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13 Days | Discover the soul of southern India, from Chennai to Kochi.

5 out of 5 based on 28 reviews submitted.
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Swaying palm trees, rolling emerald hills and tranquil backwaters make up the lush surface of southern India, but dig a little deeper and discover a land of charismatic people, ancient religion and cherished cuisine. This 13-day Premium adventure will take you into the home of a local family, down the French-inspired streets of Puducherry, through the maze of food stalls in Madurai and into the wilderness of the Periyar National Park, all with the passionate guidance of a local leader.

Trip overview

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Start
Chennai, India
Finish
Kochi, India
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
India
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HHPS
This trip generates 47.57 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Find out what makes Indian cuisine so special during Exclusive Experiences, including an off-the-beaten-path food tour in Madurai, a home-cooked meal with a local family, a fragrant lunch at a spice plantation and an ayurvedic cooking demonstration in Kochi.
  • Enjoy a high-energy Exclusive Experience with a live performance of kalarippayattu in Thekkady – believed to be oldest surviving martial art in India, this will be a show to remember.
  • Witness a fusion of influences in the stunning former French colony of Puducherry, and see touches of a Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and British past in the exuberantly multicultural Kochi.
  • Experience a thousand shades of green as you tour a scenic tea plantation in Munnar and track footprints in search of wild elephants in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Enjoy accommodation like no other – a beautiful converted houseboat on the Kerala backwaters is your Feature Stays for this adventure.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There are a number of long travel days on this trip. Some journeys take up to six hours, but are a great opportunity to get to know locals, fellow travellers and the diverse scenery.
  • The drive to Munnar on Day 8 is on windy roads into the mountains. Motion sickness can be an issue for some, but the scenery is stunning and regular stops will be made to break up your journey.
  • Southern India can get very hot during the summer so remember to bring lots of water and a variety of clothing. Wearing light, loose layers is one of the best ways to tackle the heat.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights), Houseboat Feature Stay (1 night), Kochi Feature Stay (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Chennai - Welcome dinner
  • Mamallapuram - Shore Temples guided tour
  • Auroville - Experimental township
  • Puducherry - Leader-led French Quarter walking tour
  • Puducherry - Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Madurai - Leader-led street food tour
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi 1000 Pillar
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Madurai - Gandhi Museum
  • Madurai - Leader-led walking tour
  • Madurai - Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace
  • Madurai - Local family visit and home-cooked Tamil dinner
  • Thekkady - Expert-guided spice plantation visit and lunch
  • Periyar - Kalaripayattu (Indian Martial Art) performance
  • Periyar - Guided nature walk
  • Munnar - Tea plantation
  • Munnar - Tea Museum
  • Munnar - Mattupetty Dam
  • Munnar - Leader-led town walking tour
  • Kochi - Kathakali performance
  • Kochi - Jewish Synagogue
  • Kochi - Ferry to Mattancherry
  • Kochi - Leader-led Fort Kochi walking tour
  • Kochi - Dutch Palace
  • Kochi - Ayurveda-inspired dinner
  • Kochi - Converstation with an expert on Satvik Bhojan (Ayurvedic food)

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information
3. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 28 reviews submitted.
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megan · Traveled October 2023
This trip covers the varied regions of Southern India very well. From the very busy coastal city of Chennai to the quiet hill station of Thekkady in the cool mountains & back to the island city of Kochi with an overnight stay on a houseboat. A very enjoyable trip & highly recommended.
Review submitted 06 Nov 2023

John · Traveled October 2023
An excellent way to gain an understanding of Southern Indian history, culture and lifestyle. Quality accomodation, transport and inclusions are part of the package. Experienced leadership from both Anant and Vinit enhanced the experience.
Review submitted 25 Oct 2023

Marine · Traveled October 2023
Absolutely recommend experiencing South India with Intrepid! The tour leader was absolutely amazing and we felt like we were able to experience the regions and everything it has to offer to the fullest!
Review submitted 13 Oct 2023

Vicki · Traveled September 2023
This was an excellent trip. Saw a lot, did a lot but also enough ‘down time’ to relax or do your own thing. Accommodation was very good, food was varied and also very good. Special shout out to tour leader Afshar who was an excellent leader, relaxed but always upbeat and knowledgeable.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2023

Helle · Traveled September 2023
A trip of a lifetime with Usha as our tour leader. Usha is one of the best tour leaders I have ever come across, caring, fantastic knowledge and very passionate about her job. Well done Interpid for creating such an amazing product which offers great value for money, fantastic inclusions and a perfect itinerary. I will be back!
Review submitted 07 Oct 2023
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