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Get off the beaten track on this 17 day journey. Stay in exceptional small boutique hotels, a magnificent plantation retreat and stylish city hotels.

This journey through the spicy and sensuous south begins in Chennai and the beaches of Mamallapuram and its stunning 7th century Shore Temple, before travelling along the Bay of Bengal to the charming French colonial enclave of Pondicherry, with its venerated Sri Aurobindo Ashram and delightful Mediterranean atmosphere. Travelling through lush rice fields, arrive in Tanjore to see the magnificent World Heritage-listed Brihadishwara Temple and on to the famous temple city of Madurai and its awe-inspiring Sri Meenakshi Temple.

Climb into the cool mountains of the Western Ghats , including wild elephants and maybe the elusive tiger. Returning to sea level, stay overnight on a houseboat along the Kerala backwaters, stopping at local villages and gaining insight into rural life along these tranquil waterways. At Cochin, the oldest European settlement in India, watch fishermen set their ancient Chinese fishing nets as the sun sinks into the Arabian Sea. The languid pace here is fitting finale to this tantalising journey.

The relaxed pace takes you off-the-beaten-track, staying in exceptional small boutique hotels, stunning up market home-stays, a magnificent plantation retreat and stylish city hotels.

Food & Wine

On this journey you’ll have ample opportunity to indulge in spectacular Southern Indian fare ranging from seafood dishes cooked with palm sugar and coconut, fresh rotis served with vegetable and lentil dishes, shrimp masala and duck curry.  Try the Tamil lunch of Idli, Dosa and Vada served with sambar and chutneys at Saravana Bhawan. Traditional Tamil cuisine aims to include all of the six tastes – sweet, sour, salt, bitter, pungent and astringent – in a single meal in order to provide balance, complete nutrition, minimize cravings and balance appetite and digestion.


The best time to visit south India is between October and March.
Recommended extension tour: Neeleshwar Hermitage, Malabar Coast or Mumbai.


~ Painted temples and remnant Dravidian civilisation of Tamil Nadu
~ View rural village life on shore during an overnight cruise through the Kerala backwaters
~ Coffee and spice plantations in the cool mountains of the Western Ghats
~ Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - home to bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, wild elephants and elusive tigers
~ A fabulous cooking class with internationally renowned Cochin cook Nimmy Paul

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  • It has been the most amazing 18 days and although we were travelling in luxury and didn’t have to worry about any little details, we both feel as though we were totally immersed in India – not an experience we will forget for a very long while.

    We’ve just been sitting here going through the photos – some amazing memories of places and people.

    Jenny and Mark McInerney – India’s Seductive South

  • We thought it was fantastically well organised, the hotels were almost uniformly well chosen and good, the guides excellent and our driver wonderful. Would definitely use Epicurious for our next trip.

    Jenny Carlyon – India’s Seductive South October 2016