South India Tea, Temple and Backwaters
There is no better place to understand the vast and complex culture and history of India than by visiting south India. Reach back into the Dravidian culture and observe the influence of the French, Dutch and English colonialists.
Starting from Chennai, marvel at the historic stone monuments, temples and the French colony. Traveling southwest you will explore more temples as well as tropical spices and exotic Chettinad cuisine. Excite your taste buds with an interactive kitchen experience with an authentic Chettinad chef. Enrich your knowledge about the English Raj while enjoying a cup of tea at the Munnar Tea Plantations and Tea Museum.
Finally we arrive at Kerala where St Thomas the Apostle introduced Christianity in the 1st century. Stroll by the Arabian Sea front and relax on a Backwaters houseboat cruise.
Chennai, Mylapore, Puducherry, Thanjavur, Karaikudi, Madurai, Munnar & Kochi
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1: Meet Up at Chennai
Day 2: Chennai | Mylapore
Day 3: Chennai – Puducherry | Mahabalipuram
Day 4: Puducherry
Day 5: Puducherry – Thanjavur | Silk Weavers’ Colony
Day 6: Thanjavur | Brihadeeswara Temple
Day 7: Thanjavur – Karaikudi
Day 8: Karaikudi – Madurai | Meenakshi Temple
Day 9: Madurai – Munnar
Day 10: Munnar| Tea Plantation, Tea Museum, Kudla Dam, Echo Point
Day 11: Munnar – Kochi | Fort Kochi
Day 12: Kochi | Alleppey
Day 13: Depart Kochi
Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Hotel check-in time is 2 pm and check out at 12 noon.
‣ Welcome Dinner with Local Dance Performance
‣ Authentic Chettinad Dinner and Cooking Demonstration with local chef
‣ Houseboat Lunch Cruise on Kerala Backwaters
‣ Famous Kathakali Dance Performance & Farewell Dinner
‣ Airport Transfers
‣ Traditional Garlanding Welcome with Welcome Kit
‣ Hotel Accommodations
‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals (See tour plan for details)
‣ English-speaking Local Guide
‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
Meet Up at Chennai (MAA)
Chennai | Mylapore
Chennai – Puducherry | Mahabalipuram
Puducherry – Thanjavur | Silk Weavers’ Colony
Thanjavur | Brihadeeswara Temple
Thanjavur - Karaikudi
Karaikudi – Madurai | Meenakshi Temple
Madurai - Munnar
Munnar | Tea Plantation, Tea Museum, Kudla Dam, Echo Point
Munnar - Kochi | Fort Kochi
Kochi | Alleppey
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|Weekly Departures, Monday Oct 1 to Dec 15, 2017||$3,925||$4,945||Yes|
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