A Taste of South India Overview

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Travel from Goa to Kochi for a taste of South India.

A taste of South India awaits as you visit India's tantalising regions from Goa to Kochi. Get ready for a culinary adventure like no other - this is a tasty treat of a trip designed to tantalise tastebuds and satisfy culture vultures. Visit Goa's seaside bliss before heading to the relaxed coastal beauty of Kerala. Travel through India's rich culture of history, tradition and spirituality. Learn the art of cooking regional dishes from enthusiastic locals and visit aromatic spice farms and lush coconut and coffee plantations. Witness devotees worshipping at temples and locals trading at Indian markets for a true insight into this captivating part of the world. Develop a taste for southern India on this flavoursome journey.

  • Marvel at the mish-mash of cultures in Kochi
  • Tour Kerala and admire the scenic beauty
  • Experience the vibrant architecture of Thanjavur
  • Uncover the ruins of Hampi
  • Visit Goa and tuck into spicy cuisine
  • Visit Pondicherry and enjoy the beachside beauty
  • Learn how to make a hearty biryani

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Goa, India
  • Finish:

    Kochi, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Heritage Property (1 nt), Hotel (12 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Backwaters - Village walk, Biryani cooking class, Boat tour, Brihadeeswara Temple, Chettinad Palace, Chettinad-style cooking class, Coffee plantation tour and home-cooked meal, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Dosa making demonstration, Kochi - Dutch Palace, Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing, Kochi - Jewish Synagogue, Krishna Temple, Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple, Mamallapuram - Shore Temple, Mysore - Maharaja's Palace, Old Goa sightseeing, Periyar - Guided National Park wildlife walk, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner, Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Shravanbegalola Temple

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    494kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 3. This trip starts in Goa on Day 1 at 1pm PLEASE NOTE: this trip has been discontinued for 2013

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Day 1 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.

Day 2 Udupi

Famed for its cuisine - especially the delightful dosa - Udupi is a small city of religious significance and pilgrimage due to its Krishna temples and Hindu heritage.

Day 3 Chikmagalur

A beautiful area with hill stations, waterfalls and verdant coffee and tea plantations, Chikmagalur is known for its numerous festivals, historic temples and a good cuppa.

Days 4-5 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 6-7 Mammallapuram/Pondicherry

Mamallapuram (also Mahabalipuram) is a town with ancient origins. It has nice beaches, good restaurants and the intricately carved Shore Temple, still standing from the 9th century. A former French colony, Pondicherry (now Puducherry) has a distinct French feel while retaining its Indian roots, making it one of India's more surprising and delightful cities.

Day 8 Thanjavur

Thanjavur is renowned for its architecture - namely the Great Living Chola Temples - the Tanjore style of painting and its rice production.

Day 9 Karaikudi

With a history of salt trading and known for the unique limestone and architecture of the houses, Karaikudi is a small city with a delectable cuisine.

Day 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 Periyar

Periyar is an area of Kerala famed for its spice plantations and wildlife sanctuary, which is home to tigers and elephants, among other creatures, and beautiful scenery.

Day 13 Kerala Backwaters

With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.

Days 14-15 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.
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