• Visits to a Gaddava village
• Visit to the Onukadelli Market to see the Paraja and Gaddava Tribes
• Visit to the Chatikona Market to see the Dongria Kondh Tribe
• Explore Brihadiswara Temple
• Visit the ancient city of Madurai and Meenakshi Temple
• Enjoy the famous Kathakali dances
• Cruise the back waters of Kerala and enjoy a homestay
• Relax during you houseboat adventure in Kerala
• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Bhubaneshwar and finish in Cochin
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Activity Level: 2
Marvel at ancient temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. Visit national parks and cruise backwater canals. Experience fascinating tribal cultures of Eastern India. Explore southern India's vast cultural heritage, from British, French and Jewish influences, to the ancient capitals of the Chola and Pallava Kings.
Our journey begins in Bhubaneshwar, where we visit the Sun Temple in Konark. Our experience in Orissa province focuses on remote tribal villages (and markets) including the tribal Bonda, Gaddava, Dongria Kondh, and Mali.These original inhabitants of India are a true highlight of India that most never see.
From Chennai to Madurai, visit numerous UNESCO sites, including the Shore Temple (7th century) and the Brihadiswara Temple, with its massive granite dome. We also visit 'Descent of the Ganges' (UNESCO), the Five Rathas, the Shore, Brihadeewarar, Sri Ranganathaswamy and Meenakshi Temples.
Periyar National Park offers wildlife viewing by boat as we look for elephants, barking deer, wild pigs, wild dogs, flying squirrels, bird life and sloth bears.
To truly experience life in the backwaters of Kerala, one must stay with a local family, enjoying the warm hospitality of our hosts as they open up their homes. An overnight houseboat adventure is the perfect way to explore the small canals, villages and rice fields of the backwaters.
Our journey concludes with travelling through tea, coffee, coconut and rubber plantations that dot the lush, green countryside around Cochin, where we also take in a performance of the famous Kathakali dancers.
Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms except for 4 nights in triple share while in Muniguda and Chandoori Sai with shared bathrooms and basic accommodations. 1 night in multiple homestays private bathrooms. 1 night on a houseboat with private facilities. No single accommodation available for Days 4,5,6,7, 17 & 18.
Some long drives.
Arrival in Bhubaneshwar
Puri - Sun Temple in Konark
Gopalpur - Chilika Lake
Muniguda, New Hope NGO Community
Chandoori Sai, Market visit of the Dongria Kondh Community
Chandoori Sai, Onukadelli Market - Paraja and Gaddava Tribes
Fly to Chenni, Drive to Mahabali Puram, Arjuna's Penance
Mahabali Puram Sightseeing
Pondicherry - Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Thanjavur - Brihadeewarar Temple
Tiruchirapalli - Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple; Madurai-Meenakshi Temple
Periyar National Park
Periyar: Boat Journey and Spice Garden
Backwaters of Kerala Homestay
Houseboat on the canals of Kerala