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The Tropical South - Exodus Travels

The Tropical South

14 days
4.2
(68)
From Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam
Tour Operator:
Exodus Travels
Max group size:
16
Age range:
16 to 99
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
33178
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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

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Itinerary

Start in Kochi (Cochin) and end in Kovalam! With the Active Adventure tour The Tropical South, you have a 14 days tour package taking you through Kochi (Cochin), India and 6 other destinations in India. The Tropical South includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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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 Kumarakom; 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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  • CC
    · February 20th, 2019
    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.... Show more
    Trip date: January 2019
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    · November 5th, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · October 22nd, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · October 21st, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · September 7th, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · September 6th, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · March 30th, 2013
    A beautiful area, colourful, fascinating, noisy yet with times of peace and tranquility.
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  • A
    · March 16th, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · January 14th, 2013
    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... Show more
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  • A
    · January 10th, 2013
    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... Show more
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14 days
The Tropical South
From Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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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  • 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.
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