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Kerala & India’s South

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Departing Summer 2017
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India's far south

Explore languid, verdant Kerala, temple-dotted Tamil Nadu, the historic hill stations of the rolling Western Ghats and the dusty Mysore Plateau. This extraordinary corner of the world, which its inhabitants call 'God's Own Country', is an idyllic, tropical land of ancient trading ports, traditional 'houseboats', and forested uplands dotted with churches, temples and tea and spice plantations.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Explore Bangalore
  • See Mysore's beautiful Maharaja's Palace
  • Visit a tea plantation
  • See Cochin's famous Chinese fishing nets
  • Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Marvel at Madurai's myriad temples
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to Madurai's markets
  • Discover French colonial Pondicherry
  • Take a sightseeing tour of Chennai
  • 14 nights' hotel half-board accommodation at hotels in Bangalore (1 night), Mysore (2), Ooty (1), Coimbatore (1), Cochin (2), Periyar (2), Madurai (2), Pondicherry (1) and Mahabalipuram (2)
  • One night's full-board accommodation in a traditional, thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat
  • Return flights from the UK to Bangalore via Mumbai, returning from Chennai
  • Air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly overnight to Bangalore via Mumbai.

Day Two

Arrive in Bangalore, meet your Tour Manager at the airport, transfer to your hotel, check-in and enjoy dinner and a relaxed evening there.

Day Three

Your discovery of India's many mysteries begins today with a tour of Bangalore. See the vast Vidhana Soudha state 'capitol', the 16th-century Bull Temple, and the Summer Palace of British military adversary Tipu Sultan. Later you'll journey by coach to Mysore.

Day Four

Today you'll visit the Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hills, Mysore's spectacular Maharaja's Palace and the Railway Museum. This afternoon, we head to the Keshava Vishnu temple at Somnathpur, returning to Mysore in the evening to the glittering sight of the Palace illuminated by thousands of golden lights.

Day Five

This morning you'll head into Tamil Nadu and the foothills of the Western Ghats as you make your way to Ooty, the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. En route, you may see deer, peacocks and even elephants on the roadside.

Day Six

Today you'll ride the historic Nilgiri Mountain Railway through forested hills to Mettupalayam. On the way, you'll stop for a tour of a tea factory.

From Mettupalayam we'll head south to your next hotel, in nearby Coimbatore.

Day Seven

This afternoon we'll take the Ernakulam Express to Kerala for your two-night stay Kochi.

Day Eight

After a relaxed breakfast, venture out on a guided tour of Kochi. Wander the grounds of Mattancherry Palace, visit the Paradesi Synagogue - the oldest operational site of Jewish worship in the Commonwealth - and tour Fort Kochi, an area famous for its picturesque Chinese fishing nets.

This evening, experience something unique and different - a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day Nine

Today you'll head to Alleppey and enter Kerala's backwaters, to board a traditional thatch-roofed 'kettuvallam' houseboat. Spend the afternoon relaxing on-board as the vessel wends its way through the Keralan waterways, passing rice fields, coconut plantations, temples and tiny islands. Later, your on-board chef will prepare a traditional Keralan evening meal for you before you spend the night on board.

Day 10

Wave a fond farewell to your kettuvallam, and journey through a rolling landscape of tea plantations back into the foothills of the Western Ghats to your next hotel, in Periyar. Once settled in, join your guide for a tour of a local spice plantation.

Day 11

Witness India's wild side this morning with an optional guided walk through Periyar's wildlife sanctuary. In the afternoon, take a relaxing boat-ride on the lake at the sanctuary's centre. Possibly see numerous rare and endangered mammals, including Indian elephants, palm civets, giant squirrels and - for the lucky few - wild tigers and leopards

Day 12

Descending from hill country, you'll journey to Madurai - one of Asia's oldest cities and home to the incredible Meenakshi Temple.

Day 13

This morning you'll have an introduction to Madurai's Old City, with its colourful temple gates, known as gopurams, and beautiful Meenakshi temple. You'll also have the chance to visit the beautiful 17th-century palace of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. Later, enjoy the buzz of the city by night as you take a cycle-rickshaw through the streets and local markets.

Day 14

Travel through a landscape of rice-paddies to Gallic Pondicherry, where French is still widely spoken and kepi-wearing 'gendarmes' patrol the promenade.

Day 15

Visit the Pondicherry Museum, and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram spiritual community before we head north along the coast to the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram, where you'll spend your final two nights in India.

Day 16

Today's morning sightseeing tour includes the extraordinary, 8th-century Shore Temple, the monolithic stone 'chariots' of the Pancha Pandava Rathas complex and the vast, cave-cut Krishna Mandapam Temple.

This evening you'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Day 17

You'll say goodbye to India, today. After transferring to Chennai you'll take a panoramic tour of the city of Clive of India, which will include the Fort Museum, the famous Chepauk Cricket Stadium and St Mary's Church - the 'Westminster Abbey' of Asia.

After the tour, we'll transfer to the airport to board your overnight flight home via Mumbai.

Day 18

Arrive back in the UK at the end of a colourful, enthralling journey.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Aberdeen05 Oct 2017 £2349.00
Aberdeen09 Nov 2017 £2399.00
Aberdeen18 Jan 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen08 Feb 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen12 Apr 2018 £2049.00
Aberdeen03 May 2018 £1999.00
Aberdeen13 Sep 2018 £1999.00
Aberdeen04 Oct 2018 £2349.00
Aberdeen25 Oct 2018 £2199.00
Aberdeen08 Nov 2018 £2399.00
Belfast City05 Oct 2017 £2349.00
Belfast City09 Nov 2017 £2399.00
Belfast City18 Jan 2018 £2299.00
Belfast City08 Feb 2018 £2299.00
Belfast City01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Belfast City12 Apr 2018 £2049.00
Belfast City03 May 2018 £1999.00
Belfast City13 Sep 2018 £1999.00
Belfast City04 Oct 2018 £2349.00
Belfast City25 Oct 2018 £2199.00
Belfast City08 Nov 2018 £2399.00
Edinburgh05 Oct 2017 £2349.00
Edinburgh09 Nov 2017 £2399.00
Edinburgh18 Jan 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh08 Feb 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh12 Apr 2018 £2049.00
Edinburgh03 May 2018 £1999.00
Edinburgh13 Sep 2018 £1999.00
Edinburgh04 Oct 2018 £2349.00
Edinburgh25 Oct 2018 £2199.00
Edinburgh08 Nov 2018 £2399.00
Glasgow05 Oct 2017 £2349.00
Glasgow09 Nov 2017 £2399.00
Glasgow18 Jan 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow08 Feb 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow12 Apr 2018 £2049.00
Glasgow03 May 2018 £1999.00
Glasgow13 Sep 2018 £1999.00
Glasgow04 Oct 2018 £2349.00
Glasgow25 Oct 2018 £2199.00
Glasgow08 Nov 2018 £2399.00
London Heathrow05 Oct 2017 £2149.00
London Heathrow09 Nov 2017 £2199.00
London Heathrow18 Jan 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow08 Feb 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow01 Mar 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow12 Apr 2018 £1849.00
London Heathrow03 May 2018 £1799.00
London Heathrow13 Sep 2018 £1799.00
London Heathrow04 Oct 2018 £2149.00
London Heathrow25 Oct 2018 £1999.00
London Heathrow08 Nov 2018 £2199.00
Manchester05 Oct 2017 £2349.00
Manchester09 Nov 2017 £2399.00
Manchester18 Jan 2018 £2299.00
Manchester08 Feb 2018 £2299.00
Manchester01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Manchester12 Apr 2018 £2049.00
Manchester03 May 2018 £1999.00
Manchester13 Sep 2018 £1999.00
Manchester04 Oct 2018 £2349.00
Manchester25 Oct 2018 £2199.00
Manchester08 Nov 2018 £2399.00
Newcastle05 Oct 2017 £2349.00
Newcastle09 Nov 2017 £2399.00
Newcastle18 Jan 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle08 Feb 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle12 Apr 2018 £2049.00
Newcastle03 May 2018 £1999.00
Newcastle13 Sep 2018 £1999.00
Newcastle04 Oct 2018 £2349.00
Newcastle25 Oct 2018 £2199.00
Newcastle08 Nov 2018 £2399.00

Kerala and India's South Touring Hotels

Kerala

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- and five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

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Further Information

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $62 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £92. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities which can take up to four months from application.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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St. Austell Couple
The tour manager and local guide were one and the same person and we think it would have been better if there had been an English tour manager travelling with us. The local guide was very knowledgable but not always easy to understand.
Confirmed traveller: 04 April 2014
Published on: 23 April 2014