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  • Chennai
  • Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram
  • Tanjore via Pondicherry
  • Madurai
  • Thekkady
  • Munnar
  • Kochi

This fabulous trip will take you across South India: you will travel from the East to the West Coast, from Tamil Nadu to Kerala. Life here is worlds apart from the North: Dravidian temples, colonial cities with western influences, tea plantations and spices.

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Day 1 - Chennai

You are welcomed by your guide at the airport and driven to your hotel. You check in and have some time to freshen up and have breakfast before you start out on your city tour of Chennai. On the programme: Fort St. George, the Portuguese, 16th C St. Thomas Cathedral and the Kapleeswarar temple of Mylapore.

Comfort Hotel:  Ramada
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Deluxe Hotel:  Taj Coromandel (Breakfast)
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Day 2 - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast you drive to Kanchipuram, one of the seven sacred cities of India and the site is believed to bestow salvation upon its visitors. Long ago it was the site of more than 1,000 temples. Today only 100 remain. You will explore the most significant ones.

From here you will transfer to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World heritage site. The temples mostly shaped as chariots are beautifully sculpted and cut out from the solid granite rock face. This ancient sea town harbours the most outstanding examples of Dravidian art and a witness to the fame and creativity of its founders, the Pallava artisans.

Comfort Hotel:  MGM Resort (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Fisherman's Cove (Breakfast)
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Days 3-4 - Tanjore

Your trip continues direction Tanjore. Along the way, you stop for a short visit in Pondicherry, an old French trade post, where you visit the famous Ashram Sri Aurobindo. This ashram was built in 1926 by the poet and freedom fighter, yogi and guru Sri Aurobindo Ghosh to flee persecution by the British. Here he was drawn into the spiritual realm and realised the power of yoga. He studied the evolution of human life into divine life and synthesized eastern and Western philosophy, psychology, literature and religion. Though he died more than 70 years ago, his philosophy, poetry, translations and commentaries are still popular and appeal to and inspire many followers. His two most well-known philosophical writings are ‘The Life Divine’ and ‘The synthesis of yoga’.

Via Chidambaram and Swami Malai you reach Tanjore, where you spend the night. A visit to the Sri Brahadeesware Temple, nicknamed the Big Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This monument was erected by the great Chola king Raja Raja I (985-1012 A.D) and has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its unique architectural excellence. The 64 meters tall Vimanam or the tower over the Sanctum Sanctorum is a testimony to the Chola’s engineering skills. The same is true for the monolithic Nandi or bull mount of Lord Shiva (the second largest in India) and the beautiful Chola fresco paintings.

From Tanjore you take a drive to Trichy (60 km, +/- 2h) where you visit the famous, 7th century Rockfort twin temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ganesh, stunning built atop a 83m high rock.

Comfort Hotel:  Sangam (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Ideal River View (Breakfast)
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Day 5 - Madurai

You will reach Madurai by noon. The city acqually pivots around the twin temples of Sri Meenakshi-Sundareswarar. This temple complex is a city in its own respect. It is one of the largest and most likely oldest temple structures in India. Each dynasty contributed their share to the extension and growth of the temple complex which developed over the ages into a gigantic 65,000m² maze.

Just a little down the road you will come to the 17th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace famous for its arches, dome, stuccowork and most of all, its impressive white pillars, measuring 20m in height with a circumference of 4m. In the evening you stroll around a colourful bazaar.

Comfort Hotel:  GRT Regency (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Taj Gateway (Breakfast)
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Day 6 - Periyar

The Periyar tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is a perfect mix of scenic beauty and nature’s lushness. Its biodiversity appeals to all who visit: the reserve is a true open air warehouse of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna.With a little luck you can spot tigers and elephants. In the afternoon you will cruise the Periyar lake. The evening is reserved for wandering around the spice market of Kumily.

Comfort Hotel:  Wild Corridor (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Spice Village (Breakfast)
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Day 7 - Munnar

Today you visit Munnar, considered as one of the most scenic towns in the whole of Kerala. It has been referred to as ‘breath-takingly beautiful’ and ‘a haven of peace and tranquillity’.

Set at 1600m altitude, the aroma of spice scented air that hangs over the pristine valleys and mountains will give your senses an absolute boost. Visit one of the many tea plantations or relax and enjoy this serene sanctuary. Overnight in Munnar.

Comfort Hotel:  Club Mahindra (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Windermere Estate (Breakfast)
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Day 8 - Kochi

Departure to the harbour city of Kochi, where an amalgamy of influences awaits you: the oldest churches in India, 500 year old Portuguese dwellings, ancient Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community with a 16th century synagogue. Nicknamed ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’ the city is a fascinating blend of cultures.

During the afternoon city tour, you explore the Mattanchery Palace (closed on Friday), a gift from the Portuguese to the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights.  The main attraction here are the wooden murals and the Jewish Synagogue (Friday and Saturday) which dates back to 1568, the great scrolls of the old testament, the brass plates with the inscription of the privileges granted by the rulers of Kochi and the delicately painted Chinese tiles. Not one repeats itself. 

As evening entertainment, you attend a typical Kerala Kathakali dance performance at a local theatre.

Comfort Hotel:  Avenue Regent (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Taj Malabar (Breakfast)
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Day 9 - Alleppey

After breakfast you explore the St. Francis church, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and the Chinese Fishing nets, the only of their kind in India. Then you start out towards Alleppey, where you arrive around midday. Here you climb aboard a houseboat for a tranquil float on the Backwaters.

You drift along tiny, colourful villages and temples, past coconut groves and alongside water lilies and lush paddy fields. Your hotel on the waters comes full board. Pretty soon you will experience why this area is called the ‘Venice of the East’.

Comfort Hotel:  Rainbow Houseboat Standard (Full board)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Lakes and Lagoon Houseboat (Full board)
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Days 10 - 11 - Kovalam

After breakfast you are back with your two feet on firm soil. you head for Kovalam, where you can unwind on the beach, work at your tan, swim or ride the waves or spoil yourself with an Ayurvedic massage. 

Comfort Hotel:  Travancore Heritage (Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Leela Kovalam Beach (Breakfast)
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Day 12 - Trivandrum

Transfer to the airport of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Hotels & Meals

Indian cuisine uses lots of rice, cereals, spices and fresh herbs which are ground to garam masala's (aromatic mixtures). Here are a few famous trays:

  • Biryani : An aromatic rice dish cooked with several spices, notably saffron, and a protein (typically chicken or mutton) that's been marinated.

  • Dosa: A crispy, flat bread (similar to a crepe or pancake) made of rice batter, served with a lentil sauce (sambar) and a variety of chutneys.

  • Gaajar Halwa: An extremely popular dessert, made by cooking grated carrot with milk, sugar, and dried fruits.

  • Idli: A heavy South Indian breakfast food. A fermented batter of ground rice and lentils, steamed in little circular moulds.

  • Kati roll:  A traditional street food popular across India (and abroad). A wrap of kebabs, eggs, vegetables, and spices rolled into paratha (a type of flat bread).

  • Momos: A variation on the traditional dimsum, native to the North Eastern states that border Nepal (where the dish originated), eaten with a fiery red chutney. A quick mid-evening snack.

  • Nethili varuval: Anchovies dipped in a paste of turmeric and red chilies and fried, native to the South Indian region Chettinad. A crispy, spicy appetizer.

  • Pani Puri: A small crisp hollow round bread filled with spiced water, tamarind paste, potato, onion, and chickpeas. Perfect when you are craving 1000 flavours at once.

  • Rogan Josh: A lamb curry of Persian origin, now popular in the Kashmir area. In India, rogan josh is often made using goat meat instead of lamb.

  • Rumali roti: The word "rumal" is Hindi for handkerchief, and this bread resembles one; it is large, as thin as cloth, and served folded like a napkin.

  • Samoosas: A fried or baked triangular snackfood made of a potato stuffing, usually also containing onions and peas, served with a mint chutney.

  • Tandoori Chicken: Chicken marinated for hours in a paste of yogurt and spices, and then roasted (traditionally) in a clay oven called a tandoor.

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid for at least 6 months at the date of departure from the country. A visa is mandatory. Apply online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. minimum of 4 days and a maximum 33 days before departure. The visa is for single-entry only, is valid up to 30 days, non-editable, non-renewable, valid for max. 2 visits per year. Its costs +/- 80USD$ (subject to change). Protected areas are not covered by this scheme. More information on the above mentioned website. Do not forget to take 2 ID photos along.

  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously reported this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be

 

Time Zones

Delhi: + 4h30 (winter), + 3h30 (summer)

Kathmandu +4h30 (winter), +3h30 (summer)

Currency

Currency

Indian Roepie; 100 INR = 1,38 EUR  & 1 EUR = 72.22 INR (01/05/2017)
Nepalese Roepie; 100 NPR= 0.87EUR  & 1 EUR = 115.28 NPR (01/05/2017)

Payment Methods

Cash euros can be exchanged at most places. Credit cards are widely accepted as form of payment.

Tipping

Tipping is important and customary in India and Nepal as it forms an integral part of the wages. Foresee 2 EUR /pers/day for your guide and driver and adapt according to courtesy.

Climate

North-India and Nepal is a year-round destination. From June until September the weather is wet and humid with thundershowers concentrating in the south. Nepal is much cooler due to its altitude and in ladakh you may even expect wintery temperatures.

Average Temperatures (in °C):
 
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Delhi 20 22 28 35 38 38 33 32 33 32 27 21
Chennai 27 30 32 34 36 36 33 33 32 31 28 27
Leh -1 0 6 12 17 21 24 24 21 14 8 1
Katmandou 15 17 21 25 26 26 26 26 25 23 20 16

 

What's included?

  • 11 nights in B&B in listed hotels or equivalent
  • 1 night full board accommodation on a houseboat
  • Private transport in an air-conditioned car with English speaking driver
  • All admission fees to the scheduled excursions accompanied by an English speaking guide
  • Kathakali show in Kochi and boat ride on Lake Periya

What's not included?

Your intercontinental return flights.

Good to Know

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