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.

Trivandrum, India
Goa, India
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
262kg pp per trip


  • 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


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Hang out with the locals on Kovalam Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars.
Take a dip in the Arabian Sea, sip chai at a cliff-top cafe, practise some yoga or visit the ancient Janardhana Temple.
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.
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.
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.
Weave through chaotic streets filled with bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws or explore the labyrinthine corridors of the Sri Meenakshi Temple.
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.
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.
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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1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Boat, Train
Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Backwaters - Pole Boat Ride
  • Backwaters - Village walk
  • Madurai - Walking tour
  • Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner


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South India Unplugged , October 2015

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