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.
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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
After exploring the busy cities, there's no better place to relax than one of India's paradisiacal beaches
Escape the city and unwind among some of the most breathtaking mountain and hill scapes the world has to offer.
Visit the must-see sights and the hidden depths of India's most vibrant cities.
Discover colonial Kolkata and the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
Himalayan treks, village walks and more
Travel across the spectacular Himalayan Highway
Ideal extension to Bhutan
Marvel at India's most incredible forts and palaces
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 via Shimla & Amritsar 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.
Discover South India's ancient archaeological wonders
Nomadic tribes, traditional textiles, crafts & Mewar Festival
India's Golden Triangle & the best of Sri Lanka.
Golden Triangle and the Himalayas
Experience the flavours and exotic spices of South India
Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur
Aoling Festival, wildlife in Assam & natural beauty of Manipur
Spot tigers, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino & elephants
Fort cities, rural villages & camel fair
Tropical mountains, tea & spice plantations, and backwaters
Visit remote tribal villages of Orissa & Chhattisgarh
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala
Idyllic backwaters, tropical forests & ancient temple towns
Perfect mix of classic sights and off-beat places for first-timers to India
Discover Karnataka's stone temples, wildlife and coffee farms
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 ...
Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans
Lucknow, Varanasi & the wonders of Madhya Pradesh
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Experience dramatic Himalayan scenery, Islamic & Buddhist cultures
Explore this UNESCO biodiversity hotspot on foot
Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Kerala
Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions
Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys
Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches
Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan
Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Martin , Tailormade North East India
I`m sure I could not have found a better operator for the type of complicated Indian tour I wanted to undertake on a limited budget. India is an intimidating country to visit, and I suspect that some operators look down on the first time visitor, or disparage their requirements. Travel the Unknown, by contrast, helped me all the way, and their local guides were superb.
Ann Holgate , Tailormade India
A really well planned trip. We experienced life in Northeast India in just the way we wanted to. We loved the game reserves and saw a rock python which thrilled our guides as it is even rarer than the tiger! We visited villages and were able to interact with local people and loved the busy markets in Delhi and Calcutta. A special highlight was the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland; shown to us by our very own Naga guide Kezo. Kezo accompanied us for 15 days of our trip and ensured that we had many very special experiences - even taking us to the home of one of his Aunts where we spent a couple of hours sitting by the bonfire chatting.
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.
Elaine & Neil Smith , Delicacies of North India, India
The tour was an amazing experience for our first visit to India. The country, its people and its cuisine were friendly,delightful, colourful and exceeded all our expectations. Travel the Unknown have put together a superb unique package that we have no hesitation in recommending to anyone with an interest in food and culture.
Vik , Kerala Calling, India
Thank you for organising our holiday in Kerala. I certainly wouldn`t have had the time or the knowledge to put together such a trip. Munnar was my favourite and the accommodation throughout was excellent.
Keith Lewis , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
This was my first experience of using Travel the Unknown having enjoyed small group adventure holidays for many years. I was attracted to the company because it seeks out the more unusual and lesser known areas of a country and I was not disappointed by my visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. There is a clear contrast between the people and the scenery of these two regions and we saw very few western tourists particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. The tour was well organised with plenty to see and do.
Hazel Frost , Tailormade North East India
A fantastic trip to Arunachal Pradesh. Very well organised exactly to our requirements. Superb local guide. Would recommend this trip. Hazel and James.
Nigel & Margaret Turner , Tailormade India Wildlife & Birding tour
This trip was very well put together and ticked all the boxes that we had requested. The accommodation throughout the tour was of a high standard and our experiences in the national parks was wonderful spotting many different animals including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, lions, jungle cat plus countless number of birds. Thank you Rahul for tailoring this trip to our requirements.