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This tour takes you through the stunning landscapes of Karnataka and Kerala stopping at the Maharajah’s Palace in Mysore, witnessing the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park, discovering Wayanad, a rail ride through the Nilgiri mountains and a cruise along the backwaters of Kochi.
- 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Maximum group size - 26 people
- International flights with Emirates
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at airports & stations
- Included safari & national park fees
- Experienced local tour manager
- See Mysore Palace illuminated by 1,000 lightbulbs
- Relax amid the scenic beauty of Wayanad and the backwaters
- Ride the scenic Blue Mountain Railway
- Safari in Nagarhole National Park
- Maximum group size - 26
- Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
Day 1: Fly to Bengalaru via Dubai
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with Emirates via Dubai.
Day 2: Srirangapatna • Mysore
Early lunch at the LaLit Bengalaru, before travelling to Mysore for 2 nights at the Radisson (or similar). En route, stop at the island fortress of Srirangapatna, the former capital of south India's most powerful 18th-century rulers. Originally built in the 10th century, Srirangapatna has played a crucial religious, cultural and historic important role in the region.
Day 3: Mysore
Walking tour visiting some of Mysore's architectural wonders. Tour the Maharajah's Palace, the largest in India, which dominates the centre of Mysore with its synthesis of Hindu and Saracenic architecture. Afternoon at leisure to relax. Evening food tour of Mysore’s celebrated gastronomical delights including Mysore Masala Dosa. Return to the Maharajah’s Palace this evening to see it illuminated by over 1,000 light bulbs.
Day 4: Nagarhole National Park
Travel to Kabini for an overnight stay at the Serai Kabini (or similar). The prey density of Nagarhole National Park is one of the highest in Asia and the eco-system naturally supports a thriving population of predators such as tigers, leopards and wild dogs. Afternoon safari in search of the park’s endemic wildlife, which also includes 300 bird species, elephants, gaurs and common langurs.
Day 5: Nagarhole National Park • Wayanad
Optional early morning safari. After breakfast, travel to Wayanad for 2 nights at Wayanad Wild (or similar). Occupying a position on the edge of the stunning Western Ghats, Wayanad is an area of outstanding natural beauty with lush tropical forests, deep valleys, waterfalls and sprawling plantations.
Day 6: Wayanad
Day at leisure to unwind amid the serene beauty of the surrounding forest or to enjoy the many excursions offered by the hotel, from guided nature walks and treks following elephant trails to Keralan cooking classes, visits to nearby tea plantations and rural cycling trips*.
Day 7: Coonoor
Leisurely drive to the hill station of Coonoor and stay 2 nights at the Gateway Hotel Coonoor (or similar).
Day 8: Ooty
Ride the Blue Mountain Railway to Ooty, a scenic narrow gauge train that runs across plains, plantations and the verdant hills of the Nilgiri mountains. Afternoon tour of the botanical gardens in Ooty, filled with more than 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Drive back to Coonoor.
Day 9: Kochi
Travel to Kochi and transfer to the Eighth Bastion (or similar), located in the heart of Fort Kochi for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the local area.
Day 10: Kochi
Visit some of the highlights of this enchanting port, taking in the architectural styles that reveal Arab, Jewish and European influences. View the remarkable, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, explore the 16th-century Portuguese-built Mattancherry Palace, the Church of St Francis and the world’s oldest active Jewish synagogue in historic Jew Town. Wander through markets and visit the vibrant Dhobi Ghats. Later, visit the Kathakali dance studio to see a traditional performance.
Day 11: The backwaters
Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this morning. The backwaters are home to a variety of species of fauna and flora. Stay for 2 nights at the Coconut Lagoon (or similar).
Day 12: The backwaters
Morning at leisure. Afternoon backwater cruise by shikara boat through narrow canals. This cruise explores these picturesque waterways, revealing boats carrying loads of coir, copra and cashews and, along the water's edge, numerous churches and markets.
Day 13: Fly to London via Dubai
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Dubai, with Emirates.
Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
Coconut Lagoon is situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, in the heart of the Keralan backwaters. This peaceful resort, originally a coconut grove, is only accessible by boat, through a narrow network of canals. Accommodation is provided in traditional cottages and some original Keralan houses. Modern bathrooms and air conditioning complement the old style. The state of Kerala is famous for its cuisine and the Coconut Lagoon provides fine examples of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes as well as international dishes. Boat trips through the backwaters are highly recommended and there is also a swimming pool, and Ayurvedic and yoga.
Set in the heart of Fort Kochi, Eighth Bastion is a small chic property that effortlessly combines contemporary and colonial styles. The hotel is built around a small courtyard, and features rooms that are elegantly decorated in minimalist style with many overlooking the Arabian Sea. No two rooms are of the same size with some featuring shower cubicles and others sunken bath tubs. None of the rooms feature a television. The Eighth Bastion hotel currently does not have a licence to serve alcoholic drinks. Features: 19 rooms, restaurant serving Indian and continental cuisine, outdoor pool and garden. Room amenities: complimentary internet access, air-conditioning, safe, and en suite bathroom with shower.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Mysore
Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Chamundi Hills, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is a 140-room property lying in close proximity to Mysore's most famous attractions including the opulent Mysore Palace and the bustling city markets. Superior rooms are sleek and modern in design with free high speed wireless internet and most offering a view of the Chamundi Hills or Mysore Golf Club. With a fine dining restaurant and outdoor pool, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is the perfect tonic after a day of sightseeing. Features: 140 rooms, health club, outdoor pool, restaurant, tennis and badminton courts, currency exchange, business centre, airport shuttle and complimentary parking. Room amenities: Air conditioning, 24 hour room service, complimentary wireless internet access, minibar, flat screen television and gourmet tea and coffee making facilities.
The Gateway Hotel Church Road Coonoor, Coonoor
The Gateway Hotel Church Road Coonoor (previously the Taj Garden Retreat), in a world of rolling mountains and drifting mists, exudes an old-world charm. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the valley and is just 10 minutes away from the lovely Sim's park and the Golf course. There are 33 rooms including 4 suites, all rooms are elegantly appointed and offer guest amenities like telephone and colour television with satellite programmes. The dining room serves Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine and offers a spectacular view of the undulating hills while the Hampton Bar has Rosewood panelling.
The Serai Kabini, Kabini
Located in the small village of Karapura, between Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National Park, the Serai Kabini is a brand new property offering luxury cottages and a serene and tranquil ambience. The spacious riverbank cottages all have cosy warm interiors and feature a quaint sit-out area to relax and watch wildlife. The Wildgrass restaurant serves a wide range of multi-cuisine delicacies or if you prefer, private dining or picnics in the reserve can be arranged. Activities such as kayaking on the river and cycling can also be arranged directly with the hotel.
Wayanad Wild, Wayanad
Located in the depths of the rainforests of Lakkidi, the gateway to the picturesque Wayanad district, the Wayanad Wild is a family-friendly resort offering luxury cottages in beautiful surroundings. Each of the 12 cottages are comfortable and spacious and the surrounding canopy offers an abundant variety of fauna, birdlife, peaceful streams and remarkable rock formations. A range of activities and excursions suitable for all ages are available and include hikes, cycling tours and visits to a neighbouring tea factory. Features: 17 rooms, restaurant swimming pool, indoor games.
The Golden Triangle
Visit the iconic landmarks of India’s Golden Triangle.
Day 13: Fly to Delhi
Fly to Delhi and transfer to the Eros Hotel Nehru Place for 2 nights. (B)
Day 14: Delhi
Enjoy a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi including a drive past the Red Fort and India Gate and a visit to Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat. End the tour with a visit to Qutb Minar tower and the tomb of Emperor Humayun. (B)
Day 15: Agra
Drive to Agra. Enjoy lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Taj Mahal before visiting Agra fort and the Taj Mahal. Check into the Courtyard by Mariott for an overnight stay. (B)
Day 16: Fatehpur Sikri • Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful deserted citadel. Check into the Hilton Jaipur for 2 nights. (B)
Day 17: Jaipur
Tour the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber fort, en route taking a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal. Visit the City Palace Museum and the Jantar Mantar observatory. Walk around the colourful bazaars. (B)
Days 18-19: Delhi • Fly to London
Drive back to Delhi and transfer to the airport for your return flight via Dubai. (B) (N)
Hampi & Goa
Tour the mystic ruins at Hampi before relaxing on the palm-fringed beaches of Goa.
Day 13: Fly to Hubli • Hampi
Take the afternoon flight to Hubli and transfer to the Evolve Back Kamalapura for a 3-night stay. Or upgrade to the Ultimate Travelling Camp, Kishkinda from £395. (B, D)
Day 14: Hampi
Explore the surreal boulder-strewn landscape of Hampi and some of the 500 ruins of the Vijayanagara empire. Walk through the palace complex and enjoy breathtaking views from the hilltop shrines at Matanga and Hemakuta. The most impressive of the sights includes Hampi bazaar, the living Virupaksha Hindu temple and the royal enclosure area, which contains the impressive Queen’s Bath and the former elephant stables. (B, D)
Day 15: Hampi
Visit the artisan village of Anegundi and the impressive hilltop Hanuman temple. (B, D)
Day 16: Fly to Goa
Travel to Hubli for the afternoon flight to Goa. Transfer to the Alila Diwa Goa, located in South Goa, set amid serene paddy fields and a short distance from Majorda beach. (B)
Days 17-18: Goa
Relax by the beach or by the pool. (B)
Day 19: Fly to London
Fly to London via Mumbai. (B)
Marari Beach Resort
Extend your stay in tropical Kerala by spending 3 nights at Mararikulam, a beautiful stretch of beach located between Kochi (Cochin) and Alleppey, one of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the coastline. The main attractions are the local culture, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the extensive sandy beaches. Stay at Marari Beach resort, a homely haven with thatched cottages set amid gardens right by the sea.
Day 14: Marari
This morning drive to Mararikulam for 3 nights at the Marari Beach Resort, a village-style hotel that provides comfortable accommodation in 62 individual cottages and Deluxe pool villas. (B)
Days 15-16: Marari
Days at leisure to enjoy the resort's facilities, which include daily yoga sessions and a large swimming pool. The resort is also able to offer culinary experiences, village walks and cycling excursions. (B)
Day 17: Fly to London via Dubai
Fly to London via Dubai with Emirates. (B)
Four degrees north of the equator, the Maldivian archipelago of 1,190 islands stretches ribbon-like across the deep blue seas of the Indian Ocean. Here, tropical sandy hideaways offer pure relaxation in exquisitely beautiful surroundings. Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Malé and take a seaplane to the charming Cocoa Island, which offers 33 rooms and suites, each with a private terrace and direct access to the sea. Stay 4 nights, with all meals included.
Tour Variation: Rice Barge Cruise
In a variation to the main tour, instead of taking a shikara ride on Day 11, leave the group on day 11 and explore the Keralan backwaters in a traditional wooden rice barge. Once used to ferry rice and other goods across Kerala and provide accommodation for the boatmen, the barges have been sensitively converted into floating homes for tourists, with a few tweaks and essential modern conveniences added.
Explore the temples and artisanry of the eclectic state of Tamil Nadu.
Day 13: Thekkady
Morning transfer to Thekkady. After lunch, visit a spice garden to learn about different spices and how they are used. Overnight at the Spice Village. (B)
Day 14: Madurai
Drive to Madurai and visit the Meenakshi temple for the evening ceremony. Surrounded by colourful markets, the temple is a brilliant example of southern temple architecture, with its nine gopurams soaring to almost 50 metres above the gateways. Stay overnight at the Heritage Madurai. (B)
Day 15: Tiruchchirappalli • Kumbakonam
Morning drive to Tiruchchirappalli to visit the imposing Rock Fort temple. Continue to the nearby town of Kumbakonam for a 2-night stay at Mantra Koodam. (B)
Day 16: Thanjavur
Visit to Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur (Tanjore) and Darasuram, a temple noted for its fine sculpture. Continue to a bronze casting studio to view the lost art of wax metal casting. (B)
Days 17-18: Chennai • Fly to London
Full-day drive to Chennai (Madras). Stay at Trident Chennai until departure to the airport. (B) (N)
These are at an extra cost, which is payable locally.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Single supplement is available from £955 - £175.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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