South India Unexplored

Day 1: Arrive Chennai. Transfer to Mahabalipuram and the poolside restaurant at our hotel. Unwind, relax then join us on a short walk around Mahabalipuram’s world famous rock carved temples. Overnight Mahabballapuram.

Day 2: Explore Mahabballapuram: Full day Mahaballapuram. Take in the best of the local sights and a guided walk on the stunning coastline up to Tiger Caves. Overnight Mahaballapuram.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry. A scenic drive along the stunning scenic coastal road and we visit the now dear deserted atmospheric Alhambra Fort on route to new Age Auroville. Guided tour of Auroville before moving on to  the former French colony of Pondicherry. Join the locals on the promenade for an evening stroll before dining in top Indo-French restaurant.

Day 4: Pondicherry-Chidambaram.  A morning walking tour of timeless Pondicherry.  We continue our journey south to the temple town of Chidambaram with a beautiful backcountry drive through endless palm fringed paddy. Take a step back through the ages as we visit the temple complex at sunset and join the pilgrims in an unforgettable ancient ritual.

Day 5: Chidambaram-Swamimalai  We leave the coast and head inland onto the vast lush Tamil plains. Stunning rural scenery reveals a Tamil heartland almost unchanged over centuries  Bullock carts and cycles are more common than any other vehicles as we move on to our favourite overnight stop at stunning Swamilamalai.

Day 6: Swamimaial-Thanjavur-Kannaduthan. A relaxing morning then it’s a short drive to Thanjavur and the stunning Brihadeshwara Temple. We then drive onto one of Tamil Nadu’s hidden gems the Chettinadu and it’s wealth of abandoned mansions to Kannadukathan.

Day 7: Kannadukathan-Madurai. We move deeper in to the heart of Tamil Nadu with the lush landscape becoming more arid with rocks and ridges becoming a common sight. Idyllic rural riding brings us to perhaps the most famous of all of Tamil Nadu’s towns, Madurai and the unforgettable riot of colour that are the gopurams of Sri Menakshi temple. Evening guided stroll round the temple complex.

Day 8: Madurai-Palani-Chinnar: Landscapes change,( flower markets ) the first signs of an undulating road and the mighty mountains of the Western Ghats beckon. We drive towards the Ghat’s through A delight of a ride as we ride through stunning scenery under the shadow of south-India’s highest mountains down to China Wildlife Sanctuary and a jungle trek. Truly mesmerizing views. carpet of tea into our overnight halt in the tea-capital of south-India Munnar.

Day 9: Chinnar-Munnar:   A delight of a ride as we ride through stunning scenery under the shadow of south-India’s highest mountains down to China Wildlife Sanctuary and a jungle trek. Truly mesmerizing views. carpet of tea into our overnight halt in the tea-capital of south-India Munnar.

Day 10: Munnar-Kuttikanam We ride the forest road through cardamom and pepper plantations and ancient rain forests on an undulating road before reaching our destination at Kuttikanam on route Tea Factory and the Periyar Tiger Reserve.carpet of tea into our overnight halt in the tea-capital of south-India Munnar. valleys carpeted by tea before we reach our delightful plantation resort accommodation in Kuttikanam.

Day 11: Kuttikanam-Kumarakom  Another cracking day in the saddle with the joys of a big descent down to the lush tropical Kerala plains. Colonial tea bungalows, and churches new and old are testimony to the areas unique strong Christian roots. Before reaching the shores of Vembanad lake and our overnight Houseboat.

Day 12: Houseboat-Marwari Beach. A delightful short ride to one of Kerala’s hidden secrets; the near deserted tropical paradise beach of Marwari. Dive into the soothingly warm sea for a well deserved bathe. We make the short trip in the afternoon to our luxury houseboat and overnight cruise on Vembanad Lake.

Day 13: Fort Cochin. Breakfast on the boat then it’s a stunning coastal ride to historical Fort Cochin. Afternoon free to explore Fort Cochin. Overnight Fort Cochin

Day 14: Join us on our guided walk through the wealth of historical buildings and spice bazaars or take the chance to embark upon a bit of shopping. Overnight Fort Cochin

Day 15: Transfer to Cochin airport and your flight home.