- A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
- International flights included
- VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
- Useful gift is given to you on arrival
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Private car & driver for all road transfers
- Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
- Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
- Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
- Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
- Guided tour of the Shire Temples a Mahabalipuram
- Sightseing in Port Blair to see the Cellular Jail & Anthropological Museum
- Leisure days beachside at Barefoot Havelock
Our Tour features the following locations
MAHABALIPURAM: Full of UNESCO World Heritage-listed carvings and temples, Mahabalipuram site, was once a major seaport for the ancient Pallava kingdom, which was also responsible for much of the stunning architecture you see here today. Considered to look especially beautiful during sunset, these temples can truly take the breath away. Factor in all that coastal beauty and you have a hidden gem on your hands. It’s not all ancient and historic, though. Mamallapuram also has a popular traveller ghetto where you get all kinds of dishes, souvenir items, and shops. If you’re looking for a small, laid-back town that can be easily explored via a day tour from Chennai, this is where you need to be!
PORT BLAIR: The administrative capital of the Andaman Islands, Port Blair, is the only town of any size on the islands. It’s pleasantly situated around a harbour on the east coast of South Andaman, and has the lively air of an Indian market town. It is a hilly town, so there are good views from a number of vantage points. There is enough to do particularly if you enjoy a beach holiday with its related water sports, especially the fascinating marine life on the reefs, or bird watching and fishing. The major tourist attraction is the Cellular Jail, preserved as a shrine to India’s freedom fighters. There is also an interesting Samudrika Marine Museum which is divided into five galleries covering the history and geography of islands, their people, marine life and marine archaeology. Some of 350 species found in the sea around the islands are displayed in the Fisheries Museum. At Anthropological Museum, there are displays of tools, dress and photographs of the indigenous tribes.
HAVELOCK ISLAND: Havelock Island or Havelock, situated in Ritchie’s Archipelago, belongs to the Indian Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar. Havelock Island is the largest among all the islands in Ritchie’s Archipelago. Havelock is a major tourist destination owing to its rich marine life, white sand beaches and dense evergreen forests. The island is named after Henry Havelock, a British general active in India. It is one of the few places that the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India has permitted and encouraged development of tourism, with a focus on promoting eco-tourism. Havelock Island was once home to the indigenous tribes who spoke Aka-Bale language. The tribal population of Havelock Island declined greatly during the era of colonisation of Andaman & Nicobar by the British. The original natives of Havelock Island have gone extinct and the Island is now occupied mostly by Bengali and Myanmar immigrants.
CHENNAI: Chaotic streets, scorching heat and the sheer absence of world famous sights. You’d expect Chennai to be the poor cousin, the most ignored metro of India. But that’s because you haven’t heard of its magnificent traditions, beautiful customs, and super-friendly people. Any city that believes offering food to others to be a service is sure to be a treat for your taste buds. Authentic dishes such as rasam, kootu, and fish curry steal your heart, and that strong Tamil coffee is exactly what those caffeine dreams are made up of. Chennai has also managed to turn up the heat, with glitzy nightclubs, cosmo shopping malls, and multi-cuisine restaurants staying open till late, but it’s still all about meeting people, eating, drinking and exploring the local way of life.