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 Durations : 2 Night / 3 Days

Lets meet in Coimbatore and allow us to take you to a holiday, you'll cherish forever for all the fervor and vehemence it shall impound in you as you come back. Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam has splendid Nilgiris or 'Blue Mountains' making it a land of picturesque beauty. It used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level, Ooty is popular for an adventurous mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. Keep alert of noticing a marvelous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The city of lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens awaits to greet you with its marvelous natural beauty.

 
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 Destination

KODAIKANAL
Nestled in the heart of the Palani Hills in south Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a refreshing break from the tropical dry, burning heat of the plains. This charming little hill station is a picture perfect postcard with its spectacular greenery, waterfalls, cliffs and blossoms. Long for a cool break this summer? Kodaikanal is where you need to be! All you have to do is rent a bicycle and you are all set to explore every nook and cranny of this sylvan countryside.

The main street, Annasalai, is the beating pulse of the hills. Bhajji (fritters) stalls brimming with mouth-watering delights, evening joggers, couples walking hand in hand - no environment could be as laidback and relaxing. Buy a glass of sweet, Masala Chai (tea) and enjoy the scene. Virtually everything revolves around the feeling of goodness and getting in touch with your inner side. Cycle around the magnificent Kodai Lake early in the morning and lose yourself in the chill, misty state of calm. Munch on hot, Roasted Corn and Peanuts, and say a prayer when you visit the ancient Lutheran Church. Stare in awe at its glorious, glass painted windows. Let loose your Bohemian side, and strum that old song on your guitar by the fire in the late afternoon while you listen to the mellow, summer winds rustle the tall, silky pine trees around you.

Kodaikanal's legacy is not just that it is the only hill station that was set up by American missionaries back in the 20th century, but that it is home to one of the rarest of Indian flowers–the kurinji. The purple-coloured kurinji is known to bloom only once in twelve years, and is believed to represent the union of lovers. The native Paliyan tribes used the blooming of the flower to calculate their age. If you time your visit right, you might even get lucky! Trekkers will love a visit to Pillar Rocks, three massive stone faces that provide a stunning, panoramic view of the valley. Those who want to rest their feet will love sitting in the shade and enjoying a small picnic and snacks. Dolphin's Nose (a cliff), the Bear Shola Falls, Bryant Park and the Pambar Falls are great alternative options too.

There is nothing better than walking up Coaker's Walk and feeling like you are sitting on top of a cloud. The path literally leads you into the skies and the valley yawns like a lake of mist beneath. Or retire into a puffy leather couch in the well-stocked library of the Kodai Club. The old English aura of the bar is truly remarkable and evokes old memories with its all yesteryear English decor. Kodaikanal revels in the simple pleasures of life. No matter what kind of a break you are seeking, it makes sure you feel at home; the soft winds, the scented fragrance of eucalyptus trees and tea, the sprawling plum orchards and the delightful aroma of homemade chocolates will seduce you completely. It is difficult to say goodbye.

 
 Package Inclusion
  • Accommodation in Super Deluxe room.
  • 02 meals - breakfast and lunch/dinner.
  • All taxes
 
 Remarks
  • All prices quoted per person on twin sharing basis in Indian Rupees. Rates are applicable for a minimum of two (2) persons travelling at one time. Rates valid for Indian Nationals only
  • Rates subject to change without notice depending on currency fluctuation.
  • Rates are based on Standard category of rooms.
  • Rates not valid during conventions and special events.
  • In case carrier is Air Asia, package price does not include charges for checked baggage and meals.
 

Destination Information

ABOUT THE TERRITORY:
South India is the area encompassing India's states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as the union territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry, occupying 19.31% of India's area. The region is also known as Dravida as is used in the National anthem. South India lies in the peninsular Deccan Plateau and is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, the Indian Ocean in the south and the Bay of Bengal in the east. The geography of the region is diverse, encompassing two mountain ranges, the Western and Eastern Ghats, and a plateau heartland. The Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Kaveri rivers are important non-perennial sources of water.
A majority of Indians from the southern region speak one of the Dravidian languages: Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Tulu, and Kodava. During its history, a number of dynastic kingdoms ruled over parts of South India whose invasions across southern and southeastern Asia impacted the history and cultures of modern sovereign states such as Sri Lanka, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
While South Indian states have improved in some socio-economic metrics, economic disparity, illiteracy and poverty continue to affect the region much like the rest of the country. Agriculture is the single largest contributor to the regional net domestic product, while Information technology is a rapidly growing industry. Literary and architectural styles, evolved over two thousand years, differ from other parts of the country.
South India ranks the highest in terms of social and economic development in areas such as fertility rate and infrastructure; the fertility rate of South India is 1.9, the lowest of all regions in India

RELIGION:
South India boasts such a full and flavorsome diversity of landscapes, culture and history it leaves, most countries seeming bland and uninteresting by comparison. In the southeastern corner, the hot, dusty plains of Tamil Nadu are scattered with emerald green paddy fields and teeming with life.
This landscape, rich in history, is the centre of Tamil culture and full of temples with their towering, ornately ornamented gopurams or gateways.
From the east, the once thickly forested high slopes, in places long since cleared the tea, rubber or coffee, run down through a series o hill ranges to the narrow coastal strips of western India, with its fertile luxuriance of flora.
Across lowland Kerala the towering Coconut palms cover what seems to be one mammoth village, without beginning or end. From Kerala to Goa and beyond, a string of little ports still witness to the vibrant to the vibrant trade, which has linked southern India with the world to the west across the Arabian Sea. Arab traders have brought both their trade goods and their cultures to the west coast towns, while in Goa, countless white painted churches which were built in the heart of the old Portuguese Territories have given their wholly distinctive feature to another of South India’s cultural enclaves.
To get the best of your South India Tour, a ride by the exclusive Golden Chariot Train will be an out-an-out experience. It takes the tourists on a weeklong journey across the sensational countryside of South India.

CULTURE:
South Indian culture refers to the culture of the South Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. South Indian culture though with its visible differences forms an important part of the Indian culture. The South Indian Culture is essentially the celebration of the eternal universe through the celebration of the beauty of the body and motherhood. It is exemplified through its dance, clothing, and sculptures.

The main spiritual traditions of South India include both Shaivite and Vaishnavite branches of Hinduism, although Buddhist and Jain philosophies had been influential several centuries earlier. Shravanabelagola in Karnataka is a popular pilgrimage center for Jains. Ayyavazhi is spread significantly across South India. Its followers are more densely populated in South Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Christianity has flourished in coastal South India from the times of St. Thomas the Apostle who came to Kerala in 52 AD and established the Syrian Christian tradition today called as Saint Thomas Christians or Nasranis. There is a large Muslim community in South India, particularly in the Malabar Coast, which can trace its roots to the ancient maritime trade between Kerala and Omanis and other Arabs. Kerala is also home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world who are supposed to have arrived in the Malabar Coast during the time of King Solomon. The oldest surviving Jewish synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations is the Paradesi Synagogue in Kochi, Kerala.

South India has always been a favorite destination for tourists. Its diversity in terms of landscapes, people and cultures, food habits, art and architecture makes it fascinating and a definite crowd puller. From the temples of Tamil Nadu to the backwaters of Kerala and caves of Deccan, south India always has something new and adventurous to offer. The states of south India reflect in itself the brightness and versatility of its culture. Therefore, the culture of south India is always a topic of great interest for all. Here we present you with 10 websites that will provide you with handy and relevant informations about the diversities of south Indian culture.

CLIMATE:
Tamil Nadu Climate:
The state of Tamil Nadu has a tropical climate, with little difference between the summer and winter temperature. April and May are the hottest months of the year. During the summers temperature shoots up to 40 degrees centigrade and above. Coastal regions too get hot and humid during these months. Nights, however, are cool and sea breeze that sets in during the afternoons bring the much-needed comfort to the people. Those areas that lie in the foothills of the ghats have equable temperature.To escape the heat of these region, one has the option of making a trip to the hill stations of the state. November is the month when the winter season sets in and continues till February. A pleasant climate can be experienced during these months. If you wish to pay a visit to the hill stations during this time, woollen clothing is a must. The minimum temperature records 20 degrees. However, in the hill stations the temperature falls down to a minimum of 5 degrees centigrade. October to December is the time of the monsoons.

Karnataka Climate:
Karnataka in southern India experience a better climate as compared to the other south Indian states. The climate of the state is typical tropical type. The central and northern parts of the state experience hot weather during the months of April and May. The temperature during these months records around 35 degrees centigrade. Winter falls in the month of November and continues till February. These months are not too cold and can provide chances of spending some good time in the region. June to September is the time of the rainy season that dominates the climate of the state. The western coast gets 1500 mm of rainfall during the months of June and July. September to May is ideal time to pay a visit to the cities of the state.

Kerala Climate:
The state of Kerala remains pleasant for most part of the year. It has a tropical climate too. April to June is the summer time, with the maximum temperature remaining around 33 degrees centigrade. The monsoon season begins in the month of June and continues till September. Not much difference is experienced though. Humidity, however, increases during the period and rainfalls can continue for a couple of days at a stretch. The month of October marks the onset of winter season. Temperature during this season remains around 20 degrees centigrade. September to February is the peak tourist season and during these months the weather remains pleasant.

Andhra Pradesh Climate:
The summer season extends from March to June. During these months, the maximum temperature in most parts of the state records around 28 degrees centigrade. The coastal plains, however, get too hot during the summer season with the temperature reaching a high of 42 degrees centigrade in some places. In the plateau region, summers are cooler though. October to February is the time of the winter season. The minimum temperature ranges between 10 and 12 degrees centigrade. Winters are colder in the plateau regions. Monsoons arrive in the month of July, continuing till September. The southwest monsoon winds bring a good amount of rainfall. Some of the places receive 1400 m of rainfall. The coastal areas get heavy rainfall. The plateau region gets lesser amount of rainfall though. June to February is the ideal time to plan a trip to the state.

LANGUAGE:
South Indian languages comprise one of the five Dravidian languages of Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Tulu. Besides, these languages also serve as official languages for the concerning states and its governmental purposes. The approximated population of South India comes to a count of 233 million. The largest linguistic groups in South India encompass the Telugus, Tamils, Kannadigas, Malayalis, Tuluvas, Kodavas and Konkanis, which, quite manifestly mirrors the diversification and overlapping of language cultures and customs. According to the 2001 Census, Telugu possessed the third largest base of native speakers in India (74 million), after Hindi and Bengali. Telugu as such, was awarded the status of classical language in 2008. Tamil was granted the status of classical language by the Government of India in 2002 and had approximately 60 million native speakers. Kannada possessed 38 million, whereas Malayalam had 33 million native speakers respectively. Each of these south Indian languages is enlisted as an official language of India, as per the Official Languages Act (1963).

CUISINE OF SOUTH INDIA:
The cuisine of South India is known for its light, low calorie appetizing dishes. The traditional food of South India is mainly rice based. The cuisine is famous for its wonderful mixing of rice and lentils to prepare yummy lip smacking dosas, vadas, idlis and uttapams. South Indian dishes are not just delicious, but also very easily digestible. The best part is that South Indians do not use much of oil for cooking their meals.

Sambhar is like a must in the main course. It is usually a companion to most of the food items then be it idli, vada or dosa. Most of the South Indian dishes consist of sambhar, rasam, vegetable curry and pachadi (yogurt). When it comes to rice preparations, South Indians are real experts. Their lemon rice is savored and appreciated by almost all the people. Other preparations of rice include coconut rice, carrot rice and fried rice made by using coconut, curry leaves, urad dal, tamarind, peanuts, chilies, and fenugreek seeds.

South Indian chutneys are well liked by people. Infact, chutney, especially the one made from coconut, is the major attraction for many people to visit a restaurant that specializes in South Indian cuisine. The main ingredients for preparing varied chutneys are coconut, peanuts, dal, tamarind, fenugreek seeds, and cilantro. Dals cooked in the South Indian style are also quite different from that of North Indian preparation. They are soupier in comparison to the dals cooked in the North Indian style.

The cuisine of South India is hotter than the North Indian cuisine. South Indians do not make much use of garam Masala and other dried spices. However, turmeric, black pepper and cardamom are an exception. For the cuisine of South India, it can be said that it is a perfect blend of flavor, color and taste and also takes care of the nutritional balance. Even, the visual appeal of the South Indian dishes is quite alluring. South Indians usually prefer drinking coffee after having their meals. Well, coffee has become a popular beverage in the entire country. Coconut milk is also quite common in South India.

South Indian cuisine consists of the cuisine of four states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. All the four cuisines have lot many things in common; however, they differ in terms of the spice content in their food preparations.

Andhra Food
Andhra food is the spiciest and the hottest of all the South Indian cuisines. There is a liberal use of oil, tamarind and chilli powder (Guntur). An interesting thing is that though Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, its cuisine is absolutely distinct from that of Andhra cuisine.

Popular Vegetarian Food: Pesarattu, gongura, pulihora, avakkai (cut raw mango) pickle

Popular Non-vegetarian Food: Kodi iguru(fry), Kodi pulusu(gravy), Chepa pulusu etc

Karnataka Food
In Karnataka, lunch is mostly served on a plantain leaf. There is a higher percentage of vegetarians in Karnataka; therefore, their cuisine mainly consists of vegetarian dishes. The food of Karnataka is the mildest of all. Here, the use of chilli powder is done sparingly. They make a liberal use of palm sugar or brown sugar. Udupi food forms part of the cuisine of Karnataka.

Popular dishes: Ragi rotti, Akki rotti, Khara Bisi bele bath, Kesari Bath, Vangi Bath, Saaru, Bath, Davanagere Benne Dosa, Ragi mudde, and Uppittu.

In South Karnataka, Rava Idli, Mysore Masala Dosa and Medhu Vada are extremely popular.

Among the sweet dishes, Karnataka is well known for its wonderful preparation of Mysore Pak, Dharwad pedha, Pheni, Chiroti.

Kerala Food
Kerala cuisine mainly consists of coconut based foodstuff. Since, Kerala is the chief exporter of coconut; therefore coconut is used liberally over here. Kerala is a place well known for its beautiful backwaters and thus, this place is a paradise for seafood lovers. There is an abundance of seafood specialties.

Popular Vegetarian Food: Aviyal, olan,

Popular Non-vegetarian Food: Shrimp coconut curry, fish poriyal

Tamil Food
The cuisine of Tamilnadu consists of plenty of mouthwatering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Tamilnadu has a lot to offer, when it comes to food.

Popular Vegetarian Food: Idli, sambar, rasam, vada, thayir sadam (yogurt rice), thayir vadai, murukku, kootu, poriyal, uthappam, appalam and papadum and thayir pachadi

Popular Non-vegetarian Food: Chettinad pepper chicken and karuvadu kozhumu (dried preserved fish flavored curry)

TOUR ATTRACTIONS:
Lately, India has emerged as an outstanding tourist destination, which registers a huge footfall every year. With its integral parts, this country represents an exclusive paradigm of unity in diversity. Every part is blessed with cultural, traditional and geographical diversities.
South India with its soothing beaches, rich wildlife, excellent monuments, serene landscapes, spirituality and a lot of adventurous activities offers a breathtaking experience to its visitors. The melange of spirituality, exotic landscapes, hustle-bustle of development, philosophy, multiple faiths, a vast array of gourmets, all with utmost fervor are really exciting.
Popular destinations of southern region are Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Chennai, Cochin, Alleppey, Madurai, Munnar, Thekkady and many more. Each place has a distinctive feature of its own.
The variety of tourist attractions in southern India is simply amazing. Whether you are passionate about wildlife, adventure, pilgrimage, culture, heritage or scenic beauty, there is a wide range for you to explore. The attractions that we have covered below are known worldwide and invite hordes of travelers from all across the globe.

CONCLUSION:
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Cost and Dates

Package Type: Price Per Person on Twin Sharing
INR 2,638/-
Validity: Valid From July 1, 2011 - Febuary 20, 2012
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Hotel Details

Hotel: JC RESIDENCY
City: Kodaikanal
Star Category:
The JC Residency is a quaint hotel perched on the slope of a hill. It is a 3 star property and is only three and a half years old, started in March 2003.

The hotel's lobby and reception is a welcoming area with sofas. The reception also has a travel desk where all your travel needs are looked after. There are a total of 34 rooms categorised as 4 Deluxe rooms, 18 Super Deluxe rooms, 8 Royal Suites and 4 Honeymoon Suites. The only difference between the Deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms are that the Deluxe rooms are on ground floor level while the Super Deluxe rooms are on the first floor of the hotel with a better view.

All the rooms have wooden flooring and cable television and are done up in warm dark colours to create a cosy feeling in the cold weather. While all rooms have an intercom telephone extension, outgoing local and STD calls can be made from the reception. All the bathrooms are done in blue tiles and have fun shower curtains and a shower area. Hot water is available in the rooms between 6:00 am to 11:00 am and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

All the Suites have a separate seating area. The Honeymoon Suite has a leather sofa with a television on entering, a dining table for two with a candle stand, a sink with a marble counter and a connecting bedroom with another television and a tub in the bathroom as well.

The dining facility offered at the hotel is the restaurant called Pine & Petals, which is a multi cuisine restaurant. The timings for breakfast are from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, lunch from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm and dinner from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Breakfast is free for all in-house guests and room service is of the same timings as the restaurant.

There is a small open air amphitheatre with a place for bonfires. On special occasions, a sound system can be arranged for as well. This area is usually availed by group parties and get-togethers.

Connected to the amphitheatre is a small playground for children with swings and slides. A gym and table tennis table is also available for guests and is open 24 hours. There is a lounge area with a carom board and a television. This room is furnished with sofas and a centre table along with a table and chairs for board games. There is also a gift shop and handbag shop next to the reception, which has a selection of a variety of items. They remain open from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

The conference hall can accommodate 50 people and has a partition that can be used or removed depending on the number of guests and their requirements. This area has wooden flooring, a podium and comfortable chairs with red upholstery.

Don't Miss:
The hotel offers a few treats for the kids in the form of a children's park and a bird enclosure close to the amphitheatre. The hotel has birds like ducks, turkeys and fan-tailed pigeons, which are all well looked after by a caretaker. Of course, the star attractions are the two emus that have a close resemblance to the ostrich family. Not only are these birds a delight for the children, the interest shown here can be educational too.

Location:
JC Residency is located just a kilometre from the Kodaikanal bus stand and 90 kilometres from the nearest railway station on Kodai Road. The Kodai Lake is at close proximity along with Bryant Park (botanical gardens) and Coaker's Point which is a view point.

 
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