South India is a region of colorful and vivid contrasts. Combining the best attractions of Tamil Nadu with that of Kerala and traveling by surface and riverboat, our journey explores the glorious temple complexes of southern India and meanders through the lush backwaters and hill stations to Cochin. The two states, divided by a ridge of hills, have rich diversity of life and are quite different in their cultural heritages.
The tour covers Chennai – the capital of Tamil Nadu with its rich past, Mahabalipuram- with some of the finest rock carvings and sculptures in the world, Thanjavur – the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu and the also the home of classical music and dance, Tiruchirappalli (Trichy)- with the city’s famous landmark, Rock Fort, Madurai – situated in the banks of the river Vaigai and is one of the India’s most ancient cities with history dating back to 6th century, Kanyakumari- where the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet, Kovalum- famous for the internationally renowned beach and the Ayurvedic massage.
Then we experience an unforgettable overnight backwater cruise from Quilon to Alleppey, which is a district of immense natural beauty, referred to as Venice of the East and also the home to diverse animal and bird life. Moving to the hill station of Munnar, 1600 m above sea level, once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India, we explore the Eravikulam National Park. The tour ends in Cochin which has a wealth of historical associations with its’ setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas.