Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Chennai
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel in fascinating Chennai.
Overnight: Courtyard by Marriot (4 star) or Hyatt Regency (5 star)

DAY 2 Chennai
Today’s guided city tour takes you to the colourful Kapaleeswarar Temple a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, Fort St. George Museum, St. Mary’s Church and Marina Beach. Rest of the day is free for you to relax.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Courtyard by Marriot (4 star) or Hyatt Regency (5 star)


DAY 3 Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Puducherry
Travel south to the village of Mahabalipuram to visit the 7th century Shore Temples. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, the ancient monuments are an architectural marvel and carry a fascinating history. Your journey continues to Puducherry, a city under French rule until 1954. Today the city has a strong French influence with its French-style houses and tree-lined boulevards and chic boutiques.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Accord Puducherry (4 star) or Palais De Mahe (5 star)


DAY 4 Puducherry
Today’s sightseeing tour includes a visit to Aurobindo Ashram spiritual community, Botanical gardens, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Puducherry Museum, French Institute of Ideology and Bharti Dasan Memorial Museum.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Accord Puducherry (4 star) or Palais De Mahe (5 star)


DAY 5 Puducherry – Chettinad
This morning continue towards Chettinad stopping enroute for lunch at Lakshmi Vilas heritage bungalow. Chettinad is a fascinating destination famous for its historic architecture of significant cultural importance. The community of merchants and traders amassed their fortunes throughout the 19th century to build over 10,000 opulent mansions in the 75 towns. Also famous for its unique cuisine this evening you will participate in a cooking demonstration, followed by dinner.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: Chettinadu Mansion (4 star) or Visalam (5 star)


DAY 6 Chettinad

Explore the city highlights on a guided sightseeing tour. Visit the huge country homes of the Chettiars, Chettinad museum where you can observe the local craft of tile making and the district of Karaikudi, well-known for the limestone houses unique to this area.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Chettinadu Mansion (4 star) or Visalam (5 star)

DAY 7 Chettinad – Madurai
Drive to the ancient city of Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu. One of the oldest cities in India it was once a capital city which traded with ancient Rome. This evening attend the Aarti ceremony at the colourful Meenakshi Amman Temple.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Heritage Madurai (4 star) or The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai (5 star)


DAY 8 Madurai
Your guided tour this morning includes a visit to the bustling markets, the weaver’s colony, the thousand pillared Madurai Meenakshi Temple, the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple one of the oldest temples known for its astonishing architecture, Koodal Alagar Temple, 17th Century Thirumalai Nayak Mahal and the Gandhi Museum.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Heritage Madurai (4 star) or The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai (5 star)

DAY 9 Madurai – Periyar National Park – Thekkady
This morning continue to Periyar a spice plantation area surrounded by the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the delightful garden where you will be introduced to a range of spices including cardamom, pepper, cinnamon and more. Enjoy a boat safari on the scenic Periyar Lake, with the possibility to catch a glimpse of rare birds and animals.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Poetree Sarovar Resort (4 star) or Greenwoods Resort (5 star)

DAY 10 Thekkady – Kumarakom
Your tour today will take you on a trip through the scenic south of India, past tea estates, rubber plantations, colourful villages and chaotic towns. Your final destination for today is the village of Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands on Vembanad Lake. Your evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Backwater Ripples (4 star) or Zuri Kumarakom Resort (5 star)


DAY 11 Kumarakom – Alleppey
Travel to Alleppey, also referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to the vast network of canals it is situated on. Here you will board a houseboat and begin your journey along the stunning palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala, one of southern India’s most mesmerising experiences. Relax as you wind your way past the vast expanse of paddy fields witnessing everyday village life along the banks.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: Private Deluxe Houseboat (4 star) or Private Luxury Houseboat (5 star)


DAY 12 Alleppey – Cochin
After a relaxing night aboard your houseboat it’s time to disembark and travel north to Cochin. Cochin is a fascinating city has been a hub to traders and travellers for over 600 years. It has a diverse history which has influenced the city in many ways, including the use of Chinese fishing nets still today, Portuguese and Dutch era houses, ruins dating back to the British Raj and an ancient synagogue.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Holiday Inn (4 star) or Trident Cochin (5 star)


DAY 13 Cochin
This morning your city tour will take you to see the Chinese fishing nets in use and to see Mattancherry Palace,
Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church the oldest European church in India. Afterwards, experience
a local cooking demonstration followed by lunch. This afternoon enjoy a walk along the narrow street known as Jew
Town, famous for its antiques and old world charm. Enjoy an evening performance showcasing the traditional folklore dance known as Kathakali. *Dutch Palace closed Fridays and Jewish Synagogue closed Friday and Saturday.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Overnight: Holiday Inn (4 star) or Trident Cochin (5 star)

DAY 14 Cochin
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey.
Meals: breakfast

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation in your selected category
  • 1 night in houseboat of your selected category
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Delhi
  • English-speaking local guides (except Alleppey, Kumarakom and Thekkady)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Services of a local representative
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners

Excursions

  • Guided tours: Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Chettinad, Madurai and Cochin
  • Visit: Mahabalipuram Shore Temples
  • Boat safari on Periyar Lake
  • Folklore dance performance, Cochin
  • Jeep or elephant ride up to Amber Fort, Jaipur

 

Pricing

Departures daily.
Prices are per person in Australian Dollars (AUD)
 
 
01 Oct 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
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11 Jan 2020 - 15 Apr 2020
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01 Oct 2020 - 19 Dec 2020
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