Travel across southern India savouring the flamboyant temples of Tamil Nadu, the Keralan backwaters and charming Kochi.
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Transfer to the Lalit, Bengaluru for 1 night. After breakfast travel to Mysore for 2 nights at the Radisson (or similar). En-route make a stop at the spectacular island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the former capital of south India's most powerful 18th century rulers (B)
Morning visit to the Nandi Bull and the Maharaja's Palace. The Palace dominates the centre of Mysore and the building is a syntheses of Hindu and Saracenic architecture topped with a single brass-plated dome. Afternoon at leisure to relax. (B)
Drive to the hill station of Ooty and take an afternoon tour of the botanical gardens. The gardens are home to over 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees including orchids, ferns, alpines and medicinal plants. Continue to Coonoor and stay 2 nights at the Gateway Hotel Coonoor. (B)
Take a scenic narrow gauge train trip to Ooty which runs at a maximum speed of 33km per hour across plains, plantations and the verdant hills of the Nilgiris. The tunnels and tall girder bridges on the way, along with the breathtaking view, make this toy train something to remember. (B)
Full-day drive to Kochi (Cochin). Stay 2 nights at
the Vivanta by Taj – Malabar. (B)
Morning cruise in the scenic Kochi harbour revealing Arab dhows, Chinese fishing nets, bazaars, old storage warehouses and traditional mansions. Later stroll through Jew Town before visiting Kalaripayattu studio in the evening to see a demonstration of the ancient form of martial art. (B)
Morning visit to Mattancherry Palace which features some of Kerala's finest paintings. Drive to Alleppey for a cruise through the backwaters. Transfer to Coconut Lagoon for 2 nights. Evening sunset boat trip on Lake Vembanad. Following day at leisure. (B)
Morning transfer to Thekkady. After lunch, visit a spice garden to learn about different spices and how they are used. Cardamom, pepper, turmeric and ginger are the main spices cultivated in the area although many more are grown on a smaller scale. Overnight at the Spice Village. (B)
Drive to Madurai and visit the Meenakshi temple. Surrounded by colourful markets, the temple is a brilliant example of southern temple architecture, with its nine gopurams (temple towers) soaring to almost 50 metres above the gateways Stay overnight at the Gateway Hotel Madurai. (B)
Morning drive to Tiruchchirappalli to visit the imposing Rock Fort temple, perched on a massive rocky outcrop 83 metres above sea level. Continue to the nearby town of Kumbakonam for a 2-night stay at Hotel Paradise Resort. (B)
Visit to Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur (Tanjore) and Darasuram, a temple noted for its fine sculpture. Continue to a bronzecasting centre where Historians believe that the lost wax metal casting method was known to Indian sculptors 5,000 years ago. (B)
Full-day drive to Chennai (Madras). Stay at Trident Chennai until departure to the airport. Full-day drive to Chennai (Madras). Stay at Trident Chennai until departure to the airport. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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XIN2018: 13 Nights
Bengalaru (Bangalore) is known as the "Garden City" because of its numerous parks and...
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 palaces and royal gardens of Mysore, ‘the jewel of Karnataka’, provide glimpses of...
Thekkady is set among the endless green slopes of the Cardamom Hills in the spice-growin...