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Namaste! Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Chennai where we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel and check you in.
Today enjoy an afternoon tour of the city includes a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. Later we visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India plus also the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to the 8th centuries.
South by car to Pondicherry. A former French colony, Pondicherry exudes a Mediterranean aura - whitewashed residences, ornamental gardens and excellent French-Indian restaurants. Many travellers come to visit the popular Sri Aurobindo Ashram, whose spiritual tenets combine yoga and modern science. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour.
Continuing south, you will arrive at Tanjore. Our city tour includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple. The World Heritage protected temple has a dome weighing an estimated 80 tonnes which was hauled into place along an earth ramp in a manner similar to that used for the Egyptian pyramids.
A short drive to Trichy. Trichy has been ravaged by war through the centuries. A lasting legacy is the Rock Fort and its temples. Enjoy some exploration of the fort and temples on our afternoon tour.
This morning, we arrive in Madurai. A bustling city jam-packed with rickshawallas, pilgrims and traders and resembling a seemingly continuous bazaar. Madurai is your to enjoy.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city’s busy bazaars. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city further.
The journey continues to Ooty today. It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills and the drive up is through lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees.
This morning we will take you on a city tour of Ooty and this afternoon you will have the toy train ride from Ooty to Coonor, departing at 15:00 and arriving at 16:10. We will then drive you back to Ooty.
Today we will drive you to Mysore. Arrive Mysore and you will be met and transferred to you hotel and relax from your scenic drive.
Today enjoy a half day city tour. This evening enjoy a visit to Brindavan Gardens.
Today is a free day for you to enjoy the Dussehra Jamboree (car and driver at your disposal). Dussehra also symbolizes the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.
Drive to Bangalore and on your arrival enjoy a half day city tour. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.
Free day and at your leisure in Bangalore with a Car at your disposal to explore on your own.
This afternoon we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Kochi. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon we will take you on a guided visit to the Synagogue.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour, including a walking tour of Fort Cochin. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps watch famous Keralan dancers perform. Arrive early so you don’t miss the artists applying their awesome make-up.
A drive east to to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.
This morning we will drive you to Periyar. Arrive Periyar and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
There is plenty to do in and around Periyar. Perhaps enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants or visit the nearby tea estates and spice plantation. Afternoon at leisure.
Continue to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. An ideal place to relax and be at one with natural surroundings, you’ll enjoy two nights here. Check out the wonderful bird sanctuary.
Free day and at your leisure.
This morning, you’ll board a traditional Keralan rice boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Allapuzha (Alleppey). The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies its route.
Disembarking at Allapuzha, enjoy a short drive to Kochi (Cochin) for the flight to Chennai (flight 9W 2734, departing at 16:55 and arriving at 18:25). Our services will end upon your arrival into Chennai.
Settled in the early 18th century by the French, Pondicherry on the Bay of Bengal in the state of Tamil ...