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Secrets of South India

Small group tour
12 days - From £2430*PP

This captivating itinerary unveils South India’s rich history and culture, from colourful Fort Cochin to the giant ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, from French-influenced Pondicherry to the seaside village of Mahabalipuram. Discover a fascinating corner of India home to colonial history, traditional villages, Hindu tradition and quaint seaside towns.

Inclusions

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees (camera fees not included)
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • return transfers

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2017

DAYS 1-2: COCHIN
On arrival in Cochin, transfer to your hotel and meet your group for a welcome dinner. Your journey begins with a heritage walk past traders' mansions and the colourful waterfront. Visit the spice trading streets and a 400-year-old synagogue. Learn of Kerala’s rich cultures and take in a traditional Kathakali dance, and enjoy a sunset cruise.

Hotel: Fragrant Nature Kochi

DAYS 3-5: THEKKADY & MADURAI
Drive to picturesque Thekkady and discover the secrets of a remarkable home spice garden before trying a traditional ayurvedic massage at your Keralan heritage hotel. Cruise past Periyar National Park jungles where you might see elephants and other wildlife. Enjoy the scenic drive to Madurai and take a walk outside the vast Sri Meenakshi Temple, a sacred walled city within a city. The next morning, tour the temple interior and visit the Gandhi Museum. Enjoy a local thali lunch, tour the Madurai Palace and stroll through a colourful street market.

Hotel: Spice Village
Hotel: Heritage Madurai

DAYS 6-8: KARAIKUDI & KUMBAKONAM
On the way to Karaikudi, stop at a vibrant vegetable market. See artisans creating the area's famous handmade tiles, then embark on a heritage walk viewing the town’s palatial houses. Learn some secrets of the celebrated local Chettinad cuisine with a cooking demonstration. Drive to Thanjavur and tour the Sri Brihadeeshwara temple before reaching Kumbakonam in the evening. Stay in a charming eco-resort and discover local traditions including rangoli-making on a morning village walk.

Hotel: The Bangala
Hotel: Mantra Veppathur

DAYS 9-10: PONDICHERRY
Travel to the vibrant seaside town of Pondicherry, a former colony that has retained a unique French-influenced colonial atmosphere, from the charming architecture and churches to its patronage of the arts. Visit a flower market and see South Indian coffee being made at a local coffee shop, an authentic breakfast experience. Take a cycle rickshaw ride through town and enjoy a free afternoon to explore or visit the world famous Shri Aurobindo ashram.

Hotel:   Maison Perumal

DAYS 10-12: MAHABALIPURAM
Continue along India's lovely coastline to the beachside village of Mahabalipuram, an artisan centre and home to the iconic craftsmanship of the ancient Shore Temples and 5 Rathas. That evening, attend a farewell dinner. The following morning, enjoy free time before your departure transfer to Chennai.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay

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Accommodation
8.8
Content of holiday
9.2
Tour leader, if applicable
9.5
Local guide(s)
9.2
Value for money
9.6
Overall rating
9.4
Scores 9.4 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
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