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.
Take the atmosphere of Shimla or Darjeeling, add lush tropical jungle and you have the Western Ghats: a hotspot of biodiversity with thundering waterfalls, tea plantations, spice markets, and echoes of a colonial past.
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 wildlife
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 popular retreats – and the perfect last stop on your adventure
As this is a Basix trip, there is plenty of free time built into the itinerary for you to enjoy as you wish in each destination. Your leader will take you on an orientation walk to get your bearings and give you plenty of suggestions, but then what you do next is up to you! Please take into account spending money for optional sightseeing that isn't included in the trip cost when budgeting for your journey.
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. 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.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip and is available for all nights with the exception of the overnight sleeper trains.
Our South India Revealed trips score an average of 4.72 out of 5 based on 224 reviews in the last year.
South India is a whirlwind of sights, colours, culture, tastes and experiences. Intrepid gives you a fantastic opportunity to not be a tourist but to travel and live and experience the culture and community around you. The guides are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable. Thankyou Bruno Justin for an awesome trip
Review submitted 03 Jun 2018
Much more different compared to North India. The colours are vivid, the people are friendly, the climate is indeed very hot. Great tour, I loved it!
Review submitted 30 May 2018