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Classic South India

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Classic South India - Intrepid Travel
Classic South India - Intrepid Travel
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4 reviews
Starts
Chennai (Madras)
+8 Destinations
Southern India
Ends
Kovalam
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Highlights

  • Discover a thousand shades of green
  • Share smiles with the friendly local people
  • Experience the culture, religion and history of India
  • Explore small rural towns and the less travelled roads
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Resort
Max Group Size
12
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Private Vehicle, Mini-coach, Ferry
Travel style
In-depth Cultural
Start in Chennai (Madras) and end in Kovalam! With the in-depth cultural tour Classic South India, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Chennai (Madras), India and 9 other destinations in India. Classic South India is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Classic South India reviewer 1
    Written on January 28, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    This was not the best tour I've done with Intrepid. I find it difficult to identify where the money went, as it was more expensive than the Real Food Tour of North India, and yet had hotels that were nowhere near as good as those on that tour. Moreover, there were significantly more inclusions on the North tour - both meals and attractions. The itinerary was good, but perhaps a little over busy. During the tour, there was not much free time. We could have done with more time in Chennai and Pondicherry. It was pretty annoying that Intrepid didn't think about where we would be for New Year's Eve - we were in a pretty poor business hotel in Thanjavur. Fortunately there was a party in the hotel that was quite fun. The final day of the tour, while nice to have time at Kovalam to relax, felt like it was an add-on to increase the length of the tour.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Dear Colm, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We were disappointed to read that the Classic South India tour did not meet your expectations. We would love an opportunity to more fully understand your experience as feedback from our passengers is essential towards improving all that we do. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: customerrelations@intrepidtravel.com Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • Classic South India reviewer 2
    Written on January 24, 2018
    2.5 - Average

    Having had an excellent experience last year with Intrepid on the Real Food North India Tour, I thought I'd give the South a go, but this time choosing a "comfort" trip which visited more places than the Real Food South India tour would have. I was extremely disappointed on a number of levels, the pacing of the trip was not good, I felt as I had spent most of the trip on a bus, with very little free time to just chill and enjoy. The "comfort" nature of the trip was highly questionable, the accommodation was on par with "Basic" trips I had traveled on in the past - I wasn't expecting the Ritz, but given the "comfort" rating, and the fact that it cost more than the North India trip (with much less inclusions), I felt ripped off! Fortunately, the tour group was amazing, and the guide was adequate, but everyone on the trip seemed to feel the same, this tour needs a lot more work!
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Dear Riad, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We were disappointed to read that the Classic South India tour did not meet your expectations. We would love an opportunity to more fully understand your experience as feedback from our passengers is essential towards improving all that we do. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: customerrelations@intrepidtravel.com Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • CC
    Written on January 16, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    South India is very beautiful. We did the Real Food trip of North India last year which is an original level trip. We expected booking a comfort tour would offer us a similar experience with better hotels. However the standard of hotels was no better than on the original tour. It seemed the comfort trip was more aimed at older travellers with no starts earlier than 9am, no train journeys and very few inclusions. We enjoyed the tour but it seemed poor value for money in comparison to the food tour. The late starts also meant that we seemed to be travelling during the best part of the day with little time to enjoy where we arrived. Our guide was also much less experienced on this tour and he seemed to find our group very stressful.
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  • A
    Written on March 8, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was so much more than we had imagined. The trop went smoothly due to our great leader Chandra.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Chennai
  2. Day 2: Mamallapuram – Auroville - Pondicherry
  3. Day 3: Pondicherry
  4. Day 4: Thanjavur
  5. Day 5: Karaikudi
  6. Day 6: Madurai
  7. Day 7: Madurai
  8. Day 8: Periyar
  9. Day 9: Periyar
  10. Day 10: Kochi
  11. Day 11: Kochi
  12. Day 12: Kerala Backwaters - Kumarakom
  13. Day 13: Kovalam
  14. Day 14: Kovalam
  15. Day 15: Kovalam

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  • Guide

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for India. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for India. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Location
Chennai (Madras) is the starting point and Kovalam is the endpoint.
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Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1703 for Classic South India, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 894 km.
  • Chennai (Madras) (India)
  • 49 km
  • Mamallapuram (India)
  • 89 km
  • Pondicherry (India)
  • 288 km
  • Madurai (India)
  • 119 km
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (India)
  • 70 km
  • Munnar (India)
  • 88 km
  • Kochi (Cochin) (India)
  • 49 km
  • Alleppey (India)
  • 127 km
  • Trivandrum (India)
  • 14 km
  • Kovalam (India)

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