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 to Chennai (Madras) with
British Airways (regional connections available). (N)
On arrival transfer to the Crowne Plaza (or similar)
for a 2-night stay. (N)
Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Mylapore, a
town that predates Chennai by 2,000 years.
Later, take a tour of the city followed by free time
at Marina beach. (B)
Continue to Puducherry (Pondicherry), visiting
the world heritage listed shore temples at
Mahabalipuram en route. Stay 2 nights at the
Promenade Hotel located in the heart of the
French quarter. (B)
This morning visit a local village, organised by
Mohanam Cultural Centre. 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 Thanjavur
paintings at your hotel followed by dinner. (B, D)
Travel to Chettinad. Visit to a village market and evening culinary experience followed by traditional
dinner. Overnight stay at Chidambara Villas. (B, D)
Travel to Madurai. Evening visit to the illuminated
Meenakshi temple and Hall of a Thousand Pillars.
Overnight stay at the Heritage Madurai. (B)
Travel to the hill country at Munnar for a 2-night
stay at the Blackberry Hill Resort. (B, D)
Morning guided walk through a working tea
plantation at Kannan Devan Tea Museum.
Continue to visit Kudla Dam and Echo Point.
Optional soft hike through lush landscape. (B, D)
Travel to Kumarakom for 1 night at the
Kumarakom Lake Resort, set within gardens and
with panoramic views of Lake Vembanad. (B, D)
This morning, cruise aboard a shikara through
the backwaters before driving to Kochi (Cochin).
Evening traditional Kathakali dance performance.
Stay 2 nights at the Fragrant Nature Kochi. (B)
Morning sightseeing tour of Kochi. Afternoon at
leisure to explore further. (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.
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Set against the backdrop of western ghats, Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa is a simple mountain resort. Each of the 18 rooms and cottages is furnished in ethnic style and offers superb views of the surrounding mountain range, tropical forests and tea plantations. Facilities at this resort include a multi-cuisine restaurant and a spa. This hotel must be regarded as...
Originally built during the late 19th century by the Chettiyars of the Karaikudi region, Chidambara Vilas is a mansion that has been converted into a hotel. Sympathetically restored over a period of 3 years, the hotel retains many of its original features including the period furniture, pillared columns exquisitely carved out of Burma teak and the Belgian Chandeliers. Each of the 25 spacious rooms is comfortably furnished and carefully combines old-world charm with the essential requirements of modern-day traveller. The rooms are decorated individually and no two are the same size. The hotel's facilities include a main dining area that serves traditional Chettinad cuisine. The interactive kitchen set next to this dining area offers guests the opportunity to learn about traditional Chettinad cuisine. There is also a fine dining restaurant with an ambience that takes you back to colonial...
The Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park is conveniently located 12km from Chennai International airport and close to many of the city's cultural attractions. The hotel's Park Wing rooms are decorated in a classic style, with slightly more contemporary rooms in the Tower Wing. The hotel also has a range of food and beverage outlets including a coffee shop, restaurants and a bar.
Features: 286 rooms, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, swimming pool, 3 restaurants, coffee shop, bar.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, safe, minibar, tea & coffee...
Fragrant Nature Resort, Kochi is located in the erstwhile office of the East India Company, the facade of which features a large clock tower. The contemporary rooms, some of which offer magnificent views of Kochi harbour, are all spacious and tastefully decorated. The hotel's boutique design is exemplified in some of the artwork that features in the property. The hotel features a state-of-the-art spa offering Ayurveda treatments and two different dining options including a multi-cuisine restaurant and a speciality restaurant offering grills and steaks.
Features: 41 rooms, 2 restaurants, pool bar/cafe, Ayurveda spa, swimming pool, gym, terrace lounge with open-air theatre, library, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, safe,...
Heritance Madurai is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modern comforts. Set among 17 acres of lush green gardens, Heritance Madurai has 35 villas. The original Madurai Coats Cub, which had its origins during the times of the British Raj, has not lost its British flavour, and with all the refurbishment has now been completely restored in keeping with the traditional architecture of this historic town. The rooms are spacious, tastefully furnished and designed to meet the demands of discerning travellers. All the 35 villas come with plunge pools and resemble traditional village houses. The 18th century columns and antique doors from the Chettinad district give the hotel a distinctive character. There are 2 restaurants serving Indian and Continental delicacies, a bar and a swimming pool designed to replicate a temple...
Looking out to a panoramic view of Lake Vembanad and set in 10 acres of gardens, the Kumarakom Lake Resort is a haven of peace and tranquillity. The resort comprises of 52 double-bedded air-conditioned traditional cottages. Each cottage, painstakingly relocated and restored ‘Illums' (Keralan homesteads), provide a relaxed and informal Keralan atmosphere. The resort offers a wide range of Ayurvedic...
Built as an elite family residence over 100 years ago, Svatma has been lovingly restored to provide 38 rooms all with their own individual charm. This is a truly magical hotel lying in landscaped gardens in close proximity to Thanjuvur's most iconic sights, including the Brihadeeshwarar temple. Svatma offers unique experiences, from culinary classes and chamber concerts to Thanjavur painting lessons and lectures on local dance styles - a true homage to Tamil art and culture.
Features: 38 rooms, 3 restaurants serving local cuisine, luxury spa, gym, yoga centre.
Room amenities: En suite...
The Promenade is a 30-room boutique hotel located alongside the Boulevard, beside the old lighthouse in one of the most prominent locations in Puducherry (Pondicherry). The hotel is designed in a neoclassical style that blends in with the surrounding French architecture, whilst the interiors are sleek and modern. The hotel has a roof top barbecue restaurant which specialises in sea food [open for dinner only], a 24 hour multi cuisine restaurant and a lounge bar. Other facilities include a small pool, 24 hour room service and an in-room massage and reflexology...
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This morning drive to Ooty. Stay 2 nights at the
Gateway Hotel Coonoor (or similar). (B)
Enjoy the scenic narrow gauge train trip to Coonor.
Afternoon tour of Ooty’s botanical gardens. (B)
Travel to Mysore and visit the impressive Nandi
Bull and the magnificent maharajah’s palace.
Overnight at the Radisson Mysore (or similar). (B)
Travel by road to Bengaluru (Bangalore) visiting
Srirangapatna en route. Overnight at the Lalit
Bengaluru (or similar). (B)
Fly to Bengaluru and transfer by road to Kabini
for 2 nights at the Orange County Kabini. Full-day
wildlife viewing following day. (B, L, D)
Morning wildlife viewing. Travel to Mysore and
take a guided tour of the city’s artisan quarter.
Overnight at the Radisson Mysore. (B)
Travel by road to Bengaluru visiting
Srirangapatna en route. Overnight at the Lalit
Bengaluru (or similar). (B)
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CMK2017: 13 Nights
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route...
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...