SOUTH INDIA EXPEDITION
Experience a fantastic school trip adventure and immerse yourself in a diverse and vibrant culture with a South India expedition. Options include trekking through the tea and spice plantations, exploring temples, trying out the incredible local foods including the delicious Keralan banana leaf feast, floating through lush Keralan waterways on a traditional houseboat and watching the sunset over the Arabian Sea from the clifftop town of Varkala.
This South India Expedition also features a number of great projects that will allow you to really make an impact on local rural communities. These mainly involve renovation and construction work with schools where you may also get the chance to interact with the local school children, involving them in activities and perhaps teaching them a little bit of English! An unforgettable and rewarding school trip.
SOUTH INDIA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your South India expedition:
Explore the traditional port city of Kochi
Adjust to the sights, sounds and smells of India and become accustomed to the different pace of life. It’s important you don’t do too much at first though, because after a long and tiring journey to India, you’ll need a good rest before the next phase of your expedition.
Making a difference
You may get the opportunity to help build a canteen, a bike shed or renovate a school. You’ll stay at the school or camp nearby, which gives you the chance to get to know the local children studying there and run a sports day, teach them some basic English or school activity for them. There is a lot of work to be done, so make sure you discuss your plans with the project co-ordinator before you start.
South India Project Case Study –
Kota Malam School, Tamil Nadu
World Challenge has been visiting Kota Malam School since 2011, which has only six teachers, yet 170 students, and is in great need of help. Previous teams have helped paint the nursery, clear land surrounding the school and repair the main school building. Kota Malam always welcomes teams with open arms, so make sure you come well prepared!
Last year, 12 teams were sent to 11 project sites across South India. Teams worked on construction as well as improving the facilities at many schools to help enrich the lives of the local children.
There are a number of fantastic trekking options available in Southern India. The main trek is through the Cardamom Hills in the area around Munnar. There is amazing biodiversity in this area with an abundance of butterflies, birds and fish, and you can trek through tea plantations and wonderful green scenery down to a beautiful lake on the valley floor. Its exciting terrain of high-altitude forests and giant redwoods, craggy peaks, cardamom plantations and vast lakes will challenge your trekking skills.
Another option is a trek to Lake Anaerangal, meaning ‘lake where the elephants come down’, and through thriving high-altitude forests before reaching a spectacular viewpoint across forest-covered mountains scattered with spice-growing villages.
Rest & Relaxation
As with the North, there are plenty of great R&R options for South India. Hire a traditional houseboat and drift through the backwaters of Kerala watching the daily life of local villagers. Relaxing as you float through the Kuttanad waterways. Some teams are lucky enough to see the colourful boats practising or competing for the annual Snake Boat Race trophy.
- India, Asia.
- Population: 1.2 Billion.
- Languages spoken: There is no official “Indian” language; Hindi is spoken by about 20% of the population and English is widely spoken; 18 languages are recognised by the constitution, with more than 1600 additional minor languages and dialects. In the north, Ladakhi, Purik, Balti, English and Tibetan are widely spoken.
- Time zone: GMT +5:30
- Terrain: Mountain, altitude and desert.
- When can I travel there?: All year around, with seasonal restrictions on some treks.
- Climate: Winter (Jan-Mar) brings average temperatures of 20°-30°C in Kerala. During the Pre-Monsoon (Apr-Jun) season, expect warmer temperatures around 32°. Monsoon (Jul-Sep) brings high humidity, heavy rains and high temperatures in the South. A cooler post-monsoon (Oct-Dec) period brings average temperatures of around 25°-33°C to Kerala.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Moderate to high.
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
- Culture Shock: High.
- Typical accommodation: Hostels and tents.
- Ideal for: Teams who want to experience an incredible destination along a variety of trekking opportunities.
- India’s official language is Hindi, however, English continues to be the official working language. Additionally there are 15 national languages recognized by the Indian constitution and these are spoken in over 1600 dialects.
- India has a population of 1.1 billion, the second highest in the world.
- Dont be afraid of a little light-hearted haggling four souvenirs in the local markets!
- Kerala, described by many as the land of Green Magic and God’s Own country, is home to one of the 34 Bio-diversity hotspots of the world.
- It is possible to visit an elephant rehabilitation centre and help give them a wash in the mornings.
Kalypso Adventures was set up by ex-naval commanders, making the company very professional and efficient! In 2012, they organised the biggest ever charity cycling event in India, with approximately 600 participants from around the world.
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- Destination and itinerary planning
- Fundraising ideas and events
- Budgeting and money management
- Preparation, fitness and nutrition
Get in touch with one of our consultants to start planning your overseas school expedition today!