The ‘Real India’ Experience (10 days/9 nights)
Why not try our exclusive stay especially designed for Western visitors who would like to experience real life in rural India during the day, but then retire to comfortable accommodation run to European standards at night.
Enjoy the tranquillity of Lakeside, the swimming pool, local walks and use of outdoor games, all free of charge.
In addition we will take you out and about to experience something of life for ordinary people in India today. Please take a look at our itinerary below.
Day 1 Arrive at Lakeside and settle into your accommodation (Dinner only)
Day 2 Spend the day at Lakeside relaxing. Enjoy one of the local walks, a swim in the pool, a cycle ride or one of our outdoor games. Or maybe just catch up on your holiday reading! (Full Board)
Day 3 Enjoy our tour of some of the local villages. See local craftsmen at work, call in to the local primary school, see a beautiful sari being woven and the work of a local potter, and visit a local coir factory for an insight into how coconut fibres are used. En route enjoy a closer look at local agriculture. (Full Board)
Day 4 Visit the famous temple city of Madurai. See the world famous Meenakshi temple, visit the Gandhi Museum and do some shopping in this vibrant Indian city. (Half Board)
Day 5 Spend another day at Lakeside in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Madurai. (Full Board)
Day 6 Visit the Chettinad region to see the historic mansions of the Chettiars, and also see the making of their unique tiles. Lunch in Karaikudi and maybe a little shopping before returning to Lakeside for dinner. (Half Board)
Day 7 Visit Dindigul, our local provincial town. See the fish market and flower market. Visit a local supermarket, shop for clothes and souvenirs, and visit the local greengrocers. A visit to Dingigul gives you yet another view of life for ordinary people in south India today. (Half Board)
Day 8 Enjoy another relaxing day at Lakeside. (Full Board)
Day 9 Drive up into the foothills of the Western Ghats and take a walk by the river with its different trees and birdlife. Lucky guest sometimes see local wildlife ranging from bonnet macaque to Giant Grizzled Squirrel or mouse deer. (Full Board)
Day 10 Take your leave of Lakeside and rural Tamil Nadu. (Breakfast)
Cost of package is for two persons sharing and includes:
Accommodation and meals mentioned in the itinerary
All visits mentioned on our itinerary
12.5% Luxury Tax is included in these prices.
|Accommodation||1st April 2015 to
31st October 2015
|1st November 2015 to
31st October 2016
|Rs 55,900||Rs 59,300|
A/C 8pm to 8am
|Rs 59,600||Rs 63,300|
24 hour A/C
|Rs 63,300||Rs 67,200|
|Rs 66,000||Rs 72,100|
A/C 8pm to 8am
|Rs 70,600||Rs 77,200|
24 hour A/C
|Rs 74,300||Rs 82,500|
Airport/station pick-up/drop-off available by our own Lakeside transport at very competitive prices.