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Southern Stepping Stones

Southern India 13 nights Price from £3,290 per person

To get a real flavour of southern India, this itinerary takes in the highlights of Tamil Nadu in the east and Kerala in the west. As one of the key port towns of the British East India Company, Chennai (known then as Madras) is dominated by their fort. Heading south along the coast the vast monolithic statues of Mahabalipuram make for a wonderful detour before arriving in Pondicherry, synonymous with the French colonial era where time must also be taken to experience traditional Tamil life. The famous historic temples in Tanjore and Madurai are both popular pilgrimage sites and make the perfect stops on the way through the Western Ghats.

Crossing the hills into Kerala, Thekkady has one of the most picturesque and aromatic landscapes, rich with spices. While in Thekkady you will also visit the Periyar National Park with its large elephant population. Crossing to the Malabar coast, this journey ends in Cochin, with the Fort area, rich with the colonial history of all nationalities, sitting alongside one of the south’s most successful modern cities.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Overnight flight from London to Chennai
  • Private driver throughout your itinerary
  • Expert local guides in each destination for full sightseeing itinerary
  • Kirker visa service
  • Two nights in Leela Palace, Chennai
  • Two nights in Maison Perumal, Pondicherry
  • Two nights in Ideal River View, Tanjore
  • One night in The Gateway, Madurai
  • Two nights in Spice Village, Thekkady
  • Three nights in Brunton Boatyard, Cochin
  • Flight from Cochin to London via Mumbai

Prices

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13 night low season price from £3,290 per person.
13 night high season price from £3,940 per person.

Included Hotels

Tamil Nadu, India, Southern India,

A former colonial home belonging to the Coats family, renowned textile producers, this hotel is on a hill a short distance away from town and overlooks the city centre. The family home now houses the reception and bar which retain a homely feel.

Hotel

Brunton Boatyard, Cochin
Heritage
Kerala, India, Southern India,

This hotel, housed in a converted boatyard occupies a prime location on the tip of Fort Cochin with all bedrooms and bathrooms facing the sea.

Tamil Nadu, India, Southern India,

Situated on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful location, this is the perfect hotel to base yourself as you explore the famous local temples. After a day of sightseeing you can relax and enjoy the large swimming pool and lovely landscaped gardens that border a tributary of the Cauvery River and are a paradise for butterflies and birds.

Tamil Nadu, India, Southern India,

This is a fully restored townhouse in the ‘Puducherry’ Tamil quarter that took more than a year and a half to restore the building and to refurbish the 10 bedrooms to their colonial elegance – the results are quite stunning in their simplicity.

Tamil Nadu, India, Southern India,

This exceptional property opened in 2013 and instantly established itself as the leading hotel in Chennai. It is the only hotel with a seafront location, directly overlooking the Bay of Bengal and the Adyar River.

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Spice Village, Thekkady
Superior
Kerala, India, Southern India,

Although Spice Village has a central location in Thekkady, the large garden makes it feel like a rural property particularly since kitchen garden was added recently.

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