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, including this very photo tour in early 2019. He along with Temu Nana are looking forward to leading an even further perfected journey in early 2022!

Photos © David H. Wells and Temu Nana

ITINERARY OVERVIEW                                                                                                

January 4, Tuesday, 2022 - Depart home

January 5, Wednesday - Arrive Bangalore, India

January 6, Thursday - Begin exploring in Bangalore, including the KR Market : Overnight in Bangalore

January 7, Friday - Full day shooting in Bangalore plus family dinner: Overnight in Bangalore

January 8, Saturday - Transfer to Belur and Halebid, explore Hoysala sites : Overnight in Hassan

January 9, Sunday - Shravanabelagola | Continue to Mysore Palace (night) : Overnight in Mysore

January 10, Monday - Full day in and around Mysore  : Overnight in Mysore

January 11, Tuesday - Transfer to Thalassery | Visit villages en route : Overnight in Thalassery

January 12, Wednesday - Theyyam Festival and local seaside markets : Overnight in Thalassery

January 13, Thursday - Transfer to highlands to visit the Tea Estates : Overnight in Tea Highlands

January 14, Friday - Full day shooting tea estate and local village : Overnight in Tea Highlands

January 15, Saturday - Transfer to Cochin | PM shooting around Cochin : Overnight in Cochin

January 16, Sunday - Photo walk in Alleppy | Backwaters cruise : Overnight in Cochin

January 17, Monday - Cochin | Flights Home            

January 18, Tuesday - Arrive home


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

Limited space available:

12 participants max


Call us at 844.OPEN.SKY (alt:+1.212.441.0024) or email us


We have prepared two extensions for those who may be interested in either visiting the Taj Mahal OR Varanasi after the main trip.  


  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. 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!).

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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;

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

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

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

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

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