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Backwaters, fishing villages and coconuts with Imaginative Traveller

We all know the allure of northern India, from the Taj Mahal to the rituals of life in Varanasi. However southern India can feel like a world away from the well-trodden north. Experience the lush landscapes and see the traditional fishing villages as you sail through the serene backwaters. The south has a huge amount to offer - let's take a look...

 

Classic South India

Travel to India and embark on this classic southern Indian tour through Kerala from Chennai to Kovalam Beach. Discover a thousand shades of green, indulge in some of the continent’s freshest food, and share smiles with the friendly local people in this lush, tropical part of the country. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region and discover its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations.


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IHHKS

GROUP TOUR from £1465 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Amid the ordered chaos of Chennai, find tranquillity upon visiting the magnificent Kapaleeshwarar Temple at its centre
- With its idyllic lifestyle and contemporary feel, Puducherry is a beautiful seaside town to explore
- Learn about the man who dedicated his life to the independence of India at The National Gandhi Museum
 

 

Spice Trails of Kerala

Traversing the Western Ghats from the colonial hill station of Munnar to the colourful temple town of Madurai, we discover the two southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


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ETGK

GROUP TOUR from £1599 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- The beautiful hill station of Munnar
- Trekking through the historic tea plantations of Kerala
- The colourful Sri Meenakshi temple at Madurai
- A night on the traditional houseboats of Kerala
 

 

South India Revealed

Unplug from everyday routine and head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India. Explore the lush landscapes, intriguing religions, exotic bazaars and incredible contrasts of this region. Jump on and off local transport, go rural through backwater coconut groves and fishing villages, and discover 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.


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IHHRS

GROUP TOUR from £780 for 16 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore the beautiful south of India, getting elbows-deep in authentic southern Indian cuisine
- A homestay with a local family is a special experience, especially in the serene backwaters of Kerala
- Wander through Periyar National Park on the lookout for tigers and elephants
 

 

Southern India

Lush and tropical, southern India is inspiring and delightful. Beneath the green shade of a coastal paradise, meet with locals in their fishing villages and tribal homes. Join them in the bazaars, on buses and boats or even on pilgrimage in Madurai. From iconic cultural sights like the Maharaja's Palace in Mysore to French-infused Pondicherry and the vast landscape of Periyar - southern India's spirituality, friendly people and wild animal sanctuaries make it a fascinating part of the country to explore.


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IHHSS

GROUP TOUR from £1045 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is a fascinating blend of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences, and is best explored by ferry
- Step back in time among the iridescent hills of the very British ‘Snooty Ooty’ - home of snooker and the charming Nilgiri toy train
- Spot tigers, elephants, sloths and birds on safari around two of the best places in India to observe wildlife up close - Mudumalai National Park and Periyar Tiger Reserve
 

 

Or if you want to explore the region further, then see all of our tours based in India.

Don't forget - we also have our Imaginative Traveller Tailor Made team who can write a bespoke itinerary just for you!

 
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