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Culture, Cuisine & Coast

A 2-week holiday that will stay with you for long.


Arrive at the Chennai Airport and leave for Pondicherry. Stop at Mahabalipuram, a 90 minute drive away, to visit the Shore Temple, a World Heritage Monument. After exploring the rock-cut architecture, have lunch at Radisson Resort Temple Bay. Continue for two hours to Pondicherry and check-in at Maison Perumal. Spend the rest of your evening at the beach.
Begin a guided tour of Pondicherry with Auroville. Founded in 1958, Auroville is a township devised as an experiment in human unity. It now has 50,000 residents of different nationalities and is a must-see for being the only township of its kind in the world. Stay for lunch at the visitor’s centre.
In the afternoon, visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Botanical Gardens, churches and museums. Spend the evening at your leisure, before calling it a night at Maison Perumal.
After breakfast, check-out and embark for Kumbakonam. En route, stop at Cuddalore to visit Fort St. David and the Garden House. Then, proceed to Chidambaram to visit the Shiva Nataraja Temple, one of South India’s most ancient temples. After a further two-hour drive, arrive near Kumbakonam at Mantra Koodam. Check-in and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Spend your day at the breathtaking Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram temples, known for housing many art and architectural treasures. Then, head back to Mantra Koodam to experience the many available activities from bullock-cart rides to Bharatanatyam.
Check-out after breakfast and begin your journey towards Chettinad. En-route, stop at Tanjore to visit the spectacular Brihadishwara temple and break for lunch at Hotel Svatma. Continue your drive for a further two-hours and arrive to a warm welcome at Visalam, Chettinad.
Visit the Raja’s Palace, old Chettiar mansions and clan temples. Shop for handmade tiles at the Athangudi village, learn about the intricate handloom process of saree weaving, purchase souvenirs at the local markets and take a bullock cart ride or cycle tour. After a day of adventure, wind-down at Visalam.
After a delicious Visalam breakfast, leave for Thekkady. Stop briefly at Madurai to visit towering gopurams at Sree Meenakshi Temple and have lunch at Hotel Heritage. Arrive at Thekkady in three-and- a-half hours to crisp mountain air at Spice Village. Participate in a cooking demo with spices and experience a tribal cultural performance. Discover the immense biodiversity within the resort.
Go on a morning trek, after breakfast, to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with a forest guard. In the afternoon, visit spice plantations. Learn about the abundant flora and fauna of Periyar from our naturalist in the evening, before settling down for dinner.
Enjoy a morning drive to Kumarakom. Three-and- a-half- hourslater, switch to a boat and arrive on the shores of Lake Vembanad. Disembark straight onto the reception of Coconut Lagoon. Watch a cooking demonstration and traditional cultural performance. Take in unobstructed sunset views as you relax on a hammock by the lake.
DAY 10
Wake up for an energizing session of yoga before breakfast. Then, follow the birdsong on a tour with our naturalist. Return to Coconut Lagoon for a village walk and environmental tour. Spend a lazy afternoon relaxing by the pool. Towards the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise accompanied by a flute performance.
DAY 11
Start your day with yoga, once again, and watch a Kalaripayattu session before breakfast. Board a traditional Kettuvallam houseboat in the afternoon, courtesy Spice Coast Cruises. Explore the backwaters of Kumarakom and Alleppey. Dock at 6 in the evening and have dinner on board. Enjoy an overnight stay on your houseboat.
DAY 12
Wake up to breakfast on your houseboat before docking at the Puthenangadi boat jetty. Continue to Mararikulam and check-in at Marari Beach Resort. Spend the rest of your day on the beach.
DAY 13
After breakfast, explore the fishing villages on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. In the afternoon, visit our organic farm from which we source the fresh ingredients that go into our gourmet dishes. Retire for the night at Marari Beach Resort
DAY 14
Drive to Fort Cochin after breakfast. Upon arrival, check-in at Brunton Boatyard and explore the variety of gourmet cuisines at our different restaurants. Relax at the pool overlooking the harbour and embark on a sunset cruise towards evening.
DAY 15
After a large breakfast, leave for a full day tour of Cochin. This tour takes you to all the best loved sights- the spice markets, Jew Street and Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets. Catch an art show at our contemporary gallery and café, David Hall. Enjoy dinner in the warmth of Brunton Boatyard’s Armory Café.
DAY 16
Breakfast and transfer to the airport, and begin to plan your next holiday with us.
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Culture, Cuisine & Coast Discover the secrets of South India with CGH Earth.

Package includes:

    • Accommodation in a standard category room.
    • Breakfast
    • All taxes for the room and breakfast.
    • Airport Transfers (Arrival and departure).
    • All ground transfers between places.
    • Cooking demonstrations at all resorts.
    • Market visit with the Chef from Masion Perumal.
    • Kolam art at Maison Perumal and Visalam.
    • Bullock cart ride through the village from Visalam.
    • Our cultural interpreters will accompany the guests to the village craftsmen, the travelling market and antique stores.
    • Handmade paper making at Spice Village.
    • Late check-out depending on availability.
    • Sunset Cruise at Coconut Lagoon and Brunton Boatyard.
    • Bird watching at Coconut Lagoon and Marari Beach.
    • Naturalist guided tours at Coconut Lagoon , Spice Village and Marari Beach.
    • Country canoe ride at Coconut Lagoon.
    • Dance workshop at Marari Beach.
    • Yoga sessions at Coconut lagoon and Marari Beach.
    Not included: -
    • Your lunches and dinners.
    • Beverages (Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic).
    • International & Domestic flights.
    • Visa for India and Travel Insurance.
    • All other expenses of personal nature.
The southern part of India is a traveller’s paradise, offering rich experiences of history, culture and nature – all close to each other. It’s a journey that deserves a long, leisurely holiday. That’s why, the Culture, Cuisine & Coast itinerary takes you through Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala at a laid-back pace. The 2-week schedule is packed with glimpses of French & Tamil heritage in Pondicherry, an ancient temple town in Kumbakonam and a visit to the Chettiyar legacy in Chettinad. You then move to serene green Kerala, starting with the wild wonderlands of Thekkady, heading to the backwaters of Kumarakom, an exclusive Houseboat cruise, the beaches in Mararikulam and ending in the historic town of Fort Kochi. Each destination offers an authentic and luxurious experience of the place, with cuisines that give you a taste of true tradition. A wholesome holiday that will stay with you long after you return home.