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The delicate scent of spices, the sound of
temple bells and a rich tapestry of ancient
arts and craft all characterise Tamil Nadu
and Kerala. This journey travels through hill
stations, tropical backwaters and templeladen
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) 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
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 Mahé located in the heart of the
French quarter. (B)
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, stop by the Aurobindo
ashram, stroll to the lively Tamil quarters and
experience Hindu faith at the Ganesh temple in
the evening. (B)
Witness the daily rituals at Chidambaram
Temple and sari weaving in Thribhuvanam
before driving through scenic countryside
to Kumbakonam for 2 nights at the Mantra
Koodam. In the early evening, try your hand
at pottery and enjoy an interactive culinary
demonstration, led by expert chefs. (B, D)
Discover the crafts and culture of Tamil
Nadu. Observe master foundrymen produce
extraordinarily detailed bronze cast statues;
see the process of ‘pattu’ silk weaving, using
wooden handlooms. Try producing your
own ‘kolams’, colourful patterns that are
displayed outside homes. You will also visit
one of the largest vegetable markets in Asia
and the Darasuram Temple, renowned for its
delicate stone sculptures. The Vedic School
dates back 140 years and is a worthwhile
visit. Afternoon at leisure or cycle into the
countryside. (B, D)
Drive to Chettinad, stopping at Brihadeeswarar
Temple in Tanjore en route, known for its
remarkable frescoes. Continue to the art gallery and Saraswathi Mahal Library at the
Tanjore Palace. Arriving in Chettinad for 1 night
stay at Chidambara Vilas. This evening, enjoy a
superb culinary experience. (B, L, D)
This morning explore the village market,
stopping for a traditional cup of tea before
visiting some of the impressive mansions.
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.
En route visit a tea factory to enjoy a tea
tasting and guided walk through a tea
plantation. (B, D)
Morning at leisure or visit the Srishti Welfare
Centre, which trains disabled children in
making some amazing handmade products.
Travel to Kumarakom for 2 nights at the
Kumarakom Lake Resort (meandering pool
villa) with views of Lake Vembanad. (B, D)
Day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surrounds
or explore village life in the backwaters. (B, D)
This morning, cruise aboard a shikara (wooden
boat) through the backwaters before driving to
Kochi (Cochin). Visit the Mattancherry Palace
and enjoy an evening traditional Kathakali
dance performance. Stay 2 nights at Eighth
Morning sightseeing tour of Kochi including the Chinese fishing nets and the 16th-century
St Francis Church. Explore hidden Kochi
including Jew Town and dhobi wallah, a washhouse
where a sea of white hotel sheets
and clothing are slathered on the washing
stones. Afternoon at leisure to further
explore the streets and their array of local
Fly to London via Mumbai with British
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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CPK2020: 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...