Duration : 14 nights / 15 days.
Destination covered : Kochi - Nilgiri Hills -
Mysore - Mamallapuram - Thanjavur - Madurai - Kerala - Kochi
. Dutch (Mattencherry) palace
. Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town
. Kathakali performance
. Ride on Blue Mountain Railway
. Tea factory
. Safari into Madumalai National Park
. Mysore Palace, Chaumundi Temple
. Excursion to Somnathpur
. Mamallapuram Shore Temples
. Srirangam Temple (Trichy)
. Brihadeeswara Temple (Tanjore)
. Cycle rickshaw tour of Madurai and Sri Meenakshi
. Periyar Tiger Reserve and guided walk
. Tour of Spice Garden
. Excursion and local guide for Backwaters Homestay
Day 1 Arrive Kochi
Arrive in Kochi at any time.
Day 2 Kochi
Small islands full of Portuguese and Dutch history, all connected
by wooden ferries, welcome you to Fort Kochi. The oldest church
in India sits near mosques, synagogues and English manor homes.
Feast on Keralan food and enjoy a performance of Kathakali dancing.
Day 3-4 Nilgiri Hills
Climb into the misty Nilgiri, or Blue Mountains, covered in tea
plantations, grape gardens and eucalyptus trees. Hike through
the plantations, learn how tea is grown and travel on the famous
Blue Mountain railway.
Day 5 Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Spend the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary
provides one of the most important refuges for the elephant and
bison in India. (D)
Day 6-7 Mysore
Join the pilgrims at Chamundi Hills, with its Chamundeswari Temple
on top and Nandi the Bull below. Or shop for silks and sandalwood.
Mysore is also a popular destination for spiritual tourism. (B)
Day 8 Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)
Discover another of India's UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore
the 7th centure Shore Temple by bicycle or on foot. Later, relax
with a cold Indian beer on the beach.
Day 9 Thanjavur (Tanjore)/Tiruchirapalli
Travel to the famous temple cities of Thanjavur and Tiruchirapalli.
In Thanjavur, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Brihadeeswara Temple,
and discover the architecture of the Chola Empire. In Trichy,
climb the Rock Fortress for a view over the city and river or
visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam) and gaze over
the largest temple complex in the world.
Day 10 Madurai
Today travel to busy and colourful Madurai. Join a guided tour
of the temple complex, shop and try one of Madurai's popular sweet
Day 11-12 Periyar Tiger Reserve
Travel a road through plantations of spice, tea, rubber and coffee
before entering the realm of one of India's most enduring symbols,
the tiger. Periyar is one of the few habitats remaining for wild
tigers in the world.
Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Homestay
Slip silently through sleepy canals on a boat, as the timeless
landscape of Kerala's backwaters slides by. Savour this idyllic
region where boats are the main transport on our Backwater Homestay
- a great chance to meet, talk and eat with the people who live
Day 14 Kochi
Travel back to our starting point at Fort Kochi. There will be
free to do some final shopping or maybe watch sunset at the Chinese
fishing nets. (B)
Day 15 Depart Kochi
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