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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 and explore the hill station of the British Raj
  • Hampi - Explore the temples and ruins of the ancient Vijayanagar capital
  • Goa - Relax in the Portuguese influence coastal town

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour at Chennai Airport

  • 2
    Take a walking tour to the Shore Temple of Mamallapuram

  • 3
    Free time to explore before overnight train to Madurai

  • 4
    Time to explore Madurai's Meenakshi Temple

  • 5
    Drive across the Cardamom Hills to Quilon

  • 6
    Take a motorboat through backwaters to our homestay

  • 7
    Drive to Kochi and explore the fort area

  • 8
    Visit the Jewish Quarter or see Kathakali dancing

  • 9
    Travel to the hill station of Ooty

  • 10
    Take a ride on the Toy Train

  • 11
    Travel by public bus to Mysore

  • 12
    Discover Mysore before the sleeper train to Hospet

  • 13
    Transfer to the ancient Vijayangar capital, Hampi

  • 14
    A free day to explore the ruins and temples of Hampi

  • 15
    Take the day train to Goa

  • 16
    Free time to explore Panjim or relax on the beach

  • 17
    Tour ends in Goa

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South India Explorer
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Included meals 14 0 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Train, Public Bus, Taxi
Accommodation
8 nights Simple Hotel
2 nights Basic Overnight Train
5 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Simple Homestay
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 8 - 14