Spirit of South India

from€2875
for 13 nights

Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala experience the diversity of South India on a journey from the towering temple towns of Tamil Nadu and the French colonial charm of Pondicherry.

What's Included
  • Flight Dublin to Chennai, India
  • Airport transfer to your hotel
  • 13 nights accommodation in India
  • Breakfast daily
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites on the itinerary
  • Ground transport with driver
  • Return transfer from your hotel to the airport
  • Flight Cochin,India to Dublin
  • Services of English speaking guide and local representatives
  • Taxes, charges & 20kg check-in bag per person
  • Train tickets

Experience the diversity of South India on a journey from the towering temple towns of Tamil Nadu and the French colonial charm of Pondicherry through to the UNESCO-endorsed township of Auroville and the fragrant tea plantations of Ooty by toy train towards the soothing backwaters of Alleppey. En-route witness the rural towns of Kerala and Cochin`s importance in the spice trade with a fascinating walking tour. Throughout your South Indian odyssey, stay in heritage properties, cosy cottages and welcoming homestays, all the time savouring authentic South Indian cuisine and aromatic tea.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intricately carved cave temples in Mahabalipuram
  • French colonial heritage in Pondicherry
  • Savour spicy Chettinad dishes
  • Travel by toy train in Ooty
  • Tea tasting experience in Coonoor
  • Alleppey, the “Venice of the East”
  • Sunset cruise on Cochin harbour
Prices
Dates Price
28 Sep 2019 €2875 Book Now
15 Feb 2020 €2875 Book Now
19 Sep 2020 €2875 Book Now
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Booking Remarks
Inclusive of taxes as indicated
Single supplement from €625
Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 15%
Full payment due on confirmation
Optional Insurance available (call for details)
Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking
Itinerary
Day 1

Chennai, India

Arrive in Chennai, where you will be met by a Travel Escapes representative and transferred to Mahabalipuram. In the evening enjoy a guided tour of Mahabalipuram. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Meal plan: n/a

Day 2

Mahabalipuram, India

After a relaxed breakfast proceed to Kanchipuram for a visit of the site. Return to Mahabalipuram for overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3

Mahabalipuram, India

Pondicherry, India

After breakfast continue to Pondicherry. The rest of the day is yours to explore this French era settlement. Overnight in Pondicherry.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 4

Pondicherry, India

Tanjore, India

Karaikudi, India

Depart Pondicherry for Karaikudi, the capital of Chettinad. Stop en route for a guided tour of Tanjore. Overnight in Karaikudi.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 5

Karaikudi, India

Proceed on a guided tour of Karaikudi, covering the Chettinad Museum and a traditional tile factory to discover how the region’s famous handmade terracotta tiles are made. Overnight in Karaikudi.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 6

Karaikudi, India

Madurai, India

After breakfast you will be transferred to Madurai. In the evening proceed to Meenakshi temple to witness the evening ceremony. Overnight in Madurai.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7

Ooty, India

After breakfast, check out and drive to the hill station of Ooty. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Ooty.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 8

Ooty, India

Proceed on a guided tour of Ooty. Later, board the toy train to Coonoor. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a gourmet tea tasting experience designed to take you on a sensory journey through the myriad of aromas, flavours and colours of Nilgiri tea. Return to Ooty for overnight stay.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9

Palakkad, India

Transfer to Palakkad, where you will have the rest of the day to explore and relax at your leisure. Overnight in Palakkad.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 10

Alleppey, India

After breakfast depart for Alleppey. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Alleppey.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 11

Alleppey, India

In the morning you will be given a walking tour of Alleppey. Later, board a house boat for a day cruise. Lunch will be cooked and served onboard. In the evening you will disembark and transfer to your homestay. Overnight in Alleppey.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 12

Cochin, India

Depart Palakkad and transfer to Cochin. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Overnight in Cochin.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 13

Cochin, India

After breakfast proceed on a walking tour of Cochin, which will provide you with a glimpse of the city’s rich history and heritage. Witness the mix of Dutch, English, Portuguese and Jewish influences that make the city such a unique place. In the evening enjoy a motor boat cruise at Cochin harbour. Overnight in Cochin.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 14

Cochin, India

Transfer to Cochin airport to connect to your onward flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast

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