Enjoy an Indian Real Food Adventure from Chennai to Kochi
Discover the incredible flavours of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on this Real Food Adventure through South India. Dine on idli and parotta, stroll through plantations of tea and spices, sit down to a traditional home-cooked sapaad meal (presented on a banana leaf) and cook up a storm in Kochi. Visit French Puducherry, stay in a heritage mansion in Karaikudi and discover life (and food) on the Kerala backwaters. You will relish every taste of this delicious trip through the heart of southern India.
Taste the true heart of India through its food – explore the ingredients, flavours and tastes of the key southern Indian food regions of Kerala and Tamil Nadu
Explore rolling plantations of tea and of spices from cardamom to cloves, savour coconuts and tropical fruits, wake up to South India breakfasts from idli to dosa, and end the day with traditional meals of sambar, thoran or curry
Get a truly local insight into Madurai’s street food scene guided by a passionate foodie
Learn about the premier regional cuisine of India – Chettinad cuisine – in an impressive nineteenth century mansion
Taste the mix of French and India influcences in the food of Puduicherry, from the croissants of the coffee houses to the iconic poricha meen
Cook up a Keralan storm with an ex-rickshaw driver turned food guru
There are a couple of long travel days on this departure, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience.
Southern India can get very hot during the summer so remember to drink lots of water, wear skin protection and bring a variety of clothing – light cotton fabrics work best in the heat.
You will travel by local bus on this trip. While conditions are basic, this is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals while enjoying the passing scenery.
You will visit some temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
Accommodation in the backwaters of Kerala is a multi-share homestay, so be prepared to share space (along with stories and a delicious home-cooked meal).
From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.
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FESTIVALS IN INDIA:
Please note travelling during major festivals such as Holi and Diwali can, at times, cause disruption the the published itinerary. Please see the 'Safety' section for more details.
TAJ MAHAL DOME RESTORATIONS
The main dome on the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy due to begin in April 2017. It is likely the entire dome will be obscured by iron scaffolding. Portions of the white marble façade will be covered in mud and plastic sheets during the cleaning process. The restorations will be carried out in sections and the work on the dome is expected to last one year.
Indian authorities have announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation. ATMs will not operate on 9-10 November 2016.
Until new notes are issued, you should not accept any denomination higher than 100 rupees (around AUD 2)
Please ensure you receive change from any purchases in 100 rupee notes or smaller.
Our Real Food Adventure - South India trips score an average of 4.71 out of 5 based on 28 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid provides great small group tours, and our chosen focus is food. I feel quite secure travelling and knowing that accommodation, and travel is all taken care of for me now!
Review submitted 10 Apr 2017
There were many things I really liked about this trip including the small size of our group (9), the enthusiasm and energy of the tour leader, and the overall itinerary. I would leave out Auroville, which is a place of dubious interest.
Review submitted 31 Mar 2017