Discover South India’s Diversity
Whether you’re thinking about making your first trip to India or looking for ideas for a second or third visit, South India is the perfect destination.
Whilst southern India is frequently associated with swaying palm trees and the white sandy beaches of Kerala, the region is much much more than that: home to an ancient Dravidian culture, it’s a land where pearls, silk, spices, temples, beaches and wildlife combine to create an intoxicating range of possibilities.
On the ground, things are developing quickly and recent hotel openings combined with new internal flight options contribute to ensuring your journey is both comfortable and luxurious.
In this post, we celebrate South India’s diversity and share some of the region’s inspiring travel options…
South India: A World of Possibilities
We currently have sixteen suggested itineraries featuring southern India, any one of which can be personalised to create a unique experience for you whether you’re looking for a family adventure, a romantic retreat or a culturally immersive experience. On the ground, you’ll be chauffeured by a private driver, joined by expert guides, and stay at the best hotels. A holiday in South India will reveal a delightfully different face to the Indian subcontinent.
Get Off the Beaten Track in Northern Kerala
Experience the ‘other Kerala’ with its outstanding natural beauty and distinct culture. Our previous blog post focuses on travel through off-the-beaten-path northern Kerala with some ideas on how to travel there in style. Highlights include the opportunity to witness a performance of northern Kerala’s unique form of traditional, and very colourful, dance known as Theyyam, and to taste (and even learn to cook) Moplah food, the regional cuisine influenced by the 7th-century Arab traders.
North Kerala Off the Beaten Track: 12 Days / 11 Nights from £2045 pp
NEW! Luxury South India Tour
We are very excited to introduce a new tour which will appeal to travellers seeking to combine southern India’s finest places to stay with a journey of discovery through the region’s rich cultural heritage and stunningly beautiful scenery. Travelling in comfort, this eclectic itinerary will introduce you to some of southern India’s myriad highlights from Hyderabad’s Golconda Fortress to Qutb Shahi tombs to Hampi’s spectacular ruins and Kerala’s scenic backwaters.
Luxury South India: 14 Days / 13 Nights from £5195 pp
Glamping in Hampi at Kishkinda Luxury Camp
The imperial capital city of the Vijayanagar Empire was once one of the largest and most developed cities of its time. Today, from one of the most magical temple complexes in India, it is possible to explore Hampi in style. Set on the banks of the Tungabadra River with the boulder-strewn hills providing a magical backdrop, the intimate, ultra-luxurious Kishkinda Camp is undoubtedly one of the finest exclusive retreats in southern India. Kishkinda is the perfect base from which to discover Hampi’s historic ruins by bicycle. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the dramatic landscape before sipping sundowners on the banks of the river.
The White Mughals of Hyderabad and luxury at Falaknuma Palace
Once the luxurious residence of the Nizam (hereditary ruler) of Hyderabad, the award-winning Taj Falaknuma Palace was completed in 1894 and is rumoured to have taken the Nizam twenty-two years to perfect. Today, this sumptuous hotel brims with nostalgia and is one of southern India’s most exquisite places to stay. One of the best ways to truly discover a city’s heart is on a walking tour and in Hyderabad we invite you to experience a specially curated guided tour inspired by William Dalrymple’s acclaimed book, ‘White Mughals’. Whilst discovering Hyderabad’s secrets, you will learn about the city’s colonial past and hear tales about the 18th century British residents who adopted the Indo-Islamic culture and lifestyle of the Nizams.
Cruise through Kerala’s Backwaters by Houseboat
The alluring Keralan backwaters, a network of rivers interwoven with canals, lakes and lagoons that meander through almost half the length of the picturesque state of Kerala, are universally accepted amongst the top ten places to travel to in India. Choose between the vibrant waterways of Alleppey, popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’; or alternatively travel to the northern districts of Kerala and take a houseboat through seldom-visited tranquil backwaters exploring remote unspoilt villages and ancient temples ignored by mainstream tourism. A cruise through the backwaters combined with an overnight stay on a traditional houseboat continues to remain one of the most inspirational moments for travellers to this part of the world.
ENJOY A BACKWATER CRUISE ON THE FOLLOWING ITINERARIES:
Barefoot Luxury in the Andaman Islands
Isolated and stunningly beautiful, the Andaman Islands are noted for their picture-postcard sun-kissed beaches, pristine blue waters, green forest cover and a wealth of marine life. A visit to the Andaman Islands is perfect if you are looking for a rustic Robinson Crusoe style experience combined with wonderful snorkelling opportunities and lounging on striking palm-fringed beaches. The recent opening of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa on Havelock Island brings a new level of barefoot luxury to the Andaman Islands. Set on the idyllic Radhanagar Beach, the luxury resort provides comfort and elegance in a relaxed tropical garden setting, accommodating guests in contemporary-styled stilted villas with spacious verandahs.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE TAJ EXOTICA RESORT & SPA HERE
Kerala & the Andaman Islands: 14 Days / 13 Nights from £1675 pp
Inspired? Are you ready to journey to a thoroughly enchanting part of the subcontinent to discover a destination that is rich in striking temples, misty hill stations, tropical backwaters, mouth-watering cuisine, abundant wildlife and stunning beaches?