Following the success of Contiki’s Eternal India trip which launched in 2016, the youth travel operator has expanded its offering in India with a new 11-day In-Depth Explorer style trip, called ‘Southern Spice’.

During their trip, travellers will journey south from Chennai to Pondicherry, through to Kumbakonam, Madurai, Periyar, Kumbakonam, Kerala Backwaters and finally Cochin. Highlights include a special overnight stay on a house boat on the Keralan Backwaters, a Martial Arts Performance in Kalaripayattu and a visit to Auroville, a spiritual township dedicated to peace. Visits to a spice plantation, tea factory, silk weaver’s home and bronze casting school have been included so travellers can fully embrace the colourful Indian culture.

‘Free Time’ optional activities will also give travellers the opportunity to enjoy a sunset boat cruise in Cochin, dress up in Sarees or Dhotis in Kumbakonam, and take part in a local family cooking demonstration and dinner in Periyar. Prices start from £1,589 per person and include 15 meals, twin-share accommodation, on-trip transportation and sightseeing highlights. Departures will begin in January 2018.

Several departures of this new trip can also be linked with the existing ‘Eternal India’ itinerary, to form one epic India adventure.

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