Day 1 : Arrival
Arrive in Chennai, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to Mahabalipuram. In the evening enjoy a guided tour of Mahabalipuram. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.
Meal plan: n/a
Experience the diversity of South India on a journey from the towering temple towns of Tamil Nadu and the French colonial charm of Pondicherry through to the UNESCO-endorsed township of Auroville and the fragrant tea plantations of Ooty by toy train towards the soothing backwaters of Alleppey. En-route witness the rural towns of Kerala and Cochin`s importance in the spice trade with a fascinating walking tour. Throughout your South Indian odyssey, stay in heritage properties, cosy cottages and welcoming homestays, all the time savouring authentic South Indian cuisine and aromatic tea.
Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Pondicherry - Chettinad - Tanjore - Madurai - Ooty - Ooty toy train - Palakkad - Alleppey - Cochin
Marvel at India's most incredible forts and palaces
Discover colonial Kolkata and the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
Experience the best of North and South India
Spot lemurs, tigers & orangutans
Discover iconic sights of India, Nepal & Bhutan
Get under the skin of Asia's two best wildlife spots.
Travel through the Himalayan foothills to Ladakh
Himalayan mountains, unseen tribes & amazing wildlife
Experience Bhutan's rich culture, colonial Kolkata and rural life in Assam
Visit the two most populous countries on Earth.
Nomadic tribes, traditional textiles, crafts & Mewar Festival
India's Golden Triangle & the best of Sri Lanka.
Golden Triangle and the Himalayas
Fort cities, rural villages & camel fair
Aoling Festival, wildlife in Assam & natural beauty of Manipur
Tropical mountains, tea & spice plantations, and backwaters
Spot tigers, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino & elephants
Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur
Experience the flavours and exotic spices of South India
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala
Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans
An intoxicating immersion into India's diversity
Coffee farms, wildlife and stone temples
Remote tribal cultures in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Nagaland
Uncover the religious diversity of India
Discover the huge diversity of North India's cuisine
Experience the thrill of the Indian jungle ...
Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions
Idyllic backwaters, tropical forests & ancient temple towns
Lucknow, Varanasi & the wonders of Madhya Pradesh
Distinct tribal cultures, unique temples & traditional textiles
Houseboats, Himalayas & Hemis Festival
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Rural villages, grand forts & wildlife
Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys
Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Goa
Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches
Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan
Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India
Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade India
I have been on 3 tailor made trips with Travel The Unknown and have found them to be knowledgeable and reliable. We`ve stayed in some wonderful places and have had some unusual and satisfying experiences that go beyond the standard tours.
Susan Tongue , Spirit of South India
Our trip with Travel the Unknown was excellent; the accommodation very varied and very comfortable, the driver exceptional and the guides very knowledgeable. We were looked after very well and felt extremely safe the whole trip. It was also extremely good value for money.
Rachel , Spirit of South India, India
We went on the Spirit of South India Tour and had a great time on our honeymoon. There was a good variety of places visited and the hotels, drivers and guides were all very good. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Tracey & Gary , Tailormade India
I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as the service we received. Similarly, the hotels were excellent and allowed us to live very comfortably while, at the same time, enjoy an authentic Indian experience. If you haven`t already booked your trip with Travel the Unknown, then either do so now....or at least give them a chance to show you what they can offer.
Penelope Smith , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
What an excellent service! Rahul adapted, extended and improved our trip so many times without a qualm and we ended up with the trip of a lifetime. The destinations are unusual and interesting but everything has been checked out by the team and works brilliantly. I can`t wait to do another trip.
John & Christine Gregory , Tailormade India
This is our second fabulous trip with Travel The Unknown and we were not disappointed. Rajasthan's vibrant colours of turbans and saris, the noise, the spicy aromas, the silence in the hot air balloon over rural Jaipur, the majestic forts and palaces of ancient times, sighting leopards in the wild, all far exceeded our expectations and the heritage homes and hotels we stayed in, whilst being of high standard in every way, still had a friendly family touch. Thanks so much to Rahul and the team for such a memorable trip. Six weeks on and we still can't stop talking about it. I can't wait for the next one!
Mary Trubek (USA) , Tailormade India
I thoroughly enjoyed my tailor made tour of northwestern and central India. Guides and accommodations were excellent and we saw as much of the area as could be packed into two weeks. I look forward to another tour with Travel the Unknown.
Hazel & James Frost , Tailormade India
Another fantastic trip with this company. WE really managed to get off the beaten track and have seen some amazing sights. Well put together. We will travel again with Travel the Unknown
Ken Sankey , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Wow, India is incredible and Travel The Unknown put together a trip that really showed the diverse nature of the country and cultures, from the busy capital Delhi to the splendour of the Taj Mahal and then off the main tourist trek with an overnight sleeper train to Varanasi on the Ganges, the Hindu religious capital with bathing , washing and cremations alongside the river - an astonishing experience. We then moved to the forgotten North East corner where there is a tribal culture in an area seemingly cut off from the rest of India. Our destination was the Living Root Bridges which are unique and remote. Just want to go back to India for more...
Terry Cooper , Living Bridges of Meghalaya
As always Travel The Unknown were exceptional in organising my trip to India. The guides for Meghalaya and the Golden Triangle were friendly, extremely helpful and very informative. The tour was busy but never felt rushed; the combination of Meghalaya and Golden Triangle giving quite a varied perspective of India.
Stephen , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Gotta say thanks to Travel The Unknown for organising my fascinating trip to a little-known area of the world. The scenery was fantastic, food was amazing, the guide was great and the living bridges were inspiring. An India not many get to see. Thanks again.
Andria & John Palmer , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
The Living Root Bridges trip was our first time with Travel the Unknown and we would have no hesitation from booking with them again.