The Tropical South

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4.5 Based on 34 Reviews
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  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kochi, India
  • Ends Kovalam, India
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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  • Cruise the Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboatExplore the old spice town of CochinSample traditional home cooked food in a family homeDiscover the Sri Meenakshi temple of Madurai 
The "The Tropical South" tour starts in Kochi and ends in Kovalam. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 14 days taking you through Madurai, Kovalam, Munnar and 5 other destinations in India. "The Tropical South" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

India's tropical south is a land full of fertile forests, sweeping grasslands and tea plantations. We visit the two southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, both with distinctive cultures and contrasting scenery. Kerala is a true tropical paradise with an idyllic coastline and lush tropical mountains, which is evident as we travel between the old spice town of Cochin and the beautiful hill station of Munnar. A trip to the wildlife sanctuary at Periyar boasts an array of wildlife and an abundance of colourful birdlife, and dinner with a local family provides a unique insight into Keralan life. In Tamil Nadu, we explore the state's most vibrant and colourful city, Madurai, and marvel at the intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple. The climax comes as the lagoons of Kerala are cruised on a traditional houseboat before relaxing on the sweeping beaches of Kovalam and the chance to try some delicious fresh seafood.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 34 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 29 2020
5 - Excellent
Excellent Tour with superb Tour Guide
“My first trip to India and with Exodus, this certainly wont be my last. Everything ran smoothly and was so informative and magical due to the charismatic and thoughtful tour leader Sam G Benjamin.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 18 2020
5 - Excellent
A wonderful trip taking in a wide variety of locations and experiences.
“This taster of the tropical south of India offers the traveler a wide variety of locations and experiences, and while some may be more appealing than others there is always something to appreciate and enjoy every day. There are sharp contrasts between the manic street life of cities like Madurai and the peace and calm of the more rural locations such as Munnar, Periyar, and the backwaters of Kottayam. The pace of the trip varies and some days are more full-on than others, but there are opportunities to recover from the more strenuous periods and sufficient optional activities for those with the energy to keep going. The itinerary takes in plenty of interesting diversions, and more than a few extracurricular surprises. At the end you will be amazed by how much you have packed into the trip.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 07 2019
5 - Excellent
A beautiful trip
“We had 15 people on our group tour. We were from various walks of life and occupations, we were made up of several single people; a couple, a mother and daughter, friends travelling together up to 3 people and a family, we were mostly female group with only two men and aged between 20s up to 70s. We all got along nicely and enjoyed sharing experiences. Many people were pretty well travelled and at least two of us had never been to India previously. Our trip was made up of people from Britain, Australia and Hungry which made group dynamics more interesting.Kerala and Tamu Nadu offer some of the most scenically beautiful countryside the world has to offer! There is great cultural diversity seen here too. Wildlife is present but perhaps not in the numbers you might hope. This area offers great experiences and some architectural and historical delights. You will see tea plantations, rivers, mountains, forests, wonderful back waters and beaches. It is very green and so can be wet at times which impacted on us at Periyar when walking in the forest so little seen due to mist other than black monkeys and hearing a lone bull elephant breaking branches (so still exciting!). The hills at Munnar are a pleasant warm temperature, however if you like more sun and humidity you are likely to also experience this on your trip too.This is a fantastic trip although, I think leisurely may not be how I would categorise this as some people struggled a little with the treks and there are long travelling days ahead. 4 to 7 hours although you often stop to see things along the way such as fruit bats, brick factory etc. You will likely experience some cold showers from time to time in the always clean and decent accommodation furthermore, you are likely to have some periods whereby you might benefit from taking along snacks if you need to eat very regularly.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 19 2019
5 - Excellent
A great and varied trip!
“This was such a good trip! I've wanted to go to Kerela for a long time and I wasn't in the least bit disappointed when I finally got there. This trip had something for everyone in it: wonderful scenery, wildlife, food and people!We covered a lot of ground, literally, and the itinerary was wonderfully varied in content.”
  • Day 1: Start Cochin.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing around Cochin; optional sunset cruise at Fort Cochin and explore historic spice port.
  • Day 3: To Munnar.
  • Day 4: Day trek through tea plantations and the hills of Munnar.
  • Day 5: To Madurai.
  • Day 6: Visit colourful Sri Meenakshi Temple; optional cycle rickshaw ride through town.
  • 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.
  • Day 8: Explore Periyar; morning jungle walk followed by an optional boat trip on the lake.
  • Day 9: To Erattupetta Planters Homestay.
  • Day 10: To Kumarakom; village walk
  • Day 11: Board houseboat for backwater cruise.
  • Day 12: Leave houseboat and drive to Kovalam.
  • Day 13: Free time for relaxing on the beach or optional trip to Kanyakumari
  • Day 14: End Kovalam.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners included
  • Transfer for group flights
  • 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 The Tropical South 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 The Tropical South 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 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 November 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

The Tropical South 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 The Tropical South 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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