South Indian Odyssey    *alt*

18 days, from £3395
Wild Frontiers
Speak to an expert

Need more advice before deciding which tour might suit you best and with whom to travel? 
Our Phonethrough feature allows you to talk directly to an expert holiday advisor from each of the leading specialist operators who organise tours to the destinations featured. 

  • Benefit from their in-depth knowledge and free advice, with no strings attached to give you the re-assurance that you are booking the right holiday for you.
  • Call the Freephone numbers or the 03 Phonethrough number. Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as to other standard fixed line numbers (starting 01 or 02) and calls made will come out of any inclusive minutes you have with your Service Provider. Ofcom rules dictate that 03 calls do not generate any money for the call recipient
  • Prefer to send an email in the first instance? Click on the email icon and submit your general enquiry or for a specific tour with a request to respond by email or to phone you back.
  • This will help you decide if they have the tour that best matches your requirements.

Our aim Is To introduce And match holiday planning consumers With specialist escorted tour holiday operators & organisers. Please note that any booking you make Is made directly With the tour Operator, travel organiser Or provider As Somewhere does Not act In any agent Or booking capacity.

Call 0343 886 1263
or Email


Whether it's your first, second or even third time to the Indian Subcontinent, if you haven't yet been to South India, you are in for a real treat! This diverse and comprehensive trip across the cultural and historical landscapes of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala encompasses some of the country's most authentic cultural experiences and offers a very different experience from that of the north.

Travelling from the shores of the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Sea, we will have a chance to explore UNESCO Heritage sites and ancient temple shrines, experience Tamil culture first-hand and enjoy the stunning beauty of the Western Ghats and the Malabar Coast. We will also visit the historic splendours of Madurai, Mysore and Cochin, and explore the majestic landscapes of the Backwaters aboard a traditional Keralan houseboat for two nights.

This truly is a journey of remarkable contrasts, exploring one of India's most fascinating regions.

For further information about the region, read our handy guide to South India.


- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mahabalipuram and the living Chola temples at Airavateswara & Bridhadeswara
- Discover the traditional villages and palatial mansions of Chettinadu
- Discover Madurai - the heart of the Tamil and Dravidian cultures
- Explore the Keralan Backwaters for two nights by traditional houseboat
- Visit Kochi's (Cochin) atmospheric harbour and Mysore's stunning palace complex

Tour Includes:

- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 15 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
- Drinking water throughout
- All transport (minibuses, trains, boats and rickshaws).
- 17 nights' accommodation (14 in hotels, 2 in houseboats & 1 on board an overnight train)
- All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)


 Day 1: Tour Starts In Chennai (Madras) - Transfer To Mahabalipuram

This morning from where we will drive south, along the shores of the Indian Ocean to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram.

 Day 2: In & Around Mahabalipuram

After breakfast we drive out to the city of Kanchipuram, on the banks of the Vegavathy River. An ancient centre of learning and a city of great importance historically to the Buddhists, Jains and Hindus.

 Day 3: Mahalipuram - Gingee - Pondicherry

Heading inland slightly we make for Tamil Nadu's most spectacular fort at Gingee. We then head back to the coast to Pondicherry - a sophisticated city with strong French influences.

 Day 4: Pondicherry - Kumbakonam

Departing Pondicherry our journey continues to the pilgrimage city of Kumbakonam, a city that can date its origins back to the Sangam period of the 3rd century BC.

 Days 5-6: Kumbakonam - Karaikudi (Chettinadu)

 Day 5: Today we drive to the heritage town of Karaikudi, famous for its palatial limestone houses and its distinctive cuisine. The journey takes us via the superbly ornate Bridhadeswara Temple in Thanjavur, one of India's most prized architectural sites. Day 6: We pay a visit to some of the 18th century palaces today; sumptuous creations in Italian marble and Burmese teak that were inspired by the grand houses of Europe. We also take time to explore a little of the traditional industry of the area.

 Day 7: Karaikudi (Chettinadu) - Madurai

Today we head into the cultural heartlands of theTamil and Dravidian cultures. Our destination is the temple city of Madurai, a place that can trace its history back some 2,500 years.

 Days 8-10: Madurai - Mysore (Overnight Train)

 Day 8: We have time today to explore a little more of this captivating city which is home to the Gandhi Memorial Museum and a number of Hindu, Vishnu and Muslim temples and mosques.This evening we'll take the overnight train to Mysore. Day 9: Today we'lll explore the stunning cultural capital of the Karnataka region, located at the base of the Chamundi Hills. Day 10: Long known for its festivals and palaces, Mysore can boast one of the most opulent and iconic buildings in southern India, the Mysore Palace.We take a walking tour around the city this morning, before driving out to the hills.

 Day 11: Mysore - Kabini

Today's journey takes us on to Kabini, our base on the edge of the Nagarahole National Park. Here we'll head out on safari to spot some of the local wildlife that includes Asian Elephant, Samba Deer, Langur Monkeys plus over 250 species of birds.

 Day 12: Kabini - Cheruthuruthy

Before breakfast we will embark on another safari in the Nagarahole NP before departing for Cheruthuruthy located on the Nila River. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to meet some local artisans, including potters, weavers and toymakers.

 Day 13: Cheruthuruthy - Kumarakum

We hope to make an early morning visit to a Kalamandalam - a performing arts centre - which prides itself on maintaining and teaching the great arts and traditions of Keralan society for which it's famed. We then drive south for the night in Kumarakum.

 Days 14-15: Kumarakum - Allepey -Backwaters of Kerala

 Day 14: From Alleppey, we take to the waters of this most beautiful and unique andscape. Boarding a traditional houseboat we will spend today and tomorrow cruising the waterways and channels that honeycomb the coastal plains. Day 15: Today we will have the chance to further explore the backwaters and meet some of the local villagers.

 Days 16-18: Allepey - Kochi (Cochin)

 Day 16: Today we drive to Kochi, the glittering 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' and oldest European settlement in India, Here we'll experience a vibrant mix of cultural influences and the oldest church and the oldest synagogue in the country. Day 17: A walking tour of the city takes in the historic old streets around Fort Cochin and the red-tiled riverfront of Mattancherry, once the old capital's main market area and the centre of the Malabar spice trade. Day 18: Our tour ends this morning in Kochi.