South India Odyssey, 15 days

India, South India
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    Visit local markets abundant with fragrant fruit and vegetables
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    Relax on the beautiful coastline of Goa
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    Explore colourful Meenakshi Temple complex, where Hindu pilgrims from all over India come to worship.
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    Mingle with local fishermen along India’s Southern coastline
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    Visit sparkling Maharahja Palace in Mysore
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    Explore the secret spice markets of Jew Town in Kerala
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    Enjoy an overnight cruise through the famous Kerala backwaters on a traditional houseboat.
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    Experience mystical Kathakali dancing in Kerala
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    Meander through colourful markets
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    Relax along the peaceful waterways of Kerala’s backwaters
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    Visit the local banana market of Madurai
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    Chill on the beaches of Varkala
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    Explore secluded white-sand beaches
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    Take a tour of Portuguese Colonial architecture of Goa
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    Wander through local markets
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    Watch the sunset behind the famous fishing nets of Kochi
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    Select your own market ingredients for a Keralan cooking class
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    Visit local fishing villages
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    Shop for exotic bargains at Goa’s world famous Anjuna Flea Market
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    Cruise along the Keralan coastline to Ernakulum Old Town
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    Learn local fishing techniques
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    Explore colourful spice markets
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    Explore coastal fishing villages
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    Enjoy colourful India
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    Admire the intricate artwork of Sri Meenaksi temple
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    Visit local fish markets and buy ingredients for a cooking class
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    Sample tasty Indian treats

Visit steamy South India and join a far-flung adventure to one of the planet’s most exotic destinations on our specialist-lead, fully guided small group tour. Whether your ideal holiday is exploring tropical waterways, chilling on the coast, discovering ancient temples, meandering through exotic bazaars or savouring fresh and tasty seafood, South India has something for everyone.

 

 

Tour Includes:

15 days, half board, all activities included

Our 15 day South India tour is a low on stress, high on excitement introduction to the vibrancy of India for first time adventurers of the Subcontinent. You will visit the exotic states of Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by road, rail and sky.

Our tours are designed to give you brilliant value for money by covering the vast majority of all your land costs while offering you flexibility about where & what you like to eat.

This tour costs USD $2945 pp twin share for friends/couples, and USD $3195 pp for single supplement (private double room).

  • Kerala backwater houseboat overnight tour
  • Goa beaches
  • Temples in Madurai
  • Market shopping
  • Palaces of Mysore
  • Historical Kochi
  • Indian Rail journeys
  • Spice bazaars
  • South Indian cooking class

Upcoming tour departure dates: South India Adventure

DECEMBER 2017 TOUR
TOUR STARTS DATE TIME
Goa Tuesday 28th November 2017 16:00
TOUR ENDS DATE TIME
Cochin Tuesday 12th December 2017 08:00
     
These dates don't suit? Looking for 2017? This tour can be run all through the year.
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These dates don't suit? Looking for 2017? This tour can be run all through the year.
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MAPS & AREA

Map view for:South India, India

Tour Attractions

Goa

Relax on the beautiful coastline of Goa in between trips to local markets and historical townships. Learn to cook world-famous Portuguese Goan cuisine.

Mysore

Explore a sparkling Maharajah Palace and hill top temples. Sample delicious South Indian cuisine served on a banana leaf.

Madurai

Travel further south to Madurai, the home of the colourful Meenakshi Temple complex, where Hindu pilgrims from all over India come to worship.

Kerala Backwaters

Enjoy an overnight cruise through the famous Kerala backwaters on a traditional houseboat.

Kochi

Unwind in the beautiful seaport of Kochi. Explore spice markets and the historical Jew Town settlement.

What else can you do?

Travel photography:

For those of you interested in improving and practicing your travel photography Francisco will run some sessions on how to get the best shots of the people, markets, landscapes and cities you will be visiting.

Luxury overnight Houseboat cruise:

Enjoy a cruise through the backwaters of Kerala in an air-conditioned houseboat with your own private bedroom and an on-board chef.

Indian Rail journeys:

Travel on world famous Indian Railways in comfortable sleeper carriages.

Market shopping:

Explore world-class bazaars selling inexpensive but unique clothes, souvenirs, shoes, jewellery and art.

Indian cooking lesson:

Our friends in Goa can teach you traditional Indian cookery in their home kitchens.

Tour Information

We have spent many years travelling through and living in this amazing part of the world. We have first-hand local knowledge of South India’s world famous attractions, plus the hidden experiences off the beaten track which make India such an immensely rewarding and unforgettable travel experience. We look forward to sharing these adventures with you.

Who is my guide?

Your guide Francisco de Souza is an intrepid traveler and published travel photographer with a passionate focus on the Subcontinent. Get inspired by his latest gallery of Indian images.
Francisco has lived in both North & South India and traversed the Subcontinent by land many times. Francisco knows India. Learn more about Francisco on his Bio page.

How will we travel and where will we stay?

We will travel overland comfortably by 2nd Class sleeper trains and air-conditioned modern vans.

We will stay in comfortable local family run guest-houses and heritage properties to experience the true and authentic India.
See more about our transport & accommodation in our FAQs

What is the cost?

Our tours are designed to give you brilliant value for money by covering the vast majority of all your land costs while offering you flexibility about where & what you like to eat.

This tour costs USD $2945 pp twin share for friends/couples, and USD $3195 pp for single supplement (private double room).
See the Inclusions tab for specific detail about what is covered by the tour price.

This tour requires a 30% deposit on booking and full balance to be paid 3 months before the departure date. This enables us to book and confirm all your land transport, domestic flights (if required) and accommodation.

What have previous travellers said about this tour?

Testimonials

We loved this tour so much we also got Francisco to take us out for a whole day to explore some other amazing places in Goa, which we wouldn’t have found ourselves.
Rakesh, London, 2015
Amazing experience, showing the vibrant Indian everyday life. Real life. With the respect and love to the local people. The best experience you can have in Goa!
Kate, Poland, 2015
I think that Francisco can safely say “mission accomplished” as the spirit of India is now in all of us. We all learned a lot.
Kevin, France, 2013
I had a fabulously interesting tour. Francisco has a real strength in how he is able to engage the locals and show visitors the real India.
Steve, London, 2015
Thank you for the most amazing experience of my life. Your planning, attention to detail and tour guide skills are exceptional. I look forward to my next adventure!
Andy, United Kingdom, 2013
Excellent photography training and sightseeing tour. Francisco was superb. Strongly recommend the trip.
Rolise, India, 2015
It’s a fun and fulfilling experience and definitely worth it. I loved it and I ended up going for 3 tours.
Monique, Holland, 2015
You guys rock! You continue to be the biggest reminder of the true India: your empathy with the poor is unbelievable & a lesson to us all & the reason we have the amazing memories.
Mike and Carolyn, United Kingdom, 2013
You showed us a side of India that tourists do not usually see: we met local families, ate local food, visited a remote village & school, walked old areas of the cities where tourists don’t go
Lilian, New Zealand, 2011
You took us to places we would have never been to! Being welcomed into families’ homes and drinking chai with the locals is something I will remember for a long time.
Sam, New Zealand, 2011
Worth every second! Highlights were interacting with the locals and being up close and personal with the vendors at the market. Francisco was great!
Allanah, New Zealand, 2015
I have toured South India in 2012 and North India in 2014. Both trips were awesome and I was able to experience a part of India not usually experienced by tourists.
Paul, New Zealand, 2014
Francisco gave generously of his time to make sure I had a wonderful Indian experience. Thank you.
Ruth, New Zealand, 2015
Awesome experience! As a single female traveller, I felt safe with Francisco and he even knew some of the stall holders so it was neat to be able to chat with them. I would recommend to ...
Emma, New Zealand, 2016
What an amazing tour! It was great to get off the beaten track and experience the real India.
Emma, New Zealand, 2013
Thank you guys for giving me a memorable experience that I will never forget. See you again in 2016.
Sara, Australia, 2014
Simply superb. Francisco points out so many colours, characters and smells that you would likely otherwise miss and ensures you get to see everything! This tour was a life highlight.
Evan, New Zealand, 2015
As a keen photographer I was able to get amazing shots of the people of India. Thank you Francisco for showing me the respectful way to photograph people.
Raymond, New Zealand, 2014
I am in my 60’s and have had several trips with Latitude22 since 2009. I cannot praise them enough for the experiences I have had in India.
Christine, New Zealand, 2012

Tour Inclusions

Inclusions:

  • 14 nights of accommodation in comfortable and clean 3 star guest houses and heritage hotels plus a houseboat
  • A consistent experienced guide through the entire tour
  • 14 breakfasts
  • A Goan cooking class including your lunch meal
  • On-board house-boat chef in Kerala to cook your lunch, dinner and breakfast
  • All tour transport including:
    • AC van transfers
    • One domestic flight
    • 2nd class AC sleeper train travel
    • Rickshaws and taxis between tour sites
    • Overnight luxury AC houseboat
  • All activities as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Local expert guides in Varanasi, Goa, Mysore, Madurai and Kochi
  • All entrance tickets to attractions as outlined in detailed itinerary including camera fees where applicable
  • Exclusions:

    • International flights to & from India. We can book these for you.
    • Domestic flights to start/finish cities. We can book these for you.
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa and passport fees
    • Food drinks & activities not listed in the itinerary
    • Your own personal shopping
    • Personal loss/theft/accident/injury
    • Please note that any flight delays or cancellations (and any resulting disruption to travel plans) will need to be taken care of through your insurance or at your own cost.
    • Vaccinations and medical care