South India Unplugged Itinerary

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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The colourful streets and people of Chennai

Markets and local sail boats spread along Goa beach

 Locals submerging into shallow waters of Goa

Locals in colourful dress gather at Hampi Ruins

Local men canoeing along narrow river through heavy greenery

Traditional wooden houseboat floating along river in Kerala

Local women chatting in bright streets of Pondicherry

Day 1 Chennai

Revel in an exciting mix of modern commercialism and tropical languor - hang out with the locals along Marina Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars.
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Day 2 Mamallapuram

Relax on the beaches or cycle around the village to see the worn and weathered Shore Temple. Indulge in a feast of freshly caught seafood by the beach.
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Days 3-4 Madurai

Weave through chaotic streets filled with bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws or explore the labyrinthine corridors of the Sri Meenakshi Temple.
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Days 5-6 Varkala

Take a dip in the Arabian Sea, sip chai at a cliff-top cafe, practise some yoga or visit the ancient Janardhana Temple.
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Day 7 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Cruise past palm trees, rice fields and coconut groves on a sunset boat trip through the winding backwaters of Kerala. Enjoy an island homestay, including a delicious home-cooked Keralan meal.
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Days 8-9 Kochi

Explore the heart of Kerala on a local ferry. This fascinating city is an invigorating mix of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences. See spice bazaars, the beautiful Dutch Palace and perhaps a catch a Kathakali dance performance.
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Days 10-11 Mysore

Famous for its silk, incense and sandalwood, relaxed Mysore also boasts amazing temples. Take time to climb Chamundi Hill and be sure to visit the Maharaja's Palace.
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Days 12-13 Hampi

Wander through the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire, nestled in an outlandish boulder-strewn landscape. Hampi also has plenty of temples, chilled cafes and great little markets to explore.
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Days 14-15 Goa

This southern adventure concludes in Goa, famed for its palm-fringed beaches and relaxed pace. The Portuguese influence endures in the city's whitewashed churches.
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