Southern Culture Nature And wildlife (SKYS 109) Back to Tour List

Duration:11 Nights/ 12 Days

South India

Day 01: Arrival Chenani

on arrival in Chennai you’ll be met and assisted with the transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Chennai

Day 02: Full day Chennai tour

A day in Chennai with sightseeing including the historic Fort St George and Vivekananda House, as well as your first opportunity to sample a traditional Thali meal. This is the staple lunch of the vast majority of the population of Tamil Nadu and consists of a large selection of gravies, chutneys and condiments served with mountains of rice and an array of breads and rice-flour concoctions. Anna Lakshmi restaurant is one of the most famous eateries in Chennai- a great place to sample this fabulous food and meet some locals.

Overnight in Chennai.

Day 03: Chennai to Mahabalipuram

Travel inland to the sacred temple city of Kanchipuram, before driving to the beachside town of Mahabalipuram. visit the cultural village at Dakshinachitra and later enjoy a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram taking in the UNESCO World Heritage listed monuments which are the highlights of this one-time trading port and dynastic capital. Mahabalipuram today is a sleepy town but the legacy of the past is rich and the temples and rock carvings here are outstanding for their craftsmanship and sheer beauty. Mahabalipuram Its proximity to the rich fishing grounds of the Bay of Bengal and a number of excellent beachfront restaurants makes this a great place to sample seafood- you will be able to select your own fish and choose the way you would like it cooked.

Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 04: Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry

Head south and drive to Pondicherry, a former French colony and as such quite different in atmosphere and culture to the surrounding areas. In the afternoon you will have time to explore the French Quarter on foot and later spend some time in the Tamil Quarter which is far more ‘Indian’ in feel and home to some superb shops and boutiques.

Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 05: Pondcherry to Tanjore

Continue south and inland to Tanjore, site of one of south India’s most spectacular temples. Tour the temple, palace and art gallery and enjoy time by the pool at your hotel later in the day.

Overnight in Tanjore.

Day 06: Tanjour to Madurai

Madurai is the next stop on the itinerary- The emphasis of your time here is on the major sights- Meenakshi Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace but there will also be time to visit some of the multitude of bazaars and the flower and vegetable markets.

Overnight in Madurai.

Day 07: Madurai to Periyar

Departing Madurai and heading west towards Kerala, you will drive through lush agricultural areas and the Spice Market at Theni which is one of the largest inSouth India. After a short but steep ascent of the Western Ghats, Periyar is reached by lunchtime. Spend time in the afternoon touring a spice garden and seeing the origin of many of the condiments we take for granted in our kitchens at home.

Overnight in Periyar.

Day 08: Periyar to munnar

Post breakfast drive to munnar Munnar beloved as the Kashmir of South India., Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats Mountains in India’s Kerala state. Afternoon reach munnar check in at hotel evening free enjoy the beauty of munnar and local market,

Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Munnar

The expedition to discover the heart of Munnar covers Mattupetty Lake, Kundale Lake, Rajamalai National Park ,Echo Point ,Mattupetty Dam and Blossom Garden , The unique attractions of Munnar to witness are –Tata Tear Museum and Spotting A Nilgiri Thar (Rare Wild Got ) at RajaMalai National Park , Enjoy Spice Plantation tour

Over night at hotel.

Day 10:Munnar to Alleppey

Descend from the hills to Alleppey and board a houseboat for an afternoon cruise with lunch on board. Enjoy the scenery as it slips by, and later disembark the boat for a night spent at a resort /houseboat or homestay adjacent to the backwaters where you can enjoy wonderful Keralan food over night at Alleppey

over night at Alleppey

Day 11: Alleppey to Cochin

Spend some time around your accommodation, exploring the region further, drive to cochin , visit Fort Cochin and Mattancherry covering elements as diverse as India’s oldest synagogue and attendant Jewish area (Jewtown), the Dutch Fort and St Francis Church- all testimony to the vast range of influences brought to bear on Cochin over the years.

Overnight in cochin.

Day 12: Cochin Departure

Morning at leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your flight to onward destination

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