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South India: Exquisite Temples & Landscapes

Nov 10-22, 2019

13 days | India | Classic Explorations

A gentle, relaxing introduction to the wonders of India. The perfect starter India trip. Delight in lush, tropical landscapes, stunning, opulent temples, and charming, hospitable people.

In Tamil Nadu discover a wealth of architecture and history not accompanied by the typical tourist maelstrom that defines some of India’s better-known regions. Outlandishly decorated temples announce the delights of devotion; these are living temples where the sacred is very much a part of the everyday. Chill in the French colonial vibe of Pondicherry, where beautiful colonial buildings and classic Tamil villas happily co-exist. Visit (and stay in) the restored courtyard mansions of Chettinad, testaments to the opulence left behind by vanished mercantile dynasties. Relax in the lush spice plantations of Periya and explore the historic city of Kochi, the Venice of the East.

Along the way, relish the culinary traditions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, rich cuisines making full use of rice, lentils, and an abundance of fresh vegetables and spices influenced by the Chinese, Persian, Arab, Jewish and European merchants who all came here to trade for spices and left their mark on the regional cuisines.

We’re staying in some particularly lovely hotels on this trip: a picture-perfect French colonial inn on the Coromandel Coast, a heritage mansion deep in the interior, and two blissful nights in the appropriately named Spice Village Resort in Periyar, a refuge of rolling hills, lush green forests, and countless tea and spice plantations.
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Tour Cost (per person):
US$4995
Group Size:
6 - 14 participants
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What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; lunch or dinner daily; transportation by air conditioned right-sized vehicle; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; all gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals ; all taxes; fully escorted by our knowledgeable and congenial Tour Director

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive Chennai (Madras)
2Chennai
3Along the Coromandel Coast to Pondicherry
4Explore the capital of French India
5Rural life at Chidambaram and Kumbakonam
6Tanjore’s grand temple
7Chettinad’s fabulous mansions
8Madurai’s Fish-Eyed Goddess
9Across the Western Ghats to Periyar
10Periyar’s spice gardens
11Backwaters Cruise
12Kochi
13Depart Kochi
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Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$4995
Group Size:
6 - 14 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; lunch or dinner daily; transportation by air conditioned right-sized vehicle; bottled water on the coach; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English speaking guides; all gratuities for escort, local guides, drivers, hotel and group meals ; all taxes; fully escorted by our knowledgeable and congenial Tour Director

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