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Best of Southern India

14 days, Kochi to Kochi

South India, Southern India, Kochi, Kathakali Dance Show, Performer

From calm Kerala backwaters and spice plantations to incredible temples and searching for tigers in the wild, have your camera ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. This two-week adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, and country boats will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the peaceful backwaters of Kerala and stunning temples of Tamilnadu.

14 days

Kochi to Kochi

From$10219HKD
Valid on Apr 9 2023
Trip Code: AHBS

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From calm Kerala backwaters and spice plantations to incredible temples and searching for tigers in the wild, have your camera ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. This two-week adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, and country boats will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the peaceful backwaters of Kerala and stunning temples of Tamilnadu.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

14 days

Kochi to Kochi

From$10219HKD
Valid on Apr 9 2023
Trip Code: AHBS

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

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Ripple Score

100

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Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Kochi

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Kochi/Kalpetta

Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district.

Day 3Kalpetta

Walk the nature trails through the forested areas in Wayanad. Also take a wildlife drive in search of elephants and bison.

Day 4Kalpetta/Mysore

Settle in for the drive to the ancient city of Mysore.

Day 5Mysore

Explore the vibrant city of Mysore including visits to Chamundi Temple and Mysore Palace. After enjoy free time and opt to visit the Devaraja market or join a yoga class.

Day 6Mysore/Māmallapuram

Enjoy a full day of train travel to Chennai before a short bus ride to Mamallapuram. Visit the Shore Temple.

Day 7Māmallapuram

Free time to explore Mamallapuram.

Day 8Māmallapuram/Puducherry

Continue to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) and learn about Sri Aurobindo Ghose at the ashram.

Day 9Puducherry/Madurai

Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Day 10Madurai

Hop on a cycle rickshaw for a tour of the city before visiting the famous Meenakshi Temple.

Day 11Madurai/Thekkady

Drive to Thekkady. Take a guided tour of spice plantations in the Cardamom Hills.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 12Thekkady/Kerala Backwaters

Travel to Alleppey for a local homestay. Experience local life and a guided walk along the lagoon.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Meals included:

Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Kerala Backwaters/Kochi

Spend the morning enjoying last moments with your host family. Learn to cook some local food, watch the toddy tappers at work, or wander around the village. Travel to a Planeterra project for lunch before returning to Kochi. Head out for an orientation walk, then enjoy an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 14Kochi

Depart at any time.

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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project, Alleppey
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Local Living Moment: Kerala Backwaters Homestay, Alleppey
  • Fort Kochi orientation walk
  • Kathakali dance show
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary walk and safari
  • Chaumundi Temple and Mysore Palace visit
  • Mamallapuram Shore Temple visit
  • Pondicherry orientation walk
  • Madurai cycle-rickshaw ride and Sri Meenakshi Temple visit
  • Cardamom Hills spice plantation tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1 nt, multi-share).

Meals

1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD295-385 for meals not included.

Transportation

Train, private vehicle, cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, ferry.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $3079.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

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Best of Southern India

| 14 days - Kochi to Kochi - from $10219 HKD