Hightlights of Tamil Nadu and The Andman Islands

Madurai, Chettinad, Tanjore, Pondicherry, Andaman Islands & Chennai

From $5700 per person in low season
From $6700 per person in high season

based on 13 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on two people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • 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

  • Delight in the rich architectural history of Tamil Nadu before heading to the Andamans
  • Visit Trichy and learn about the religious importance of its ancient temples
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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.

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Itinerary

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.

  1. Days 1-2: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    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.

    Accommodation: Heritage Madurai (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-5: Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India

    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.

    Accommodation: Visalam (2 nights)

  3. Days 5-7: Tanjore, India

    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.

    Accommodation: Svatma (2 nights)

  4. Days 7-9: Pondicherry, India

    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.

    Accommodation: Palais de Mahe (2 nights)

  5. Days 9-13: Havelock Island, India

    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.

    Accommodation: Jalakara (4 nights)

  6. Days 13-14: Chennai

    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.

    Our itineraries are completely bespoke and can easily be adjusted to suit you. Add on more time in the Andaman Islands to completely switch off. Our specialists visit all the places we sell, so know the properties we sell and the local area inside out.

    Accommodation: The Trident Chennai (1 nights)

Experiences

  • Explore Calcutta with an Uber Guide

    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.

Location

Madurai, Chettinad, Tanjore, Pondicherry, Andaman Islands & Chennai

 

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