Essence of South India

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • National parks
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
  • Art and architecture
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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Chennai, India
  • Ends Kovalam, India
  • Discover a different side to India on east to west coast trip that takes in beaches and temples, hidden waterways and jungle, and rolling teacovered mountains and spice plantations
  • Chennai is a flurry of ordered chaos, but find peace at the magnificent Kapaleeshwarar Temple at its centre
  • Explore the beautiful seaside town of Puducherry, a mix of idyllic and contemporary lifestyle
  • Feel the weight of history and learn about the man who dedicated his life to the independence of India at The National Gandhi Museum
The Essence of South India tour starts in Chennai and ends in Kovalam. The Essence of South India is a national parks tour that takes 14 days taking you from Chennai to Kovalam and through other destinations in India.

Travel to India and embark on this classic southern India tour from Chennai to Kovalam Beach. Lush, tropical southern India is charming, captivating and hospitable. Discover a thousand shades of green and share smiles with the friendly local people. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region in its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations. This is a fabulous part of India includes Kerala and follows the road less travelled - without sacrificing too many creature comforts.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Mohammed
  • From UK
  • On Apr 29 2019
4 - Very Good
Mohammed's review for another Peregrine Adventures tour
“Very Good”
  • Christian
  • From USA
  • On Nov 26 2019
5 - Excellent
Christian's review for another Peregrine Adventures tour
“Wonderful trip/cruise along the coast of Croatia, which is a must-visit. I thought Croatia's infrastructure was behind before visiting but was surprised as to how developed the nation is.

The duration, timings etc. was appropriate and our guide was great!”
  • Michael
  • From USA
  • On Jan 07 2019
5 - Excellent
Michael's review for another Peregrine Adventures tour
“Extremely happy with the tour and overall arrangement. Great way to experience both Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Accommodation was very good and our guide very professional.”
  • Day 1: Day 1: Chennai
  • Day 2: Day 2: Puducherry (Pondicherry)
  • Day 3: Day 3: Puducherry (Pondicherry)
  • Day 4: Day 4: Madurai
  • Day 5: Day 5: Madurai
  • Day 6: Day 6: Thekkady
  • Day 7: Day 7: Thekkady – Periyar National Park
  • Day 8: Day 8: Munnar
  • Day 9: Day 9: Munnar – Mattupetty Dam
  • Day 10: Day 10: Kochi
  • Day 11: Day 11: Kochi
  • Day 12: Day 12: Kerala Backwaters
  • Day 13: Day 13: Kovalam
  • Day 14: Day 14: Kovalam
  • Comfortable Hotel (12 nights), Houseboat Feature Stay (1 night)
  • 13 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Boat , Private vehicle
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mamallapuram - Shore Temples guided tour
  • Auroville - Experimental township
  • Puducherry - Leader-led French Quarter walking tour
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi 1000 Pillar
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Madurai - Gandhi Museum
  • Madurai - Leader-led walking tour
  • Periyar - Spice plantation visit
  • Periyar - Guided nature walk
  • Munnar - Tea Garden visit
  • Munnar - Mattupetty Dam
  • Munnar - Leader-led town walking tour
  • Kochi - Kathakali performance
  • Kochi - Ferry to Mattancherry
  • Kochi - Jewish Synagogue
  • Kochi - Dutch Palace
  • Kochi - Leader-led Fort Kochi walking tour
  • Kovalam - Leader-led walking tour
  • Any international flights to Chennai and from Kovalam are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Essence of South India tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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Is this trip right for you:
  • There are a number of long travel days on this trip. Some journeys take up to six hours, but are a great opportunity to get to know locals, fellow travellers and the diverse scenery.
  • The drive to Munnar on Day 9 is on windy roads into the mountains. Motion sickness can be an issue for some, but the scenery is stunning and regular stops will be made to break up your journey.
  • Southern India can get very hot during the summer so remember to bring lots of water and a variety of clothing. Wearing light, loose layers is one of the best ways to tackle the heat.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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