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Wedged between the mountainous Western and Eastern Ghats of Southern Asia—lies the hidden gem of South India! Far less visited than the North or the tourist saturated beaches of Goa, South India is a wealth of cultures, architecture, history, geography, really cool (and colorful) temples and some of the tastiest vegan food found on the subcontinent. Home to coconut-tree-lined coasts that give way to ﬁne sandy beaches, vast plains scattered with paddy ﬁelds, small villages and ornate temples, wild jungles, wild elephants and misty mountains, as well as bustling metropolises ﬂourishing with skyscrapers that rise up next to surviving relics of ancient history—South India is a true melting pot of civilizations.Discovering the history, heritage, traditions and cuisines of this unique part of India through cultural immersion and local interaction is what this adventure is all about. From joining local families at their homes in the countryside where we’ll learn about village life and customs to watching the sun set at the southern most tip of India and exploring intricately carved temples painted in Technicolor hues in fantastic temple towns. From following in the footsteps of the mighty Chola, Pallava and Pandyan dynasties who ruled the region for centuries and whose reach extended all the way to the shores of Southeast Asia, to enjoying the laid back beach life and backwaters of Kerala—we’ll journey off-the-beaten track as we discover the treasures and wonders of the region. No VegVoyages adventure is complete without a little eating (okay, a lot of eating), and this adventure is deﬁnitely no different—as we love South Indian food! South India is home to some of the tastiest vegan cuisine found on the subcontinent! This includes a deﬁnite cultural contribution to the world of culinary arts—the delectable dosa! Southern food is not just about dosas, and as any South Indian foodie will tell you—there’s nothing quite like a tasty banana leaf meal. With a mound of rice in the middle of a fresh banana leaf, local veggies, dhal, spicy rasam, papad and pickles are piled up in front of you! Banana leaf meals are usually an all-you-can-eat endeavor—so be careful on this adventure or you may take home a few extra pounds! On our
South India Serenade
adventure, we invite you to journey off-the-beaten-track with us into the heart and soul of the deep south exploring the stunning states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the old French enclave of Pondicherry, learning about the diverse cultures, cuisines, and way of life of the people who make up the rich tapestry of South India!
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT…
South India Serenade