Classic South India

01/21/2021 through 12/23/2022
01/21/2021 through 12/26/2022
Intrepid Travel

Classic South India

Discover a thousand shades of green, indulge in some of the continent’s freshest food and share moments of connection with locals on this 13-day tour. Travel down the scenic East Coast Road into the countryside and across to the west coast before finishing in India’s deep south. Experience the cultures, religions and histories of this region through its small rural towns, fishing villages and the scented spice plantations set in the picturesque Western Ghats mountains. This revelatory trip introduces you to an area less travelled from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mamallapuram – Shore Temples guided tour
  • Puducherry – Leader-led walking tour
  • Karaikudi – Havelis
  • Karaikudi – Leader-led village walk
  • Madurai – Sri Meenakshi Temple guided tour
  • Madurai – Leader-led walking tour
  • Periyar – Spice plantation visit
  • Periyar – Guided nature walk
  • Kochi – Leader-led Fort Kochi walking tour
  • Kochi – Kathakali performance
  • Kochi – Jewish Synagogue
  • Kochi – Dutch Palace
  • Kumarakom – Backwaters boating excursion
  • Kumarakom – Leader-led village walk
  • Kovalam – Leader-led walking tour

Highlights

  • Explore idyllic Pondicherry on a walking tour and discover the colonial French Quarter, colourful multi-tiered temples and the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
  • Take a nature walk in the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, looking out for tiger tracks with your local village guides.
  • Discover the diversity and incredible history of Kochi through a tour of its buildings, like India’s oldest functioning synagogue and a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture
  • Witness the dramatic beauty of Kathakali, a captivating storytelling dance that artists must study for over a decade before performing.
  • Cruise into the dreamy backwaters of Kerala and take a guided walk through a village to learn about life for the locals who live along these palm-lined canals.

Itinerary

Day 1 Chennai
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Day 2 Mamallapuram – Puducherry
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Day 3 Puducherry
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Day 4 Karaikudi
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Day 5 Madurai
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Day 6 Madurai
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Day 7 Periyar
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Day 8 Periyar
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Day 9 Kochi
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Day 10 Kochi
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Day 11 Kerala Backwaters – Kumarakom
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Day 12 Kovalam
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Day 13 Kovalam
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