India: The Beautiful South - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2019)

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Prized for millennia for its aromatic spices and other natural resources and cultural treasures, India’s beautiful south remains a feast for the senses with all the right ingredients for fragrant cuisines, friendly people, and fascinating cultures.
2019 Small Group Journeys

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Earn 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer Point for every $1 spent on this A&K journey.

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Journey Overview

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Peninsula India on this journey through the gentler, more relaxed southern states of the kaleidoscopic sub-continent. Prized for millennia for its aromatic spices and other natural resources and cultural treasures, India’s beautiful south remains a feast for the senses with all the right ingredients for a wonderful trip, fragrant cuisines, friendly people, and fascinating cultures. The colour and movement of bustling, increasingly sophisticated cities yields to sleepy fishing villages, tropical coastlines and lush hinterlands. You’ll be astonished by the inspired Pallava sculptures and towering Chola temples of Tamil Nadu, enchanted by the colonial charms of Pondicherry, and lulled to restful sleep by the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. It’s an India still largely untrammelled by tourists that will stay in your heart forever.

Journey Highlights

  • Historic Chennai (formerly Madras), for centuries the British East India Company’s most important seaport, and still the cultural, culinary and artistic hub of Southern India
  • The colourful port city of Kochi (Cochin), Queen of the Arabian Sea
  • The Monuments of Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site that includes extensive cave temples, and enormous bas-relief sculptures of life-sized animals, saints and gods
  • Delightful, tranquil Pondicherry, a quaint reminder of colonial France on the Indian Peninsula
  • A visit to Auroville, the experimental, New Age community founded in 1968 that attracts devotees of the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo from over 45 nations
  • The magnificent 14th century Tanjore Palace in Thanjavur
  • The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, so large it feels like its own city
  • The sensory immersion of a visit to a family-owned spice plantation, followed by a cooking demonstration and delicious meal prepared using plantation ingredients
  • Watching the elephants frolic in the lake in the scenic Periyar National Park
  • Relaxing amidst the palm groves poolside at the Kumarakom Lake Resort
  • A traditional houseboat cruise on the beautiful backwaters of Kerala
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