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"India - You'd be mad not to go!" - Joanna Lumley
Travel through laid-back South India
on a classic journey of wildlife, temples
and magnificent coastline, soaking up
the incredible culture along the way.
Look for elephants in Periyar
Wander the French Quarter in this charming town
Explore the colonial buildings of this wonderous city
Stay overnight on a converted rice barge on the backwaters
Fly overnight to the city of Chennai, the
gateway to southern India. Depending on your
time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to
start soaking up the local culture.
Start the day soaking up the history of Fort
St George, founded by the British in 1644,
before journeying to the coastal town of
Mamallapuram to view the fascinating 7th
and 8th century rock carvings. Continue on to
Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram; founded in 1926
this vibrant community has almost 1200
members! Then, browse the delights of the
Pondicherry Museum. Later, take a rickshaw
ride through the charming French Quarter and
enjoy some free time to explore.
Depart Pondicherry by road for Thanjavur,
stopping en route at Kumbakonam for a
traditional South Indian lunch. Thanjavur,
once called Tanjore, was the capital of the
Chola empire and is full of reminders of
its great past, one of which you’ll explore -
the Brahadeeswara Temple, a magnificent
example of Tamil architecture.
Travel to the bustling city of Trichy and visit
Sririangam to gaze on one of southern India’s
most illustrious temples. Continue to the
temple town of Madurai.
One of India’s oldest cities, Madurai's most
celebrated sight is the magnificent Meenakshi
Amman Temple, which you’ll visit this
morning. Continue to admire the Italianate
influence at Tirumala Nayakar Palace, built in
1636. This evening, witness an atmospheric
Travel to Munnar, a hill station enveloped by
lush tea plantations. In the afternoon, visit a
tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum.
Today take a walk in Eravikulam National Park
where you will have the opportunity to spot
local wildlife (closed Feb-Apr, an alternative
walk will be available). Continue your journey
to Thekkady, home of Periyar National Park
and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Though designated a tiger reserve in 1978,
the Periyar Wildlife Reserve is best known for
its elephants. Take a walk through the reserve,
keeping an eye out for its resident elephant
population, as well as wild dogs, barking
deer, mouse deer and the elusive Bengal tiger.
Visit a spice village and local market before
enjoying a traditional Kalaripayattu (martial
art) show this evening.
Travel to Kumarakom where you’ll board your
houseboat, a converted rice barge, known
as a kettuvallam. Sit back and watch life on the water and the surrounding, untouched
wilderness as you cruise unhurriedly along
the canals. A delicious dinner of traditional
cuisine will be served on board and you’ll
spend a comfortable night on the water.
After breakfast on the boat, disembark
at Pallathuruthy and head for Kochi via
Kumbalangi, a village created to highlight
the lifestyle of fisher-folk in the area. This
evening, enjoy an exuberant Kathakali dance
Enjoy a tour of Kochi. Start at St Francis
Church, the first European church built in
India, before a visit to Santa Cruz Basilica,
where you can get excellent views of the
Chinese fishing nets. Finish by admiring the
synagogue in the heart of the Jewish Quarter
and a stroll around the nearby markets.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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