Since ancient times, India has been coveted by many a military force.  From Alexander the Great to the modern British, India was invaded for its riches, its jewels, and its mystique.  Somehow South India remained relatively unaffected by the invasions in the North.  It is here where the true ancient Indian, the Dravidian culture survived.

While traveling through this region’s various cities, you will explore the unique and breathtaking architecture, sculpture, ancient culture and legacy left behind by the Pallava, Chola and Pandya dynasties, and gain an insight into pure India.  Top off your tour with a few days spent enjoying the calm and leisurely paced life on the backwaters of the Queen of the Arabian Sea – Cochin – or at one of the many Ayurvedic spas.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival / Chennai

Welcome to Chennai! You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2 | Mahabalipuram

Today, explore Mahabalipuram, commonly known as the “City of Seven Pagodas” and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

Day 3 | Day Excursion to Kanchipuram

Enjoy a day-long excursion to Kanchipuram, one of the oldest cities in South India. Here, you will explore temples and wander through silk bazaars, where you will meet with weavers before returning to Mahabalipuram.

Day 4 | Mahabalipuram / Fly to Trichy Tanjore

This morning, enjoy discovering Mahabalipuram before your flight to Trichy. Upon arrival, transfer to Tanjore.

Day 5 | Exploring Tanjore and Kumbhakonam

Explore the Brihadishwara temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and have the opportunity to meet local bronze craftsmen.

Day 6 | Madurai via Trichy

Depart for Madurai, stopping at Trichy en route.  Arrive and overnight in Madurai.

Day 7 | Exploring Madurai

Discover the city of Madurai and visit the Meenakshi Sundareshvara Temple and the “Hall of a Thousand Pillars.”

Day 8 | Drive to Thekkady

Drive to Thekkady and explore a nearby private spice plantation.

Day 9 | Drive to Kerala / Houseboat

Rise early for a sunrise excursion to Periyar National Park. Here, you will have the opportunity for a thrilling bamboo raft ride in the river. Drive down the western ghats to the Arabian sea. Later, board your deluxe private houseboat and begin your leisurely cruise.

Day 10 | Houseboating

Enjoy the day cruising the backwaters canals of the Arabian Sea.

Day 11 | To Kochi (Cochin)

Spend a final morning on your houseboat and after lunch, drive to Cochin. In the evening, enjoy a Kathakali performance.

Day 12 | Exploring Kochi (Cochin)

Experience wonderful sites and history as you explore the sites of Cochin and “Fort Kochi” on foot. In the evening, enjoy dinner hosted in a private home.

Day 13 | Departure

After breakfast, depart for the airport for your return flight


Trip Dates & Pricing


This is a private journey offered January - March & October - December

2 Travelers:                From $6,285 per person

Internal Airfare:       TBA
(Chennai – Trichy)

Single Supplement: $1,920 per person

NOTE: Land Price is based on double occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.

Activity Level

This is an easy to moderate touring trip, staying in 4 to 5-Star hotels and first class houseboat. Sightseeing excursions and intercity drives can be exhausting and long (5-6 hours), thus giving the tour a “moderate” rating. Bathroom facilities during sight seeing excursions and long drives are frequently nonexistent and limited to the facilities at a local restaurant, which could be just an “out-house.”