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A tour of southern India takes you to a fascinating and diverse region. Renowned for its friendly people, lush landscapes, divine cuisine and distinctive grand temples with towering pyramidal towers, the southern part of the subcontinent is the perfect option if you're looking for a relaxing yet culturally stimulating holiday. Unlike the north, the pace of southern India is slow and soothing. From the palm-fringed beaches of Goa to the immense white-sand beaches of Kerala, the west coast of the country, wedged between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, offers travellers an ideal place to relax and meditate. Some are home to incredible spas and resorts offering the best Ayurvedic medicine in the country. On the east coast, along the Bay of Bengal, the former Madras is now prosperous, and the temples of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram bear witness to the opulence of the former dynasties. Pondicherry retains the 'French touch' of its colonial past and offers a multitude of churches, as does Goa with its legacy of over 400 years of Portuguese occupation. The interior of South India has nothing to envy from the coast. The enchanting illuminations of Mysore Palace enchant the visitor just as much as the unchanging splendour of the extravagant palaces of the Chettinad; the temples of Madurai and Tanjore feature on every tour of South India and attract travellers by the thousands; the tea and spice plantations of Kerala offer a varied choice to all those who, eager for tastes and flavours, wish to bring some back in their suitcases. The most intrepid will dare to go as far as Cape Comorin, the mythical southernmost point of the sub-continent, to watch the most beautiful of sunrises. While many South India tours include a night on a traditional boat in the tranquillity of the backwaters or a fitness break in Kerala, the site of Hampi in Karnataka, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, just three years after the much-visited Taj Mahal in the north, rarely features on a South India tour. And yet it continues to stimulate the imagination, so chaotic, wild and sumptuous is the landscape in which it is set. The same applies to the Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid and those of Pattadakal, which are rarely visited. The trick to a successful trip to South India is to do less rather than too much. So it's best to plan to go back! You'll find some of our ideas below, but don't forget that all our tours can be customised to meet your every need.

The best destination for a South India tour

Very popular for its seaside appeal and climate, Goa is one of four possible destinations for a tour of southern India. Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the other three. The southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are also part of this region, but are much less visited yet they can be incorporated into any trip.
The best thing is to combine them to explore the variety of landscapes, cultures, traditions and cuisines that make South India so rich and diverse.

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Explore our ideas of South India tours

Among the many possible itineraries in South India, here are a few suggestions.

Remember that while these tours can be booked as they are, they can also be used as a basis for creating your own tailor-made trip to South India.

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Essential Kerala

Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Trivandrum - Cape Comorin - Varkala - Backwaters

From Cochin to the tea plantations of Munnar, via the superb beaches of Kovalam, not forgetting the Periyar nature reserve, everything here promises a holiday combining discovery and relaxation in the heart of vegetation where palm trees are king.

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South India from East to West 

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Munnar - Backwaters -    Cochin - Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore

This tour of southern India takes you on a journey of discovery of some of the most remarkable jewels of Indian architecture, from the regions where European colonisation began to Bangalore, the link between traditional India and the city of the future.

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The grand tour of South India

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Chettinad - Madurai - Munnar - Thekkady - Backwaters - Cochin - Mysore - Hassan - Hampi 

This tour of southern India takes you from the colourful crowds of Tamil Nadu to the tropical coasts of Kerala, before reaching the verdant heights of the Western Ghats and the plateaux of Karnataka. A change of scenery guaranteed!

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Whether you start your tour in Cochin in the west or from Chennai in the east, a tour of South India promises a complete change of scenery. The richness of South India lies in the variety of landscapes, cultures, traditions and even cuisines that travellers will discover during their South India tour. Each state offers a unique experience and is well worth exploring. Whether it's the ancient colonial cities of Pondicherry or Goa, the royal cities of Mysore or Hampi or the temples of Mahabalipuram erected by the ancient dynasties, the choice and variety of sites is endless. For those who prefer nature to culture, a visit to the tea or spice plantations of Kerala is a must. Others will be happy with a seaside or fitness break in Kovalam or Varkala.


And if, on reflection, a tour of South India doesn't appeal to you, take a look at our ideas for other regions, other sites, other interests or other stays. Everything is possible to help you turn your dream trip into a dream journey.     

Three easy steps to your custom-made tour of South India

Find one or more ideas on our site and then write to us or call us. 

2. Create

Send us your wish list so that we can design a unique itinerary for you.  

3. Customise

We finalise and customise your tour together until we find your best corresponding tour. 

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