South India Explored

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4.5 Based on 14 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Festivals and events
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kochi, India
  • Ends Kovalam, India
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore the old spice town of Cochin
  • Marvel at the beautiful palace in Mysore 
  • Madurai's magnificently carved Sri Meenakshi Temple 
  • Cruise the Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat 
The South India Explored tour starts in Kochi and ends in Kovalam. The South India Explored is a festivals and events tour that takes 19 days taking you from Kochi to Kovalam and through other destinations in India.

A region of great charm, southern India offers travellers beautiful cities, colonial hill stations, colourful temples, a relaxed lifestyle, attractive scenery and some of the best food in India. The major cities of the south were once princely capitals of the maharajas, and their magnificent remains contrast dramatically with the cool, mist-shrouded hill stations established by the British Raj. The natural scenery is also immensely rewarding; forest-clad hills slope down to a shoreline of shady lagoons, wooded islands, ancient spice ports and sandy beaches. This is an exceptionally varied and interesting trip and gives a comprehensive view of the whole of South India.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 14 reviews
The Magic Bus from Exodus
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“We have not undertaken any tours previously so were apprehensive but this was unfounded. Our fellow travellers proved great fun and enhanced the tour and it was an amazing and varied trip with a great guide.”
South India Explored
4 - Very Good
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This was a fantastic trip but quite tiring. This was my first Exodus trip and I was duly impressed. I will recommend the company to my friends and will certainly book another myself - North India Explored.”
Southern India tour by coach
4 - Very Good
  • On Apr 16 2017
“A good way to see Southern India, every day was different as we travelled in a spacious air conditioned coach with plenty of room, taking in the sights, sounds, smells, the culture and history of the people who never failed to flash a smile or wave back - even if on the back of crowded moped.”
Brilliant India!
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“We had an amazing 3 weeks touring southern India. We saw the place warts and all! From the beauty of the mountains and backwaters to the hustle and tooting of the city and the small poor villages we past, to the mass of rubbish everywhere and the stray dogs in every street. I would thoroughly recommend this trip but go with an open mind and expect lots of hours travelling.”
  • Day 1: Start Cochin.
  • Day 2: Explore historic spice port.
  • Day 3: Climb through Nilgiri Hills to Ooty.
  • Day 4: Relax, walk, ride or ride the miniature railway.
  • Day 5: To Mysore through Mudmalai and Bandipur N.P.
  • Day 6: Explore palaces and temples of Mysore.
  • Day 7: Mysore colonial and market tour; afternoon train to Chennai arriving in the evening.
  • Day 8: Tour of Chennai; visit St Thomas Church; on to coastal Mahabalipuram
  • Day 9: Tour of  World Heritage Mahabalipuram temples; free afternoon
  • Day 10: Drive to French colonial Pondicherry via Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary.
  • Day 11: Drive to historic Thanjavur through the fertile Kaveri Delta.
  • Day 12: Explore Thanjavur temple and palace; on to Madurai.
  • Day 13: Morning visit to Meenakshi AmmanTemple then free time.
  • Day 14: Westward to Kerala and Periyar National Park.
  • Day 15: Jungle walk in Periyar National Park; optional afternoon boat trip.
  • Day 16: To Alleppey; board houseboats for backwater cruise and overnight.
  • Day 17: Disembark houseboat and drive on to Kovalam coastal resort.
  • Day 18: Free day in Kovalam or optional visit to Kanyakumari the southernmost tip of India.
  • Day 19: End Kovalam.
  • 17 nights hotels, 1 night houseboat  , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private bus and train
  • Diwali Festival departure available
  • Any international flights to Kochi 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 South India Explored tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this South India Explored tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 22 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

South India Explored tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this South India Explored tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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