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Kerala & the Southern Highlights

  • Duration

    18 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    $5,980pp
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Southern India offers an intensely tropical and laid-back experience compared to the north. Travel from its stunning hill stations to the tranquil backwaters on this in-depth journey.

Tour Highlights

Our Kerala & the Southern Highlights tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Kerala & the Southern Highlights Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are interested in travelling to the main sights of southern India. This tour includes travel on train, by road and a night on a houseboat, all of which will give a different perspective on the beautiful and exotic landscape of southern India.

  • Day 1

    Fly To Chennai

    Day 1: Fly To Chennai

    Fly to the city of Chennai and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2

    Discover Mamallapuram

    Day 2: Discover Mamallapuram

    After breakfast and a tour introduction, you will travel to Mamallapuram. On arrival you will explore this coastal temple town, seeing the fascinating 7th and 8th-century rock carvings including the magnificent Shore Temple and the impressive Varaha Cave.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Chennai City

    Day 3: Chennai City

    Return to Chennai, formerly known as Madras. This city was developed as a British trading post and is home to a number of colonial sights. A city tour begins at the 13-kilometre Marina Beach before a stop at Fort St. George and the British-built St. Mary's Church. The final stop is the colourful Shiva Kapaleeswarar Temple.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Train To Bangalore

    Day 4: Train To Bangalore

    Rise early to catch the Shatabdi Express to the garden city of Bangalore, where you will enjoy an afternoon city tour to see the Bull Temple, Tipu Sultan's Palace and Vidhana Soudha.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Mysore

    Day 5: Mysore

    Head to Mysore, stopping at Srirangapatna Fort en route. Visit the magnificent Maharaja's Palace and drive to Chamundi Hill to admire the 12th-century Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and Nandi Bull. Tonight, enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration hosted by a local family.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    Coonoor Hill Station

    Day 6: Coonoor Hill Station

    Journey up into the cool climes of the Western Ghats to the beautiful hill station of Coonoor. Relax and appreciate the peace and natural splendour of this quaint town.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    Ooty Mountain Railway

    Day 7: Ooty Mountain Railway

    All aboard the miniature, narrow gauge 'Toy Train' to Ooty, nicknamed the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. Upon arrival you will visit the botanical gardens and walk to a small village where you will gain insight into the lives of the local people, as well as having incredible views back over Ooty.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Travel To Coimbatore

    Day 8: Travel To Coimbatore

    Enjoy a city tour of Sim's Park in Coonoor this morning. It includes winding footpaths, gazebos and a dense forest. This afternoon continue on to Coimbatore and spend the night.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Munnar

    Day 9: Munnar

    Travel to Munnar, a hill station enveloped by lush tea plantations. In the afternoon visit a tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Travel To Thekkady

    Day 10: Travel To Thekkady

    Today explore Eravikulam National Park and have the opportunity to spot the local wildlife (closed Feb-Apr, when an alternative light trek will be available). Continue your journey to Thekkady, home of Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Periyar Wildlife Reserve

    Day 11: Periyar Wildlife Reserve

    Though designated as a Tiger Reserve in 1978, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is best known for its elephants. Take a walk through the reserve, keeping an eye out for its resident elephant population, as well as wild dogs, barking deer, mouse deer and the elusive Bengal tiger. Visit a spice village before enjoying a traditional kalaripayattu (martial art) show this evening.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    Drive To Kochi

    Day 12: Drive To Kochi

    Travel to the coastal town of Kochi. This evening enjoy an exuberant Kathakali dance performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    Explore Kochi

    Day 13: Explore Kochi

    Take a full day tour of Kochi. Start at St. Francis Church, the first European church built in India, before a visit to Santa Cruz Basilica, where you will have excellent views of Chinese fishing nets. Finish the day by admiring the synagogue in the heart of the Jewish Quarter.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Backwaters Cruising

    Day 14: Backwaters Cruising

    Travel to Kumarakom, stopping en route at Kumbalangi, a village created to highlight the lifestyle of fisher-folk in the area. Later board a houseboat, a converted rice barge known as a kettuvallam. Sit back and watch life on the water and the surrounding, untouched wilderness while cruising unhurriedly along the canals. A delicious dinner of traditional cuisine will be served on board and spend a comfortable night on the water.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15

    Discover Trivandruma

    Day 15: Discover Trivandruma

    Have breakfast onboard before disembarking and heading for the beach town of Kovalam. Stop on the way in Kerala's capital Trivandrum to see the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Observatory and Sri Chitra Art Gallery.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    Relax In Kovalam

    Day 16: Relax In Kovalam

    This morning take a walking tour of the town and visit the lighthouse. The rest of the day is yours to relax or head to the beach, before a farewell dinner this evening.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 17-18

    Fly To Australia

    Days 17-18: Fly To Australia

    Transfer to Trivandrum and fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 22mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 24°c
  • 5mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 18mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 23mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 21mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 2mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 26°c
  • 13mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 29mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 29°c
  • 15mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 47mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 31mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 40mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 8mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 30°c
  • 48mm
  • Munnar
  • 21°c
  • 129mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 95mm
  • Kovalam
  • 29°c
  • 119mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 44mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 29°c
  • 71mm
  • Munnar
  • 21°c
  • 189mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 283mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 210mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 56mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 27mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 420mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 706mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 341mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 31°c
  • 100mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 36mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 583mm
  • Kochi
  • 26°c
  • 594mm
  • Kovalam
  • 26°c
  • 239mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 140mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 36mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 364mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 403mm
  • Kovalam
  • 26°c
  • 156mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 137mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 74mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 210mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 280mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 175mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 279mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 123mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 253mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 320mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 268mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 407mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 25°c
  • 122mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 164mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 175mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 192mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 191mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 24°c
  • 46mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 64mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 43mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 69mm
Kerala & the Southern Highlights map

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