Jewels of Southern India

Jewels of Southern India

Life moves at an altogether more languid pace in India’s tropical south. This unhurried itinerary will allow you to discover the best that the region has to offer, from the stunning temples and palaces of Mysore to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

    You will be met on arrival in Bangalore and transferred by private vehicle to the ITC Windsor Sheraton & Towers for 2 nights (Executive Club Room, B&B basis).

  2. Day 2: Bangalore

    Enjoy a half day guided tour of Bangalore, taking in the major sights, including Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple and Bangalore Palace.

  3. Day 3: Bangalore – Mysore

    Depart Bangalore this morning and drive to Mysore, a journey of approx. 3 hours. On arrival in Mysore, check into the Royal Orchid Metropole for 1 night in a heritage room, inc. breakfast.

  4. Day 4: Mysore – Nagarahole

    Depart Mysore this morning and travel by road to Nagarahole, a journey of approx. 2 hours. On arrival, check into Kabini River Lodge for 2 nights in a cottage (full board with game drives).

  5. Day 5: Nagarahole

    Get a different perspective on Nagarahole National Park this morning on an early morning guided boat safari, taking place on the Kabini River. Return to the lodge in time for breakfast.

  6. Day 6: Nagarahole – Ooty

    Depart after breakfast for Ooty, a drive of approx. six hours. On arrival in Ooty, check into the Taj Savoy Hotel for 2 nights (standard room, B&B basis).

  7. Day 7: Ooty to Coonoor

    Depart Ooty after breakfast and travel by “toy train” to neighbouring town Coonoor. The toy train is a well-known attraction, a mountain train route on ratchet and pinion tracks which winds its way over high passes and past deep ravines, gurgling streams and tea plantations before terminating in Coonoor.

  8. Day 8: Ooty - Coimbatore

    Depart Ooty after breakfast and travel to Coimbatore by road, a journey of approx. 3 hours. On arrival at Coimbatore Railway Station, board the train bound for Cochin (1st Class Carriage).

  9. Day 9: Cochin

    After breakfast set off on a morning tour of Old Cochin and the Chinese fishing nets.

  10. Day 10: Alleppey - Mararikulam

    After breakfast on board disembark the Cardamom at Alleppey and drive 45 mins to the coastal village of Mararikulam. On arrival, check into the Beach Symphony Resort for 3 nights in a Beach Cottage (B&B basis).

  11. Day 11-12: Mararikulam

    At leisure to enjoy the beach and coast.

  12. Day 13: Mararikulam - Cochin

    At leisure until your departure to Cochin Airport for your onward transfer/connecting flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.
Pricing

13 days from £1465pp

Pricing

13 days from £1465pp

Testimonial

Fantastic. Our group of 9 got on amazingly well; and all the people involved were amazingly supportive

Janine and Debs