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The Tropical South

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The Tropical South - Exodus Travels
The Tropical South - Exodus Travels
Good
68 reviews
Starts
Kochi (Cochin)
+6 Destinations
Southern India
Ends
Kovalam
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Highlights

  • Walk through tea plantations
  • Explore the jungle in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Enjoy a home cooked dinner with a local family
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
Age range
16 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Adventure, Local Living, Wildlife, Christmas & New Year
Operator
Exodus Travels
Start in Kochi (Cochin) and end in Kovalam! With the adventure tour The Tropical South, you have a 14 day tour package taking you from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam and through Kochi (Cochin), India and 6 other destinations in India. The Tropical South is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Start Cochin.
  2. Day 2: Sightseeing around Cochin; optional sunset cruise at Fort Cochin and explore historic spice port.
  3. Day 3: To Munnar.
  4. Day 4: Day trek through tea plantations and the hills of Munnar.
  5. Day 5: To Madurai.
  6. Day 6: Visit colourful Sri Meenakshi Temple; optional cycle rickshaw ride through town.
  7. Day 7: To Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, home to wild elephant and many other animals and birds. Dinner and cooking demonstration in a local family home.
  8. Day 8: Explore Periyar; morning jungle walk followed by an optional boat trip on the lake.
  9. Day 9: To Erattupetta Planters Homestay.
  10. Day 10: To Muhamma; village walk.
  11. Day 11: Board houseboat for backwater cruise.
  12. Day 12: Leave houseboat and drive to Kovalam.
  13. Day 13: Free time for relaxing on the beach or optional trip to Kanyakumari
  14. Day 14: End Kovalam.

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What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Guide

  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

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  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

68 Reviews

Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Average
16%
Rather Poor
3%
Bad
0%
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  • CC
    Written on February 20, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    I enjoyed many aspects of the tour - the accommodation was better than I expected, the itinerary was good and at a nice pace, the transport provided was very good and Santo was a very competent leader. The main negative for me was the age of the group. I... Read more

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  • AM
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic introduction to India and Exodus. Having been recommended to travel with Exodus by a friend, I chose the "Tropical South" - a two week tour of the most southern States in India: Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  It was the best holiday decision I have... Read more

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  • TE
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A remarkable trip. So much to see and do.After each day my head was buzzing from all the experiences I had encountered. There was also many contrasts of landscape, from the coast at Fort Kochi, the mountains of Munnar to the plains of Madurai. What was the... Read more

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  • VW
    Written on October 21, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful colourful crazy frenzy of a trip. A good introduction to India if you've never been.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The highlights were the giant Hindu temple at Madurai, especially the elephant blessing! the magnificent... Read more

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  • ST
    Written on September 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip exploring the culture, landscapes, wildlife and food of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are so many, it's difficult to pick one! The highlights were the experience we weren't expecting and which... Read more

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  • HM
    Written on September 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a wonderful trip. The tour included a wide range of experiences and the group really jelled well. Our leader Charls wanted us to love Kerala and Tamil Nadu and added all sorts of little touches to the advertised programme. Who'd have thought how... Read more

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  • DE
    Written on March 30, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    A beautiful area, colourful, fascinating, noisy yet with times of peace and tranquility.

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  • JS
    Written on March 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Kerala was everything I had hoped it would be. The trip was very well organised and our hotels and transport were all very goodWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I persoanally loved out bus trip from Cochin to Munnar, to the Tea Plantations... Read more

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  • LH
    Written on January 14, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Fabulous, relaxing trip in beautiful, tropical southern India.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Enjoyed the contrasting experiences of floating around the backwaters in the houseboat and then manic Madurai and the beautiful Sri Meenakshi... Read more

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  • LB
    Written on January 10, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    This trip takes you to cities, beaches, wildlife reserves - all in two weeks.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me, the best bits weren't on the itinerary; they were the incidental adventures that inevitably happen when you leave the... Read more

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • How hard is this tour?

    We just require you to be in good enough shape to perform planned activities on trip of choice.

    This is one of our more leisurely trips.

    "Although this is not a demanding tour, it is a busy and active itinerary with lots to see. Driving time is kept to minimum and is not normally longer than 4‐5 hours except on Day 5 (Day 6 ex‐London) when the drive can take up to 7 hours. You should also be prepared for some early starts. The roads are generally pretty good, but local traffic and/or road damage can sometimes slow us down. The moderate trek in Munnar requires a good level of fitness, as the trail can be steep in places. Walking shoes with a good grip are essential for this trek and you may also wish to bring walking poles or get hold of a stick locally if you have problems with your knees. Approximate walking time is 4 hrs."

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Vaccinations

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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.

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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 6 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 6 January 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 697 km.
  • Kochi (Cochin) (India)
  • 88 km
  • Munnar (India)
  • 118 km
  • Madurai (India)
  • 119 km
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (India)
  • 90 km
  • Alleppey (India)
  • 141 km
  • Kovalam (India)
  • 71 km
  • Kanyakumari (India)
  • 71 km
  • Kovalam (India)

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