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10-Day Wonders of Southern India

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Overview

No traveler can journey the whole of India and not feel the palpable difference between the North and the South. The dominant features of South India are its tropical climate with lush-green tropical vegetation in the coastal areas, as well as its architecture, cuisine, culture, languages and lifestyle. Despite repeated exposure to foreign influences, these elements have, at their core, remained essentially true to their roots.

On this Southern sojourn, traveling through Tamil Nadu & Kerala, experience the unique and breathtaking architecture, sculpture, and ancient culture and legacy left by the Pallava, Chola, and Pandya dynasties. See how India absorbed the influences of so many waves of colonizers and yet remained distinctly and proudly Indian.

Start this private tour any day, however, the best time of year to visit southern India is between October and March.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrive Chennai
  • DAY 2: Travel Chennai to Mahabalipuram
  • DAY 3: Travel Mahabalipuram-Kancheepuram-Mahabalipuram
  • DAY 4: Travel Mahabalipuram-Chennai-Madurai
  • DAY 5: Explore Madurai
  • DAY 6: Travel Madurai to Periyar
  • DAY 7: Travel to Kerala's backwaters
  • DAY 8: Kerala backwaters to Cochin
  • DAY 9: Explore Cochin
  • DAY 10: Depart Cochin

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Monuments of Mahabalipuram
  • Experience the living temples of Kanchipuram and Madurai
  • Evening Pooja ceremony at Meenakshi Temple
  • Wildlife viewing at Periyar National Park
  • Cruising through the beautiful backwaters of Kerala
  • Visit Old Cochin and witness a Kathakali dance performance

LOCATIONS: Southern India

ACTIVITIES: Nature/Wildlife

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