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Chettinad Holidays

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Chennai Sadhu

Day 1: Chennai

Welcome to India. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Chennai street

Day 2: Chennai

Today we will take you on a full day tour of Tirukkalikundram and Kanchipuram. Tirukkalikundram is a small town dominated by soaring gopurams and Kanchipuram is considered the city of temples.

Day 3: Chennai

Free day at leisure.

Day 4: Chennai - Pondicherry

Today we will drive you to Pondicherry travelling via Mahabalipuram and transfer you to the hotel. Mahabalipuram is a world heritage site famous for the monolith temples dating back to centuries.


Day 5: Pondicherry

We take you on a half day sightseeing tour of this charming coastal town. Reminders of its colonial days include its Hotel de Ville (town Hall) and local police in red caps along with, of course, its french architecture. Rest of the day is free.

Gandhi Statue

Day 6: Pondicherry - Tanjore

Today we continue south to Tanjore, stopping enroute at Chidambaram, a beautiful temple, dedicated to Lord Nataraja - God Shiva in the form of a Cosmic Dancer. This is one of the few temples where Shiva and Vishnu are enshrined under one roof.

Tanjore street

Day 7: Tanjore

We will have a guided morning tour of Tanjore city and the rest of the day is free.

Temple carving

Day 8: Tanjore

We will head to Trichy for a guided visit of the Ranganathaswamy Temple complex.

Day 9: Tanjore - Chettinad

We will drive to Chettinadu today and check you into the hotel.

Day 10: Chettinad

Free day.

Tamil Nadu Cathedral

Day 11: Chettinad - Madurai

We will drive you to Madurai today and check you into the hotel. We will then take you on a guided tour of the city.

Gandhi museum

Day 12: Madurai

We will take you on a guided visit to Meenakshi Temple today. Meenakshi Temple is the most exquisite example of the Dravidian architecture. It is a master piece and was the center of activity for the promotion of art and culture in Madurai.

Local flower seller

Day 13: Madurai - Munnar

Today we will drive as far as Munnar (as to drive all the way through to Alleppey is too much for one day).

Gandhi museum

Day 14: Munnar - Alleppey

Today we will transfer to Alleppey and check onto the house boat. 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 it’s route.

Accommodation for the night

Day 15: Alleppey - Kumarakom

We will transfer you to Kumarakom and check you into the hotel.

Local house

Day 16: Kumarakom

Free day.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 17: Kumarakom

Free day.

Jewish Market

Day 18: Kumarakom - Kochi

Today we will drive you to Kochi and check you into the hotel. This commercial city, also called “The Queen of the Arabian Sea” is famous for its exquisite designer Gold Jewelry. The Indian Navy, the Port and the Airport share the largely man-made Willingdon Island. The famous Jew Street is a cul-de-sac leading to the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568.

Chinese nets at sunset

Day 19: Kochi

Free day.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 20: Kochi

Free day.

Day 21: Kochi - Coonoor

We will transfer you to Coonor and check you into the hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Day 22: Coonoor

Free day.

Day 23: Coonoor - Ooty

We will transfer you to Ooty, takeing the heritage train from Mettupalayam to Ooty. Upon arrival we will check you into the hotel.

Day 24: Ooty - Nagerhole NP

We will transfer you to Nagarhole and check you into your lodge.

Day 25: Nagerhole NP

We have a morning and afternoon game drive today.

Day 26: Nagerhole NP - Mysore

After a morning game drive, we head to Mysore and visit the market and Chaimondi Hill.

Day 27: Mysore

Our sightseeing today includes Fort Gumbaz and the Summer Palace.

Day 28: Mysore - Chikmagalur

Drive to Chikmagalur and our sightseeing includes Gometeshwara Statue and Sravanabelogola.

Day 29: Chikmagalur

Today you will have a sightseeing tour of Belur and Halebid, seeing the temples.

Day 30: Chikmagalur - Goa

We will drive you to the airport for the flight to Goa. Upon arrival in Goa, we will transfer you to the hotel.

Sacred cows on the beach

Day 31: Goa

Free day.

Day 32: Goa

Free day.

Day 33: Goa

Free day.

Day 34: Goa

Free day.

Day 35: Goa - Mumbai

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai we will transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day free.

Day 36: Mumbai

Free day.

Crawford market architecture

Day 37: Mumbai

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight check-in.