Southern Splendour Small Group Tour

India

Southern Splendour Small Group Tour

From the sparkling shores of the Bay of Bengal travel across country through green and verdant hills, covered by vast tea plantations, to the great port city of Cochin (Kochi). Visit some of the greatest Hindu Temples, with their spectacular architecture dominated by towering gopurams. See the legacy of the French in Pondicherry and the dream of Auroville. Taste the cuisine of Chettinadu and savour a freshly made ‘brew’ in the Hill country! Finally explore the bustling port of Kochi with its fascinating cultural heritage.

15 days from £2,095.00 per person
Chennai - Pondicherry - Kumbakonam - Chettinadu - Madurai - Munnar - Periyar - Houseboat - Cochin (Kochi)

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Day 1: Arrive Chennai and Chennai Sightseeing

Friday 4 December

Arrive Chennai in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing including Kapaleeshwarar Temple, St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica & Marina beach. Overnight at Hotel Raintree Ana Salai or similar.

Day 2: To Pondicherry Mahabalipuram

Saturday 5 December

Morning drive to Pondicherry via the World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram, with its delicate Shore Temples, graceful Rathas and Arjuna’s Penance. Two nights at Palais de Mahe or similar. B

Accommodation: Palais De Mahe – Pondicherry

Day 3: Pondicherry Sightseeing

Sunday 6 December

Morning sightseeing of Pondicherry visiting the French and Tamil quarters, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and international township of Auroville. Afternoon at leisure. B

Day 4: To Kumbakonam Gangaikondacholapuram & Darasuram

Monday 7 December

Morning drive to Kumbakonam en-route visit Gangaikondacholapuram Temple and Darasuram – a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Overnight at Mantra Koodam or similar. B

Accommodation: Mantra Koodam – Kumbakonam

Day 5: To Chettinadu via Tanjore

Tuesday 8 December

Morning drive to Chettinadu - famed for its culinary delicacies and rich cultural heritage. Visit the superb Chola Brihadeeshwara Temple in Tanjore. Overnight at The Bangala or similar. B

Accommodation: The Bangala – Chettinadu

Day 6: To Madurai Evening Ceremony at Meenakshi Temple

Wednesday 9 December

Morning visit the Kings Palace and local market. Afternoon drive to Madurai. Evening visit the Meenakshi Temple to watch the “going to bed ceremony”. Two nights at GRT Regency or similar. B

Accommodation: GRT Regency – Madurai

Day 7: Madurai Sightseeing

Thursday 10 December

Morning sightseeing of Madurai city including Gandhi Museum. Afternoon at leisure. B

Day 8: To Munnar

Friday 11 December

Morning drive to Munnar- a breathtakingly beautiful, picture-postcard hill station. Two nights at Tea Harvester or similar. B

Accommodation: Tea Harvester – Munnar

Day 9: Plantation Walking Tour

Saturday 12 December

Morning guided walking tour to tea plantations followed by a visit to a Tea Museum, to learn about the history of the traditional ‘cuppa’. B

Day 10: To Periyar Spice Walk

Sunday 13 December

Morning drive to Periyar. Afternoon spice plantation walk with an experienced naturalist. Two nights at Cardamom County or similar. B

Accommodation: Cardamom County Resort – Periyar

Day 11: Boat Ride on Lake Periyar

Monday 14 December

Morning boat ride on the Lake Periyar to watch the wildlife come to the shore to drink. Afternoon at leisure. B

Day 12: To Houseboat

Tuesday 15 December

Early morning drive to Alleppey to board the converted traditional rice boat -Kettuvalam. Overnight on an air-conditioned houseboat. B, L, D

Accommodation: Houseboat

Day 13: To Kochi

Wednesday 16 December

Disembark at Alleppey and drive to Kochi. Watch a pulsating evening Kathakali dance performance. Two nights at Casino Hotel or similar. B

Accommodation: Casino Hotel – Kochi

Day 14: Kochi Sightseeing Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets

Thursday 17 December

Morning sightseeing of this beautiful port city which also includes the Jewish Synagogue and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. Afternoon at leisure. B

Day 15: Depart Cochin

Friday 18 December

Drive to Cochin and fly back home.

Looking to extend your holiday? Contact our consultants today for your options. B

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Dates & Prices

Dates Price per person (Double/Twin share) Single room supplement
04-18 Dec 2020 £2,095.00 £905.00
08-22 Jan 2021 £2,905.00 £905.00
05-19 Feb 2021 £2,155.00 £955.00
12-26 Feb 2021 £2,155.00 £955.00
05-19 Mar 2021 £2,095.00 £905.00
19 Mar - 02 Apr 2021 £2,095.00 £905.00