Southern India - Journey to “Land’s End”

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Highlights

• Explore Brahadiswara Temple
• Visit the ancient city of Madurai and Meenakshi Temple
• Game viewing in Periyar National Park
• Enjoy the famous Kathakali dances
• Cruise the back waters of Cochin
• Houseboat adventure
• Visit “Land’s End” — Cape Comorin

Fact File

• 17 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Chennai and finish in Trivandrum
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 2

 

Marvel at ancient temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. Visit national parks, tea factories and cruise backwater canals. Explore southern India's vast cultural heritage, from British, French, Portuguese and Jewish influences, to the ancient capitals of the Chola and Pallava Kings.

Our journey begins in Chennai (Madras), where we visit the Fort Museum housing relics of a by-gone era. We visit several World Heritage sites, including the Shore Temple, constructed around the 7th century, and the Brahadeeswara Temple, with its massive granite dome.

Periyar National Park provides wildlife viewing by boat and foot as we look for tigers, leopards, barking deer, wild pigs, wild dogs, flying squirrels and sloth bears. Tea, coffee, coconut and rubber plantations dot the lush, green countryside around Cochin, where we also take in a performance of the famous Kathakali dancers.

An overnight houseboat adventure is the perfect way to explore the small canals, villages and rice fields of the backwaters. Enjoy a rest at our lake resort, where you can fish or explore the 14-acre Bird Sanctuary, before we continue on to Trivandrum. We visit the majestic old Padmanabhapuram Palace with its many amazing architectural features.

Our journey concludes with a full day trip to the “Land's End” of the Indian sub-continent at Cape Comorin, where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

FROM: $6895

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Accommodations

Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms. Features 1 night on a houseboat with private facilities and 2 nights at traditional style cottages with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

Some long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Chennai (Madras)
Day 2: Chennai (Madras) City Tour
Day 3: Chennai to Pondicherry via Mahabalipuram
Day 4: Pondicherry-Tanjore and The Brahadiswara Temple
Day 5: Tiruchirapalli Sightseeing-Madurai and The Meenakshi Temple
Day 6: Madurai Sightseeing
Day 7: Periyar National Park
Day 8: Periyar Tribal Village—Munnar
Day 9: Munnar sights, Cochin (Kochi)
Day 10: Cochin city tour and the back waters of Cochin
Day 11: Houseboat adventure
Day 12: To Kumarakom
Day 13: At Our Kumarakom Lake Resort
Day 14: Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)
Day 15: Cape Comorin
Day 16: Kovalam Beach
Day 17: To Trivandrum and departure

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