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).
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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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 4.79 out of 5 based on 39 reviews in the last year.
South India was a revelation for me, as I had no idea how different and how culturally rich it would be. I've spent lots of time in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and now see the powerful cultural influence of South India on the surrounding countries. The food, the lavish, mysterious temples and the wonderful Kerala "Backwater" region, kind of a crazy dream of canals, rice fields, water lilies, birdlife, obedient ducks and relaxing accommodation all made this a really fun tour. Santo, our tour leader, worked hard, in an easy-going way, to makes sure we had a great time.
Review submitted 01 Dec 2017
Do this trip - not only is it an absolute delight exploring the food of southern India with demonstrations and participation classes, but you also get the culture - the temples at Madurai being the highlight and you get the countryside - the waterways of Kerala being the highlight here.
Review submitted 29 Nov 2017