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10 nights accommodation
9 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Special Stay - Houseboat
10-nights: Plush hotels with twin share rooms will see our tired selves well-rested. One special night will be spent adrift in the arms of a traditional Keralan houseboat, the quintessential South Indian experience.
16 included Meals
10 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 2 Dinner
Prepare your taste buds for a fireworks display of spices, fresh seafood, and tropical fruits, dished up in 15 included meals - 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners - and an array of self made food discoveries. We’ll eat off palm leaves, lap up our curries with parotta bread, and sip coconuts moments after they’ve fallen off the tree.
Team
Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Getting around Asia is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world. Small group sizes ensure you'll never miss out on the action, and laughter and friendships are always guaranteed.
Experiences
15 included, 4 optional that you can add
This trip is packed full of inclusions that will set your heart into a flutter. We’ll ride to temples in a rickshaw, roam a spice plantation and tea factory, and take a wildlife boat safari in the territory of elephants and tigers. Excited much?
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Take a sojourn to where the spices grow and the palm trees slope, under the beam of India’s southern sun. We’ll prance the streets of the delightfully French Pondicherry, and drift in a bamboo houseboat through the backwaters of Kerala. Temples, tea plantations and a tiger reserve – the phrase “Incredible India” must have been coined in the south. 
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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Chennai
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Pondicherry
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1 night
Kumbakonam
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1 night
Madurai
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1 night
Periyar
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1 night
Kumarakom
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Kerala Backwaters
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Cochin
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DAY 1 - Arrive Chennai
Chennai
Welcome people of pilgrimage! A hub of South Indian arts & traditions, Chennai will play the perfect host to our trip’s introduction. Unite with the team for a 6pm pow wow before having a free evening to unwind in our hotel or take to the streets to suss out this city. 
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Grand Chennai by GRT Hotel (or similar)
DAY 2 - Chennai to Pondicherry
Chennai
This morning we’ll peel back the layers of Chennai, seeing Kapaleeswarar Temple and St Thomas’s Church, driving along Marina Beach & walking through the markets by the Chennai Fort. Now starting to feel acclimatised to life in India, we kick on to our second destination. 
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Sightseeing tour of Chennai with local guide
See Mahabalipuram Shore Temple + Krishna's Butterball
Pondicherry
Our journey through Tamil Nadu will see us stopping at Mahabalipuram Shore Temple & the peculiar boulder of Krishna's Butterball. Arriving in ‘Pondy’ we’ll find a delicious fusion of French beauty & Indian soul, and have a free evening to enjoy it how we see fit. 
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The Shenbaga Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Pondicherry
Pondicherry
Today you can jump onto an optional Heritage Walking Tour to go deep into Pondicherry’s unique history. You can then devour cake and coffee at ‘Eat My Cake’, a café run by local widows, and visit the progressive experimental township of Auroville. A vegetarian lunch in a solar powered kitchen will warm us up for some zen vibes by the breathtaking gold dome of Matrimandir.
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'Eat my Cake' visit (coffee + cake included)
Visit Auroville township includes lunch at a Solar Kitchen
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Heritage Walking Tour
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The Shenbaga Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 - Pondicherry to Kumbakonam
Pondicherry
Though our affection for charming Pondy will be sky high, our great voyage must continue. Kumbakonam – we’re coming for you. 
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Visit Silk Weavers home and Bronze casting school
Visit Dharasuram Temple
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Dress up in a Saree (ladies) or Dhotti (men)
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Kumbakonam
Arriving in Kumbakonam in the bounds of two rivers, we’ll begin uncovering South India’s artisans by visiting a bronze casting & silk weaver’s home. By night you can dress to the inspiration of our Dharasuram temple visit, wearing a Saree or Dhotti to our included dinner. 
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Paradise Resort (or similar)
DAY 5 - Kumbakonam to Madurai
Kumbakonam
Devour a hearty breakfast and throw your worldly possessions back in your bag. A city of mesmerising history is waiting for us, and there’s a locally guided trip to Brihadeeswarah Temple in Tanjore en route. 
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Visit to Brihadeeswarah Temple
Sightseeing tour of Madurai with local guide
Rickshaw ride
Experience a night time procession at Meenakshi Temple
Madurai
One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai is the pride & soul of Tamil Nadu. Here we’ll see a palace of great pillars, ride a rickshaw, & witness an evening procession at the awe-inspiring Meenakshi Amman Hindu Temple.
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The Regency Madurai by GRT Hotel (or similar)
DAY 6 - Madurai to Periyar
Madurai
Another state hop awaits us this morning, as we journey out of Madurai to Kerala, the West coast state that sways by the Arabian Sea.
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Visit a spice plantation with a local guide
Kalaripayattul Martial Arts performance
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Local family cooking demonstration and dinner
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Periyar
After our cross of the state of Tamil Nadu we’ll arrive in Kerala, ‘the land of coconuts’. We’ll pull up by the elephant & tiger reserve of Periyar National Park where we can explore a spice plantation & watch an ancient style of Martial Arts called KalaripayattuI.
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Elephant Route Hotel (or similar)
DAY 7 - Periyar to Kumarakom
Periyar

After a wildlife boat safari along the Periyar River, we’ll take a leisurely journey to our next destination. En route we’ll frolic through a tea factory & plantation, enjoying one of Kerala’s proudest exports.

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Wildlife boat Safari along the Periyar River
Visit to Connemara Tea factory and Plantation
Kumarakom
Dreamy sighs all round as we arrive in the lake region of Kumarakom. We’ll have a free evening here amidst the fresh country air, trying to contain our excitement for tomorrow’s water adventure. 
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Lakesong Resort Hotel (or similar)
DAY 8 - Kumarakom to Kerala Backwaters
Kumarakom
Waving goodbye to the agricultural lands of Kumarakom, we’ll trade one quaint setting for another. A day of boating on the beautiful backwaters are waiting on the other side of this bus ride.
Kerala Backwaters
Arriving in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, we’ll board a traditional houseboat made of wood, bamboo & palm leaves. Drifting past slow grazing cows, we’ll see Kingfishers darting through the forests & season our sightings with many spicy fish curries.
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Houseboat Special Stay (or similar)
DAY 9 - Kerala Backwaters to Cochin
Kerala Backwaters
Shed a few tears & snap your last “local climbing coconut tree” pics. Our boat will be sailing back to the shores so we can poke our way through Cochin.
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Sightseeing tour of Cochin with local guide
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Sunset Boat Cruise
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Cochin
Back on solid ground we’ll soon find ourselves amidst the bustling spice markets and fort lands of Cochin. Here we can eat keralan delicacies, marvel at palaces, and watch the golden sun drop behind the Chinese fishing nets known as Cheena vala.
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Number 18 Hotel (or similar)
DAY 10 - Cochin
Cochin
It’s our final full day on tour. Wander through saree filled markets, marvel at monuments, eat your body weight in street food, or simply sit in a bookstore or café and watch the chaos and charm of Indian life passing by.
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Number 18 Hotel (or similar)
DAY 11 - End Cochin
Cochin
Our time on tour will end in the Southern spice lands of Cochin. Having bonded deeply in these spiritual lands, we’ll say heartfelt goodbyes before going our separate ways. 
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Jack Lown
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Great Product! Great Value for money.
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Michael Magyar
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The diversity of sites visited, and the indepth knowledge our Aaron and Mahdu had.
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Indien ist ein tolles Land und Contiki führt einen sicher dadurch, ohne dass man als Reisender Angst haben muss, da der Ruf von Indien ja leider nicht der Beste ist aufgrund der Sicherheit.
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Best trip I've done so far. The Southern Spice tour was good value for money, with a lot of cool experiences. The tour guide and the group were awesome.
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The people that I met were lovely, friends for life.
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