February 9 - 23, 2022
Cultural, spiritual, and culinary immersion in the hidden enclaves of South India
15 Days immersion in temples, spices, tea plantations, and Ayurveda
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware - Martin Buber
Over the mountainous Western and Eastern Ghats and down fabled Malabar and Coromandel coasts lie the less-frequented gems of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Far less visited than the North, South India has a wealth of culture, unique architecture and history, varied topography, ancient living temples, and some of the tastiest cuisine of the subcontinent.
Home to Ayurveda and an uninterrupted millennia-long temple culture, this is India at perhaps its most beautiful. Coconut tree-lined coasts give way to fine sandy beaches, verdant plains carpeted with tea, paddy, and backwaters, over all of which misty highlands rise. Alongside ornate temples are thriving enclaves of Dutch and French colonial outposts, microcosms of hereditary banking communities, interspersed with IT hubs of the 21st century.
South India is a destination you’ll savour long after your return home.
Insider visits with architectural insight to 6th - 12th C temples and monuments of Mahabalipuram, Chidambaran, and Meenakshi
Cuisine, lifestyle, and architecture of fascinating Chettinad
Tea plantations of serene Munnar
Backwaters cruising in God's own Country, beautiful Kerala
French and Dutch heritage of Pondicherry and Cochin
Idyllic beach Ayurveda retreat in Kerala
Delightful accommodation on tea plantations and select boutique hotels throughout
Packed with inclusions: culinary lessons, artisanal demos, and meals with local families
Cost: USD 4575 pp double occupancy based on 12 pax/add USD 1470 for own room
Minimum group size: 08 pax/Maximum 12 pax
This trip was the beginning of my love affair with India -- Dalia Margalit Faircloth, Vancouver
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