We will of course tailor the itinerary depending on your interest in Hindu temples, we could offer a few more!
A private tour to both Kerala and Tamil Nadu has many advantages; in many ways they go perfectly together. Kerala is more laid-back, with its tropical backwaters, beaches and laid-back feel, whilst Tamil Nadu is packed with culture, temples and things to see around every corner. It goes without saying that it is quite a journey, covering about 1000kms over two weeks, but on every journey you’ll see the many facets which make India such a colourful and fascinating destination. Begin in Chennai (once Madras) which was the initial main base for the British East India Company in the 17th century and an interesting city to explore. Tamil Nadu is known for its colourful Hindu temples and superb shore temples at Mahabalipuram located just south of Madras. The town of Pondicherry was once to the French East India Company, and the architecture reflects the history. You even find baguette shops and glorious Franco-Indian cuisine in the many superb restaurants. Continue through the Tanjore and Trichy, the ancient Chola capital and containing exquisite temples. You might then be a little templed out by now, so dip into Tamil Nadu’s Tamil rural heartlands in the Chettinad Region. Next see the impressive Meenakshi Temple in Madurai before heading into the hills and a stay at Rajakkad Estate. You continue through the stunning tea plantations of Munnar before dropping down to Lake Vembenad the Kerala’s tropical backwaters before ending in Cochin.
|Day 1-2||Chennai||Vivanta by Taj – Connemara Vivanta by Taj – Connemara|
|Day 3-4||Pondicherry||Palais De Mahe Palais De Mahe|
|Day 5-6||Tanjore||Svatma Tanjore Svatma Tanjore|
|Day 7||Madurai||Heritage Madurai Heritage Madurai|
|Day 8-9||Rajakkad||Rajakkad Estate Rajakkad Estate|
|Day 10-11||Munnar||Talayar Valley Bungalow Talayar Valley Bungalow|
|Day 12-13||Backwaters||Purity Purity|
|Day 14-15||Cochin||Brunton Boatyard Brunton Boatyard|
|Day 16||Cochin Airport||Fly Home|
We arrange totally bespoke trips and design an itinerary that is designed around you. You may have seen a suggested itinerary that we can base your plans around, or we can start with a blank sheet and paper and design something from scratch.