Kerala & Southern India

From the peaceful backwaters of Kerala to the stunning temples of Tamil Nadu Southern India is a colourful delight.  Beaches and backwaters, temples and tigers, spice plantations and sleepy fishing villages await.  This tropical paradise, so different from the mayhem of northern India, is a must-see destination.

Take a cruise along the canals and backwaters of Kerala on a traditional kettuvallam (houseboat), wander through the fort town of Cochin admiring the 11th century Indo-Dutch Mattancherry Palace and famous Chinese fishing nets or escape to the beaches of Kumarakom or Cherai.  Visit Periyar National Park to search for elephants and elusive tigers, explore the spice plantations and tea factories of Thekkady or head further east to discover Pondicherry, formerly the largest French Colony in all of India.

Why we like it

  • Cruising Kerala's famed backwaters
  • Picturesque tea plantations of Ooty
  • Chillis, coconut & fresh ginger
  • The great Tamil temples
  • Famed Cochin Chinese fishing nets
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Top Pick - Kerala & Southern India

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