The Best of South India (19 days)

India’s southern states are a heady mix indeed. Here one finds India’s colour and chaos on a more microscopic scale: a medley of cultures and languages, landscapes varying between dry plains, lush backwaters, rolling hills and idyllic coastline, plus history and folklore galore. There is a huge range of experience on this 19-day itinerary: beginning Tamil capital Chennai, work your way through the mansions of Chettinad, and on to Madurai’s vast Meenaskhi temple. Then fly up to Karnataka to explore thriving Bangalore, the palaces of Mysore, and the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park. Cross the Western Ghats and turn up the Malabar Coast into little-explored northern Kerala, revealing an pristine and beautiful stretch of God’s Own Country. Round out the trip with an overnight backwater cruise and a stay at our isolated coastal hermitage of choice, before finishing with a night in Mumbai – India’s modern urban powerhouse. If this is your first visit to India be ready to embrace a variety of experience, whilst enjoying a laidback atmosphere throughout. For those who are returning after an examination of Rajasthan and the north, expect a different country altogether.

Tour Highlights

  • Discovering the mansions of Chettinad
  • Learning to cook 'Mopillah' cuisine in Tellicherry
  • Exploring the backwaters and beaches of little-visited northern Kerala. 

Suitable For

  • Culture Seekers
  • Return Visitors
  • Departures: October to April

Guide Price

From £5,150 per person based on a double room for departures in February.

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