TOUR PACKAGE : Best of Southern India


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Tour Operator

GAdventures

Tour Continent

Asia

Tour Country

India | India

Package Id

92

Tour Start City

Kochi

Tour End City

Kochi

Tour Style
Tour Quality
Tour Category
Tour Duration

14 Days

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Jul 31, 2016 Aug 13, 2016 14 Old
Aug 28, 2016 Sep 10, 2016 14 Old
Sep 11, 2016 Sep 24, 2016 14 Old
Sep 25, 2016 Oct 08, 2016 14 Old
Oct 09, 2016 Oct 22, 2016 14 Old
Oct 16, 2016 Oct 29, 2016 14 Old
Oct 23, 2016 Nov 05, 2016 14 Old
Nov 13, 2016 Nov 26, 2016 14 Old
Nov 20, 2016 Dec 03, 2016 14 Old
Dec 11, 2016 Dec 24, 2016 14 Old
Dec 18, 2016 Dec 31, 2016 14 Old
Jan 01, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 14 Old
Jan 03, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 14 Old
Jan 08, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 14 Old

 SPECIALITY

Fort Kochi orientation walk. Kathakali dance show. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary walk. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary safari. Chaumundi Temple and Mysore Palace visit. Mamallapuram Shore Temple visit. Pondicherry orientation walk. Madurai cycle-rickshaw ride and Sri Meenakshi Temple visit. Cardamom Hills spice plantation tour. Kerala backwaters homestay with guide. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport
Train, private vehicle, cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, ferry.

Meal Budget
Allow USD300-390 for meals not included.

Meals Included
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

 ITINERARY

Relax in peaceful backwaters, spot wildlife in beautiful parks, uncover ancient temples, explore tea and spice plantations, take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Madurai

 

Day 1 Kochi
There are no planned activities before the evening welcome meeting, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. After the welcome meeting, visit the harbour to enjoy sunset over the Chinese fishing nets followed by an optional group dinner. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Kochi
Enjoy an early morning orientation tour of Fort Kochi. Enjoy free time to explore before an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Kathakali Dance

Day 3 Kochi/Kalpetta
Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district. Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Kalpetta
Here, we go on nature trails in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the Edakkal Caves, which are believed to have been a shelter of neolithic people. Included Activities: Wayanad Nature Walk

Day 5 Kalpetta/Mudumalai
We leave the hills for the plains, and stop for the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend part of the afternoon on a short safari and spot the variety of wildlife within the park. Included Activities: Mudumalai Jeep Safari Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 6 Mudumalai/Mysore
Imagine life as a Maharaja on a guided tour of the Mysore Palace. Later, join the throngs of pilgrims at Chamundi Hills, with its temple on top, and Nandi the Bull (ridden by the Hindu god Shiva) a short walk below. In your free time, visit the Devaraja fruit and vegetable market or join a yoga class at one of the many local institutes. Opt to drive to Somnathpur, home to one of the most famous Hoysala Temples in India. Included Activities: Chamundi Temple Visit Mysore Palace Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-4.00 hours)

Day 7 Mysore/M?mallapuram
Arrive by train to Chennai before continuing south for a short ride to the small village of Mamallapuram. Visit the 7th century Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Transport: Enjoy a scenic ride to the east coast aboard Indian's vast rail system. Play cards, meet your fellow passengers or let the landscapes soak in. Train (8.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)

Day 8 M?mallapuram
Free time to explore Mamallapuram.

Day 9 M?mallapuram/Puducherry
In the morning, drive to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry), formerly the the largest French Colony in India and an important trading town. There is a strong French influence in the city's layout, with wide boulevards and French-style houses, but the city is undoubtedly Indian. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)

Day 10 Puducherry/Madurai
Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

Day 11 Madurai
After visiting the temple complex, opt to visit the handicraft shops or duck into the cool shade of the covered, stone tailor's market where, for a few rupees, rows of expert tailors will whip you up a custom shirt in minutes, all done on antique foot-pump sewing machines. In the late evening, opt to visit the Meenakshi Temple again for a glimpse of the nighttime rituals. Included Activities: Cycle-Rickshaw Tour Meenakshi Temple Visit

Day 12 Madurai/Periy?r Sanctuary (1D)
Thekkady, adjacent to Periyar National Park, is the spice capital of India. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the spice plantations and a tea factory. Opt for a boat ride on the Periyar Lake. Included Activities: Cardamom Hills Spice Plantation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Periy?r Sanctuary/Kerala Backwaters (1L, 1D)
Travel down to the backwaters from Thekkady to catch a private boat for the short journey to the village homestay. In the afternoon, explore the island with a local person to observe the different facets of local life — it's a great opportunity to meet and talk with the people who live in this unique location. Just before sunset, hop on a small country boat and journey along with the locals to enjoy sunset on the winding backwaters. Additional Notes: For this homestay, you will only need to take a small overnight bag. Your main bags will be transferred directly to the hotel in Kochi. Included Activities: Kerala Backwaters Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.50 hours, 145km) Boat (0.25 hour(s))

Day 14 Kerala Backwaters/Kochi (1B)
The morning is spent enjoying the last of our host family's hospitality. Learn to cook some of the wonderful food, watch the toddy tappers at work, or wander around the village and explore more of the life on the backwaters. Depart the homestay and travel back to Kochi. The trip ends on arrival to Kochi in the early afternoon. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Boat (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))