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South India Explored - Exodus Travels
South India Explored - Exodus Travels
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34 reviews
Starts
Kochi (Cochin)
+18 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 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery
Operator
Exodus Travels
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.

Itinerary

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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 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 a train to Chennai.
  9. Day 9: Tour of Chennai; visit St Thomas Church; transfer 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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  • Guide

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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34 Reviews

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  • FP
    Written on January 27, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    Some of the accommodations were not very good. Some breakfasts were below average.

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  • HS
    Written on January 6, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    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!

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  • South India Explored reviewer 3
    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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  • JC
    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

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  • JL
    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

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  • ME
    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

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  • ME
    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

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  • SV
    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

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  • SV
    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

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  • AT
    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

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    Vaccinations

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    Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for India. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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    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.

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    Location
    Kochi (Cochin) is the starting point and Kovalam is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Exodus Travels to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Payment(s)
    For any tour departing before 4 February 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 4 February 2020, 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 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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    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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