Culinary Tour of South India
12 Days / 11 Nights

South India is a combination of four states and over the centuries has become home to many different cuisines which are deliciously different in taste and style of preparation. Join a professional local chef on this 12 day culinary adventure to South India. Guests will enjoy a range of delicious cuisines from Karnataka, Kerala, Malabar, home cooked to Mughlai and Mappilla, with Chef on hand to divulge the history and secret recipes of the tempting dishes on offer. Visit bustling local markets, enjoy a cooking class and join a local family for a traditional meal to learn more about the food and culture of this incredible region. With plenty of time to explore the World Heritage Site of Mamallapuram, the historic city of Mysore, the beautiful Kerala backwaters and the stunning beaches of Kovalam, this tour is sure to appeal to devoted foodies, culture aficionados and interested travellers of all ages.

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, 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” 

Why THO Small Group Journey?

Smaller, Escorted and Inclusive

Our Small Group tours consists maximum of 16 people to ensure perfect combination of intimacy, flexibility and authentic cultural experiences. Our itineraries are artfully crafted, showcasing the essence of a destination by combining famous highlights with hidden jewels. All groups are escorted on achieving minimum 06 people unless specified on the tour by an English speaking Tour Manager assisting you throughout on day to day activities and enlightening you with local knowledge on general specialties, additional sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

Our experienced Local Tour Guides will enhance your experience during sightseeing tour. Travel with like-minded travellers and experience comprehensive inclusions, as well as unsurpassed cultural interpretation provided by experienced tour leaders.

Culinary Escape of North India- 11 Days/10 Nights (Small Group Tour)

Day 01: Arrive Chennai

Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay.


Day 02: Mamallapuram Excursion

Today start your morning with a trip to Mamallapuram - Its enviable position on the Coromandel Coast, facing the Bay of Bengal, guarantees that this is a popular place to stay. Experience South Indian Thali meals served in Banana leaf at lunch; it is a well balanced veg meal. Evening enjoy the fresh catch of the day cooked with Bay Spice. (B,L,D)


Day 03: Kachipuram – Chennai - Bangalore

Today excursion to impressive temple town of Kanchipuram, Known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples. Famous for both its temples and hand-woven silk. Visit the local homes of the weavers returning back to Chennai to catch a flight to Bangalore. Stay overnight in Bangalore. (B,L,D)


Day 04: Bangalore - Mysore

Today begin with a visit to the botanical gardens at Lal Bagh. Evening enjoy an exclusively designed menu by Chef that features traditional Karnataka cuisine. Stay two nights in Mysore. (B,L,D)


Day 05: Mysore 

Today morning we visit most colourful local market, Mysore Palace; evening Head up Chamundi Hill for panoramic views of the city. This evening enjoy Mughlai food at Olive garden in windflower. (B,L,D)


Day 06: Mysore - Calicut

Today travel to Calicut and visit Beypore, a prominent port and fishing harbour of ancient Kerala. Later visit the fish markets and Boat yards in Beypore, tonight enjoy a special dinner featuring Mappila Cuisine -The cuisine of Kerala Muslims. Stay overnight in Calicut. (B,L,D)


Day 07: Calicut – Cochin

Today we drive to Cochin. It is now renamed Kochi, boasts one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast. This evening watch a performance of the Kathakali dance. Afterwards enjoy Malabar Cuisine at a superb, open-sided restaurant in a garden. Stay two nights in Cochin. (B,L,D)


Day 08: Cochin

Today we visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568. Continue on to visit St. Francis Church, the Mattancherry Palace. Culminate the tour at Fort Kochi. Later evening is free to explore a local restaurant in town or visit the famous beach with the Chinese fishing nets. (B,L,D)


Day 09: Backwater Cruise on Board

Travel to Alleppey, arrive at these beautiful palm fringed network of canals to board the “Kettuvallam”, traditional rice boats now converted into deluxe accommodation. Stay overnight on board. (B,L,D)


Day 10: Alleppey – Thekkady

Today we disembark the houseboat after breakfast and travel to Thekkday, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary. After have some relaxation and proceeds for a boat cruise on the Lake Periyar. Stay two nights in Thekkady home stay. (B,L,D)


Day 11: Thekkady

After breakfast proceed to view the rare spices grown at home with our host. Walk amidst the palette displaying variant shades of green. This evening takes a Cooking Class with home cooked Kerala Cuisine dinner; The unique experience brings you in close touch with the traditions; values and cultural ethos of this enchanting land. (B,L,D)


Day 12: Thekkady – Trivandrum Departure

Today after breakfast travel back to Trivandrum and tour finishes with direct transfer to international airport to board your flight. (B)

 Tour Ends

Deluxe Group Tour Accommodations

All our Group Tours are based on deluxe (4*) accommodation unless mentioned on the tour page, each hotel is carefully selected for its location, comfort, style and ambience providing a true holiday experience. Our accommodations are a mixture of palaces, heritage, Havelies and modern hotels. In most cases we free upgrade the whole group to 5* accommodation in some destinations when tour is fully booked out in advance.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence best available (4*) hotel are offered which are categorised by Nepal tourism and standard of accommodation may be different than India and Sri Lanka. 

100% Guaranteed Departures

To assist you when booking the airline and taking our great early payment savings, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has designated all Group Tours as 100% GUARANTEED departure with specified minimum numbers of 02 or mentioned on the scheduled date, unless circumstances occur beyond our control.

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.

Group Tour Privately or Tailor-made

If you have group of friends or family or even two of you and like to do this group tour Itinerary as a Private Car or like to tailor-make to suite your requirements. Please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

Plan Your Own Group

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is 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.

“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

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 and Bhutan 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, 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. Please refer to the tour inclusions for more details.

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 adds incredible value for your dollar.

Discounts & Rewards:

Please note discount and rewards given below can not be combined with any other promotions. You only can avail any one discount or promotions.

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.

Past Passenger Discount 5% Off

As Loyal Traveller appreciation we are offering a 5% discount off on any new Small Group Journey bookings on land only.

All you have to do is prove that you have travelled on one Small Group Journey with us since 2009 and the discount is yours!

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combines 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 keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organize 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)

How Early Should I Book?

The earlier is better so that you can save on our promotional offers.

We offer excellent value for our Small Group Tours which tends to be booked out earlier than expected hence reserve your place at least 6 to 7 months prior to departure.

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.

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.

Getting Around

Comfort is our first priority. All our coaches are air-conditioned with push back seats. We even offer 30-35 seater coach when only 16 people are in a group, providing everyone a window seats. Our train journeys in air-conditioning sleeper class where bedding is provided by the train attendant and itineraries that include domestic flight to connect destination we use economy class.

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. Travellers 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

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour Manager who will assist your transfer to the designated hotel for two nights stay. (No Meals)


Day 02: Mamallapuram Excursion 

Start your morning with a trip to Mahabalipuram also know as Mamallapuram - Its enviable position on the Coromandel Coast, facing the Bay of Bengal, guarantees that this is a popular place to stay. Spend time on the white-sand beach shaded by casuarina trees and make sure you allow yourself time to explore this wonderful open-air museum, much of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arjuna's Penance -Nothing can prepare you for the wonderful bas-reliefs covering two huge boulders in exquisite detail, dating from the 7th century. Spend time admiring the detail and wonder why the temples are incomplete and were never consecrated. Shore Temple; Relish the delightful seaside location, overlooking the Bay of Bengal, and landscaped gardens. Experience South Indian thali meals is served in Banana leaf, it is a well balanced meal with dishes that include rice, dal, vegetables, flat breads, yoghurt, chutney, pickle, papad and a sweet dish. Return to Hotel and relax. Evening Enjoy the fresh catch of the day, cooked with Bay Spice - local peppers, coriander and tamarind. You'll relish the French seafood broth with shredded vegetable, diced seafood and a peg of tender coconut water. (B,L,D)


Day 03: Chennai – Kachipuram –Chennai - Bangalore 

Today we depart from Hotel and Drive to the impressive temple town of Kanchipuram covering a distance of 60 kms in approx 1.5 hour. Known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples, it is one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for both its temples and its hand-woven silks. Most of the temples are well preserved till date, which were built during 7th and 8th century AD. The prominent temples of Kanchipuram are Ekambareshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple etc. Kanchipuram silk is famous all over the world. Visit the local homes of the weavers and watch them create magic out of silk thread into saris. Return to Chennai to catch a flight to Bangalore with overnight in Bangalore. (B,L,D)


Day 04: Bangalore - Mysore 

Begin with a visit to the botanical gardens at Lal Bagh conceived and laid out by Sultan Hyder Ali in 1760. His son, Tipu, expanded the gardens further planting exotic plants from Persia, Kabul, Turkey, and Mauritius over 96 hectares. Highlights include the Lawn Clock and the British-built glasshouse, structurally based on London's Crystal Palace and then drive to Mysore. You will be charmed by the faded grandeur of Mysore, the former capital of the much loved Wodeyars dynasty who reigned from the 16th century. Evening enjoy an exclusively designed menu by Chef that features traditional Karnataka cuisine, dinner will be a love of labour, full of nostalgic memories-a very special treat indeed. Two nights in Mysore. (B,L,D)


Day 05: Mysore 

Morning we visit Devaraj Market - Most colourful local market, Mysore Palace -You can't fail to be impressed by this vast palace, with its turrets, domes and arches and an opulent interior with intricately carved doors and ceilings. Wander through the luxuriously furnished rooms and admire this treasure trove of art appreciated from all over the world. Evening Head up Chamundi Hill for panoramic views of the city spread out below before exploring the exquisite hilltop temple dedicated to the goddess, Chamundi. This evening enjoy Mughlai food at Olive garden (windflower). It is famous for the exotic use of spices, dried fruit and nuts. The Mughals did everything in style and splendour and Chef will explain the layering of the spices that gives each preparation an exotic taste and flavour. (B,L,D)


Day 06: Mysore - Calicut 

Travel to Calicut and visit Beypore, a prominent port and fishing harbour of ancient Kerala. Visit the fish markets with Chef who will point out the many varieties of seafood caught fresh daily off these shores and the special ways the locals prepare it for their families. Visit the Boat yards in Beypore, which have been building vessels since early centuries for legendary seamen. Tonight enjoy a special dinner featuring Moppilla Cuisine -The cuisine of Kerala Muslims, well known for its delicate blend of spiciness and subtle mix of ingredients that add a touch of the exotic! Like any regional cuisines, Mappilas have also developed a cuisine that makes the best use of locally available ingredients. As such, most dishes are made from various forms and combinations of rice, banana, coconut and egg, besides of course the specially prepared meat dish. Overnight in Calicut. (B,L,D)


Day 07: Calicut – Cochin 

Today we drive to Cochin with its wealth of historical associations and its beautiful setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas; the fascinating city of Cochin perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. Cochin now renamed Kochi, boasts one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast and has been a port of call for foreign traders from very early times. This evening watch a performance of the Kathakali dance, where characters use larger than life gestures and dramatic make up. Afterwards enjoy dinner at the Malabar Junction, a superb, open-sided restaurant in a garden. Stay two nights at Cochin. (B,L,D)


Day 08: Cochin 

After breakfast we visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of copper plates inscribed in Hebrew script are preserved here. Continue on to visit St. Francis Church, the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India. Also visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555. Their dresses, turbans and palanquins and murals from Hindu mythology are all beautiful and worth seeing. Culminate the tour at Fort Kochi, which is said to be the oldest European settlement in India. This evening is free to explore a local restaurant in town or visit the famous beach with the Chinese fishing nets. (B,L,D)


Day 09: Cochin – Alleppey 

After breakfast travel to Alleppey, at the heart of the backwaters of Kerala. Arrive at these beautiful palm fringed network of canals to board the “Kettuvalams”, traditional rice boats now converted into deluxe accommodation. It is no wonder that Alleppey has been called the Venice of the East. The gorgeous backwaters support a vibrant village life along the tropical shoreline. The land is lush with coconut palms and green rice fields.
By noon we’ll board our Private Houseboat for lunch. In the evening if you wish you can accompany the houseboat staff to one of the village fish markets, where you can put to test your bargaining skills for purchasing the fresh water prawns, which can later be cooked for you to have it for dinner. Overnight at the houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 10: House Boat – Alleppey – Thekkady 

After breakfast, disembark the houseboat at Alleppey & travel to Thekkday (also known as Periyar), South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary. It is home to bison, wild elephant, boar, languor, the great Indian tiger and many more wildlife species. The sanctuary is spread over an area of about 777 sq km and comprises of a thick evergreen forest with exotic wild life. On arrival check in at the homestay and after some relaxation proceed for a boat cruise on the Lake Periyar, which show cases a kaleidoscope of activities that incur around the lake and jungle. Evergreen moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands characterise Periyar. Stay two nights at Thekkady homestay. (B,L,D)


Day 11: Thekkady

After breakfast proceed to view the rare species grown at home with Cirac and Dolly the host, growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and Vinella etc. Walk amidst the palette displaying variant shades of green. It is believed that the spice trade dates back three thousand years in Kerala and many spices find their home here. This evening take a Cooking Class at home with Dolly who is a wonderful cook, she teaches guests the nuance of traditional Kerala recipes.
We will also arrange for Market trip – visit vegetable market and spice market, enjoy and explore the opportunity of delicious food in homely ambience, interact with members of the host family and experience the nuances of a joint family system. The unique experience brings you in close touch with the traditions; values and cultural ethos of this enchanting land. (B,L,D)


Day 12: Thekkady – Trivandrum

After breakfast morning is free to relax or for your personal activities. In time transfer to Trivandrum international airport to board your flight home. We will recommend to add on couple of days more in Kovalam to rest at the beach side and enjoy a ayurveda message before you fly back home. (B)


 

 

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 2016 

   22 Jan    02 Feb                C  
   19 Feb    02 Mar               C  
   19 Mar    30 Mar               C  
   16 Apr    27 Apr               C  
   22 Oct    02 Nov                C  
   19 Nov    30 Nov               C  
   24 Dec    04 Jan'15               C  

  2017

   21 Jan     01 Feb                A  
   25 Feb    07 Mar                A  
   24 Mar    04 Apr                A  
 

 14 Apr

   25 Apr                A  
 

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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
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Small Group Journey

Starts: Chennai

Ends: Trivandrum

Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure: minimum 06 pax

What's Included?

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facility

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Group assistance and transfers

Sightseeing as specified

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

THO Tour Manager (minimum 08 people)

Local English speaking tour guide

Entry fee/Monument charges 

Karnataka cuisine experience

Malabar cuisine experience

Mappilla Cuisine experience

Ethnic Thali Dinner

A bottle of water while travelling

Airfare Chennai – Bangalore in economy class

All current applicable taxes

What's Excluded?

Any International or Domestic Airfare

Airport taxes and Visa fee

Early check in or late check out

Meals other than specified above

Tips & Gratuities

Travel & Medical Insurance

Camera and video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

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

Any optional excursion or tour

Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column

Fact File

Overland travel by Chartered Coach with driver 

Jewish Synagogue Cochin is closed on Fridays and Saturdays 

Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements 

Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions 

Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours 

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR) 

Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz 

Time Zone: 5.5 hours ahead GMT 

THO Tour Manager will be provided with 6 or more pax