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Discover Bangalore to Chennai

Duration:
16 days / 15 nights
Destinations:
Bangalore, Mysore, Kabini, Ooty, Coimbatore, Madurai, Chettinad, Kumbakonam, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Chennai
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 16 day Bangalore to Chennai tour:

  • £2080 in low season
  • £2255 in high season

based on two people travelling.

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Overview

This amazing touring holiday to India takes you on a journey between two great Indian cities from Bangalore to Chennai. You will discover colourful markets, the majestic palace of Mysore, wild elephants in national parks, beautiful hill stations, the amazing ancient temples and monuments of Tamil Nadu plus enjoy a ride on the famous Nilgiri hill toy train. 

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this tour is just an example to help inspire you.

Discover Bangalore to Chennai 16 Days / 15 Nights

Journey between two great Indian cities from Bangalore to Chennai on this amazing touring holiday to India.

You will discover the colours and majestic palace of Mysore, wild elephants in national parks, beautiful hill stations with extensive coffee plantations, the amazing ancient temples and monuments of Tamil Nadu plus ride on the famous Nilgiri hill toy train. 

 

 

 

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Day 1 - Arrive Bangalore

You will be met at Bangalore International Airport by your Authentic India Tours representative and transferred to the hotel.

After some relaxation it's time to enjoy a discovery tour of this thriving cosmopolitan city where landscaped gardens and 18th century palaces rub shoulders with glitzy malls and upmarket restaurants. You will also be offered an optional excursion to Bangalore Palace, one of the city’s top tourist destinations. This majestic structure was built for the ruling Maharaja in the late 19th century, when he was only ten years old.

As evening falls we suggest a visit to a chic rooftop bar or microbrewery, to sample a craft beer or Indian-spiced cocktail.

Accommodation: Fortune JP Cosmos
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 2 - Bangalore to Mysore

After breakfast you will travel to Mysore, a city with a rich cultural heritage, which is located at the foot of the Chamundi hills. In the afternoon your tour continues with a short drive into the Chamundi Hills, where you will be able to get a panoramic view of the city and see the Nandi Bull – a huge statue carved from stone.

Any trip to India should include some souvenir shopping and Mysore is famous for its colourful silks. These can be purchased from shops around the city, including the Government Silk Factory. Centuries old Devaraja Market provides another unique shopping experience. This bustling market is a feast for the senses, with vibrant cones of coloured dyes, exotic fruits and fragrant flowers.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 - 4 hours, 150 kms

Accommodation: Royal Orchid Metropole
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3 - Mysore

An exciting day is on the cards for all for culture lovers with a morning tour of Mysore. As the former capital of the Kingdom of Mysore, it is known as the ‘City of Palaces’. The most spectacular of these is Mysore Palace, with its high domed ceilings, ornate marble pillars and towering stone arches. After visiting the palace, we drive to the Sri Rangapattanam district to see the Tipu Sultan’s lavish Summer Palace and the ruins of the Tipu Sultan’s Fort, both of which boast large, manicured gardens.

In the afternoon you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a trip to the famous Rangathittu Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy a rowing boat cruise along the River Cauvery, where you will see hundreds of birds roosting on the rocks, gliding across the water, or fishing for food. Expect to see sleek black cormorants, river terns and black crowned night herons.

Accommodation: Royal Orchid Metropole
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 4 - Mysore to Kabini

The next couple of days is a real treat for nature lovers. After breakfast, you travel to Nagarhole National Park, which is amongst the most popular national parks in India. It’s an area of lush forest threaded by the Kabini River and backwaters, which provides water for hundreds of different animals. Here you can spot wild elephants and sometimes even a tiger.

In the afternoon, explore a forest track in a jeep, looking out for animals hidden in the undergrowth, before taking a motor boat and canoe ride across the reservoir. You will spend the night in a luxury safari lodge, giving you the opportunity to pamper yourself whilst surrounded by nature.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 90 kms

Accommodation: Kaav Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 5 - Kabini

Spend the day at one with nature in the national park.

An early morning game drive is recommended, as the animals are most active at this time of day. You will be travelling in an open-top vehicle, so make sure you bring something warm to wear. Look out for elephants, tigers, spotted deer, mongoose, peacocks and jungle fowl.

Later you can go on an expedition with a local naturalist, so make sure you pack sunscreen and a hat.

Accommodation: Kaav Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Day 6 - Kabini - Ooty

Spend the morning further exploring Kabini's wildlife in a hiking tour, another game drive or even spot animals from the quieter comfort of a canoe on the gorgeously placid lake. After you've said goodbye to your favourite elephants, you'll set out for Ooty, the Queen of the Nilgiris.

Ooty is a popular hill station, also known as the ‘Scotland of India’ because of its clear lakes, refreshing climate and manicured gardens. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful locations in South India and the perfect place for an afternoon of exploring.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 150kms

Accommodation: Taj Savoy
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7 - Ooty - Mettupalayam - Coimbatore

Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps visiting St Stephen's Church and the botanical gardens, then head over to the railway station after lunch. For many people, this is the highlight of their holiday in India, a journey on the famous Nilgiri Hill Train.

This heritage ‘toy train’ will take you to the small foothill town of Mettupalayam across quaint bridges and through small hillside tunnels. You will pass by undulating green hills and shady forests.  At Mettupalayam Railway Station you will be met by your driver and taken to your hotel in Coimbatore. 

Approximate travel time and distance: 90 mins, 35 km

Accommodation:The Residency Towers
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8 - Coimbatore to Madurai

Today your journey takes you through the plains to the exotic city of Madurai, a beautiful town set against the backdrop of the 14 colourful gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple. You will have the chance to marvel at the multi-tiered, technicolour wonder covered in bright carvings of mythical figures. The Dravidian-style temple is a major pilgrimage site, and our guide will help you unravel its mysteries.

In the evening you will visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple. Upon entering the temple, notice the colourful textile and crafts stalls around the Pudhu Mandapam with diligent tailors at their sewing machines. 

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 215 km

Accommodation: Heritage Madurai
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 9 - Madurai

A full day of sightseeing in Madurai awaits you. Visit the Potter's Village at Vilacheri where mud is God. Discover this fascinating little village create handmade mud dolls that ornate traditional Hindu households. You would also visit the weavers village at Kaithirinagar. Walk around the village, watching the weavers weave beautiful saris and interacting with the locals.

There's also the imposing 17th Century Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the colourful Tirupurakundram Temple, not to mention leaving some time to take in the heady scent of the stalls selling fresh jasmine on nearly every street.

Accommodation: Heritage Madurai
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 10 - Madurai to Chettinadu

After breakfast, you'll depart for Chettinad, the homeland of the Chettiyars. This community of merchants grew prosperous trading in Southeast Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries, and spared no expense building their homes in Chettinad. Upon arrival in Chettinad, spend the day at your leisure. 

For example, stroll the shady streets admiring the vast palatial mansions and take in the splendor of the art and architecture, the most famous being Chettinadu Raja’s Palace. Visit the Arraynar shrine of Kothadi where alignment of terracotta figures which have been offered to the village Deity. Go antique shopping at the main market on Muneeswaran Koil street in Karaikudi, where shopkeepers are friendly and willing to chat with you about the rich history of their wares, most of them from local Chettiar homes

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 90 km

Accommodation: Visalam
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 11 - Chettinadu to Kumbakonam

Time to head further North to the bustling temple town of Kumbakonam, stopping on the way in the historic town of Tanjore, famed for its Living Chola Temples. We also visit the Bronze Museum and Brihadeeshwara Temple, which has a 62 metre high sandstone tower ornately decorated in religious carvings.

Approximate travel time and distance: in total 3.5 hrs, 150 km

Accommodation: Mantra Koodam
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 12 - Kumbakonam to Pondicherry

After breakfast, you'll set out for Pondicherry, the former French colony and seaside town brimming with unique experiences.

En route there is an opportunity to visit Chidambaram, home to one of Tamil Nadu's Dravidian architectural highlights – the famous Nataraja Temple complex. You'll also stop at Darasuram, where you will find the famous Indian landmark, the ornate Airavatesvara Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4-5 hours, 150 km

Accommodation: Palais De Mahe
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 13 - Pondicherry

Today you wake up in Pondicherry, a small town steeped in history and surrounded by miles of gorgeous sandy beaches.

You can visit the striking Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple to meet their resident elephant, Lakshmi. Here you will earn a blessing in exchange for a donation of a few rupees or a banana, which she will accept with her trunk. Later we will visit a handmade paper-making unit and Pondicherry museum, to learn about the city’s fascinating colonial history.

In the evening, wander through the cobbled streets of the historic French Quarter and treat yourself to a dish from one of the best restaurants in Southern India, offering a fusion of French and Indian delicacies.

Accommodation: Palais De Mahe
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 14 - Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram

After a leisurely breakfast in beautiful Pondicherry, the next stop on your South India tour is the historic coastal town of Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO world heritage site, home to an amazing collection of 7th and 8th Century monuments and temples. Immerse yourself in a treasure trove of buildings and sculptures, including temples in the form of chariots (rathas), a giant open-air rock relief and the impressive, intricately decorated Shore Temple.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 100 km

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Temple Bay
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 15 - Mahabalipuram

Spend the day at leisure in Mahabalipuram. This laid back beachside town is a place where ancient Indian landmarks and modern life rub shoulders. It has a collection of UNESCO designated temples, rock cut caves and one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world. The intricately carved Shore Temple, which overlooks the Bay of Bengal, is a perfect place to watch the sun set. Meanwhile, Othavadai Street is a popular traveller’s hangout spot, a place to grab a plate of Tibetan momos and a beer. Mahabalipuram is also a renowned surfing destination.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Temple Bay
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 16 - Mahabalipuram - Chennai

Today you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to Chennai International Airport to catch your flight home.

If you are lucky enough to have more time, why not try an extension to your tour in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 55 km

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

This amazing touring holiday to India takes you on a journey between two great Indian cities, Bangalore to Chennai. you will stay in a wonderful mix of modern and heritage properties plus a safari lodge at Nagarhole National Park

Fortune JP Cosmos, Bangalore

Situated in the heart of the city, where shopping, culture and beautiful green spaces come together, Fortune JP Cosmos is a first class hotel with 134 modern rooms and every amenity you could wish for. Offering a swimming pool, gym and beauty salon along with its great location, this hotel has it all. The various restaurants in the hotel offer a dining delight where world cuisines can be savored.

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Royal Orchid Metropole, Mysore

Offering opulent rooms, delectable dining in award winning restaurants and a great location in the heart of the city this five star hotel has it all! Rooms that are the epitome of style with pool facing balconies and garden views ensures every guest enjoys a luxurious experience. With a swimming pool, fitness centre and gaming room everyone is catered for. Located in a renowned tourist destination the area itself has a lot to explore.

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Kaav Safari Lodge, Kabini

Situated at the edge of a teeming jungle Kaav is a contemporary Eco-friendly boutique lodge surrounded by uninterrupted nature and an abundance of wildlife. A common lounge to interact with fellow guests, viewing lounge to admire nature’s beauty and Alfresco dining overlooking the pool and scenes beyond, add to the experience. Continuing the theme of ‘untamed glamour’ luxury rooms with balconies or glamping tents offer luxurious accommodation with private decks making this a truly unique place.

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Taj Savoy, Ooty

Set in six acres of serene grounds just a short distance from the city centre is the Taj Savoy. With architecture and decor inspired by the colonial heritage of the city, the rooms are spacious, modern and offer all the amenities you could need. Spa facilities offering Ayurvedic massages and body therapies, a fitness centre and the sporting activities available on site offer various ways of relaxing after a busy day. 

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The Residency Towers, Coimbatore

With easy access to transport links, Residency Towers merges tradition and modernity to offer all the comforts today's travellers would expect. Sleek modern rooms, a health and wellness spa and outdoor pool ensure a relaxing time while the English themed pub the 'Bike and Barrel', as well as the other bars and restaurants on site, offer the perfect environment to wind down at the end of the day.

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Heritage Madurai, Madurai

Located on a 17 acre resort the Heritage Madurai offers spacious and elegant accommodation with large bathrooms and dedicated seating areas. The resort’s villas epitomize ultimate glamour and true indulgence with some taking luxury to the next level with their private sun decks and plunge pools. Serving Indian and international cuisine all tastes are catered for and guests can dine surrounded by ancient banyan trees while basking in the beauty of the setting.

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Visalam, Chettinad

Visalam is a distinctive heritage house reflecting the character of Chettinad, a region famous for palatial homes and colourful culture. Sympathetically restored this grand heritage mansion has been preserved showcasing the original detail and character of the property. Guests will get a glimpse into the life of the Chettinad community of years gone by. The accommodation is decorated with traditional handmade tiles and furnishings, all of which add to this unique experience.

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Mantra Koodam, Kumbakonam

Mantra Koodam is a unique eco-friendly resort located along the banks of the Veera Choza and Cauvery rivers where a dedicated bridge for access offers a tranquil location. With the wellbeing and relaxation of its guests a main priority the resort offers a wellness spa overlooking river views. Accommodation of cottages and bungalows with rustic exteriors encased in beautiful gardens ensure a comfortable stay. Traditional meals are on offer consisting purely of healthy vegetarian cuisine.

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Palais De Mahe, Pondicherry

One of many heritage hotels in India, The Palais de Mahe is a French colonial style hotel that has been sympathetically designed reflecting the history and architecture of Pondicherry. Surrounded by the sophistication of the French quarter it offers accommodation decorated with classic period style and modern touches. Distinctive French features include arched doorways, high ceilings and roof beams. Guests can enjoy a courtyard pool, spa and beautiful location just a stroll away from the Bay of Bengal.

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Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort, Mahabalipuram

Located in close proximity to the Bay of Bengal, Radisson Blue Temple Bay is a modern and stylish hotel. Set in 44 acres of lush gardens this family friendly resort boasts a 27,000 square foot swimming pool that meanders through the resort as well as a beautiful infinity pool. With stunning waterfront views, 2 restaurants on site, as well as the Bodhi Ayur spa, this place offers the ultimate in relaxing holidays.

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Destinations

This amazing touring holiday to India takes you on a journey between two great Indian cities from Bangalore to Chennai.

Bangalore (Bengaluru)

Bangalore (Bengaluru), fondly nicknamed the Silicon Valley of India, is a lively and exciting city. Gardens and palaces dating back to the 18th Century stand proudly amidst the glittering shopping and nightlife options favored by its younger residents and visitors making it one of the most popular cities in Southern India to visit today.

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Mysore (Mysuru)

Mysore is located a short drive or train ride from Bangalore. Known as the City of Palaces, it is famed for its royal heritage and ancient monuments. The Mysore Palace is the most famous and richly decorated of these, with Lalitha Mahal, in the east of the city, coming a close second. The ancient Sri Prasanna Krishna Swamy Temple is also a must visit, providing a taste of India’s rich cultural and religious traditions. Mysore is also the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga, and the city has a plethora of different yoga classes and luxury yoga retreats to try if you’re feeling adventurous.

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Kabini & Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park is the largest protected wildlife zone in Southern India, comprised of shady forests, rivers and bamboo thickets. It’s home to hundreds of different bird species, as well as the Bengal tiger, sloth bear, giant flying squirrel and much more. The Kabini river threads its way through the park, culminating in the Kabini backwaters, a tranquil network of waterways and lakes. The Kabini is one of the best places for wildlife spotting, as you can catch sight of animals drinking and bathing at the water’s edge.

Ooty

Merging Indian bustle with Hindu temples and charming gardens Ooty, also known as the “Queen of Hill Stations” is a popular hill resort located in the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains) region of South India. Established in the 19th Century as headquarters for the Madras government the picturesque location was given the nickname “Snooty Ooty”. With its rolling hills, tea gardens and scenery lined with trees and views described as similar in looks to the English countryside, 

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Coimbatore (Kovai)

This city brims with life at all hours, yet it's still got plenty to see for nature lovers. The Anamalai Tiger Reserve is home to both the gorgeous striped cats and elephants, not to mention countless colourful birds. For a taste of serenity, there's also both Monkey Falls and Siruvani Falls to choose from, or you can immerse yourself in the rich history of textiles that first helped Coimbatore find its fortune. Don't miss a tour of the incredible Dhyanalinga Temple in the hills either.

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Madurai

Tamil Nadu’s inland city of Madurai is a treasure trove of personality and unique sights. Evidence of the city’s ancient character can be found in the records of trade links with the Romans dating back to the 4th Century BC. Today it offers some truly remarkable sights including the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the Meenakshi Temple complex.

Known locally as the city that doesn't sleep it is also a shoppers paradise with bargains galore to be seized.

 

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Chettinadu

Chettinadu is a region in Tamil Nadu steeped in grandeur and history. It comprises of 75 villages, built in the 19th century by the Chettiar traders, who made their fortune in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. They spared no expense building thousands of mansions for their community boasting wide courtyards and palatial rooms furnished with Italian marble and Burmese teak. Chettinad is also known for its ornate temples, each of which has its own oorani, a water tank where lilies are grown for holy rituals.

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Kumbakonam

This bustling temple town has a rich and compelling past. It houses 18 different Hindu temples, most dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. All the temples have brightly coloured, intricately carved gopurams, or towers. Kumbakonam was once known as the ‘Cambridge of India’, due to its prominence as a centre of European education and Hindu culture during the British Raj. You can still find a few examples of colonial architecture here, including the Town Hall.

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Pondicherry (Puducherry)

Affectionately known as Pondy by locals, Pondicherry is a small city packed to the brim with unique experiences, from the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram consisting of over 400 buildings across town to the gorgeous selection of white sandy beaches. The city earns its nickname ‘Paris of the East’ through White Town, the city’s historic French Quarter, with its distinct bougainvillea-draped yellow buildings and grid of wide cobbled streets.

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Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

This laid back beachside town is a place where ancient Indian landmarks and modern life rub shoulders. It has a collection of UNESCO designated temples, rock cut caves and one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world. The intricately carved Shore Temple, which overlooks the Bay of Bengal, is a perfect place to watch the sun set. Meanwhile, Othavadai Street is a popular traveller’s hangout spot, a place to grab a plate of Tibetan momos and a beer. Mahabalipuram is also a renowned surfing destination.

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Chennai, The Gateway to South India

A visit to Chennai is highly recommended if you choose to travel to India. Formally known as Madras, the capital of the Southern state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is known as the ‘Gateway of Southern India’. The diverse range of activities and sight seeing opportunities on offer make this place the cultural hotbed of South India.

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Pricing and Inclusions

Price guide for this 16 day Bangalore to Chennai tour is:

  • £2080 in low season (May 2019 - September 2019 inclusive)
  • £2255 in high season (October 2018 - April 2019 inclusive)

Please be aware some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times. This is normally from mid-December to mid-January. Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with an accurate quote.

Prices vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All internal transfers and sightseeing tours using an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation for 15 nights on twin sharing basis
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Kaav Safari Lodge on full board, Bed and Breakfast elsewhere
  • Game drive at Nagarhole National Park
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tours of Mysore, Madurai, Tanjore, Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call us on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com