The extraordinary diversity of Southern India is truly distinctive from the rest of India. Where the North has great forts, the South has temples. Where northern cuisine is emphasized by substantial meat dishes and influenced by its desert conditions, southern cuisine is light but fiery and influenced by the sea. You’ll experience the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey, the grand temples of Mysore, watch classical Indian dance in Cochin and dine on freshly caught fish along the coastal beaches of Goa.
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Begin your trip with a 2-day cruise along the backwaters of Kerala. Your cruise sets sail along the main waterway of Vembanad Lake and enters the Alleppey Canal. Lunch will be served on board, where you’ll enjoy traditional cultural performances.
Observe the rich-life along the water highways while passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close in a traditional rice barge, which can navigate the more narrow sections of the backwaters.
Embark on a heritage walk in Alleppey with Mrs. John, the keeper of Alleppey's history. Mrs. John is an incredible wealth of knowledge given her background growing up in the Nilgiri hills on a tea plantation that is still owned by her family.
Explore the jumble of antique and spice shops, visit the oldest synagogue in India, shop on Bazaar street, explore Palace Road, immerse yourself in local fish-vendor auctions and taste the famous Kerala fish curry.
After arriving in Mysore, begin on a walking tour of the amazing markets with a local historical expert and sample all the incredible food Mysore has to offer!
Begin your day by visiting some of Mysore's incredible sites, including Mysore Palace, the centerpiece of this vibrant city. Later, engage in a cooking lesson lunch with long-time residents of the region.
Once you arrive in Goa, the rest of the day is yours to relax and explore, however, a bike ride or a walk can be easily arranged if you so wish. A private beach dinner featuring excellent Goan cuisine is on the agenda for this evening.
Embark on a morning tour of Fontainhas, Goa’s Latin Quarter, with B&R’s great friend Oscar, a long time Goa resident and wonderful storyteller whose intimate knowledge of the area contributes hugely to the understanding of the history of India’s European influenced coastal state.
This morning you will drive to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Farewell!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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