Premium South India

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Small group
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Discover the soul of southern India, from Chennai to Kochi.

Swaying palm trees, rolling emerald hills and tranquil backwaters make up the lush surface of southern India, but dig a little deeper and discover a land of charismatic people, ancient religion and cherished cuisine. This 13-day Premium adventure will take you into the home of a local family, down the French-inspired streets of Puducherry, through the maze of food stalls in Madurai and into the wilderness of the Periyar National Park, all with the passionate guidance of a local leader.

Why you’ll love this trip


Our best accommodation and highest level of service.


Unusual, exceptional and authentic on-trip experiences.


Led by our most experienced and highest rated local leaders.

  • Find out what makes Indian cuisine so special during Exclusive Experiences, including an off-the-beaten-path food tour in Madurai, a home-cooked meal with a local family, a fragrant lunch at a spice plantation and an ayurvedic cooking demonstration in Kochi.
  • Enjoy a high-energy Exclusive Experience with a live performance of kalarippayattu in Thekkady – believed to be oldest surviving martial art in India, this will be a show to remember.
  • Witness a fusion of influences in the stunning former French colony of Puducherry, and see touches of a Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and British past in the exuberantly multicultural Kochi.
  • Experience a thousand shades of green as you tour a scenic tea plantation in Munnar and track footprints in search of wild elephants in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Enjoy accommodation like no other – a beautiful converted houseboat on the Kerala backwaters and a suave heritage hotel in Kochi are your Feature Stays for this adventure.


Map of Premium South India including India

Day 1: Chennai

Day 2: Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Day 3: Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Day 4: Madurai

Day 5: Madurai

Day 6: Thekkady

Day 7: Thekkady – Periyar National Park

Day 8: Munnar

Day 9: Munnar

Day 10: Kerala Backwaters

Day 11: Kochi

Day 12: Kochi

Day 13: Kochi



12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners


Private vehicle, Ferry


Hotel (9 nights), Houseboat Feature Stay (1 night), Kochi Feature Stay (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Chennai – Welcome dinner
  • Mamallapuram – Shore Temples guided tour
  • Auroville – Experimental township
  • Puducherry – Leader-led French Quarter walking tour
  • Puducherry – Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Madurai – Leader-led street food tour
  • Madurai – Sri Meenakshi 1000 Pillar
  • Madurai – Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Madurai – Gandhi Museum
  • Madurai – Leader-led walking tour
  • Madurai – Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace
  • Madurai – Local family visit and home-cooked Tamil dinner
  • Thekkady – Expert-guided spice plantation visit and lunch
  • Periyar – Kalaripayattu (Indian Martial Art) performance
  • Periyar – Guided nature walk
  • Munnar – Tea plantation
  • Munnar – Tea Museum
  • Munnar – Mattupetty Dam
  • Munnar – Leader-led town walking tour
  • Kochi – Kathakali performance
  • Kochi – Jewish Synagogue
  • Kochi – Ferry to Mattancherry
  • Kochi – Leader-led Fort Kochi walking tour
  • Kochi – Dutch Palace
  • Kochi – Ayurveda-inspired dinner
  • Kochi – Converstation with an expert on Satvik Bhojan (Ayurvedic food)

Premium Inclusions

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support


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