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Discover hidden parts of South India through this off the beaten track itinerary
Perfect for guests who have travelled to India previously
Explore South India's largest temples
Wander around forgotten mansions in Chettinad
Stroll along the front in Pondicherry - the French colonial legacy is still evident
The climate in southern India shows only slight seasonal variations. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round. Rainfall is common at any time of the year and the Monsoon Season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time.
This fascinating journey to India for the seasoned traveller, journeys through the fertile plains and temple towns of Tamil Nadu, which for many is an undiscovered secret. Experience both the splendour of the Dravidian art and heritage coupled with the laid back rural highlights.
Begin in Cochin where you can explore Fort Cochin, oldest European Church in India and the surrounding area of Mattancherry. To start your trip have two nights here. We highly recommend a tour of the large Jewish area, full of local markets and stalls waiting to be discovered.
From Cochin drive inland to Munnar, full of emerald green hills that grow some of the finest tea leaves in India. We can arrange a tour to a local tea factory where you will learn about the art of tea making.
The next leg of your journey will be two relaxing nights in in the Western Ghats, which are full of colonial charm and at 915m elevation provide a welcome relief from the warm temperatures. Here you’ll have a couple of days to unwind and we recommend taking a walk in the countryside, or simply admiring the views. This is India totally off the beaten track yet and truly unique.
Drive down to Madurai, home of the Meenakshi Temple. There is nothing quite like this living temple. With four towering and richly ornate goporams, depicting thousands of larger than life figurines, the scale is huge. There are many shrines within, and beautiful and terrifying carvings and statues decorate the halls and corridors. The outer temple is a throng of worshippers buying flowers, garlands, incense and offerings from the many traders stationed here. You will have two nights in Madurai, giving you plenty of time to explore this spectacular site and area.
From Madurai, you can experience rural Tamil Nadu around Chettinad, homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiers, a prosperous banking and business community and famous for the mansions they have built over the years. You will witness an unspoilt and tranquil part of India during your two nights here.
Continue from Tanjore to Pondicherry. Pondicherry was once home to the French East India Company, and retains a distinct style with fuses Gallic and Indian influences. Explore the many shops, restaurants and cafes in the old French quarter.
Please note, this is a suggested itinerary and can our India specialists can tailor each trip to suit your individual needs or preferences.
After an early breakfast head out to enjoy a tour of Madurai, one of the oldest cities in India and the second largest city in Tamil Nadu.
Today you will enjoy a half day city tour of Tanjore which is an important centre of southern Indian religion, culture, art ad architecture.
Walk around the French Quarter with your guide and learn about this unique part of Pondicherry and how the French legacy is still preserved.
Perfect after an afternoon of tea tasting you will enjoy an evening walk with the Windermere’s staff and learn about the importance of this spice in Indian cuisine as well as its health benefits.
The guiding philosophy at Rajakkad is to cultivate an environment for good health, where rest, the quiet simplicity of fresh food and clean air are at the heart of their thinking together with a plethora of activities to enjoy.
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Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Munnar, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
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