KERALA DREAMING
KERALA DREAMING
CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM – DARASURAM – KUMBAKONAM – TANJORE – CHETTINAD – MADURAI – ALLAPPUZHA – KOCHI
16 DAYS YEAR ROUND

Wholesome meals served on a banana leaf, vast temples and historic monuments in scenic villages, nature – plenty of it, in rivers, lakes, hillsides and seas, and extraordinary experiences like staying in a houseboat and getting blessed by an elephant; experience all this and much more on this journey.

 

Tour Highlights
  • WALKING TOUR OF MAHABALIPURAM
  • BANANA LEAF LUNCH
  • TEMPLE OF DANCE AT CHIDAMBARAM
  • TOUR A SPICE PLANTATION
  • SLEEP IN A HOUSEBOAT
  • DISCOVER BRIHADESHWARA’S STRUCTURAL FINESSE

Tour Information
  • Where`
    :

    INDIA

  • When
    :

    YEAR ROUND

  • What
    :

    CULTURE AND HISTORY, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, CRUISE

Itinerary

Meet on arrival at Chenna. Transfer to the hotel.

Half-day city tour then drive to Mahabalipuram, and relax for the rest of the day.

Begin the day with a walking tour to visit the majestic rock temples with their incredible carvings. Enjoy a substantial banana leaf lunch at a local restaurant.

Drive down to the coastal town of Pondicherry twith its unique blend of French and Indian influences here.

Once a French settlement, it has a proud French streak that’s obvious to visitors. Visit the Museum and Sacred Heart Church.

Depart for Kumbakonam. Behold the Nataraja Temple with its perfect location in amangrove, dedicated to Bharatanatyam.

Stop at Darasuram with its divine architecture and sculptures before arriving at Kumbakonam.

Visit the Brihadeswara at Tanjore, a wonder among monuments of that era and behold its unique architectural brilliance.

Proceed to Trichy and visit the Rock Fort Temple and the massive Srirangam Temple before returning to Tanjore.

Depart for Madurai with a stop at Chettinad to visit the handicraft shops, Pilliarpatti Temple and the market here, and of course, to enjoy a hearty Chettinad meal in the town known for its sizzling cuisine.

Enjoy Madurai’s charm starting with an early morning trip to the flower market. Later, visit the revered Madurai Meenakshi Temple and the splendid Thirumalai Nayak Palace.

Evening, visit the local market and go to the temple again to watch the grand evening ceremony.

Drive to Periyar and explore a spice plantation. Later, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to view the region’s unique wildlife.

Depart for Allappuzha for your accommodation in a houseboat that cruises through the lovely backwaters. Sail through Champakulam and view an ancient church.

Watch dawn break over the lake and cruise the waterways to explore the villages along the backwaters.

Enjoy a village walk at Mancompu and a Keralite lunch at Vannatucadu before returning to your houseboat.

Reach Kochi and explore charming Fort Kochi; walk along quaint colonial buildings, visit the spice market, relax in charismatic cafes, visit the Basilica and let your cameras capture the iconic Chinese fishing nets before proceeding to Mattancherry’s Jewish quarters.

Start your day with a visit to the Hill Palace Museum. In the evening, allow a fascinating Kathakali dance program introduce you to the intriguing world of Keralite culture.

Drive down to Marari Beach and after checking in, relax to the soothing sound of waves hitting the shore.

Enjoy a day of leisure at Marari Beach.

Transfer to the Kochi airport.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    2018 FROMTWINSINGLE
    APR – SEPT$2,892$4,215
    OCT – MAR$3,127$4,753

    *Discounts apply for 3 or more passengers.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Arrival and departure transfers with English speaking driver in each location.
    • All land transportation, from your arrival on day one through to departure on the final day.
    • Good quality, well located accommodation, with private facilities and breakfast daily.
    • Other meals are listed in each itinerary.
    • Private sightseeing tours (except Wellness, Rail and Oberoi cruise), with your own English speaking guide.
    • Porterage for 1 bag per person.
    • Prepayable entrance fees. Some National Parks are pay as you go. We’ll let you know if this applies to you.
    • Camera charges may be extra
    • 24 hour assistance by our trusted partners in each location.
    • Prices are ‘from’ prices and are subject to availability and seasonal price changes.
    • Prices are correct as at 19Mar18 and valid to end 2018.
    • Flights are NOT included. Some internal flights can often be included with your International ticket to save you money. We will discuss flights with you and advise the best options.
    • See full terms and conditions.
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