Scenic South
16 Days / 15 Nights
FROM US$2230

Experience the cultures as we cross two States (Kerala and Tamil Nadu), each with distinctive cultural traditions, exquisite architectural jewels, and rich, delicately scented cuisine headily fragrant, and an endlessly spiced varying feast for the senses.

About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TCF, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.

“You Rely on us and we rely on experience”

Scenic South - 16 Days/15 Nights (Private Car Tour)


Day 01: Arrive Chennai

Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay. (No Meals)


Day 02: Chennai

Visit Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica. (B,D)


Day 03: Mahabalipuram

Travel to Mahabalipuram, en-route visit Kanchipuram, the city of a thousand temples and one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus; The city is also famous for its silk weavers, settled around 400 years ago and has given it an enviable reputation. Stay overnight at Mahabalipuram. (B,D)


Day 04: Mahabalipuram

Go on a sightseeing tour, where the Pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, monolithic Raths (Chariot) and Temples. In the evening enjoy a walk and witness life of local living in th town. (B,D)


Day 05: Pondicherry

Travel by road to Pondicherry and enjoy the sightseeing tour of this city ruled by French for about 281 years before independence, Stay overnight at Pondicherry. (B,D)


Day 06: Thanjavur

Drive to Thanjavur, en-route visit Chidambaram known for its beautiful temple dedicated to the Lord Nataraja sculptures, illustrating 108 forms of dance. Visit the GangaiKonda Cholapuram for its rich, beautiful and intricately carved Chola style sculptures. It also houses some remarkable bronzes of the Chola Dynasty. Stay two nights at Thanjavur. (B,D)


Day 07: Thanjavur

Today go for sightseeing tour of the city known as the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" famous for the ancient handicraft making of bronze icons. Visit intricately carved temples dating back to 10th century and shop for souvenirs. (B,D)


Day 08: Thanjavur – Trichy

After breakfast enjoy short drive to the historical city of Tiruchirappalli, popularly known as Trichy, claimed to be one of the oldest town established, a several centuries before the birth of Christ. Visit Rock Fort and ancient temples and walk around to witness the culture left behind by many rulers. Stay overnight at Trichy. (B,D)


Day 09: Trichy – Madurai

Travel to Madurai, and relax at the hotel or explore town famous for silk weaving. Stay overnight at Madurai. (B,D)


Day 10: Madurai

Visit the magnificent Meenakshi Temple and experience stunning architecture. The sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. (B,D)


Day 11: Madurai - Thekkady

Travel to Thekkady and enjoy the spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. Purchase some fragrant spices from the market. Stay overnight at Periyar. (B,D)


Day 12: Wildlife Safari

This morning we enjoy a wildlife safari at Periyar National Park. Later in the day optionally enjoy an elephant ride in the coffee plantation. (B,D)


Day 13: Private Backwater Cruise

Travel to Alleppey, and embark on your private houseboat; Cruise through narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and experience panoramic sights one can never forget. All meals and overnight on board. (B,L,D)


Day 14: Kumarakom – Cochin

Disembark from the houseboat and travel to Cochin set on a cluster of peninsulas and islands in the Indian Ocean. Explore and witness the town possessed by many rulers. Stay two nights at Cochin. (B,D)


Day 15: Cochin

Enjoy sightseeing tour by taking a ferry-boat across the waterway to discover the remains of Fort Cochin and conclude your evening with a Kathakali dance show. (B,D)


Day 16: Cochin

After leisurely breakfast, the tour finishes with transfer to the airport around midday. (B)


 Tour Ends

Meals included

Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.  

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Add-On (Short Tour packages)

Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way.  Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions.  With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Private Car Tours

Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travel at your own pace and leisure in your own private car with a driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour, and when you want to explore the town on your own; you are absolutely free to do so. 

Tailor-made Tours

Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to put together your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.

 “The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

Family Holiday

What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.

A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together, a dream come true and an experience that will be passed down from generations.

This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.

What Makes Us Different?

Being your Local Travel Wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.

Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.

Prices Guarantees

All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.

You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases. 

100% Protected Holiday

We are a member of IATA, TCF, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.

No Hidden Cost

We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. For more details please refer to the tour inclusions.

Value for Money

Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts add incredible value for your dollar.

Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off

Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.

BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is not only keen to visit a destination but would also like to do things differently. Is there a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)

24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices

Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.

International Flights

The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights.  We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency.  Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.

Medical Information

Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.

Type of Accommodation

As there is so much to see and do in India during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. We choose quality accommodation according to the category you are travelling in, based on providing a place of rest that offers not only comfort but also an authentic experience rather than staying in a hotel that could by anywhere in the world. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services. While selecting hotel we consider great location, private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning to name few. 

Hotel Grading

Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.  

Deluxe: 4 Star hotels, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.

Luxury: 5 star hotels, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.

Note:

The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.

It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.

In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.

Selecting Your Holiday Type

Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;

Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.

Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.

Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.

Travelling In India

The key to travelling in India is patience! Distances can sometimes be vast, roads are often congested and rustic and time is not necessarily of the essence.  With many different options of travel, each will bring with it a different perspective of this fascination country.

Our Small Group and Independent tours use a variety of transport options to get you from city to city.  From Private car, deluxe charter coaches, to domestic airline and air-conditioned trains, you’ll be taken from hotel to hotel in comfort.

India has one of the largest rail networks in the world with over 60,000 kms of tract and 7,000 stations.  Travelling by train in India can be an experience in itself and a wonderful way to get in touch with the locals.

Passport & Visas

India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals. 

Apply online for a Pre-Approval at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html .The online application should be submitted a minimum of 4 days in advance and a maximum of 30days of the proposed date of travel. TVOA links may also be found in websites of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Incredible India etc.

As of 27 Nov 2014 nationals and passport holder of 34 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar to name a few,  can avail a Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fees along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact High Commission of India for updated information.

Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.

Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.

Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.

Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc

Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.

HOW TO BOOK

You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travelers over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel.  By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.

 

Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!

Day 01: Arrive Chennai

Meet and assistance on arrival by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS representative at the arrival lounge holding plaque card and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and stay overnight at Chennai. (No Meals)


Day 02: Chennai

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour. The capital city of Tamil Nadu state is popularly regarded as the ‘Gateway to the South’ and represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. Chennai has flourished into a charming city in a time span of just over 350 years, encouraging all forms of development, both modern technology and the traditional arts and crafts, embracing a series of paradoxes. People in Chennai are deep rooted in their cultural moorings and traditions, even though modernity has its own impact. Chennai was the site for the East India Company’s first settlement founded in 1639 and had its military headquarters at Puzhal, which is now a small village on the outskirts of the city. In the 19th century the city became the seat of Madras Presidency, the southern division of British Imperial India. After independence in 1947 it became the capital of Madras state that was renamed Tamil Nadu. The city is a wonderful blend of the traditional Tamil Hindu culture and modern British culture. The numerous temples, shrines, churches, forts and palaces are a reflection of the rich and diverse historical heritage of the city. Visit Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica. Dinner and over night at Chennai. (B,D)


Day 03: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (Driving Time: Approx 01 hour)

After breakfast travel to Mahabalipuram, en-route visit Kanchipuram, the city of a thousand temples and one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus; back in 2nd century BC the city was the capital of the early Cholas Kingdom. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious backgrounds for centuries and its imposing temples of unique architectural beauty bear eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. The temples feature high roofs surmounting the sanctum, sanctorum and gopurams. The city is also famous for its silk weavers, settled around 400 years ago and has given it an enviable reputation. Woven from pure mulberry silk, the saris in dazzling colours are embellished with fine gold thread (zari) and are available in every imaginable design and variety, making the job of selection quite challenging. Later proceed to Mahabalipuram, on arrival check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at Mahabalipuram. (B,D)


Day 04: Mahabalipuram

The temple city of Mahabalipuram was a flourishing port town of the Pallava rulers, a Dravidian dynasty that once ruled over the major portion of peninsular India. Earlier known as Mamallapuram, the city is said to be a fabulous “open-air museum” of sculpture under the vault of the burning sky. After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour, where the Pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, monolithic Raths (Chariot) and Temples. The majestic Mahabalipuram invokes a certain kind of mystery, with its sculptural extravaganza depicting strong artistic temperament of the Pallava rulers who are considered by many as the conceivers and the driving force behind the Dravidian art movement. In a land that is liberally strewn with some of the best in temple art, Mahabalipuram holds its own, and stands as a silent yet eloquent witness to the glory of its creators. The wonders in rock leave one enthralled, conveying an impression of beauty and harmony. Rest of the evening at leisure with dinner and overnight at Mahabalipuram. (B,D)


Day 05: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (Driving Time: Approx 3 hours 30 mins)

After breakfast travel to Pondicherry, on arrival check in to the hotel. The town is adorned with natural beauties of the Deccan Plateau; on the red soil the dense green trees create marvellous scenery, with trees majority of cashews, palm and neem. After some rest enjoy the sightseeing tour of this city ruled by French for about 281 years before independence, and a profound influence of Southern France is still very prominent. The medieval town of the French province, Pondicherry has managed to preserve its French aura, from its delectable restaurants offering French cuisine to streets bearing French names. The grand boulevards make Pondicherry a richly cosmopolitan city. The numerous palm-fringed beaches, splendid backwaters, fabulous tiny fishing villages and hamlets make it a beautiful town. Dinner and overnight at Pondicherry. (B,D)


Day 06: Pondicherry – Thanjavur (Driving Time: Approx 3 hours)

Drive to Thanjavur, en-route visit Chidambaram known for its beautiful temple dedicated to the Lord Nataraja – Lord Shiva in the form of a Cosmic Dancer. The Nataraja temple is said to be the venue of the divine dance competition between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy. It blends piety, tradition, history and art to an outstanding level. Visit the GangaiKonda Cholapuram for its rich, beautiful and intricately carved Chola style sculptures on the walls and roofs, 42 in number. It also houses some remarkable bronzes of the Chola Dynasty. Stay two nights at Thanjavur. (B,D)


Day 07: Thanjavur

After breakfast go for sightseeing tour of the city known as the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" also known as the Granary of the South India, lying in the deltaic region of the famous river Cauvery and criss-crossed by a lengthy network of irrigation canals. The royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas, Thanjavur has a rich and varied heritage, which is renowned across the globe. The center of knowledge and culture reached its zenith between the 10th and 14th centuries under the reign of the Cholas, though the magic of Thanjavur continues un-faded over the period of time. It is a fortuitous combination of flourishing agriculture, competent monarchs and a long religious revival. The Chola rulers were also mighty builders who erected large number of exquisite temples in their Empire which reflect the power, genius and architectural grandeurs of their authors displaying the unique and magnificent proficiency in sculpture, painting and wood carving. The town is also famous for its ancient handicrafts-making of bronze icons, Thanjavur art plates, bell-metal castings, bowls and powder boxes of metal with beautiful and artistic in-laying and engraving work of motifs well known as “Tanjore swami work” and the wonderful Tanjore style of paintings, developed over multiple layers, usually centred on the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. (B,D)


Day 08: Thanjavur – Trichy (Driving Time – Approx 01 hours)

After breakfast enjoy short drive to the historical city of Tiruchirappalli, popularly known as Trichy, situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, has a long history going back several centuries before the birth of Christ. This Chola Dynasty citadel is known for its profound wisdom of the Sangam Age and still carries an age-old aura about it. The present-day city, with a blend of glorious past and acclaimed divinity through the famous Dravidian temples, stands as a commercial and tourist hub of Tamil Nadu. After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of the city and visit Rock Fort; a spectacular landmark of Trichy perched on a massive rock out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to over the old city, a climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapathi on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple; famous for its superb sculpture, the 21 impressive gopurams and its rich collection of temple jewellery and Sri Jambukeshwara Temple; named after the elephant which is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Installed under an ancient Jambu tree, the lingam is partially submerged by water and meant to represent God incarnate as Water. Afternoon take a stroll in the streets of this holy city, home to many historic temples, monuments, churches and mosques. Dinner and overnight at Trichy. (B,D)


Day 09: Trichy – Madurai (Driving Time – Approx 3 hours)

After breakfast travel to Madurai, on arrival check into the hotel, rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Madurai. (B,D)


Day 10: Madurai

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of the second largest city of Tamil Nadu situated on the banks of the River Vaigai, believed to be more than 2500 years old. One of South India’s oldest cities, it has been the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Madurai is called Athens of the South because of the way myth meets life here. Originally called Madhurapuram because honey (madhu) is said to have dropped off the locks of Shiva here. Visit the magnificent Meenakshi Temple and experience stunning architecture as the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Designed in 1560 by Viswanatha Nayaka and built during the reign of Thirumalai Nayaka, the Temple occupies an area of six hectares with 12 temple towers (Gopurams) and the outer towers are the landmark of Madurai. The temple is lavishly decorated with colourful images and carvings of numerous deities, animals and mythical creatures. Endowed with a rich cultural heritage, legends of warrior princesses, the gods falling in love and divine promises abound and glorious tradition, Madurai is grouped among the antique cities of the India. Afternoon free for your own activities with dinner and overnight at Madurai. (B,D)


Day 11: Madurai - Periyar (Driving Time: Approx 4 hours)

After breakfast travel to Periyar, on arrival check in at the jungle resort. Periyar conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills, lush green trees, chirping birds, stunningly beautiful landscape and unending spice-scented plantations. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Afternoon take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Dinner and overnight at Periyar. (B,D)


Day 12: Wildlife Safari

After breakfast explore the Periyar wildlife sanctuary on the boat, the sanctuary centrepiece being the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam, meanders around the contours of the wooden hills, providing a perennial source of water for the wildlife and is home to tiger, bison, wild boar, sambar, monkeys, wild elephants, antelopes and a wide variety of birds. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers. Rest of the day is free to explore the area and perhaps take the option of a jungle walk with a local guide. Dinner and overnight at Thekkady. (B,D)


Day 13: Private Backwater Cruise

After breakfast travel to Alleppey, on arrival embark on the houseboat; while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals, panoramic sights one can never forget. Flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remain an enduring picture reflecting the charm of this beautiful land. Enjoy fishing and sunset when heading towards Kumarakom. All meals and overnight on the houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 14: Kumarakom – Cochin (Driving Time: Approx 2 hours)

After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and travel to Cochin now known as Kochi, set on a cluster of peninsulas and islands in the Indian Ocean. It has one of the most beautiful harbours on India’s west coast, serving for centuries as an important trading post. Built along saltwater lagoon, the view of the vast stretch of the blue waters along with Chinese nets is a sight worth beholding. An interesting mix of the Hindu, Muslim and British architecture can be seen on its beaches. Its cosmopolitan spirit is visible in the temples, mosques and synagogues that rise against the city’s skyline. It has a rich network of backwaters and is the culture and heritage centre of Kerala and is called ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. On arrival check in to the hotel. Later explore and witness the town possessed by many rulers. Stay two nights at Cochin. (B,D)


Day 15: Cochin

After breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour by taking a ferry-boat across the waterway to the nearby peninsula, discover the remains of Fort Cochin and St Francis church, the oldest church in India. Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan monks and worshipped by Roman Catholics, Dutch Protestants and the Anglicans is a wonderful site to visit. On your way back, stop at the spice shops selling cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and a host of other spices. Evening witness Kathakali dance show in an auditorium – the famous classical dance drama of Kerala. Dinner and overnight at Cochin. (B,D)


Day 16: Cochin

After leisurely breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward journey. (B)


 Tour Ends

 STARTS ENDS 

COMFORT
Twin ($US)

 

DELUXE
Twin ($US)

 

LUXURY
Twin ($US)

 STATUS 

2015 - 2016

  2015    2016     $2230    $2698    $3168    A  
 

Make this your Family Tour - Child under 5 years old stays free.
Above featured prices are on low season per person twin share basis. 
For Comfort, Deluxe and Luxury accommodation options, up to date pricing and bookings please contact TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or ask your travel agent.        

 
  A = Available   R = Reserved   C = Closed  

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Amritsar, literally Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. First time visitors to Amritsar could be forgiven for the impression that Amritsar is like any other small town in northern India...Read More»

Departs: Amritsar
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Darjeeling Sikkim
From US$786
Darjeeling & Sikkim

Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal.

The development of the town dates back to the mid-19th century, when the colonial British administration set up a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, extensive tea plantation was done in the region, and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermentation techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains...Read More»

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Mumbai
From US$493
Mumbai

Touch, feel and experience the Mumbai, a bubblegum glamour of Bollywood cinema, shopping malls full of designer labels, promenading families eating Bhelpuri on the beach...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Rantham Tiger Reserve
From US$320
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Wake up early morning for a wildlife safari to the National Park. It is probably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and is the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Holy Varanasi
From US$281
Holy Varanasi

Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in the world. From time immemorial it has been a great religious centre for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage being visited by millions of...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Ajanta Ellora Cave
From US$560
Ajanta & Ellora Cave

This tour will unveil one of the oldest history of mankind. Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the famous Ajanta and Ellora are cave shrines cut out of rock, by hand, and rank amongst some of the most outstanding specimens of ancient Indian architectural heritage...Read More»

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Kashmir Houseboat
From US$699
Kashmir Houseboat

The blossoms of spring, the cool weather of summer and the gold and red hues of autumn all provide the peak season to visit Kashmir. Although the best time to visit is during March to October which covers spring, summers,...Read More»

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Kerala Houseboat
From US$481
Kerala Houseboat

he backwaters are an elaborate chain of lagoons, lakes and rivers spread like a necklace through central Kerala. Cruising provides an excellent opportunity to view the lifestyle of the locals living alongside the waterways...Read More»

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Golf in Greens Delhi
From US$1150
Golf in Greens Delhi

Morning you are free to enjoy golfing at the premier Golf course of the city. Afternoon you will be taken for half day city tour of Old Delhi– the 17th-century living city...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Incredible Rural Experience
From US$130
Incredible Rural Experience

This is a very unique activity where you enjoy an off-road soft adventure by 4X4 through the semi arid desert of Jodhpur to witness distinctive local communities, culture and wildlife...Read More»

Departs: Various
Duration: Day Excursion
lucknow nawabs
From US$372
The Lucknow Nawabs

Upon arrival at Lucknow – the city of Nawabs, 'The City of Nawabs' is an intriguing blend of old world charm, warm hospitality, courteous people, beautiful architecture and rich heritage...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
From US$285
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the summer season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily...Read More»

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Pearls of Hyderabad
From US$328
Pearls of Hyderabad

Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for full day city tour of Hyderabad visiting Salarjung Museum; along with a collection of art objects by Nawab Salar Jung III, this museum houses magnificent exhibits of European and Indian paintings and statuary...Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Shimla Toy Train
From US$625
Shimla & Toy Train

Himalayan Queen Train registered in The Guinness Book as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India. It passes through the breathtaking landscapes of majestic Himalayas, 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and more than 20...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Haridwar Rishikesh
From US$461
Haridwar & Rishikesh

Haridwar is the place where Holy River Ganges leaves the Himalayan Hill and enters the plains of North India. The centre of Indian culture and Yoga, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places of Hindus...Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
kolkata
From US$510
Kolkata

After breakfast you will travel to Chunar a great historical town where your sailing boat will be ready with the sailor. After a safety briefing, board and sail towards Varanasi covering approx 30km distance. Kolkata (also known as Calcutta) is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port as well as its sole major riverine port. Kolkata served as the capital of India until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages, combined with growing nationalism in Bengal, led to a shift of the capital to New Delhi....Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Kerala Homestay Thekkady
Kerala Homestay

Experience staying in a Kerala home stay where one gets an authentic taste of how families live in this fascinating south Indian state. At a short distance from Thekkaday, Pepper County is home stay set......Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
The Winery of India
From US$546
Winery of India

Have you ever wondered how the wine in your glass was made and got its taste?? You are just going to explore the origin, making and then tasting of the wine......Read More»

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Slalam Balak Trust Tour
From US$136
Dharavi Slum - Mumbai

On this tour, visitors will see why Dharavi is the heart of small scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the 'largest slum in Asia', but there is much more to this historic area of Mumbai than poverty......Read More»

Duration: Half Day Tour
Varanasi Khajuraho
From US$397
Varanasi & Khajuraho

Arrive the oldest spiritual living city in the world, Varanasi. Named after the two tributaries of Ganges that flows through the city named Varuna and Assi rivers, Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi......Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Salaam Baalak Trust Tour Walk3
From US$116
Salaam Baalak Walk

SALAAM BAALAK TRUST runs five 24-hour full care shelters for children, one being devoted to girl children. These shelters provide the children security, a sense of home......Read More»

Duration: Half Day tour
Andaman Islands
From US$379
Andaman Island

The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands consisting of about 293 islands is situated in the Bay of Bengal. The topography of the islands is hilly & they abound in evergreen forests. The white sandy beaches have a back drop of luxuriant greenery & in the clear blue waters of the lagoons enclosed by coral reefs......Read More»

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Flavours of India
From US$81
Flavours of India - Cooking Class

Learn authentic Indian Cooking in an Indian family home. Have you wondered why cooking from recipes book does not taste the same......Read More»

Duration: 4-5 Hours
Ayurveda Beaches
From US$790
Ayurveda & Beaches

Ayurveda is synonymous with Kerala. It is an ancient system of healing which is very popular in this state. Originated in India around 5000 years ago, Ayurveda occupies a prized place in Kerala. The state is blessed with rich flora consisting of rare herbs and natural oils. Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul...Read More»

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Single
Twin
Scenic South Map
Play
Private Car Tour

Starts: Chennai

Ends: Cochin

Grade: Easy Paced

Departs: Daily

What's Included?

Accommodation with private facilities

Travel by private air-conditioned car with driver 

Local English-speaking guide 

Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Private Backwater cruise

Kathakali Dance show

Boat ride at Cochin

Spice Plantation Visit

Wildlife safari at Periyar 

Entry fee/Monument charges

Assistance and Transfers

All current taxes

What's Excluded?

Any international or domestic airfares

Train fares other than specified in the what's included section

Airport taxes, visa & passport fees

Extra baggage charges

Early check in or late check out

Meals other than specified in the what's included section

Tips & gratuities

Travel & medical insurance

Camera & video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Entry charges at monuments/forts etc

Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section

Fact File

Country Visited: India (Capital: New Delhi)

Overland travel by private air-conditioned car with driver

Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements

Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions

Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin),

Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours

Ask for pre and post accommodation