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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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,395
      CAD $1,440
      AUD $1,450
      EUR €960
      GBP £800
      NZD $1,570
      ZAR R14,105
      CHF FR1,160
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india woman picking tea

india woman picking tea

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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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

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.
ACCOM: Jungle resort - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 8 Mamallapuram

Travel to Mamallapuram, cycle around the Shore Temple and see the massive rock carving known as Arjuna's Penance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Share a traditional feast with a local family and take a sunset boat tour through the Kerala backwaters.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1