Southern India: Spices, Temples and Backwaters

Southern India: Spices, Temples and Backwaters

Southern India is an amalgam of exotic flora and fauna, spices, temple bells and miles of ocean and sand. As you travel through this region, discover a wealth of culture, incredible landscapes and a vibrant, welcoming people. Sail through the backwaters of Kerala, witness an aarti ceremony at a sacred temple, visit a traditional Indian dance academy, and dine at the home of a famous South Indian chef. Along the way, see the sights in historic Kochi and the buzzing cities of Chennai and Madurai.

Highlights:

Chennal – Madurai – Kumarakom – Kochi

Includes:

• Explore the wonders of Kanchipuram, one of India's seven sacred cities
• Discover the varied cultures of South India on a visit to Dakshinachitra in Chennai
• Marvel at a sacred aarti ceremony at the spectacular Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
• Cruise the backwaters of Kerala and enjoy lunch aboard a traditional houseboat
• Visit the world's oldest Synagogue in Kochi
• Savor an authentic Keralan dinner at the home of an acclaimed South Indian chef

Amenities:

• Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
• All planning, handling and operational charges
• Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
• Privately guided sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
• Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
• All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
• Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Baggage handling, 2 pieces per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)
• Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary

Not included:
• Meals that are not shown, and items of a personal nature
• Gratuities

Level of support:

Guided

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9 NIGHTS

Price Range: $$$$$


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Day 1: Arrive Chennai
Upon arrival in Chennai, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.

Day 2: Chennai
After breakfast this morning, visit the Kalakshetra Dance Academy, founded by Rukmini Devi in 1936 to revive Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of the state. Continue to the temple city of the Pallava dynasty, Mahaballipuram, where you enjoy lunch at a seaside resort. After you dine, it's on to visit Dakshinachitra, a unique Heritage village. As you tour this fascinating open-air museum, you'll get an authentic insight into the diverse culture. (B, L)

Day 3: Chennai
Take a day trip to Kanchipuram, one of the seven ancient sacred cities of India. The spectacular temple city reflects the glorious traditions of South India, with its grand temples and a thriving handloom industry, which has made the city renowned for its excellent silk. (B, L)

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