Bangalore to Mysore
Today, you’ll leave Bangalore and set off for Mysore, passing beautiful tropical landscape and typical mayhem on the way. You’ll sleep on the estate of an elegant little palace with lush green gardens, built for the princess of Mysore. Mysore is renowned for its silk and sandalwood, so the air is thick with exotic, musky scents. The rich Maharajas invested heavily in Mysore, commissioning brilliantly ornate palaces and temples. You’ll visit the huge palace to gaze at its giant silver doors and lavish rooms of marble and gold. You’ll also visit the Chamumdi Hill Temple, perched on a hilltop with spectacular views over the city.
Mysore to Mudumalai National Park
After breakfast, you’ll head to Mudumalai National Park, home to the largest population of elephants in India, as well as deer, monkeys, honey bears, giant squirrels and even tigers. When you arrive in Mudumalai, you’ll check into your jungle lodge, where you’ll sleep in a comfortable cottage surrounded by tropical greenery, with views of the majestic Nilgiri mountains and a tempting natural pool. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing before your sunset safari. You’ll race through the bush in an open top jeep, searching for wild elephants as the sun slowly sets.
Mudumalai National Park to Wayanad
This morning, you can enjoy a peaceful breakfast before driving through the green tea plantations and palm-flanked valleys of the Wayanad hills. All across the tea fields, you’ll see the brightly coloured saris of the tea pickers, and you’ll stop at a plantation to have a go at tea-picking yourself. Wayanad is nestled in the hills of the Western Ghats, with breathtaking views across the emerald slopes. You’ll stay in a spacious stilted bungalow at the bottom peaceful green valley, close to a lively village. Your bungalow has a private veranda, where you can enjoy an intimate dinner under starry skies.
Wayand to Cochin (Kochi)
Today, you’ll drive down to Calicut and hop on the train bound for Cochin, is a quaint, colourful coastal town with heavy Portuguese and Dutch influences. Cochin is the largest city in Kerala and an important seaport for trade in gold, textiles and fish. Down by the water, you can see the legendary Chinese fishing nets in action. Cochin also used to have a lively trade in spices, and the spice market here is still one of the best in Kerala. You’ll stay in a charming colonial hotel nestled in the historic Fort Cochin district.
Departure from Cochin
After breakfast, your personal driver will be waiting to whisk you around the sights of Cochin. You can visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of the Jewish district, and Saint Francis Church (the oldest European church in India). You can also take a look at the Chinese fishing nets that arrived with the Chinese traders many centuries ago. In the afternoon, you’ll leave the hotel and set off for your next destination.
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Upgrade to our In Style accommodation
If you’d like to travel In Style we can upgrade you throughout this trip. In Mysore you’ll stay in a grand colonial hotel just outside Mysore, with terraces and landscaped gardens. In Mudumalai you’ll be greeted by spectacular views of receding mountains and tropical jungles and also has a wildlife friendly swimming pool. Next, journey to an eco friendly jungle getaway in the heart of Wayanad. Finally you’ll stay in a colonial boutique hotel in Fort Cochin.
Guide price: £ 418 - per person - In Style accommodation