On a luxurious houseboat tour through Kerala’s lush backwaters, an unhurried pace of life unfolds in these villages of South India. Ayurvedic massages and treatments and yoga and meditation are on the horizon at resorts along the Kerala coast or in hill stations surrounded by spice and tea plantations. In Kochi, historic churches coexist with colonial buildings that have been converted into boutique hotels that provide warm hospitality. The same kind of friendliness you’ll get from the Vibes Group UK consultants who helps you plan a tailor-made South India itinerary. Attend an operatic Kathakali performance at night, which is best remembered for the elaborate costumes and makeup worn by the dancers.
In the temple town of Madurai, visitors are greeted by mounds of marigolds, lines of Hindu devotees, and grand architecture. Hampi’s rock-cut temples, Belur’s sculpture and art, and the region’s lesser-known cave temples are centuries-old masterpieces.
Food in cities like Hyderabad and Bengaluru and throughout southern India will leave you both satisfied and hungry for more. Travel across to Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s capital, and drive three hours south to Pondicherry, an ex-French enclave where the Auroville township was established to promote peace and human unity.