Explore ‘Gateway to South India’ (Chennai) to ‘God’s Own Country’ (Kerala) the stretch happens to be home to many gods, deities, saints, and spiritual icons. Madurai’s 17th century Meenakshi Temple is the largest temple complex in the country. Some Shore Temples along the Bay of Bengal date back to the 6th century. There are Protestant Churches, Synagogues and Cathedrals as well.
This part of South India has been the land of kings and dynasties. Monuments from the 6th and 7th centuries are abundant, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Impressions of the colonial past are to be seen and experienced as you move from one city to another. Walking through villages you can see artisans at work – weavers’ village in Kanchipuram where exquisite silk saris come to life, traditional paintings of Tanjore, intricate wood works, beautifully sculpted brass and silverware, and hand-woven Kandangi saris in Chettinad are some of the attractions. While several cultures have had their influence on the food in the region, Chettinad is distinctive in its taste & flavor. An interactive kitchen at The Bangala hotel sets you up close with the chefs where you could pick up some secrets to savory mouth-watering dishes.
Kerala is a complete change of scenery. Kochi is rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler’s ’50 greatest places of a lifetime’. Munnar, at 6000 feet, is ensconced with tea plantations. The town is great for walks through clouded landscapes and spice gardens, bird watching and elephant sightings. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands villages on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom is a perfect leisure getaway. Your very own Kettuvallam (houseboat) will take you through the famous Kerala backwaters traversing through paddy fields, and villages. This is a journey through religion, history, the spice route and how they all come together in the fascinating region of Southern India.