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Kerala & India's South

18 days from £1799*
Departing: November 2017 - May 2019
* Price shown: 03 May 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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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.

Kerala Holiday Highlights

  • 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

What does the price include?

  • 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.

Day Two

Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your welcoming hotel in the thriving city of Bangalore, with its modern developments surrounding its colonial remnants and the parks and green spaces of the former 'Garden City'. Enjoy the chance to rest and relax, and a first dinner at the hotel.

Day Three

After an early breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bangalore. Highlights will include vast Vidhana Soudha state 'capitol' - India's largest civic building - the 16th-century Bull Temple, with its massive, granite Nandi bull, and the Summer Palace of British military adversary Tipu Sultan. You'll then journey across the plain to historic, charming Mysore, pausing en route to take in the island of Srirangapatna, the one-time fortified stronghold of 'Tiger of Mysore' Tipu Sultan, who was finally defeated by the future Duke of Wellington here, in 1799, paving the way for British rule. An important Hindu temple draws pilgrims from across the sub-continent. Enjoy a first evening in Mysore.

Day Four

This morning's tour first makes the short journey to the Chamundi Hills, topped by its ornate temple, before returning to take in Mysore's spectacular, domed, Maharaja's Palace, with its fusion of architectural styles and striking interior, crowned by a magnificent royal wedding hall, and the Jaganmohan Palace, with its collection of Indian paintings and carvings. Visit the Railway Museum then, this afternoon, re-board the coach for the short journey to Somnathpur, where the Keshava Vishnu temple is one of the finest examples of the intricate style of the region's 13th-century Hoysala rulers. Return to Mysore to enjoy the extraordinary sight of the illuminated Maharaja's Palace - a tour highlight.

Day Five

Board the coach for the memorably scenic journey into the foothills of the Western Ghat mountains. En route, travel past the forests of the Bandipur National Park and by afternoon you will arrive in famed 'Queen of Hill Stations' 'Ooty' (a shortened version of its less pronounceable name Udhagamandalam), with its Kew-inspired Botanical Gardens, its Gothic St Stephen's Church and crumbling colonial splendour. Enjoy the evening in these idyllic surroundings.

Day Six

Another memorable day awaits you, as early this morning you board the historic, narrow gauge Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway. Journey by diesel-drawn 'Toy Train' down through the spectacular hills, first to plantation town Coonoor, where you'll break for lunch, tour a tea-factory, enjoy a tasting and meet with friendly locals involved with the mountain railway, before an onward, steamhauled journey brings you to the bottom station at Metupallyam, from where a coach will bring you to your overnight hotel in nearby Coimbatore.

Day Seven

After a leisurely morning, perhaps enjoying the facilities of the hotel, transfer to Coimbatore Station to board the early afternoon Ernakulam Express, which will speed you in air-conditioned comfort into Kerala, and a two-night stay in Kochi, the ancient trading seaport of Cochin. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, where dinner will be served this evening.

Day Eight

Today, you'll enjoy an included guided tour of historic Cochin, including 'Dutch' Mattancherry Palace with its exquisite murals, the ancient Jewish synagogue and enchanting Fort Cochin, where the famous Chinese fishing nets are one of India's most photographed sights. Historic St Francis Church overlooks a village green, straight from a genteel English scene. This evening, experience a traditional Kathakali dance performance, a colourful spectacle combining elaborate costumes with literature, music, painting and dance.

Day Nine

Travel the short distance to Alleppey to board a traditional, thatch-roofed 'Kettuvallam' houseboat to lazily cruise the labyrinth of canals and waterways, lined with coconut groves, rice fields and dotted with temples, and where tiny islands offer a subsistence to fishermen, buffalo farmers, coconut growers and coir - the fibre taken from coconut husks and used in rope and matting - processors.

This evening, experience a cooking demonstration by the houseboat chef, and enjoy a guided walk through a traditional Keralan village.

Day 10

Bidding farewell to your floating home, you'll begin your journey up into a lush, rolling landscape dotted with tea- and spice-plantations, to Periyar and its famed Wildlife Sanctuary, for a two-night stay. After check-in at the hotel, join the guide to explore the Spice Plantation, to learn about the mystery and history of Indian tea and spices, which are grown in abundance on the slopes of the sanctuary.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel at the end of a fascinating day.

Day 11

This morning, rest and relax, or join the optional guided excursion into the Wildlife Sanctuary, home to several species of endangered mammals and to over 250 bird species.

This afternoon, complete your visit to enchanting Periyar with a boat ride on serene Periyar Lake. Sightings of elephants and colourful birds are guaranteed, but only the fortunate few will glimpse the elusive tigers and leopards. Spend the evening at leisure.

Day 12

Journey east into Tamil Nadu, heading down to the southern plains to spend the next two nights in Madurai, one of Asia's oldest cities, set on the banks of the River Vaigai and famed for its extraordinary temples. Soak up the atmosphere of this unforgettable metropolis, dominated by the vast, colourful Meenakshi temple.

Day 13

A guided sightseeing tour introduces the Old City, where the ornately carved facade, colonnades, shrines and quartet of towering gopurams of the temple are the breathtaking highlight. Marvel at the continual ceremonies and devotions, take in the bustle of the temple markets and stroll the labyrinth of corridors and walkways. This evening, journey by cycle-rickshaw from the hotel to discover the city's narrow, bustling streets and colourful market.

Day 14

A scenic journey through a landscape of rice-paddies and irrigated fields leads to Pondicherry, a decidedly Gallic-influenced town that boasts an authentic Hotel de Ville, where French is still widely spoken and the 'gendarmes' patrolling the beachfront promenade still wear kepi berets. Enjoy an overnight stay in a place that formed a backdrop to Yann Martel's seminal novel Life of Pi.

Day 15

This morning, pay a visit to the Pondicherry Museum, with its outstanding collection, and take in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which draws its members from across the globe. Re-boarding the coach, journey north to elegant coastal resort Mahabalipuram for a last two-night stay. Enjoy a relaxed evening in the hotel, and perhaps take a stroll on the nearby beach.

Day 16

A morning sightseeing tour of this once thriving trading port and stone-carving centre includes a visit to the extraordinary, 8th-century Shore Temple, one of India's most photographed, with its much eroded, Pallava dynasty-era towers, to the monoliths of the Pancha Pandava rathas, or sacred sculptures, and to the vast cave-cut Krishna Mandapam temple. This afternoon, rest and relax on the beach for a last few hours, before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Day 17

Bid farewell to your hosts and transfer to Chennai, where you'll enjoy a guided tour of the former Madras, India's fourth-largest city, where 'Clive of India' once worked for the East India Company as a humble clerk at historic Fort St George. Highlights include the Fort Museum, home to relics from the Raj, Marina Beach, the world's longest urban stretch of sand, San Thome Cathedral, the famous Chepauk Cricket Stadium and St Mary's Church - the 'Westminster Abbey' of Asia. After the tour, transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight.

Day 18

Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a colourful, enthralling journey.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 November 2017 £2399
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 January 2018 £2369
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 01 February 2018 £2369
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 20 September 2018 £2369
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 04 October 2018 £2399
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 October 2018 £2399
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 08 November 2018 £2449
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 15 November 2018 £2449
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 24 January 2019 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 31 January 2019 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 07 February 2019 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 February 2019 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 07 March 2019 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 April 2019 £2099
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 02 May 2019 £2099
Belfast City
Belfast City 09 November 2017 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 January 2018 £2369
Belfast City
Belfast City 01 February 2018 £2369
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 20 September 2018 £2369
Belfast City
Belfast City 04 October 2018 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 October 2018 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 08 November 2018 £2449
Belfast City
Belfast City 15 November 2018 £2449
Belfast City
Belfast City 24 January 2019 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 31 January 2019 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 07 February 2019 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 14 February 2019 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 07 March 2019 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 April 2019 £2099
Belfast City
Belfast City 02 May 2019 £2099
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 November 2017 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 January 2018 £2369
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 01 February 2018 £2369
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 20 September 2018 £2369
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 October 2018 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 October 2018 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 November 2018 £2449
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 November 2018 £2449
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 24 January 2019 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 31 January 2019 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 February 2019 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 February 2019 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 March 2019 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 April 2019 £2099
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 02 May 2019 £2099
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 November 2017 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 January 2018 £2369
Glasgow
Glasgow 01 February 2018 £2369
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 20 September 2018 £2369
Glasgow
Glasgow 04 October 2018 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 October 2018 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 08 November 2018 £2449
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 November 2018 £2449
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 January 2019 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 31 January 2019 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 February 2019 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 February 2019 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 March 2019 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 April 2019 £2099
Glasgow
Glasgow 02 May 2019 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 November 2017 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 January 2018 £2169
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 February 2018 £2169
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 20 September 2018 £2169
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 October 2018 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 October 2018 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 November 2018 £2249
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 November 2018 £2249
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 January 2019 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 31 January 2019 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 February 2019 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 February 2019 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 March 2019 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 April 2019 £1899
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 May 2019 £1899
Manchester
Manchester 09 November 2017 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 25 January 2018 £2369
Manchester
Manchester 01 February 2018 £2369
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
Manchester
Manchester 15 November 2018 £2449
Manchester
Manchester 24 January 2019 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 31 January 2019 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 07 February 2019 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 14 February 2019 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 07 March 2019 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 25 April 2019 £2099
Manchester
Manchester 02 May 2019 £2099
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 November 2017 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 January 2018 £2369
Newcastle
Newcastle 01 February 2018 £2369
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 20 September 2018 £2369
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 October 2018 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 October 2018 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 08 November 2018 £2449
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 November 2018 £2449
Newcastle
Newcastle 24 January 2019 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 31 January 2019 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 February 2019 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 February 2019 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 March 2019 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 April 2019 £2099
Newcastle
Newcastle 02 May 2019 £2099

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 $75 (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 £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 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.