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Grand Tour of South India... Our Signature Family-friendly Holiday

20 days from £5,495 per person

This itinerary features in our Top 10 Family Holidays.

This fabulous journey around South India cherry-picks the region's highlights including the colonial charm of Cochin, the buzzing temple-town of Madurai and the fabulous architecture of Tanjore and Pondicherry.

Start your South India family adventure with the colonial city of Chennai; the noisy jostle of the Tamil Nadu capital will encapsulate your senses as you wander through the eclectic Anglo-Indian architecture and soak up the sights. The next stop of your adventure will take you to the old French town of Pondicherry. Mediterranean in feel, there is plenty to keep you occupied, including papermaking, silk weaving, doll making and excellent shopping. After two nights in ‘Pondi’ continue your journey to Tanjore, where you will spend two nights at Svatma Tanjavur. Fill your time learning local craft skills such as painting, weaving and bronze casting, as well as local dance and culinary classes. Continuing on from Tanjore you will spend two nights at the Art Deco mansion Visalam in Chettinad, followed by two nights in the colourful and extrovert town of Madurai. Come to Periyar next where you will be truly submersed by the South Indian jungle. Elephant, samba, bison, wild boar and occasionally tigers and leopards can be seen in this vast reserve, an exciting thrill for all the family. Vazhoor will be your next stop where you can wander the fertile cocoa, pepper, coffee, pineapple, papaya and banana plantations. A stay at the charming Serenity will be sure to steal your heart, especially once you meet their resident elephant! Onwards with your journey and you will reach tropical Kumarakom, fringed by the Keralan Backwaters, where you will stay at the charming Coconut Lagoon. The final phase of your adventure will reward you with some much needed R&R in the sleepy fishing village of Mararikulam at the Marari Beach Resort, before heading to Cochin to explore the winding canals of the Backwaters.

This luxury holiday is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as it is, or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect tailor-made tour of IndiaIf you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Epic Journeys and Family Holidays collections; as well as our favourite HoneymoonBeach and Culinary Tour itineraries.


Itinerary details

20 days from £5,495 per person

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Client Testimonials

Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
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