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.
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Day 1 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 2 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 3 Pondicherry
This morning you will drive further south to the former French enclave of Pondicherry. Along the way you will pass many salt flats, if you wish to stop please ask your driver.
Day 4 Pondicherry
Today you will enjoy a private guided tour of the colonial quarter. You will find that hotels, shops and cafes, all have a French influence and you'll find that many locals still speak french.
Day 5 Tanjore
Continue to Tanjore today, stopping to enjoy various temples and their sacred art en route. The history is fascinating - local guides can be arranged if you would like a detailed tour or you can explore independently.
Day 6 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 9 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 10 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 13 Return home
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