Discover Southern India and Kerala


  • 12 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Steady pace

Tour : 2640

Up to 10% off on 2020

From

£1,118 pp

Tour only

Based on 6th Apr 2020

From

£2,238 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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This affordable vacation 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 Pi tour in Puducherry, and explore the temple and palace of Tanjore. In Madurai, wander the flower market, visit the palace and temple, and explore the Gandhi Memorial Museum.

Your inspiring tour of India also includes visits to Thekkady to visit a spice plantation and enjoy an ancient martial arts performance. Board a houseboat for an overnight cruise into the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Your value-minded tour of India concludes with two nights in Cochin—home of the traditional Chinese fishing nets and a colourful dance performance.

Highlights

CHENNAI Visit Fort St. George, Mylapore Walk

PUDUCHERRY Visit Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram; Life of Pi tour; Heritage walk

TANJORE Visit Brihadashwara Temple and Tanjore Palace; cooking demo and dinner

MADURAI Tour local flower market; visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Memorial Museum; evening prayer ceremony at Meenakshi Temple

THEKKADY Witness a Kalaripayattu performance

LAKE VEMBANAD Overnight houseboat cruise

COCHIN Heritage walk in Fort Cochin; Kathakali dance performance

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

CHENNAI, INDIA

Day
1

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

CHENNAI

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CHENNAI–MAHABALIPURAM–PUDUCHERRY

Day
3

Start your day with a visit to DAKSHINACHITRA, a unique heritage center 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PUDUCHERRY

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PUDUCHERRY–TANJORE

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TANJORE–CHETTINAD–MADURAI

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADURAI

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADURAI–THEKKADY

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

THEKKADY–KERALA BACKWATERS CRUISE

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KERALA BACKWATERS CRUISE–COCHIN

Day
10

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

COCHIN

Day
11

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 colorful costumes and face masks worn by the dancers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COCHIN

Day
12

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+3 days Mumbai Extension

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

ARRIVE IN MUMBAI.

Day
1

Welcome to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colorful history. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

MUMBAI.

Day
2

This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. From here, cross Mumbai Harbor by ferry to the ELEPHANTA CAVES, a collection of cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Mumbai and drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi) and the MUMBAI MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

MUMBAI–CHENNAI.

Day
3

Fly to Chennai, India’s fourth largest metropolis to begin your tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Post tour

+4 days Marari Beach Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

MARARI BEACH.

Day
1

Today, a short drive takes you to the seaside village of Marari Beach.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MARARI BEACH.

Days
2-3

Enjoy your days doing as little or as much as you wish.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MARARI BEACH.

Day
4

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,118 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£2,238 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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