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Saffron & Sandalwood

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[ 17 days / 16 nights ]

Guide Price

£2,950pp

Price is based on double occupancy, and is subject to change based on hotels and dates of travel. Price includes international flights on British Airways travelling in World Traveller (economy), accommodation in a double/ twin room, breakfast, sightseeing, transfers, domestic flights and train, private guides and chauffeur driven car.

Guide Price

$3,481pp

Price is based on double occupancy, and is subject to change based on hotels and dates of travel. Price includes accommodation in a double/ twin room, breakfast, sightseeing, transfers, domestic flights and train, private guides and chauffeur driven car.

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This exceptional journey concentrates predominantly on the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, providing a varied insight into their Dravidian roots and their princely and colonial past. Explore the exotic temple towns of Madurai and Thanjavur before heading for the Coromandel coast and Puducherry (Pondicherry), with its relaxed atmosphere and proliferation of French colonial architecture. In contrast, Chennai had stronger links with the British, evidence of which can be seen clearly during the course of this tour. Leaving the cities behind, travel back inland by train for a couple of days of gameviewing in the jungle at Nagarhole National Park, before travelling to the ancient dynastic capital and 'sandalwood city' of Mysore with its plethora of palaces, monuments and mausoleums.
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Saffron & Sandalwood

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE MUMBAI (BOMBAY)

Arrive India's commercial and business capital of Mumbai. On arrival stay at Taj Mahal Palace & Towers Hotel.


DAY 2: MUMBAI

Morning free. Afternoon exploring the sights of India's commercial capital which is hugely spread out and is replete with Victorian architecture.


DAY 3: MUMBAI - MADURAI

Morning flight to Madurai. Stay 2 nights at The Gateway Hotel. Afternoon at leisure.


DAY 4: MADURAI

Spend the morning exploring this bustling city, including the famous Meenakshi Temple (excluding the inner sanctum). A car and driver is at your disposal for the afternoon. Evening return to Meenakshi Temple.


DAY 5: MADURAI - THANJAVUR

Full day drive to Thanjavur, via the ornate Srirangam Temple at Tiruchirapally. On arrival stay 2 nights at the Ideal River View Resort.


DAY 6: THANJAVUR

Half day tour of this ancient Chola capital which is dominated by the mighty Brihadeeshwara Temple with its huge go purams. Afternoon free. Afternoon car and driver at disposal.


DAY 7: THANJAVUR - PUDUCHERRY (PONDICHERRY)

Full day's drive en route visiting the exquisite and rarely visited temple complexes at Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram, and Chidambaram. On arrival in Puducherry stay 2 nights at The Promenade Hotel.

 

DAY 8: PUDUCHERRY

Morning exploration of this pretty, peaceful town. The French quarter boasts some exceptional old, colonial buildings and is easy to explore on foot.


DAY 9: PUDUCHERRY - CHENNAI

Morning drive up the coast to Chennai. Enroute visit the fabulous shore temples at Mahabalipuram. On arrival, stay 2 nights at the Taj Coromandel Hotel.

 

DAY 10: CHENNAI

Spend the morning exploring the city which had strong colonial ties during the days of the East India Company. See the various sightsbefore spending an afternoon at leisure.


DAY 11: CHENNAI - BENGALURU

Early morning train to Bengaluru and stay 1 night at the Taj West End hotel. Afternoon city tour.


DAY 12: BENGALURU - NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

Morning drive to Nagarhole National Park. Stay 2 nights at the Cicada-Kabini Lodge. Afternoon game drive.


DAY 13: NAGARHOLE

Early morning and afternoon game drives either by boat, by jeep or by elephant back. The area is home to a rich variety of wildlife.


DAY 14: NAGARHOLE - MYSORE

After an early morning game drive, proceed to Mysore and stay 2 nights at The Windflower Hotel. Explore the city this afternoon, visiting the ornate city palace and drive to the top of Chamundi Hill, passing the huge monolith Nandi Bull, en route.

 

DAY 15: MYSORE

Morning drive to nearby Srirangapatnam which boasts the ruins of Tipu Sultan's summer palace. Afternoon visit to the Hoysala Temple at Somnathpur.


DAY 16: MYSORE - CHENNAI

Morning at leisure. Afternoon train to Chennai. Room at disposal at the Trident Hotel until late tonight. After dinner, depart for the airport.


DAY 17: DEPART CHENNAI

Early morning departure for onward destination.

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