Private Tour - Discover Southern India & Kerala
On your private tour of Southern India you’ll discover the diverse cultures of the area that make it truly unique. After arriving in Chennai you will uncover the Mylapore Walk, the religious centre of the Tamil people. In Pondicherry you will visit Auroville, a town where many cultures live together in harmony. The famous Brihadeshwara Temple and Tanjore Palace await you in Tanjore, where you will sample the Tamil cuisine, before travelling to Chettinad to shop in the local markets. Passing through spice plantations, you will board a traditional houseboat for a cruise in Kerala, watching the busy life along the riverbank and sampling the local cuisine. This is a truly diverse and unique tour not to be missed.
14 days from
per person, for 2 people
Based on departing 26/09/2017 from London Heathrow AirportView Dates
On arrival in Chennai you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later in the afternoon enjoy an included city sight seeing tour of Chennai that includes the Mylapore Walk of the religious and cultural epicentre of the Tamil people. Includes Dinner
This morning, enjoy a cultural tour including a visit to Kalakshetra and Dakshinachitra. Continue to Mahabalipuram, the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom.
This morning travel to Pondicherry with a stop en-route at Kanchipuram for a visit to the city of 1,000 temples and also famous for its silk industry, with weavers making luxurious saris following designs which are hundreds of years old. Arrive in Pondicherry late this afternoon. Includes Breakfast
This morning, visit the Auroville, a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. Later check at Pondicherry. In the afternoon, visit the Pondicherry Museum, an excellent gallery with sculptures and has archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. Later, this afternoon enjoy a 'Life of Pi' tour and heritage walk of the French quarters. Also visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, it is one of the major highlights of Pondicherry and is visited by thousands of people from all over the world. This evening spend time at leisure exploring Pondicherry independently. Includes Breakfast
Continue to Tanjore in Tamil Nadu through the rich and varied countryside. En-route visit the temple towns of Swamimalai and the Darasuram Temple. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Includes Breakfast
Today, visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple and Tanjore Palace. This evening, enjoy an introduction and interaction on Tanjore Paintings and Tamil cuisine followed by dinner. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Continue the exploration of Southern India with a drive to Madurai via Chettinad. In Chettinad, enjoy visit to a village market and a traditional meal served on banana leaf. Includes Breakfast, Lunch
In the morning, enjoy a tour of the local flower market, followed by a sightseeing tour of Madurai. This evening, witness a prayer ceremony at the Meenakshi temple. Includes Breakfast
A long drive today to Kumarakom. Break the journey with a stop for a spice plantation visit and lunch in Thekkady. Includes Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, board a houseboat for an overnight cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. As your houseboat drifts along the shady canals, appreciate the scenic beauty, enjoy authentic local food, watch the villagers go about their local daily chores and marvel at the beauty of the backwaters. Lunch & dinner on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, continue to Kochi after disembarking your cruise continue with a visit to a local village. In the evening, enjoy a sunset harbour cruise on the Arabian Sea. Includes Breakfast
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kochi that includes a heritage walk in Fort Kochi. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore or why not shop around with a coffee at an Art Café? Later, see a Kathakali dance performance. Includes Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast
A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
Camera Fees Fees for using still or video cameras might be required at Indian attractions. These are payable locally and not included.