Join an exquisite photographic journey to some of the most compelling and undiscovered places in the subcontinent together with award-winning photographer David H. Wells, a true South India expert, with over 60 trips in two decades of travel to this enchanting land.

Photos © David H. Wells and Temu Nana

ITINERARY OVERVIEW                                                                                                

February 4, Monday (2019) - Depart home                                                                      

February 5, Tuesday - Arrive Chennai, India | Transfer to hotel in Mahabalipuram : Overnight in Mahabalipuram

February 6, Wednesday - Full day shooting in and around Mahabalipuram : Overnight in Mahabalipuram

February 7, Thursday - Fly Chennai to Bangalore | Explore KR Market : Overnight in Bangalore

February 8, Friday - Full day shooting in Bangalore : Overnight in Bangalore

February 9, Saturday - Transfer to Belur and Halebid, explore Hoysala sites : Overnight in Hassan

February 10, Sunday - Shravanabelagola | Continue to Mysore Palace (night) : Overnight in Mysore

February 11, Monday - Full day in and around Mysore  : Overnight in Mysore

February 12, Tuesday - Transfer to Thalassery | Visit villages en route : Overnight in Thalassery

February 13, Wednesday - Theyyam Festival and local seaside markets : Overnight in Thalassery

February 14, Thursday - Transfer to highlands to visit the Tea Estates : Overnight in Tea Highlands

February 15, Friday - Full day shooting tea estate and local village : Overnight in Tea Highlands

February 16, Saturday - Transfer to Cochin | PM shooting around Cochin : Overnight in Cochin

February 17, Sunday - Photo walk in Alleppy | Backwaters cruise : Overnight in Cochin

February 18, Monday - Cochin | Flights Home            

February 19, Tuesday - Arrive home

Note: Optional pre-trip extensions in North India (TAJ MAHAL or VARANASI) are also offered.

Limited space available:

10 participants max


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Are also available before flying to South India to either Delhi & the Taj Mahal

OR Delhi & Varanasi.  


  1. Discover lesser-known yet incredible Southern India with a true expert, award-winning photographer David H. Wells, who has logged over 60 trips in two decades of travel to the subcontinent.

  2. Explore a region of diverse landscapes, languages, and cultures (crossing three states––Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala––from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea).

  3. Ease into South India’s more relaxed culture at beachside Mahabalipuram, site of a UNESCO-protected Shore Temple that we photograph at sunrise.

  4. Discover Bangalore from a local’s perspective, including the KR Market (one of the largest flower markets in Asia), a night shoot at Brigade Rood, and a special home-cooked meal at David’s mother-in-law’s house (yes, his wife is from Bangalore, and a photographer no less!).

  5. Visit and photograph the cultural icons of South India that Indians pilgrimage to, such as the temples of the Hoysala dynasty at Belur and Halebid, known for their exquisite architecture and detailed carvings, and the Jain pilgrimage site of Shravanabelagola, including its 57-ft tall monolithic Gommateshwara Bahubali statue.

  6. Experience and photograph a spectacular, rarely-visited and very special Theyyam festival.

  7. In Mysore, enjoy a special-access visit to a silk factory we can photograph, and see its incredible palace both by day for a tour but also one special evening from outside, when it is lit with thousands of lights;

  8. Enjoy multiple visits to villages and markets, both in cities and the countryside

  9. Photograph the preparation and intricate make-up for a Kathakali dance we’ll see in Kerela.

  10. Spend two nights enjoying—and capturing—the tranquility of the stunning highlands on a tea estate.

  11. Enjoy an afternoon cruise in the Backwaters, after exploring Kochi, capital of Kerala.

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Next edition:

January 11-26, 2021

details forthcoming

Next departure just announced!

January 11-26, 2021 | with optional pre-trip extensions beforehand