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South India Explored - Exodus Travels
19 days

South India Explored

From Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam
Tour Operator:
Exodus Travels
Max group size:
16
Age range:
16 to 99
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
33177
Private available:
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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

Travel, Your Way

Good reasons for travelling privately:

  • Personalise your trip

    Make changes to the itinerary, accommodation, or transport method

  • Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

  • Travel more exclusively

    Your tour guide can focus all their attention on your group

  • Travel for a special occasion

    Celebrate an important event by only travelling with your friends or family

Itinerary

Start in Kochi (Cochin) and end in Kovalam! With the Discovery tour South India Explored, you have a 19 days tour package taking you through Kochi (Cochin), India and 18 other destinations in India. South India Explored includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
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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 ride the miniature railway.
  5. Day 5: To Mysore through Mudmalai and Bandipur N.P.
  6. Day 6: Explore palaces and temples of Mysore.
  7. Day 7: Mysore colonial and market tour; afternoon train to Chennai arriving in the evening.
  8. Day 8: Tour of Chennai; visit St Thomas Church; on to coastal Mahabalipuram
  9. Day 9: Tour of  World Heritage Mahabalipuram temples; free afternoon
  10. Day 10: Drive to French colonial Pondicherry via Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary.
  11. Day 11: Drive to historic Thanjavur through the fertile Kaveri Delta.
  12. Day 12: Explore Thanjavur temple and palace; on to Madurai.
  13. Day 13: Morning visit to Meenakshi AmmanTemple then free time.
  14. Day 14: Westward to Kerala and Periyar National Park.
  15. Day 15: Jungle walk in Periyar National Park; optional afternoon boat trip.
  16. Day 16: To Alleppey; board houseboats for backwater cruise and overnight.
  17. Day 17: Disembark houseboat and drive on to Kovalam coastal resort.
  18. Day 18: Free day in Kovalam or optional visit to Kanyakumari the southernmost tip of India.
  19. Day 19: End Kovalam.
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

Hotel

Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.2
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.7
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.7
  • Accommodation
    Good
    4.0
  • Food
    Excellent
    4.5
  • 4.4
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  • FP
    · January 27th, 2019
    Some of the accommodations were not very good. Some breakfasts were below average.
    Trip date: January 2019
  • HS
    · January 6th, 2019
    A great tour - with excellent tour leader (Sam G Benjamin) good itinerary, good hotels and a good sized group (14 people in our case). Lots of memories to bring home!
    Trip date: December 2018
  • South India Explored reviewer 3
    · February 21st, 2018
    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... Show more
    Trip date: January 2018
  • A
    · March 16th, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · December 10th, 2012
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · February 13th, 2012
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · February 13th, 2012
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · February 6th, 2012
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · February 6th, 2012
    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... Show more
    Review collected by Exodus Travels
  • A
    · February 5th, 2012
    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... Show more
    Review collected by Exodus Travels

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  • Currency
    Indian Rupee
    India
  • Plugs & Adapters

    As a traveller from USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F.

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    Type E
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    Type F
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    Type D
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    Type M
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  • Vaccines
    • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • Typhoid - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Cholera - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Tuberculosis - Recommended for India. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for India. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Yellow fever - 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.
  • Visa
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  • Payment information
    • For any tour departing before June 30th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after June 30th, 2021, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Exodus Travels. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 75 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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