Inside of Meenakshi hindu temple, Madurai, Kathakali dance, Kerala, India, Shore temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Spirit of the South: Journey to South India

31 January to 25 February 2025

You will discover a land with seductive beaches, magnificent landscapes of lazy lagoons, fertile wetlands, abundant forests, imposing mountains, wildlife, rivers, and waterfalls. You will see unique ecosystems, inspiring heritage sites of ancient Hinduism, all bristling with a vibrant culture of fine arts and crafts, music and dance, grand festivals and a people of diverse ethnicity, philosophies, and faiths. Prepare your senses for overload. The landscape is one of utter beauty; the radiant-green tea plantations and forests of swinging palm trees contrast with endless beaches of ivory-coloured sand, wildlife reserves, charming backwaters and an ocean of rich turquoise waters studded with pristine coral reefs. Welcome to the South!

Zen Oriental Journeys are designed by Lee Grafton who has developed a high level of organisational skills in operating these tours since 1982. Lee was for many years a visual arts teacher and became the State Advisor to the Asia Education Foundation of the Sidney Myer Asialink Centre of the University of Melbourne. Recognised as a leading authority on the arts of Asia, he was recently invited to write and deliver post graduate and master’s degree courses in Asian art for the University of Adelaide and Art Gallery of South Australia, as well as the Including Studies of Asia post graduate courses for educators at Flinders University. He has been a regular traveller to all destinations since 1971 and developed a network of outstanding licensed travel partners throughout East, South, Southeast and Central Asia and now Africa. Lee will be escorting this tour personally from Adelaide.

On this Journey you will be accompanied by one of our travel partners in India, Mr Abhijit Verma. Abhi has over 25 years of experience, gained whilst working with some of India’s premier travel companies. A nature lover and wildlife enthusiast by heart, he has travelled the length and breadth of India and has had the opportunity to lead tours for some renowned organisations like the Smithsonian Institute and American Museum of Natural History, but he knows there is so much more to explore and see. Travel is the adrenaline which makes him tick round the clock and he is always enthusiastic in helping prepare a special holiday for our discerning travellers.

Departure date: 31 January 2025
Duration: 26 days
Hotel Standards: Many of the hotels are ‘heritage’ style, some being converted former residences, and as such room types may vary. The hotels listed are indicative and will be confirmed closer to departure.


Price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 8627.00
Single Supplement: AUD 3385.00

Airfare: TBA, Once viable numbers have been reached, we will advise of flight schedule and prices.


Prices may fluctuate due to changes in charges, taxes and currency. Prices and flights are correct at time of preparing this program and are subject to availability at time of booking. Special conditions and seasonal surcharges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of travel. Flight times are subject to change by the airline. Please visit: smarttraveller or ring 1300 139 281 for information on current Government travel advice.

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking

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