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Southern Flavors

This is a very special itinerary giving impetus to the taste buds of Southern India. Food served at all the places you stay are local cuisine and very delicious. You start this tour from Kochi and end at Chennai. The places you stay are exclusive with rich cultural heritage and traditions. The food served here is authentic local cuisine and we are sure you will not forget hospitality offered at all these places. You will experience, yoga, Ayurveda, cooking class, nature walks, temples, villages and many more.

DAY 1: FORT COCHIN

On arrival at cochin international airport meet and assist by our representative. Transfer to the hotel, on arrival check-in at the Brunton Boatyard. A special welcome brunch has been laid out, consisting of a spread of South Indian and Keralan specialties. Relax by the poolside to let everything settle in. Later, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant where you’re served a selection of fresh local seafood. Walk back to the Brunton Boatyard for well-earned sleep.

Overnight at hotel

Hotel: Brunton Boatyard

Room: Standard


DAY 2: COCHIN

After breakfast, you’re ready for another day of ambling down the bylanes of Fort Cochin.

The morning’s walk will take you way back in time, through the historical Mattancherry Palace, David Hall and the old Moslem quarter. Lunch is at one of the Cochin’s oldest eat-outs, “Kai-Ikka”, a popular Moslem eatery famous for its biryanis.

In the evening, relax by the poolside, or take a sunset cruise followed by dinner, a gala event with a choice of Indian wines and a selection from the “History Menu” – a collection of old recipes put together from Fort Kochi homes.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Hotel; Brunton Boatyard

Room: Standard


DAY 3: COCHIN – KUMARAKOM

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Puthenangadi on the banks of the Lake Vembanad. Enjoy a freshly-plucked tender coconut before boarding a traditional Kettuvallam.

As you glide gently along the backwaters, two meals are prepared on board just for you, freshly caught scampi grilled in curry sauce, karimeen, backwater duck roast, tapioca and steamed red rice.

There’s plenty of chilled beer and wine on board too. Drop anchor for the night.

Overnight stay at hotel

Hotel: Coconut Lagoon

Room: Standard


DAY 4: KUMARAKOM

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before arriving at Coconut Lagoon, a very special “Curry Lunch” has been prepared for you, a feast served on a banana leaf. In the evening, explore up-river on canoe or simply watch the sun go down from your deck. Round up the day with an interactive cooking demo, followed by dinner with the chefs.

Overnight stay at hotel

Hotel: Coconut Lagoon

Room: Standard


DAY 5: KUMARAKOM / PERIYAR

After breakfast check out from the hotel and take a short boat transfer and then drive to Periyar. On the way, stop by at Planters Residence where your host lays out traditional lunch at the bungalow along with the family.

Located 2000 meters above sea level, built as a tribal village, the Spice Village is a perfect example of living in harmony with nature.

Dinner at the 50 Mile restaurant, everything served here is grown within a fifty-mile radius. You’ll be surprised at what wonders this can achieve for both the planet and your palate.

Overnight stay at hotel

Hotel: Spice Village

Room: Standard


DAY 6: PERIYAR

Start your day with a walk through the jungle in the company of a naturalist and a guide from the local tribal community.

On your return, indulge in a brunch prepared with spices and herbs. Visit one of the spice farms where you learn about the history of these spices and the riches they brought to Kerala and the country.

Later in the evening, go for a walk in Kumily town with its quaint shops selling fresh spices grown in the neighborhood. Attend an interactive cooking demo with our chefs, followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Hotel: Spice Village

Room: Standard


DAY 7: CHETTINAD

After breakfast, drive to Madurai, famous for its colorful Meenakshi Temple. After which, there’s lunch in a typical Tamil Nadu restaurant in Madurai before you continue to Visalam. It’s been a long day, spend the evening by pool before dinner. A classical music concert has been arranged as an accompaniment to your meal.

Overnight stay at hotel

Hotel: Visalam

Room: Standard


DAY 8: CHETTINAD

After breakfast, visit the weekly market called Vaara Sabdhai with the chef where greengrocers, fisherfolk and fruit vendors display their wares under colorful canopies.

Back at the hotel, join our kitchen staff in preparing your lunch which, as per tradition, is served in the kitchen. After lunch, a visit to the handloom weavers of Chettinad is in order.

Overnight stay at hotel

Hotel: Visalam

Room: Standard


DAY 9: CHETTINAD / PONDICHERY

Today’s drive will take you to the east coast and the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

On leaving Visalam, you visit Thanjavur, a town known for its great Chola temples, the most impressive amongst which is the Brihadeshwara temple located in the center of the city.

After a pit-stop for a typical South Indian vegetarian lunch, you come to the next high-point of your journey: the great Chidambaram temple. Said to be the birthplace of Shiva as the dancer (Nataraja), this temple is located upon Earth’s magnetic equator and thus considered by some to be the center of the world.

Reach Pondicherry and check in to your luxurious room at the Palais de Mahe. Once you’re settled, take a walk down old Pondy to one of the popular local restaurants for dinner.

Overnight stay at hotel

Hotel: Palais de Mahe

Room: Standard


DAY 10: PONDICHERY

Pondicherry is a wonderful town with a long and interesting history of trade and war. You can explore this history by foot or bicycle. Visit the Aurobindo Ashram, the French, Christian, Hindu and Muslim quarters, the incredible colorful main market, the beach promenade and the Ganesha Temple. Drop in at the Aurobindo paper factory, and the Auroville Store.

En route, have a cup of coffee at the Kafe Express, or some French food at La Maison Rose, a treat that’ll transport you to old Europe.

Lunch is served at Maison Perumal, our boutique hotel in the Tamil Quarter, and a gala farewell dinner awaits you at Palais de Mahe to put a fine finishing touch to your culinary tour of the south.

Overnight stay hotel

Hotel: Palais de Mahe

Room: Standard


DAY 11: PONDICHERY - CHENNAI

After breakfast, transfer to Chennai. On arrival check in to the hotel and relax. The rest of the day is free for leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel

Hotel: Trident

Room category: Standard


DAY 12: DEPARTURE

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Chennai airport for your flight back home.

**End of Tour**

Inclusions:

  • Meet and assist at cochin international airport
  • 11 nights accomodation with daily breakfast at above mentioned hotels or similar.
  • AC Sedan car for all transfers, sightseeing, and long run as per itinerary including fuel charges, driver’s allowance, toll/parking etc.
  • All meals. (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
  • All Present Applicable Govt. Taxes.

 

Exclusions:

  • Any air / train fare
  • Hotel extras such as Lunch, dinner, drinks, beverages etc..
  • Personal expenses such as laundry / phone calls / mini bar charges. These are to be settled directly by the guest. Also does not include table drinks, tips etc.
  • Camera / Video Camera charges
  • Entrance charges
  • Any ticket or guide charges
  • Personal & health insurance coverage
  • Meals other than specified.
  • Any item not mentioned in cost includes column

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