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Day 08 : Karaikudi - Cardamom House, Athol
This morning visit the hand painted tile factory near to town, and enjoy another delicious Chettinad style meal before making the drive to Cardamom House where you will overnight.
Day 09 & 10 : Cardamom House
Cardamom House is a unique and relaxed home stay established and run by a retired English doctor ably assisted by a team of locals. This is a true haven of tranquillity set in a quiet valley with wonderful views. This is a perfect place to relax, or if you are feeling energetic, take a guided walk or longer trek in the hills nearby. The bird watching here is quite remarkable with a wide variety of species found in close proximity. 2 more nights at Cardamom House.
Day 11 : Athol - Madurai
After breakfast, drive 90 minutes to Madurai. In the afternoon take in a sightseeing tour of the city including the Nayak Palace and famous Sri Meenakshi Temple. Overnight in Madurai.
Day 12 : Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
Today you will leave Tamil Nadu, but not before visiting the southern most tip of the Indian subcontinent. Here the waters of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean meet at a spot most sacred to Hindus and a major pilgrimage site.
By late afternoon, after a visit to the ornate Padmanabapuram Teak Palace, you will reach Kovalam Beach on the shore of the Lakshadweep Sea. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 13 : Kovalam
A day to indulge yourself with an Ayurvedic Massage, watch the local fishermen or just relax by the beach. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 14 : Kovalam - Houseboat
After breakfast, drive 90 minutes north to Thottapally where you will board a traditional (and private) Keralan Houseboat- your home for the next day. While on board your crew will prepare delicious meals and you can just relax and watch the world go by. Overnight on the Houseboat.
Day 15 : Houseboat - Alleppey - Cochin
Disembark your houseboat (probably reluctantly!) at Alleppey and drive north to Cochin. After time at leisure, in the evening you will have the opportunity to attend a performance of traditional Kathakali dance, by professional dancers in the comfort of an air-conditioned auditorium. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 16 : Cochin
The historic port city of Cochin is a unique blend of religious and cultural influences. Today you will have the whole day to take a tour of the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis church, the Chinese fishing nets on the harbour and more besides. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 17 : Cochin - Chennai Departure
You will have the morning at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Chennai. Here you will be met and transferred to your international flight for departure to your home port. This tour can also connect to any of our north India tours, or to a package in northern Kerala and Karnataka.
NOTE : Please note that this, and all other itineraries on this website, are suggested programmes only and can be modified to suit your individual needs and interests.