Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £3294 per person

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  Places Visited: Bangalore, Chickmagalur, Mysore, Coonoon, Cochin, Alleppey, Periyar, Madurai, Kovalom

A delightful journey through tranquil South; temples and ancient architecture, abundant natural beauty, delicacies spiced up with local produce, wildlife and birds, friendly people, colonial towns, a cruise on the backwaters, a ride on the Nilgiris toy train, a walk through the forest, a traditional meal on banana leaves; the journey ends at one of the finest beaches in the country, in Kovalam.

Holiday Types

Cultural Tours


Suggested itinerary

Day 1

Fly Emirates via Dubai.

Day 2

Transfer to the luxury Oberoi Hotel, set in beautiful gardens; at leisure, optional orientation tour of the city.

Day 3

Drive to Chikmagalur, prime coffee growing area, stay two nights at The Serai, a luxury spa resort.

Day 4

Visit the Coffee Museum and the intricately carved Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid.

Day 5

Drive to Mysore, visiting the statue of Gomateshwara at Sravanabelagola; stay two nights at the Windflower Resort and Spa, a boutique property set in greenery in the foothills of the Chamundi Hill.

Day 6

Visit the Mysore Palace, Srirangapattinam, Chamundi Hill, Nandi Bull and the Devaraja Market with its riotous colours.

Day 7

Drive to Ooty through the Bandipur and Mudumalai wildlife sanctuaries; board the Nilgiris 'toy train' for a short ride to Coonoor; stay at the colonial Taj Gateway; at leisure to enjoy the tea country, the Sims Park is a short walk away

Day 8

A long drive to Cochin for two nights at the Malabar House, a Relais and Chateaux boutique hotel.

Day 9

Visit the Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets; evenings a sunset cruise and a Kathakali dance performance.

Day 10
Alleppey / Riceboat

Visit the Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry in the morning, proceed to Alleppey to board your Riceboat for the night; cruise along the backwaters, observing local life along the banks (there is the option of staying at Purity, a small boutique hotel on the backwaters, instead of boarding the riceboat).

Day 11

Drive to Periyar for two nights at the Shalimar Spice Garden, a boutique property in a cardamom plantation.

Day 12

Visit spice plantations and enjoy a plantation lunch; enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot wild elephants.

Day 13

To Madurai, descending the ghats, through the plains of Tamil Nadu with vineyards, paddy fields and busy market towns; stay at the Heritage, a charming hotel in ethnic style; visit the famous Meenakshi Temple, a grand spectacle of Dravidian architecture.

Day 14

A long drive to the lively beach village of Kovalam for some relaxation at the luxury Leela Beach Resort or the elegant boutique resort of Surya Samudra; at leisure.

Day 15

Day at leisure.

Day 16
Kovalam, UK

Return flight from Trivandrum via Dubai.

Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £3294 per person

What's included

✓   International flights from London
✓   14 nights accommodation
✓   All internal transportation and transfers
✓   English-speaking guides
✓   Breakfast daily, riceboat on full board
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary

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