Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Lose yourself in a magical land of brightly-coloured temples, chaotic bazaars and delicious street food. Drift past backwater villages and bask in the setting sun, then barter with silk merchants as you wander the colonial streets.
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On arrival in Chennai you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later in the afternoon enjoy a city sight seeing tour of Chennai that includes the Mylapore Walk of the religious and cultural epicentre of the Tamil people. This evening enjoy a welcome 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.
Travel to Pondicherry with a stop en route at Kanchipuram for a visit to the city of 1,000 temples, famous for its silk industry with weavers making luxurious saris following designs which are hundreds of years old. Arrive in Pondicherry late this afternoon.
This morning, visit the Auroville, a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony regardless of creed, politics or nationality. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. Continue to Pondicherry and visit the Pondicherry Museum, an excellent gallery with sculptures and has archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. Later, enjoy a 'Life of Pi' tour and heritage walk of the French quarters, and visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. One of the major highlights of Pondicherry, it is visited by thousands of people from all over the world. Evening at leisure.
Continue to Tanjore in Tamil Nadu through rich and varied countryside. En-route visit the temple towns of Swamimalai and the Darasuram Temple. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Today, visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple and Tanjore Palace. This evening, enjoy an introduction and interaction on Tanjore Paintings and Tamil cuisine cookery demonstration followed by dinner.
Drive to Madurai via Chettinad. In Chettinad, enjoy visit to a village market and a traditional meal served on banana leaves.
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.
A long drive today to Kumarakom. Break the journey with a stop for a spice plantation visit and lunch in Thekkady.
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.
After disembarking your cruise visit to a local village before continuing to Kochi. In the evening, enjoy a sunset harbour cruise on the Arabian Sea.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kochi that includes a heritage walk in Fort Kochi. This afternoon enjoy is free to explore. Later, see a Kathakali dance performance.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Accommodation will be as stated or similar standard.
Day 3: Some sights are subject to days of operation.
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.
The car pick up was excellent. Qatar Airline was excellent. The tour itself involved a lot of travelling through areas that were very poor, which gave a good idea of what life is like for the rural population. The temples and museams weren't of great interest, we found them very basic. I wouldn't recommend this holiday. Overall the hotels were very good. The driver and bus boy were very good.
Could have easily traveled the night before like other members of our party. Plus a direct flight again like others. Plus the promenade hotel looked very nice....but we will never know
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