Become acquainted with the stunning landscapes and exceptional people of Kerala on this custom tailored tour through South India. Decadent temples stand alongside converging seas. Tea plantations cast an emerald glow over an entire mountainside. Large ancient Chinese fishing nets create a skyline over the Arabian Sea. From witnessing tigers in the wild to traversing endless canals, and from dipping your toes into the warm sea to witnessing the enduring luster of the spice trade, you will create...
A Local Charm
Cochin is a city that is steeped in history. Chinese fishing nets are large and graceful as they drape over the water. 600 years of history fills the old neighborhoods and has encouraged a unique culture. The Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, was a gift to the Raja in the 16th century. The architecture is particular to the state of Kerala, forming a quadrangular structure with a courtyard at the center. When you enter the palace you find magnificent murals that represent the elegance of Hindu tradition. In the king’s bedchamber is a 300 square foot wall covered in 48 paintings. The colors are still vibrant after centuries on display. The images depict legends of Krishna and Sita. Everywhere you turn is another example of pure opulence.
Nearby you can find the 16th century Paradesi Synagogue and the antique shops of the old Jewish quarter. The alluring aroma of spices, from turmeric to cardamom, continues to fill the streets. In the evening you will watch the mesmerizing display of the Kathakali, a dance-drama that dates back to the 17th century. The performance tells a number of stories from 101 classical tales. Abstract movements are synchronized to the music. Dancers wear elaborate makeup to embody a famous character of legend.
The Teas and Greenery
Open Space and Blue Sky
The Images of the Wild
A Home for a Wild Life
Elegant Spices and Graceful Birds
The Canals of India
Calling the Arabian Sea
The Continent’s Edge
Away from the Edge
- Discover the amazing history and culture of Cochin that dates back over 600 years
- Witness the emerald greenery of Munnar, the tea plantation capital of the south
- Explore the sensational Periyar Wildlife Reserve in search of elephant, bison, and the coveted Bengal tiger
- Enjoy the pristine waters and shimmering sand of the Kovalam beaches
- Traverse the gorgeous and charming canals around Alleppey
- Visit the Cape of Comorin to see where three seas converge
Immerse yourself in the culture of Kerala on this 10-day tour through Southern India. The people are friendly and encompass a diverse range of traditions and religions. From Hindu to Syrian Christian, the eclecticism of the state can be witnessed in the architecture, seen in temples, and tasted in the cuisine. Stay with local families to gather a true and unique experience. From the tea plantations to the Dutch Palace you will find the real culture of India and never look back.
Your cultural exploration begins with your arrival in Cochin. The city is considered the “Gateway to Kerala.” The city’s history is steeped in the spice trade and dates back over 600 years. The elegance and lavishness of its past endures today. Tour through the city to discover the lasting beauty of the old city, from the Chinese fishing nets to the Paradesi Synagogue. The ocean casts a captivating scent of sweet, salty air around the esplanade. The following day you will venture to Munnar.
The resort town area is found high in the Western Ghats Mountains and is the largest tea growing area in Southern India. Waterfalls tumble over the hillside. Elephants linger on the banks of the Mattupetty Reservoir. Explore the area’s pristine beauty along the various walking trails. After two days in the mountains you will arrive in Thekkady. The town is located near the Periyar National Park. Spend two days traversing the woodlands and savannah. Cruise along the lake and game drive through the jungle in search of wild deer and tigers.
Once in Kottayam you will visit the first city in India to have reached a 100 percent literacy rate. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is always flush with a variety of migratory birds. The next day you will travel the charming and quintessential canals of Alleppey. You will spend the following two days in Kovalam. The soft, sandy beaches are set alongside the Arabian Sea. For a unique and stunning experience you can venture southward to the Cape of Comorin. Your final day will take you to Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, where you will board your flight home.
$1,945 per person (excluding international flights)
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