This fascinating journey through India’s Deep South showcases its incredible architecture, rich culture and its simple way of life. Visit exotic destinations, enthralling hill stations, exquisite temples, marvelous palaces and abundant wildlife reserves. Glide along the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat and enjoy delicious Keralan specialties.
Our journey commences at the charming old port city of Kochi and finishes on the golden beaches of Kovalam. Visit the beautiful hill station of Ootacamund, marvelous palaces of Mysore, and the beautiful temples of Belur and Halebid en route to Bangalore, from where we take the train southward to Chennai. After a day’s sightseeing in India’s fourth - largest city our next destination is Mahabalipuram, famous for magnificent monolithic beach temples. We also visit the old French enclave of Pondicherry and the arts centre of Thanjavur before arriving in Madurai, with its large and alluring temple-complexes full of exquisite carving. We then travel back into the hills to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with its abundance of birds and wildlife. Fascinating equally are the spice markets of Thekkady. Finally, we embark on a memorable houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala around Alleppey before we finish at Kovalam with its sandy golden beaches.