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Southern Splendour Guaranteed Departures


Southern Splendour Guaranteed Departures

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
Chennai - Pondicherry - Kumbakonam - Chettinadu - Madurai - Munnar - Periyar - Houseboat - Cochin (Kochi)

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Day 1 : Arrive Chennai and Chennai Sightseeing

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

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Day 2 : To Pondicherry Mahabalipuram

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

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

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Day 4 : To Kumbakonam Gangaikondacholapuram & Darasuram

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

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

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
Madurai Tamil Nadu India March 11 2011. Meenakshi hindu temple.

Day 7 : Madurai Sightseeing

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


Day 8 : To Munnar

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

Accommodation: Tea Harvester – Munnar
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Day 9 : Plantation Walking Tour

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

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Day 10 : To Periyar Spice Walk

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
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Day 11 : Boat Ride on Lake Periyar

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

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Day 12 : To Houseboat

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

Accommodation: Houseboat
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Day 13 : To Kochi

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
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Day 14 : Kochi Sightseeing Mattancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets

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

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Day 15 : Depart Cochin

Drive to Cochin and fly back home.

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

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Price per person
(Double/Twin share)
Single room supplement
£1,935.00 £860.00
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£2,155.00 £995.00
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Cost includes:
  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Daily breakfast throughout. Houseboat on Full Board.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
  • Full ATOL Bonding
Cost does not include:
  • International Flights
  • Visa Fee.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Any optional Excursions.
  • Travel Insurance*

*Travel Insurance
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.

• Make sure it includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
• Make sure it provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
• Make sure it covers you for all activities.
• Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
• Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.

If you have any doubts about your cover, check with your insurer. Please note Covid-19 cover is now available.
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