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Welome to South India

The tropical south has a different pace to the rest of India – it is slow and soothing, much like the backwaters of Kerala. Renowned for its welcoming people, lush scenery, delicious food and distinctive gopuram temples, South India is the perfect destination if you are looking for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating escape. These spiritual cliff-backed beaches are ideal for a meditative break and some of India’s finest Ayurvedic medicine is practiced in the laid-back spas and resorts of this region.

India is almost a collection of countries, due to its vast size and dazzling regional array of languages, cuisines and religions. The southern states stretch from the palm-lined beaches of Goa down to the quiet Keralan Backwaters and across the Western Ghats to the thriving city of Chennai – once a hub of the British East India Company – with Bangalore, the "Garden City", on the plains in between. The state of Andhra Pradesh spans a huge part of the east coast, with Hyderabad, which is famed for its nawabs and markets at the heart. In Tamil Nadu, visitors can explore elaborately carved stone temple complexes with towering gopurams visited everyday by hundreds of pilgrims, such as the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. Chennai and the former French colony Pondicherry each have their own distinctive style of architecture. Besides the many fun beach resorts, Goa has a wealth of churches, a legacy of more than 400 years as a Portuguese colony. Few tourists make it to the remote, ruined Vijayanagara city of Hampi in Karnataka but those who do are left overwhelmed by its beauty and atmosphere. The trick with successful South India tours is to do less, rather than more, and plan to go back!

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Price is per person based on 2 people travelling and includes international flights from London and any specified domestic flights / trains / private car transfers, Bed & Breakfast accommodation (unless specified as Half or Full Board), and all sightseeing excursions with a private guide and any park entrance fees.

Boutique South India: From Chennai to Cochin

15 days from £2,890


This tailor made tour of South India comprises some of the best boutique hotels in the area, providing a unique and unforgettable experience. With its more relaxed pace of life South India has an entirely different feel to the frenetic and sometimes overwhelming North. This makes it the ideal destination for those wanting a relaxing holiday that is still rich in culture.

The Art of Living to Eat... A Culinary Tour of India

14 days from £5860


Taking place in October 2015, this 14-day food tour is led by passionate Indian food historian and a dear friend of ours, Jonty Rajagopolan. Travel the full spectrum of Indian cuisine, from mouth-watering street food to the kitchens of the Kings, experiencing a way of life where every meal is a celebration of life itself. Jonty will reveal fresh insight into how food is closely influenced by both the country’s religion and culture, and how each region’s character comes into its own in the kitchen. 

Taj Palace Tour... The Ultimate Indian Indulgence

17 days from £6,805

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

A combination of what we do best, this 17 day tour blends opulent luxury with the best of Indian culture. Almost nowhere on earth has hotels as palatial and impressive as India, and the Taj Palace collection is as good as it gets. A selection of historical palaces that have been sensitively restored into one of a kind hotels, the Taj Palaces truly take the breath away and leave a lasting imprint on the soul.

Essential India... Our Comprehensive Tour of North & South India

17 days from £5345

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

This itinerary is one of our absolute favourites. It combines the fascinating historical and natural gems of the northern regions of Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh with the beautiful, serene southern state of Kerala. Highlights include the Taj Mahal, tracking wild tigers, Rajasthani forts and palaces, and tranquil backwater cruises.

A Jewish Heritage Tour of India

16 days from £3,495


Journey through India’s Jewish past and present on this special tour of her Jewish heritage hubs – Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Cochin. These vibrant cities are home to living synagogues and a handful of Jewish Indian communities who you will meet with. Guided by our top Jewish-expert guides, you’ll see the most fascinating religious and cultural sites at intervals of travel that are in accordance with the Jewish faith.

Classic Kerala Holiday... Beautiful Beaches & Balmy Backwaters in South India

14 days from £2540


A relaxed introduction to the diverse and beautiful state of Kerala, loved for her friendly charm, incredible Keralan cuisine and fascinating Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic and British history. Venturing from her spice plantations and wildlife sanctuarys to her palm-fringed beaches and tranquil backwaters, this trip is truly a feast for the senses.

Tamil Nadu & Kerala... A Luxury Tailor-made Tour of South India

16 days from £3610

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

Towering temples, mist shrouded hills and palm fringed beaches are just a few of the incredible sights that await you on this wonderful tour. The two southernmost states of India are Tamil Nadu and Kerala which are incredibly different to one another and complement each other perfectly.

Grand Tour of South India... Our Signature Family-friendly Holiday

21 days from £3937


This fabulous journey cherry-picks the region's highlights, from the regal city of Mysore, the colonial charm of Cochin and the buzzing temple-town of Madurai to the fabulous architecture of Tanjore and Pondicherry. Explore coffee plantations, learn to cook Keralan specialities and end with time at the beach.

Mystical Tamil Nadu... Our Sacred South India Tour

15 days from £2385

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

Exploring the myths and legends of the sacred south-east, this journey encapsulates the essence of the spiritual state of Tamil Nadu, providing a comprehensive insight into its Dravidian roots, imperial past and rural charms. End at the UNESCO sites and relaxed beaches of Mahaba town.

Deccan Discovery... Archaeology, Ancient Temples & Train Journeys in South India

15 days from £2905


This extraordinary itinerary provides comfortable access to some of the most beautiful locations in southern India and to the Deccan, cradle of India's greatest civilizations and archeological sites. Combining hotel stays with three nights on the Golden Chariot train, explore the varied topography of Tamil Nadu & Karnataka – from verdant coastal plains, lush coffee plantations and pristine jungles, to hilly boulder strewn plateaus peppered with ancient temples and palaces.

From Bhutan to India's Andaman Islands... A Romantic Adventure from Mountain to Beach

17 days from £3795


Bhutan and the Indian Andamans could hardly be more different and it is precisely for this reason that we bring them together to form a fantastic marriage of spiritual mountain kingdom with tropical beach paradise. Take in the highlights of Bhutan including Thimphu, Punakha and The Tiger’s Nest monastery of Paro, before heading out to the remote Andaman islands where a fantastic eco beach property and pristine tropical seas await. Opposites really do attract on this amazing journey from mountain peaks to tropical reefs.