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Flavours and Colours
of South India

Holiday Length: 13 Days
Start City: Chennai
End City: Cochin
Departure Dates: Daily

Private Culinary Holiday

From the exotic stone carved temples of Chennai to the backwaters of Kerala, embark on a unique culinary tour in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Stay in a superb colonial homesteads, visit local markets, learn to cook along famous Indian chefs and dine at some of the finest restaurants. This journey is a true feast for the senses during which you will sample the full array of flavours and experience the natural beauties and historic heritage of South India.



  Day 1

  Chennai – Mahabalipuram (55 km)
Welcome to India. Arrival transfer to Mahabalipuram. 
       
  Day 2

                   
  Mahabalipuram
Morning visit of Mahabalipuram and its many temples of typical south India architecture.After a traditional Tamil Nadu lunch, visit the open air museum of Dakshinachitra. (B,L,D)
       
  Day 3


 

Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (120 km)
Drive to Pondicherry. On arrival, sightseeing tour of this former capital of French India before independence. Dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

       
  Day 4


 

Pondicherry – Tanjore (170 km)
Drive to Tanjore. Sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Visit Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram Temples to admire their intricately carved sculptures. (B,D)

       
  Day 5



 

Tanjore – Trichy - Tanjore (300 km)
Today, drive to Trichy. On arrival, visit Trichy, former citadel of the early Cholas built around the Rock Fort. Visit the Srirangam Temple for a great view over the city and the Cauvery River. Drive back to Tanjore for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

       
  Day 6



 

Tanjore – Chettinad (125 km)
Drive to Karaikudi, heart of the Chettinad district, famous for its architecture and unique and distinctive cuisine. Tonight attend a cooking demonstration and learn how to cook authentic Chettinad Chicken. (B,D)

       
  Day 7


 

Chettinad
Visit local villages and markets to learn about local spices and vegetables. Typical lunch served on a banana leaf. This afternoon, cooking class to prepare your very own Chettinad cuisine dinner. (B,L,D)

       
  Day 8


 

Chettinad – Madurai (110 km)
Drive to Madurai and visit the famous Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, the local bazaars and a vibrant vegetable market. Tonight attend an aarti ceremony. (B,D)

       
  Day 9



 

Madurai - Periyar (160 km)
Drive to Periyar through the green lush landscapes of Kerala visiting en route Theni's spice market. Afternoon visit to a spice plantation along with a naturalist guide. Learn all about the local spices found in Thekkady. Tonight enjoy traditional a Kathakali dancing performance. (B,D)

       
  Day 10




 

Periyar – Alleppey (150 km)
This morning, depart for a boat ride on Lake Periyar to observe the local wildlife. Then, drive to Drive to Alleppey, the "Venice of the East". Embark on a houseboat manned by your own crew. During the cruise, your chef will prepare fresh fish and authentic Kerala cuisine while you unwind and explore life along the backwaters. (B,L,D)

       
  Day 11




 

Alleppey- Cochin (60 km)
Disembark after breakfast and drive to Cochin. Visit the Old City, a fascinating blend of Portuguese, Dutch and British architectures and see the famous Chinese fishing nets. Tonight, witness a demonstration of traditional Keralan Martial arts after your dinner at award winning seafood restaurant "Fort Cochin". (B,D)

       
  Day 12


 

Cochin
After a visit to a local fish market, drive to Nimmy Paul's home. A renowned Keralan chef, Nimmy conducts cookery classes and will teach you about the nuances of traditional Kerala recipes. Together prepare and savour a traditional Keralan dish. (B,L,D)

       
  Day 13

 

Cochin
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

       
  Beach Extension
  After this culturally intense tour why not extend your holiday with a relaxing beach stay in Varkala, or even the maldives or Sri Lanka.
 

 
       


  Inclusions






 
  • Private air conditioned transportation with English speaking driver
  • Private sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Accommodation in your choice of tourist or first class hotels
  • Private houseboat cruise on Kerala backwaters
  • Daily breakfast, 11 dinners & 4 lunches
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  • two cooking classes and one cooking demonstration
 

 

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