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.
Explore the beautiful south of India and dive into some authentic southern Indian cuisine
A homestay with a local family is a special experience, especially in the serene backwaters of Kerala
Wander through Periyar National Park on the lookout for tigers and elephants
The city of Madurai showcases southern India at its liveliest. Explore the city’s bazaars and discover the colourful, intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple
Visit the World Heritage-listed Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, a spectacular monument surrounded by ruins
Golden beaches and age-old fishing villages make Goa one of India’s most tranquil retreats – and the perfect last stop on your adventure
It’s important to prepare for hot sticky temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening. Layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather. Please also ensure that you use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.
We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
This trip involves some long overnight train journeys, including a 10-hour train to Hampi and nine-hour train to Goa. While this can be tiresome, entertaining chaiwalas (tea vendors), food vendors and conversations with locals make this a rewarding experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.
You will also be travelling by local bus on this trip. While conditions are basic, this is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals while enjoying the passing scenery.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip. The single supplement is available for all nights with the exception of the overnight sleeper trains on nights 10, 12 and 14 .Please see under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
Our South India Revealed trips score an average of 4.66 out of 5 based on 146 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid is the perfect way of travelling, if you're looking for a fun and interesting way to explore a country in group and enjoy the local way of living!
Review submitted 13 Sep 2017
A very good introduction to south India, if pretty tiring in places (depending how well you sleep on overnight trains!). Worth researching your own trips on free days, such as Thattekad reserve near Kochi. Don't expect to swim in the sea on windy monsoon days!
Review submitted 08 Sep 2017