Chennai (Madras) - Mahabalipuram [60 Km - 1 H 30 drive]
Check in to Chennai (Madras) - flights generally arrive at night - and drive to Mahabalipuram. Night in hotel.
Discover the low relief representing the Descent of the Ganges , and the magnificent temples, lining the coast. Option to enter the water here. Night in hotel.
Mahabalipuram - Pondichery [100 Km - 2 H drive]
Drive to the former French hold in India, Pondicherry. Check in to hotel and begin acquainting yourself with “Pondi,” as it affectionally known. Night in hotel.
Visit this town where French influence in architecture reveals itself, especially in the seaside neighbourhood that houses many government buildings. Night in hotel.
Pondichery - Tanjavur [210 Km - 5/6 H drive]
In the morning, we head to Tanjavur. On the way, we visit Chidambaram and the superb Nataraja temple that exhibits Dravidian architectural tendencies. Night in hotel.
Thanjavur - Trichy - Thanjavur [50 Km + 50 Km - 2 H drive go / return]
In the morning, visit Brihadishwara Temple and Palace. After that, we leave the city, making our way to Trichy, which happens to be home to some of extraordinary temples. Night in hotel.
Thanjavur - Madurai [180 Km - 5/6 H drive]
Start heading south. Visit the Chettinad region. In the beginning of the evening, we arrive at Madurai. Night in hotel.
Visit this town which is known as The Cultural Cetnre of Tamil Nadu and holds an important place in Hinduism. Night in hotel.
Madurai - Periyar [160 Km - 5 H de route]
By car, we head to the mountainous region: Western Ghats, where Periyar National Reserve is located. Spend time visiting the reserve. Night in hotel.
Periyar - "Backwaters" [140Km - 4 H drive]
Head along the shore of Lake Vembanad, located in the middle of Palai Plain with its hypnotizing rice paddies and coconut trees in plain view and pleasant villages. Night in hotel.
"Houseboat" on the "Backwaters"
We are welcomed by the crew, made up of the captain, cook, and the “ship boy” and then we set off on this traditional “house-boat” while navigating through the canals, lagoons, and lakes. On the banks, you will come across old houses made out of teak, mahogany and redwood as well as villages filled with hibiscus and bougainvilleas, rice paddies that are green and shimmering. Meals and night aboard (double room with bathroom).
"Backwaters" - Kochi [80 Km - 1 H ½ / 2 H drive]
We disembark at the end of the morning in Allepey. Visit this pleasant town that depends on commerce for stability. Option to get wet at Marari Beach. Drive to Fort Kochi and check in to the hotel. Night in hotel.
Spend the day visiting the town which is an interesting mix between medieval Portugal, Holland and the English countryside with the Malabar tropical coast as its background. Night in hotel.
Kochi - Wayanad [250 Km - 7 H drive]
Long day on the road to head to Calicut, before leaving the coastal plains and rice paddies to begin to tackle the incline and series of windy roads that take us to the Wayanad region. Night in resort.
Wayanad - Mysore [110 Km - 3 H drive]
In the morning, stroll to the natural reserve at Wayanad. In the afternoon, drive to Mysore. Night in hotel.
Mysore - Hassan [100 Km - 2 H drive]
In the morning, visit the town, a verdant city known for its jaSmin and sandalwood as well as for its splendid palaces. In the afternoon, we head to Hassan, the only town in the area with lodging options. Night in hotel.
Hassan - Halebid - Belur - Hassan [40 Km + 40 Km - 2 H drive go/return]
A 40 km excursion nto the north to visit the exquisite temples of Halebid and Bellur. Return to Hassan. Night in hotel.
Hassan - Hospet (Hampi) [330 Km - 6/7 H drive]
While still heading north, we cross Deccan Plateu until we reach Hospet and the ports of the lost kingdom of Hampi where the ruins seemingly emerge from the mountains. Check into and night in hotel.
Visit Hampi, the former capital of the Vijayanagar empire and one of the most fascinating sites in the country.
Hospet (Hampi) - Badami [160 Km - 4 H drive]
We spend the morning driving to Hampi, a charming small town. In the afternoon, we visit the Famous Temples, etched into the side of a cave. Night in hotel.
Badami - Goa [300 Km - 7 H drive]
Long day on the road. Final destination: Goa. Check in to and night in hotel for a well deserved break.
Day to lounge on the beach and/or visit Panaji, the capital of Goa, with its magnificent houses done in a traditional Portuguese style. Night in hotel.
Goa - Bombay [1 H flight]
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bombay. End of our services.