Tour Type
Day Tours

Temple and Spices Tour through South India

10 Days 9 Nights
12

Tour Details

Embark on a mesmerizing 12 Nights/13 Days journey through the cultural heartland of South India with the Temple and Spices Tour. This immersive experience will take you through the vibrant cities and serene landscapes of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, and Cochin, allowing you to unravel the rich tapestry of history, spirituality, and flavors that define this region.


Highlights
  • Explore historic landmarks like Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Fort St. George.
  • Visit Ekambareswarar, Kailasanathar, and Varadaraja Perumal Temples.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, and Arjuna's Penance.
  • Auroville exploration for a unique spiritual and cultural experience.
  • Marvel at the Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple's architectural brilliance.
  • Spice plantation tour, discovering the secrets of cardamom, pepper, and more.
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for nature and bird enthusiasts.
  • Explore historic Fort Kochi with Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences.
  • Engage in traditional dance and music performances throughout the journey.
Basic Information
Destination
South India
Departure
Cochin
Departure Time
07.30 AM GMT
Return Time
17.00 PM GMT
Language
English, Hindi
Included
  • Parking and Toll tax
  • Pick and Drop at time of arrival/departure
  • English-Speaking Guide: Knowledgeable guides to accompany you throughout the tour, providing valuable insights and assistance.
  • All tours and transfers by Personal Car is included
Not Included
  • Camera fee
  • Travel Insurance: Participants are encouraged to arrange their travel insurance to cover unforeseen events and emergencies.
  • Meals and Beverages: Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary are not included in the tour package.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, telephone calls, and additional activities beyond the itinerary are not covered.
  • Gratuities: Tipping for guides, drivers, and hotel staff is not included and is at the discretion of the traveler.
  • Optional Activities: Costs associated with optional activities and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary are the responsibility of the traveler.

Tour Plans

  • Day 1-2Chennai - Gateway to the South:

    Your journey begins in the bustling metropolis of Chennai, the gateway to South India. Spend the first day exploring the city's historical landmarks, such as the Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Fort St. George. On the second day, delve into the vibrant culture at the Government Museum and take a stroll along the Marina Beach, one of the longest urban beaches in the world.

  • Day 3Kanchipuram - City of a Thousand Temples:

    Drive to Kanchipuram, renowned as the "City of a Thousand Temples." Visit the Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, and Varadaraja Perumal Temple, showcasing the architectural brilliance of ancient Dravidian temples. Immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere and witness the age-old traditions of silk weaving for which Kanchipuram is famous.

  • Day 4Mahabalipuram - Maritime Marvels:

    Journey to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rock-cut temples and intricately carved sculptures. Explore the Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, and the famous Arjuna's Penance, which depicts scenes from the Mahabharata. Enjoy the coastal charm of Mahabalipuram and savor fresh seafood by the beach.

  • Day 5-6Pondicherry - French Flair and Spiritual Serenity:

    Drive to the charming town of Pondicherry, where French colonial architecture seamlessly blends with Indian culture. Visit Auroville, an experimental township promoting unity and peace. Explore the Aurobindo Ashram and stroll through the French Quarter with its vibrant streets, cafes, and boutiques. Relax on the pristine beaches or engage in water sports for a perfect blend of culture and leisure.

  • Day 7Tanjore - Cradle of Carnatic Music:

    Proceed to Tanjore, a city known for its deep-rooted cultural heritage. Visit the Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing Chola architecture at its zenith. Explore the Tanjore Palace and visit the Saraswathi Mahal Library, home to ancient manuscripts and artworks. Delight in the traditional dance and music performances, immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry.

  • Day 8-9Madurai - Temple City of India:

    Journey to Madurai, the soul of Tamil Nadu, and explore the iconic Meenakshi Amman Temple. Witness the evening aarti ceremony, a spectacular display of devotion and tradition. Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and explore the bustling markets surrounding the temple. Take a day trip to the Gandhi Memorial Museum to delve into the history of India's struggle for independence.

  • Day 10Periyar - Spice Plantations and Wildlife:

    Venture into the lush landscapes of Periyar, renowned for its spice plantations and wildlife sanctuary. Embark on a spice plantation tour, learning about the cultivation of cardamom, pepper, and other exotic spices. Take a boat safari on Lake Periyar, where you may encounter elephants, bison, and various species of birds. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquility of this region.

  • Day 11-12Kumarakom and Alleppey - Backwaters Bliss:

    Proceed to Kumarakom, situated on the serene Vembanad Lake. Explore the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, a haven for bird enthusiasts. Board a traditional houseboat in Alleppey for a mesmerizing cruise through the famous Kerala backwaters. Witness the picturesque landscapes, traditional villages, and enjoy delectable Kerala cuisine prepared by your onboard chef.

  • Day 13Cochin - Synthesis of Cultures:

    Conclude your journey in Cochin, a city that reflects the synthesis of various cultures. Explore the historic Fort Kochi, where Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences are evident. Visit the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, and Chinese Fishing Nets. Attend a Kathakali dance performance, a traditional art form that combines dance and theater, capturing the essence of Kerala's cultural heritage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the duration of the Temple and Spices Tour?

    The tour spans 12 Nights and 13 Days, providing an immersive experience across various destinations in South India.

  • Which cities are covered in the Temple and Spices Tour?

    The tour covers Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, and Cochin.

  • What are the highlights of the tour?

    The tour includes visits to iconic temples, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, houseboat cruises, and culinary delights.

  • Can I customize the itinerary based on my preferences?

    Yes, customization options are available. Please contact the tour operator for specific requests or modifications to the itinerary.

  • What types of accommodations are provided during the tour?

    Accommodations range from comfortable hotels to unique stays like houseboats, offering a diverse and authentic experience.

  • Is transportation included in the tour package?

    Yes, transportation between destinations is typically included. This may involve a combination of private vehicles, trains, or flights, depending on the itinerary.

  • What is the best time to undertake the Temple and Spices Tour?

    The tour can be enjoyed throughout the year, but the ideal time is during the winter months (November to February) when the weather is pleasant in South India.

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