based on 13 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
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A 15-night itinerary, offering both culture and relaxation
Spend time in picturesque Pondicherry, a former French colonial town
Some of the best diving can be found off the nearby shores of Havelock Island
Tropical climate- hot during the day. Summer (April-June) temperatures can get as high as 43-44°C, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant (18-24°C). Night time winter temperatures vary between 02-20°C, whereas days are sunny and pleasant (October-March). Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season (mid June to September) and average rainfall is 1400 mm. The best time to travel is November to April.
This itinerary allows you to experience the highlights of the Tamil Nadu region in India and the incredible and remote turquoise waters of the Andaman Islands. This is the perfect trip for anyone returning to India for a second visit or if you are wanting to get off the beaten path, combining the unique history and heritage of Tamil Nadu and the Robinson Crusoe feel of the Andaman Islands.
This enchanting itinerary begins in the town of Madurai, which sits on the banks of the river Vaigai. Dating back to the Pandyan kingdom around 600BC, it is a city rich in heritage during your two nights here, your private guide will bring to life the many Dravidian style temples and unique heritage.
From Madurai your next stop is in the heart of Chettinad, which you will reach with a drive of just over two hours. Here you’ll get the chance to get a real feel for the Chettinad traditions and we have included a visit to the local bazaars and artisan's workshops. The surrounding countryside is also a great place to go birdwatching, horse riding and enjoy boating trips should that be of interest.
Then you will head to Tanjore, where you will spend the next two nights. Tanjore was once the capital of the Chola empire and is home to more impressive temples including the Brihadeeswarar Temple. You’ll have a flexible private guide here to show you the highlights of this fascinating region.
No trip to Tamil Nadu is complete without a stay in Pondicherry, which will be your last stop on the India mainland. To reach Ponicherry from Tanjore your private chauffeur will again drive you which will take just under four hours. Here your private guide will lead you through the streets of Pondicherry. Under French rule until 1954, there is an interesting atmosphere here with a distinctly spiritual feel and streets lined with bougainvillea and beautiful townhouses.
Your journey then takes you down to the remote Andaman Islands, which you will reach with a two hour and a half hour car transfer followed by a two-hour flight to Port Blair and finally a three hour boat transfer to Havelock Island. It is a long journey but definitely the highlight of the trip. The island is somewhere few ever think of heading. However this tropical retreat offers some of the best diving in the world and with its Robinson Crusoe way of life; it’s hard to beat.
After enjoying four blissful nights on Havelock Island, upon returning to Chennai, you will spend one night in the city before connecting to your onward flight or to your next exciting destination.
A half day city tour taking in Georgetown which was originally known as Black Town in the 1600’s and was the centre of settlement in Madras and also housed the east India Company’s warehouse
After an early breakfast head out to enjoy a tour of Madurai, one of the oldest cities in India and the second largest city in Tamil Nadu.
Today you will enjoy a half day city tour of Tanjore which is an important centre of southern Indian religion, culture, art ad architecture.
Explore Calcutta with an expert guide, getting under the skin of the destination. Explore colonial Calcutta on foot, before having tea with a local socialite in his home before seeing the Marble Palace, Park St Cemetery and a cruise up the Hoogly to end.
Walk around the French Quarter with your guide and learn about this unique part of Pondicherry and how the French legacy is still preserved.
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Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
Havelock Island, India
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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