Travel through laid-back South India on a classic journey of wildlife, temples and magnificent coastline, soaking up the incredible culture along the way.
- Feel the buzz of Chennai
- Discover ancient rock carvings at Mamallapuram
- Ride a rickshaw through Pondicherry
- Witness an atmospheric Aarti ceremony
- Look for elephants in Periyar
- Cruise Kerala backwaters
- Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges (unless a land only option is selected)
- All accommodation
- All Meals
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- All transportation and transfers
- English-speaking National Escort (if your group is 10 or more passengers)
- Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
- Comprehensive travel guides
Days 1-2: Fly to Chennai
Fly overnight to the city of Chennai, the gateway to southern India. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Discover Mamallapuram
Start the day soaking up the history of Fort St George, founded by the British in 1644, before journeying to the coastal town of Mamallapuram to view the fascinating 7th and 8th century rock carvings.
Day 4: Explore Pondicherry
Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram; founded in 1926 this vibrant community has almost 1200 members! Then, browse the delights of the Pondicherry Museum. Later, take a rickshaw ride through the charming French Quarter and enjoy some free time to explore.
Day 5: Travel to Thanjavur
Depart Pondicherry by road for Thanjavur, stopping en route at Kumbakonam for a traditional South Indian lunch. Thanjavur, once called Tanjore, was the capital of the Chola empire and is full of reminders of its great past, one of which you’ll explore - the Brahadeeswara Temple
Day 6: Trichy's Temple
Travel to the bustling city of Trichy and visit Sririangam to gaze on one of southern India’s most illustrious temples.
Day 7: Explore Madurai
One of India’s oldest cities, Madurai's most celebrated sight is the magnificent Meenakshi Amman Temple, which you’ll visit this morning. Continue to admire the Italianate influence at Tirumala Nayakar Palace
Day 8: Tea Plantation
Travel to Munnar, a hill station enveloped by lush tea plantations. In the afternoon, visit a tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum.
Day 9: Travel to Thekkady
Today take a walk in Eravikulam National Park where you will have the opportunity to spot local wildlife (closed Feb-Apr, an alternative walk will be available). Continue your journey to Thekkady, home of Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 10: Periyar Wildlife Reserve
Though designated a tiger reserve in 1978, the Periyar Wildlife Reserve is best known for its elephants. Take a walk through the reserve, keeping an eye out for its resident elephant population, as well as wild dogs, barking deer, mouse deer and the elusive Bengal tiger.
Day 11: Backwaters Cruise
Travel to Kumarakom where you’ll board your houseboat, a converted rice barge, known as a kettuvallam. Sit back and watch life on the water and the surrounding, untouched wilderness as you cruise unhurriedly along the canals.
Day 12: Coastal Kochi
After breakfast on the boat, disembark at Pallathuruthy and head for Kochi via Kumbalangi, a village created to highlight the lifestyle of fisher-folk in the area.
Day 13: Explore Kochi
Enjoy a tour of Kochi. Start at St Francis Church, the first European church built in India, before a visit to Santa Cruz Basilica, where you can get excellent views of the Chinese fishing nets.
Day 14: Fly Kochi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
See the classic sights in the company of expert guides so you can really understand the history and culture of the destination. On our classic tours we take care of everything, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the experience to the full. The tours are fully inclusive with all meals and a comprehensive touring programme.
Your accommodation has been selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town or a heritage-type hotel. In remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have western amenities.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 28 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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