Classic South India Itinerary

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.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,095
      CAD $2,160
      AUD $2,120
      EUR €1,460
      GBP £1,225
      NZD $2,360
      ZAR R21,220
      CHF FR1,765
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Colourful streets of Chennai, india

reflections on the kerala backwaters in India

Periyar wildlife sanctuary watering hole

auroville meditation hall in pondicherry, india

munnar tea plantations, india

Days 1-2 Chennai

Soak up the tropical heat of Chennai, India’s fourth-largest city. Wander through lively local markets, learn about the East India Company’s involvement with Chennai at the Government Museum and pay respects to Lord Shiva at the glorious Kapileshwar Temple.
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Day 3 Mamallapuram

Embrace the relaxed fishing-village vibe of Mamallapuram. Visit the famous Shore Temple overlooking the Bay of Bengal. During free time, perhaps watch stone carvers practising their craft, inspect the many fascinating carved pillars in front of temples or make the most of the setting by enjoying a meal at a beachside restaurant.
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Day 4 Pondicherry

Soak up the distinctly European feel of Pondicherry on a walking tour. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, one of the most popular ashrams in India, fascinating local temples and the Old French Quarter.
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Days 5-6 Madurai

Discover the stunning temple complexes of Madurai. Explore the bustling bazaars, and wind through the labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors that make up the mysterious and ancient Sri Meenakshi temple.
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Days 7-8 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Cruise through lush pineapple plantations on the way to Periyar. Savour the heady aroma of spices at a local spice garden before venturing into the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander amid colourful flowers and lush trees and keep an eye out for bison, elephants, deer and even tigers and leopards.
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Days 9-10 Munnar

Craggy mountain peaks, tropical forests and green fields surround the hill station of Munnar. Visit the local tea fields and sip a local brew while admiring the impressive landscape.
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Days 11-12 Kochi

Encounter Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch influences in Kochi. Explore Fort Cochin, witness a dramatic and powerful Kathakali dance performance and visit the spectacular Mattancherry Palace.
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Day 13 Alleppey/Kerala Backwaters

Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala to Alleppey and discover one of rural India’s hidden treasures; this pleasant market town sits on the banks of palm-lined canals. Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the winding waters and meet locals on a walk through a village. After an action-packed day, settle down for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
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Days 14-15 Trivandrum/Kovalam Beach

Sitting on the Arabian Sea, Kovalam Beach is the perfect spot to unwind. See Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Achuthengu Fort or use free time to relax on palm-fringed beaches, sample fresh seafood or shop for souvenirs before heading home.
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