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South India Explorer QDS

Visiting: India
Tour Duration 17 Days

South India Budget Adventure Tour

This overland journey from South India’s Coromandel Coast to the Arabian Sea at Goa is an ideal way to meet the welcoming local people as we travel mainly by local bus, train and boat. We explore intricately carved temple complexes, cruise along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, climb to the cool heights of the Western Ghats and spend time on tropical sandy beaches.

Tour Highlights

  • Mamallapuram - Discover World Heritage ruins and the colonial grandeur of Pondicherry
  • Madurai – Join the worshippers at the vibrant Meenakshi Temple
  • Kerala Backwaters – Cruise through the beautiful backwaters
  • Kochi - Watch fishermen bring in the days catch as the sun sets
  • Ooty - Ride the ‘Toy Train’ to the hillstation of the British Raj
  • Hampi – Explore the temples and ruins of the ancient Vijayanagar capital
  • Goa - Relax by the azure waters and golden beaches of India’s Arabian coast


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Mamallapuram.

  • 2
    AM walking tour. PM free

  • 3
    Free day in Mamallapuram. Overnight train to Madurai

  • 4
    Arrive Madurai. Chance to visit the Meenakshi temple

  • 5
    Drive to Quilon (Kollam)

  • 6
    Boat cruise to Allepey. PM optional canoe trip

  • 7
    Drive to Kochi. PM orientation tour

  • 8
    In Kochi

  • 9
    Train to Coimbatore. Drive to Metupalayam

  • 10
    AM Toy Train to Ooty. PM free

  • 11
    Drive to Mysore

  • 12
    Free in Mysore for optionals. Overnight train to Hospet

  • 13
    Arrive Hospet then taxi to Hampi

  • 14
    In Hampi

  • 15
    AM train to Margaon (Goa). Drive to beach

  • 16
    In Goa

  • 17
    Tour ends Goa

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South India Explorer
4.5 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. Read reviews
Included meals 14 0 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Train, Public Bus, Taxi
9 nights Simple Hotel
2 nights Basic Overnight Train
4 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Simple Homestay
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 8 - 14