Kerala & The South Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays


The Indian South is a land of myths, mysteries and magnificent structures. It is a colourful delight of nature and culture, from the beaches and backwaters of the Keralan coast, to the temples of Tamil Nadu and the sandalwood forests of Karnataka. But most of all, with its exquisite hotels and delicious cuisine, it is a perfect place for a truly relaxing holiday.

The East India Company established a trading post at Chennai (Madras) in the 17th century and from here began their southern ...

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Explore Hyderabad with Jonty

Explore Hyderabad with Jonty

Go behind the scenes in Hyderabad with one of the country’s best guides. Discover forts and palaces, weavers and mosques. Sample local chai and home-cooked biriyani, winding up with the bangle-makers and sari embroiderers at Old Bazaar.

Take in an evening of Kathakali

Take in an evening of Kathakali

While away an evening at Greenix Village, witnessing this highly stylised classical dance show. Together with bright costumes and painted faces, Kathakali opens a window into the ancient stories and heritage of South India ever so beautifully and uniquely

Taste India's best biriyani

Taste India's best biriyani

Whisk your way through biryani hubs and handis of fragrant rice, whilst learning secret, local recipes. A true staple of Indian cuisine and life for centuries, The biriyani detour would of course not be complete without sampling the dish itself!

Trace Cochin’s Jewish heritage

Trace Cochin’s Jewish heritage

Wander through the Jewish Quarter, visiting the Paradesi Synagogue and Namya Mott’s tomb at the cemetery, as a patron saint in the community. After lunch, the owner of Kadavum Bagam Synagogue will give you a very special tour.

Appreciate ancient art forms

Appreciate ancient art forms

Meet the teachers and students at Kalakshetra Foundation Performing Arts School & Weaving Centre on this guided tour of the campus. Preserving ancient art forms, witness morning prayer under the banyan tree and saree weavers at work, amongst other traditions.

Journey through myths & rituals

Journey through myths & rituals

Explore the historic neighbourhood of Mylapore with a local storyteller, who will talk you through myths at Kapaleeshwarar Temple and rituals at a local home. Taking a tuk-tuk, you visit the oldest church in Chennai, before refreshments in a local café

Marvel at the Chettinad mansions

Marvel at the Chettinad mansions

Understand why UNESCO recognised Chettinad Mansions for their cultural importance on this guided tour. Featuring many a handmade tile, see how they are created at Aathangudy Tile Makers - all before your final stop at a handloom weaver for vibrant textiles.

Get to the heart of Bangalore

Get to the heart of Bangalore

Step into the oldest neighbourhood of the city on this Pete Walk. Your expert guide will give you an insight into local culture, as you experience the buzz of the market, hop into tea stalls and understand the unique architecture that surrounds you.


Andaman Islands

1000km East from India, over the Bengal Sea, you will find the Andaman Islands. Over 150 islands make up the Andaman Islands and the three major islands are North Andaman, Middle Andaman, and South Andaman. The islands have a varied culture due to a violent…


Nicknamed "the garden city" due to its ancient reputation for being green, liberal and forward looking, Bangalore is India's third largest city and is at the forefront of the high tech industry boom. It was the British who moved the administrative capital from…


The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, was built by the British in 1639 as an important military centre and was previously known as Fort George. The city is also known for being a melting pot of music, art, culture and the main location for the Tamil film…


Famous for its mansions, temples and cuisine, Chettinad was once home to the Nattukottai Chettiars, southern Indian bankers who rose to prominence funding the expansion of the British Empire during the 18th and 19th century. Evidence of this vast wealth can…


The port city of Cochin is located on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas. The older parts of the city are an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. Most of the historical…


Take a deep exploration into the ancient state of Goa. Rich in both history and culture, this location is simply unmissable and should be on everyone's bucket list. One of the main draws of holidays Goa, India based is the never-ending strips of idyllic white…


Located in the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is the capital city of the Indian state of Telangana and is known for its rich history, multiple religions and languages and perhaps most famously of all, its food culture. The city was once famous in the pearl industry,…


Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

Located in the centre of Fort Cochin, close to the Chinese fishing nets, this property is one of Cochin's premier hotels. Originally a shipyard, the property beautifully recaptures the city's nautical…
Luxury | Hotel

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Retrace the steps of Nizams and European royalty by walking the walk of Kings through this palace in the sky. 2000 feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace's 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly…
Premium | Heritage Hotel

Visalam, Chettinad

Visalam is a real gem in the heart of Tamil Nadu where a warm and friendly staff will go out of their way to make your stay an unforgettable experience. This century old mansion, has been converted…

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Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers India though you should be upto- date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of India so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. 


In India the official unit of currency is the Indian Rupee (INR).  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to  

 Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.   

In Southern India people are used to foreign visitors, but traditionally clothing is quite modest and so you should bear this in mind when packing for your trip. Vest-style tops should be avoided, and women may find a scarf or shawl useful on occasions to cover their chest and shoulders.  

Kashmiris and Buddhist Ladakhis are modest dressers and therefore while out of the privacy of the houseboats or guesthouses, both sexes should wear a reasonable amount of clothing, covering legs and shoulders. When in Kashmir, visiting the mosques, ladies should cover their heads with headscarves and men should wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts.   

Shoulders and legs should be covered when visiting temples and other important religious sites. Shoes must also be removed when visiting important places in India; it is therefore a good idea to carry a pair of socks with you as the floors can get very hot!  

Important: Please note, in the Tamil Nadu region, men and women must wear traditional Indian attire when visiting temples and religious sites. Your guide will be able to advise you on what is appropriate and where clothing can be purchased.  

Normal summer clothes are fine if visitors appreciate that India is a conservative country and respect local sensibilities. Long t-shirts and shorts are usually acceptable however it is worth noting that women especially can attract unwanted attention and therefore may feel more comfortable wearing longer less revealing attire. We would recommend investing in some light cotton trousers, shirts and lightweight jumpers.  

Language & Religion 

In India, the major language is Hindi, with 17 other official regional languages and English as a common language for all. Religion is mainly Hinduism alongside Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity.   


India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is  

Food and drink 

One of the great myths about travelling in India is that the food is poor. We are delighted to inform you that on our trips this is definitely not the case. Indeed, many people find the delicious food to be one of the highlights of a visit to India. The food can be quite spicy, so it may be worth asking how hot the dishes are likely to be before purchasing them if you are not a fan of spicy food.   

For the more adventurous eater, India is a never-ending snack. An incredible array of delicious street food is available throughout the country with local delicacies to be found in each state. Ask your guide or driver for their recommendations. Conventional street food safety wisdom is to avoid any raw veg that hasn’t been peeled as it will have been washed in local tap water.  

India is the perfect place for vegetarians, and those with special dietary needs can also generally be catered for easily. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make any arrangements to cater for your needs.  

Most alcohol is available but often hard to get hold of and the quality is sometimes questionable. For a decent shot of Scotch at sundown it’s probably best to buy it duty free.  Beer is available throughout most of the country from the restaurants and accommodation venues that we use.