South India Unplugged Itinerary

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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      USD $950
      CAD $970
      AUD $1,005
      EUR €695
      GBP £600
      NZD $1,190
      ZAR R9,120
      CHF FR860
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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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Day 1 Trivandrum

Hang out with the locals on Kovalam Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Varkala

Take a dip in the Arabian Sea, sip chai at a cliff-top cafe, practise some yoga or visit the ancient Janardhana Temple.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 4 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.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 5-6 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 catch a Kathakali dance performance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 9-10 Madurai

Weave through chaotic streets filled with bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws or explore the labyrinthine corridors of the Sri Meenakshi Temple.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 11-12 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 13-14 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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 15-16 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1