Rich in diversity, language, culture and religion, India is fuelled by the energy of some 1.25 billion people, a place where the air is warm and sweet from countless sticks of incense, and the cries of street vendors sound day and night. Explore the south and feast on biryani with a local family on the Karnataka Plains, discover myriad temples in Mysore, Puducherry and Madurai, and seek out tigers and leopards in Periyar National Park. Ride tuk-tuks, drive and take a sleeper train as you criss-cross the country, and then swap it all for the serene glide of a houseboat on the Kerala backwaters. You will encounter incredible sights, sounds and people, and leave with a heart full of experiences and memories on this southern India family adventure.

Highlights

You haven’t really been to a movie until you’ve watched a Bollywood blockbuster in an old-school Indian cinema!

Cruise around the Malabar backwaters on board a traditional Keralan houseboat, complete with carpets – have fun with locals, and maybe try your hand at fishing

Race each other up the 1,008 stone steps to the summit of Chamundi Hill, and check out the imposing statue of ‘Nandi’ the bull

Experience an adventurous sleepover on an Indian train – mix with the locals, play games, enjoy the fabulous hospitality, and watch the colourful landscape fly by as the chai wallah walks down the aisle singing about his tea

Get back to nature as you safari for rare animals in Periyar National Park – a prize for the one that spots the tiger or leopard!