Highlights of Southern India

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-21674
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Chennai, India
  • Ends Mamallapuram, India
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • A 2-week adventure through South India's varied scenery, cuisine, culture and history
  • Explore Tamil Nadu's ancient temples, a riot of colour and packed with local pilgrims
  • Discover Kerala's peaceful backwaters, spice gardens and lush Western Ghats mountains
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The "Highlights Of Southern India" tour starts in Chennai and ends in Mamallapuram. It is a cruise tour that takes 15 days taking you through Pondicherry, Thekkady, Madurai and 7 other destinations in India. "Highlights Of Southern India" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

From temples to tea plantations and sleeper trains, this two-week journey through India's south is a true adventure. Winding through varied scenery - from bustling cities to the tranquil Ghats foothills and the peaceful Kerala backwaters - get a taste for Indian culture, cuisine, and history, visiting palaces, national parks, and villages along the way.

Palaces and temples - Visit the ornate Maharajah's Palace in Mysore and discover the colourful Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.

Bandipur National Park - Search for endemic wildlife including elephant, chital and bison.

Kochi and surrounds - Explore the Portuguese-influenced city including the Chinese fishing nets and cruise the nearby backwaters.
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Chennai (Madras)
  • Day 2 : Drive to Pondicherry via Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
  • Day 3 : Visit the Srirangam river island temples en route to Madurai
  • Day 4 : Explore Meenakshi Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace
  • Day 5 : Drive to Thekkady for spice garden tour
  • Day 6 : Journey through the backwaters via houseboat
  • Day 7 : Travel to Kochi
  • Day 8 : Walking tour of Kochi and sunset cruise
  • Day 9 : Explore Palakkad Fort en route to Coimbatore
  • Day 10 : Ride the toy train to Snooty Ooty
  • Day 11 : Game drive in Bandipur National Park
  • Day 12 : Optional morning safari and drive to Mysore
  • Day 13 : Explore the Mysuru market and Palace before overnight train to Chennai
  • Day 14 : Travel to Mamallapuram
  • Day 15 : Trip ends in Mamallapuram
  • 14 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels (1 night)
  • Hotel Atithi (1 night)
  • Regency Madurai by GRT hotels (2 nights)
  • Abad Green Forest (1 night)
  • Kerala Houseboat (1 night)
  • Hotel Casino (2 nights)
  • Hotel Zibe Coimbatore by GRT (1 night)
  • Windflower Tusker Trails (2 nights)
  • Hotel Sandesh The Prince (1 night)
  • Overnight train from Mysore to Chennai (1 night)
  • Hotel Mamalla Heritage (1 night)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • 4WD
  • Boat
  • Train
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Boat Crew
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Chennai and from Mamallapuram 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 Highlights of Southern India tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
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REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Highlights of Southern India tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 23 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 August 2024, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Highlights of Southern India tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Highlights of Southern India 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.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
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