India South expeditions

India South at a glance

Population: 1.3 billion

Terrain: Tea and spice plantations, hills

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Ideas for your students' expedition to India South 

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to India South.

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Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


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!



4 days

This trek takes you to a region recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, with a unique ecosystem that's home to an abundance of butterflies, birds and fish.

4 days

Its exciting terrain of high-altitude forests and giant redwoods, craggy peaks, cardamom plantations and vast lakes will challenge your trekking skills.

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Kalypso Adventures

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.


Languages spoken: There is no official 'Indian' language; Hindi is spoken by about 20% of the population, English is widely spoken (18 languages are recognised by the constitution, with more than 1600 additional minor languages and dialects).
Time zone: GMT +5.30
Interesting fact: India is the seventh largest country in the world, with the largest democracy and one of the oldest civilisations.



Explore the traditional port town of Kochi

2 days

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.

2 days


Don Bosco Orphanage Charity, Kochi, Kerala

In 2012, we sent our first team to work at one of the Don Bosco Orphanage Charity's three orphanages based in Kochi. Here, you get time to interact and play games with the children and teach them some basic English. There is a lot of work to be done, so make sure you discuss your plans with the project co-ordinator before you start.

In 2014, we sent

10 teams

to 9 project sites across South India. Teams built kindergartens from the ground up, constructed new classrooms at primary schools and renovated playgrounds, interacted with the locals, built fences and undertook gardening work.

Project types

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 or school activity for them.

Top Station

4 days

This trek will take you 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.

4 days

Rest & Relaxation

Explore the Keralan backwaters

Take a day trip on the Kerala backwaters in a traditional houseboat. These were once used to transport spices to the coast before they were shipped off to Europe.

As you journey through Southern India, the sights, sounds and smells will be a feast for the senses, but above all the welcome from those you meet will live with you for ever.
Laura, our India Expedition Planning Manager

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Tea and spice plantations, hills