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Kerala & India's South

18 days from £1799*
Departing: October 2017 - November 2018
* Price shown: 03 May 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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JUST £149 PER PERSON*


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), kochi (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 followed by an included lunch.

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.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 05 October 2017 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 November 2017 £2399
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 18 January 2018 £2299
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 08 February 2018 £2299
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 01 March 2018 £2299
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 12 April 2018 £2049
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 03 May 2018 £1999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 13 September 2018 £2049
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 04 October 2018 £2399
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 October 2018 £2399
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 08 November 2018 £2449
Belfast City
Belfast City 05 October 2017 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 09 November 2017 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 18 January 2018 £2299
Belfast City
Belfast City 08 February 2018 £2299
Belfast City
Belfast City 01 March 2018 £2299
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 April 2018 £2049
Belfast City
Belfast City 03 May 2018 £1999
Belfast City
Belfast City 13 September 2018 £2049
Belfast City
Belfast City 04 October 2018 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 October 2018 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 08 November 2018 £2449
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 05 October 2017 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 November 2017 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 18 January 2018 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 February 2018 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 01 March 2018 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 April 2018 £2049
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 03 May 2018 £1999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 13 September 2018 £2049
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 October 2018 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 October 2018 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 November 2018 £2449
Glasgow
Glasgow 05 October 2017 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 November 2017 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 08 February 2018 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 01 March 2018 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 April 2018 £2049
Glasgow
Glasgow 03 May 2018 £1999
Glasgow
Glasgow 13 September 2018 £2049
Glasgow
Glasgow 04 October 2018 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 October 2018 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 08 November 2018 £2449
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 October 2017 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 November 2017 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 January 2018 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 February 2018 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 March 2018 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 April 2018 £1849
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 May 2018 £1799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 September 2018 £1849
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 October 2018 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 October 2018 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 November 2018 £2249
Manchester
Manchester 05 October 2017 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 09 November 2017 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 18 January 2018 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 08 February 2018 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 01 March 2018 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 12 April 2018 £2049
Manchester
Manchester 03 May 2018 £1999
Manchester
Manchester 13 September 2018 £2049
Manchester
Manchester 04 October 2018 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 25 October 2018 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 08 November 2018 £2449
Newcastle
Newcastle 05 October 2017 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 November 2017 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 January 2018 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 08 February 2018 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 01 March 2018 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 April 2018 £2049
Newcastle
Newcastle 03 May 2018 £1999
Newcastle
Newcastle 13 September 2018 £2049
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 October 2018 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 October 2018 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 08 November 2018 £2449

Kerala and India's South Touring Hotels ★★★★

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.

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 £112. 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.

*Low deposit of £149 per person applies to new bookings made between 5th and 30th April 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.