South India is where you come to unwind and enjoy lifes simple pleasures. A heavenly mix of rolling hills, serene backwaters and fragrant spice plantations, South India is a nature lovers paradise. Whether youre seeking some quiet time on Goas beaches, wanting to cruise along the palmfringed waters of Kerala, or fancy exploring the ancient cave temples of Karnataka, South India is every much as intriguing as its Northern neighbour.
For a private and personal experience we can arrange a bespoke itinerary to cater specifically to your needs. As well as the options available on our group tours, please read on for more ideas which we could incorporate on a private tour.
Luxury & Wellness
Tropical beaches, emerald green hills and charming colonial towns make South India the perfect luxury getaway. With some of the finest luxury properties in Asia, you can choose from boutique bungalows, colonial cottages, decadent lodges, plush houseboats and 5* hotels. Few places can beat the taste of South India with sumptuous dishes like crispy stuffed dosas and coconut chutneys to scintillatingly spiced fish fresh out of the water.
South India is also the origin of many ancient therapies including Ayurveda. Heal and revitalise yourself with an Ayurvedic detox in one of Keralas spa resorts, an ideal way to unwind after your Indian adventure.
Whether its just a short trip or an epic voyage, a rail journey is a must in India. Jump on the steam toy train and trundle through the forested hill station of Ooty. For something more lavish, step aboard the Golden Chariot and embark on a luxurious journey of discovery through the cradle of stone architecture in Karnataka. Not only will the timeless heritage sites take your breath away, but so too will the hospitality on board.
From the extravagant elephant procession in Mysore during Dasara (Oct/Nov) to the eight century old dance form of Theyyam (Oct-Feb) performed outside temples in Tellicherry, South India is just as colourful as the North when it comes to festivals. Every year, the backwaters of Kerala play host to the Snake Boat Race (Aug), where eighteen snake boats race each other with oarsmen splashing their oars in unison accompanied by rhythmic chanting and beating of drums. Make sure your South India trip takes in one of these cultural spectacles.
In Karnataka, Kabinis evergreen forests are home to roaming herds of elephants, deer and monkeys. In Kerala, go by jeep, on foot or by boat on a safari in Periyar Tiger Reserve, which has seen the largest growth in tiger population in recent years (although due to the thick vegetation, tiger sightings are rare). South India is also a haven for bird lovers with many endemic and migratory species.
South India is blessed with magnificent mountain scenery, ideal for those who like to explore on foot - whether it be a relaxed trek through the fragrant tea plantations of Munnar or something more challenging across the Western Ghats, recently endorsed by UNESCO as one of the worlds biodiversity hotspots. This can easily be combined with a trip on board the old toy train in Ooty.
Tea & Coffee
Very few places in the world grow both tea and coffee, yet South India produces high quality blends of both. Stay in a cottage amongst the rolling tea estates in Munnar or sip aromatic Nilgiri tea in Coonoor. For coffee enthusiasts, Coorg in Karnataka is known for its lush green coffee forests. Wake up in your rustic cottage with a cup of monsoon coffee and views of the mist-shrouded hills.
Renowned for its palm-fringed beaches, South Goa is the ideal base to enjoy the warmth of the Arabian Sea and to explore the colonial charms of Panjim on a walking tour, as well as a trip to the milky Dudhsagar Falls. With delicious Goan cuisine and accommodation ranging from luxury resorts to grand colonial homestays, a trip to Goa is a great way to unwind.
Situated at the northern tip of Kerala, Bekal is a charming beach town, where its secluded beaches are also home to endangered Olive Ridley turtles. Overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a lookout point for invaders, nearby Bekal Fort is also worth a visit. The outstanding Neeleshwar Hermitage eco-lodge has won plaudits for its environmental credentials, and is the perfect place to kick back and relax.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
A short flight from India`s east coast lie the idyllic Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Blessed with turquoise waters, diverse marine life and pristine coral reef, this is a diver`s paradise. Rustic beachside properties, delicious seafood and sublime scenery all seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of mainland India.
South India Tours