16 Day comprehensive, expert tour of South India.
Many travelers come to India seeking something "old, " a sense of continuing ancient traditions and life styles. Many find it here, in South India, which is the home of one of humanity's most ancient civilizations. This is the land of people who are keeping up with modern pace but yet are well connected to ancient thought, art and practices. Haggle with a merchant here and you can hear the same slang a roman merchant heard over 2000 years ago. A visit to South India will change the way you look at life.
The land and culture does need interpretation to help you look beyond the superficial, and I will be an expert travel partner, skillfully unraveling the ethos of South India; trough lively discussions about South India's history and contemporary.
This comprehensive 16 day tour will immerse you into this fascinating land with opportunities to visit and spend time with local people.
The number of days are customizable. Please write in if you have a special request
For a detailed itinerary, please write in to me. The Art History of South India's tour plan at a glance is:
Day 1 & 2: Chennai
Day 3: Mahabalipuram
Day 4: Agrarian Village and Pondicherry
Day 5 and 6: Tanjavur
Day 7 and 8: Madurai
Day 9 and 10: Periyar National Park
Day 11 and 12: House Boat, Kumarakom
Day 13 and 14: Alleppey
Day 15: Cochin
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your place of stay in Chennai
End location: Place of stay in Cochin.
Duration: 16 days
16 days will give us time to explore many "key" places in South India at a good, unhurried pace. If you would like shorter or longer duration tours with more or less sites covered, do write in to me.
For small groups, we can use my luxury Hatchback Honda Amaze. The Honda is one the safest cars on Indian roads, having achieved a maximum 5 star safety rating in international safety tests such as the Euro NCAP. For larger groups, we will hire a Toyota 7 seater SUV, the Toyota Innova or a 10 seater air conditioned Mini Van, the Merceded Benz designed Tempo Traveler.
My services as an expert trip lead for the entire duration of the private south India tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 INR - Estimated amount needed per person per day for meals and entrance fees.
Accommodation: Accommodation on the South India tour will be arranged at cost based on your budget. Cost of the South India tour does not inclue Meals, Items personal in nature. Snacks and beverages. Transport. If we hire a cab, I will arrange it at cost.
Accommodation and meals will have to be provided for the trip lead of the South India Tour.