Travel India with Original World to exotic South India and with the help of our experienced guides explore the unique architecture and history of serene historic temples while enjoying the peaceful ambiance of its abundant natural beauty.
South India highlights tour include the beauty of the Kerala backwaters and the many picturesque hill stations and tea plantations. Our guided tours also encompass ancient temples including the Brihadisvara Temple (aka Brihadeeswarar) in Tanjore built between 985 and 1012 AD (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the famous temple city of Kanchipuram, one of the seven holy cities of India. Though some temples are now remarkable ruins, many remain living places of worship where you will see local residents, as well as pilgrims who come from afar, perform their acts of devotion. As part of our immersive cultural tours you will join the local people to experience authentic pujas (offerings) and other traditional rituals that form part of the rich tapestry of India’s culture.
The enchanting Kerala backwaters are reached by “kettuvolloms” (traditional rice boats) which travel along a series of narrow canals allowing you a glimpse of local life that would be impossible to see from road transport. During the tranquil boat journeys you will pass rice paddies, tiny villages, other boats transporting children to school and produce to market and local women going about their daily chores.
Travel India with Original World / Spirit of India on one of our fabulous guided small group tours, or create your own custom India vacation or holiday with the help of our expert South India travel specialists.
We wanted an overview of South India and we certainly got that. The temples were marvelous. We saw so many wonderful things. Lakuma was a charming guide. She talked a lot about family life in India, which was interesting. She knew all the symbology of the deities and was familiar with the architecture and history. Often she would urge us to do something that she felt was special.
The itinerary was perfect, I loved the trip. Our guide was extraordinary, extremely knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs. I would hire this guide again