Southern India Itinerary

Explore the tropical and spiritual Indian south. Join holiday-makers in Ooty, relax in Pondicherry and tour through Mudumalai. This corner of India is magical.

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Smiling local woman hard at work picking tea

Indian woman heavily clad in traditional jewellery

Decorated holy cow posing for camera

Local men canoeing along narrow river through heavy greenery

Traditional wooden houseboat floating along river in Kerala

Girls helping out with harvesting tea plantations in Ooty

Local women chatting in bright streets of Pondicherry

Days 1-2 Kochi

Visit fragrant spice bazaars, antique shops, Mattancherry Palace and Fort Cochin. Enjoy an exciting Kathakali dance performance in the evening.
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Days 3-4 Ootacamund

Ride the famous Ootacamund toy train through rolling plantations and learn the secret of making the perfect brew at a tea garden.
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Day 5 Mudumalai National Park

Stay in a jungle retreat at the foot of the Nilgiri Hills. Safari into the wilds of Mudumalai National Park, home to tigers, panthers, elephants and spotted deer.
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Days 6-7 Mysore

View the illuminated stained glass windows of the ornate Palace of Mysore, once belonging to the Maharaja. Dine with a long-time friend of Intrepid and travel to the Keshava Temple - a great example of Hoysala architecture.
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Day 8 Mamallapuram

Travel to Mamallapuram, cycle around the Shore Temple and see the massive rock carving known as Arjuna's Penance.
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Day 9 Pondicherry

Follow the scenic south coast of India to French-influenced Pondicherry and visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
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Day 10 Madurai

Witness mysterious rituals in the Sri Meenakshi Temple, a labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors and shrines in the heart of Madurai.
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Days 11-12 Periyar National Park

Travel through rubber, tea and coffee plantations, and then breathe in the fresh aroma of spices on a visit to a spice farm. At Periyar National Park, join a forest guide and try to track herds of elephants.
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Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Share a traditional feast with a local family and take a sunset boat tour through the Kerala backwaters.
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Days 14-15 Kochi

Enjoy free time to explore the vibrant streets of Kochi and admire the medieval Portuguese, Dutch and British Raj architecture before wrapping up this southern Indian adventure.
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