Explore Southern India with Juhli Selby

Main destination India · About Adventure

Explore Southern India with Juhli Selby

Main destination India · About Adventure

Juhli Selby

India is a country that stimulates the senses with its unique smells of incense, cacophony of extraordinary sounds, succulent cuisine and visual wealth of ancient architecture. There is a no more riveting travel destination on Earth! Join Juhli as she travels through Southern India to experience the vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites, royal cities, golden beaches, colourful people, and delectable cuisine. Explore local bazaars and spice markets. Spend an unforgettable overnight cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Spend an evening with a local cookbook author in her home for a traditional Southern Indian cooking demonstration and dinner wearing our beautiful custom made saris. We finish off with 3 nights relaxing in a spectacular Ayurvedic beach and spa resort in Marari. We hope you will join Juhli on this magical adventure!

Your package includes:

- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private air conditioned motor coach
- Entrance fees to museums and monuments mentioned in itinerary
- Executive class train journey from Chennai to Mysore
- Custom made traditional Kerala Saris and sari wearing demonstration
- Cooking demonstration and dinner in the private home of an Indian cookbook author and food consultant
- Sunset harbor cruise in Cochin
- Overnight cruise on the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Kerala style houseboat
- Kathakali dance performance in Cochin

Price per person land only $4,899 based on two sharing and minimum of 10 passengers. (Limited to a maximum of 12) Not included: Entrance visa, domestic flights (currently $200 Subject to increase as we get closer to departure), personal expenses, international airfare and taxes, meals not specified, tipping. Single supplement $1,799 Private transfers are available at an additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $600 non-refundable deposit.

To book contact: Phone: (250) 595-1161

Email: admin@departurestravel.com

1889 Oak Bay Ave Victoria , BC , V8R 1C6

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Here are some photos from our last Southern India tour:


Mon 15 Oct 2018 Arrive Chennai:

Namaste! We are welcomed the Traditional Indian way with hands clapped together with garlands and are assisted and transferred to our hotel in Chennai, the cultural capital of South India as well as the state of Tamil Nadu.

Tue 16 Oct 2018 Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram

Today we explore the historic towns of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Kanchipuram located on the Palar River is known for its temples and silk saris. Kanchipuram is also called city of 1000 temples. This city is one of the oldest in South India and boasts spectacular temples.

Later we visit local silk weavers and have some time for shopping. The rest of the evening is free to relax. (B,L,D)

Wed 17 Oct 2018 Chennai

After breakfast we leave for a city tour of Chennai. After lunch we visit the famous shopping district in Chennai. Later we return to our hotel in time to leave for the famous Southern Spice Restaurant at the Taj Coromandel Hotel in Chennai. We will enjoy traditional South Indian cuisine served with silver service along with a fascinating Bharat Natyam Dance Performance. (B,L,D)

Thur 18 Oct 2018 Chennai - Mysore : Train Journey

After an exotic experience in Chennai, we move forward to the City of Mysore. An early start this day, we leave from our hotel early in the morning to board our Shatabdi Express Train to Mysore. Later in the evening we visit the 2000 –year old Chamundeswar Temple, dedicated to the patron goddess of the royal family.

The train journey passes through the beautiful countryside and culminates in Mysore. Mysore, the city of palaces and parks, is one of the few places in India which still breathes the air of medieval country splendor. (B,L,D)

Fri 19 Oct 2018 Mysore

After breakfast we visit Mysore Palace, one of the largest of its kind in India and one of the most splendid. We next visit Srirangapatnam, the island fortress that was once the capital of the warrior kings Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore. We later visit the Government Silk Weaving Factory, the Multi Craft Complex and the Government Shop Cauvery setup by the Karnatka State Handicrafts Development Corporation. (B,L,D)

Sat 20 Oct 2018 Mysore – Belur – Halebid – Hassan

Today we leave for Hassan. We stop in Belur where we visit the Chennakeshava temple, one of the early masterpieces of the Hoysala period. Afternoon excursion to Halebid, visit the Hoysaleshvara temple which dates back to the mid-12th century. We also visit the Kedareshvara temple dating back to the 13th century. (B,L,D)

Sun 21 Oct 2018 Hassan - Bangalore

After an early breakfast we leave for Bangalore to arrive there by Lunch. On arrival in Bangalore we check in at our hotel. After lunch we take a short tour of the city driving past Vidhana Soudha an imposing edifice built almost entirely of dressed Bangalore granite and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, now a museum and is one of the most remarkable Islamic buildings in the city.

Bangalore has some of the best places to shop in India and today we will have time to visit some of them. (B,L,D)

Mon 22 Oct 2018 Bangalore - Cochin

After an early breakfast we are transferred to airport in time to connect our flight to Cochin. Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city, often referred to as the Venice of the East.

In the evening we get dressed in our traditional Kerala style saris and enjoy an authentic Kerala dinner in the home our hosts Nimmy and Paul. We will enjoy a cooking demonstration learning the nuances of traditional Kerala recipes and we will be spending our evening in their lovely home and garden. (B,L,D)

Tue 23 Oct 2018 Cochin

Today we visit the oldest European Church in India "St. Francis Church". We will see winding streets with mosques and 500 year old Portuguese houses, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community with ancient roots, a 16th century Jewish synagogue, and Mattancherry palace (Dutch Palace) built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of Cochin.

In the afternoon we visit the local shopping areas where we can purchase some the spices and ingredients we learned about with Nimmy and Paul. We end our spectacular day with Sunset harbour cruise followed by Kathakali Dance Performance and dinner. (B,L,D)

Wed 24 Oct 2018 Cochin - Alleppey - Board Houseboat

After breakfast we leave for an exciting drive to Alleppy. This beautiful area features enchanting landscapes, a golden stretch of beach and the Arabian Sea, networked by silvery rivers, natural fresh water lakes, serene lagoons and majestic palm groves. We board our private traditional Kerala style houseboat called the Kettuvallom or 'boat with knots' because the entire boat is held together with coir knots only - not a single nail is used during the construction. Kettuvalloms were formerly used for the transport of goods like rice, spices and coir from the isolated villages of the interior to the towns.

This is the best way to experience the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. We will witness the daily routine life of the local inhabitants and can see them washing clothes, and working in the beautiful paddy fields. Our private chef will prepare all the mouth-watering delicacies for us. (B,L,D)

Thurs 25 Oct 2018 Alleppey - Marari

After breakfast we disembark from our houseboat and leave for Marari beach resort. Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, an authentic experience of the world of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. At Marari we will unwind and experience the best of Kerala hospitality. Take in Ayurvedic treatments, yoga sessions, visit local villages, take long walks or bike rides or just do nothing on the beach. (B,L,D)

Fri 26 Oct 2018 Marari

Day free for Personal activities. Indulge in various optional activities such as Ayurvedic Treatments, Massage therapies, Yoga and many more. (B,L,D)

Sat 27 Oct 2018 Marari

Day free for Personal activities. Indulge in various optional activities such as Ayurvedic Treatments, Massage therapies, Yoga and many more. (B,L,D)

Sun 28 Oct 2018 Marari - Cochin - Chennai: Drive & Flight

Morning is free. In the afternoon we are transferred to airport in Cochin for our flight to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai, we take our connecting flight back home. (B)

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