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From Bollywood to Kollywood, Sandalwood, and beyond, India’s film industries are among the most prolific in the world. In the past, the cinema halls where these films debuted were institutions themselves. Not only did they serve as portals to captivating alternate worlds, but they also became pilgrimage sites for audiences to pay respects to beloved actors and actresses. Though recent years have ushered in an era of multiplex theaters, many of these magnificent movie houses still stand. From the gleaming green exterior of the Tharangam theater to the high-ceilinged Saravanna, these structures are extraordinary relics of a vibrant architectural and cultural era.
On this journey, we’ll explore the cities and smaller villages at the heart of South Indian cinema. As we explore abandoned theaters and active sets, we’ll trace the legacies of actors, musicians, and businesspeople integral to the industry. We’ll cast an ear to the stories of industry vets, go behind the scenes, and learn a few moves from a dance professional. Before long, we’ll find ourselves slipping into the wonderfully contagious world of fandom.
The cost of this trip is $4,335 ($6,655 if taking the Rajasthan extension), based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
- Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
- Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $460 ($815 if taking the Rajasthan extension). When booking, please select the single room package option.
Our trip begins with a welcome lunch in Chennai on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Chennai the day before so you can settle in at the hotel and meet our guide and group in the lobby in time for lunch. Our trip concludes in Madurai, in the afternoon on Day 8. If leaving Madurai directly after the trip, we recommend departing in the evening on Day 8. If you’d like to continue on for our three-day extension in Rajasthan, the flight to Delhi also departs in the evening on Day 8. The extension concludes during the morning of Day 12 in Jaipur.
Travelers should be comfortable walking one to three miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Though our pace will be relaxed, we’ll spend most of our time in busy towns, cities, and a few quiet villages. Keep in mind that we’ll be spending time in bustling and crowded places, so to have the best experience possible, travelers should be eager to fully immerse themselves in the buzzing energy of it all.
If informed in advance, dietary restrictions can be accommodated for most meals. However, there will likely be several experiences throughout the trip, such as the sampling of street food and traditional meals, where special dietary requests can’t be accommodated. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
You'll be contributing to the recognition and preservation of a rich, cinematic heritage. Additionally, part of the proceeds from this trip will be donated to the Tushita Foundation, a children's education and empowerment program based out of Amer.