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Feel the spirituality, taste the flavors, and witness the incredible culture of Southern India during 10 days! This tour is packed with everything from local culture and history, to natural wonders and gorgeous cuisine. You will visit ancient temples from the 7th century in Mahabalipuram, learn how to cook with traditional spices in Kumarakom, discover the local island life in Alleppey, explore th...

Feel the spirituality, taste the flavors, and witness the incredible culture of Southern India during 10 days! This tour is packed with everything from local culture and history, to natural wonders and gorgeous cuisine. You will visit ancient temples from the 7th century in Mahabalipuram, learn how to cook with traditional spices in Kumarakom, discover the local island life in Alleppey, explore the grandarchitecture in Kochi and so much more. This trip will leave you with both unforgettable memories and flavors... 

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Trip highlights
  • Island
  • Sightseeing
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Yoga
  • City

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Day 1: Welcome to South India

Time for time travel... 

• Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. 

• Check-in, then start exploring this beautiful city on you own!

• There are multiple temples and ancient culture sights to see. 

• Enjoy a delicious dinner before tucking in for the night.

Meals included: dinner.

Night at Grande Bay Resort and Spa (Mahabalipuram)

Day 2: Exploring Mahabalipuram

• After breakfast, head out for a city walk  of Mamallapuram!

• This 7th Century town has the oldest existing remains of the Dravidian architecture.

• For lunch, you will be served in a traditional manner: on banana leafs!

• Especially in South India, eating food on banana leaf is considered healthy because of their nutrients.

•In the afternoon, you will have leisure time to discover the city on your own.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Night at Grande Bay Resort and Spa (Mahabalipuram)

Day 3: From Mamallapuram to Kumbakonam 

But first, some exercise for the soul!

• Spend the morning waking up your mind and body during a yoga session!

• Continue to Pindicherry, a beautiful town with an interesting architecture on the Bengal Bay. 

• Experience the spirituality, culture and history of the city on a heritage walk!

• After lunch, head to the gorgeous temple town Kumbakonam and check-in for the night. 

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner.

Mantra Koodam Kumbakonam (Kumbakonam)

Day 4: Madurai, the Heritage Capital of India

And the home to the famous Chettinadu cuisine!

• After breakfast, depart to Karaikudi via Tanjore to visit the UNESCO Brihadesvara temple.

• Next stop is Karaikudi, a city of elegant mansions, gorgeous local architecture, art... 

• After a delicious Chettinadu lunch you are proceeding to Madurai.

 • This vast, pulsating city, one of the oldest cities in South India, dating back 2500 years!

• Wander through the streets filled with pilgrims,  cows, open-air kitchens and colorful bazaars!

Meals Included: breakfast and lunch.

Kumbakonam, Madurai
Heritage Madurai (Madurai)

Day 5: Madaurai and the Meenakshi Temple

• After breakfast, wander around the tailors markets and bazaars.

• Visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple: still active, this ancient temple is a maze of lamp-lit corridors.

• The temple has four towers each intricately decorated with thousands of colored figures. 

• Next is the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, an example of architectural grandeur

• Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the winding lanes for a medieval market experience! 

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Heritage Madurai (Madurai)

Day 6: Periyar - Thekkady: the Land of Spices

Gorgeous smells all around...

• Head to to Periyar/Thekkady, home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

• Continue in the afternoon to a spice plantation tour with a naturalist guide!

• You will not only the smell the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg...

• ... But also discover how they are grown, harvested and processed!

• In the evening, see an epic Kathakali performance, traditional Keralean dance

Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Elephant Court Hotel (Periyar)

Day 7: Fom Thekkady to Kumarakom

A tranquil paradise! 

• Have a morning cruise on the lake in the wild life sanctuary, and keep a lookout for animals!

• After breakfast, head to the village Kumarakom: a cluster of little islands in gorgeous nature!

• Learn to cook local cuisine in the evening during a cookingclass!

• The host will show you the secrets of traditional Kerala cooking, and the usage of spices

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Thekkady, Kumarakom
Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom (Kumarakom)

Day 8: Alleppey by Houseboat 

• Enjoy a slow morning, then drive to to Alleppey to board a houseboat.

• Pass coconut groves, a green patch of rice paddies and isolated villages...

• ... where daily life is dominated by the rhythm of the waters!

• It is a unique experience, and offer an insight to the vibrant, local life on the islands. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Kumarakom, Alleppey
night in House boat (Alleppey)

Day 9: Kochi and Grand Architecture

• Today, we drive to Kochi: see the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences in the architecture of this cosmopolitan city! 

• After lunch, proceed for guided tour of Fort Kochi Complex. 

• Visit the Pardesi Synagogue, St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the highly decorated Santa Cruz Basilica. 

• Stroll the colorful spice markets, then head to the Chinese nets that line the shore. 

Synagogue is closed on Friday & SaturdayMeals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Alleppey, Cochin
Brunton Boatyrad CGH (Cochin)

Day 10: Farewell to India

We hope you have enjoyed your stay! 

• Transfer to the Cochin international airport in time for your flight

• We hope you have enjoyed your stay in colorful India, and wish to see you back soon! 



Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,830 / 10 days
Excluding international flights
Price per Person2 Pax4 Pax
High Season $1,830$1,330
Low Season$1,720$1,220

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation with comfort hotels (4 and 5 star hotels)
  • Breakfast
  • Air condition car for entire tour
  • Entrance tickets as per Itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide for city tours
  • Welcome dinner
  • Traditional Lunch on banana leaf at
  • History walk at Mamallapuram
  • One session of Yoga at Mamallapuram
  • Heritage walk at Pondicherry Dinner at Kumbakonam
  • Dinner at Kumbakonam
  • Traditional lunch at Karaikud
  • Cycle rickshaw tour at Madurai
  • Spice plantation tour at Periyar
  • Boat cruise at Periyar wild life sanctuary
  • Dinner at Kumarakom
  • House boat cruise with all meals at Alleppey
  • Kathakali dance show at Cochin
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable taxes

Not included in the price:

  • Any international airfare and airport tax
  • Any personal, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses like table drinks, mineral water, tips, phone calls etc..
  • Meals other than specified in included section
  • Activities other than specified in the itinerary
  • Visa Charges
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