Tom and Amy’s two week trip to Kerala
Chennai, Tamil NaduChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Pondicherry, Tamil NaduPondicherry, Puducherry, India
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Thanjavur, IndiaThanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
For Tom and Amy’s first trip to India, they chose to tour Kerala and Tamil Nadu in South India. South India is very rich in culture, history and architecture. Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also blessed with beautiful beaches, backwaters and tea plantations.
Here’s what Amy had to say about her trip : “By working with India Someday on our itinerary we arrived in India with a perfectly put together plan which we then executed independently, making the most of every second we had!”
They preferred traveling to two states in the South(parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu). In Tamil Nadu, Tom and Amy wanted to visit Pondicherry (a former French colony). They also visited Tanjore a city renowned for architecture and Madurai which is also the cultural capital of South India.
Tom and Amy also wanted to spend a part of their trip exploring the beautiful state of Kerala and spend some time among the tea plantations of Munnar, the backwaters of Kumarakaom and the beautiful town of Kochi.
- Day 1 - 2Chennai
Fly into Chennai and spend the night, before driving to Pondicherry.
Alternatively, if you would like to explore Chennai, watch a Tamil film at one of the many cinemas, gorge on idlis and dosa, or stroll by the Marina beach . Do visit the 8th century AD Parthasarathy temple. This bustling city is best visited for a few hours.RaintreeDay 2 - 4Pondicherry
Pondicherry or Pudducherry is a one-of-a-kind city in India due to its history as a French colony. Until today you feel taken out of the country, back into a French coast town at the end of the 19th century. Close to the beach you find buildings and churches constructed by the occupants while the rest of the city is completely adapted to the modern and typical south Indian look.Gratitude HeritageDay 4 - 6Thanjavur
Tanjore or Thanjavur is alongside Madurai one of the most important religious and cultural centres in south or even whole India. The Great Living Chola Temples in and around the city are listed as World Heritage Sites and show us how the heydays of the great Chola Empire during the medieval time could have looked like. The particular architecture and art style found here even spread to South East Asia in this period.Tanjore HiDay 6 - 8Madurai
Madurai is famous for its colorful and detailed Meenakshi Amman, one of the most beautiful temples of India. Built to worship Shiva and his wife, the Goodess Parvati the temple’s area is 45 acres large so there is a lot to see. Get blown away by the temples greatness and beauty while counting the gods and creatures of Hindu mythology along the facade. This structure is the heart and soul of the city of Madurai.
A visit to Madurai without stopping by the flower market is incomplete. The Madurai flower market is the largest flower market in all of South India.Heritage MaduraiDay 8 - 10Munnar
As the number one destination for domestic honeymoon travels, Munnar offers green and lush greenery and one of the best teas in entire India. This place in the Western Ghat mountain range invites you to hike through tea plantations and sandalwood forests, visit the many waterfalls and perfect viewpoints or just relax over a cup of tea.The WindDay 10 - 12Kumarakaom
The backwaters of Kerala are a paradise of water lilly covered lakes ,small winding canals overgrown by palm and fruit trees surrounded by little villages far from urban chaos. Being a labyrinth of 900km waterways parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea this place offers serenity and peace for the nature loving traveler. Cruising the backwaters on a houseboat is the best option to explore this place but small canoe boats are also available. You could spend the first night at the home-stay and the second on a house boat.Backwater Heritage
- Day 12 - 14Kochi
This little, sleepy town on a group of islands in front of the big city of Elamkulam, went through many colonists hands – first the Portuguese, then the Dutch and last but not least the British. As a major port of the region since the 14th century merchants from all over the world settled here. So it’s no wonder that you find Hindu temples, Catholic churches in European style, synagogues and mosques just a stone throw away from each other.Delite Home-stay