South India Unplugged Overview

Take a south India tour from Chennai to Goa via Madurai, Varkala, the backwaters of Kerala, Kochi, Mysore and Hampi, and experience southern India's beautiful landscapes.

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Explore the beaches and backwaters of south India.

Unplug from everyday routine and head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India. Visit India's lush landscapes, experience its intriguing religions and explore its exotic bazaars. Jump on local transport to cover all the charming places to visit in Chennai, paddle through the backwaters of Kerala and discover the coconut groves and fishing villages that characterise this region of the subcontinent. See ancient ruins and beautiful temples, eat spicy curries and drink luscious lassis before unwinding on the gorgeous beaches of Goa.

  • Admire the magnificent Maharaja's Palace of Mysore
  • Boat the backwaters in Kerala
  • Get a taste of a beach holiday in Goa
  • Experience the strange landscape of Hampi
  • See the Shore Temple of Mamallapuram
  • Uncover charming places to visit in Chennai
  • Try yoga in Varkala
  • Visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Chennai, India
  • Finish:

    Goa, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (8 nts), Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Canoe, Overnight sleeper train, Train
  • Carbon emissions offset:

    324kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. This trip starts in Chennai on Day one at 4pm. TRIP CHANGES 2013 Please note that this tour will now begin Selected Saturdays in 2013 (July - Apr) instead of Selected Sundays in 2012 (Jul-Apr). This change will begin from the 2nd Feb 2013, please note that the 6th Jan, 13th Jan, 20th Jan and 27th Jan 2013 departures will be unaffected by this change.

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Day 1 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 2 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.

Days 3-4 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 5-6 Varkala

Blessed by dramatic cliffs falling into the Arabian sea, Varkala is an unassuming town with a relaxed feel and some great temples, beaches and eateries.

Day 7 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies, winding waterways, Ayurvedic massage and welcoming locals all await on this amazing Kerala Backwaters homestay.

Days 8-9 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.

Days 10-11 Mysore

The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.

Days 12-13 Hampi

Hampi is a relaxed village awash with captivating ruins and temples of the 15th-century city Vijayanagar, now a World Heritage site.

Days 14-15 Goa

Tinged with a Portuguese flavour, the state of Goa is blessed with lovely beaches, rich traditions, mouth-watering cuisine, World Heritage buildings and a wealth of attractions.
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