In South India time slows down; daily life moves at a more leisurely pace. It’s still India but it’s nothing like the north.
The hustle and bustle gives way to coconut-lined fields and beaches. Bullocks plough rice paddles and plantations produce staples like coffee and pepper.
South India is about first hand experiences. It’s about getting to know India and her people. The slower pace provides a better chance to understand the deeply religious yet open-minded people who live there and experience their traditional ways of living.
Witness the kaleidoscope of South Indian life mesh at the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai as temple elephants, pilgrims, merchants and wedding parties come together inside the temple. Why not sit down to discuss matters large and small with an accommodating host at a homestay and even step inside their kitchens to learn the secrets of South Indian food?
Dance your tastebuds around a banana leaf thali and sample a masala dosa in Mysore. Be invited into one of the formerly glorious mansions built by wealthy teak merchants in the 19th century in Chettinad and explore the boulder- strewn countryside of Hampi – the ancient capital of the 14th century Vijayanagar and one of the world’s great archaeological sites; truly one of the must see places to visit in South India.
Experience the region first-hand with us on one of our suggested South India tours, or discuss custom holiday packages to suit your desires.
Suggested Tours of South India
This lively paced tour delves into the full range of sights and experiences unique to South India.
A perfect 10-day introduction to the laid-back lifestyle and readily accessible culture of South India.
Travelling at an easy pace, this itinerary allows you to appreciate the ancient and highly evolved cultures of South India, as well as its spectacular natural beauty.
This is a gently paced trip with lots of time for exploring south India’s less famous temples, hills, beaches and small towns and featuring several lovely homestays with wonderful food.
This trip offers an in depth exploration of four of south India’s most interesting cities: Hyderabad, Pondicherry, Madurai and Cochin.
This itinerary will give you a sense of the epic dynasties that have dominated the social and cultural landscape of the Tamils for the last 1500 years.
For the visitor the South is a visual feast, with natural beauty wrestling with the brilliance of human creation for your attention.
Goa is the perfect addition to a business trip to Mumbai, or at the end of your busy Indian holiday. Accommodation ranges from heritage hotels in Panjim, to beach front villas, to sprawling five star resorts. Please inquire for more information and prices.
One does not see Mumbai in the sense of conventional “sightseeing”; a visit should include daily life experiences that allow you to get under the skin of this thriving, consuming, breakneck city.
One of the most striking features of south India’s rich culinary heritage is its diversity.
With less of a focus on tigers compared to north India, but with an abundance of beautiful tropical flora and fauna – and wonderful accommodation to match – South India offers much for the wildlife enthusiast.
This one week itinerary includes three of South India’s premier birding areas:Thattekkad, Munnar and Ooty.
In addition to a high number of easily spotted birds, these areas afford the best opportunity to see rare, endangered and endemic bird species.