India

Splendid Southern-India: A 10-Day Luxury Small-Group Tour

Immerse yourself in one of the most colourful and diverse countries in the world on a 10-day, luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers) that will have you uncover the splendour of Southern India, from the striking architecture of Chennai to the temples of Madurai and beyond. Visit whimsical temples dating back to the 7th century, roam the vibrant quarters of Chennai and the cobblestone streets of Pondicherry, witness a traditional Aarti ceremony, get pampered with an exclusive Ayurvedic treatment in Tanjore – all while indulging in nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the historic Palais De Mahe, a beautiful hotel housed in a colonial building in the heart of the French Quarter of Pondicherry and two nights at the Svatma Hotel in Tanjore, a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux. Plus daily breakfast and dining experiences, private airport transfers, the services of English-speaking local guides and so much more.

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10 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
10 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) – you must purchase two packages
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
10 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
10 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
15 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
15 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
15 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
15 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Few places on earth pulsate with a more hypnotic clash of bright colours, exotic fragrances and mesmerising sounds than India, and on this 10-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers) you will experience the finest hotels as you unveil the secrets of the enchanting Southern part of the country. Soak up the sights from Chennai to Madurai and beyond, all whilst staying in spectacular accommodation throughout. Want to make the most of your time in India? Extend your journey with an optional five day tour to the “Venice of the East” - Kerala, and the spectacular natural reserve of Periyar, home to the majestic Bengal tigers.

What You’ll Love...

The Accommodation – From a fascinating French-colonial palace to a Relais & Châteaux property in Tanjore

Your home in Pondicherry will be the sublime Palais de Mahe, a French colonial building set amid the most beautiful quarter of the city: the French Quarter, brimming with historic buildings and charming cafés, trendy boutiques and traditional sari shops. Resembling a French mansion, this boutique hotel boasts airy high ceilings, traditional roof beams and colonnades, not to mention fantastic facilities such as an Ayurveda centre, a gorgeous pool located in the traditional colonial courtyard, a stylish cocktail bar and a restaurant.

Rest easy at the luxurious Svatma Tanjavur. Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotels, Svatma is more than just a hotel – it's an experience. Allowing a true immersion into Tamil art, architecture and culture, each of the hotel’s room is beautifully designed with unique style. Rich culture meets state-of-the-art facilities at the Svatma Tanjavur, where you will be able to make the best of the luxury Spa, gym and yoga centre, the striking courtyard swimming pool and fine dining restaurants - giving you the ultimate Indian experience.

The Experiences – From bustling cities to UNESCO World Heritage sites and spiritual temples

Begin this unforgettable experience in Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal. Boasting some of the world’s most diverse architecture, ranging from ancient temples to colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers, Chennai will be your first taste of India. Embark on a guided tour of the city and discover the famous 16th-century Kapaleeshwarar Temple – an impressive Tamil-Nadu temple dedicated to Shiva.

Known for its incredible monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th century, the temple city of Mahabalipuram is a feat of stone and gorgeous shrines, including the UNESCO World Heritage seafront Shore Temple. A unique construction with three ornate granite shrines, this is one of the oldest stone temples in South India and has become known as ‘poetry in stone’ for its intricate structural design.

Journey along the coast and soak up the atmosphere of the city of Pondicherry, a former French colonial settlement with charming tree-lined cobbled streets, colonial villas draped in bougainvillea and sidewalk cafes. Wander the French-inspired boulevards that you might have seen on Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ movie, taking in the most famous sights of the city including the UNESCO-listed Vysial Street with its distinctive Franco-Tamil architecture. Enjoy time at leisure in this picturesque city, discovering the beautiful French Quarter of Pondy and learning more about its heritage.

Spend half a day understanding the foundation of the spiritual community of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Indian philosopher and yogi, with a visit to Auroville – a nonreligious township dedicated to peace and sustainability, founded in 1968.

Enjoy the vibrancy of the temple city of Madurai and wander the busting bazaars bursting with gifts to take home. See the historic Meenakshi Amman Temple and end a superb day with a spectacular evening at the candlelit Aarti Prayer Ceremony at the Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Your Package Includes:

  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the Park Hyatt in Chennai, three nights at the historic Palais De Mahe in Pondicherry, two nights at Svatma Tanjavur, a stunning Relais & Châteaux hotel in Tanjore and two nights at fully renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Madurai
  • Daily breakfasts, five lunches and four speciality dinners
  • Guided tour of Chennai including visits to the famous 16th-century Kapaleeshwarar Temple
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the 7th-century rock cut temples at Mahabalipuram
  • Walk the cobblestone streets of Pondicherry on a Pondi Cultural Walk taking in local markets, restored Franco-Tamil houses, and historical museums
  • A half day visit to the township of Auroville, to learn more about Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Indian Yogi and philosopher
  • Visit to the ancient temples in Tanjore, Tiruchirapally and Madurai to get a deep understanding and appreciation of Southern India’s rich cultural heritage
  • Visits to the bustling markets and exclusive food tastings
  • An included 45-minute Ayurvedic treatment in Tanjore
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

Tour Extension: Discover the magic of Periyar National Park and the Backwaters of Kerala

Take in the beauty and diversity of India’s landscapes as you travel through Kerala, India’s tropical state with over 600km of palm-fringed shoreline overlooking the Arabian Sea. From an overnight cruise aboard a luxury houseboat on the network of canals known as backwaters – that give Kerala the nickname of “Venice of the East”, to a visit to the impressive Periyar National Park brimming with elephants, monkeys and tiger, the magic of Kerala will be unveiled on this unmissable five-day extension.

The Experiences – Discover one of India’s most popular wildlife sanctuaries, cruise the backwaters onboard a luxury houseboat and more

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the best-known sanctuary in Southern India and the home to a large population of elephant as well as a growing number of the majestic Bengal tiger. Embark on a scenic boat ride on the lake, take a nature walk through the National Park – where you could spot animals such as tigers, deer, leopards, bison and more en route.

Board your traditional luxury houseboat for an overnight cruise on the peaceful backwaters of Kumarakom, a village on the picturesque Vembanad Lake. Witness daily life in action as you glide past villages and rice fields, spotting local fishermen at work.

Discover the historic city of Kochi and the Fort Kochi heritage zone, a cultural blend of religions, influences and traditions. Here you will experience a performance of Kathakali; Kerala's popular classical Indian dance form that combines dance, colourful make up, drama and music to tell a story.

Your Package Includes:

  • Five nights luxury accommodation including one night at the Spice Village in Theddaky, a night at Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom, an overnight cruise on a luxury houseboat and two nights at the historic Hotel Forte in Kochi
  • A memorable overnight cruise on the Kerala Backwaters
  • Daily breakfasts, two lunches and four dinners
  • A boat ride on Periyar Lake, in India’s famous Periyar National Park
  • A spectacular Kathakali Dance show in Kochi
  • A guided tour through the Fort Kochi heritage zone
  • Visit to the famous Chinese fishing nets at Kochi
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • The services of English-speaking expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
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