The delicate scent of spices, the sound of
temple bells, exotic flora and fauna and
beaches all characterise Tamil Nadu and
Kerala. This journey travels through hill
stations, tropical backwaters and
temple-laden towns while staying in
some of the region’s very best hotels.
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Direct flight from London (regional connections
available) to Chennai (Madras) with British
On arrival transfer to the Hyatt Regency (or
similar) for 1 night (early check in available).
Time at leisure before an afternoon tour of the
city followed by free time at Marina beach. (B)
Morning walking tour of Mylapore, a town that predates Chennai by 2,000 years. Continue to
Puducherry (Pondicherry), visiting the world
heritage listed shore temples at Mahabalipuram
en route. Stay 2 nights at the Palais de Mahe
(or similar) located in the heart of the French
This morning visit a local rural village,
organised by Mohanam Cultural Centre.
Watch the villagers involved in traditional
crafts such as stone carving, ceramics and
terracotta work. Afternoon guided walk through
Puducherry, the location for the award-winning
film Life of Pi. (B)
Drive through scenic countryside to Thanjavur
(Tanjore) for 2 nights at the magical Svatma.
Lunch at Kumbakonam and visit the handloom
weavers’ houses in Darasuram en route. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Brihadeeswarar temple and
its beautiful frescoes. Later, visit the art gallery
and fascinating Saraswathi Mahal library at
Tanjore Palace. Evening introduction to the art
of Thanjavur paintings at your hotel followed by
dinner. (B, D)
Travel to Chettinad. Visit to a village market
and evening culinary experience followed
by a traditional dinner. Overnight stay at
Chidambara Villas (or similar). (B, D)
Travel to Madurai. Evening visit to the
illuminated Meenakshi temple and Hall of a Thousand Pillars for the night ceremony.
Overnight stay at the Heritage Madurai. (B)
Travel to the hill country around Munnar for
an overnight stay at Blackberry Hills Resort (or
similar). (B, D)
Morning guided walk through a working tea
plantation at Kannan Devan Tea Museum.
Travel to Kumarakom for 2 nights at the
Kumarakom Lake Resort, set within gardens and
with panoramic views of Lake Vembanad. (B, D)
Day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
This morning, cruise aboard a shikara (wooden
boat) through the backwaters before driving
to Kochi (Cochin). Evening traditional Kathakali
dance performance. Stay 2 nights at Eighth
Bastion (or similar). (B)
Morning sightseeing tour of Kochi’s highlights
including Mattancherry Palace, the Chinese fishing
nets and the 16th-century St Francis Church.
Then explore hidden Kochi including Jew Town,
which showcases a number of dying arts such
as exquisite French lace embroidery. Continue
to dhobi wallah, a wash-house where a sea of
white hotel sheets and clothing are slathered on
the washing stones. Finish with a stop at Kochi’s
foremost art gallery-cum-cafe, Kashi. Afternoon at
leisure to further explore the labyrinthine streets and their array of local markets. (B)
Fly to London via Mumbai (Bombay) with British
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Fully escorted throughout
by a local tour manager from arrival in Chennai.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5073 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
CMK2018: 12 Nights
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route, is an enchanting blend of east meets west...
Madurai, formerly the seat of power for the Pandya dynasty, is one of the oldest cities...
An island on Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is just 16 km west of Kottayam and only 1 hour 30...
Chennai (Madras), offers pre-colonial highlights including the Kapaleeswarar Temple and...
The hill town of Munnar is set amid dramatic mountain scenery and surrounded by mile upo...
The charming seaside town of Puducherry (Pondicherry) is a former French colony settled...