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Southern India is completely different from the north. It is a land of coconut-fringed, white beaches; nature reserves where elephant and tiger still roam; rainforests replete with sparkling waterfalls, and verdant tea and spice plantations covering the hillsides in a carpet of emerald green. In fact, it is the ideal landscape for enjoying gentle day walks whilst staying in atmospheric plantation bungalows and characterful heritage properties.
In the towns of Kerala, particularly Cochin, there are colonial forts and historic buildings to explore that give a flavour of the days of the British Raj. Traditional Indian culture can be discovered in the many vibrant bazaars and spice markets throughout the region, whilst the strong Hindu influence is most notable in the mesmerising Kathkali dances and multi-hued temples – with those at Madurai being one of southern India’s premier attractions. No trip to Kerala would be complete though, without a cruise along the beautiful backwater lagoons of Kerala on a converted rice barge - the perfect way to end a holiday to this enchanting, and wonderfully relaxing, region.
Alternatively, travel a little further north on our Spice Trails of Kerala & Southern India walking holiday and you can discover a quaint mountain railway, picturesque tea plantations, historic Mysore, exotic wildlife in Bandipur National Park, a vibrant local festival and some chill out time at a boutique beach resort. What more could you ask for!View our holidays here