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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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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Chennai (Madras), via Dubai with
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
Kumbakonam for 2 nights at Mantra Koodam.
Morning visit to the handloom weavers in
Darasuram, the Darasuram temple and a
bronze casting workshop. Afternoon at
leisure. (B, D)
En route to Chettinad, visit the Brihadeeswarar
temple and its beautiful frescoes. Later, visit
the art gallery and fascinating Saraswathi
Mahal library at Tanjore Palace. On arrival in
Chettinad enjoy an evening culinary experience
followed by a traditional dinner. Overnight stay
at Chidambara Vilas (or similar). (B, L, D)
This morning explore the village market. 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 Fragrant Nature
(or similar). (B, D)
Morning guided walk through a working tea
plantation at Kannan Devan Tea Museum (or
similar). 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. (B, D)
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
Fly to London via Dubai with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star
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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...