Southern Spice - 11 Nights In-depth Cultural

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Start in Chennai (Madras) and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the in-depth cultural tour Southern Spice, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Chennai (Madras), India and 7 other destinations in India. Southern Spice includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Arrive Chennai

    Welcome people of pilgrimage! A hub of South Indian arts & traditions, Chennai will play the perfect host to our trip?s introduction. Unite with the team for a 6pm pow wow before having a free evening to unwind in our hotel or take to the streets to suss out this city.

  • Chennai to Pondicherry

    This morning we?ll peel back the layers of Chennai, seeing Kapaleeswarar Temple and St Thomas?s Church, driving along Marina Beach & walking through the markets by the Chennai Fort. Now starting to feel acclimatised to life in India, we kick on to our second destination.Our journey through Tamil Nadu will see us stopping at Mahabalipuram Shore Temple & the peculiar boulder of Krishnas Butterball. Arriving in ?Pondy? we?ll find a delicious fusion of French beauty & Indian soul, and have a free evening to enjoy it how we see fit.

  • Pondicherry

    Today you can jump onto an optional Heritage Walking Tour to go deep into Pondicherry?s unique history. You can then devour cake and coffee at ?Eat My Cake?, a caf? run by local widows, and visit the progressive experimental township of Auroville. A vegetarian lunch in a solar powered kitchen will warm us up for some zen vibes by the breathtaking gold dome of Matrimandir.

  • Pondicherry to Kumbakonam

    In and around KumbakonamThough our affection for charming Pondy will be sky high, our great voyage must continue. Kumbakonam ? we?re coming for you.Arriving in Kumbakonam in the bounds of two rivers, we?ll begin uncovering South India?s artisans by visiting a bronze casting & silk weaver?s home. By night you can dress to the inspiration of our Dharasuram temple visit, wearing a Saree or Dhotti to our included dinner.

  • Kumbakonam to Madurai

    Devour a hearty breakfast and throw your worldly possessions back in your bag. A city of mesmerising history is waiting for us, and there?s a locally guided trip to Brihadeeswarah Temple in Tanjore en route.One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai is the pride & soul of Tamil Nadu. Here we?ll see a palace of great pillars, ride a rickshaw, & witness an evening procession at the awe-inspiring Meenakshi Amman Hindu Temple.

  • Madurai to Periyar

    In and around PeriyarAnother state hop awaits us this morning, as we journey out of Madurai to Kerala, the West coast state that sways by the Arabian Sea.After our cross of the state of Tamil Nadu we?ll arrive in Kerala, ?the land of coconuts?. We?ll pull up by the elephant & tiger reserve of Periyar National Park where we can explore a spice plantation & watch an ancient style of Martial Arts called KalaripayattuI.

  • Periyar to Kumarakom

    In and around KumarakomAfter a wildlife boat safari along the Periyar River, we?ll take a leisurely journey to our next destination. En route we?ll frolic through a tea factory & plantation, enjoying one of Kerala?s proudest exports.Dreamy sighs all round as we arrive in the lake region of Kumarakom. We?ll have a free evening here amidst the fresh country air, trying to contain our excitement for tomorrow?s water adventure.

  • Kumarakom to Kerala Backwaters

    Waving goodbye to the agricultural lands of Kumarakom, we?ll trade one quaint setting for another. A day of boating on the beautiful backwaters are waiting on the other side of this bus ride.Arriving in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, we?ll board a traditional houseboat made of wood, bamboo & palm leaves. Drifting past slow grazing cows, we?ll see Kingfishers darting through the forests & season our sightings with many spicy fish curries.

  • Kerala Backwaters to Cochin

    Shed a few tears & snap your last local climbing coconut tree pics. Our boat will be sailing back to the shores so we can poke our way through Cochin.Back on solid ground we?ll soon find ourselves amidst the bustling spice markets and fort lands of Cochin. Here we can eat keralan delicacies, marvel at palaces, and watch the golden sun drop behind the Chinese fishing nets known as Cheena vala.

  • Cochin

    It?s our final full day on tour. Wander through saree filled markets, marvel at monuments, eat your body weight in street food, or simply sit in a bookstore or caf? and watch the chaos and charm of Indian life passing by.

  • End Cochin

    Our time on tour will end in the Southern spice lands of Cochin. Having bonded deeply in these spiritual lands, we?ll say heartfelt goodbyes before going our separate ways.

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusion

  • Anything not mentioned under ‘Package Inclusions??:tm:
  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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