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.
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India can be a daunting place at times, even for experienced travellers. With a local leader to support you the whole way and take care of all the logistics, you’ll build plenty of confidence in how to find the best food, activities and fun in each destination.
A group size of up to 16 other travellers means you will have plenty of new friends to share experiences, meals and good times with during your trip.
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.
Get a taste of southern Indian cuisine, indulging in sweet chutneys, seafood curries, stuffed dosa and more. Here's a sampling of what is in store for your tastebuds: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/foodies-guide-south-india/
Glide through the backwaters of Kerala on a pole boat, going ashore for an village homestay - a beautiful break from hotels and overnight trains and a perfect way to get close to local customs and culture.
The word ‘colourful’ gets thrown around a lot when people talk about India, but the gateway towers of Meenakshi Amman Temple truly are a technicolour dream.
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 in each destination to get your bearings and give you plenty of suggestions - then what comes next is up to you! Please take into account spending money for optional sightseeing (including local transport to and from sights) that isn't included in the trip cost when budgeting for your journey.
We are covering a lot of distance in a vast country, so this trip involves some very long bus and train rides. These can at times be a bit grueling, but offer a quintessential and authentic Indian experience.
Sleeper trains are a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. 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. More information can be found in the Transport section of these notes. Read about what it's like travelling on overnight trains in India, and around the world, here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/overnight-train-travel-around-...
This trip runs all year round, so it’s important to be aware of just how hot it can get in India in the summer months and choose the season that best suits you.
If you'd prefer an itinerary in southern India with more inclusions, higher standard of accommodation or less overnight trains, check out our HHSS (Original) or HHKS (Comfort) trips. If you are 18-29 and would prefer to travel with others of the same age, look for our HHYS trip.
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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 4.73 out of 5 based on 230 reviews in the last year.
Come with a relaxed attitude and an open mind. The locals are lovely people and if you want to put a smile on a child face bring some pens. At major tourist attractions you will get asked for selfies.
Review submitted 10 Aug 2018
We were aware that this was a basics trip but were dissappointed with some of the accommodation. We understand power cuts etc but didnt like the very dirty hotel rooms, lack of basic amenities. Like the lack of hot water for showering in some places and no laundary services even though it was said to be available. After travelling long time eg. On train it would be good to have a short break before continuing on journey. We loved all the journeys on the trains, buses, vans and auto rickshaws. Loved all the food. The Dreams Beach Resort, Varkala was so bad we considered leaving the tour.
Review submitted 05 Aug 2018