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32 reviews
Starts
Kochi (Cochin)
+17 Destinations
Southern India
Ends
Kovalam
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Highlights

  • Journey through tea and coffee plantations
  • Explore the palaces of Mysore
  • Relax in a seaside resort
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery
Start in Kochi (Cochin) and end in Kovalam! With the discovery tour South India Explored, you have a 20 day tour package taking you from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam and through Kochi (Cochin), India and 18 other destinations in India. South India Explored is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • South India Explored reviewer 1
    Written on February 21, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Guide Sam Benjamin, we could not have asked for better. Transport and drivers were excellent could not have asked for better. Hotels were mostly great except the one at Periyar National Park which was very damp and the quilt was dirty. Itinerary was very... Read more

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  • South India Explored reviewer 2
    Written on March 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour is a very good and comprehensive introduction to the people, cultures and civilisations of South India.  It was well organised and everything went very smoothly with no problems.   Our hotels were all very comfortable and our coach was modern ,... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 3
    Written on December 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fabulous but very busy tour which had many interesting things to see and do every day. Suresh Moni stopped whenever he saw something of interest so that we watched a wedding a procession (the bride's) and a couple of days later actually attending a... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 4
    Written on February 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The best trip ever.  From begining to end it was interesting, fun, and varied.  Our guide was fantastic and did everything possible to enable us to experience his country, its people and its culture.  We engaged with local people and their daily activities,... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 5
    Written on February 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The best trip ever.  From begining to end it was interesting, fun, and varied.  Our guide was fantastic and did everything possible to enable us to experience his country, its people and its culture.  We engaged with local people and their daily activities,... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 6
    Written on February 6, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    It was an extremely interesting trip and we learnt a lot about South India and our excellent guide Suresh Muni made it a trully memorable experience. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We loved the tea plantations, driving along coconut... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 7
    Written on February 6, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    It was an extremely interesting trip and we learnt a lot about South India and our excellent guide Suresh Muni made it a trully memorable experience. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We loved the tea plantations, driving along coconut... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 8
    Written on February 5, 2012
    2.0 - Rather poor

    A good overview of South India, but the trip spent a lot of time in busy cities and on the road. Some more time in the countryside and relaxing by the coast would have been appreciated. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Jain temple... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 9
    Written on January 27, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Tea plantations, temples, vibrant markets, amazing beaches, coconuts, bananas, elephants, great shopping combined with some long drives, a couple of noisy cities, a jungle and a few leeches, a train journey and lots of curries just about sum up this trip!... Read more

  • South India Explored reviewer 10
    Written on January 27, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Tea plantations, temples, vibrant markets, amazing beaches, coconuts, bananas, elephants, great shopping combined with some long drives, a couple of noisy cities, a jungle and a few leeches, a train journey and lots of curries just about sum up this trip!... Read more

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Start Cochin.
  2. Day 2: Explore historic spice port.
  3. Day 3: Climb through Nilgiri Hills to Ooty.
  4. Day 4: Relax, walk, ride or try the miniature steam railway.
  5. Day 5: To Mysore through Mudmalai and Bandipur N.P.
  6. Day 6: Explore palaces and temples of Mysore.
  7. Day 7: To Hassan via Halebid, Belur and Sravanabelagola temples.
  8. Day 8: Drive to Bangalore; explore the city before catching an overnight train to Chennai.
  9. Day 9: Arrive Chennai; visit St Thomas Church before transferring to Mahabalipuram.
  10. Day 10: Morning sightseeing; explore rock-cut caves; afternoon free.
  11. Day 11: To Pondicherry via Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary.
  12. Day 12: To Thanjavur through fertile Kaveri Delta.
  13. Day 13: Explore Thanjavur; to Madurai.
  14. Day 14: Visit Meenakshi Temple; free time.
  15. Day 15: Westward to Kerala and Periyar National Park.
  16. Day 16: Explore Periyar National Park; morning nature walk; optional afternoon boat trip.
  17. Day 17: To Alleppey; board houseboat for backwater cruise.
  18. Day 18: Leave houseboat and drive to Kovalam; afternoon free.
  19. Day 19: Optional visit to Kanyakumari - the southernmost tip of India - or relax on the beach.
  20. Day 20: End Kovalam.

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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.
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Recommended for India. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Location
Kochi (Cochin) is the starting point and Kovalam is the endpoint.
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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 $2184 for South India Explored, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,784 km.
  • Kochi (Cochin) (India)
  • 142 km
  • Coimbatore (India)
  • 41 km
  • Coonoor (India)
  • 13 km
  • Ootacamund (India)
  • 24 km
  • Mudumalai National Park (India)
  • 26 km
  • Bandipur National Park (India)
  • 63 km
  • Mysore (India)
  • 65 km
  • Sravanabelagola (India)
  • 44 km
  • Hassan (India)
  • 162 km
  • Bangalore (India)
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