This tour takes in the beautiful sights and
tranquil landscapes of Karnataka and Kerala
including the immense Maharajah’s Palace
in Mysore, the wildlife of Nagarhole National
Park, the lush beauty of Wayanad, a rail ride
through the Nilgiri mountains and a cruise
along the peaceful backwaters of Kochi.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with
Emirates via Dubai. (N)
Early lunch at the LaLit Bengalaru, before
travelling to Mysore for 2 nights at the Radisson
(or similar). En route, stop at the island fortress
of Srirangapatna, the former capital of south
India's most powerful 18th-century rulers. Originally built in the 10th century, Srirangapatna has played a crucial religious, cultural and historic important role in the region. (L)
Walking tour visiting some of Mysore's
architectural wonders. Tour the Maharajah's
Palace, the largest in India, which dominates the
centre of Mysore with its synthesis of Hindu and Saracenic architecture. Afternoon at leisure to
relax. Evening food tour of Mysore’s celebrated
gastronomical delights including Mysore Masala
Dosa. Return to the Maharajah’s Palace this
evening to see it illuminated by over 1,000
light bulbs. (B)
Travel to Kabini for an overnight stay at the
Serai Kabini (or similar). The prey density
of Nagarhole National Park is one of the
highest in Asia and the eco-system naturally
supports a thriving population of predators
such as tigers, leopards and wild dogs.
Afternoon safari in search of the park’s
endemic wildlife, which also includes 300
bird species, elephants, gaurs and common
langurs. (B, L, D)
Optional early morning safari. After breakfast,
travel to Wayanad for 2 nights at Wayanad
Wild (or similar). Occupying a position on the
edge of the stunning Western Ghats, Wayanad
is an area of outstanding natural beauty with
lush tropical forests, deep valleys, waterfalls and
sprawling plantations. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure to unwind amid the serene
beauty of the surrounding forest or to enjoy
the many excursions offered by the hotel,
from guided nature walks and treks following
elephant trails to Keralan cooking classes,
visits to nearby tea plantations and rural cycling
trips*. (B, L, D)
Leisurely drive to the hill station of Coonoor
and stay 2 nights at the Gateway Hotel Coonoor
(or similar). (B)
Ride the Blue Mountain Railway to Ooty, a
scenic narrow gauge train that runs across
plains, plantations and the verdant hills of
the Nilgiri mountains. Afternoon tour of the
botanical gardens in Ooty, filled with more than
1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Drive
back to Coonoor. (B)
Travel to Kochi and transfer to the Eighth
Bastion (or similar), located in the heart of
Fort Kochi for 2 nights. Remainder of the day
is at leisure to explore the local area. (B)
Visit some of the highlights of this enchanting
port, taking in the architectural styles that reveal
Arab, Jewish and European influences. View
the remarkable, cantilevered Chinese fishing
nets, explore the 16th-century Portuguese-built
Mattancherry Palace, the Church of St Francis
and the world’s oldest active Jewish synagogue
in historic Jew Town. Wander through markets
and visit the vibrant Dhobi Ghats. Later, visit
the Kathakali dance studio to see a traditional
Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this
morning. The backwaters are home to a variety
of species of fauna and flora. Stay for 2 nights
at the Coconut Lagoon (or similar). (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon backwater cruise
by shikara boat through narrow canals. This
cruise explores these picturesque waterways,
revealing boats carrying loads of coir, copra and
cashews and, along the water's edge, numerous
churches and markets. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to
London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These are at an extra
cost, which is payable locally.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5073 or
Coconut Lagoon is situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, in the heart of the Keralan backwaters. This peaceful resort, originally a coconut grove, is only accessible by boat, through a narrow network of canals. Accommodation is provided in traditional cottages and some original Keralan houses. Modern bathrooms and air conditioning complement the old style. The state of Kerala is famous for its cuisine and the Coconut Lagoon provides fine examples of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes as well as international dishes. Boat trips through the backwaters are highly recommended and there is also a swimming pool, and Ayurvedic and yoga...
Set in the heart of Fort Kochi, Eighth Bastion is a small chic property that effortlessly combines contemporary and colonial styles. The hotel is built around a small courtyard, and features rooms that are elegantly decorated in minimalist style with many overlooking the Arabian Sea. No two rooms are of the same size with some featuring shower cubicles and others sunken bath tubs. None of the rooms feature a television. The Eighth Bastion hotel currently does not have a licence to serve alcoholic drinks.
Features: 19 rooms, restaurant serving Indian and continental cuisine, outdoor pool and garden.
Room amenities: complimentary internet access, air-conditioning, safe, and en suite bathroom with shower or...
Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Chamundi Hills, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is a 140-room property lying in close proximity to Mysore's most famous attractions including the opulent Mysore Palace and the bustling city markets. Superior rooms are sleek and modern in design with free high speed wireless internet and most offering a view of the Chamundi Hills or Mysore Golf Club. With a fine dining restaurant and outdoor pool, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is the perfect tonic after a day of sightseeing.
Features: 140 rooms, health club, outdoor pool, restaurant, tennis and badminton courts, currency exchange, business centre, airport shuttle and complimentary parking.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, 24 hour room service, complimentary wireless internet access, minibar, flat screen television and gourmet tea and coffee making...
The Gateway Hotel Church Road Coonoor (previously the Taj Garden Retreat), in a world of rolling mountains and drifting mists, exudes an old-world charm. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the valley and is just 10 minutes away from the lovely Sim's park and the Golf course. There are 33 rooms including 4 suites, all rooms are elegantly appointed and offer guest amenities like telephone and colour television with satellite programmes. The dining room serves Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine and offers a spectacular view of the undulating hills while the Hampton Bar has Rosewood panelling and serves an array of cocktails, spirits and...
Located in the small village of Karapura, between Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National Park, the Serai Kabini is a brand new property offering luxury cottages and a serene and tranquil ambience. The spacious riverbank cottages all have cosy warm interiors and feature a quaint sit-out area to relax and watch wildlife. The Wildgrass restaurant serves a wide range of multi-cuisine delicacies or if you prefer, private dining or picnics in the reserve can be arranged. Activities such as kayaking on the river and cycling can also be arranged directly with the hotel.
Features: 20 rooms, restaurant, lounge / bar, swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, coffee shop, W-Fi
Amenities: Air-conditioning, television, sky shower,...
Located in the depths of the rainforests of Lakkidi, the gateway to the picturesque Wayanad district, the Wayanad Wild is a family-friendly resort offering luxury cottages in beautiful surroundings. Each of the 12 cottages are comfortable and spacious and the surrounding canopy offers an abundant variety of fauna, birdlife, peaceful streams and remarkable rock formations. A range of activities and excursions suitable for all ages are available and include hikes, cycling tours and visits to a neighbouring tea factory.
Features: 17 rooms, restaurant swimming pool, indoor games.
Room amenities: Telephone, minibar, safe, tea & coffee...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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PKR2018: 11 Nights
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