A 16 day fully escorted tour across south India from the east coast to the west.
Only £1,895 per person
CHENNAI – PONDICHERREY – TANJORE – MADURAI – PERIYAR – HOUSEBOAT CRUISE – COCHIN - GOA BEACH STAY - MUMBAI
Price includes : internal flights, visa to India, private vehicle for all airport transfers, visits & excursions as per programme, English speaking local guides, admission fees, fullboard houseboat cruise, hotels as specified ( or similar ) with daily breakfast.
Price excludes : International flights*, other meals, gala dinner at hotels (if applicable), tipping and any service not specified. Single supplement : £395.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices.Please call us for mor information.
DAY 01 Depart from London Heathrow.
DAY 02 CHENNAI (-/-/-)
Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative & transferred to Rhada Regent hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Chennai.
DAY 03 CHENNAI (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting Santhome Cathedral Church, St. Thomas Mount & Fort St. George. Afternoon excursion to Kanchipuram, which was under the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century AD and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijaya-nagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. Overnight at Rhada Regent Hotel.
DAY 04 CHENNAI / PONDICHERRY BY ROAD 201 KMS / 04 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning drive to Pondicherry with en-route visit to Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram. Continue your drive and check-in on arrival at your hotel in Pondicherry. Afternoon tour of Pondicherry includes Sri Aurobindo Ashram & Pondicherry Museum. Overnight at Ananda Inn Hotel.
DAY 05 PONDICHERRY / TANJORE BY ROAD 177 KMS / 04 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Gangaikondacholapuram Temple. Overnight at Sangam Hotel in Tanjore.
DAY 06 TANJORE / MADURAI BY ROAD 175 KMS / 04 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of famous Tanjore city, visiting the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tones, which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building the Pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Afternoon drive to Madurai, visiting en-route the Rock Fort & the temple complex of Srirangam at Tiruchirappali. Continue your drive & on arrival check-in at your hotel. Overnight stay at Sangam Hotel in Madurai.
DAY 07 MADURAI (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of Madurai city to see the great Meenakshi Temple, an excellent example of Dravidian Architecture, dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams (rising high above the surrounding countryside). Also visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace, a gracious building in the Indo Mughal style, famous for the Stuccowork on its domes and arches. In the evening, witness the night ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at Sangam Hotel.
DAY 08 MADURAI / PERIYAR (ROAD 137KM) / 4 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Morning drive to Periyar crossing over the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border to enter into ‘God’s Own Country’. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. The Periyar Wild-life Sanctuary offers a fairly good chance of seeing the great Indian tiger in its natural habitat. Overnight at Tree Top Resort.
DAY 09 PERIYAR (B/-/-)
Morning game viewing by boat on the artificial Lake Periyar. Amongst the animals spotted here are wild elephants, which can be seen and photographed at close quarters, wild boar, sambar, teal, leopard, and wild dog and lanjur monkeys. Overnight at Tree Top Resort.
DAY 10 PERIYAR / KOTTAYAM BOAT JETTY BY ROAD 120 KMS/03 HRS APPROX (B/L/D)
Morning drive to Kottayam Boat Jetty to board your houseboat for a remarkable journey through the coconut-palmed canals. Your houseboat crew will take care of your every need, cook delicious Kerala food and show you the places of interest. Overnight onboard.
DAY 11 ALLEPPEY / COCHIN BY ROAD 63 KMS / 02 HRS APPROX (B/-/-)
Arrive in Allepey in the morning. After breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Gokulam Park Inn Hotel.
DAY 12 COCHIN / MUMBAI / GOA (B/-/-)
Morning transfer to airport to board your flight to Goa via Mumbai. Upon arrival in Goa, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 3 nights stay at Alor Grand Hotel in Goa on bed & breakfast basis.
DAY 13-14 GOA (B/-/-)
Full day at leisure to enjoy the beach.
DAY 15 GOA / MUMBAI (B/-/-)
Morning at leisure. Later transfer to airport for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at Sea Palace Hotel.
DAY 16 DEPART MUMBAI (B/-/-)
Morning sightseeing tour of Mumbai, including Dhobi Talao, Victoria Station and Marine Drive. Afternoon transfer to international airport to board your flight home.