A grand tour of the wonderous South, starting from Chennai on the East coast across Tamil Nadu and Kerala to Cochin on the West coast.
Marvel at the best of Hindu architecture at the World Heritage sites of Mahabalipuram and the ‘Great Living Chola Temples’ and on to Madurai’s famed Meenakshi temple.
Be amazed at Chettinad’s mansions and cuisine. Created by the local Chettiar community of money-lenders and businessmen on the back of fortunes made by importing teak wood from Burma, Chettinad’s mansions are richly decorated with a mix of European and local adornments and styles.
Cross into Kerala, ‘God’s own country’ with its spice and tea plantations, lush rainforests and the famed backwaters.
Enjoy boat safaris in the Periyar Tiger Reserve to spot Tigers, Elephants and Gaur among other mammals and a rich variety of birdlife.
Kerala’s backwaters are a vast network of canals, used by traditional boats to transport produce to Cochin, a major trading centre for spices since Roman times. Take an overnight cruise on a restored rice boat, serenely sailing past quiet villages and tropical landscapes of rice paddies and coconut trees.
Glimpses of colonial history features heavily throughout, with British influences in Chennai, French in Pondicherry and the Portuguese, Dutch and British in Cochin.