A trip to South India is a concentration of magnificent landscapes, multiple cultures, religious fervour, and the bewitching scent of spices. The forts of Maharashtra, the mosques of Hyderabad, the tombs of Bijapur added to the many Hindu historical sites testify to the great cultural richness of this Indian region. But the strength of South India is above all its enchanting landscapes, which cover the entire range of greens: rice fields, coconut palms, tea plantations as well as beautiful natural parks such as those of Periyar or Wayanad. And of course it's also the dream beaches of Goa. Finally, India would not be what it is without this whirlwind of life, which we can observe in Pondichery, which catches up with you and catches you at every crossroads of your journey. Whether it is via a tour organized by a tour operator or by going alone with a South Indian tour guide, it is difficult not to be seduced by the beauty and complexity of this wonderful country.

When to go to South India?

The high season in South India runs from November to March, with a peak in attendance from mid-December to the end of January. It is during this period that the weather is most pleasant but you will have to book your hotels in advance and the overnight stay will cost you a little more. Some seaside resorts in Goa may be overcrowded due to the influx of tourists from all countries. The off-season months (April, September and October) are the best time to travel to South India where the climate is still mild and the prices are correct in hotels. The low tourist season lasts from May to August with a sharp drop in May and June. You can enjoy attractive rates everywhere during this period but it is also the season when it is really hot and a number of hotels close, especially in Goa.

How to go to South India? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

There are many tours in South India and you can choose to do a big tour of South India including big cities like Pondicherry or Goa or a thematic stay, in Kerala for example, from Backwaters to tea plantations. South India being a distant and exotic country, it takes a certain amount of time to acclimatize, not to mention the long journeys on site; we therefore recommend a tour of at least 15 days and not only 10 days.

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Several airlines fly directly from Europe or the Middle East to Bangalore. Book early for the best prices! On the spot, you can easily organize your trips, as transport rates are low even at the last minute. South India is safe but it is important to avoid hanging out on the streets late at night and, for women, it is important to avoid wearing short clothes and to cover your knees and shoulders well to avoid being bothered.

It is quite easy to travel by plane in South India due to the frequent and regular service to the various airports via regular and low-cost airlines. India's rail network is huge and well developed, including in South India. It is a low-cost means of transport, but trains are often packed to capacity. Buses also serve South India well with fares generally equivalent to those of 2nd class trains.

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Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
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  • Tailor-made trip
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  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The high season in South India runs from November to March, with a peak in attendance from mid-December to the end of...
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Weather forecast

South India has a tropical climate. From April to June, it is very hot and humid, and from June to September, it is m...
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Budget

If it is not really high, we notice that the cost of living in India is rising quite significantly. It is naturally m...
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Formalities

For a trip to India, you must apply for a visa online, an eVisa, valid for 30 days. Simply complete a form...
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Health

It is advisable to be vigilant on a few points in order not to suffer any health inconveniences during your trip. Tra...
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How to travel by yourself?

Several airlines fly directly from Europe or the Middle East to Bangalore. Book early for the best prices! On the sp...
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How to get organized?

There are many tours in South India and you can choose to do a big tour of South India including big cities like Pond...
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Getting around

It is quite easy to travel by plane in South India due to the frequent and regular service to the various airports vi...
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