Introduction

This is a two-week itinerary that deep dives into the best of Tamil culture and Kerala landscape. Explore magnificent ancient temples, some UNESCO World Heritage Sites with architectural grandeur and quirky bougainvillea lined cobbled streets of a former French colony. Meet and spend time with members of the local communities, learning about the very distinct Tamil culture, its music and art, and also about spices which attracted the Romans and the Arabs to trade with India. Experience a slice of the daily life of Kerala's backwaters (a maze of lagoons close to the Arabian Sea) and enjoy its food which is a delightful mix of Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish influences. Perfect for first timers to South India.

Recommended time of the year for this adventure: between December and April.

Notes:
November to February is the best time to watch migratory birds at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary who fly in from the Himalayas.
The International Yoga Festival of Pondicherry is held every year from 4th to the 7th of January.
The month-long Mahabalipuram Dance Festival, which showcases classical and folk dances from all over India, is held every year in Mahabalipuram during January/February.

Day

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Basis

Day 0

The Leela Palace Chennai Chennai

1 night

B&B

Day 1

Radisson Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

2 nights

B&B

Day 3

Palais de Mahe Puducherry

1 night

B&B

Day 4

Svatma Thanjavur

1 night

B&B

Day 5

CGH Earth Hotel Visalam Kanadukathan

2 nights

B&B

Day 7

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai Madurai

1 night

B&B

Day 8

Spice Village Thekkady

2 nights

B&B

Day 10

Kumarakom Lake Resort Kumarakom

2 nights

B&B

Day 12

The Brunton Boatyard Kochi

2 nights

B&B

Key

B&B: Bed and Breakfast

 

Chennai: The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela Palace Chennai The Leela Palace Chennai The Leela Palace Chennai

Mahabalipuram: Radisson Temple Bay

Puducherry: Palais de Mahe

Thanjavur: Svatma

Front Elevation Swimming pool Aaharam Restaurant

Kanadukathan: CGH Earth Hotel Visalam

Madurai: The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai

Thekkady: Spice Village

Spice Village Resort Spice Village Resort

Kumarakom: Kumarakom Lake Resort

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Kochi: The Brunton Boatyard

The Brunton Boatyard Hotel The Brunton Boatyard Hotel

Fast Facts

15 Days / 14 Nights

Reference Number: Custom Designed Program

Price

All arrangements are customized specifically for you! The costs are dependent on your choice of: dates, duration, route, inclusions, and style of travel. We will listen to your ideas, discuss logistics, explain value, and make suggestions to further enhance your experience.

Call or e-mail to set up your personal, complimentary consultation (virtual or in-person) with one of our “Adventure Travel Specialists”.

Includes:

Typical inclusions:

All accommodations as listed 

All transfers

All meals as listed

All the admissions for the sightseeing stated in the program

All activities listed

All guides listed

Excludes:

Typical exclusions:

International  flights

Travel Visas

Any meals not listed + beverages

Any activities not listed

Insurance

Gratuities

Personal items 

Chennai: The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela Palace Chennai The Leela Palace Chennai The Leela Palace Chennai

Mahabalipuram: Radisson Temple Bay

Puducherry: Palais de Mahe

Thanjavur: Svatma

Front Elevation Swimming pool Aaharam Restaurant

Kanadukathan: CGH Earth Hotel Visalam

Madurai: The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai

Thekkady: Spice Village

Spice Village Resort Spice Village Resort

Kumarakom: Kumarakom Lake Resort

Kumarakom Lake Resort Kumarakom Lake Resort Kumarakom Lake Resort

Kochi: The Brunton Boatyard

The Brunton Boatyard Hotel The Brunton Boatyard Hotel
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