Scenic South India

16 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

£2,845pp

2-3 star & low season

£3,134pp

3-4 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Depart London in the evening for flight to Bangalore via Delhi
Day 2
This morning you will arrive into Bangalore, where you will be met by your private car and driver. You will head straight out of Bangalore and onto Mysore, approximately a 3 hour drive. Mysore is famous for its silk and incense production, along with its Maharaja's Palace. It's easily one of South India's most interesting and appealing cities.
Day 3
Enjoy a trip to Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary this morning, home to an incredible variety of endemic and migratory birds. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Mysore.
Day 4
Your driver will take you to Coorg today, approximately 100km west of Mysore and a journey that should take around 4 hours. Coorg is one of South India's most beautiful regions carpeted with cardamom jungles and coffee plantations.
Day 5
Today you will visit a coffee plantation as well as Bylkuppe, a unique Tibetan settlement.
Day 6
From Coorg you will head to Nagarhole National Park today, approximately a 4 hour journey. With increasing tiger and leopard sightings in recent years and a good population of elephant, Nagarhole is arguably South India's best park.
Day 7
Today you will enjoy a game drive by jeep as well as a game drive by boat to make the most of the park's wildlife diversity.
Day 8
You will continue south today, to Sultan's Battery in Wayanad, northern Kerala, a beautiful journey that should take approximately 4 hours. This verdant region is one of Kerala's most beautiful and peaceful with rugged mountain scenery and tropical plantations coating the landscape.
Day 9
Today is free to explore the area, here's some ideas of things to do. There's a wonderful pool to relax in, several walking trails and a plethora of bird species to enjoy in this tranquil location. You may wish to visit Edakkal caves as well.
Day 10
Your driver will bring you over the border from Kerala into Tamil Nadu today, specifically to cooler Ooty. This drive should take around 3.5hrs up and along winding rural roads. Ooty was established by the British in the early 19th century as the summer head quarters for the Madras government. It's surrounded by tea plantations and dotted with charming cottage gardens growing vegetables. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 11
Today enjoy a tour of Ooty. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 12
Today you will be taken to Coimbatore, approximately 3 hours away, where you will catch the train to Cochin. The train departs in the early afternoon and offers the opportunity to enjoy a quintessential Indian experience. On arrival in Cochin you wil be met and will be transferred to your accommodation in colonial Fort Cochin. Cochin is one of India's best preserved colonial landscapes, with tea planter's bungalows, village greens and churches interspersed with boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
Day 13
Explore Cochin with our Fort Cochin Heritage Walking Tour. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore or relax.
Day 14
This morning you will travel south to Alleppey in the Backwaters, where you will board your private day time houseboat in time for lunch. The Backwaters are a fantastic collection of lakes, lagoons and waterways that are sandwiched between the Arabian sea and Kerala's forested hills. Spend the remainder of your day in this idyllic location, home to little villages, coconut groves, fishermen and a huge variety of bird life. Spend the remainder of your day cruising around the shimmering waterways before disembarking and heading to your comfortable accommodation in the Backwater area.
Day 15
Enjoy today at leisure relaxing in one of Kerala's most idyllic locations.
Day 16
This morning you will be driven to Cochin Airport for your morning flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Designed for lovers of the outdoors and nature enthusiasts, Scenic South India journeys from Bangalore in Karnataka down into northern Kerala before ending in Cochin. It takes in atmospheric Mysore, famed for its palace, sandalwood and silk before heading into Coorg, a luminous region known for coffee growing an its unique Tibetan population. It continues further south into Nagarhole National Park before reaching Wayanad, a wild and hilly area in remote northern Kerala. From here the journey heads briefly into Ooty in Tamil Nadu, a former British hill station, before catching the train to Cochin in Kerala. Cochin is one of India’s best preserved colonial towns. The journey ends on Kerala’s iconic backwaters. This is a wonderful and relaxing journey that really focusses on South India’s extraordinary landscapes.

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