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).

HOTELS
CONNOISSEUR
EXPLORER
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.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 | CHENNAI/ MADURAI

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

Meals: Breakfast in Chennai

HOTELS
CONNOISSEUR
DAY 5 | MADURAI

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

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meals: Breakfast in Madurai

HOTELS
CONNOISSEUR
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.

Meals: Breakfast in Periyar

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.

Meals: Breakfast in Kumarakom

HOTELS
CONNOISSEUR
EXPLORER
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).

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 | DEPART KOCHI

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

Meals: Breakfast in Kochi

Prices & inclusions:

From $ 1772 / person

From October 2018 – April 2019 [excluding peak season]

Prices are in USD and do not include international flights. This tour price may change depending on dates, availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. These prices are valid from October 2018 to April 2019. There will be a supplement for peak season (Xmas, New Year, Valentine’s day), please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences at mail@quovadis.in.

You may request a call back to discuss your tour or customize the itinerary according to your preference.

Price Includes:

Twelve nights in Hotels (& categories) as below:

Destination Hotel Room Category Nights
Chennai Taj Club House Deluxe 2
Madurai Heritage Madurai Deluxe Club 1
Periyar Spice Village Spice Garden Cottage 2
Kumarakom Lakes & Lagoon Deluxe 2
Kochi Trident Cochin Superior 2

meals: Breakfast / as mentioned in the itinerary

overland transportation – airport & hotel transfers / activities & sightseeing / drives – in a Toyota Innova (Air-conditioned) with a trusted chauffer along with soft drinks/bottled water

private sightseeing throughout, with expert local guides and entry/camera fees

a Quo Vadis welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary

your tour coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

 

Terms & conditions

This price is not valid for peak season: 20 December to 5th January.

These prices are not valid for Valentine’s day – 14th February 2019

These prices do not include international airfare to India and VISA fees

ITINERARY ON A MAP
GALLERY OF EXPERIENCES

We look forward to welcoming you to slow travel in the Indian subcontinent,

imaginatively and meticulously designed just for you.

Name*

Email*

Mobile no.*

Additional details
Helpful details include number of travellers, occasion, where you will be traveling from, desired accommodation style, and anything else you'd like to share!