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2018 Soul of India: The Colorful South

India: Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Madurai, Periyar, Kerala’s backwaters, Cochin

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18 Days from only $3795 including international airfare

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Activity Level:

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Moderately Easy

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Kovalam Beach, Kerala, India

Get a bird’s-eye perspective of Kerala, India’s scenic Kovalam Beach.

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Kerala

Roam Kerala's streets, lagoons, temples, and fields to see how this vibrant destination turns daily life into a rythmic dance.

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Amar

Experience authentic Indian culture by following a local boy through his daily routine.

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Sri Lanka's Freshest Seafood

Experts take us to their favorite places and explain important parts of Sri Lankan culture, such as seafood and rugby.

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Whale watching in Sri Lanka

Set off on a private charter to spot whales in Sri Lanka, which you can visit on our pre-trip extension.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Accommodations

Main Trip

Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre

Chennai, India

Situated in the heart of Chennai, the Radisson Blu offers on-site amenities like restaurants, a coffee shop, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a spa. All of the hotel’s rooms feature an LCD TV, complimentary wireless Internet, coffee- and tea-making facilities, an electronic safe, a minibar, and a private bath.

Radisson Resort Temple Bay

Mahabalipuram, India

Located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, the Radisson Resort Temple Bay is spread over 44 acres of tropical paradise. Within easy access of the area temples, this is a relaxing place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. The resort features a pool, spa services, and each of its 144 rooms has a patio or balcony. In addition, amenities include LCD TV with cable, private bath, hair dryer, and coffee- and tea-making facilities.

Hotel Sangam Thanjavur

Tanjore, India

The welcoming Hotel Sangam in Thanjavur is well-situated close to the area temples. In fact, the magnificent Brihadishwara Temple is less than a mile from the hotel. After a long day of sightseeing, unwind in the meandering, peaceful swimming pool. The hotel also offers modern fitness facilities and a restaurant serving multi-ethnic cuisine. Each of the 54 rooms features large windows, TV, minibar, and private bath.

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai

Madurai, India

Perched atop Pasumalai Hill, The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai offers 62 acres of landscaped gardens, two restaurants, and an outdoor pool. All of the hotel’s rooms feature a satellite TV, minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, a safe, wireless Internet access, and a private bath with a hair dryer.

Carmelia Haven

Thekkady, India

Set on a mountainside near Thekkady, the Carmelia Haven eco-resort offers an onsite restaurant, outdoor pool, cottages, and villas set on lush, manicured grounds. Each of the 25 guestrooms includes ceiling fans, en suite bathroom, coffee and tea-making facilities, and a sitting area. 

Houseboat

Cochin, India

Discover the peaceful backwaters of Cochin aboard a wooden houseboat, featuring a lounge, sun deck, and dining area. Each of the traditionally decorated cabins has a picture window, air-conditioning, and a private bath with shower.

Casino Hotel

Cochin, India

Located on Cochin’s Willingdon Island—the largest man-made island in India—Casino Hotel offers an on-site pool, tennis court, fitness center, spa, and restaurant. Each of its 65 guest rooms has a private bath.

Extensions

Raviz Center Point Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Set in the heart of Bur Dubai—Dubai’s busiest district—the Raviz Center Point is an oasis of modern luxury. Each of the 109 air-conditioned rooms offers free wireless Internet access, a TV, a safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities and a private bath with a hair dryer. Hotel facilities include three on-site restaurants, a bar, a rooftop outdoor pool, and a fitness room.

Pride Plaza Hotel

Delhi, India

Delhi’s Pride Plaza Hotel offers on-site amenities like a spa and fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and a restaurant. Each of its 385 rooms has a flat-screen TV and a private bath with a hair dryer.

Fateh Niwas Udaipur

Udaipur, India

Set on manicured grounds near the city of Udaipur, Fateh Niwas Udaipur offers 47 comfortable and modern rooms with the charm of a Rajasthan palace. The property features a terrace, outdoor pool, and bar for guests' use, and the air-conditioned guest rooms include a safe, stylish modern bathroom, bathrobe, and satellite television.

Park Plaza Jodhpur

Jodhpur, India

At the Park Plaza Jodhpur, guests can enjoy an on-site fitness center, currency exchange, spa, several restaurants, a swimming pool, and a rooftop bar. All of its 65 rooms offer wireless Internet access, a safe, a satellite TV, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bath.

Hotel Hyatt Place

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Hyatt Place, located ten minutes from Dubai International Airport, offers guests an onsite, outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants, and fitness center. Each of the 210 guestrooms includes a flat-screen television, minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and en suite bathroom with toiletries. 

Cinnamon Lakeside

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Cinnamon Lakeside lies on the bank of Beira Lake, and offers an onsite health club, outdoor pool, nine dining options, and a lounge. Each of the 346 guestrooms includes television, safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and marble bathroom.

Chaaya Village Habarana

Habarana, Sri Lanka

Sitting on 27 acres of lush gardens and a scenic lake, Chaaya Village Habarana features several cottages inspired by traditional Sri Lankan thatched roof homes. All of the air-conditioned cottages have a minibar, cable TV, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bath. On site, guests can enjoy the hotel’s coffee shop, bar, and restaurant.

Hotel Suisse

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Situated on the scenic shores of Kandy Lake, Hotel Suisse provides guests with an on-site restaurant and bar, an Ayurvedic center, and an outdoor pool. All of its colonial-style rooms include a satellite TV and a private bath.

Jetwing Lighthouse

Galle, Sri Lanka

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Jetwing Lighthouse offers amenities like several on-site dining options, a spa, two swimming pools, a gym, and tennis courts. All of the hotel’s air-conditioned rooms feature complimentary wireless Internet, a minibar, an LED TV, a safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bath with a hair dryer.

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