South India Tour
No one can traverse the whole of India and not feel the palpable difference between North and South. The dominant features of South India are its tropical climate with lush-green tropical vegetation in the coastal areas, as well as its architecture, cuisine, culture, languages and lifestyle. In spite of repeated exposure to foreign influences, these elements have, at their core, remained essentially Dravidian.On this Southern sojourn, traversing through Tamil Nadu, Kerala, we explore the unique and breathtaking architecture, sculpture, ancient culture and legacy left by the Pallava, Chola and Pandya dynasties.We will see how India has absorbed the influences of so many waves of colonizers and yet has remained distinctly and proudly Indian.
Arrive in Chennai at 0825 Hrs by flight EK 544 from Dubai. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and straight transferred to Mahabalipuram.Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temples, is a welcoming old port city. From the 8th to the 11th century, the Pallava dynasty conducted a thriving maritime trade here with the Far East. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.Afternoon visit, the magnificent Shore Temple, although ravaged by the elements and the pounding ocean waves, still reflects the glorious past of these intrepid merchants. Also must visit is the Arjuna’s penance and the Five Ratha temples,Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast full day excursion to Kanchipuram (65 kms), the main temples which are of interest include: Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambaranatha Temple, Vaikundaperumal Temple, Kamakshiamman Temple and Varadarajaswami Temple etc.Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, is one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centers for the Hindus. The city was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC and a Pallava capital between the 6th and 8th century. The Ekambareswarar Temple here is spread over 20 acres and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.Apart from temples, this small town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. The silk weavers of Kanchi settled more than 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation as the producer of the best silk sarees in the country,Later return back to Mahabalipuram for Overnight in the Hotel.
After leisurely breakfast drive to Chennai to board the train to Madurai: On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.Overnight in the Hotel.
Morning visit the Meenakshi Temple to view the magnificent architecture of the South India temple.Afternoon we will visit Tirumalai Palace, Mariamman Teppakkulam, Art Museum.Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park, this is a unique wildlife sanctuary and is about 780 sq. km centered around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River.On arrival, check-in to the hotel.In the afternoon, you proceed for a public boat ride on Periyar Lake to view the wild life at the sanctuary.Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast visit a spice plantation to see how all varieties of spices are growing together and which has made Kerala the capital of the spice trade.Later drive to Murinjapuza. On arrival, check-in to the Paradisa Plantation Retreat. Afternoon enjoy the waking tour organized by the retreat host.Overnight in the Retreat
After breakfast drive to the Alleppey the boarding point of the houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala. You will have private houseboat with your own cook and staff.The romantic and unique Backwaters of Kerala are made up of a labyrinth of canals and lakes that stretch between the capital Cochin and Quilon in the south. Overnight in the Deluxe Houseboat
After a leisurely breakfast and short cruise, de-board the houseboat and drive to Cochin. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.Cochin, documented since Roman times, is the oldest European settlement in India. With its enchanting Jewish quarter, picturesque Chinese fishing nets, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples and bustling spice and antiques bazaars, Cochin has a seamless blend of diverse architectural and religious influences. This ancient port has now split into two main parts: the old town of Fort Cochin on the peninsula, with its winding alleyways lined with merchant houses and spice markets, and the brash, modern industrious city of Ernakulam on the mainland.Afternoon is free to walk around Fort area and experience its various art galleries, coffee shops and designer boutiques.Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast visit the Dutch palace, Chinese fishing nets and the Vasco D’ Gama Church.Later in the afternoon witness the Kathakali performance in the theatre.Overnight in the Hotel.
Early morning, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for onward journey.
As this lovely time spent on our tour ends here, we part ways with a souvenir for you to show your friends back home when you share your South india Tour Memoirs.
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