Story Telling South India

Our story telling tours are well crafted with the help of our local storytellers in each region to support our responsible tourism initiatives. As you may scroll down, all local experiences are being told by the local community. Harvest Fresh Fam is a certified Organic farm located in the heart of beautiful Cumbum Valley in Tamilnadu State amidst cloud kissed mountains,bubbling streams and lush farmlands. This circuit is known for its cultural richness and vibrance.

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Summer Price (May - Sep)

$2130*

Winter Price (Oct - Apr)

$2280*

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Program

Day 01 – Chennai

On arrival in Chennai, you will be transferred to your Hotel. By 3.30 PM your story teller will join you to take you through an amazing historic trail of Madras detailing the British connection etc. This walking tour will be for 2 Hours. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02 – Chennai-Kanchipuram (1.5 Hrs) - Mahabalipuram (1.5 Hrs)

After   breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples. Visit Kailasanatha Temple from the 8th century AD. In Kailasanatha Temple, the Pallava Style of Dravida Vimana (The Tower over Sanctum) was imitated later at Pattadackal in Karnataka in the second half of 8th Century AD by Chalukyas. From there the Rashtrakudas borrowed the style in the 9th Century AD at Ellora, Maharashtra. Later visit the famous Ekambareswara Temple which is a good example of the typical Composite style of Architecture. The construction was started in 8th or 9th Century by the Pallavas but continued by Cholas in 12th Century and finished by the Vijayanagar Dynasty during 16th Century. Also visit Varadaraja or Devaraja Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and visitable parts are of 16th Century AD. You may also visit a Silk weaving unit.Later, drive to Mahabalipuram to check into your hotel in mahabalipuram. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03 – Mahabalipuram

After breakfast, sightseeing of Mahabalipuram to explore the heritage of Mahabalipuram temples, built in 7th & 8th century AD which are today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. Afternoon at leisure for free walks. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 – Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry (2 Hrs)

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Pondicherry which still carries a strong flavor of the French presence in India. Visit Auroville enroute. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Afternoon a familiarization of the City. The traditional French architecture is still maintained even in the latest renovations and the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is the authorized agency for any such renovations in Pondicherry. After sightseeing, you will be brought to the Beach Road to spend some time walking through the beach side to see the public life around. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.

Day 05 – Pondicherry-Kumbakonam (4 Hrs)

After an early breakfast, check out and visit the Elephant orphanage run by an NGO a well appreciated social project. You will feed the elephants, they tell you the story of elephants too. Later drive to Kumbakonam .On arrival, check into your hotel in the village. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06 – Gangaikondacholapuram-Darasuram-Kumbakonam

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gangaikondacholapuram (UNESCO temple) to visit the amazing architectural Marvel. Later visit Darasuram Iravadeeswarar Temple (UNESCO Monument). Afternoon go for a bullock cart ride in the village. Overnight stay at Kumbakonam.

Day 07 – Tanjore-Chettinad (3 Hrs)

Early morning, you shall visit the Wholesale Vegetable market at Darasuram which is said to be the second largest in Asia. After breakfast, check out and drive to Tanjore to visit the Big Temple (Brihadeeswara Temple) and Art Gallery. Later drive to Chettinad Village which is supposed to be the richest village in Tamilnadu in terms of money and culture. Overnight stay at one of the Mansions in Chettinadu.

Day 08 – Chettinad (Karaikudi)

Day for local visits. You may also opt for a cycling tour through the village assisted by your hotel. Overnight at a Mansion Hotel.

Day 09 – Madurai (2.5 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast drive to Madurai, an ancient city, more than 2,500 years old, known as the Athens of the east for overnight stay. Afternoon for sightseeing of Madurai with an evening visit to Meenakshi Temple to watch the closing ceremony. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 10 – Madurai-Harvest Farms-Periyar  (3.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, at 8.30 AM, drive to Periyar Sanctuary. Enroute stop at Harvest Organic Farm for a guided walk. From the main road, you will be welcomed to drive through the village road to the farm. A Garden farm lunch will be served. Later guided walk through the farm. By early evening continue your travel to your hotel in Periyar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 – Periyar (7.30 AM till 4 PM)

Full day trekking in the Sanctuary. It will be a guided program by the forest Department and there are chances of closure of the Sanctuary between April & June due to the fear of wild fire etc. At 0745 AM we have to report at the starting point where a packed breakfast & lunch are given to each passenger to be consumed during meal intervals. The program also involves a Bamboo raft in the Periyar Lake. This will be a nice program to watch possible wildlife in the sanctuary. Evening return to the base to return to your hotel. Later you may opt to go for shopping spice. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 – Alleppey Houseboat (4.5 Hours)

After an early breakfast, drive to Alleppey to board your exclusive Houseboat for a cruise through the backwater villages followed by overnight stay on board. Your meals are cooked and served on board. Explore the amazing backwater life of Kerala! Overnight at the Houseboat.

Day 13 – Alleppey-Cochin (1.5 Hrs)

Enjoy your breakfast on board. Later, at 9 AM checkout & drive to a heritage home in Alleppey for a cookery show followed by lunch. Later proceed to Cochin, the colonial capital of Kerala. Check into your hotel. Evening watch a Kathakali performance at a traditional Theatre. Overnight at the Hotel/Homestay.

Day 14 – Cochin

After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided village canoe cruise followed by village activities and a traditional lunch on banana leaf. Afternoon return to Cochin for a guided sightseeing to cover Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Dhobi Ghat, Chinese Fishing nets etc. Evening for free walks in Fort Cochin. Overnight at Hotel/Homestay.

Day 15 – Cochin

After breakfast, you will be taken to Ernakulam area to visit a fishing harbor to see live activities and later to the main vegetable market. Walk through the most popular local market Broadway to experience local life. Lunch at a local restaurant of your choice. Afternoon you will be taken to the Royal Township for a story telling session on the Royal life of Cochin. You will get to know one Royal family to spend some time with the members followed by a high tea. By early evening, you will be brought back to your hotel/homestay for overnight stay.

Day 16 – Cochin Departure (1.5 Hrs)

Today you will be dropped to Cochin International Airport to connect your onward journey.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tour Cost Includes:

  • 14 nights stay as above

  • Daily breakfast at hotels

  • All meals on Houseboat

  • Kathakali show in Cochin

  • Guided Village Canoe Cruise with farm lunch at Poothotta

  • Fishing harbor & market visit

  • Story telling Royal Heritage Trail in Cochin

  • Cookery show with lunch at Alleppey

  • Story telling guided tour in Chennai

  • Story telling elephant orphanage visit in Pondicherry

  • Guided Spice Farm visit in Periyar

  • Full day guided trekking in Periyar Sanctuary with bamboo rafting and lunch

  • Organic farm visit with lunch at Periyar

  • French speaking local guides in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Madurai & Cochin

  • Aircon SUV for transfers and sightseeing with English speaking driver

  • All Entrance Fees

  • All Taxes

Hotels Opted:

Chennai: Accord Metropolitan

Mahabalipuram: Ideal Resort
www.idealresort.com

Pondicherry: Atithi Pondicherry

Kumbakonam: Paradise Resorts
www.paradiseresortsindia.com

Chettinad: Chettinad Court
www.chettinadcourt.com

Madurai: Germanus
www.hotelgermanus.org

Periyar: Pepper County
www.peppercounty.com

 

Houseboat: Evergreen
www.evergreen-kerala.com

Cochin: Delight Heritage Homestay

Hotels suggested are subject to availability at the time of booking. If the proposed hotels are not available, we will be providing similar hotels with your approval.

Tour Price Per Pax on Double/Twin Sharing

Summer Price (May - Sep)

$2130*

Winter Price (Oct - Apr)

$2280*

Clicking on “Book Now” is only an advice to our team to process your booking. Our team will come back to you with the status. You may also advice us for further customization.

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