Saffron to Bollywood
15 Days / 14 Nights
From US$3671

This tour is a highly recommended itinerary for those wishing to experience the beautiful scenery and rich culture of Southern India. Explore some of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and temples, taste spices at their source, cruise waterways, and experience the multicultural harbour town of Cochin and the exciting city of Mumbai.

We start our tour in Chennai visiting important cultural sites the seaside town of Mamallapuram, where Pallavan stonecutters produced some of the finest carvings in India; Pondicherry where the neatly laid roads remind us of the French colonial era, Thanjavur which still bears witness to the splendour of Chola architecture, found in the carvings of Meenakshi Temple, a temple that buzzes with Hindu pilgrims performing rituals at all hours of the day. Periyar, visit local spice plantations growing cardamom, pepper, vanilla, tea and coffee and enjoy a boat ride in a nearby wildlife reserve to scout the forest for resident elephants and birds. We than board an overnight cruise for exploring the scenic Backwaters of Kerala a vast, intricate network of lagoons, canals and lakes. Listen for the birdsong drifting out of the nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and observe the local life along the waterways.

Cochin, also known as Kochi, an evocative harbor town here we experience the city’s rich past flavored from Portuguese, British, Dutch, Chinese and Jewish traders including a 500 year old church, a 16th century synagogue and Royal Palace. Enjoy gourmet South Indian specialty dishes and witness a highly ritualised “Kathakali” dance. We will have enough time to browse for antiques and perhaps indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic spa treatment a specialty of southern India. Conclude with touring in Mumbai, India’s high-energy capital and the home of the Bollywood Film Industry. Enjoy the city’s wonderful restaurants, markets and private touring of the most interesting cultural attractions.

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, TAANZ, 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.

Saffron to Bollywood- 15 Days/14 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: Chennai- Mahabalipuram

Today before we proceed for the sightseeing our tour Manager will brief us about the day tour. We visit Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing.  Later travel to Mahabalipuram and stay two nights in hotel. (B,D)


Day 03: Kanchipuram Excursion

Today after breakfast, excursion to Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples and one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus. Later return back to Mahabalipuram and enjoy sightseeing tour and visit Shore Temple. Later visit Krishna Mandapam. (B,D)


Day 04: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry

Today we travel to Pondicherry, the town ruled by the French before India got independence in 1947. Later the day is free to take stroll in the street of this beautiful town. Stay Overnight at hotel. (B,D)


Day 05: Pondicherry – Thanjavur

Today after breakfast we enjoy the city sightseeing tour and visit to Rai Nivas, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and explore the medieval town of the French province. Afternoon, travel to Tanjore and stay two nights in hotel. (B,D)


Day 06: Thanjavur

Today after breakfast, we start sightseeing tour of Thanjavur, the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" and also known as the Granary of the South India. It is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments. Rest of the day is free to explore the town. (B,D)


Day 07: Tanjore - Trichy - Chettinad

Today after breakfast drive to Chettinad, En route we stop at Trichy, which has very historic temples & monuments. We start with Srirangam Temple, later we visit Rock fort, after visit, continue your travel to Chettinad and stay overnight in hotel. (B)


Day 08: Chettinad - Madurai

Today after breakfast we start sightseeing tour of Chettinad. One of the main attractions of Chettinad is the huge country homes of the Chettiars. Also interesting to see is the Chettinad museum, the must see is the Meenakshi Sundereshwar Temple. After visit we travel to Madurai, the great temple town of South India. Stay overnight in hotel. (B,D)


Day 09: Madurai – Thekkady

Today after breakfast proceed for city tour, the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. We visit a magnificent Meenakshi Temple. Later drive to Thekkady for two nights stay. (B,D)


Day 10: Wildlife safari & Spice Plantation

Today after breakfast explore the Periyar wildlife sanctuary on the boat, later visit spice plantation and evening attend a local cooking class and learn to cook Kerala dishes, the class will be held in a traditional home set in the grounds of a working bio-organic spice garden. (B,D)


Day 11: Backwaters cruise on Board

Today we travel to Kumarakom/Alleppey and embark the houseboat. All meals with an overnight on board. (B,L,D)


Day 12: Alleppey – Cochin

Today after breakfast we disembark the houseboat and travel to Cochin.  Later visit the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis church. In the evening explore the local bazaar of Fort Cochin and finish the day with witnessing Kathakali dance drama cultural show in the theatre. Stay overnight in hotel. (B,D)


Day 13: Cochin – Mumbai

Today after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Remaining evening free to explore and stay two nights in Mumbai. (B,D)


Day 14: Mumbai

Enjoy city sightseeing tour of Mumbai in the morning and visit Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Hanging Garden, Dhobi Ghat. Evening free to relax or explore local bazaar for souvenirs. (B,D)


Day 15: Depart Mumbai

After leisurely breakfast tour finish with transfer to Mumbai airport to board your onwards 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, TAANZ 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, 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)

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

Arrive at Chennai International Airport.  Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Executive will page you by your group name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight in Chennai.


Day 02: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (Approximate Driving: 58 kms / 1 hr 30 mins)

Chennai formally known as Madras, popularly regarded as the ‘Gateway to the South'. It represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. This city encourages all forms of development, both modern technology and the traditional arts and crafts and embraces a series of paradoxes. The numerous temples, shrines, forts and palaces are a reflection of the rich and diverse historical heritage of the city. Before we proceed for the sightseeing our tour Manager will brief us about the day tour. We visit Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing.  Afternoon travel to Mahabalipuram and stay two nights in hotel. (B,D)


Day 03: Kanchipuram Excursion

After breakfast excursion to Kanchipuram, the city of 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 Kingdome. In this context, it is particularly known for being the seat for bearing culture and philosophy. The city is also famous for its silk weavers, settled around 400 years ago and has given it an enviable reputation. The weavers use the highest quality silk and pure gold thread.  Later return back to Mahabalipuram and enjoy sightseeing tour and visit Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. Three separate buildings make up the temple and numerous carvings can be found throughout the temple. Due to the architectural and heritage value attached to it, the UNESCO has crowned this historical city as a ‘World Heritage Site’. Later visit Krishna Mandapam, which has the world's largest bas-relief measuring 27 m x 9 m, whale back shaped rock, contains figures of gods, men, beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. (B,D)


Day 04: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (Approx Drive & Time: 170 km / 3 hrs 30 mins)

We travel to Pondicherry, the town ruled by the French before India got independence in 1947. This French legacy is visible in the well planned town, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beaches, beautiful promenades, architecturally imposing buildings and statues of Joan of Ark and Joseph Francois colonies in India from 1742-54. The day is free to take stroll in the street of this beautiful town. Stay Overnight at hotel. (B,D)


Day 05: Pondicherry – Thanjavur (Approx Drive & Time: 255 kms / 5 hrs)

After breakfast we enjoy the city sightseeing tour and visit to Rai Nivas, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and explore the medieval town of the French province, the town has managed to preserve its French aura. From its delectable restaurants offering French cuisine and streets bearing French names, Pondicherry's French connection is very much alive. The city’s temples and churches and imposing monuments of the colonial era are some of the sites worth visiting in this small port city. Afternoon travel to Tanjore and stay two nights in hotel. (B,D)


Day 06: Thanjavur

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Thanjavur, the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" and also known as the Granary of the South India, lying in the deltaic region of the famous river Cauvery and criss-crossed by lengthy network of irrigation canals. Thanjavur rose to glory during the later Chola Reign between 11th and 14th centuries AD and became the centre of learning and culture. It is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments. Rest of the day is free to explore the town. (B,D)


Day 07: Tanjore - Trichy - Chettinad (Approx Drive & Time: 122 kms / 2 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Chettinad, En route we stop at Trichy, which has very historic temples & monuments. It was an important town in the days of the later Cholas, Nayaks as well as during the early days of the British East India Company. We start with Srirangam Temple, surrounded by the waters of the River Kaveri on one side & its tributary Kollidam on the other. It is a 600-acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

Later we visit Rockfort most famed landmark is an 83 m high rock which is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The most amazing fact about the rock is that it is one of the oldest in the world approximately 3,800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland & older than the Himalayas.

After visit continue your travel to Chettinad and stay overnight in hotel. (B)


Day 08: Chettinad - Madurai (Approx Drive & Time: 115 kms / 2 hrs)

Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies. Chettinad is also rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture, and is well known for its houses, embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards, spacious rooms, and for its 18th century mansions. Local legend has it that their walls used to be polished with a paste made out of eggwhites to give a smooth texture.  After breakfast sightseeing tour of Chettinad. One of the main attractions of Chettinad is the huge country homes of the Chettiars. These ancestral houses, that were built more than 100 years ago, have massive high walled structures and were decorated with the finest of wood and craftsmanship. They are packed with imported period furniture, chandeliers, curios and paintings. Also interesting to see is the Chettinad museum, which is housed in an old converted house. It showcases the traditional jewellery, textiles, household implements and utensils, and all other unique lifestyle products of the Chettiyars. Among temples, the must see is the Meenakshi Sundereshwar Temple, that is famous for its unique architecture. After visit we travel to Madurai, the great temple town of South India. The city known as the Athens of the East and is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. Madurai has a rich cultural heritage which is passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. It was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD and was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. Stay overnight in hotel. (B,D)


Day 09: Madurai – Thekkady (Approx Drive & Time: 140 kms / 3 hrs)

After breakfast proceed for city tour, the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai believed to be more than 2500 years old. We visit a magnificent Meenakshi Temple and experience stunning architects as the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. The entire city is built around this temple. It attained 26th place in the list of top nominees for the new Seven Wonders of the World. Madurai is home to many poets and artisans and houses an abundance of literary wealth of both classical and modern Tamil. Jasmine flowers are well known all over the country, they carry a special fragrance unique to Madurai. Later drive to Thekkady and stay two nights in Thekkady. (B,D)


Day 10: Wildlife safari & Spice Plantation

After breakfast explore the Periyar wildlife sanctuary on the boat to spot various wildlife animal, reptiles and birds, the sanctuary centrepiece the man-made Periyar Lake, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala and is known to be home to Tiger , bison, wild boar, sambar, monkeys, wild elephant, antelopes and a wide variety of birds. More than 260 species of birds are found here, like the Great Indian Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, Black winged Kite, Barbets, Plovers, among many others.

Later visit spice plantation and evening attend a local cooking class and learn to cook Kerala dishes one of the most intriguing cuisines of the world, in a relaxing environment, the class will be held in a traditional home set in the grounds of a working bio-organic spice garden. (B,D)


Day 11: Backwaters cruise on Board (Approx Drive & Time 155 kms / 3 hrs 15 mins)

Today we travel to Kumarakom/Alleppey and embark 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 are panoramic sights one can never forget. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this beautiful land.  All meals with overnight on board Kerala houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 12: Alleppey – Cochin (Approx Drive & Time 78 kms / 2 hrs)

After breakfast we disembark the houseboat and travel to Cochin, set on a cluster of peninsulas and islands in the Indian Ocean. A city tucked in the beauty of coconut palms and endless blue waters; it is one of the important towns in South India, with a natural harbour. Cochin offers a pleasurable blend of charming sightseeing with salivating culinary delights that will surely blow your mind.  Afternoon visit the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis church, the oldest church built in 1503AD by Portuguese. In the evening explore the local bazaar of Fort Cochin and finish the day with witnessing Kathakali dance drama cultural show in the theatre. Stay overnight in hotel. (B,D)


Day 13:  Cochin – Mumbai (By Flight TBA)

After breakfast transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. 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 at Chowpatty and red double-decker buses queuing in grinding traffic jams. This pungent drama is played out against a Victorian townscape more reminiscent of a prosperous 19th century English industrial city than anything you’d expect to find on the edge of the Arabian Sea. It’s a city with vibrant street life, India’s best nightlife, and a wealth of bazaars. Remaining evening free to explore and stay two nights in Mumbai. (B,D)


Day 14: Mumbai

Enjoy city sightseeing tour of Mumbai in the morning and visit Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Hanging Garden, Dhobi Ghat. Evening free to relax or explore local bazaar for souvenirs. (B,D)


Day 15: Mumbai Departure

After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to Mumbai international airport. (B)


 Tour Ends

 

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 2016 

   09 Jan    23 Jan        $3671    $5158    C  
   06 Feb    20 Feb        $3671    $5158    C  
   05 Mar    19 Mar        $3671    $5158    C  
   10 Sep    24 Sep        $3967    $5577   A  
   15 Oct    29 Oct         $3967    $5577    A  
   12 Nov    26 Nov        $3967    $5577    A  
   28 Dec    11 Jan'17        $3967    $5577    A  

  2017

   18 Jan     01 Feb        $3967    $5577    A  
   11 Feb    25 Feb        $3967    $5577    A  
   11 Mar    25 Mar        $3967    $5577    A  
 

 01 Apr

   15 Apr        $3967    $5577    A  
 

For departure dates 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
Play
Small Group Journey

Starts: Chennai

Ends: Mumbai

Grade: Easy Paced

Guaranteed Departure: minimum 02 pax

What's Included?

Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facility (Check-in / Checkout 12:00)

Travel, transfers and sightseeing by chartered air-condition vehicle with driver

Group assistance and all transfers

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

Overnight Kerala Backwater Cruise

Domestic airfare Cochin – Mumbai in economy class

THO Tour Manager (minimum 6 people)

Assistance and all transfers

Sightseeing as specified

Local English speaking tour guide except at Chettinad, Periyar and Pondicherry

All Entry fee to the monuments

Wildlife Safari at Periyar

Spice plantation visit

Boat ride in Periyar National park

Kathakali Dance show tickets

Cooking Demo in Thekkady

A bottle of water while travelling

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