26 January to 14 February 2020
A$ 2,840 twin share, A$ 900 single supplement
This fully escorted tour focuses on the rich cultural heritage of Southern India. Marvel at the scenic beauty and wildlife of the Nilgiri Mountains of the Western Ghats. Tour highlights include:
- Palaces and world heritage temples
- Get close to the majestic elephants
- Kerala backwater cruise
- Breathtakingly beautiful hill stations with spice, ayurveda and tea plantations
- Indian classical music and dance
- Delicious South Indian cuisine
- Tibetan monastery
- Wildlife sanctuary
Visit hill stations and be invigorated by their cool and peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking beauty. Take a walk through organic spice gardens and learn about ayurvedic medicine and herbs. Be enchanted by ancient palaces. Explore a Tibetan monastery built by refugees. Experience the religious fervour at famous Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites. Cruise the Keralan backwaters on a houseboat and stay a night in a wildlife sanctuary. To relax we will visit the most beautiful beach in southern India. The utopian city of Auroville offers amazing modern architecture and gives us an insight into this alternative lifestyle community.
This is a personal, fully escorted small group tour with a maximum of 8 guests. Smaller numbers mean a smaller vehicle which allows us to take scenic routes and stay in smaller towns at B&B’s or in guest houses. For the most part of this journey, we will travel in the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle with our own personal driver. Because at this time it is winter in South India temperatures are generally at their most pleasant. Note that the hill stations can be quite cool at night. The cuisine in South India is a highlight and well known for its huge diversity of vegetarian dishes. However, there are always alternative options available to keep everyone’s taste buds and belly needs satisfied.
Itinerary: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Madurai – Kumily – Kochi – Coonoor – Mysore – Bangalore – Tiruvannamalai – Auroville – Chennai
The tour starts at noon on the first day and concludes in Chennai on the last day. There is an option to leave the tour in Bangalore as the last few days require a higher level of fitness. Ask for details and price variation.
Included: All land transportation costs in A/C vehicle, 19 nights accommodation with breakfast, many meals, all excursions and cultural performances with entry fees, tourist taxes, tips, bottled water, local tour guides and a full tour escort
Extras: Flights, visa, travel insurance, drinks and some minor cost for food and souvenirs