Tours in South India

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Attend Thrissur Arattupuzha Pooram Festival
  • Fabulous Meenakshi Temple during puja
  • Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing
  • Explore off-the-track Chettinad villages, homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars
  • Visit Royal City of Mysore

Extraordinary natural beauty, a slower pace and stunning ancient temples offer an intimate insight into rural village lifestyle, traditions and history on this venture into the deep south of India. See a procession of 60 elephants bearing bright colored parasols present an unparalled spectacle at the pooram (festival) in a remote rural village. Participate in pujas with the locals, cruise the lovely Kerala backwaters, visit one of the most beautiful hill stations of the south, historic sites as well as less known towns as you immerse yourself deeply during our fascinating tour of South India.

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Giving offerings at Meenakshi Temple

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    Day 1: Meet in Chennai (Madras)
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    Day 2: Mahabalipuram

    Realx after that long flight in the surrounding beauty. Sunset visit Shore Temples (Dravidian style of architecture) and Five Rathas.

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    Day 3-4: Kanchipuram - Madurai

    Visit Kanchipuram, one of the ancient seven sacred cities of India. Also famed for its handwoven silk, we visit a weaver's home. Tour Meenakshi Temple and attend evening puja in Madurai.

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    Day 5: Chettinad

    Experience heritage, art and architecture untouched by time in the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars.

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    Day 6: Thekkady (Periyar Sanctuary)

    The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge. Enjoy a boat cruise to view wildlife and visit a spice plantation in this lovely hill station.

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    Day 7: Backwaters of Kerala

    Board a private, deluxe Kettuvallom (traditional riceboat) for an overnight tour of the backwaters. A series of canals thread their way through the state to the sea, allowing you a glimpse into local life in Kerala that would be impossible to get from road transport.

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    Day 8-9: Cochin

    Tour the bustling old world port city of Cochin where the influence of colonial Portugal, Holland and England can still be seen. Highlights include Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets and a classical Kathakali dance performance.

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    Day 10: Thrissur Arattupuzha Festival

    Attend the Pooram, a special religious celebration with a history that is two centuries old.

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    Day 11: Calicut

    Visit the traditional capital of Northern Kerala.

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    Day 12-13: Nagarhole (Rajiv Gandhi Nat'l Park)

    Afternoon safari in the jungles.

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    Day 14: Coorg

    Astoundingly beautiful Coorg set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests.

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    Day 15-16: Mysore

    Marvel at the beautiful Indo-Saracenic royal palace, Sri Chamundeswari Temple on Chamudi Hill and the famous Nandi Bull. Excursions to Somnathapur and Srirangapatnam.

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    Day 17: Bangalore-Home

    Drive to Bangalore for flight to intl departure.

  • Trip Length

    17-day trip begins in Madras, ends in Bangalore

  • Dates

    March 23-April 8, 2018

  • Land Cost

    From $4730

  • Accommodations

    5-star, heritage & palace hotels

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 8 Dinners

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Madurai, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Chettinad, Kanadukathan, Tamil Nadu, India

Thekkady, Kerala, India

Kerala Backwaters, Kottankulangara, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

Cochin, Kerala, India

Arattupuzha, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Calicut, Kerala, India

Nagarhole National Park Entrance, Nagarhole Road, Nalkeri Forest, Karnataka, India

Coorg, Karnataka, India

Mysore, Karnataka, India

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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