South India: East to West

15 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

£1,991pp

2-3 star & low season

£2, 472pp

3-4 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Depart London in the evening and fly to Chennai via Mumbai.
Day 2
Today your driver will bring you south to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its beautiful stone carved temples as well as its beaches. Spend the afternoon enjoying the beach.
Day 3
Enjoy a Mahabalipurum Temple Complex tour today. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.
Day 4
Enjoy a Mahabalipurum Temple Complex tour today. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.
Day 5
Enjoy our Pondicherry City Tour today.
Day 6
From Pondicherry you and your driver will head to Tanjore. En route you might like to visit the Brihadisvara temple complex, a UNESO World Heritage site in Gangaikondacholapuram along with Airavatesvara temple complex in Darasuram. Including the stops, this journey is likely to take approximately 5 hours.
Day 7
Enjoy a tour of Brihadishwara Temple today, one of South India's most significant temples and as a result a UNESCO World Heritate site. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Day 8
From Tanjore continue east to Trichy, approximately a 1.5 hour journey, and enjoy a tour of Trichy, taking in its wonderful working temples. Afterwards continue south into rural Tamil Nadu, to Chettinad, a unique area renowned for its mansions and unusual cuisine. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the mansions.
Day 9
From Chettinad your driver will bring you to Madurai, one of the oldest cities in South Asia and an important place of worship for Hindus. This journey should take under 2 hours. Today you will enjoy a tour of the spectacular and colouful Meenakshi Temple. You might like to return to the temple for the night ceremony this evening.
Day 10
Your driver will being you west and over the border into Kerala today. You will climb to a higher altitude and will reach Munnar in the early afternoon. Munnar is a stunning area carpeted in tea plantations. This afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour through a tea plantation to learn the process of picking tea.
Day 11
Today you will enjoy a visit to the local tea museum. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Alternatively, if you are keen walkers, you might like to enjoy our Top Station Valley Trek. This 5 hour walk takes in tea plantations, dense shola forests, mountain ridges and shola grasslands
Day 12
From Munnar you will head to the Backwaters, a beautiful journey that should take you four hours. You will board your housboat in time for lunch. Cruise around the idyllic backwaters for the rest of the day and stay overnight on boarf.
Day 13
Disembark from your houseboat after breakfast. Afterwards you will be taken to Cochin. Cochin is home to the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets.
Day 14
Enjoy a tour of Cochin and in the evening witness the iconic kathakali theatre.
Day 15
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for your morning flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.  

South India: East to West cuts through both Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It begins with flying into Chennai (formally known as Madras) before moving south to Mahabalipurum, home to exquisite 7th century temples; Pondicherry, the former French capital and Tanjore, home to Brihadeeeswarar Temple.  From here the journey moves into more rural territory, to Chettinad, a unique region famed for its opulent mansions and distinctive cuisine. From Chettinad the trip moves west to Madurai, one of Asia’s oldest cities, before moving over the border into the greener lands of Kerala. The first stop in Kerala is Munnar, an incredibly green and fertile region famed for its tea production. From here the journey heads to The Backwaters, one of Kerala’s most idyllic and iconic areas with traditional houseboats meandering down narrow waterways. The journey then ends in Cochin, one of India’s best preserved colonial landscapes, home to a glorious synagogue, the Chinese fishing nets and numerous boutiques, cafes and restaurants. We feel this is an excellent and varied trip as it takes in both the dry and religious lands of Tamil Nadu, as well as the green and scenic regions of laid back Kerala.


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