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Essence of South India

Trip Length

Trip Code

15 days PIES

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Chennai Kovalam
Essence of South India

Travel to India and embark on this Classic Kerala tour from Kochi to Kovalam Beach. Lush, tropical southern India is charming, captivating and hospitable. Discover a thousand shades of green and share smiles with the friendly local people. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region in its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations. This is a fabulous part of India and Classic Kerala follows the road less travelled - without sacrificing too many creature comforts.

Why we love it:

Essence of South India

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Chennai

Accommodation: Pride Hotel or similar, Chennai


Day 3: Mamallapuram

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sea Breeze Hotel or similar, Mamallapuram


Day 4: Pondicherry

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Atithi or similar , Pondicherry


Day 5-6: Madurai

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Germanus Hotel or similar, Madurai


Day 7-8: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Rangerwood Hotel or similar, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary


Day 9-10: Munnar

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Deshadan Mountain Resort or similar, Munnar


Day 11-12: Kochi

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or similar, Kochi


Day 13: Alleppey

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Pikadly Houseboat or similar, Kerala


Day 14-15: Trivandrum/Kovalam Beach

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Sagara Beach Resort, Trivandrum


Your Trip

What's Included


Not Included

What to know


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.


Australia: Yes - in advance

Belgium: Yes - in advance

Canada: Yes - in advance

Germany: Yes - in advance

Ireland: Yes - in advance

Netherlands: Yes - in advance

New Zealand: Yes - in advance OR on arrival*

South Africa: Yes - in advance

Switzerland: Yes - in advance

United Kingdom: Yes - in advance

USA: Yes - in advance

There is NO visa on arrival in India for most nationalities. Indian visas can NOT be obtained in Nepal. Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.

*Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities, including New Zealanders provided that specific criteria can be met. See link below for more information.

The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery). ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading


India Lonely Planet-Sarina Singh

A Passage to India-EM Forster

A Suitable Boy-Vikram Seth

Chasing the Monsoon-Alexander Frater


Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary. Any camera fees charged are not included. India also has a wealth of other historical attractions that you may wish to visit in your free time. Entrance fees to these are not included.

Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s India office can be reached on +91 1145 006 400 during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9999 916 229.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

9 April 2014

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