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Wendy Wu Kerala & Southern Highlights
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South India is vastly different from North India; both culturally and geographically. Starting in the colonial city of Chennai, the tour combines lush mountain scenery in Mysore and Coonoor with the sandy beaches of Kovalam. Also included are the tea and spice plantations in Munnar, nature spotting at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and an unforgettable cruise along the tranquil backwaters in Kerala.

 

Tour Highlights
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Explore the Maharaja’s Palace in Mysore

Discover the beautiful hill station of Coonoor

Ride the ‘Toy Train’ to Ooty

Visit the Elephants at Periyar Wildlife Reserve

Cruise Kerala’s peaceful backwaters 

What's Included
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  • Return international flights
  • All Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All transportation & transfers
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees
  • English speaking National Escort & local guides
  • Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Tour Itinerary
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Days 1-2: Fly to Chennai

Fly overnight to Chennai.

Day 3: Discover Chennai

Enjoy a city tour of Chennai starting with a visit to Marina Beach, which is the second longest beach in the world. We also visit Fort St. George, St, Marys Church and the Shiva Kapaleeswarar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Day 4: Mahabalipuram

Journey to Kanchipuram for sightseeing at the many temples and a visit to the Shreenivas Silk House. You'll then continue to Mahabalipuram to see the stunning 7th Century rock carvings and Shore Temple before you return to Chennai.

Day 5: Train to Bangalore

Travel by Shatabdi express to the Garden City of Bangalore and visit the Bull Temple, Tipu Sultans Palace and Vidhana Soudha legislative Building.

Day 6: Travel to Hassan

Travel to Hassan and visit Shravanabelagola, which is one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage sites in India and home to the world's tallest free-standing statue. You'll also visit the 12th Century temples of Belur and Halebid, a part of Karnataka's rich cultural heritage.

Day 7: Mysore

Continue to Mysore via Srirangapatna Fort. Visit the Maharajas Palace and drive up to Chamundi Hill to see the 12th Century Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. Later visit the Nandi Bull statue. That night you will see a traditional cooking demonstration, hosted by a local family.

Day 8: Coonoor Hill Station

We head to the hills and enjoy a scenic drive to the beautiful hill station of Coonoor. Enjoy a walk around this quaint town in the evening.

Day 9: Ooty Narrow Gauge Railway

Take the narrow gauge toy train to Ooty, also known as the Queen of the Blue Mountain. Upon arrival you'll visit the Botanical Gardens and walk to a small village, to gain an insight into the lives of the local people. See the amazing view over Ooty and the surrounding mountains before returning to Coonoor.

Day 10: Munnar

We continue our descent from the highlands with a full day of driving through the spectacular Western Ghats to Munnar.

Day 11: Tea Plantation & Periyar

Visit a local tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum. Later, travel to Thekkady which is renowned for its spice shops and located next to Periyar Wildlife Reserve.

Day 12: Periyar Wildlife Reserve

Walk through the reserve in search of wildlife; elephants, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer and the elusive Bengal Tiger. Visit a local spice village and market. Enjoy a traditional martial arts Kalaripayattu show in the evening.

Day 13: Kerala Backwater Cruise

Leave Thekkady and drive to Pallathururuthy. Board your houseboat (kettuvallam) and cruise through the Kerala Backwaters. Dine on your houseboat this evening.

Day 14: Kumarakom

Disembark from your cruise boat and drive to Kumarakom. En route, stop at Allepey where we will visit a coir factory. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Day 15: Kumarakom to Kochi

Drive to Kochi. After lunch, visit the Kumbalagi fishing village.

Day 16: Kochi

Sightseeing today includes a visit to St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi and the Jewish Synagogue. We also see the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets and stroll through the nearby markets. This evening, watch a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day 17: Fly Kochi to UK

Transfer to Kochi airport and fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.

Tour Type
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Classic

These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of India on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escort or local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation
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All group tour hotels have private western bathroom facilities, air conditioning, TV and a telephone. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be erratic and quite often the power in hotel rooms is turned off while guests are out of the room. If you experience any difficulty, please speak to your National Escort or Local Guide.

On this tour, you will stay on a houseboat, or ‘Kettuvallam’, which has all the comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling.

Transport
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Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.

Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.

Group Size
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Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.

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