Tamil Nadu holidays, tailor made

“Tailor made 17 day tour of Tamil Nadu travelling by chauffeur-driven car and staying in locally-owned heritage hotels, plantation villas. Immersive cultural adventure.”

Highlights

Kerala | Ananyta Resort | Madurai | Meenakshi Amman Temple | Rajakkad Estate | Chettinad | Kumbakanom | Pondicherry | Chennai | Private chauffeur-driven car |

Description of Tamil Nadu holidays, tailor made

Take your time in Tamil Nadu to really get under the skin of the local culture and the variety of beautiful natural landscapes including misty mountains, rubber plantations and the coastline near Pondicherry.

This suggested tailor made itinerary is for those looking to become immersed in the region for just over a couple of weeks and includes your own personal driver and air-conditioned car as well as local assistance for the duration of the trip.

Some of the heritage properties and resort villas that you'll be staying in are privately owned and set within some really beautiful surroundings including estate plantations, tropical gardens, beaches and riversides.

Historic towns filled with temples, refreshingly cool hill stations and plenty of time spent in between travelling, allows you to get to know the real Tamil Nadu, away from the tourist areas.

No sooner than you've crossed the border from Kerala your adventure will begin and as you make your way up to Chennai via Rajakkad, Chettinad and Pondicherry, you'll discover some seriously beautiful countryside as you become immersed in the laid back loveliness of Tamil Nadu.

We recommend the best time visit Tamil Nadu is from the end of the year through to March or April. Temperatures are comfortable and the landscapes won't be as dry and arid as they can get at other points throughout the year. It's the tropics, it's going to be hot.

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This trip can be tailor-made to suit your dates, budget and requirements
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Tailor made holiday

The tour operator offering this holiday is a British company with an intimate knowledge of the destination. All their holidays are tailor made which means that they can create a unique holiday for your individual requirements. They offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible they use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips. They are licenced to sell flights from the UK and will search for the best airfare for your dates. If you book flights with them, then the whole holiday will be protected by ATOL. This tour operator is also a member of ABTA this means that all their holidays adhere to the ABTA Code of Conduct, their finances, insurances etc are checked regularly and if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved there is an arbitration scheme available to you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tamil Nadu holidays, tailor made

By supporting locally owned hotels and homestays we are helping to provide employment for local communities. All of the accommodation owners on this tour are extremely proud of their strong policies regarding the environment and ecotourism.

Ananyta Resort this is a small privately owned resort set within a 1000 acre rubber plantation. There are just 21 villas situated in a wonderful location on the edge of a quiet lake on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The villa design was inspired by the renowned architects Laurie Baker (India) and Geoffrey Bawa (Sri Lanka). Their designs were based on minimalistic buildings that were eco-friendly and used only local materials. The villas at Anantya blend the outdoors and indoors and the masonry, mudwalls and handmade roof tiles are all exposed. But this is still a very comfortable resort. This resort offers career opportunities in an area that has little other than farm work.

Heritage Hotel this Indian owned hotel was originally the British Madurai Club with the Club House designed by the world renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. It has a good position slightly away from the busy centre of town and is surrounded by 17 acres of grounds, which still contain the oldest banyan tree know in Tamil Nadu.

Rajakkad Estate the wonderful building of Rajakkad situated up a mountain in Tamil Nadu is actually a wooden Kerala Palace that was discovered empty and unloved in the backwaters of Kerala. It was carefully taken apart and moved to its current location. There are just 7 rooms and the hotel is privately owned. The cuisine is predominately South Indian and based on quality ingredients sourced locally every day. They operate a small farm on the estate grounds, which supplies the kitchen. They have a great relationship with the people of the surrounding villages and visitors are encouraged to connect with the locals, join the activities of the temple etc. Rajakkad is also home to a large range of birds. Over 200 migratory and indigenous bird species are to be found in this area of Tamil Nadu.

Cardamom House is also has a great location for birding thanks to a large lake in the area. The house has 7 guest bedrooms and is situated outside a small village near the town of Dindigul. It is owned by a retired British GP and is an ideal stop for people who are interested in staying off the beaten track or birds.

Visalam, Mantra Koodam and Palais de Mahe are all part of CGH Earth which is a group of hotels that has won many awards for their environmental policies. The family that own and manage the group are fully committed to responsible tourism and their hotels have a wide range of environmentally friendly features including water harvesting, organic gardens for vegetables, worm farms, bio-gas converters etc. Visalam was built in the 1930s and was the ancestral home of a local trading family. The conversion to a hotel was carried out extremely sympathetically and the building retains its original features. Mantra Koodam operated as an eco-friendly resort before CGH Earth took it over in 2017. It is set in a rural near to the Cauvery River and Veerachola Rivers. Guests are surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. There are also a number of temples in the area that may be visited. Accommodation is in villas dotted around the large plot of land and as you return to your room you will see the water harvesting channels crossing the resort. This is a place to immerse yourself in the Tamil culture. Palais de Mahe is an original heritage building in the French Quarter of Pondicherry. CGH Earth have maintained the features while converting this to a small boutique hotel.

The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with more than 90% of his turnover. All of the drivers and staff are local people. Thus we have fifteen local families that are directly financially reliant upon us. Our drivers have a contract and are paid a monthly wage. This is very unusual in South India where most drivers are normally employed on a commission-only basis (not easy for such seasonal work).

All of the guides we use are local. Tailor-made vacations cater for couples or small groups and this means that our customers have the opportunity to interact with the locals. All of our customers are supplied with detailed information about their vacation. We supply general advice relevant to all customers as well as more specific facts about your particular tour. These documents offer our customers lots of advice and guidance including how to obtain an Indian Visa, which immunisations are recommended, how much to tip people, how to dress appropriately and how to behave in National Parks.

All of the guides we use are local. Tailor-made holidays cater for couples or small groups and this means that our customers have the opportunity to interact with the locals. All of our customers are supplied with detailed information about their holiday. We supply general advice relevant to all customers as well as more specific facts about your particular tour. These documents offer our customers lots of advice and guidance including how to obtain an Indian Visa, which immunisations are recommended, how much to tip people, how to dress appropriately and how to behave in National Parks.

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