Elephant in Periyar

12 day itinerary

Southern India with Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Evocative culture and sleepy charm

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Discover the charm of Southern India. In Tamil Nadu, visit the diverse city of Chennai (previously Madras), often called the cultural capital of India, namely for its traditions and heritage. See lively Madurai, the and Athens of the East, on the banks of the River Vaigai, then visit the former French colony of Pondicherry, set on the Bay of Bengal. Travel into Kerala for a land of backwaters and beaches. Enjoy a houseboat cruise, discover spice plantations and take a nature walk through a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. This exceptional tour offers true diversity, from history and culture to tranquillity and nature.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Chennai and Fort St. George
  • Former capital of Pondicherry
  • Madurai's temples and palaces
  • Periyar gardens and wildlife
  • Allepey lakeside resort
  • Houseboat day cruise
  • Cochin's fort and harbour

Sample Itinerary Summary

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12 days
Destination Breakdown
  • 2 nights Chennai
  • 1 night Pondicherry
  • 1 night Kumbakonam
  • 2 nights Madurai
  • 1 night Periyar
  • 2 nights Allepey
  • 2 nights Cochin
Private basis, Escorted
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals included as detailed
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local guide.
  • Airport assistance and transfers.
  • All site entrance fees while touring as appropriate.
Not included
  • International flights from the UK
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Beverages during meals
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Optional excursions