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THE ROMAN TRAIL

15 day land journey in alluring South India tracing one of the world’s oldest trade routes.

Tour Cost: On Request
Single Supplement: On Request
Date: TBA

Program Overview: Around 2000 years ago, the Romans came to South India as traders, visitors and diplomats. They exercised a lot of influence on ancient Indian society.
The Roman Trail Tour is a unique program that showcases one of the earliest and little-known but important examples of globalization and cross-cultural fertilization that was the result of the commercial, diplomatic and cultural contacts between the ancient kingdoms of South India and the Roman Empire.
These contacts were closely interlinked with South India’s trade and cultural contacts with Sri Lanka and South East Asia. While the India-Rome contacts slowly petered off and became a forgotten piece of history, the India-South East Asia links were far more vibrant and continued till the modern times.
The proposed tour focuses on the interesting Roman vestiges in South India and the local museums housing Roman objects. The tour itinerary more or less conforms to the exact route that the ancient Roman traders took to travel from the Arabian Sea (Muziris) to the Bay of Bengal (Arikamdedu-Mylapore) through the Palghat Pass.
If archaeology; menacing forts; fine architecture; cognition-stimulating museums; interest in Roman art, crafts and history; graceful temples, glorious views of the famous Western Ghats and an authentic cuisine are your preferred themes, then this is the right tour for you!

Highlights:

  • Scholar Suresh Sethuraman wows you with his theories and wondrous stories of the Roman tinctures in southern India.
  • The tour showcases a very important but lesser known aspect of a Roman trade route in southern India. This tour is the first one of its kind.
  • Experience Roman History at its finest in Muziris, Trichur, Erode and Arikamedu.
  • Indulge in the delights of pottery, beads, coins and other evidences of Roman presence
  • Get intrigued with the grandeur of Mammallapuram by appreciating the architecture, vast casuarinas trees, the silvery sandy beach and the classical handicrafts

Itinerary at a glance:
Cochin/Kochi- 2 nights
Palghat/Pollachi- 2 nights
Erode- 1 night
Trichy- 1 night
Thanjavur- 2 nights
Pondicherry- 2 nights
Chennai- 2 nights

Activity Particulars:
Travel between locations by air-conditioned bus or train.
There will be a few long drives of 3 to 4 hours each between locations.
A typical day would begin after breakfast.
Return to the hotel for lunch and a brief rest before setting off on the afternoon trip.
Interactions and performing art sessions are usually in heritage sites and outdoor natural settings. There will be a fair bit of walking involved especially in places like Arikamedu but no strenuous walks or ascents.
Most days would include pre-dinner reception hours when the group gets together to share experiences.

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