Journey from the vibrant markets of Hyderabad to Madurai to witness the spectacle of the evening ceremony at the astonishing Meenakshi temple. Continue into the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, replete with tea plantations and elephants, before crossing over into Kerala to experience its colourful artistic culture and tranquil backwaters.
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Fly from London to Hyderabad with Emirates via Dubai. (N)
Early morning arrival and early check-in at The Courtyard by Marriott for 2 nights. Morning at leisure followed by afternoon sightseeing in Charminar, home to one of India's largest mosques, the Mecca Masjid, built in 1598. A maze of bazaars surrounds the Charminar arch, the best known and oldest being Lad bazaar. Here, you can buy almost anything, from colourful bangles and rosewater to silverwork, antiques, fabrics and elegant pearls. Tucked away in the labyrinthine streets are a handful of perfume shops paying homage to the Mughal legacy of ittar, an essential oil. Learn more about the blending of these oils and blend your own unique perfume. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant in Old Charminar. (D)
Tour the main highlights of Hyderabad including the Birla temple, the magnificent Chowmahalla palace, inspired by the Shah of Iran's palace in Tehran, and the Nizam Museum. Optional afternoon tour of the timeless and luxurious Taj Falaknuma Palace with high tea.* Visit the impressive Golconda fort, once a centre of Muslim power for 400 years, for the evening sound and light show. (B)
Midday flight to Madurai. Afternoon at leisure. Visit one of India’s liveliest and most colourful temples, Meenakshi, for its spectacular evening ceremony when the pillared halls are filled with hindu worshippers and exotic fragrances. Overnight at Sangam Hotel. (B)
Visit the colourful morning flower market before departing for the stunning scenery of the Western Ghats and a 3-night stay at the Coco Lagoon, Pollachi. (B, D)
Morning yoga lesson and visit to Appachi Cotton, a social enterprise where you can learn first-hand about cotton cultivation in India from true artisans of the craft. Visit the adjoining school, which this venture supports. Explore one of the local villages, where you can sample a traditional meal at one of the local houses, and the Temple of Consciousness with its meditation hall, museum, library and communal kitchens. (B, D)
Visit Valparai, set in the Anaimalai hills of the Western Ghats and surrounded by lush tea plantations and forest. Take a tour of a private tea plantation and factory. Visit an interpretation centre and rainforest project to learn first-hand about elephant-human conflict. (B, D)
Head to Thrissur, in Kerala’s cultural heartland, for an overnight stay at River Retreat. This afternoon visit Thrissur’s Art Gallery and witness Kerala’s performing arts, spending time with masters to learn about traditional Sanskrit theatre. Witness a Tholpavakoothu performance of traditional shadow puppetry based on stories and characters from the religious epics. (B, D)
Take the train to Ernakulam and travel by road to the Keralan backwaters for 2 nights at the Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere. (B, D)
Morning at leisure before an afternoon shikara (wooden boat) ride exploring the picturesque tropical backwaters. (B, L, D)
Travel to Kochi for an afternoon’s sightseeing of this enchanting port. View the cantilevered fishing nets, explore the 16th-century Portuguese-built Mattancherry Palace, the church of St Francis and the world’s oldest active Jewish synagogue. Wander through the local
spice market and visit the vibrant Dhobi Ghats. Spend 2 nights at Trident Kochi. (B)
Optional morning visit to Neema’s kitchen for a taste of traditional Indian cooking in an interactive cooking class where you will learn the techniques and spices behind authentic home cooking.* Enjoy the Indian delicacies that you have created. Afternoon at leisure to explore Fort Kochi on foot or by rickshaw. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Take the morning flight to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals
The 14 August departure coincides with the 10-day colourful Onam festival.
These activites can be pre-booked or booked locally and incur an additional charge.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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Set in the heart of the countryside and surrounded by lush coconut groves and tropical gardens, the Coco Lagoon is the ultimate get away from it all. Rooms are elegantly furnished and have private balconies, whilst the spa retreat offers Ayurvedic treatments. Excursions in the local area include following the Cotton Trail, visiting the Temple of Consciousness, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary or the rolling scenic hills of Valparai.
Facilities: 32 rooms including deluxe rooms, suites and garden and pool villas, Ayurveda spa, yoga, infinity pool, fitness centre, restaurant.
Room amenities: Safe, tea & coffee facilities, satellite television, writing desk,...
The Sangam Hotel (formerly the Ashok) is ideally located in the Temple City of Madurai, 14 kilometres from Madurai Airport and 4 kilometres from Madurai Junction railway station. It has 43 Rooms and suites, all with private bathroom, central air conditioning, cable television and direct dial telephone. Facilities in the hotel include room service, multi-cuisine restaurant open for lunch and dinner, and a...
River Retreat is located on the bank of Bharatha puzha, Cheruthuruthy. Situated amidst serene surroundings, River Retreat is 2 hrs from Cochin, Calicut & Coimbatore airports & 3 minutes from Sharanur Jn. Rly....
The Trident Cochin is located on Kochi’s Willingdon Island. The hotel’s 96 well-appointed rooms are divided between two floors and facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, swimming pool and health...
Located on the serene backwaters of Vayalar near Kumarakom, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere features modern rooms with stunning lake views. The hotel offers an idyllic location for relaxation either by the infinity pool or in the spa. For the more energetic, a range of activities are available, from cycle rides to watersports.
Features: Infinity pool, water sports, jogging trail , bicycle hire, children's activity centre, spa, health and fitness centre, yoga and meditation deck, restaurant serving local and international cuisine, poolside cafe and bar, Madira bar and seafood restaurant.
Room amenities: En suite bathroom, television, air conditioning, toiletries, safe, hairdryer, tea & coffee...
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XBS2018: 11 Nights
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route, is an enchanting blend of east meets west...
Madurai, formerly the seat of power for the Pandya dynasty, is one of the oldest cities...