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Spices of South India with Goa

Spices of South India with Goa

Highlights

The delicate scent of spices, the soundof temple bells, exotic flora and fauna, and miles of beautiful beaches characterise southern India. This jouney encompasses the best of the region, travelling through colonial hills and tropical backwaters whilst discovering flamboyant temples and a rich cultural and historial heritage.

ROUTE :

17 NIGHTS / 18 DAYS

Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kochi – Goa – Mumbai

Days 1-2 Chennai

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in private car. You can arrive at any time on Day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting with your tour leader. Next day visit Kapleshwar Temple, St Thomas Church, St. George Fort, Government Museum and Marina Beach.

Day 3 Mahabalipuram

Post breakfast depart in Private Car for Mahabalipuram - UNESCO World Heritage. En route visit Vaikuntaperumal Temple, Ekambareeswarar and Varadarajar Temple at Kanchipuram. Arrive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Visit Five Rathas, Arjunas Penance, Shore Temple, Krishna Mandapam.

Day 4 Pondicherry

Depart by car to Pondicherry. Transfer to hotel and later visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Manakular Vinayakar Temple.

Day 5 Tanjore

Post breakfast depart by private car for Tanjore - one of the oldest cities in India. Visit Sri Brahadeeswara Temple and Nayak Palace. Overnight hotel stay in Tanjore.

Days 6 - 7 Madurai

Post breakfast depart for nature walk followed by car transfers to Madurai - oldest continuously inhabited city in the Indian peninsula. En route visit Trichy and Chetinad. Later visit Meenakshi Temple, Tirumala Nayak Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8 Thekkady

Car transfers to Thekkady. Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park - an important tourist attraction in Kerala. Later depart for Wild Plantation Tour and enjoy boat ride at Periyar Lake. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 9 Alleppey

Post breakfast car transfers for Alleppey - "Venice of the east". Upon arrival, transfer to deluxe house boat for overnight stay. Enjoy the cruise of backwaters with the mind-blowing view of canal systems, endless lagoons, backwater birds, fishing by locals, paddy fields, small houses on small stretch of land - there are villages in all over these backwater.

Day 10 Kochi

Depart for Kochi by surface
This land of spices has attracted many European Traders and is a unique blend of the old and the new, the Indian and the Western. Visit Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue. Evening enjoy Kathakali Dances – Traditional dance of Kerala.

Days 11 – 15 Goa

Board flight for Goa – land of golden beaches. Stay in a Resort / hotel. Visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus, St Cathedral. Discover sandy beaches, spice markets, exotic cuisine, spa and long coast line, all at your own pace.

Days 16 – 17 Mumbai

Flight for Mumbai. Arrival and transfer to hotel. Visit Elephanta Caves, Prince of wales museum, Mani Bhavan, Victoria Terminus, Dhobi Ghat and rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.

Day 18 Mumbai –Depart

In time transfer International Airport to board flight for onward destination.

COST OF PACKAGES

COST OF PACKAGE: SILVER
Individual Tour Prices starting from £1,559 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £1,454 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Chennai Marina Towers / Quality Inn Sabari / Similar
Mahabalipuram Ideal Beach Resort / Similar
Pondicherry Annamalai International / Similar
Tanjore Parishutham / Similar
Madurai GRT Regency / Similar
Thekkady Greenwood / Similar
Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat
Kochi Abad Plaza / Similar
Goa Varca Beach Resort / Marquis Beach Resort / Similar
Mumbai Marigold / Silver Inn / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: GOLD
Individual Tour Prices starting from £1,924 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £1,814 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Chennai Pride / Similar
Mahabalipuram Chariot / Similar
Pondicherry Maison Perumal / Similar
Tanjore Sangam / Similar
Madurai Sangam / Similar
Thekkady Elephant Court / Similar
Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat
Kochi Gokkulam Park / Avenue Regent /Similar
Goa Lemon Tree / Similar
Mumbai Kohinoor Continental / Peninsula Grand / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: PLATINUM
Individual Tour Prices starting from £2,920 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £2,810 per person
PLACE HOTEL
Chennai Le Meridien / Trident / Similar
Mahabalipuram GRT Temple Bay / Similar
Pondicherry Le Duplex / Similar
Tanjore Ideal River View / Similar
Madurai Taj Gateway Pasumalai / Heritance / Similar
Thekkady Spice Village / Similar
Alleppey Deluxe Houseboat
Kochi Le Meridien / Trident / Similar
Goa O Hotel / Similar
Mumbai The Lalit / Renaissance / Similar


*Optional:Return International flight tickets from UK to Delhi/Mumbai can be included at an additional price



ABOVE QUOTATION INCLUDES:

- Accommodationbased on double occupancy for total of 17 nights on bed and breakfast basis except when in house where lunch and dinner shall also be provided.
- 17 Buffet Breakfast / 01 Lunch / 01 Dinner (All meals can be included at extra cost).
- Services of Local English Speaking Guide at all the locations (Incase of a group there shall be accompanying English speaking guide provided).
- Domestic flight fromKochi toGoa and Goa to Mumbai (in economy class).
- Boat Ride at Periyar lake..
- All arrival/ departure transfers & road transport services are in Air conditioned chauffer driven private car/ coach.
- Assistance on arrival and departure in India by Epic India representative.
- 01 bottle of mineral water per person each day (except when in National Park).
- Traditional welcome atKochi Airport upon arrival.
- Monument Entrance Charges as per the itinerary (for single visit only).

ENTRANCE INCLUDED :

Kochi:
Mattancherry Palace Dutch Palace Jewish Synagogue
Madurai:
Meenakshi Temple Tirumala Nayak Temple
Mahabalipuram:
Five Rathas Arjuna’s Penance Shore Temple Krishna Mandpam
Chennai:
St.Thomas Church St.Georger Fort Govt. Museum
Mumbai:
Elephanta Caves Mani Bhavan Prince of Wales Museum

ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- International Flights, Airport Tax, Travel insurance charges and Visa fees.
- Tips for Driver, Hotel Staff, Escorts & Guide etc.
- Personal expenses like drinks, laundry, telephone calls and porterage etc.
- Liabilities due to loss of baggage, accident, injury or medical needs.
- Liabilities due to flight cancellation, and any extra cost involved due to transhipment occurring due to road blocks etc.
- Other personal expenses.
- Any other services not mentioned above.
- Costs of camera tickets are not included in any of our tours.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

- The cost has been calculated on the basis of existing tariffs/conditions and any charge in cost or modification in tax structure will oblige us to revise the same.
- ElephantaCaves ,Prince of Wales, Padmanabhapuram Palace and Mani Bhavan closed on Monday.
- Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday /Saturday and DutchPalace on Friday.
- The cost has been calculated on the basis of base category of rooms andincase of non availability of same, supplement as applicable for higher category of room would be extra.
- Additional Lunch and Dinner (excluding drinks) if opted shall be provided in City Restaurants.
- Check-In, Check-out time in Hotels is 12 noon.
- Best Time to travel – October to March.
- All reservations will be subject to availability of accommodation / air seats.
- This document is a proposal of itinerary / quotation and not a confirmation of booking.

EPIC INDIA DIFFERNCE :

  • Comprehensive pre-departure kit for each destination visited containing detailed and up-to-date information on the local climate, suggested dress, tipping, cultural differences, visa requirements, shopping and a brief history of your destination.
  • Full documentation including copies of your final itinerary
  • Complimentary pass to selected Airport VIP lounges and complimentary to- fro car transfers to UK international airport (when you book international flights with our Platinum package)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance and access to emergency numbers.
  • The best guides, drivers and vehicles throughout touring.
  • Quality control across every aspect of the trip – nothing is left to chance.

TAILOR-MADE ALTERATIONS :

  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities or additional nights at places that may interest you.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.
  • To design you own tour visit our tailor made section

Before booking please refer to our Terms and conditions, FAQ's and Before You Travel section for useful tips and advice

A reminder that you're travelling to India and that although we try to stick to the above itinerary it is subject to change at short notice. Remember to pack your patience and sense of humour!