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South India Festival Tour: Temple Cities, Spice Country and Kerala Backwaters

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 21 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 10 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Festival Tours  
Season: January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6600 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6600 US Dollar (USD)

January is a wonderful month to tour South India – the scenery is lush green, the weather pleasant and our trip coincides with the harvest festival of Pongal.

Sacred multi-walled temple cities house gods and goddesses, bathing tanks, thousand-pillared dancing halls and we will have special access to the inner recessed one of the most incredible temples in South India.

We stay in a heritage lodge on the fascinating waterways of the Kerala backwaters and see village life on foot and on a houseboat cruise. In Periyar National Park we go boating on Periyar Lake and take jungle walks with knowledgeable tribal guides. Fort Cochin and the traditional towns of Chettinad open a window onto a life gone by. We’ll learn all about spices on a Kerala plantation and watch classical dance, Bharatnatyam, against the magnificent backdrop of the rock carvings of the ancient capital of Mamallapuram.

Tour Destinations:
– Chennai
– Mamallapuram
– Pondicherry
– Chidambaram
– Kumbakonam
– Thanjavur
– Chettinad
– Madurai
– Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
– Kerala Spice Plantation
– Kerala Backwaters
– Fort Cochin.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

$6600 per person (single supplement $1500)

Price Includes:
- all accommodation (a/c and with attached bath; but no a/c in Periyar in the Kerala mountains where the weather is cool)
- all meals, mineral water and soft drinks
- entrance fees
- land travel in a/c mini coach and luxury SUVs
- boat rides
- all airport transfers.