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.

    • 16
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    • 4.62 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $900
      CAD $930
      AUD $965
      EUR €670
      GBP £580
      NZD $1,145
      ZAR R8,785
      CHF FR830
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  • 2014-02-01 - 2014-12-31

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:

    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 (10 nts), Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus, 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 $900
    CAD $930
    AUD $965
    EUR €670
    GBP £580
    NZD $1,145
    ZAR R8,785
    CHF FR830
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $56
    CAD $58
    AUD $60
    EUR €41
    GBP £36
    NZD $71
    ZAR R549
    CHF FR51
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South India Unplugged Summary

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Day 1 Trivandrum

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.

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
    • 4.62 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $900
      CAD $930
      AUD $965
      EUR €670
      GBP £580
      NZD $1,145
      ZAR R8,785
      CHF FR830
      *
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