Wonders of the South

Indulge your senses on a journey through southern India, a land of exotic flora and fauna, stunning beaches, and fragrant spices with a soundtrack of temple bells. Starting in historical Kochi, this tour offers you the chance to discover flamboyant religious architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Highlights include the temples of Tamil Nadu, colonial landmarks in Chennai, and the languid backwaters of Kerala.

15 days/14 nights
Hotels/Houseboat
Departs daily ex Chennai

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Highlights:

  • Discover a tropical land of exotic spices, flamboyant temples and palm-fringed beaches
  • Unravel the rich cultural heritage of cities such as Pondicherry, Chettinad and Kochi
  • Tour an art school specialising in 16th century painting at Thanjavur
  • Enjoy a sumptuous traditional Tamil dinner at Madurai
  • Explore a wildlife sanctuary and the sleepy canals of Alleppey by houseboat

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Wonders of the South

Itinerary

15 days/14 nights

Hotels/Houseboat

Day 1

Chennai
Arrive Chennai in the evening and transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry, the “French Riviera of the East”. En route explore Mamallapuram, visiting the 7th century Shore Temple. BL

Day 3

Pondicherry
Enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful city including a visit to the 150 year old Church of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Visit Auroville, a place of peaceful and harmonious living before enjoying a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family. BD

Day 4

Thanjavur
Depart for Thanjavur (4 hrs) via Kumbhakonam, known as the “temple city” of South India. Enjoy an afternoon tour of an art school specialising in 16th century Tanjore paintings. B

Days 5/6

Chettinad
Morning visit to the famous Brihadeeswara Temple housing a gigantic black granite sculpture of Nandi, the bull of Lord Shiva before driving to Chettinad (2.5 hrs). Remainder of the day is at leisure. On Day 6 explore Chettinad, an area rich in cultural heritage, art, architecture and antiques. B

Days 7/8

Madurai
Drive to Madurai (3 hrs). Afternoon tour of the stunning Meenakshi Temple before witnessing an evening “Aarti” ceremony. On Day 8 take a half day tour of Madurai, before visiting Kadambhavanam, a centre which showcases local culture, where you enjoy a sumptuous Tamil dinner. B/BD

Day 9

Periyar
Transfer by road to Periyar (4.5 hrs). Enjoy an afternoon visit to a spice plantation. B

Days 10/11

Kumarakom
Morning excursion to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary before driving to Kumarakom (4 hrs). The remainder of Day 10 and all of Day 11 are yours to explore on your own. B

Day 12

Houseboat
Drive to Alleppey. Following a town walking tour, board your houseboat and cruise the canals. BLD

Days 13/14

Kochi
Drive to Kochi (2 hrs). In the evening enjoy a picturesque boat cruise. On Day 14 explore the sites of Kochi including the Dutch Palace (closed Fri), Santa Cruz Basilica and the Chinese Fishing Nets. B

Day 15

Tour ends Kochi
Transfer to the airport. Tour ends. B

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South India and Kerala Overview

Why visit South India & Kerala? This beautiful part of India is a wonderful complement to any north India holiday, offering a more tropical climate, gentle landscapes, colonial cities and very flamboyant temple architecture.

When is the best time to visit South India & Kerala? It is never cold in most of southern India; however in the hill stations it can drop to 5°C in the “winter” months. For the best weather, visit during the relatively cooler and less humid season, between Oct- Feb. This is also a good time to see some of the more interesting festivals. Mar, Apr, and May are hot and humid whilst the mid-year monsoon period sees heavy rains.

What can I combine  Kerala with? North India’s Golden Triangle and Rajasthan, or the little island of Sri Lanka, just off the coast of south India.

How do I get to South India & Kerala? Fly into Bangalore, Chennai or Kochi.

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