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South India – Spices, Temples, and the Tiger’s Eye

Price Starting at $8,195.00

    • 6495 $
    • 2995 $
    • 4695 $
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India’s rich culture comes to life on this journey through the exotic South. Experience the history of India as you explore beautiful towns and cities still showing evidence of European influence in three different States – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Step into the past as you discover majestic temples filled with art and artifacts and enjoy the serenity of a houseboat ride down a network of canals on the backwaters of Kerala. Search for the rare tiger, ndole (wild dog) and wild elephant at Nagarahole National Park. Be enchanted by the tranquility of Coorg with its coffee and spice plantations, where perhaps, you may find inner peace. Be enthralled by the contradiction that is India!

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Board your overnight flight and arrive at Chennai, a major center for music, art and culture in Tamil Nadu, India. Continue onto Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to the picturesque Shore Temple and the DakshinaChitra, a center for living traditions of art and architecture. Explore the area on day 3 and in the evening, feast on delicacies of the South during a welcome dinner. On the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Adyar river, your stunning palace is Chennai’s most luxurious hotel. With spectacular sea views, the inspiration of its design is drawn from the Chettinad Dynasty, exuding a regal and opulent style. THE LEELA PALACE CHENNAI .

(B,D on Day 3)

Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email for more information and a pricing estimate.

  • Air between Kochi and Colombo on the post extension.
  • Luxury accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • Breakfast daily and all other meals as indicated in your itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • Sightseeing via private air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Complimentary bottled water in touring vehicles and during meals.
  • Specialist guide throughout as well as local guides.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
India is best visited during winter – October through March. During this time, there’s hardly ever any rain, and the days are warm – not hot – while the evenings are cool. During summer, it can be very hot, which is also the time of the monsoons, with a substantial amount of rainfall. It can be foggy in Delhi during the winter months. For our South India program, for best viewing of wildlife at Nagarahole, April/May is recommended, when the elephants congregate at the banks of the lake and can be seen in massive herds. It is warm, but the wildlife viewing warrants it. For our Wild India program, the parks close between June and mid-October when temperatures can soar to 120 degrees. For our Little Tibet program, this part of India is best visited June through September. Because of the high elevation and winding mountain roads, driving the rest of the year could be treacherous and it will be quite cold. June through September, the average temperature ranges from the low 60’s at night, to the high 80’s during the day. Delhi at this time of year will be quite hot and possibly rainy – temperature could be around 100 degrees.