The delicate scent of spices, the sound of
temple bells, exotic flora and fauna and
beaches all characterise Tamil Nadu and
Kerala. This journey travels through hill
stations, tropical backwaters and
temple-laden towns while staying in
some of the region’s very best hotels.
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Direct flight from London (regional connections
available) to Chennai (Madras) with British
On arrival transfer to the Hyatt Regency (or
similar) for 1 night (early check in available).
Time at leisure before an afternoon tour of the
city followed by free time at Marina beach. (B)
Morning walking tour of Mylapore, a town that predates Chennai by 2,000 years. Continue to
Puducherry (Pondicherry), visiting the world
heritage listed shore temples at Mahabalipuram
en route. Stay 2 nights at the Palais de Mahe
(or similar) located in the heart of the French
This morning visit a local rural village,
organised by Mohanam Cultural Centre.
Watch the villagers involved in traditional
crafts such as stone carving, ceramics and
terracotta work. Afternoon guided walk through
Puducherry, the location for the award-winning
film Life of Pi. (B)
Drive through scenic countryside to Thanjavur
(Tanjore) for 2 nights at the magical Svatma.
Lunch at Kumbakonam and visit the handloom
weavers’ houses in Darasuram en route. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Brihadeeswarar temple and
its beautiful frescoes. Later, visit the art gallery
and fascinating Saraswathi Mahal library at
Tanjore Palace. Evening introduction to the art
of Thanjavur paintings at your hotel followed by
dinner. (B, D)
Travel to Chettinad. Visit to a village market
and evening culinary experience followed
by a traditional dinner. Overnight stay at
Chidambara Villas (or similar). (B, D)
Travel to Madurai. Evening visit to the
illuminated Meenakshi temple and Hall of a Thousand Pillars for the night ceremony.
Overnight stay at the Heritage Madurai. (B)
Travel to the hill country around Munnar for
an overnight stay at Blackberry Hills Resort (or
similar). (B, D)
Morning guided walk through a working tea
plantation at Kannan Devan Tea Museum.
Travel to Kumarakom for 2 nights at the
Kumarakom Lake Resort, set within gardens and
with panoramic views of Lake Vembanad. (B, D)
Day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
This morning, cruise aboard a shikara (wooden
boat) through the backwaters before driving
to Kochi (Cochin). Evening traditional Kathakali
dance performance. Stay 2 nights at Eighth
Bastion (or similar). (B)
Morning sightseeing tour of Kochi’s highlights
including Mattancherry Palace, the Chinese fishing
nets and the 16th-century St Francis Church.
Then explore hidden Kochi including Jew Town,
which showcases a number of dying arts such
as exquisite French lace embroidery. Continue
to dhobi wallah, a wash-house where a sea of
white hotel sheets and clothing are slathered on
the washing stones. Finish with a stop at Kochi’s
foremost art gallery-cum-cafe, Kashi. Afternoon at
leisure to further explore the labyrinthine streets and their array of local markets. (B)
Fly to London via Mumbai (Bombay) with British
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Fully escorted throughout
by a local tour manager from arrival in Chennai.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star
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 email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
Set against the backdrop of western ghats, Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa is a simple mountain resort. Each of the 18 rooms and cottages is furnished in ethnic style and offers superb views of the surrounding mountain range, tropical forests and tea plantations. Facilities at this resort include a multi-cuisine restaurant and a spa. This hotel must be regarded as...
Originally built during the late 19th century by the Chettiyars of the Karaikudi region, Chidambara Vilas is a mansion that has been converted into a hotel. Sympathetically restored over a period of 3 years, the hotel retains many of its original features including the period furniture, pillared columns exquisitely carved out of Burma teak and the Belgian Chandeliers. Each of the 25 spacious rooms is comfortably furnished and carefully combines old-world charm with the essential requirements of modern-day traveller. The rooms are decorated individually and no two are the same size. The hotel's facilities include a main dining area that serves traditional Chettinad cuisine. The interactive kitchen set next to this dining area offers guests the opportunity to learn about traditional Chettinad cuisine. There is also a fine dining restaurant with an ambience that takes you back to colonial...
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...
Heritance Madurai is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modern comforts. Set among 17 acres of lush green gardens, Heritance Madurai has 35 villas. The original Madurai Coats Cub, which had its origins during the times of the British Raj, has not lost its British flavour, and with all the refurbishment has now been completely restored in keeping with the traditional architecture of this historic town. The rooms are spacious, tastefully furnished and designed to meet the demands of discerning travellers. All the 35 villas come with plunge pools and resemble traditional village houses. The 18th century columns and antique doors from the Chettinad district give the hotel a distinctive character. There are 2 restaurants serving Indian and Continental delicacies, a bar and a swimming pool designed to replicate a temple...
Centrally located in Chennai, the Hyatt Regency is a modern, luxurious hotel with large rooms and an array of fine-dining options to choose from. Rooms are fitted with every modern convenience required for a comfortable stay and many offer a wonderful view over the city of Chennai. Enjoy traditional Indian or international cuisine at the wonderful Spice Haat restaurant or try one of the Italian, Chinese or Japanese speciality restaurants.
Features: 325 rooms, 4 restaurants, bar, wine cellar, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi.Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, safe, tea & coffee...
Looking out to a panoramic view of Lake Vembanad and set in 10 acres of gardens, the Kumarakom Lake Resort is a haven of peace and tranquillity. The resort comprises of 52 double-bedded air-conditioned traditional cottages. Each cottage, painstakingly relocated and restored ‘Illums' (Keralan homesteads), provide a relaxed and informal Keralan atmosphere. The resort offers a wide range of Ayurvedic...
A quaint hotel in the heart of Puducherry's old French quarter, Palais du Mahé is only minutes away from the area's famous promenade, historic temples, famous cathedrals and colourful boutiques. With high ceilings, deep verandas, bright tangerine pillars and ochre colonnades, this heritage-style mansion features 18 spacious rooms that elegantly echo the distinctive Indo-French architecture, decorated with simple, period-style furniture sourced either locally or crafted by artisans from the region. While traditionally these mansions feature a large courtyard, this has been replaced with an inviting pool. Facilities at this delightful hotel include a floor dedicated to Ayurvedic massages and treatments and a rooftop restaurant serving Indian and Continental cuisine. The hotel is managed by the CGH group, renowned for seamless service and friendly, enthusiastic...
Built as an elite family residence over 100 years ago, Svatma has been lovingly restored to provide 38 rooms all with their own individual charm. This is a truly magical hotel lying in landscaped gardens in close proximity to Thanjuvur's most iconic sights, including the Brihadeeshwarar temple. Svatma offers unique experiences, from culinary classes and chamber concerts to Thanjavur painting lessons and lectures on local dance styles - a true homage to Tamil art and culture.
Features: 38 rooms, 3 restaurants serving local cuisine, luxury spa, gym, yoga centre.
Room amenities: En suite...
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.
Travel to Ooty to explore the erstwhile British summer capital and to ride the scenic Blue Mountain Railway. Charming Mysore is home to India’s largest palace and a base from which to explore the island citadel of Srirangapatna.
This morning drive to Coonoor. Stay 2 nights at the Gateway Hotel Coonoor (or similar). (B)
Enjoy the scenic narrow gauge train trip to Ooty aboard the Blue Mountain Railway as it glides past tea plantations and charming villages. Afternoon tour of Ooty’s botanical gardens. (B)
Travel to Mysore and visit the impressive Nandi Bull and the magnificent maharajah’s palace. Overnight at the Radisson Mysore (or similar). (B)
Travel by road to Bengaluru (Bangalore) visiting Srirangapatna en route. Overnight at the LaLiT Ashok Bangalore (or similar). (B)
Direct flight to London with British Airways. (B)
Enjoy a wildlife safari in Nagarhole tiger reserve, noted for its population of birds, elephants, langurs and predators such as tigers, leopards and wild dogs. In the Kabini area a black panther has been regularly sighted along with two tigresses and their cubs.
Fly to Bengaluru (Bangalore) and transfer by road to Kabini for 2 nights at the Orange County Kabini. Full-day wildlife viewing the following day. (B, L, D)
Morning wildlife viewing. Travel to Mysore and take a guided tour of the city’s artisan quarter and stunning maharajah’s palace. Overnight at the Radisson Mysore. (B)
Travel by road to Bengaluru visiting the island citadel of Srirangapatna en route. Overnight at the LaLiT Ashok Bangalore (or similar). (B)
Extend your stay in tropical Kerala by spending 3 nights at Mararikulam, a beautiful stretch of beach located between Kochi (Cochin) and Alleppey. One of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the coastline, the main attractions are the local culture, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the extensive sandy beaches. Stay at Marari Beach Resort, a homely haven with thatched cottages set amid gardens by the sea.
This morning drive to Mararikulam for 3 nights at the Marari Beach Resort, a village-style hotel that provides comfortable accommodation in 62 individual cottages and Deluxe pool villas. (B)
Days at leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities, which include daily yoga sessions and a large swimming pool. The resort is also able to offer culinary experiences, village walks and cycling excursions. (B)
Fly to London via Mumbai (Bombay) with British Airways. (B)
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CMK2018: 12 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...
An island on Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is just 16 km west of Kottayam and only 1 hour 30...
Chennai (Madras), offers pre-colonial highlights including the Kapaleeswarar Temple and...
The hill town of Munnar is set amid dramatic mountain scenery and surrounded by mile upo...
The charming seaside town of Puducherry (Pondicherry) is a former French colony settled...