Family Holidays, the Culture tour of South India

Basic Information

South India combines 4 states and each state has its own language but ultimately they’re all Dravidian languages. The region’s culture differs enormously to any other parts of the country, be it the lifestyle, cuisines, music, clothing  and beliefs & customs; there’s also a noticeable difference in geography and climate too.

The culture tour of south India by Tropic Trails provides  a comprehensive coverage of the major temples and cultural sites and innovations made over centuries to this day.

Tour Itinerary

A Tropic Trails representative will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel at Goa.

Long broad sandy beaches, the Portuguese colonial heritage, diverse culture, wooded forests of Western Ghats in the interior and the amazing seafood, Goa is a paradise for travellers. Enjoy the sea, suns and, seafood and ‘Feni’ the local delicacy of Goan villages.

Badami hosts the Brahmanical and Jain cave temples at Pattadakal from the 06th and 07th centuries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can witness the Nagara and Dravidian Style architecture and carvings dedicated to multiple Gods.

Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 4th century. Situated on the banks of Tungabhadra river now remains the ruins of this great society, such as multiple temple complexes, shrines, thanks applying the unique hydraulic technology, bazaars and residential areas. You will witness more of the Dravidian architecture here, the remains unearthed in the site depict both the extent of the economic prosperity and political status that once existed in a highly developed society. The ruins of Hampi is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mysore is known for its royal heritage and spectacular monuments and buildings. The city also has its peculiarities on the aspects of agriculture, culinary, lifestyle and culture; a stroll in the busy city through its streets and local markets showcases all of it.

Another drawcard for visitors from across the globe is Ashtanga yoga, an athletic form of Hatha Yoga invented in Mysore. We will be visiting Mysore palace, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, Jaganmohan Palace and Devaraja Market etc.

A beautiful hill station with cool and pleasant weather throughout the year and a place to sit and enjoy the taste of locally grown tea.

Travel on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, visit the Botanical Garden, St. Stephens Church, the oldest church of the Nilgiri hills which was built in1829 and a stroll into the small Toda tribal village, there’s plenty to do in the small busy town.

Wayanad is the only place with the largest tribal population in Kerala State, quite a large area of the district is covered by forest. Edakkal Caves are the most sought-after attraction of Wayanad, a petroglyph site with anthropomorphic, zoomorphic and symbols, human depictions and some inscriptions. Edakkal Caves are the only location with the largest number of petroglyphs found in Kerala.

Visit the St. Angelo Fort, Arakkal Museum; a kingdom that was once in power of Kannur. Witness the Theyyam, a ritual performance in which the presence of God is attained within the performer.

Kannur also famous for its cuisines, the Malabari cuisine is shaped by tradition and influence from across the world including, Arabian, Persian and Europeans.

Thrissur is known for its colourful festivals and beautiful temples built in the traditional Kerala architectural style. This city is also known as the cultural capital of Kerala. Thrissur Pooram is the biggest and most colourful temple festival in Kerala, during the celebration, around 100 elephant parades in the premises of the Famous Vadakkumnathan Temple.

Kerala Kalamandalam, the University of Art and Culture is another important heritage that this city hosts.

Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch & Portuguese buildings and street names remind the era of British Raj; It’s a delightful place to be around and explore.

You will be accompanied by a history guide during the exploration of this beautiful tropical Malabar coast

It’s also an important centre for Keralan arts and a standout place to see Kathakali and Kalaripayattu.