A Scintillating Southern India Odyssey

# Tailor-Made Tour

A Scintillating Southern India Odyssey

19 Days from £4297 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
19 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Beach
Culture and Archaeology

This adventurous road journey reveals a wide range of the special wildlife, sights, scenery and experiences to be enjoyed in the south of India. With its heady mix of historic cities, verdant national parks, cool hill stations, colonial train rides, waterway cruises and sunny seaside sojourns, this remarkable tour certainly has all one could wish for. You should return home replete with fond memories and clear impressions of the warm peoples and multiple attractions to be found in India’s southern states. You should also see a good amount of wildlife, especially in Nagarhole, the most rewarding reserve in the south, where you have ample time for viewing. Variety is the spice of life: a tried and tested adage that clearly holds true here.

Itinerary

Price from £4297 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Fly overnight from London to Bangalore with BA.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Bangalore

Met on arrival in Bangalore and transfer by your private driver to the hotel. Rest of the day to relax.

Staying at 37th Crescent Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Mysore

Drive to Mysore, and check in to your hotel. Afternoon guided city tour.

Staying at Mysore Southern Star Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Nagarhole National Park

Drive to Nagarhole and check in to your lodge. Afternoon shared safari through the park. Nagarhole is southern India's most rewarding wildlife park: you might even see a tiger.

Staying at Kabini River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Nagarhole National Park

Full day of morning and afternoon shared activities within the park, which might take the form of game drives, coracle boat rides and elephant safaris.

Staying at Kabini River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Nagarhole National Park

Full day of morning and afternoon shared activities within the park, which might take the form of game drives, coracle boat rides and elephant safaris.

Staying at Kabini River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Ooty

Drive to Ooty, the “queen of hill stations” situated in the Nilgiri mountain range of Tamil Nadu at a fresh altitude of 2268m. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the area.

Staying at Taj Savoy Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Ooty

Visit a tea plantation and later walk through the Government Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1848.

Staying at Taj Savoy Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Blue Mountain Railway / Coimbatore

Drop off at Ooty railway station and board the Blue Mountain Railway for the 4.5 – 5 hour journey to Mettupalayam. After the scenic train ride, meet your driver and continue to Coimbatore.

Staying at The Residency Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Munnar / Eravikulam National Park

Drive to Munnar. After check in, go for an afternoon walk in Eravikulam National Park.

Staying at Windermere Estate. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Munnar / Eravikulam National Park

Morning walk in Eravikulam. Afternoon walk part of Top Station valley trail.

Staying at Windermere Estate. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Cochin

Drive to the coastal town of Cochin (Kochi), historic capital of Kerala state.

Staying at Brunton Boatyard. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Cochin

Half day tour of Cochin, including Jew Town, Dutch museum, Chinese fishing nets. Afternoon Kathakali dance performance.

Staying at Brunton Boatyard. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Kerala Waterways

Drive to embarkation point at Alleppey and board a luxury converted rice barge to cruise the fabled inland waterways of Kerala.

Staying at Spice Routes Premium Houseboat. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Mararikulam

Disembark in the morning and transfer to the coast and your beach hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Staying at Marari Beach Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 16 - Mararikulam

Day at leisure to relax by the pool or beach.

Staying at Marari Beach Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 17 - Mararikulam

Day at leisure to relax by the pool or beach. Perhaps book a therapeutic treatment in the hotel's Ayurvedic spa.

Staying at Marari Beach Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 18 - Cochin

Morning transfer to Cochin airport. Catch flight out.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 19 - London

Arrive London.

Includes No Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Bangalore outbound on BA, returning from Cochin via Mumbai

Best visited:
September to May

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

Add a few more nights at the beach resort for extended relaxation.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Perfection as always. Thank you for a well thought out, prepared and an excellent holiday.

Dr F W - Buckinghamshire

Route Map

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Kabini River Lodge: 11.939162, 76.270359
Spices Routes Premium Houseboat: 8.390396, 76.976204
37th Crescent Hotel: 12.984784, 77.580918
Taj Savoy Hotel : 11.414979, 76.692820
The Residency Hotel : 11.010257, 76.980418
Windermere Estate: 10.054855, 77.067726
Brunton Boatyard: 9.968663, 76.245624
Marari Beach Resort : 9.596252, 76.301297
Hotel Southern Star Mysore: 12.311669, 76.643046