18 Night Wildlife and Culture of Southern India – A Private Journey

Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Thanjavur, Pollachi, Valparai, Masinagudi and Kabini.

The term south India is used largely for states that are part of peninsular India. These are the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. South India is bounded by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Arabian Sea in the west and the Indian Ocean in the south. The geography of the region is diverse with two mountain ranges – the Western and Eastern Ghats, bordering the plateau heartland. Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Tungabhadra and Vaigai rivers are important non-perennial sources of water. These diverse landscapes bring with it different cultures and customs, different culinary tastes, architecture and flora and fauna.

In this itinerary you will explore two of these five states – Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In your journey you will experience the heritage, architecture, traditions, customs, rituals, culinary delights, arts and crafts along with performing arts of the two states.

We shall also introduce you to the varied landscapes and diverse wildlife found in this region. India is home to about 870 endemic species and a large number of them can be found in the western ghats & Nilgiri hills which we shall be visiting. These rich cultural and natural heritage will be showcased in the destinations that we have selected: Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Thanjavur, Pollachi, Valparai, Masinagudi and Kabini.

Best time to travel: November – March

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