Classic South India Overview

Travel through south India in comfort on this fascinating adventure that takes you through the Kerala Backwaters, into Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary to the cultural intrigue of Munnar and much more.

    • 15
    • HHKS
    • Total price tool tip
    • Comfort
There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Classic South India.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Travel through southern India from Chennai through Pondicherry to Kovalum Beach

Travel to India and embark on this classic southern Indian tour through Kerala from Chennai to Kovalam Beach. Discover a thousand shades of green, indulge in some of the continent’s freshest food and share smiles with the friendly local people in this lush, tropical part of the country. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region and discover its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations. Follow the road less travelled through southern India without sacrificing too many creature comforts.

  • Cruise the winding backwaters of Kerala
  • Indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage in Varkala
  • Watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea
  • Spot elephants in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Stroll through the streets of eclectic Kochi
  • Sip tea while soaking up spectacular scenery in Munnar
  • Relish the rich aromas of an Indian spice plantation

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Chennai, India
  • Finish:

    Kovalam, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Heritage Property (1 nt), Hotel (12 nts), Resort (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Private vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    Chennai - Government Museum, Chennai - Kapileshwar Temple, Kochi - Dutch Palace, Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing, Kochi - Jewish Synagogue, Kochi - Kathakali performance, Kovalam - Attukal Temple, Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai - Walking tour, Mamallapuram - Shore Temple, Munnar - Tea Musuem, Munnar - Town Walk, Periyar - National Park wildlife walk, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner, Pondicherry - Auroville, Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    488kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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Days 1-2 Chennai

Located in India's Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a Tamil cultural centre and home to India's second largest film industry, known as Kollywood.

Day 3 Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram (also Mahabalipuram) is a town with ancient origins. It has nice beaches, good restaurants and the intricately carved Shore Temple, still standing from the 9th century.

Day 4 Pondicherry

A former French colony, Pondicherry (now Puducherry) has a distinct French feel while retaining its Indian roots, making it one of India's more surprising and delightful cities.

Days 5-6 Madurai

With incredible temple complexes and a recorded history going back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai has some wonderful buildings and heritage sites to discover.

Days 7-8 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar is an area of Kerala famed for its spice plantations and wildlife sanctuary, which is home to tigers and elephants, among other creatures, and beautiful scenery.

Days 9-10 Munnar

The emerald-green hills, tranquil tea plantations, misty valleys and gushing rivers of Munnar are a world away from the busy cities of India.

Days 11-12 Kochi

As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.

Day 13 Alleppey/Kerala Backwaters

With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.

Days 14-15 Trivandrum/Kovalam Beach

Incredibly, the history of Trivandrum (now Thiruvananthapuram) dates back to 1000BC, and its lovely coastline and quaint town centre are fascinating places to explore. With three lovely beaches, Kovalam is a little slice of Indian paradise with coconut trees swaying in the breeze and cerulean waters lapping the shores.
    • 15
    • HHKS
    • Total price tool tip
    • Comfort