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MUST GO SALE: The Best of Southern India

Price: R 16,859.00

14 days, Kochi roundtrip.

From calm Kerala backwaters and spice plantations to incredible temples and searching for tigers in the wild, have your camera ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. This two-week adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, and country boats will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the peaceful backwaters of Kerala and stunning temples of Tamilnadu.

Booking Details For This Adventure

Selected departures in the period: Prices per person sharing from: *
April - September 2019 R 16,859.00 pps

* Includes 25% discount on selected departures.

  • Trip type: Small Group (Classic)
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Trip code: AHBS

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Kochi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Kochi

Enjoy a morning orientation walk of Fort Kochi. After, take some free time to explore before an evening performance of kathakali, a form of traditional dancing from Kerala.

Day 3: Kochi/Kalpetta

Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district.

Day 4: Kalpetta

Walk the nature trails through the forested areas in Wayanad. Also take a wildlife drive in search of elephants and bison.

Day 5: Kalpetta/Mysore

Settle in for the drive to the ancient city of Mysore.

Day 6: Mysore

Explore the vibrant city of Mysore including visits to Chamundi Temple and Mysore Palace. After enjoy free time and opt to visit the Devaraja market or join a yoga class.

Day 7: Mysore/Māmallapuram

Enjoy a full day of train travel to Chennai before a short bus ride to Mamallapuram. Visit the Shore Temple.

Day 8: Māmallapuram

Free time to explore Mamallapuram.

Day 9: Māmallapuram/Puducherry

Continue to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) and learn about Sri Aurobindo Ghose at the ashram.

Day 10: Puducherry/Madurai

Travel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Day 11: Madurai

Hope on a cycle rickshaw for a tour of the city before visiting the famous Meenakshi Temple.

Day 12: Madurai/Periyār Sanctuary

Drive to Thekkady. Take a guided tour of spice plantations in the Cardamom Hills.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 13: Periyār Sanctuary/Kerala Backwaters

Take a private bus to Alleppey followed by a riverboat to a homestay. Experience local life and a guided walk along the lagoon.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Local Living Moment Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

Day 14: Kerala Backwaters/Kochi

Travel back to Kochi where the trip ends upon arrival.

Meals included: Breakfast 

Validity Selected departures between April - September 2019
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers AHBS | Must Go Sale
Inclusions • Your Local Living Moment: Kerala Backwaters Homestay, Alleppey
• Fort Kochi orientation walk.
• Kathakali dance show.
• Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary walk and safari.
• Chaumundi Temple and Mysore Palace visit.
• Mamallapuram Shore Temple visit.
• Pondicherry orientation walk.
• Madurai cycle-rickshaw ride and Sri Meenakshi Temple visit.
• Cardamom Hills spice plantation tour.
• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
• Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1 nt, multi-share).
• 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.
• Allow USD300-390 for meals not included.
• Train, private vehicle, cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, ferry.
Staff & experts
• Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Exclusions • International flights and taxes.
• Pre-& post accommodation
• Travel Insurance
• Visas (if required)
• Drinks and anything of a personal nature
• Allow USD300-390 for meals not included.
T's & C's • Deposits:A non-refundable deposit of R1 000 per person per tour is required at the time of confirmation, in order to secure the reservation.
• Final Payment: This is due 60 days prior. For bookings made eight weeks or less before the date of departure, the whole contract price is payable at the time of booking. Note that failure to remit payment on due date could involve passengers in cancellation of their reservations and forfeiture of deposit.
• Cancellation: Any cancellation by passengers must be made in writing and acknowledged by G Adventures in writing. Charges will be determined by date on which the cancellation is received by G Adventures.
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