Soak up the view of the Shore Temple at sunset.
Enjoy France in India in the former colonial enclave of Pondicherry.
Stay in a village of 19th century merchants' homes.
Witness the ceremonies in Sri Meenakshi temple with hundreds of pilgrims and the smell of incense.
What our specialists say...
This journey travels across South India’s most prominent areas, taking in a variety of experiences, accommodation and historical sites. You’ll start off exploring the rich cultural and architectural history of Tamil Nadu, visiting ancient temples, colonial outposts and quirky cities. This pairs well with the more relaxed pace of Kerala, where you can cruise the backwaters on a houseboat and stay in a welcoming homestay, before ending in the old trading town of Cochin. Meeting a variety of guides along the way, you will be able to learn about the history and people that have shaped this fascinating region.
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Chennai.
Day 2 Mahabalipuram
Arrive into Chennai International Airport to be greeted by one of our local representatives. Your private driver will stay with you for the duration of your trip, on hand to assist during long journeys and suggest places to stop along the way for refreshments or comfort breaks.
Day 3 Mahabalipuram
Today your Indian adventure starts with a tour of Mahabalipuram, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will see the many influences that have shaped the city, the government project to restore home owners properties, and a paper factory run by a local ashram dependant if you are there when it is open.
Day 4 Pondicherry
Day 5 Pondicherry
Day 6 Tanjore
Day 7 Chettinad
Today you will drive to Chettinad, visiting Trichy along the way. Trichy is located right in the centre of Tamil Nadu and is an important religious site since the 3rd century BC. A local guide is on hand to show you around the temples and explain the rituals which locals may be performing. You'll also be able to climb to the Rock Temple for views across the town.
Day 10 Kuttikanam
Madurai , Kuttikanam
Cross the Western Ghats today, a beautifully scenic drive of about six hours which will take you into the state of Kerala. You might like to stop and visit one of the villages along the way - many serving spiced tea (chai) which we can strongly recommend. This afternoon you can relax or take a stroll to explore the local tea and coffee plantations.
Day 11 Alleppey
Kuttikanam , Alleppey
Your journey in Kerala continues today as you head to the iconic Backwaters. This two hour drive passes some particularly lush areas which are good for birdwatching - your driver will be happy to stop for you to enjoy the views. Stay in a family-run homestay this evening and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of this part of India.
Alleppey , Cochin
Today you will meet a local guide who will give you a guided tour of the city. A blend of Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial influences, there is a range of unusual architecture to explore. As well as seeing the key sites such as the fort and Jewish Synagogue, our guides are keen to show you some of the less explored areas of the city. Finish your tour with views of the Chinese fishing nets - hopefully you can catch the fishermen in action.
Day 14 International return flight
Cochin , International return flight
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