South India Travel Class

Husband & wife team, Gokulan & Daisy, generously introduce sights, sounds & tastes of their home land. When Gokulan invited 23 Australians to attend his traditional wedding and they all said “Yes!”, he discovered the excitement of introducing Aussies to South India. Their wedding guest, Martine Valentine, shares from the perspective of an Aussie travelling to South India. Gokulan will entertain you with the story about his arranged marriage to Daisy. Daisy will be serving you a traditional Indian treats and masala chai. Sit back, relax and enjoy learning all you need to know about South India travel.

Are you a person who loves travel and seeks opportunities to embrace, discover and immerse yourself in other cultures? Or Are you content to be an armchair traveler? Either way… Come and explore the colour and culture of little-known South India. Husband & wife team, Gokulan & Daisy, generously introduce sights, sounds & tastes of their home land. After having 23 Australians attend their traditional wedding, they can’t stop sharing the excitement of travelling to South India. Their wedding guest and now a travel expert, Martine Valentine shares from the perspective of an Aussie travelling to South India. Gokulan will entertain you with the story about his arranged marriage to Daisy. During a break, Daisy will be serving you a traditional Indian treats and masala chai. Together, the three of them will take you on a journey to discover the real India. You will be inspired to go off the tourist trail and travel to South India fully prepared to maximize your experience of travelling to South India.

Some of the things you will experience on the day are: - An Indian Penny-farthing adventure. - Weather & What to wear (How to wear saree). - The Best Time to visit India. - The language & customs of South India. - Eating with your hands – The traditional food of South India, more than just curry? - How do arranged-marriages work? Why are they still popular in India? - What can your Aussie dollar buy in South India? - Safety & security. - Types of accommodation. - How is Kollywood dancing different from Bollywood dancing? - Cultural Exchange experiences. - An interactive exercise to see if travel to South India is for you.

TUTOR

Gokulan Gopal

Gokulan Gopal has been Sydney based since 2009. The idea of starting travel courses was inspired by his travel with friends to culture rich places and explore. He now has a personal interest in taking travel to the next level. My area of interests are Cultural Exploartion, Bicycle Touring and Penny-farthing riding. When it comes to South India Travel, Gokulan took inspiration from his wedding in his home town where 30 of his overseas friends (Australia, UK, USA & Dubai) came together and enjoyed local food, meeting my family, friends, relatives & local people. He organised accommodation and activities from the time they landed in Chennai. At that time Gokulan realized how hard it is to find the right accommodation and design activities around people & culture as there is limited information on the internet and also not many tourists come to that part of the world. More importantly having a friend or known person in the town was certainly helpful.