- Cruise the Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat
- Explore the old spice town of Cochin
- Sample traditional home cooked food in a family home
- Discover the Sri Meenakshi temple of Madurai
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.
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 Thekkady; cooking demonstration in local family home
Day 8: Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary; 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.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Tropical South tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 15 April 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 April 2023, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 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.Visa
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 traveling 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.
- Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
Is Asia open for tourists?
Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.
As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.
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