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Budget Backpacking tour of South India
Budget Backpacking tour of South India

A Budget Backpacking Tour of South India (Mumbai, Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Kerala)

Tour overview

This is a 16-18 day budget South India tour that is ideal for young travelers looking at travelling from Bombay across South India. You would be flying into Bombay (Mumbai), after spending a couple of days, there take a train along the coast to Goa, travel onwards to the beautiful city of ruins Hampi and then make your way south to Mysore and end your holiday in beautiful and relaxing Kerala.

Tea Plantations in Munnar (Photo Credits) Tea Plantations in Munnar (Photo Credits)

South India Tour Route

Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Kochi – Munnar – Thekkady – Allepey

Route on googlemaps

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Modes of transport for South India budget tour

You would be covering large distances during the first half of your tour. Travelling from Mumbai to Goa, Goa to Hampi, Hampi to Mysore. These are best (and most economically) travelled by overnight train. Trains are fast, dependable and great way to both experience India and interact with Indians.

From Mysore you would be taking an overnight bus to Kochi, Kerala. Once in Kerala you can travel either by local buses (cheaper, but more time consuming) or hire a car and driver during your entire stay in Kerala.

Where will you stay?

Considering this is a budget tour you would be staying at inexpensive hotels and homestays during your trip, that are clean and comfortable. One of the highlights across your trip would be the location/view from your hotel, i.e. right by the beach in Goa, or with views of boulders and rice fields in Hampi or tea plantations and backwater views in Kerala.

Cost of the South India Backpacking Tour

The cost of the tour would vary between USD 400 (EUR310) to USD 550 (EUR430) per person depending on the following

  • What time of the year you are travelling
  • If you prefer to always travel by A/C train (or sleeper class is fine)
  • If you like having a private room at all times
  • If you are travelling alone or as a couple/group

The cost includes

  • Overnight stay throughout your trip
  • All train tickets
  • Taxi and driver between cities when train is not possible
  • India Someday planning and bookings fees
  • All taxes

Let us know how many travelers you would be and your wishlist and we will can assist you in planning your trip.

Highlights of travels in South India


South India is a beautiful region to backpack in India. Strikingly different from a tour in North India, beaches, hills, ruins, great food and generally a lot more relaxed and not as aggressive (in terms of touts) as North India.


1. The chaos and distinct vibe of Bombay (Mumbai)

We recommend spending a few days in Bombay at the start of your tour. It’s a bustling city with old colonial buildings, lovely sea-fronts, bars, cafes and interesting slum and cycling tours. In many ways Bombay would be an assault on your senses, yet very rewarding as you will be thrown head first into the mind-boggling diversity of India.


Snapshot of the stunning colonial architecture of the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Train Station Snapshot of the stunning colonial architecture of the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Train Station

Cycling through Mumbai's smaller side streets is an enjoyable experience (but only early in the morning) Cycling through Mumbai’s smaller side streets is an enjoyable experience (but only early in the morning)

2. Beaches of Goa, Ruins of Hampi

Your next two stops are in complete contrast, Goa with warm beaches all year long. Inexpensive food, alcohol, rice fields, old Portuguese architecture. Extremely relaxing, lots to do from riding a scooter across different beaches to partying at night.

Hampi is a mesmerizing city of ruins. You would love walking/cycling around the town. For a history buff or someone who likes the outdoors, Hampi is heaven.

3. Riding the Indian Trains

Trains in India are a fascinating experience. There is a distinct buzz at the railway stations, you get lovely chai on the trains. You get to see Indian families and often interact with them.  As the train chugs along between your destinations you get great views of the Indian countryside and its little villages.

The scene Konkan Railway Route in the Monsoons. Runs from Mumbai to Kerala (passing Goa enroute) The scenic Konkan Railway Route in the Monsoons which runs from Mumbai to Kerala (passing Goa enroute)

4. India is all about food

For a foodie India is an ultimate paradise. South Indian food is very different from North Indian food, delicious dosa’s with chutney’s, kerala parotas and freshly boiled rice replacing the staple roti and mouth-wateringly spicy curries that are not for the faint-hearted!Steamed idlis image courtesy Roland Tanglao (https://flic.kr/p/hREhR)

Steamed idlis image courtesy Roland Tanglao (https://flic.kr/p/hREhR)

5. Meet locals, meet travellers

Since you will be staying at a mix of homestays and hotels during your tour across South India you would get to meet both Indian families and a lot of other travelers during your trip.

6. The striking diversity of Kerala

Kerala is gorgeous! It has everything from hiking with beautiful views of tea plantations, riding and bathing elephants, trekking in forests, canoeing in the backwaters and if you’d like lazing on the beach at the end of your holiday.

A relaxing, yet rewarding end to your holiday in India. Click here to read more about travel experiences in Kerala.

Tea Plantations in Munnar (Photo Credits) Tea Plantations in Munnar (Photo Credits)

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Contact us to help you plan your India trip

The following tour can be customized to the number of days you are looking at travelling or places you’d like to see. In fact, we can help you plan trips to anywhere in India irrespective of your budget.

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