South India March 2019 | Craig Travel

South India March 2019

South India
Silk, Spice and Sand
March 2, 2019 to March 19, 2019
18 Days
Escorted By:
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings
3.5 Challenging EBB

Email specialist Sharon Bahadur to discuss your travel plans

The lands of India have long fascinated world travellers for their immense diversity. No country allows the freedom of religion and cultural expression that exists throughout India, encompassing as it does the ancient Hindu and Buddhist sects, the Moguls (Islam) and, more recently, the British Raj (Christian). This unique journey has been planned to bring us to the less visited regions of southern India, where lifestyles have been less affected by outside influences. India’s deeply religious roots, whether they be Hindu or Christian, are very easily observed on a daily basis. This very special itinerary has been designed to take members into the Temple Towns of the south, cruising through the backwaters of Kerala and soaring to the Hill Towns of the south. Here we will discover magnificent rock carvings by the seashore, stroll through congested temple complexes of Thanjavur and Madurai, marvel at the spice markets, wildlife preserves and magnificent beaches in Kerala. Everywhere we go, we will admire the magnificent scenery, religious traditions, and uncomplicated lifestyles of India. Designed for adventurous travellers, this itinerary is for those who are looking to discover something new and different and who are willing to accept and to appreciate the cultural and physical differences that they will encounter. Our group size will be to limited to a maximum of 28 members and we urge you to enroll early.  

Extend your discovery of India with a 7-night optional extension to the Golden Triangle. Explore Delhi, Jaipur and legendary Agra with the breathtaking Taj Mahal! Register your interest with Sharon and you will be contacted as soon as our finalized itinerary and prices are available.

New Lower Prices!
Book and deposit by October 31, 2018 and save $200 per person!


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South India - Curry, Culture, and Karma by Craig Traveller Gary Smith
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings
3.5 Challenging EBB

India is a truly unique destination offering opportunities to experience different cultures, lifestyles and religions. Members will experience hot, humid days with temperatures of up to 36C. Our hotels will all be comfortable varying from rustic to deluxe. The itinerary will provide a comfortable pace, but local conditions while travelling may be basic with limited facilities. Some visits will entail walks over rough surfaces with some involving many stairs. All members must be in good physical health, capable of handling themselves, and their luggage, to fully enjoy this journey.

Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Visits to a host of UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Shore Temples, Chola Temples of Airavatesvara, Darasuram, Western Ghats of Kerala
  • Chennai, home of the East India Company
  • Pondicherry, France’s foothold in India
  • Madurai, Temple city of South India
  • Cruise in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Discover the spice plantations of the Western Ghats
  • Overnight houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kerala
  • Historic Cochin with its 500 year old Dutch and Portuguese buildings
  • Traditional Kathakali Dance in Kerala
  • Return economy group airfare from Canada to India with Etihad Airways
  • Accommodations in traditional, first class and deluxe hotels and resorts as indicated or similar
  • 42 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 14 breakfasts, L - 14 lunches, D - 14 dinners)
  • All gratuities, surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
  • Visa fee for India for Canadian passport holders
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
  • Services of our Canadian tour escort plus professional guide throughout India


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land Only (Join Chennai / Leave Cochin)
Ottawa / Montreal
Halifax / Winnipeg
St. John’s
Regina / Saskatoon / Victoria
Vancouver / Edmonton / Calgary
Single Supplement

Tour price is based on sharing a twin-bedded room at hotels. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes and fees effective March 2018 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. Note: Members will require a Visa for India. Visa cost is included however some members may be required to obtain their own visa depending on location of residence. 

Land Only excludes all flights. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air schedules will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to inclusive features for details.

Pricing Details

Book and deposit by October 31, 2018 and save $200 per person!  

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $312 to $450 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $201 to $414 pp plus applicable taxes. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information. 

Deposit Amount:
Final Payment Date:
Wednesday, December 12, 2018