This trip delivers you an immense opportunity to your taste buds with south India cuisines like Chettinad cuisine, different varieties of sea foods, Kuttanadan fish curry and chicken curry. Also get a chance to observe the live cooking demonstration of south Indian cuisine and eating at traditional restaurants. A visit to spice plantation and you will come to know about the different spices used in Indian cooking style. Enjoy a night on a traditional houseboat sailing on the beautiful Kerala backwaters.
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The journey begins from Mahabalipuram where you have a session with the chef and have dinner at the restaurant, then next day visit Five Ratha (Chariot) Temple and drive to Pondicherry, while in Pondicherry visit the French colonies and try some sea food.
A drive to Kumbakonam en-route visit Airavatesvara Temple located in a small town Darasuram and then head to Silk weaving industry to watch the silk products. Then next day you visit icon industry to watch making of bronze statues and then head to Chettinad. In Chettinad stay in oldest property and try Chettinad cuisine in lunch also indulge in cooking demonstration of the famous Chettinad chicken cury followed by dinner.
On the way to Madurai you visit antique market, tile factory and saree weaving unit followed by lunch in a famous south Indian restaurant. In Madurai you visit Meenakshi Temple dedicated to Parvati and her consort Lord Shiva, later enjoy the traditional south Indian thali meal in dinner. Explore spice plantation in Periyar and also get a chance to buy some spices from the spice market. Enjoy morning jungle walk in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and afternoon is followed by cooking class on any one of Kerala spicy food.
Board a traditional houseboat and cruise through Vembanad Lake, then visit a village where you will have Onam Sadhya (variety of vegetarian dishes served on a banana leaf). Then relish the delicious Kuttanadan fish curry and chicken curry with traditional boiled Tapioca in dinner.
Cochin has so much to offer like you will visit Greenix village to watch the Kerala’s art forms and then visiting Dutch palace, Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese fishing net and free to explore the streets of Fort Cochin. Also enjoy the cooking demonstration on any one of Kerala traditional specialties followed by Kerala fish platter in dinner.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Mahabalipuram
Arrive Chennai and drive to Mahabalipuram
Arrive at Chennai International Airport, our KVT’s representative will meet and greet you there then board the vehicle and transfer to Mahabalipuram (Distance: 60-70kms appx). Reach Mahabalipuram and check-in to the resort. In the evening we have a session with chef for cooking demonstration of a sea food items followed by Sea Food dinner at Kapi restaurant.
DAY 02 - Pondicherry
Mahabalipuram sightseeing, drive to Pondicherry
Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, was the chief seaport of the Pallavas who ruled over much of South India from as early as the first century B.C to the eighth century A.D., and it is now recognized as the site of some of the greatest architectural and sculptural achievements in India. Morning after breakfast we visit the famous Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) Temple which is a monument complex and is the part of Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Then we drive to Pondicherry (Distance: 100 km appx), reach Pondicherry and check-in to the hotel. Evening we visit the French colonies.
DAY 03 - Kumbakonam
Drive to Kumbakonam en-route visit Airavatesvara temple
Morning after breakfast we drive to Kumbakonam (Distance: 240kms appx), en-route visit Airavatesvara Temple, which is a famous Lord Shiva temple and located in a small town Darasuram. The temple was built in 12th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and then we head to silk weaving industry to watch silk sarees with detailed design using pure Zari. In the evening involve in a cooking demonstration of a traditional snack and sweet at the hotel.
DAY 04 - Chettinad
Morning optional village walk, after breakfast visit an icon industry in the resort where you can see the statues making from bronze. Later drive to Puthkotai (Distance: 100kms appx), Chettinad. Check-in to 110 year old Chettinad property. Afternoon we take Chettinad cuisine lunch. Evening a cooking demonstration of the famous Chettinad Chicken curry and then followed by dinner.
DAY 05 - Madurai
Drive to Madurai
After breakfast drive to Madurai, (Distance: 110kms appx), enroute visit Antique market / tile factory / saree weaving unit. In the afternoon a short lunch by tasting different dosas at Saravana Vegetarian Restaurant. Evening we will be visiting the most famous sight in Madurai that is the Meenakshi Temple an outstanding example of Vijaynagar temple architecture which dominates the city evolved around it. The great Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple, built during the Nayak period between 16th and 18th centuries, has one of the biggest temple complexes in India. The gopurams that surround the temple are known for the stuccowork & stand out with their colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals. The main temple is dedicated to Parvati also known as Meenakshi, the 'fish-eyed goddess' and her consort Lord Shiva. Later we take a traditional south Indian thali meal in dinner.
DAY 06 - Thekkady
Drive to Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary)
Morning after breakfast we drive to Periyar (Thekkady) (Distance: 170 kms appx). Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and also notable as an Elephant reserve and a Tiger reserve. It was declared as the Periyar National Park in 1982 and it is set in the high ranges of Southern Western Ghats in Cardamom Hills. There is an artificial lake known as Periyar Lake which makes the park more beautiful. Evening we visit spice plantation & later we have a chance to buy spices from the spice market.
DAY 07 - Thekkady
Thekkady, chance to participate in the live cooking class
Morning forest walk for 3 hrs in the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary and Late afternoon participate in the interactive cooking class under the supervision of professional chef, for any one of Kerala spicy food.
DAY 08 - Alleppey
Drive towards Alleppey
Today in the morning we leave Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and drive towards Alleppey also called Alappuzha (Distance: 150 kms appx). Reach Alleppey and board the traditional Houseboat, after check-in we cruise through the canals of Vembanad Lake and we visit local villages. Enjoy the Kerala’s traditional Onam Sadhya with variety of vegetable dishes served on a banana leaf, Sadhya generally means banquet in Malayalam. Evening is followed by tea & snacks; cruise will be till 6 pm and dinner with traditional boiled Tapioca, Kuttanadan fish curry and chicken curry.
DAY 09 - Cochin
Drive to Cochin
This day we drive to Cochin after finishing breakfast (Distance: 60 kms appx), reach Cochin and transfer to hotel for check-in. In the evening visit the Greenix village for enjoying the Kerala’s art forms starts with Kathakali make-up, show, Mohiniyattam, Kalaripayattu, and Theyyam. late evening we have a short dinner with Appam & chicken stew from the hotel restaurant.
DAY 10 - Cochin
In the morning after breakfast we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kochi, we start with Fort Kochi which is believed to be the earliest European settlement in India. Fort Kochi was built in 1503 and reinforced in 1538. Later visit The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, it is a very popular tourist attraction. These nets are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Each fishing net spreads to about 20 meters over the water body and is operated by a team of some six fishermen. Then we head to Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace, It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. Visit Jewish Synagogue, it is the oldest synagogue in all the Commonwealth of Nations and was built by Malabar Yehudan People, or Cochin Jewish community. To explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. A leisurely walk through its streets is one of the best ways to discover all that the city has to offer - its natural harbour and historical sites. Late afternoon an optional boat-ride near the harbour area can also be arranged, evening indulge in cooking demonstration of any one of the Traditional Kerala specialties followed by Kerala Fish Platter dinner from the hotel restaurant.
DAY 11 - Cochin
Today you will be transferred to the International Airport, Kochi to board the flight for your onward journey.
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