South India Explored

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A fascinating journey through India's tropical south


Duration: 20 Days
Starts in: India
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

Exodus Travels

The original adventure and activity holiday company specializing in cultural, walking, cycling, winter and wildlife adventures.


Start Cochin.

Explore historic spice port.

Climb through Nilgiri Hills to Ooty.

Relax, walk, ride or ride the miniature steam railway.

To Mysore through Mudmalai and Bandipur N.P.

Explore palaces and temples of Mysore.

To Hassan via Halebid, Belur and Sravanabelagola temples.

Drive to Bangalore; explore the city before catching a train to Chennai.

Tour of Chennai; visit St Thomas Church; transfer to Mahabalipuram

Morning sightseeing; explore rock-cut caves; afternoon free.

To Pondicherry via Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary.

To Thanjavur through fertile Kaveri Delta.

Explore Thanjavur; to Madurai.

Visit Meenakshi Temple; free time.

Westward to Kerala and Periyar National Park.

Explore Periyar National Park; morning nature walk; optional afternoon boat trip.

To Alleppey; board houseboat for backwater cruise.

Leave houseboat and drive to Kovalam; afternoon free.

Optional visit to Kanyakumari - the southernmost tip of India - or relax on the beach.

End Kovalam.

Additional Information

A region of great charm, southern India offers travellers beautiful cities, colonial hill stations, colourful temples, a relaxed lifestyle, attractive scenery and some of the best food in India. The major cities of the south were once princely capitals of the maharajas, and their magnificent remains contrast dramatically with the cool, mist-shrouded hill stations established by the British Raj. The natural scenery is also immensely rewarding; forest-clad hills slope down to a shoreline of shady lagoons, wooded islands, ancient spice ports and sandy beaches. This is an exceptionally varied and interesting trip and gives a comprehensive view of the whole of South India.


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