An Introduction to India - The South

Chennai

An Introduction to India - The South

Kathakali Dancer, Kochi

An Introduction to India - The South

Backwaters, Kumarakom

An Introduction to India - The South

Mahabalipuram

An Introduction to India - The South

For 10 days

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Itinerary Overview

Day 1

ARRIVE CHENNAI

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

Day 2

CHENNAI

Drive along the fringe of the Coromandel Coast to Mahabalipuram (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.

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.

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, martial art of Kerala.

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, with departure for your onward destination.