14 days,Kochi to Kochi

Relax in peaceful backwaters, spot wildlife in beautiful parks, uncover ancient temples, explore tea and spice plantations, take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Madurai

From steamy Kerala backwaters and spice plantations to incredible temples and searching for tigers in the wild, have your camera ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. This 2-week adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, and country boats will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the peaceful backwaters of Kerala and stunning temples of Tamilnadu.

What's Included

  • Fort Kochi orientation walk
  • Kathakali dance show
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary walk
  • Mudumalai National Park safari
  • Chaumundi Temple and Mysore Palace visit
  • Mamallapuram Shore Temple visit
  • Pondicherry orientation walk
  • Madurai cycle-rickshaw ride and Sri Meenakshi Temple visit
  • Cardamom Hills spice plantation tour
  • Kerala backwaters homestay with guide
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. (Allow USD280-340 for meals not included.)
  • Train, charter bus, cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, ferry.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
  • Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1 nt, multi-share).

Additions Available on This Tour


Day 1Kochi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Kochi

Take a orientation walk to the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue, and town. Enjoy a kathakali performance.

Day 3Kochi/Kalpetta

Take a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district.

Day 4Kalpetta

Walk the nature trails in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and prehistoric Eddakal Caves.

Day 5Kalpetta/Mudumalai

Spend the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary provides one of the most important refuges for elephants and bison in India.

Day 6Mudumalai/Mysore

Visit the Chamundi Temple and Mysore Palace.

Day 7Mysore/Māmallapuram

Enjoy a full day of train travel to Chennai before a short bus ride to Mamallapuram. Visit the Shore Temple.

Day 8Māmallapuram

Free time to explore Mamallapuram.

Day 9Māmallapuram/Puducherry

Continue to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) and learn about Sri Aurobindo Ghose at the ashram.

Day 10Puducherry/Madurai

Travel to inland by private van to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Day 11Madurai

Hope on a cycle rickshaw for a tour of the city before visiting the famous Meenakshi Temple.

Day 12Madurai/Periyār Sanctuary(1D)

Drive to Thekkady. Take a guided tour of spice plantations in the Cardamom Hills.

Day 13Periyār Sanctuary/Kerala Backwaters(1L, 1D)

Take a private bus to Alleppey followed by a riverboat to a homestay. Experience local life and a guided walk along the lagoon.

Day 14Kerala Backwaters/Kochi(1B)

Travel back to Kochi where the trip ends upon arrival.

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