When it comes to temples, South India’s Dravidian masterpieces are renowned for their outstanding architecture. You’ll see Meenakshi Temple with its brightly painted sculptures, Brihadesvara Temple built and adorned with frescoes by the Cholas and Chidambaram Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva performing the cosmic dance. In Kanchipuram, “City of 1000 Temples,” meet master craftsmen working on beautiful silk sarees. Then visit a spice plantation in Periyar, practice yoga with a master and cruise through winding waterways and mangroves of Kerala’s backwaters. Have lunch on a traditional houseboat, take a Tuk Tuk ride in Kochi to Jew Town and visit the Paradesi Synagogue. Enjoy a Kathakali performance – a dance-drama-storytelling tradition of South India – including a backstage visit to watch the artists apply their special makeup.