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India - Tamil Nadu & The Andaman Islands in India - Greaves India (12 days)

Greaves Tours LLC India

Puducherry, India To Kolkata, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Mar 2020


Day 1
Puducherry, India
La Villa None

Day 1: Arrive Chennai - Puducherry

On arrival, transfer by road to the pretty colonial seaside town of Puducherry and stay at La Villa Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal, no guide

Day 2
Puducherry, India
La Villa Breakfast

Day 2: Puducherry

Morning sightseeing tour of the old French quarter of Puducherry including a visit to spiritual centre and global township of Auroville. Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal.

Day 3
Chennai, India
ITC Grand Chola Hotel Breakfast

Day 3: Puducherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai

Morning transfer by road to Chennai with an en-route visit to Mahabalipuram –once a major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom and wander round the town’s magnificent, World Heritage–listed temples and carvings that inspire the imagination, especially at sunset. On arrival in Chennai transfer to the ITC Grand Chola Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure

Day 4
Chennai, India
ITC Grand Chola Hotel Breakfast

Day 4: Chennai

Spend the morning exploring the city which had strong colonial ties during the days of the East India Company. See the various sights before spending an afternoon at leisure.

Day 5
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Jalakara Hotel Breakfast

Day 5: Chennai - Port Blair - Havelock Island

Morning flight to Port Blair, followed by private boat ride to Havelock Island – a picturesque natural paradise with some of the most spectacular beaches on earth and an abundance of lush green forest. On arrival transfer to intimate boho-chic Jalakara Hotel tucked away in lush jungle landscape. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Jalakara Hotel Breakfast

Day 6: Havelock Island (Jalakara)

Enjoy the day engaging in variours activities offered or just relax by the pool enjoying the magnificent views of the virgin rainforest.

Day 7
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Jalakara Hotel Breakfast

Day 7: Havelock Island (Jalakara)

Explore island’s white-sand beaches and turquoise waters or go on self-guided nature trails. If you are feeling lazy, just stay put and pamper yourself in the beautiful wellness pavillion.

Day 8
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Barefoot Resort Breakfast

Day 8: Havelock Island (Barefoot)

Morning check out from Jalakara and transfer to the Barefoot Resort set exclusively on the world famous Beach No.7 amidst pristine tropical forests. The barefoot way of life is a retreat away from the manic digital world: no television or wi-fi in the rooms and mobile and internet connectivity is absent in this remote beachside jungle resort. No news. No shoes.. This enables you to jettison your everyday urban stresses and settle into a barefoot rhythm: back-to-nature ethos

Day 9
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Barefoot Resort Breakfast

Day 9: Havelock Island (Barefoot)

Engage in various activies from scuba diving, snorkelling, night-time guided kayak tours, nature trails or just hire a moped, to zip around the island.

Day 10
Kolkata, India
The Astor Hotel Breakfast

Day 10: Havelock Island - Port Blair - Kolkata

Today time to leave the beautiful pristine Havelock Island and take a boat ride followed by flight to Kolkata. On arrival transfer to The Astor Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11
Kolkata, India
The Astor Hotel Breakfast

Day 11: Kolkata

Spend the day exploring this fascinating city, redolent with history, Victorian architecture and known to have produced some of India's greatest writers.

Day 12
Kolkata, India
None Breakfast

Day 12: Depart Kolkata

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight for onward destination

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Discover the history and heritage of Tamil Nadu beginning in the capital city of Chennai, formerly Madras and home of the East India Company. Travel to shore temples, white washed churches and the former French colony of Pondicherry. Replete with pretty boulevards, gendarmes and some of the best boulangiers of the East. Then on to the remote and little known islands of The Andaman & Nicobar Islands, way off the eastern coast of India. Explore the jungle hinterlands and virgin coastline offering some of the worlds best beaches & diving. Then end your journey in the historic city of Kolkata. A vibrant, cultured cosmopolitan city built over the years by the descendants of the citizens who come from all over the globe to create the showpiece capital of the British Raj.

About Us

Complex and dazzling, the Indian subcontinent is a place where destination knowledge is paramount. With our help, travelling will be effortless and exciting. Greaves provides expert advice, tailor made itineraries and on-the-ground support. Greaves Travel employ a large network of dedicated tour specialists all of whom have extensive knowledge of the land, culture and language. Each itinerary is meticulously planned incorporating enchanting hotels and luxurious travel to ensure the discerning individual the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the excitement, splendour and magic that is the fascinating Subcontinent.

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit Policy: Deposit payable at the time of booking is 25% of the Tour Cost. Domestic Airfare which may not be refundable, is due in conjunction with the deposit at the time you sign and submit the booking form. If the reservation is made within 90 days of departure the full amount is due.

Final Payment Policy: Balance of the tour price is due 90 days before departure. If a booking is made within 90 days of travel, full payment of the tour is required at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy For Land Tours:

Should it become necessary to cancel your itinerary at any time after it has been confirmed, the following cancellation fees will apply.

  • 90 days before travel: Total cost of deposit and domestic airfare
  • 60-89 days: 50% cancellation fees
  • 45-59 days: 75% cancellation fees
  • 01-44 days: 100% cancellation fees

Special cancellation terms may apply during festive periods.

Please note: Due to advanced deposit conditions imposed by some hotels, airlines, wildlife resorts and services, we may require a higher non-refundable deposit on certain itineraries. Special cancellation terms and fees may also apply. Our staff will inform you at the time of booking.

We cannot make sightseeing or transportation reservations without arranging the services of our representatives and hotel bookings.

Visas and Travelers Insurance: It is the passengers own responsibility to obtain travelers insurance, visa/permits and other documentation required for travel. For Bhutan, Greaves obtains the travel permit for our clients. Travel insurance is highly recommended for travelers.

Payment Options: We accept American Express, Master Card, VISA, travel agency checks and wire transfers. Payments are processed within the United States in US dollars.

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By: Debby

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2014

very attentive and always following up and there for every part of the multiple part trip. Excellent accomodations and service 
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham
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Not Recommended


By: liliherz

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

In sum,they work with the over 60 crowd & my trip fell short on many, many levels wasting not only money but my time.  Traveling 7-9 hrs by car to sight see for 3 hrs at the destination, in total, & spending 2 nights there!  As explained to me by the local contact, "we provide you with time to relax & enjoy the hotel."  1) if the hotels were nice/clean/decent I wouldn't mind relaxing after a long, hard day of touring, exploring. I did not travel around the world to relax in a hotel.  I don't understand how this company stays in business & has won the awards it claims.  I enjoyed 1/2 the guides.Luckily the driver was great since I spent most of my time with him.  To sum it up, I was highly suspicious of the itinerary pre-departure, and they were confirmed during my travels with unsolicited comments on it by various hotel staff and other locals who reviewed it.  Awful, just awful. Will be contacting AMEX-platinum member, to see what I can do.
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Excellent trip planner

By: Carol

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2016

Lena planned our family trip to India on the Mumbai Express. When health issues forced my husband and I to cancel our trip, Lena got all the documents together for me to submit to our insurance company. Our son and daughter in law did take the trip and they loved it! Lena even called the tour operator to get them upgraded to our suite. Lena took it upon herself to call the airline and get our non-refundable tickets refunded! To me an excellent travel agent can not only create the perfect trip but will also be there for you when things fall apart.
Travel Advisor:  Lena Brown

Would use again.

By: Snowman

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

They were punctual and very professional. We did not appreciate the side trip to the marble processing shop. This not only took away valuable time in our day but also was left feeling we had to purchase something we had no interest in. That left us with a “sour taste “ . No where in our itinerary was this mentioned.


By: Freddy🛳🕌

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2017

They were amazing. Great buses. Awesome tour guides.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Pechtel

India, Nepal & Bhutan

By: Lensing

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

We were very pleased with all aspects of the work done by Greaves. Their onsite representatives were excellent. They were always on time and had quality suggestions. The guides and drivers were very good in all aspects. I would definitely be pleased to suggest to friends that Greaves is high quality.
Travel Advisor:  Laila Smith

India # 2

By: India #2

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

This was the second time we used Greaves. They were very helpful ( Rose, at the Chicago Office ) in helping us obtain our e-visas. We Really liked our driver Das, who stayed with us the whole trip - we would highly recommend him. Two of our guides were just so-so...Our guide in Kochin - was not that interested in going out of his way or showing his " passion " for his hometown. Our guide in Mumbai - was also not great - we thought she made a poor choice selecting a lunch restaurant and seemed to be more worried about herself. However, we had been to Mumbai before so we knew a lot and had free time the next day to do what we wanted. Our guide in the Tea Estates - Matthew was terrific!
Travel Advisor:  Gail Rosenberg

India Trip


Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2018

They where fabablous Every thing first class
Travel Advisor:  Karen Upchurch

Sri Lanka

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2018

They picked an excellent driver. The hotels were most superior. It was nice that they connected me during the trip to see if everything well.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

A+++ Outstanding

By: rajaajay

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2019

Greaves was way beyond any expectation I could’ve had for my first trip to India...our guides representatives and drivers were so courteous and always on time. Greaves put a wonderful trip together for my father and I and couldn’t imagine planning another trip without them! We plan on going through Greaves on my next trip to India next year, and will recommend anyone to them without hesitation. Thanks so much for giving us a wonderful experience and look forward to work with them again in the coming months!
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska


By: swt

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2019

We have used Greaves twice to two very different trips to India. Outstanding Guides and Drivers. The Greaves office in Chicago was very helpful in helping us apply for our visas. They went out of their way to make sure everything had been done correctly. Both trips involved very long ( 6 hour drives at times ) windy or crowded routes. Both trips our drivers were excellent!
Travel Advisor:  Gail Rosenberg