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Sights and Sounds of the South

Itinerary

  • Itinerary:
    Bangalore - Mysore - Kabini - Wayanad - Tholpetty - Ooty - Coonoor - Cochin - Kerala Backwaters - Periyar National Park - Munnar - Madurai - Tanjore - Pondicherry - Mamallapuram
  • Duration:
    21 days / 20 nights (flexible)
  • Price:
    from £ 2,259.- per person (excluding flights)
A mix of enchanting temples, lush green tea plantations, misty hill stations, palm-fringed backwaters and colourful cities, this trip has it all. Over three weeks you’ll get to experience all that South India has to offer on this jam-packed itinerary. Float down the backwaters, try your hand at tea-picking and tasting and head out in search of elephants in the national parks. You’ll also learn some traditional Kathakali dancing, jump on a bamboo raft and explore old Maharajas palaces. If you’re after an in-depth India journey through the tropical South this trip will be right up your street.
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Days 1-3 – Arrival in Bangalore

Meet the modern face of India in Bangalore, the trendy gateway to the south. Packed with leafy parks, coffee shops and progressive technology, it’s an urban taste of the future. Bangalore is a business hub with a heart. Known as India’s ‘Garden City’, it’s peppered with green parks filled with hipster young professionals. Here, tradition nudges up against the New World, as hi-tech companies jostle with wandering cows and street stalls set up outside boutique restaurants.

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Days 8-10 – Charming Cochin

Cochin (or Kochi) is a colourful coastal town with Portuguese and Dutch influences. It’s a melting pot of cultures and religions, and still an important seaport for trade in gold, textiles, fish and spices. The spice market here is one of the best in Kerala. Down by the water, you can see the legendary Chinese fishing nets in action. We’ll arrange a guided tuk-tuk tour as a fun introduction to the town. As you buzz through the lanes, your knowledgeable guide will share tales of the city’s rich history, cultural heritage, and architectural wonders.

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Days 10-13 – Backwaters and wildlife

Kerala is India’s exotic, emerald heart, packed with lush scenery and a tangle over overgrown backwaters. During this trip, you’ll travel from Fort Cochin to Keralan backwaters, spending the night on a traditional rice barge. Sleep aboard a wooden houseboat as you drift through tropical canals, passing by the villages and navigating through entangled canals. Next day, after a 4-hours drive you’ll reach Periyar National Park, where you’ll set off on a walking safari through the jungle. Trek into the forest to scout for sambar deer, wild boar and maybe even a mongoose or two.

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Days 13-15 – Chai in the sky

Next up, you’ll head up the winding hills to the spectacular hill station of Munnar (approx 4 hours drive). A small town nestled in emerald tea plantations, stop in the hill station of Munnar to unwind for a couple of days. The magnificent views of this region and the cool mountain air are two of the many reasons to add in a stay here. You can easily while away time exploring the forests, valleys and the jade green tea estates. You’ll also learn about the history of tea-growing in this area, and then get to sample the different brews on offer.

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Days 15-21 – Mystical temples of the south

Next up, you’ll be transferred to Madurai by your private driver in an air-conditioned car. This journey time takes approx. 4-5 hours.

Over seven days, you’ll travel from Madurai to Chennai, stopping in several eye-opening places along the way and getting into the spirit of the south. Travel from rainbow temples to traditional French bakeries and windswept mystical beaches in Tamil Nadu. Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of India’s sizzling south, where the locals are friendly and the food is fiery. Watch sunset prayer ceremonies, visit authentic ashrams and dodge holy cows. Tamil Nadu is a sacred, steamy state. Drenched in devotion and peppered with pastel-coloured temples, it is rich in ancient culture. The cuisine is hotter than the weather, so prepare your taste buds for a blast.

Unfortunately, your South India holiday has now come to an end. You’ll be collected by our driver and transferred to Chennai airport where you’ll fly home.

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Sights and Sounds of the South

Accommodation

For this bite-sized trip we offer the following options

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  • Price:
    from £ 3,099.- per person (excluding flights)
  • Included:
    In Style accommodation, excursions, transport and meals as described above

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