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Hidden Treasures of South India: 13 Nights and 14 Days

Overview
Discover some of the most magical hideaways in South India with our new and exclusive Hidden Treasures of South India Tour. This 13 night/14 day tour covers Tamil Nadu and Kerala, giving you the opportunity to explore the fascinating Pondicherry, the temple town of Tanjore; the cuisine and colours of Karaikudi; the wildlife of Periyar; and the port town of Cochin. Also included is an overnight cruise in the sensuous backwaters of Kerala.
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Tour Highlights

  • Stay in the French Town of Pondicherry
  • Visit the Breehadeswara Temple
  • Stay in a Heritage Mansion at Chettinad
  • Stay in a Wildlife Resort
  • Cruise On a Houseboat Overnight
  • Stay in a Backwater Resort
  • Explore the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Relax with a Complimentary Ayurveda Massage
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Pondicherry
Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.
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2 Thanjavur
Thanjavur is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its many temples include the 11th-century Brihadeeswarar Temple, a vast Chola dynasty–era complex with a frescoed interior. Thanjavur Maratha Palace is home to the centuries-old Saraswathi Mahal Library, with palm-leaf manuscripts, and Thanjavur Art Gallery, with bronze statues. Tamil University Museum displays coins, folk artifacts and musical instruments.
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3 Karaikudi
Karaikudi is a municipality in Sivaganga district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the 20th largest urban agglomeration of Tamil Nadu based on 2011 census data.
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4 Periyar

Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest.

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5 Alleppey- House Boat
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons.
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6 Kumarakom

Kumarakom is home to the backwaters,a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. An overnight cruise is the best way to naviage through the breathtaking canals of Kumarakom.

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7 Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, is divided into Old Cochin (comprising Fort Cochin and Mattanchery) and Ernakulam, which is a bustling metropolis and is considered the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala where you can experience urban comforts on a par with other major cities in India and also the history of many centuries bygone.

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8 Cochin International Airport - Nedumbassery

Cochin International Airport, Cochin (IATA: COK,ICAO, VOCI) is an international airport serving the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. Located at Nedumbassery, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of the city, Cochin International Airport is the first airport in India developed under a public-private-partnership (PPP) model and was funded by nearly 10,000 non-resident Indians from 30 countries

It is the busiest and largest airport in the state of  Kerala. As of 2019, the Cochin International Airport caters to 61.8% of the total air passenger movement in Kerala. It is also the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic and eighth busiest overall. In fiscal year 2018-19, the airport handled more than 10.2 million passengers with a total of 71,871 aircraft movements.The airport is a primary base for Air India Express operations which is also headquartered in the city.

The airport operates three passenger terminals and one cargo terminal. With over 150,000 square metres (1,614,587 sq ft) in area, the airport's Terminal 3 is one of the largest terminals in India.On 18 August 2015, Cochin International Airport became the world's first fully solar powered airport with the inauguration of a dedicated solar plant. On 26 July 2018, the airport was selected for the coveted Champion of the Earth award, the highest environmental honor instituted by the United Nations.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01 – Chennai – Pondicherry (165 km / 3 .5 hrs)
Welcomed by a Kerala Travel Centre representative at Chennai airport and transferred to Pondicherry where you can check into your hotel and unwind. Set along the Bay of Bengal, with delightful unspoilt beaches, this enchanting town is a throwback to colonial times when it was a French enclave. Today, Pondicherry is a blend of French and Tamil culture, making it a unique destination to visit. Those fond of European colonial architecture will enjoy the profusion of Catholic churches and distinctly French buildings, such as the beachfront Hotel de Ville. The French influence continues to the excellent French restaurants.
Overnight at the Palais De Mahe with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02 – Pondicherry
In the morning, visit Auroville, an intentional community where people of forty different nationalities have come together with the goal of building a harmonious township where creed, nationality and colour are ignored. Spend some time here to discover their utopian vision. Later go for a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry; we will visit the Shri Aurobindo Ashram, the Ganesha Temple, the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Gandhi Statue on the boulevard. Spend your evening relaxing.
Overnight at the Palais De Mahe with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03 – Pondicherry
Explore Gingee fort, a famous landmark for pilgrims visiting Lord Arunachaleswarar temple at Tiruvannamalai. The fort was called the Troy of the East by the British. This fort is regarded as a rare architectural marvel created by Chola kings in the 13th century A.D. and is regarded as a rare architectural marvel. Even though only the ruins remain, it is still a marvellous piece of centuries-old architectural beauty. Spend your evening at leisure.
Overnight at the Palais De Mahe with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04 – Pondicherry – Tanjore (225 km / 5 hrs)
Drive to Tanjore or Thanjavur, a town that rose to glory during the Chola period between the 9th and 14th centuries A.D. It has been the treasure house of art for centuries and is called the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is well-known throughout the world for being the home to some magnificent temples, the Rajah Serfoji's Saraswathi Mahal Library, the Thanjavur Art Gallery and also for its exquisite handicrafts like the Art Plate, Pith Work, Bronze Icons and Thanjavur paintings.
Overnight at the Hi Tanjore hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05 – Tanjore
Visit the Bridhadeshwara temple and fort, the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture and a World Heritage Site. Also, visit the impressive Bronze Museum with the world's finest Chola bronzes, and then visit a bronze factory. Take a special tour of the nearby village to experience the art of statue making and glass painting.
Overnight at the Hi Tanjore hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06 – Tanjore – Karaikudi (100 km / 2.5 hrs)
Drive to Karaikudi, a major town in the Chettinad region, which is famous for its heritage and traditions. The palatial mansions with their rare architecture make Chettinad a place of charm and a must-visit destination. The town of Karikudi is also known for its cuisine. Visit Chettinad houses, extensive antique shops, weekly shandy village market and see silversmiths and goldsmiths at work.
Overnight at the CGH Visalam hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
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  • DAY 07 – Karaikudi
Explore the Athangudi village situated in Chettinad, which is popular for handmade terracotta tiles. The tiles are sun-dried and patterned beautifully. They are designed in the Athangudi tile factory and are used mainly in the Chettiars ancestral houses.
Overnight at the CGH Visalam hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08 – Karaikudi – Periyar (230 km / 5 hrs)
Drive to Periyar, an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into your hotel, and go on a spice plantation tour. Be enticed by the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg and learn how the spices are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. Later, enjoy an elephant ride.
Overnight at the Periyar Reserve Bungalow with full board and a vehicle at your disposal.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09 – Periyar
Experience an all-day jeep safari.
Overnight at the Periyar Reserve Bungalow with full board and a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10 – Periyar – Houseboat (145 km / 4.5 hrs)
Drive Alleppey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise the backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats, or Kettuvalloms, are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm-fringed landscape from your cabin. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings, it's the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals travel in canoes, and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods door-to-door in small, wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters, you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route.
Overnight on board the houseboat with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
Day ELEVEN +-
  • DAY 11 – Houseboat – Kumarakom (by boat)
Disembark from your houseboat at Kumarakom, the enchanting backwater region of Kerala and check into your hotel. The labyrinthine network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons, which form the famed backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax. Experience the typical Kerala cuisine with a demonstration from Aniamma (affectionately called as Mummy) and Anu. In the evening, relax with a general Ayurvedic full-body massage.
Overnight at the Philipkutty Farm House with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
Day TWELVE +-
  • DAY 12 – Kumarakom – Cochin (65 km / 1.5 hrs)
Drive to Cochin, or Kochi as it is called now. Cochin offers you the best of history and culture anywhere in the state. A port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from all over the world. As you explore the town, you can see snippets of the different eras and influences in the many attractions of Cochin. The place is broadly divided into two areas - Ernakulam, which is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis, and Fort Cochin, which is the cultural hub where the hotel is located. Step out of the hotel and you are within walking distance of other attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century. In the evening, you can enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise.
Overnight at the Secret Garden with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day THIRTEEN +-
  • DAY 13 – Cochin

Go for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin; including, the Jewish Synagogue; St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India; the Santa Cruz Basilica, which was built in 1557 by the Portuguese; the Dutch Palace; the Spice Market; and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders. In the evening, visit an auditorium to watch the famous, traditional dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterised by intricate storytelling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up.
Overnight at the Secret Garden with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day FOURTEEN +-
  • DAY 14 – Cochin – Departure
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for onward flight with a vehicle provided for your transfer.

When Should I go?

Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29°C throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.
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Monsoon Months in Kerala

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to Kerala

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to Kerala when the weather is sunny and pleasant. The months of April and May are also favourable for travel but the humidity tends to be comparatively higher. August and September are also good months for travel.

Price Guide

Prices are per person based on 2 people occupying 1 double/twin room and may vary based on local market fluctuations. For single supplements please get in touch.

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B&B at all hotels except where cited on the itinerary, chauffeur driven AC car, sunset cruise, Kathakali performance, Ayurveda massage, all entrance fees, guide charges, assisted airport transfers and international flights.

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Pondicherry 3 Palais De Mahe Palais De Mahe Palais De Mahe
Karaikudi 2 CGH Visalam CGH Visalam CGH Visalam
Periyar 2 Periyar reserve bungalow Periyar reserve bungalow Periyar reserve bungalow
Alleppey- House Boat 1 Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape
Kumarakom 1 Philipkutty's Farm Philipkutty's Farm Philipkutty's Farm
Cochin 2 Secret Garden Secret Garden Secret Garden

Palais De Mahe

The French quarter of the small town of Pondicherry on the Eastern coast of India, is home to one of the finest boutique hotels in the country – Palais de Mahé. The place derives its name from Mahé, which was once a tiny French hamlet on the west coast of India during the colonial times. Designed along classical French architectural lines, every pillar and stone within the hotel pays tribute to the town's rich history. The carefully chosen antique furniture adds to the colonial appeal. Care has been taken to ensure that all modern amenities are available to the hotel's guests while retaining the antique ambience.A large swimming pool occupies the centre of the courtyard with the living quarters built around it. The resort has 18 luxury suites, and a restaurant that offers a variety of cuisines to tickle your taste buds. In addition there is a pool side café that offers a variety of refreshments while you spend your time lazing about the pool. Located close to the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Palais de Mahé transports you to an old world ambience, filled with glimpses of French history. 

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