Even experienced travelers will confirm that the South of India — one of the most exciting areas in all of Asia, with its unique colour, tradition and history. The center of the Dravidian culture of India black, huge temples and towers — gopura, dotted with thousands of sculptures of gods, colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, colourful tribes, world famous ashrams, mazes, lakes and backwaters, amazing cuisine and vibrant celebrations — all of South India. Our journey will take place across two States — Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the South of the Indian subcontinent…
Tamil Nadu is the cradle of ancient Dravidian culture. The land is home to the indigenous population of the Indian subcontinent, the birthplace of the great Tamil poetry and literature, and the great monuments of architecture. Tamil Nadu – the earth is literally dotted with temples and priceless examples of ancient architecture. No wonder it is called the “Land of temples” — by some estimates there are about 30,000. No coincidence that there has arisen one of the most impressive temple dance of India – Bharatanatyam and famous Indian art bronze casting (mainly bronze statues). The heyday of the Tamil culture peaked in the period from I to XIII century BC when it was ruled by the most ancient and the great Pandya dynasty, [pallavov] and Chola, whose power at different times spread throughout the South and even Central India. Here lived the great mystics (Sri Aurobindo and Ramana Maharishi). Here, as in Kerala, you can find national parks with wild animals and beautiful little visited by Europeans beaches.
Kerala. On the South-West of Hindustan, on a narrow strip of land between the Arabian (Malabar) coast and the Western Ghats stretches blessed land, for the ages targeted by dangerous journeys and marine expeditions for the famous Indian spices… Here, where since ancient times revered black and terrible Kali, where the number of the Christian population according to some estimates up to 40%, where today resides the oldest on the planet Jewish community outside of Palestine, where side by side live Muslims, Parsees and Jains, the land on which left its mark Chinese merchants, Portuguese and English explorers, the missionaries, almost 50 years managed by the government of Communists. One of the most socially developed States in India, with one hundred percent literacy, lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy. This is the land that gave the world the most ancient and effective system of healing (Ayurveda), one of the seven classical schools of Indian dance (Kathakali) and the only national martial art, known outside the country (Kalaripayattu). Land of fishermen and herders, the land of saints and yogis, the land of palaces and temples, vivid and colorful festivals, the land of national parks and tranquil backwaters, Golden beaches and wild jungle. It is the birthplace of Sri Shankara and Amritananda Mayi. Kerala – “land of the Gods” …and the greenest, cleanest state of India.
1. Meeting at the airport of Chennai and transfer to Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)
2. Check the cave temples of Mamallapuram and relax on the beach.
3. Drive to Pondicherry, a walk through the ancient quarters of the former French colony
4. A visit to Auroville is a utopian city of Sri Aurobindo
15. Walking through Cochino and Kathakali theatre
16. Drive to Ooty
17-19.Trekking through villages todou and other tribes of the Blue mountains (Nilgiri)
20. The beaches of Varkala
21. Transfer to Trivandrum to Board the plane
Mahabalipuram is included in the UNESCO complex of ancient cave temples of the Empire [pallavov] VII-VIII centuries.
Auroville – city of the future – utopian city, built by the renowned philosopher and spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo.
Pondicherry is one of the smallest States of India, a former French colony
Trichy – the largest in the complex of temples of India Shri Ranks, a city within a city
Thanjavur, Chidambaram, Madurai – great complexes of ancient temples of the X – XVI centuries in the Dravidian style (tower — up to 70 m. decorated from top to bottom with sculptures of deities)
The Rameshwaram city on the island, the site of the legendary crossing of the God Rama to Sri Lanka, the temple complex of the XVI century.
The Vembanad lake — a system of mazes of rivers, lakes, channels and Islands– a special world where everyone lives on the water and reported on the water (will be rented hausboot – pleasure boat)
Kanyakumari Cape Comorin, the southernmost point of the Indian subcontinent, the ancient temple and the sunrise over the ocean with hundreds of pilgrims
Kochi is an ancient port city, the former Portuguese colony. Here are representations of the famous national theatre Kathakali
Varkala is a famous beach, where in addition to relaxation you can take a course of Ayurvedic treatment
Ooty is a former English summer resort in the “Blue mountains” Nilgiri. Here is home to 18 different tribes and nationalities. Two — a three-day trekking in the mountains and ethnic villages and experience the culture daddow, Budagov tribes, etc., described in the book by H. P. Blavatsky “Mysterious tribes in the Blue mountains”.
Route map (South India):
Weather and climatic conditions
The climate in South India is tropical, soft and smooth, with two monsoon periods in the year is primary in June-July and the second in October. Temperature fluctuates slightly and does not fall below 22 degrees. The best time, “high season” is from mid November to April.
in the afternoon about +30°, at night, usually not less than 15-20°.
Two weeks of travel — $1050
Three weeks of travel — $1450.
Included in the budget . accommodation, transportation (jeeps, buses, rickshaws, day houseboats), transfers, tickets to attractions, tour guide services
Not included : Meals (food and beverages), flights (to India and two inside new Delhi to Chennai, Trivandrum to new Delhi, if you arrive in Delhi), visa, personal expenses
Estimated full cost of tickets in South India (direct or with a stopover in Delhi) – 700-750 $
Food – about 70-100 $ per week.
Indian visa – 40 $