South India Unplugged Overview

Discover the beautiful landscapes of southern India on a fascinating journey from the beaches of Varkala to idyllic Goa via the Kerala backwaters and historic Kochi.

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    • HHRS
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,030
      CAD $1,050
      AUD $1,085
      EUR €730
      GBP £650
      NZD $1,285
      ZAR R9,890
      CHF FR905
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later South India Unplugged.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-02-01 - 2014-12-31

Explore the beaches and backwaters of southern India

Unplug from everyday routine and head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India. Explore the lush landscapes, intriguing religions, exotic bazaars and incredible contrasts of this region. Jump on and off local transport, go rural through backwater coconut groves and fishing villages, and discover the heart of the subcontinent. See ancient ruins and stunning temples, eat spicy curries and drink luscious lassis. Join the bustle of city streets and at the end of it all unwind on the beautiful 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 Kochi
  • Try yoga in Varkala
  • Visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Trivandrum, India
  • Finish:

    Goa, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (11 nts), Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Train
  • Included activities:

    Backwaters - Pole Boat Ride, Backwaters - Village walk, Madurai - Walking tour, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    303kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 2. PLEASE NOTE JANUARY 2014 DEPARTURES WILL OPERATE ON THE 2013 ITINERARY WHICH STARTS IN CHENNAI.

  • Total price from

    USD $1,030
    CAD $1,050
    AUD $1,085
    EUR €730
    GBP £650
    NZD $1,285
    ZAR R9,890
    CHF FR905
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $64
    CAD $65
    AUD $67
    EUR €45
    GBP £40
    NZD $80
    ZAR R618
    CHF FR56
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Day 1 Trivandrum

Hang out with the locals on Kovalam Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars.

Days 2-3 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 4 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 5-6 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 7-8 Periyar National Park

Journey to the lush Periyar National Park in the ranges of the Western Ghats to spot leopards, monkeys and around 60 other types of mammals at play in the wild. Visit the elephant and tiger reserves on site to better understand the plight of these endangered animals in India.

Days 9-10 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 11-12 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 13-14 Hampi

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

Days 15-16 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.
    • 16
    • HHRS
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,030
      CAD $1,050
      AUD $1,085
      EUR €730
      GBP £650
      NZD $1,285
      ZAR R9,890
      CHF FR905
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
    •  
       
       
       
       
    • Explorer
    • Basix
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