"South India is an interesting area of contrasts; the itinerary achieved a wonderful balance in the selection of the places we visited.

As a small group, Robin, our excellent guide, chose ideal accommodation that gave a feel for local custom, food and the people themselves."

Marj, Ahipara, New Zealand

Fishing nets, Fort Kochi © Robin Ross

Houseboat, Kerala © Robin Ross

Syrian Christian church, Kerala © Robin Ross

Canal boat, Kerala © Robin Ross

India © Robin Ross

India © Robin Ross

Group in Alleppy homestay © Robin Ross

South India

South India locally assisted holidays, backwater houseboats, fishing communities, cultural differences,  homestays, B & B accommodation, 5 star hotels, train travel, cruises.

On South India Locally Assisted tours, you have English speaking, experienced local assistance from our guides where necessary in India, to give you security. 

There's no tour leader so you have more freedom, yet you are assisted, to minimise the hassles. From the airport until your departure, assisted support gives you comfort and security yet leaves you free to move at your own pace.

If you are unsure about your South India vacation we will help and suggest. Ask us and we will plan to suit you... Premium tours 5 star, Train tours, deluxe tours 3 - 4 star. We do not handle low cost budget tours. Any length of time & anywhere. Any India tour can be linked to any other India tour. We customise your South India holiday ideas into a workable itinerary. 

  • Relax and chill out in the style of the Maharajas.
  • Enjoy local hospitality in a comfortable B & B or locally owned hotel.
  • Or Maharaja Palace Hotels where every whim is catered for.
  • Try a houseboat cruise - overnight luxury or day trip on the backwaters of Kerala.
  • Experience the variety of South India backwaters to fishing villages.
  • Try the magic of train travel in India, the peace of a cruise.
  • Wonderful friendly people.

South India hotel © Robin Ross


South India Unlocked

15 days Homestays, and heritage hotels accommodation. Locally assisted tour - no full escort.

Available all year round with best times October to February.

Unlock South India by joining our local guide on a journey of contrasting experiences. With your local guide’s valuable input you are more a guest than a tourist. The flavour of South India is reflected in teh uncommon accommodation places you use including genuine homestays and heritage hotels. Plenty of light walks and lots of participation to experience South India first hand - heritage walks, cooking classes, markets, the fishing nets of Fort Cochin and cruises combine with ancient temples, ex-maharajah palaces, museums and forts. You absorb the history and life in the mantle of a South India long past.

Blends well with Indian Mutiny and/or Wonders of Rajasthan. 

Day 1:  Arrive Bangalore.
Day 2: Drive to Mysore. Evening visit to Maharaja’s Palace.
Day 3:
Mysore Flower Market/City tour. 
Day 4:
Visit Edakkal Caves/dinner in a cave. 
Day 5:  Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary/Drive to Calicut/Train to Cochin.
Day 6:
  Historic Fort Kochi/Harbour Cruise/Heritage Tour/Evening Kathakali Dance performance.
Day 7:  Drive to Alleppy /Homestay on the backwaters/Evening cooking class.
Day 8:
  Walk on the backwaters to local village.
Day 9:
  Houseboat Backwaters cruise on Vembanad Lake/Lunch on board/Drive to Palai plantation homestay 
Day 10:
Walk through the spice and rubber plantation.  Evening cooking class. 
Day 11: Drive to Madurai/Visit famous Meenakshi Temple.
Day 12: Early train to Trichy/Drive to Tanjore riverside resort hotel /Enjoy a pool swim.
Day 13: Visit the World Heritage listed Brihadeeswara Temple/Drive to Pondicherry on the Indian Ocean/Sunset walk on the beach.
Day 14:
Free day in Pondicherry - great shopping.
Day 15:
Drive to Mahabalipuram World Heritage listed rock cut temples/Depart Chennai.