Indian Expeditions

Tours of South India

South India . . . steamy, spicy, voluptuous - this is a land that will will weave you slowly and delightfully into a travel adventure like almost no other region in the world can. This is a land where you will meet and interact with a truly hospitable people from some of the worlds largest and oldest great faiths, a land where you will encounter and be mesmerised by cultures and traditions older than the early Egyptian Pharaohs, a land which will envelope you in luxury, healing and relaxation.Traditionally protected by distance and the military might of the southern Deccan kingdoms, the region has, over the centuries, been less exposed to Islamic invasions and other influences as the north of India. As a result, the ancient religious and political institutions the three powerful dynasties dominating the south – the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Pandyans – developed here still hold sway over everyday life.

Come explore South India with us. Our itineraries are tailor made by some of South India's most acclaimed historians and academicians with a profound love for travel. We are expert travel partners and guides with an unabashed love for the land and love to showcase true South India.

We are locals of the region, and none can showcase South India like we can.

Itineraries designed by acclaimed academicians of South Indian Heritage

South India travel adventures

$3499 12 days
South India


Embark on a self driven motorcycle tour of South India – an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. The tour itinerary is carefully chosen not only to visit the highlights of south India, but also for the route - perfect for motorcycling with a mix of highways, mountain terrain and idyllic rural roads.

This tour features an all inclusive price.

Distance Covered: 1500 KM / 930 Miles
Riding Days: 9
Travel Style: Active
Service Level: 5 star hotels
Trip Type: Max 10 Guest Motorcycles

From our guests

Lucy Cain

My Husband & I and our 8 year old son visited India for the first time. We reached out to a dozen travel companies but were most impressed how Indian Expeditions interacted with us.  We got immediate email response to our questions giving clear advice and information about the options available to us and were also offered a free tour place for our son. We chose the Essential South India journey.

The tour was absolutely fabulous and we got to see and experience so many things we definitely couldn’t have by ourselves. The itinerary itself is not rushed, and instead of trying to cram everything in, focuses on just the right things. We have a very hard time trying to pick out which day was the best – every day was just fantastic. Travel time is well thought off, the resorts we stayed in excellent, the food just incredible.

Chandan is a great guide and along with all his excellent historical knowledge about the places we visited gave us a wonderful insight into life in India.

I would highly recommend this tour.

Lucy Cain

Faith Augustus

An INCREDIBLY well organised trip, with an EXCEPTIONAL guide. Me and my two teenaged sons loved every minute of our adventure. And it was an adventure for sure – watching tigers in the wild, cooking with locals, helping out in a farm – just INCREDIBLE. My sons have learnt SO much from the trip and now want to pursue careers in history – that was how well the complex, ancient history of the region was bought alive to all of us on the Essential South India tour. We have been on many guided trips, but never enjoyed any as much as we did this one. Thank you Chandan and Indian Expeditions. You are all so wonderful. We will be back!

Faith Augustus

Dexter Maxwell

Indian Expeditions Comprehensive South India is most certainly an excellent way to travel and enjoy this wonderful part of India. It encompasses both the history and iconic religious sites to fantastic landscapes and getaways as well as allowing you to get close to the very friendly and interesting people who live there. You will be sure to both learn much of the fascinating country and be able to immerse yourself both in the vast history, present and the wonderfully diverse countryside and coastlines. A very well organised trip with an excellent group of travel companions.

Dexter Maxwell

John Trevor

An incredible trip, much better than we expected and without a doubt we have the best guide of all the trips we have ever been on – Seetharam.  The South India trip really has a brilliant mixture of history, culture, nature, beach and backwaters. I can’t believe we did and saw so much in this magical 14 days. The trip was extremely well organised from start to finish and the group we travelled with were all like minded and fun. We will keep coming back to do more trips with Indian Expeditions and recommend them to all my friends who’d like to visit India.

John Trevor

Brad Cooper

We had a fantastic time with Indian Expeditions and Chandan as our tour leader on a 14 day tour of the region. Chandan’s knowledge of the area and expertise were invaluable. On top of that, he was laid back and easy to talk to, all the while accommodating our unique expectations and special requirements as well as others in group. He also leveraged his connections to secure the best possible experiences everywhere we visited.
In contrast, we did use another company while we were in Northern India and they were not nearly as good. It seemed like their primary goal was to get us in front of the merchants that they probably get kickbacks from. Indian Expeditions was not like that at all. It was like having a group of local showing us around.

Brad Cooper

Tours of South India

Top rated itineraries - designed by acclaimed academicians, professors and travel planners of South Indian Heritage. Hosted by expert local travel guides.
Southern India Tours Chennai Central
Arrival Chennai International Airport

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is a major travel hub in India. It was here that the British gained a firm footing in the 16th century

South Indian Tours Mahabalipuram Small Group Tours
Day 3 Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram was an ancient port, known to even the ancient Romans. It houses some of India’s most magnificent rock cut temples and art.

South India Tours Pondicherry Timeline
Day 4 Pondicherry

The French Riviera of the east, Pondicherry is simply fascinating with an old world French charm everywhere

Tours of South India Thanjavur Timeline
Day 5 & 6 Thanjavur

Idyllic rice plantations, tall coconut trees gently swaying in the breeze – and ancient temples everywhere!

Tours of South India Madurai Timeline
Day 7 Madurai

Madurai is one of the world’s oldest cities and is home to the magnificent Madurai Meekankshi Temple. 

Thekkady Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary tour
Day 8 Thekkady – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Thekkady is where the Periyar Tiger Reserve is – one of India’s most important tiger and elephant reserves.

Tours of South India Munnar Timeline
Day 9 Munnar

On to the fabled tea estates of South India. You can go on a trek here if you want to!

Tours of South India Kumarakom Timeline
Day 10 Kumarakom

Explore the Vembanad lake and its canals on a houseboat and go birdwatching in one of India’s most important bird sanctuaries.

Tours of South india Alleppey
Day 11 Alleppey

Head over to Alleppey, which has been rated as one of the top destinations in the world. We are out space here now, look up the tour pages for more details

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$2499 14 days
South India

Essential South India Tour

It was a whiff that sailed a million dhows! The land of spices, South India has always attracted travellers and left them truly enchanted.

This tour of South India takes you to the highlights of South India at a comfortable, unhurried pace. The tour immerses you into a region where ancient traditions and culture blend seamlessly with the present. The tour starts in Chennai, where the british built their first fort in India - which enabled them to conquer and rule India. You'll journey over the scenic East Coast Road and wind your way into the Tamil heartland, being amazed by ancient temples and monuments, witnessing ancient traditions that remain unchanged since the classical age. You'll put a Goddess to sleep in Madurai, and journey up the hills to the Periyar Tiger Reserve and hope to spot megafauna such as Tigers, leopards and elephants. You'll visit the fabled Tea estates of Munnar and wind you way down into the beaches and backwaters of Kerala. You'll experience Ayurveda - one of the world's oldest surviving holistic health treatments and get a detoxifying massage that many of our guests have reported to have made them feel rejuvenated from within for months afterwards. The tour ends in Kochi - where the europeans first came and set up shop in India.

Travel Style: Experiential
Service Level: Luxury 5 star hotels, Private Transport
Trip Type: Small Group 10 travellers max
Trip Type: All inclusive price

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Indian Visa information
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All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a passport with a valid visa from an Indian Mission/Post or eVisa.

What to expect on a tour of South India
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Our guides

Motorcycle and Wildlife Guide

Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan is of Anglo Indian heritage, born and bought up in Chennai. He has a deep love for motorcycles and wildlife and leads our motorcycle tours.

Motorcycle and Wildlife Guide

Pradeep S

Pradeep focuses on wildlife education and outreach. He leads our wildlife programs and motorcycle tours.

South India Guide

Hermie M

Hermie has interacted with 1000s of travellers and has led many, many tours across South India.

South India Guide

Seetharam VN

Seetharam is acknowledged as an expert in Indian architecture, sculpture, Indology and culture.

South India Guide

Chandan S

Chandan leads many of Indian Expeditions trips, and has garnered raving reviews from almost all the guests he has led.

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