Travel to India and embark on this classic southern Indian tour through Kerala from Chennai to Kovalam Beach. Discover a thousand shades of green, indulge in some of the continent’s freshest food, and share smiles with the friendly local people in this lush, tropical part of the country. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region and discover its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations. Follow the road less travelled through south India without sacrificing too many creature comforts. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1st January 2017 this trip will spend one less day in Chennai and no longer visit Munnar. This is to allow us to visit the new destinations of Tanjavur (Tanjore) where we explore the Brihadishwara Temple, and Karaikudi, where we will enjoy a village walk. More details to follow in coming months, with the itinerary outlined below: 1 Chennai 2 Pondicherry 3 Pondicherry 4 Tanjavur 5 Karaikudi 6 Madurai 7 Madurai 8 Periyar 9 Periyar 10 Kochi 11 Kochi 12 Kerala Backwaters - Kumarkom 13 Kovalam 14 Kovalam 15 Depart

Highlights

Amid the ordered chaos of Chennai, find tranquillity upon visiting the magnificent Kapaleeshwarar Temple at its centre

With its idyllic lifestyle and contemporary feel, Puducherry is a beautiful seaside town to explore

Learn about the man who dedicated his life to the independence of India at The National Gandhi Museum

Track footprints in search of wild elephants in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The rolling hills and chai gardens of Munnar are a tea lover’s dream

Ferry-hop between the islands of Fort Kochi to discover palaces, temples and Portuguese architecture at every turn