Enjoy an Indian Real Food Adventure from Bangalore to Kochi
Discover the incredible flavours of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on this Real Food Adventure through South India. Dine on idli and parotta, stroll through plantations of coffee, tea and spices, joina passionate foodie for a tasting tour of Madurai and cook up a storm in Kochi. Savour Kodavan cuisine in Coorg, stay in a heritage mansion in Kandukathan and discover life (and food) on the Kerala backwaters. You will relish every taste of this delicious trip through the heart of southern India.
Taste the true heart of India through its food – explore the ingredients, flavours and tastes of the key southern Indian food regions of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu
Uncover the verdant beauty of the Western Ghats and the distinct culinary traditions of the Kodava people in Coorg
Get a truly local insight into Madurai’s street food scene guided by a passionate foodie
Learn about Chettinad cuisine an impressive nineteenth century mansion – the Chettiars have a reputation of eating like kings!
Cook up a Keralan storm with an ex-rickshaw driver turned food guru
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of India's cuisine. India is a great place to travel for vegetarians and vegans - offering lots of choice and great quality fare. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
India is a big country and there are some long travel days on this departure. Use these as an opportunity to relax, witness everyday life from the window of your vehicle and to get to know your fellow travellers.
This trip travels by overnight train from Mysore to Madurai. While the overnight train can seem a little daunting, it is a very efficient way to travel long distances and maximising time in each place. Note that long distance and overnight trains can often be delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between December and February.
This trip stays in a mix of accommodation to experience a variety of Indian life. Standards can vary though – there will be hot water in most but not all hotels.
Southern India can get very hot during the summer so remember to drink lots of water, wear skin protection and bring a variety of clothing – light cotton fabrics work best in the heat.
You will visit some 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.
Accommodation in the backwaters of Kerala is a multi-share homestay, so be prepared to share space (along with stories and a delicious home-cooked meal).
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FESTIVALS IN INDIA:
Please note travelling during major festivals such as Holi and Diwali can, at times, cause disruption the published itinerary. Please see the 'Safety' section for more details.
A Single Supplement is available on this trip. However is not available for the Overnight Train or Homestay nights.
DAY 2 & 3:
Our accommodation in Kodagu is of a higher level than the rest of the itinerary due to limited hotel options for twin bedding and groups of 12 in the region. Travelers should bring their swimming gear in the warmer months as the hotel here has a pool. Please also note that Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity in Kodagu can be inconsistent due to its remote location.
Our South India Real Food Adventure trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 44 reviews in the last year.
This is a good trip for travellers who like Indian food mixed with cultural sites. It involves quite a lot of travelling by road and this is an experience that can shock for first time travellers to India. The overnight train journey is an experience we wouldn't repeat but it was acceptable. The accommodation was mostly very good but one or two places were not as good as others. Surprisingly the homestay was too modern. Visiting temples in bare feet can be painful on your feet and you accept the pain or miss the chance to go inside.
Review submitted 25 Mar 2018
Intrepid are a caring company who make you feel they have your interests at heart. They work hard to help you engage with the local culture and provide value for money. Thoroughly recommend.
Review submitted 16 Feb 2018