AN INTRODUCTION TO INDIA – THE SOUTH
10 days

India, they say, is not one but several countries. In topography, culture, traditions, people, cuisine, linguistic origins and artistic expression, the southern peninsula is an experience singularly different from North India.

Your journey begins in Chennai on the eastern coast, a polyphonic city that traverses multiple centuries, the citadel of performing arts in India. Explore the striking sculptural achievements of the 7th century Pallava rulers at Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), a prototype they took with them to the Far East, as far as Angkor Wat.

Madurai in southern Tamil Nadu was an important cultural and commercial centre famed for its trade with Rome and Greece since the 6th century BC. At its heart is the magnificent Meenakshi Temple with its soaring towers that can be seen for miles. Climb the Western Ghats to Thekkady, a wildlife preserve in Kerala before driving to the backwaters for a spot of relaxation.

DAY 1 | CHENNAI

Arrive in Chennai today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon. Afternoon tour of the city. (Note: Government Museum & Art Gallery closed Fridays/holidays).

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DAY 2 | CHENNAI

Drive along the fringe of the Coromandel Coast to Mamallapuram (128 km roundtrip/1.5 hours drive one way), site of the 7th century port city of the Pallavas. Returning to Chennai in the afternoon, visit Dakshinachitra (closed Tuesdays/holidays), a unique cultural and architectural exposition on southern India.

DAY 3 | CHENNAI

Morning excursion to Kanchipuram (130 km roundtrip/1.5 hours drive each way), one of India’s seven sacred cities and centre for the production of Kanjeevaram silk. Return to Chennai in the afternoon.

DAY 4 | CHENNAI/ MADURAI

Midday flight to Madurai. Evening tour of the iconic Meenakshi Temple and bazaars.

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DAY 5 | MADURAI

Morning tour of the Meenakshi Temple and Madurai highlights. Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 6 | MADURAI/ PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK

Drive further west today (145 km/4 hours), leaving the plains for the cool coffee, tea and spice growing highlands of the Western Ghats. Game viewing cruise in the afternoon.

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DAY 7 | PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK/ KUMARAKOM BACKWATERS

Leaving Periyar this morning, descend gradually into the backwaters of rural Kerala (129 km/4 hours). Cruise through the backwaters all afternoon and stay overnight aboard an air-conditioned rice boat.

DAY 8 | KUMARAKOM BACKWATERS/ KOCHI

Disembark at Alleppey this morning and after a brief look around, drive north to Kochi (64 km/1.5 hours). Late afternoon harbour cruise, followed by a performance of Kalaripayattu, a martial art of Kerala.

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DAY 9 | KOCHI

Full day tour of this atmospheric and historic port city (note: Indo-Portuguese Museum closed Thursdays, Dutch Palace closed Fridays, Pardesi Synagogue closed Fridays/Saturdays).

DAY 10 | DEPART KOCHI

Accommodation is held till 12 noon, when you depart for your onward destination.

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