Depart Chennai

Transfer to Chennai airport and depart South India with wonderful memories.

20 20 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 27$10,990.00$13,990.00
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 04$11,190.00$14,590.00
October: 26$10,990.00$13,990.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury Coach Travel
Accommodation:15 nights accommodation
Guide:Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Discover Southern India & Kerala

This affordable holiday in India begins on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India’s ancient city of Chennai. Guided sightseeing includes Fort St. George, built in 1644, and Dakshinachitra heritage centre where fascinating history and sights bring Indian art and architecture to life. Continue to the historic port city of Mahabalipuram, take a Life of Pitour in Puducherry, and explore the temple and palace of Tanjore.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chennai, India

Welcome to Chennai, India’s fourth largest metropolis. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, 2 nights

Day 2: Chennai

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit Fort St. George, built in 1644, and stroll through Mylapore, the cultural hotspot of Chennai. Your evening is free to explore at leisure.

Day 3: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Puducherry

Start your day with a visit to Dakshinachitra, a unique heritage centre for the living traditions of Indian arts, crafts, and architecture. Later, journey to Mahabalipuram, once the main port of the Pallava Kingdom and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Puducherry early this evening.

Hotel: Accord Hotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Puducherry

A full day of sightseeing awaits you today. First, visit Auroville, the city of dawn. This experimental township was established as a universal place where men and women of all countries could live in peace and harmony above all nationalities, politics, and religious beliefs. Then, enjoy a Life Of Pi Tour and Heritage Walk of the French Quarter. Visit the SRI Aurobindo Ashram, one of the highlights of Puducherry, visited by thousands of people from all over the world.

Day 5: Puducherry – Tanjore

Travel through the rich and varied countryside to Tanjore in Tamil Nadu. Once there, visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple and Tanjore Palace. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner.

Hotel: Paradise Resort

Day 6: Tanjore – Chettinad – Madurai

Continue exploring Southern India on the way to Madurai via Chettinad. Visit Chettinad Village Market where you can opt to try a traditional meal served on a banana leaf. Later, arrive in Madurai, one of southern India’s oldest towns.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, 2 nights

Day 7: Madurai

In the morning, enjoy a tour of the local Flower Market, followed by a visit to the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, built in 1636. Then, reflect on Mahatma Gandhi and his influence on India’s history at the Gandhi Memorial Museum. This evening, enjoy a glimpse of Madurai’s devout religious culture during a visit to the atmospheric Meenakshi Temple at prayer time.

Hotel: Elephant Court

Day 8: Madurai – Thekkady

Admire the changing sights as you journey to Kumarakom. Along the way, stop for a visit to a Spice Plantation. Later, enjoy a Kalaripayattu Performance, one of the oldest martial arts forms in the world that developed in Kerala.

Day 9: Thekkady – Kerala Backwaters Cruise

Board your Houseboat for an overnight cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. As you drift along, enjoy authentic local food, watch the villagers go about their daily chores, and marvel at the beauty of southern India’s backwaters. Tonight, remain on board for a unique stay on Lake Vembanad.

Note: Due to space restrictions, please plan to pack a small overnight bag for the houseboat stay.

Hotel: Premium houseboat

Day 10: Kerala Backwaters Cruise – Cochin

Say goodbye to your houseboat and travel to Cochin, an important spice trading port since the 14th century and now a cosmopolitan business centre. Along the way, enjoy lunch at a local village.

Hotel: Radisson Blu, 2 nights

Day 11: Cochin

Your tour of Cochin starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets-the livelihood of many local fishermen-and a Heritage Walk in Fort Cochin. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore, shop, or visit an art cafe. In the evening, celebrate the success of your tour at a spectacular show of Kathakali Dance, a form of storytelling distinguished by the elaborately colourful costumes and face masks worn by the dancers.

Day 12: Cochin

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 13$2,079.00Price on Application
February: 10, 24$2,079.00Price on Application
March: 09, 23$2,079.00Price on Application
April: 06$2,079.00Price on Application
October: 12$2,089.00Price on Application
November: 02, 16$2,089.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 02 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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