Classic South India Overview
- 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The emerald-green hills, tranquil tea plantations, misty valleys and gushing rivers of Munnar are a world away from the busy cities of India.
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.
With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.
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.
Classic South India Reviews
Our Classic South India trips score an average of 4.29 out of 5 based on 14 reviews in the last year.
Classic South India, April 2014
Overall impressions: a trip for oldies, which is not how I usually think of a Intrepid (I now know that this was operated by Peregrine; lovely scenery and cool locations; trip pace a little slow; great southern food.
Review submitted 15 May 2014
Classic South India, March 2014
The tour was good and we had great fellow group members. However we had expected the tour to be more "the Intrepid Style". Presume that it might be easier with 10 people instead of 15. Please see our comments below and please give us some feedback on our points.
Review submitted 14 Apr 2014
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