London - Chennai - (Mahabalipuram) - Hassan - Mysore - Coorg - Calicut - Cochin - (Riceboat) - Kumarakom - (Cochin) - London
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A relaxed tour of the south taking in its tropical beauty and rolling hills, it includes some outstanding monuments and passes through remote and interesting places little known to most tourists.
The hotels used are a delightful mix of comfort and charm and add to the quality of the tour. A day on a riceboat, cruising along Kerala's fascinating palm fringed backwaters, is included.
The internal travel is by coach or car with air-conditioning where required. The international flights are on a scheduled indirect airline.
You travel with a small group, accompanied by one of our excellent hand-picked tour escorts.
Day 1 London
Day 2 Chennai
Day 3 Chennai
Day 4 Hassan
Day 5 Hassan
Day 7 Mysore
Day 8 Coorg
Day 9 Coorg
Day 10 Calicut
Day 11 Cochin
Day 12 Cochin
Day 13 Riceboat
Day 14 Kumarakom
Day 15 London
Suggested Tour Extensions
Kumarakom (3 days) - Stay on for an extra three nights in Kumarakom. Fly out of Cochin on day 18. Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast
Marari Beach (3 days) - On day 15 transfer to Mararikulam and check in at the Marari Beach Resort for 3 nights. On day 18 fly back from Cochin airport. Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast
Bangaram (6 days) - On day 15 transfer to Cochin airport and fly to Agatti. Transfer by boat to the Bangaram Island Resort for 5 nights. Fly back to Cochin on day 20 and stay the night at Brunton or Le Meridian. Fly back on day 21. Meal Plan: Full board in Bangaram, room only in Cochin
Periyar (3 days) - On day 15 drive up the hills to Periyar for 2 nights at the Spice Village. Visit the sanctuary and return for a night at Le Meridian Hotel, Cochin. Fly back on day 18.Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast
Temples Option (7 days) - On day 15 drive to the southern tip of India at Kaniakumari (Cape Comorin), the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, visiting en route the wooden palace at Padmanabhapuram. Stay at the simple Hotel Sea View for the night. Enjoy watching sunset and sunrise on the horizon of the sea from the same spot. Also visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial before driving to Madurai for 1 night at the Madura Park Inn (or Taj Garden Retreat - suppl.). Visit Meenakshi Temple and the busy bazaars of Madurai. Drive to rural Chettinadu for 2 nights at the delightful Chettinadu Mansion. Visit the local sights and observe village life. Drive on to Tanjore via Trichy on day 19 for 1 night at the Ideal River View. Visit the Srirangam & Rockfort temples in Trichy and the famous Brihadeeshwara Temple in Tanjore. Drive to Pondicherry on day 20 via Gangaikondaicholapuram and stay the night at Villa Helena. Explore Pondicherry and drive on to Chennai for a night at Residency Towers before the flight back on day 22. Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast
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