South India Revealed

05/09/2022 through 12/24/2023
05/09/2022 through 01/11/2024
Intrepid Travel

South India Revealed

Unplug from everyday routine and head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India on a 16-day Lonely Planet Experience, powered by Intrepid. Explore the lush landscapes, intriguing cultures, bustling bazaars, and incredible cuisine of this region. Jump on and off local transport and go rural through coconut groves and fishing villages, discovering the heart of the subcontinent. See ancient ruins and stunning temples, eat spicy curries, and drink luscious lassis. Join the bustle of city streets and, at the end of it all, unwind on the beautiful beaches of Goa.

Activities

  • Kerala Backwaters – Pole boat ride
  • Kerala Backwaters – Guided village walk
  • Kochi – Leader-led Fort Kochi walking tour
  • Periyar – Spice plantation visit
  • Madurai – Leader-led walking tour
  • Mysore – Leader-led walking tour

Highlights

  • Take the atmosphere of Shimla or Darjeeling, add lush tropical jungle and you have the Western Ghats: a hotspot of thundering waterfalls, tea plantations, spice markets, and echoes of a colonial past.
  • Glide through the backwaters of Kerala on a pole boat, going ashore for a village homestay – a beautiful break from hotels and overnight trains and a perfect way to get close to local customs and culture.
  • Cross into Kochi – a colonial centre and major port city in India’s southwest. Explore the seaside Fort Kochi area and consider watching a traditional Kathakali dance performance in your free time.
  • The word ‘colourful’ gets thrown around a lot when people talk about India, but the gateway towers of Meenakshi Amman Temple truly are a technicolour dream.
  • Golden beaches and age-old fishing villages make Goa one of India’s most popular retreats – and a perfect place to consider extending your southern India adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1 Trivandrum
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Day 2 Varkala
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Day 3 Varkala
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Day 4 Kerala Backwaters
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Day 5 Kochi
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Day 6 Kochi
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Day 7 Periyar
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Day 8 Periyar
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Day 9 Madurai
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Day 10 Madurai – Overnight Train
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Day 11 Mysore
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Day 12 Mysore – Overnight Train
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Day 13 Hampi
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Day 14 Hampi - Overnight train
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Day 15 Goa
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Day 16 Goa
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