Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £3294 per person
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.
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Fly Emirates via Dubai.
Transfer to the luxury Oberoi Hotel, set in beautiful gardens; at leisure, optional orientation tour of the city.
Drive to Chikmagalur, prime coffee growing area, stay two nights at The Serai, a luxury spa resort.
Visit the Coffee Museum and the intricately carved Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid.
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.
Visit the Mysore Palace, Srirangapattinam, Chamundi Hill, Nandi Bull and the Devaraja Market with its riotous colours.
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
A long drive to Cochin for two nights at the Malabar House, a Relais and Chateaux boutique hotel.
Visit the Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets; evenings a sunset cruise and a Kathakali dance performance.
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).
Drive to Periyar for two nights at the Shalimar Spice Garden, a boutique property in a cardamom plantation.
Visit spice plantations and enjoy a plantation lunch; enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot wild elephants.
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.
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 at leisure.
Return flight from Trivandrum via Dubai.
Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £3294 per person
✓ 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
Places and Experiences in this tour
Mysore, the former capital of the Wadiyar Rajas, is far and away Karnataka’s most popular visitor destination. Unlike Bengaluru, the city seems to have been largely bypassed by th...
The main stop on the train ride to Ooty is Coonoor, a major tea market town at an altitude of 1,858m (6,561ft). Lying at the head of the Dodabetta Ravine, its core is a messy baza...
The city of Alleppey in Kerala is an ideal location for wandering into tranquil areas of this beautiful region. Relax on a houseboat, enjoy the peaceful backwaters, and taste loca...
Periyar National Park
High in the hills of inland Kerala, the famous Periyar National Park hugs the border with Tamil Nadu. Its focal point is a convoluted reservoir on whose muddy shores herds of elep...
For sheer visual impact, no Hindu temple in South India can match the magnificence of the Meenakshi-Sundeshwarar in Madurai. The gigantic, multi-coloured gopura towers of the ‘Fis...
Kovalam is a beach town in Kerala which has picture-postcard scenery - ideal for photographers and for those who like to venture to more secluded places. Besides golden sands and ...
Hassan city in Karnataka, South India, offers an authentic experience which immerses visitors into the Karnatakan culture. Tradition, countryside, temples, and narrow roads lined ...
Hindu pilgrims descend in their largest numbers on the temple at Kaniyakumari during the full-moon phase of April, when it’s possible to see the setting sun and rising moon on the...
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