Since ancient times, India has been coveted as a prize 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. Here is where the true ancient Indian, the Dravidian culture survived.
While traveling through Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, you will explore the unique and breathtaking architecture, sculpture, ancient culture and legacy left behind by the Pallava, Chola and Pandya dynasties, and get an insight into pure India. Top off your tour with a few days in 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.
Day 1 | Arrival / Chennai
Arrival. After a leisurely morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of the old city of Chennai. Discover the local culture and learn a traditional Indian dance.
Day 2 | Mahabalipuram
Drive to Mahabalipuram, commonly known as the “City of Seven Pagodas” and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Day 3 | Day Excursion to Kanchipuram
A two-hour drive takes you to Kanchipuram, one of the oldest cities in South India. Explore the temples, silk bazaar and meet with silk weavers before returning back to Mahabalipuram.
Day 4 | Mahabalipuram / Fly to Trichy Tanjore
Visit the main cluster of temples and rock sculptures in central Mahabalipuram. After lunch, transfer to airport for your flight to Trichy.
Day 5 | Exploring Tanjore and Kumbhakonam
Explore the Brihadishwara temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon visit local bronze craftsmen and learn about the casting of bronze.
Day 6 | Madurai via Trichy
Drive to Tiruchirapalli or now commonly known as Trichy. Hike up the spectacular Rock Fort towards the “Hall of a Hundred Pillars” that leads to the Shiva Temple. After lunch, continue on to the temple town of Madurai where you will spend the next 2 nights.
Day 7 | Madurai
Today, explore the Meenakshi Temple, whose complex occupies an area of six hectares. You may also visit the Thirumalai Nayaka Palace.
Day 8 – 9 | Munnar
Continue on to Munnar and visit a tea plantation and spice garden en route. Embark on a guided hike offering great views of the countryside and town of Munnar.
Day 10 – 11 | Drive to Kerala / House boating
Make your way down through the canals of the Arabian Sea and board your houseboat and begin your cruise of the scenic Keralan backwaters.
Day 12 – 13 | Mararikulam
Disembark your houseboat and transfer to your hotel by the beach. The next two days is yours to explore the town of Mararikulam or simply relax in your resort.
Day 14 – 15 | Cochin
Depart for Cochin. Your stay here will include a walk through the spice market, visits to the Synagogue in Old Kochi, Fort Kochi, Church of St. Francis and basilica of Santa Cruz.
Day 16 | Fly to Delhi
Transfer to airport for flight your flight to Delhi. Experience one of the most visible and vibrant Indian religion – the Sikhs. In the late afternoon, enjoy the sunset at the famous India Gate.
Day 17 | Departure
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:This is a private trip with departure dates that fit your schedule. Inquire for further details.
Easy to Moderate.