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India is far more than the tourist belt of the Golden Triangle. This carefully curated South India tour itinerary showcases the very best this part of the country has to offer.
During the trip, we visit the majestic cities of Pondicherry and Madurai as well as lesser-known places like Hampi and Marari.
You can witness the pious proceedings at Meenalakshmi Temple, create the world-famous Chettinad pepper chicken, and roam Pondicherry’s beautiful French Quarter.
This 15-day South India group travel package delves into history, traditions, and secrets. It digs beneath the mystique of an overlooked but fascinating region.
An authentic South Indian experience awaits you! And as part of our regenerative travel revolution, you can give back to your host communities, helping them grow and flourish in a sustainable way.
For adventures in the north of the country over a similar timescale, consider the Colours of India: Northern Discovery to Goan Beaches tour.
If you have more time and want to travel the length of the country, let us introduce you to our incredible 30-day tour: India Encompassed: Northern Discovery and Southern Adventure.
For more information about our tours of India, or to take the first step towards booking, please schedule a call with us.
Ready to kick start this adventure? Heck Yes! After landing at Cochin International Airport, meet your team and tour leader and go to the hotel. Get ready for the Meet Your Crew Session where you will meet the rest of the crew. Later on, hit the town with your new gang for your Crew Bonding Night Out! Right from the fisherman’s cove to Jew town, let’s get it started!
Get introduced to the culture of South India in an interactive group session hosted by your tour leader!
Let’s kickstart this day already!Head to Cheruthuruthy where you will meet different craftsmen and artists who live on the banks of the river Nila, especially the famous potter Gopalan. You will attend a musical trial show and visit a women’s cooperative to interact with them in order to learn about women’s cooperative movement. The evening is dedicated to independent activities with your crew!
Visit local potters and women’s cooperatives to learn about local trades and social
movements in Kerala!
After a hearty breakfast, let’s drive towards Cranganore. Today, let’s get inspired by a unique community-based initiative by the local farmers, who are protecting the Pokkali rice from extinction for Your Responsible Activity. Later, visit the Muziris to check out the Jewish Synagogue and Cheraman mosque. Later, head to your home for the next two days, the white sand beaches of Marari!
Attend an insightful activity to learn how farmers are trying to protect their traditional livelihood
Cleanse your soul sipping on some margaritas and taking in that Vitamin SEA. Today, you are free to explore whatever you want. This beautiful town of Marari, unlike other beaches in Kerala, is untamed. So, hit the Arabian Sea, and soak in the cool breeze. Go click some pictures and create some trendy reels. It’s time to Explore With Your Crew and wash off all your worries by having a good time!
Heard of world-famous Kerela Backwaters? Go on an authentic village tour in Alleppey. Learn about this amazing community, drift through the picturesque paddy fields, and form memories. Enjoy Your Rural Experience while canyoning in the mesmerising backwaters. This will be topped off with lunch prepared by a local family which is a great opportunity to interact with locals and engage in a cultural exchange. Return to Marari and spend the night there.
Explore the backwaters of Alleppey and interact with local families to learn about the village way of life
TIme to hit the lush town of Thekkady. On the way, you will visit a spice plantation to learn about the exotic spices grown in this region. After checking in your accommodation, freshen up. In the evening, watch the two powerful Keralite performances – Kathakali, an age-old traditional Keralite dance form, and Kalaripayattu, an ancient martial arts form originating in this state.
Brace yourself for two power-packed performances that take you back in time to give you an insight into Kerala’s traditions!
Today, you will go deep into the Periyar Tiger Reserve for an adventurous trek through the forest. Spot beautiful creatures like elephants, deers, monkeys, and a wide variety of birds. You’d probably be lucky to spot a tiger too! This will be followed by an exciting bamboo rafting in the Periyar lake. You are bound to be stunned by the rich flora and fauna in this tranquil setting.
This wildlife safari offers a unique proposition to support locals who work in the reserve. Many of them are ex-poachers who have taken a u-turn and are now protecting this habitat.
Today, we leave Kerala for Tamil Nadu. After having a delicious breakfast, travel down to Madurai by private vehicle. Upon reaching the hotel, unpack and relax. In the evening, you will go on a lip smacking food trail, starting from the very famous South Indian restaurant- Amma’s Mess. Later, if you wish to, you can witness a night procession in Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple which is sure to light up your soul!
Witness the Hindu procession in Meenakshi Temple. It is a first-hand experience for you to understand the traditions!
A long day! After breakfast, you will go for a heritage walk through Temple Town. Explore the innermost areas of this historic city on foot, including the iconic Thirumalai Nayakar Palace and stone sculptures in addition to the bustling tailors, banana, flower, and vegetable markets. Later in the afternoon, you will make your way to Kumbakonam and spend the night there.
Explore the bazaars of Madurai which have been there for centuries and get exposed to the local lifestyle!
Today, visit the legendary Raja Veda Kavya Patasala, which has produced renowned scholars and pundits since its establishment in 1542. Get to learn about ancient Vedic studies. Later, visit the Ramamohan’s house for the Kalamkari workshop, an ancient art form that has been passed on from generation to generation. Later, make your way to the former colonial coastal town of Pondicherry.
Experience cultural exposure through an art form and an education system that are very unique to South India and its heritage!
Today, you will go on a morning heritage walk through the French Quarter. Admire the architecture, serenity, and the clear contrast in surroundings and get all the French feels! Later, go on the Tamil Town trail, both on foot and on rickshaws. The Tamil side of town is busy and colourful, with Hindus, Muslims, and Christians living here. You will walk through the local bazaar to witness daily life and take a rickshaw ride to see residential areas.
Witness the clear contrast in culture and traditions, between the French Quarter and the Tamil town. India is truly diverse!
This morning it’s time to Explore With Your Crew. Pondicherry has a lot to offer including the world-famous Auroville – a universal city in the making dedicated to human unity. Following this, you make your way to Chennai. On the way, you have an option to visit Mahabalipuram which is known for its unique temples. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Hampi with your crew.
You do not want to miss experiencing the famous sleeper train in India!
On arrival, you’ll be taken to Your Authentic Stay in Anegundi village. Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by your host Meenaxi – the best chef in Hampi. Later on, go on a tour around the village by Murli, Hampi’s famous guide, to get an insight into this community that has been there since the time of the Vijayanagara Empire. Later, do some coracle rafting in the Tungabhadra river. Sounds fun?
The village orientation tour is meant for you to learn about this community. Legends say that the residents here are direct descendants of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Being your last day, you will take part in the Your Impact Event which is an interactive closure session at the village library to discuss the trip. Exchange ideas, provide insight and let us know how we can make an even greater impact. The rest of the day is free for you to Explore With Your Crew. In the evening, get ready for your End With A Bang Night to party it out!
The last 15 days have been a roller coaster! You will have experienced Indian culture, relished the food, conversed with locals, made a lasting impact on local businesses, and have a lifetime of memories to take back! However, just like all good things, this too has to come to an end. Bidding goodbye to the new experiences and getting back home. Ugh. Your friends and family will be waiting for you, undoubtedly jealous of your adventure!
NOTE: Ensure to book your flights for later this day or the next from the nearest airports, i.e Bangalore/Hyderabad. And in case you choose to spend a few extra days here, let us know in advance
Look forward to what the day has to offer. Enjoy the breakfast provided by the host family at 8:30 AM. Freshen up, and get ready. By 9:30, join your fellow travelers for an exciting day. Get greeted by Novoto executives, as they take you sight-seeing as per the daily itinerary.
At noon, we make a stop for lunch and refreshments. After lunch, we continue with the sight-seeing with regards to the schedule. Enjoy your day as you come across well-known and new destinations.After 5 PM, the evening is usually kept free for a range of independent activities with fellow travellers. Occasionally, there shall be organised social events in the evening.
Finally, dinner is provided as per the schedule in the itinerary. Then of course, rest and think about the fond memories created in South India.
International flights booked for arrival/ departure have not been included in our travel fee. It must be purchased separately.
However, in case of any inquiries, you can contact us.
There are multiple flights arriving at the Cochin International Airport.
During departure, you are welcome to take a train to Bangalore or Hyderabad, and then a flight to your destination.
You will be required to obtain either an Indian E-Visa (you can check your eligibility here – https://www.visahq.co.uk/) or apply in person at your nearest Indian Embassy prior to your travels.
The itinerary has been curated with the most observant prior due diligence. Any additional expenses individuals incurred during the tour are at their own discretion, such as any shopping and souvenirs they might wish to purchase, additional meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary, and of course, the booze.
For a trip of 15 days, you would be better off with a light packing. Carry comfortable footwears and light clothes. Make sure you carry the essentials- your passport, VISA, and Indian currency.
Oh also, leave some room in your suitcases. You never know what you might like to buy here.
No, tipping has not been included in your travel plan. It’s up to you to decide the amount for the same. We totally respect your discretion.
We very much believe in privacy. Hence, we are sorry that we cannot reveal their names. However, we have a wide range of travellers from all over the world who you will meet on your first day.
No need to worry! We have our on-ground team for your assistance. Besides that, you can get in touch with us through our social media handles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can call us on our helpline.
As much as we would LOVE you to join us, it will be difficult for us to accommodate you in an already on-going trip.
Good news? You are more than welcome to extend your stay, but the expenses for the same have to be taken by you.
Although our trips are designed for 18-35s, we don’t believe in limiting it to them. So, as long as you’re 18+, feel free to be a part of the tours!
Unfortunately, no. We leave that to your discretion to book travel insurance of your choice.
Definitely! Your entire experience would be well-documented in the form of videos, and also in other means as approved by the group.
April to September is summer in India where temperatures are generally soaring around 40 C at most destinations in this tour. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 28 C during the day at most locations.