A fascinating journey through India's tropical south, do experience the diversity in scenery, architecture, culture and most importantly the people.
Kerala is a tropical bliss with an idyllic coastline and lush tropical hills. Despite its relative riches, A part of the population in Kerala life continue with agriculture, tea, coffee and spice plantations and the coir industry. Rightly Dubbed as God’s Own Country Kerala boasts of its Rich Flora, Fauna and the Harmonious mixture of Communities. Hills, Backwaters & Beaches – all at short travelling distances in between, - combined with Wellness.
Tamil Nadu - the most leading feature is the prevalence of Hinduism, which has given rise to a unique style of temple architecture found in this state alone. The most magnificent is the great temple in Madurai. This temple is not only a spectacular architectural feat, but still provides the focus for daily life.

South Indian Beat - 15 days  |   Grade - Heritage & Nature Tour  |   Accommodation - 14 nights hotel stay

On arrival at Cochin International Airport, meet and assistance by our representative, followed by a transfer to your hotel for a check-in. Cochin- a metropolitan city in the federal state of Kerala, is one of the most popular cities in India and also has the name the “Queen of Arabian Sea” as it was an important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century. Day is free until evening, proceed to watch the Kathakali - dance drama unique to Kerala. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana . Back to hotel for overnight stay. (Bed and Breakfast)

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Breakfast .Today you will Experience Real life of Cochin during an Ethnic tour –Start with walking tour of the colonial town, visit of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin. The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on every postcard... Next visit is at the St. Francis CSI Church, the oldest European church in India built in 1503, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama was originally buried and the Santa Cruz Basilica, one of the finest and imposing churches in India. Take a tuk tuk– the most popular mode of transport among the localities. Go along with your local tour and stop at the Dhobi Khana (laundry station), once throbbing with activity, it is now a picture of slow extinction. Continue through the small streets of Mattancherry, and arrive at the Fruit market on Palace road where locals get a variety of fresh and organic produces at bargains prices. Don’t miss a stop at the Spice Market, where exotic odour of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper emanate from the spice warehouses lining the street and fills it.
Now is the opportunity meet with a Brahmin family who is the highest of the four Hindu castes, made up of priests and scholars of Vedic literature and their traditional occupation is to concern themselves with the spiritual guidance of the people, conduct rites at marriages, births, deaths and other auspicious occasions. See the Art of KOLAM which each family does on daily basis in their front yard. Make a pause at one of the tea shops –to experience the “one meter” Tea. Later visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and finally the Dutch Palace with its beautiful mural paintings from the 17th century. Back to hotel for overnight stay. (Bed and Breakfast)

Breakfast. Check-out and drive to Kumarakom. This town slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks, weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The bird sanctuary close by is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds. Check-in at your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free to explore the Resort and its activities. Village Walks, Country Canoe ride, sunset cruise or a rejuvenating Ayurveda Massage (Payable Locally), to name a few. Overnight stay at your hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

Optional Program (Cochin – Alleppey Houseboat)(65 Km / 1.5 hrs)

Breakfast. Drive to Alleppey to board your Private Houseboat for an enchanting cruise through the Backwaters. These boats are a reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times -once used to carry tons of rice and spices, today are converted into comfortable floating accommodation. Cruise through the palm fringed canals enjoying the beauty of rural village life. A sumptuous Keralan Meal is served on board. The trip continues through a wonderful area of the lush green vegetation of Kerala backwaters. Tea and Local snacks are served. Dinner and Overnight stay on Board (Full Board)

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Breakfast .This morning goes into: Ayamanam Village”, home of Arundhathi Roy’s novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Start your local immersion with a ride on a traditional canoe cruise through the narrow, winding canals and catch the scenic daily life of the bordering houses. Follow with a walk in the heart of this typical Kuttanad village surrounded by paddy fields and identify the snakes abodes, sacred to earliest habitants. Be invited in a Kathakali master house who will introduce you to this traditional theatre form, which adapts styles of ancient Sanskrit with visual presentations of human expressions. Back to hotel, rest of the day is free for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed and Breakfast)

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Breakfast. Check-out and drive down hill to Kumarakom. En route stop at the home stay Madukakunnu Bungalow to experience a typical Syrian Christian lunch, On arrival meet with the hostess who will take you around the Rubber plantations in the premises, followed by Lunch. This ancestral home was built around 400 years back and is located in the midst of a lush green estate. Continue your uphill drive to Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region. On arrival check-in to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel . (Lunch+Bed and Breakfast)

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Early start by 7 am. proceed by Jeep to the trek point. go on a Half-day trekking (Medium paced / duration 4 hrs). passing through the rolling hills and sculpted Tea gardens of Munnar Gradual trek and hike through the tea plantations. View from top of the hill is spectacular. Savor the Picnic hamper. Later visit the Tea factory at Lock hardt estate and enjoy the tea tasting. You will be transferred by Jeep back to the hotel. After noon head to Srishti TATA project for a visit. This project is a venture of Tata Global Beverages for the rehabilitation of the differently abled. Enjoy some shopping time in this community center and get some Strawberry jam (handmade), handmade paper or clothing naturally dyed on site. Also visit Tea Museum which explains the history of Tea in Munnar - a good opportunity to get authentic tea dust and related products. Overnight stay at your hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

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Breakfast. Check-out and take a beautiful drive to Thekkady, down to the green mountains of the Nilgiris - rubber, coffee and cardamom plantations will follow. On arrival at Thekkady, take on a Spice Plantation Tour into the tropical fields of the Cardamom Hill reserve where you can touch, smell and taste almost all the spices seen worldwide. Enjoy your Plantation Meal. Check-in at your Hotel. Rest of the day Free, Overnight staystay at hotel. Lunch +(Bed and Breakfast)

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This early morning proceed on a Jungle walk to the Periyar National Park. Enjoy the refreshing air, possibilities to see wild life, excellent flora and Birds. Back at the hotel, Breakfast, check-out and drive down hill to another vibrant city of South India - Madurai. On arrival check in at your Hotel. Day free until evening, transfer by auto-rickshaw(Tuk Tuk) to a Roof top Dinner with views to the Gopurams of the Meenakshi temple. Later attend the Night Ceremony with guide at the Meenakshi Temple when bronze idol of Lord Shiva is carried to the bed chamber of Parvati. Return to your hotel by auto-rickshaw(Tuk Tuk). Overnight stay. Dinner + (Breakfast & Dinner)

Breakfast. Check out and leave for Chettinad. Enroute enjoy the unique opportunity to make a stop at the Madurai’s flower market, which is one of the Biggest in the southern region, and transacts as much as 10 tonnes of flowers in a day, mainly the renowned Madurai malli and other flowers like marigolds, tuberoses and roses. Later visit the Nearby Tirumalai Nayak Palace, built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak, in Indo-Sarcenic style with the input of an Italian architect. Then on continue drive to Chettinad. Later in the evening participate in a cooking Demo learning the intricacies of Chettinadu Cuisine followed by Dinner , Chettinad cuisine is perhaps the most renowned fare in the Tamil Nadu repertoire. It uses a Variety of spices and the dishes are made with fresh ground spices ''Masalas'' like star aniseed, lichen, tamarind, chilies, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, peppercorn, cumin and fenugreek. Chettinad cuisine offers a variety of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Chettiars also use a variety of sun dried meats and salted vegetables, reflecting the dry environment of the region. Most of the dishes are eaten with rice and rice based accompaniments. Overnight stay at hotel (Half Board)

Breakfast. Proceed for a Heritage tour to explore the elaborately decorated and unique feature of the Chettinad mansions. Visit the Chettinad Palace, built for the royal Alagappa Chettiar in 1912. Stained glass, teak, tiles, granite and wrought iron work truly makes the Chettinad Palace a work of art. Go around the village to see some of the centers making local snack called Murukku and also a small scale weaving centre. Later visit a tile factory at Athangudi. Athangudi tiles are basically cement tiles like mosaic, but unlike the machine pressed and produced mosaics, they are handmade over glass surfaces. Back to hotel for rest and later in the evening drive to village outskirts to see the Ayyanar temple (horse temple). A place where rows of grinning and colourful terra cotta horses greet you once you enter the temple complex. Ayyanar is an ancient and regional expression of the Hindu God Shiva. These smiling horses are offerings from villagers - thanks giving for a prayer fulfilled. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Bed and Breakfast)

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Breakfast. Drive to Tanjore, on arrival check-in at your hotel, later visit the Tanjore Royal Palace, which preserves memories of other powerful dynasties from later centuries. Explore the Saraswati Mahal Library Museum housing over 30000 Indian and European manuscripts and the Art Gallery. Visit the world Heritage-listed Brigadeswara Temple, build in the 11th century by Raja Raja I (‘King of Kings’). Enter through the Nayak gate, followed by two original Gopurams with some elaborate stucco sculptures. Inside discover several shrines, including one of India’s largest statues of Nandi (Shiva’s sacred bull). Also See the Art of Tanjore Veena making and Bronze idols by Stapathis (sculptors) as per the traditional Shilpa Sastras ( Hindu Craft System) prevailed from the Chola period. There are also a collection of New and Old Tanjore paintings worth taking a look at. Back to hotel for overnight stay (Bed and Breakfast)

Breakfast. Check-out and drive to Pondicherry, enroute visit the Colony of Silk Weaver at Darasuram and discover the Art of the Saree Weaving, made out from their Traditional Wood Machinery, tracing few generations. Follow to and see its famous Airavatesvara Chola Temple, UNESCO world heritage site. (Open from 06.00 A.M.-12.30 & 04 P.M. - 8.00 P.M). Enjoy a warm lunch at the Paradise Resorts in Kumbakonam. Continue drive to Pondicherry and check-in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight stay at hotel (Lunch + Bed and Breakfast)

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In morning after your breakfast take a visit to Auroville and understand the unique community living here based on universal harmony. You will be taken through the visitor’s center and a few of the Auroville units which innovatively work on paper, textile, bamboo and stones among others. Experience the Lunch at Solar kitchen - the community Kitchen for the inmates. See the Matri mandir (the meditation centre) from outside. Drive to Pondicherry and check in at the hotel. Early evening take a stroll through the French boulevard with our Storyteller. Through reminiscence of almost a century old European occupation, walk through the white town (as the French quarters is popularly known as) while our Storyteller relates the history with what you see around. .Overnight at the hotel. (Lunch + Bed & Breakfast)

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Breakfast. Drive to the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, Port of the Pallava kings in the 5th to 8th centuries. Along the shore lies a stunning series of temples and sculptures, carved from the living rock 1,200 years ago. Unlike many Hindu temples, the rocks show scenes of everyday life. Check-in your hotel and later go visit with your guide, the magnificent Shore temple, symbolising the heights of Pallava architecture and the maritime ambitions of their kings. Go explore the masterpiece of Mahabalipuram’s Rock cut caves representing the scenes of Hindu myths and finish by the site of the Five Rathas. Each of these temples was named after one of the Pandavas, the five hero-brothers of the epic Mahabharata. Drive back to your hotel, Overnight stay. (Bed and Breakfast)

Time to bid good bye. After breakfast transfer to the Chennai International airport to connect your flight back home.


Hotel Envisaged
Place #Nights Hotels(Premium) Hotels(Deluxe) Meal Plan
Cochin 02 CGH Brunton Boatyard The Killians Bed and Breakfast
Kumarakom 02 CGH Coconut Lagoon Backwater Ripples Bed and Breakfast
Munnar 02 Windermere Estate Blanket Hotel & Spa Bed and Breakfast
Thekkady 01 CGH Spice Village Greenwoods Bed and Breakfast
Madurai 01 The Gateway - Pasumalai The Gateway - Pasumalai Bed and Breakfast
Chettinad 02 CGH Visalam The Bangala Half Board
Tanjore 01 Svatma Resort Ideal River View Bed and Breakfast
Pondicherry 02 CGH Palais De Mahe CGH Masion Perumal Bed and Breakfast
Mahabalipuram 01 Vivanta By Taj Fisherman’s cove Ideal Beach Resort Bed and Breakfast

TOUR PRICES IN USD Validity: April – December 2018
Seat in a Coach Basis DELUXE (price per person) PREMIUM(price per person)
Per Person on Twin Sharing $ 2200 $ 2925
Single room Supplement $ 1010 $ 1755

TOUR PRICES IN GBP Validity: April – December 2018
Seat in a Coach Basis DELUXE (price per person) PREMIUM(price per person)
Per Person on Twin Sharing £ 1580 £ 2100
Single room Supplement £ 735 £ 1260

TOUR PRICES IN EURO Validity: April – December 2018
Seat in a Coach Basis DELUXE (price per person) PREMIUM(price per person)
Per Person on Twin Sharing € 1815 € 2410
Single room Supplement € 830 € 1445

TOUR INCLUDES
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at all hotels mentioned hotels.
  • Breakfast at all Places except for Chettinadu where it is Half Board
  • Transportation as per itinerary by chauffeur driven air conditioned Vehicle.
  • Services of Marvel Tour escort for the tour., (applicable from 4 persons onwards)
  • Local English Speaking Guides at places for the sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance charges at the monuments as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ethnic tour of Fort Kochi by walk and Tuk Tuk
  • Musings of Ayamanam village tour
  • Plantation lunch at Estate Bungalow
  • Medium paced Plantation Trek at Munnar
  • Tea Factory visit and Tea tasting in Munnar
  • Spice plantation tour & Lunch at Thekkady
  • Jungle walk in the National Park
  • Dinner with a view and the Evening ceremony in Meenakshi temple in Madurai by tuk tuk
  • Cooking Demo followed by Dinner at Chettinad
  • Ayyanar Temple visit at Chettinad
  • Visit to Bronze making center, Painting and Veena making centers in Tanjore
  • Lunch at Pardise resorts, Kumbakonam
  • Visit of Auroville with lunch at the solar Kitchen
  • Pondicherry walking tour with a Storyteller
  • Guided visits to the shore temples in Mahabalipuram
  • Assistance on arrival and departure
  • All currently applicable taxes

TOUR EXCLUDES
  • Camera fees & activity charges other than those listed in the itinerary inclusions
  • Expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry, telephones, tipping etc.
  • International/Domestic flight charges and Visa/Insurance charges, if any
  • Any other items not covered under inclusions