- Chennai – Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, St. Thomas Basilica & Shrine
- Mahabalipuram – Shore Temple & Arjuna’s Penance living rock sculpture
- Pondicherry – Governor’s Residence & Notre Dame des Anges
- Trichy – Rock Fort & Island of Srirangam
- Madurai – Meenakshi Temple & Tirumala Nayak Palace
- Munnar – Christ Church & tea plantation visit
- Pala – St. Thomas Cathedral
- Kumarakom - local village experience & houseboat cruise with lunch
- Cochin – Fort area, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church & Santa Cruz Basilica.
None! All excursions and extras as listed above and below are included!
- Hotel porterage
- Local guide and drivers’ gratuities
- All restaurant and hotel gratuities
- Other small local gratuities
- Personal audio guiding system
- Complimentary bottled water on all coaches
Included meals & drinks
Meals: all meals are included. Throughout your pilgrimage you will enjoy some meals in the hotels and some in local restaurants.
Drinks: welcome and farewell drinks, bottled water on-board our coaches during excursions and tea or coffee after all evening meals.
Our team in India
This holiday includes the services of our qualified local guide who will bring the visited sites, local history and culture to life. They will be staying with you and escorting you throughout. Also, we will have a dedicated faith leader travelling with our group who will offer worship on some occasions, for those who wish.
Meet Unni Krishnan one of our friendly expert local guides in India...
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The flights are via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow. Emirates also fly from a number of other UK airports for your convenience. From Dubai to India and India to Dubai all guests will be on the same flight and transfer to and from your hotel. Please enquire when booking. Higher deposits to secure seats from local airports may apply.
Regional connecting flights to Heathrow from some UK airports and flight seat upgrades, for that extra comfort and ease through the airport, can be arranged at a supplement. A higher deposit will be required, please enquire at time of booking. An overnight stop at Heathrow may be required which we can assist you with.
Flight EK002/EK544 departs Heathrow: 13:40
With a two hour transfer time in Dubai
Flight arrives Chennai: 08:15 (next day)
Flight EK531/EK005 departs Cochin: 09:40
With a two hour transfer time in Dubai
Flight arrives Heathrow: 20:00 (same day)
Flight times are subject to change
United Kingdom and most other citizens who are visiting India for tourism can now apply for an electronic India Visa, known as an eTourist Visa, on line with either one month (double entry), one year or five years of validity. Cost is approximately $25 and your passport must be valid for 180 days from your date of arrival in India. Please ensure that you log into the official Indian Government website to apply from 120 and no later than five days before travel: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Fourteen nights in four- and five-star hotels based on a double or twin room. Breakfast and early check-in will be available after your overnight flight on the outbound journey.
CHENNAI - GRAND CHENNAI HOTEL (5*)
Two nights with early check-in on arrival
Situated in Chennai’s most iconic shopping landmark, merely a stroll away from Pondy Bazaar, and also close to prominent malls such as Chennai Citi Centre and Express Avenue. Dining options include Bazaar, a 24-hour multi-cuisine restaurant offering street food from across the world, J.Hind is a contemporary Indian cuisine restaurant while Steam and Whistles is a gastro-bar with a live Himalayan bao kitchen.
Hotel facilities: heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi and a health club with modern fitness equipment, gym, massage rooms, hairdresser, beauty salon and on-site shops. Room service is available around the clock, international restaurants and a bar are available 24/7. ATM and on-site currency exchange.
Your room: air conditioned, comfortable seating area and desk, flat screen TV with international channels, complimentary WiFi, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge, iron and ironing board and safety deposit box.
Your bathroom: shower or bath, hairdryer, pool towels, slippers and complimentary toiletries.
Please note that the Pondicherry - Residency Towers Hotel and Trichy -Marriott Courtyard Hotel are stays of one night and are not displayed in this brochure. Both of these hotels are rated four-star and of a good standard. You will enjoy a welcome soft drink and cool towel at all hotels whilst your Local Guide organises the check-in process and included baggage delivery to your room.
MUNNAR - TEA COUNTY RESORT (4*)
Nestled right in the middle of two hills the rooms here offer great views. This is also an excellent location for exploring the Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and shola forests. There are opportunities to sight wild animals especially Nilgiri tahr (mountain goat), elephant and bison.
Hotel facilities: gym, massage rooms with ayurveda therapies, beer parlour and billiard room. The hotel has well-manicured gardens with views of the Western Ghats.
Your room: air conditioning/heating, fan, comfortable seating area and desk, flat screen TV with international channels, complimentary WiFi, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge and safety deposit box.
Your bathroom: shower cubicle, hairdryer slippers and complimentary toiletries.
KUMARAKOM - LAKESONG RESORT (4*)
Situated amidst the picturesque backwaters of Kumarakom close to the bird sanctuary and a short walk to experience the local village life in Kumarakom. Built in the traditional Keralan style, Lakesong Resort’s cottage rooms are all on the banks of the lagoon facing the lake.
Hotel facilities: outdoor swimming pool overlooking Lake Vembanad, gym, massage rooms with ayurveda therapies, outdoor and airconditioned restaurant and bar.
Your room: air conditioning, comfortable seating area and desk, flat screen TV with international channels, complimentary WiFi, tea & coffee making facilities, fridge, iron and ironing board and safety deposit box.
Your bathroom: bath or shower cubicle, hairdryer slippers and complimentary toiletries.
COCHIN - FRAGRANT NATURE HOTEL (5*)
Fragrant Nature enjoys magnificent views of the harbour from the rooftop pool. Located in the erstwhile office of the East India Company, the majestic facade with a clock tower is a local landmark. The hotel features period trompe-l'œil art work by two popular English artists in the lobby—emphasising importance of art elements in the boutique design. The restaurants, shops, churches and sights of the Fort Kochi area are all within easy reach.
Hotel facilities: rooftop pool over looking the harbour, gym Rooftop terrace lounge with open-air theatre where Keralan dances are often performed.
Your room: the ‘Dukes Chambers’ rooms are a blend of colonial style with modern comfort and facilities. Big on comfort and luxury with king or twin beds, Duke’s chambers rooms are large , fully air conditioned with hairdryer, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, safe, complimentary stationary, two bottles of complimentary water daily and complimentary WiFi.
Your bathroom: colonial interiors and large bath-tubs and separate large walk-in rain showers. The Fragrant Nature provides a wide range of complimentary toiletries.
Entrance to India is by means of an electronic visa authorisation system (eTV) which is available to complete online (payable by Visa or MasterCard). This must be completed from 30 days and no later than five days prior to travel. This is then valid for two visits providing they are within sixty days of the first arrival date in India. The applicant, a family member or friend can apply for this on your behalf by logging on to the following web address:
When making the application you will need to scan in colour the photo page of your passport and electronically attach a recent colour photograph of yourself (passport photo size). The photo must be on a plain white background, head and shoulders visible, front facing and the head not cut off.
Please note your passport must be valid for six months after the return of your holiday.
For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements :
Health & wellbeing
Although at the time of writing there are no compulsory vaccinations required for travel to India. It is recommended that your Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A immunisations are up to date. We will send up to date information on entry requirements and with your final paperwork approximately 14 days before departure.
Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.
Southern India is close to the equator so temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year. In hill country due to the altitude temperatures fall at night (by Indian standards). In Kerala, the winds from the backwaters and lagoon can make temperatures seem a few degrees cooler giving some relief. There are two rainy seasons. The main one, known as the southwest monsoon season begins around May or June and lasts until the end of September. During this time, southwestern monsoon winds result in periods of torrential rain which usually last for around three months on average.
Daytime dress is casual and as comfortable as possible. Cool cotton clothing is best and just a light cardigan for early mornings and late evenings for the two nights in hill country (Munnar) and inside some air-conditioned buildings. For evening meals, we recommend smarter casual dress. Some hotels will require that gentleman wear trousers and closed shoes for dinner and that ladies dress modestly with knees and shoulders covered.
On a few days, some historic sites and places of worship require that shoulders are covered, skirts extend below the knee and shoes are closed shoes and not sandals or flip flops. Some visits will require you to remove your shoes, therefore shoes that are easy to slip on and off are advisable. Our Local Guide will inform you the day before such visits are made so that you have the correct attire.
There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this holiday so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell your Local Guide who can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.
Where possible we have added touches such as tuk tuk rides, boat rides, elevators to some temples and up hills to avoid stairs and excessive walking. This will still involve getting on bard these modes of transport and some deep steps are required as they may also be in some temples, pagodas, historical sights and embarking and disembarking form boats in Kerala. Boatmen and coach drivers are always on hand to assist.
Some streets in towns and cities that you will visit will have uneven surfaces or rough ground. We suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with good grips or trainers. For some guided walking tours, you must be prepared to be on your feet for up to 90 minutes. In some areas, there will be a number of steps to climb (some uneven) and not always a handrail.
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The McCabe Educational Trust
The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.
McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.
Full financial security
All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.
AITO Quality Statement
McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.
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