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Spice Inspired Journey

Spice Inspired Journey

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$3960

Delight yours senses and expand your culinary repertoire on our South India food adventure. The food is diverse, being influenced by the ancient tribes, Hindus, Muslims and Christians who live here. Rice, coconut and dairy products are key ingredients for preparing everything from vegetarian meals to seafood dishes. Discover the fine art of cooking South Indian meals and savor the fragrant scents of cumin, coriander, turmeric and other colorful spices.

Reach back into the ancient Dravidian culture and observe the influence of the French, Dutch and English colonialists. There’s so much to learn about the South Indian culture on this tour.

10 Days, 9 Nights: Chennai, Mylapore, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Munnar, Cochin

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Temple with colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals

Meenakshi Temple
Decorated with colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals

Meenakshi Temple colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses

Historic Hindu Temple
See the thousands of colorful statues of Meenakshi Temple up close

Chinese Fishing Nets in Cochin
14th century technology transfer!

Visit Tea Plantation
Only young tender leaves are plucked for high quality tea

Paratha
Layered like a croissant or stuffed with fillings such as cheese, or vegetables

Tradition South Indian Meal
A selection of rice, naan bread, chutney served on banana leaf

Thick Flat Granite Slab
Use for wet spices & herbs

Traditional Cooking
Grind spices and herbs with a mortar and pestle

Morning Chai
Aromatic spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves make a delicious and healthy beverage

Crispy Dosa (Rice Pancake)
Served with coconut & sambar Chutney

Fresh Catch From The Sea
Fisherwomen Unloading Clams

Kerala Seafood
Seafood delicacies like prawns, lobsters and crabs abound in the ocean and lagoons

Kathakali Dancer
Story telling with intricate gestures, elaborate costumes and striking makeup

Santa Cruz Basilica
A historic Portuguese legacy


THE JOURNEY


 

    1

    Meet Up at Chennai (MAA)

    Upon arrival at Chennai airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore this capital city (formerly called Madras) of Tamil Nadu state on your own or with an optional add-on private car and chauffeur.
    2

    Chennai | Peacock Trail, Food Tasting

    Let’s take the Peacock Trail through Mylapore, a town that predates Chennai by at least 2,000 years and is the religious and cultural epicenter of the Tamil people.
    Visit Kanchipuram Temple, Pallava, Shiva Temple, Vishnu Temple, Mamallapuram, Shore Temple.
    Enjoy food tasting today.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    3

    Chennai – Pondicherry (Puducherry) | City Tour, Food Tasting

    Check out and drive to Pondicherry.
    In 1674, Pondicherry became a French colony. Experience the French colonial atmosphere in Puducherry, visit the French quarter and the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram (an ashram is akin to a monastery) founded by one of India's greatest philosopher-poets. Other attractions are the lush Government Park and elegant Gandhi Memorial.
    Enjoy food tasting today.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    4

    Pondicherry– Thanjavur | Temples of Tamil Nadu, Cooking Demonstration

    Check out and drive to Thanjavur.
    Visit Chidambaram, Cholapuram and Darssuram.
    Enjoy a cooking demonstration today.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    5

    Thanjavur – Madurai | Ceremony of Light

    Drive to Madurai.
    Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome. It’s celebrated Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of India's greatest temples with a dazzling maze-like structure. Meenakshi Temple with its nine gopurams (temple towers) soaring to almost 164 feet above the gateways, is decorated with colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals.  The incredible thousand-pillared hall and the Golden Lotus tank are must-see attractions!
    Experience an evening of light ceremony (Aarti Ceremony).
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    6

    Madurai | Temples

    Visit Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Thirupparankunram Murugan Temple
    Enjoy a cooking demonstration today.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    7

    Madurai – Munnar

    Drive to Munnar.  Visit tea plantation and enjoy tea tasting today.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    8

    Munnar - Cochin | Cooking Demo

    Drive to Cochin.
    Cooking demonstration followed by dinner.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    9

    Cochin | City Tour

    The serene city of Cochin is a melting pot of medieval Portuguese and Dutch heritage mixed with an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. This morning, you will visit the historic towns of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, churchs and synagogues, the spice markets, antique shopping market, synagogue and the famous Chinese fishing nets.
    Early evening, enjoy a performance of famous Kathakali dancing, demonstrating an ancient ritual that plays an important role in Kerala's cultural life. The plays are based on the three major Hindu epics, acted out with elaborate hand gestures, facial expressions and beautiful choreographed movements.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    10

    Cochin | Depart Cochin (COK)

    Today is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore Cochin on your own.
    The tour comes to an end.  Please inform us of your international or India domestic flight details in order to schedule your airport transfer to Cochin (COK) airport.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Hotel Information

    DestinationHotelRating
    ChennaiLemon Tree Hotel★★★★
    PondicherryPalais De Mahe★★★★
    ThanjavurSangam★★★★
    MaduraiGRT Regency★★★★
    MunnarAbad Cooper Castle★★★★
    CochinCasino Hotel★★★
     Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Dates & Pricing

    Private Experiences
    YearTour DateDeluxe Class☆☆☆☆Luxury Class☆☆☆☆☆
    2019Jan 10 – Dec 10$3,960Call
    2020Jan 10 – Dec 10$4,500Call
    * Departure Monday, Wednesday or Friday with minimum of 6 guests.* Changes to your itinerary and upgrades to your accommodations are available. * Price per person, based on double occupancy.  Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price. * Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes and do not include airfare. 
    Deposit
    ‣ $750
    Booking Your Flight
    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.
    Inclusions
    • ‣ Star Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals
    • ‣ Cooking Demonstrations & Food Tasting
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments

    Exclusions
    • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Gratuities
    • ‣ Laundry Service
    • ‣ Telephone Calls
    • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
    • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions