Coast to Coast
Each state in South India has a distinct historical background and cultural identity, with none more contrasting than the southern most states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which exhibit different languages, cuisine, temples, climate and landscapes – they could be different countries if they weren’t neighbouring states!
Coast to Coast
This tour moves at a pace that allows you to fully appreciate their ancient and highly evolved cultures, as well as their natural beauty and laid back pace of life.
- Mamallapuram UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Walking tour of former French Colony of Pondicherry.
- Living Chola Temples world heritage sites including Airavatesvara Temple tour and a visit to Brihadisvara Temple with its 62-metre high tower.
- Traditional cooking class in Chettinand
- Tour of the wonderful temple town of Madurai.
- Tea tasting workshop in Munnar
- One night in typical rice boat “ Kettuvalam”
- Bienale walk in Cochin
Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy– Chettinand – Madurai – Munnar – Alleppey – Cochin
Begin the day with a visit to the grand Lord Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where thousands of people worship daily. Built by King Raja Raja Cholan over a thousand years ago, this impressive temple is one of South India’s most magnificent architectural accomplishments.
Continue with a drive to Chettinad, land of the Chettiars, a community that dates back to the Chola period making its fortunes as money lenders, merchants and jewelry dealers. Here, see lavish palaces and mansions that reflect the opulence of a bygone era. Also known for its food and Master Chefs, delight in a distinctive traditional lunch of local favorites.
This morning depart on a tour of the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese and later renovated by the Dutch in the 17th century. Then, continue to the heart of the Old Quarter. Here, visit the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest existing Jewish synagogue in India. Magnificently decorated with hand-painted Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, the synagogue has preserved four important scrolls of the Old Testament. Back at the hotel and according to flight timing transfer to airport.
- Best Season: From 01 September – 30 April
The highlights of this trip
Kanchipuram Saree Weaving
Synonymous with style, sophistication and grace, Kanjeevaram sarees have been an integral part of the wardrobe of South Indian women for centuries. Mostly worn during weddings and festivals, they not only look rich and beautiful but also hold traditional importance. The distinct feature of these sarees is the excessive use of real gold zari threads.
Chettinad is a popular style of cooking that uses local spices generously. Some of the common flavours you would come across are star anise, maratti mokku (dried flower pods), kalpasi (stone flower) and pepper. Authentic Chettinad dishes mostly use seafood and some of the delicacies you can sample are pepper chicken, chicken varuval (dry spicy fried chicken), mor milagai (chillies marinated in yoghurt and dried in the sun). The vegetarian counterpart of the cuisine is murukku (a deep-fried round crunchy snack made with rice flour).
Renowned all over the world, the magnificent Kathakali dance is one of the seven classical forms in India. Originating about 300 years ago, it is a blend of dance, music, drama, devotion, make-up and costumes. Woven so as to represent tales of the past and scenes from the Indian epics, the dance leaves spectators in awe.
As the dancers dive into an intricate series of steps and motions, they mesmerise the audience not just with their moves but also their elaborately painted faces. The make-up of the artistes depends on the character they are depicting like gods, saints, goddesses, animals and demons.
- Cultural 90% 90%
- Monuments 95% 95%
- Local Experiences 95% 95%
- Landscapes 90% 90%
Historical sights along with the wonderful foods.
“This is an excellent trip that gives you a good taste of the southern culture and historical sights along with the wonderful foods. There is a fair bit of travelling but it is the nature of trying to see a lot in a short time. “
Craig, Lund, Sweden
Great mix of places and experiences.
“Excellent overview of Southern India. We saw a lot in 2 weeks but didn’t feel time pressured. Great mix of places and experiences, great group, great guide.”
Anne-Marie, Aubonne, Switzerland.
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