Discover South India with its versatility as this tour offers you the possibility of admiring the rich cultural heritage in its original form. Its awe-inspiring ancient temples will make you change the way you look about India. Its finesse and grandeur are truly unparalleled. You will feel as you are transported back in time at the spice trading port of Cochin and the fragrant tea plantations and hill forests of Munnar are sure to enchant.
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Visit Harbour terminus where the Chinese fishing nets present a wonderful sight; Mattancherry Dutch Palace; The Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church (built-in 1510 and where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried). Evening witness Kathakali Dance Show at the local theatre you will be collected for a Kathakali Dance Show.
Visit the spice plantation growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and tea. Walk amidst the palette displaying variant shades of green, neatly arranged into terraced farms. On your way back we stop at the local market to purchase some fresh spices as souvenirs. Stay two nights at Thekkady.
Well known hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it’s surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Explore a town that is difficult to describe, and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometres.
Start your day with a visit to the largest flower market and later the magnificent Meenakshi Temple showcasing a unique Dravidian style of architecture. Conclude your day with a visit to the textile bazaar and get amazed by the Madurai Silk made famous for its unique style and pattern by the silk weavers, who settled around 400 years ago.
This morning cruise along a straight canal section to Jangipur, here we enjoy a full-day tour of Gaur. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in the 12th century, then as the Muslim capital of Eastern India from the 14-16th century.
This morning moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples to which you walk through the fields. After lunch continues to Murshidabad where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari. Palace built-in 1837 dominates the waterfront and later great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace.
Sail downstream a short distance then walk to the silk weaving village and Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughul-style garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj- Ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal and his family. Continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to the battlefield of Plassey. You can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk and narrow bustling bazaars.
Continue down to the country town of Kalna. Take rickshaws to explore the culture and see the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets and later visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly for an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal.
Sail downstream – past fine waterfront buildings and the old Dutch settlement at Chinsura – to land at Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18thcentury church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India, before continuing down to Barrackpore.
13 nights of luxury accommodation
07 nights onboard cruise
Group assistance and transfers
Sightseeing as specified
Meals as specified
THO Tour Manager Cochin-Chennai (minimum 06 people)
Cruise Tour Manager onboard ship
Local English-speaking guide
Entry fees and monument charges
Flower market visit
A nature walk in Periyar
Spice plantation visit
Economy class airfare Chennai-Kolkata
Express train ride
Bottled water while travelling
All current collectable taxes
Any International Airfare
Airport taxes and Visa fee
Early check-in or late check out
Meals other than specified above
Tips & Gratuities
Travel & Medical Insurance
Camera and video permits
Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay
Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc
Any optional excursion or tour
Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column
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