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Namaste! Welcome to India! Arrive Chennai and you will be met and driven south to Pondicherry, a former French colony which 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.
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry which includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple.
Today we will drive you to the seaside town of Mahabalipuram. Situated on the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram offers long white sand beaches and some of the best archaeological sites to be found in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Today we will drive you to Chennai. Arrive Chennai and you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
This morning enjoy a city tour of Chennai. Highlights include a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. Transfer to the train station for the overnight sleeper train to Metupalayam.
Arrive Mettupalayam and connect with the narrow gauge Blue Mountain Railway toy train destined for Ooty. Operating since 1899, the Blue Mountain Railway with its blue and cream steam livery has chugged from Mettupalayam to Ooty, negotiating 16 tunnels, 31 major bridges and climbing to 2193 metres. The charming 4 hour journey offers sweeping mountain views and breathtaking scenery Arrive Ooty and transfer to your hotel.
Today enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Ooty.
This morning enjoy a boat ride in the national park. Spot Asian elephant, four horned antelope, flying squirrels and on occasion leopard and tiger.
This morning enjoy a jeep safari. Later we will drive you to Mysore - the former capital of the princely state, ruled by Wodeyars dynasty royalty from 1399 - 1947. The city of former glory and grandeur, enchanted admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples.
A full day of sightseeing, including the impressive Maharaja's Palace, the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore.
Today we will drive you to Bangalore Airport in time for your flight to Kochi. Arrive Kochi and you will be met and transferred to Allepey where you will 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 it’s route.
This morning we will drive you to the beach resort of Mararikulam. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.
Sit back and relax here in this laid back coastal area of India, walk along palm fringed beaches looking for shells and watching the fishermen at work, or simply kick back and enjoy some fresh fruit cocktails.
We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.
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