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South India is where you come to unwind and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. A heavenly mix of rolling hills, serene backwaters and fragrant spice plantations, South India is a nature lover’s paradise. Whether you’re seeking some quiet time on Goa’s 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 Kerala’s spa resorts, an ideal way to unwind after your Indian adventure.

Railways

Whether it’s 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.

Festivals

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.

Wildlife

In Karnataka, Kabini’s 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.

Trekking

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 world’s 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.



Beach Extensions

Goa

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.

Bekal

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

South India Highlights

Uncover Goa’s Portuguese past and relax on its beaches
Explore the medieval boulderstrewn ruins of Hampi
Stay overnight in Asia’s largest earth hotel in Wayanad
Learn all about tea and spices in Kerala’s finest plantations
Cruise along Kerala’s idyllic backwaters on a traditional houseboat
Learn the secrets of Keralan cooking

Next 5 departures

Tour

Country

Departure date

Duration

Price

Spirit of South India

India

04 October 2014

14 days

£2,395

Karnataka Odyssey

India

10 November 2014

14 days

£1,995

Taste of South India

India

23 November 2014

14 days

£1,995

Kerala Calling

India

06 December 2014

14 days

£1,995

Spirit of South India

India

17 January 2015

14 days

£2,395

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Taste of South India »
Experience exotic flavours of the South

Off the beaten track rating

Activity rating
3


India

  • 23 Nov 2014
  • 18 Jan 2015
  • 22 Nov 2015

14 days

£1,995
More info
Click for Kerala Calling tour details

Kerala Calling »
Teas, spices, backwaters & beaches

Off the beaten track rating

Activity rating
3


India

  • 6 Dec 2014
  • 14 Mar 2015
  • 5 Dec 2015

14 days

£1,995
More info
Click for Karnataka Odyssey tour details

Karnataka Odyssey »
Coffee farms, wildlife and stone temples

Off the beaten track rating

Activity rating
3


India

  • 10 Nov 2014
  • 16 Feb 2015
  • 9 Nov 2015

14 days

£1,995
More info
Click for Spirit of South India tour details

Spirit of South India »
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala

Off the beaten track rating

Activity rating
3


India

  • 4 Oct 2014
  • 17 Jan 2015
  • 3 Oct 2015

14 days

£2,395
More info



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