Travel to the cultural and scenic highlights of southern India
Lush and tropical, southern India is inspiring and delightful. Beneath the green shade of a coastal paradise, meet with locals in their fishing villages and tribal homes. Join them in the bazaars, on buses and boats or even on pilgrimage in Madurai. From iconic cultural sights like the Maharaja's Palace in Mysore to French-infused Pondicherry and the vast landscape of Periyar - southern India's spirituality, friendly people and wild animal sanctuaries make it a fascinating part of the country to explore.
Discover the waterfalls, tea plantations and spice markets of South India’s Western Ghats, a jungle-clad mountain range older than the Himalaya and one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is a fascinating blend of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences, and is best explored by ferry
Step back in time among the iridescent hills of the very British ‘Snooty Ooty’ - home of snooker and the charming Nilgiri toy train
Search for elusive wildlife, including elephants, sloths and birds on safari around two of the best places in India to observe nature up close - Mudumalai National Park and Periyar National Park
Experience a unique way of life with a family homestay in the idyllic backwaters of Kerala
This trip is packed full of sights and experiences, including many main highlights of southern India along with plenty of insights into local life. There is an extensive amount of travel and a number of single night stays to ensure we fit as much in as we can.
We use a variety of transport on this trip including travel by train or bus for up to 8 hours and an overnight sleeper train from Mysore to Mamallapuram.
Sleeper trains a quintessential Indian experience and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. With the experience can come some unpredictability - there are occasional delays or even cancellations. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender. See the Transport section for more information about train travel in India or this guide for more about train travel around the world: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/overnight-train-travel-around-...
Up in the Western Ghats it can be surprisingly cool at night, especially in winter. Check weather reports before you go to help with your packing, and remember too to bring modest clothing (ie. pants or skirts that go below the knees and tops that cover your arms) for our visits to religious sites in particular.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A Single Supplement is available for this trip and is applicable for all nights on tour with the exception of Day 5 in Mudumalai National Park and the overnight train on Day 7.
Our Southern India trips score an average of 4.78 out of 5 based on 246 reviews in the last year.
enjoyable trip but would have liked longer in Pondicherry and miss out Aurovil Your questionnaire needs adjustment see camping/equipment
Review submitted 15 May 2018
Travelling through Southern India was a pleasant experience despite the heat and humidity. There was actually a working escalator at Madurai Railway Station!! Flying into Kochi was very civilised. We were offered comfortable lounge chairs to sit in while courteous immigration staff processed our E Visas. Customer service at its best. Hill Stations, wildlife Parks and Boating in the Kerala Backwaters make this a memorable 2 weeks.
Review submitted 03 May 2018