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SOUTH INDIA - Kerala fishermen

In an age-old tradition, which is surprisingly effective, local Keralan fishermen throw huge nets into the sea, then slowly pull them in, harnessing a wealth of fish in the process.

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Houseboats were traditionally used to carry grain stores up the Backwaters of Kerala. Luxuriously adapted, they now the offer the unique chance to travel these nature-filled network of waterways.

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Walk among smiley locals as you wander the relaxed streets in South India.

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An ox-drawn plough races through the paddy fields of fertile Kerala.

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A warm traditional Indian welcome, offering flowers and a blessing.

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South India Chinese Fishingnets Fort Cochin

Watching the sunset behind the iconic Chinese fishing nets in Cochin makes for a memorable experience, especially from aboard Brunton Boatyard's boat.

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Everyday life in India – you’ll be surprised how much even a tiny shop can sell; bananas, cigarettes, even gasoline!

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SOUTH INDIA Taj Falaknuma Palace Facade At Night

Feel history seep from the walls of Hyderabad's Taj Falaknuma Palace, which boasts marble staircases, lavish chandeliers and rare objects d’art. It really is as grand and magnificent as it looks – a real-life fairytale!

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SOUTH INDIA - Taj Falaknuma Palace Dining room

Dine in stately grandeur in the opulent dining room of the Taj Falaknuma Palace and re-live the history of the Nizams of Hyderabad.

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South India Tamil Nadu Tanjore Temple

The stone temples in Tanjore are decorated with bas-relief figures and make for the perfect place to shelter from the sun while watching busy Hindu temple life unfold. 

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SOUTH INDIA Private Dinning On Beach

South India has a great buzz but sometimes it’s the quiet, peaceful spots that give you the lasting memories, like this scenic dining experience in front of lapping waves at the Taj Exotica in Goa.

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400 kilometres west of the Malabar coast lies the dazzling Lakshadweep Islands. Above water, find a deserted paradise and below, discover plentiful corals teeming with colourful fish.

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Pick through the exotic bazaars of Goa to immerse yourself in local life.

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A glittering morning scene as the fishermen set off on Marari beach, Kerala.

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The gentle pace here means that you can rest and rejuvenate in the natural surroundings.

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Marvel at the vibrantly coloured carvings that greet you at Chidambaram, one of Tamil Nadu's most exotic Hindu temple complexes.

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Multi-tiered brass lamps are lit by worshippers in temples across Kerala.

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SOUTH INDIA - Tamil Nadu (7)

The coastline of Tamil Nadu, remote and windswept, is largely off the tourist track. Come here to discover a chilled out pace and friendly welcome.

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Locals climb the swaying palm trees with ease to pluck coconuts.

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Be enchanted by a unique lifestyle aboard your traditional houseboat, drifting up the fertile canals and lagoons of Kerala’s Backwaters.

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SOUTH INDIA - Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam, Kerala,

For an alternative and atmospheric beach break, Marari Beach in Kerala can't be beat. This laid-back resort consistently gets great feedback from our clients.

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Rise early to experience the bustle of the morning catch coming to shore at Marari Beach. Potential buyers line the beach to choose the day’s catch straight from the fishing boats. Fresh fish is a staple part of every Keralan’s diet – often laced with fiery chillis!

 

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SOUTH INDIA - Leela Kimpinski Goa

At the Leela Kimpinski in Goa, expect staff to go the extra mile to make your day. Al Fresco dinner surrounded by water lilies and candles? Not a problem.

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Philip Kutty's Farm is a luxurious private homestay in Kerala's Backwaters which offers a peaceful eco-friendly escape, coupled with amazing Ayurvedic treatments. You’ll feel totally re-junevated after a stay here.

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SOUTH INDIA - elephants at Periyar National Park

Watch magnificent elephants take a refreshing drink in the Periyar National Park. Keep an eye out for tigers too!

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SOUTH INDIA - Goa

Set on an idyllic spit of land in north Goa overlooking the ocean, ‘Elsewhere – The Beach House’ is a simple but charming 3 bedroom Portuguese-style house with just the friendly staff, fishermen and egg-laying turtles for company… bliss.

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SOUTH INDIA - Coconut Lagoon, Kerala

Accessible only by boat, Coconut Lagoon resort in Kumarakom, set amongst glistening lagoons, lakes and coconut plantations is a seriously serene spot. 

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SOUTH INDIA - Pondicherry Church

Explore the fine colonial architecture of Pondicherry and be sure to stop by this vast Roman Catholic church, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Gaze out at views like this from one of our favourite hotels in Goa, Ahilya by the Sea.

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SOUTH INDIA - Coconut Lagoon

Use your time in the Backwaters to gain an understanding of daily life on these sleepy Keralan waterways. In between the rice paddy fields are a criss cross of canals, which locals use for transport.

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Places of Interest

Take stock in India’s most laid-back region where time allows for breezy walks on dramatic beaches, stress-busting Ayurvedic massages using local herbs and low-key meals of fresh seafood curries. The lush backwaters of Kerala offer a unique look at the fascinating birds and wildlife from the vantage point of a sumptuous houseboat.

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  • Tamil Nadu & Andaman Islands
  • Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh
  • Goa
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Alleppey

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The sleepy, easy-going town of Alleppey sits largely on the water, surrounded by rustling palm trees and green paddy fields....

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Bandipur National Park

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Established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, Bandipur is located in the south Indian state of Karnataka,...

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Bangalore

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It was India's IT boom that really brought Bangalore to world attention, but the capital of the southern state of...

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Bangaram Island

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India's tiniest Union Territory, the Lakshadweep Archipelago, is a cluster of 27 idyllic islands set in the Arabian Sea, between...

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Bekal

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Bekal is a small, peaceful town situated on Kerala's golden coastline. Famous for its giant key-hole shaped fort, Bekal attracts...

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Chennai

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Stretching along India’s south eastern Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai (formerly Madras) is the fourth largest city in India and...

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Chettinad

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Chettinad, the ancestral homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a prosperous merchant class who ventured overseas to do business in South...

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Chidambaram

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The life of Chidambaram revolves around its mighty Sabhanayaka Temple, one of five Shiva temples representing the elements (Sabhanayaka is...

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Cochin

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Cochin is the great water city of the Malabar Coast, sprawling over islands and headlands in the Arabian Sea and...

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Coonoor

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The rolling, forested Nilgiri Hills were once the favoured summer escape for the colonial British living on the southern plains...

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Coorg

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Known as the ‘Coffee Cup of India’, Coorg occupies a verdant slice of Karnataka whose cool, hilly plantations are the...

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Dindigul

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The Dindigul district in the heart of Tamil Nadu offers a true insight to local South Indian village life; a quaint and quiet area, off...

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Gangaikondacholapuram

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The 11th -century temple at Gangaikondacholapuram, forming part of UNESCO's World Heritage Site, is 100 metres long and 40 metres...

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Goa

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The South Indian idyll of Goa is a beautiful, small state, with almost 100 kilometres of rich golden sand beaches...

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Gokarna

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This relatively unspoilt beach on the Karnataka coast has a broad sweep of white sand and a wonderful backdrop of...

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Hampi

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The archaeological site of Hampi, also known as Vijayanagar, is regarded as one of the most interesting and charming ancient...

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Havelock Island

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The beautiful Andaman Islands lie in the middle of the Bay of Bengal, 1,000 kilometres from India's east coast. The...

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Hyderabad

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The de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh, and a city where the north meets the south, Hyderabad is the fourth largest city...

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Kabini

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Nestled between the forest reserves of Nagarhole and Bandipur, Kabini is reputed to have the highest density of wildlife in...

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Kanchipuram

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This busy temple town is famous for two reasons; its marvellous silk, and for being one of the holiest cities...

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Kerala & The Backwaters

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The deep southern state of Kerala stretches along the tropical Malabar Coast with almost 600km of Arabian Sea coastline. It...

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Kovalam

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Kovalam's sandy beaches are lined with palm-fringed lagoons and rocky coves. Its close proximity to Trivandrum however has meant that...

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Kumarakom

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Behind the peninsula stretching from Cochin down to Alleppey is a vast lagoon, Lake Vembanad, a reservoir for the streams...

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Kumbakonam

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The great temple town of Kumbakonam, one of the oldest and most important religious centres, lies between the Kaveri and...

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Madurai

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The colourful and extrovert Hindu city of Madurai is the heart and soul of Tamil Nadu culture. The Thoonga Nagaram, meaning...

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Mahabalipuram

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The welcoming old port city of Mahabalipuram is best known for its astonishing collection of rock-cut carvings and temples, as...

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Mararikulam

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The people of Mararikulam, a sleepy fishing village between the Backwaters and the Arabian Sea, live in mud-walled huts with...

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Munnar

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Munnar is in the emerald Cardamom Hills, which stretch right down eastern border of Kerala to the southern tip of India,...

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Mysore

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Mysore has a lovely, spacious feel, despite the fact that it is Karnataka's second city. This is partly because of...

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Neeleshwar

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Neeleshwar is a tranquil area of empty beaches fringed by coconut plantations, uncrowded inland waterways and lush hillside spice gardens...

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Ooty

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The great mountain ranges of the Western and Eastern Ghats sweep down to form a "V" about 400 kilometres from...

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Palakkad

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This small town in the gently undulating landscape of the Nilgiri Hills occupies an important pass between the plains of...

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Periyar

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This vast reserve, stretching over 750 square kilometres of densely forested terrain in the Cardomom Hills, does have a few...

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Pondicherry

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Pondicherry (or Pondi) was an outpost of the French Empire for almost 300 years, and still today it is a...

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Port Blair

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Port Blair is a small town and the main trading hub of the Andaman Islands. It's often necessary to spend...

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Sultans Battery

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This beautiful, peaceful area of coffee and cardamom plantations is a true slice of rural Kerala. It was once known...

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Tanjore

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The vast delta of the Kaveri River is a fertile rice-growing region, and Tanjore is its busiest rural centre. Once...

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Tellicherry

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Tellicherry Black Pepper is the most famous product of this little coastal town in northern Kerala, which became a busy...

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Tiracol

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Set in an abundant landscape of paddy and coconut plantations and jungle dotted with temples, Tiracol is the last place...

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Tranquebar

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The peaceful and windswept village of Tranquebar is unlike anywhere else in Tamil Nadu. After brokering a deal with the...

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Trichy

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The city of Trichy, officially Tiruchirappalli, lies on the south bank of the auspicious Kaveri River. Since the 2nd century,...

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Vazhoor

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Vazhoor is set amongst thousands of acres of rubber trees planted by the British on the slopes of the Cardamom...

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Vembanad Lake

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This enormous freshwater lake stretches from Cochin to Alleppey. Separated from the Arabian Sea by a narrow strip of land,...

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