Starting by the beach at Kovalam, in the wonderful state of Kerala, your journey takes you through palm-lined backwaters, hiking in the mountains, exploring the most exotic temple city in South India, the magnificent Maharajah's Palace in Mysore, and the fascinating ruins at Hampi. You finish with a few days in the former Portuguese colony of Goa lying on the exotic west coast of India. A tropical paradise in the sun and the perfect end for your tour.
Day 1 - Kovalam
Arrive in Trivandrum, transfer to nearby Kovalam, the finest beach in South India.
Day 2 - Kovalam
Today is at leisure to shake off the jet lag and settle into the leisurely pace of life in South India.
Day 3 - Allapuzha
Drive to a village on Kerala's backwaters.Time can be spent watching the toddy tappers climbing the tall trees, walking among the paddy fields or along the river banks, or rowing through the narrow canals in a country boat.
Day 4 - Kochi
Drive to Kochi, one of the most interesting and cosmopolitan cities in South India with Portuguese, Jewish, Chinese, Dutch and British influences!
Day 5 - Kochi
Morning tour of Fort Cochin and a cruise through the harbour. In the evening you can watch a performance of Kathakali Dancing.
Day 6 - Thekkady
A scenic drive to Thekkady, the best place to stay for a visit to Periyar Wildlife Reserve, one of the largest in India, deep in the scenic cardamom hills. There are numerous elephants, sambhar, wild pig, flying squirrel and over 260 species of birds.
Day 7 - Thekkady
The Periyar Wildlife Reserve is one of the largest in India with elephant, sambhar, wild pig, flying squirrel and over 260 species of bird life. Today you will take aboat trip on the lake in search of the wildlife.
Day 8 - Madurai
Drive to Madurai, one of the most lively and exotic temple cities. Afternoon visit to the magnificent Meenakshi Temple.
Day 9 - Overnight Train
A full day to further day to explore the colourful bazaars with street tailors, throngs of pilgrims and joyful religious processions. In the evening board the sleeper train to Mysore.
Day 10 - Mysore
Arrive in Mysore, a friendly and easy going city of shady trees and buildings of faded grandeur.
Day 11 - Mysore
Visit the colourful food markets and the magnificent Maharajah's Palace with its glittering interiors. You also drive up Chamundi hill for fabulous views over the city.
Day 12 - Overnight Train
Transfer from Mysore to Bangalore. Board the sleeper train to Hospet.
Day 13 - Hospet
Arrive in Hospet, transfer to your hotel.
Day 14 - Hospet
Just a short drive away are the magnificent ruins of the Vijayanagar empire at Hampi. At the height of its power in the 16th century, the city rivalled Rome in splendour and controlled almost all of South India. You explore the city on foot.
Day 15 - Goa
Today you board the train from Hospet to Goa. On arrival at Goa's railway station you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 16 - Goa
Relax and enjoy the Goan lifestyle. Goa is renowned for its Portuguese colonial heritage, architecture, temples and churches as well as its gorgeous tropical beaches.
Day 17 - Goa
Spend your last day relaxing on the beach.
Day 18 - Goa
Tour ends. Transfer to Goa airport to connect with your onward travel.