The delicate scent of spices, the sound of temple bells, exotic flora and fauna, and beaches all characterise southern India. This journey travels through colonial hill stations and tropical backwaters, discovering a rich cultural and historical heritage. From Tipu Sultan's summer palace and the spectacle of Tanjore's Brihadeeswara temple, to the bustling markets of Mysore and a scenic rail journey, this tour encompasses the very best of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
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Fly from London to Bengaluru with British
Early morning arrival and transfer to the Lalit,
Bengaluru (or similar) for 1 night, including
immediate occupancy. After breakfast, transfer
by road to Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna, the
site of Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, en route.
Stay 2 nights at the Radisson, Mysore (or
Morning visit to the huge Nandi Bull on
Chamundi hill and the magnificent Maharaja’s
Palace. Afternoon at leisure to visit the Mysore
markets or take an optional excursion to
Morning drive to the hill station of Ooty.
Afternoon tour of Ooty botanical gardens.
Continue to Coonoor and stay 2 nights at the
Gateway Hotel Coonoor. (B)
Take a scenic narrow gauge train trip to Ooty,
subject to the train being in service. Afternoon
at leisure or optional visit to the British-built golf
course (clubs available for hire locally). (B)
Full-day drive to Kochi. Stay 2 nights at the
Vivanta by Taj – Malabar (or similar). (B)
Morning cruise in scenic Kochi harbour, followed
by a visit to Jew Town. Afternoon at leisure. In the
evening, visit a Kalaripayattu studio to learn how
this ancient form of martial art has evolved. (B)
Morning visit to Mattancherry Palace, a
gift from the king of Portugal to the raja of
Travancore. Drive to Alleppey for a cruise
through the backwaters. Transfer to Kumarakom
Lake Resort / Coconut Lagoon for 2 nights.
Evening sunset boat trip on Lake Vembanad. (B)
At leisure. (B)
Morning drive through the Western Ghats
mountain range to Thekkady. After lunch, visit
a spice garden for an introduction to different
spices and how they are grown. Stay overnight
at the Spice Village (or similar). (B)
After breakfast, drive to Madurai. In the
afternoon, visit the Meenakshi temple, an
outstanding example of south Indian temple
architecture. Stay overnight at the Gateway
Hotel Madurai. (B)
Morning drive to Trichy to visit the imposing
Rock Fort temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy temple
and St John’s Church. Continue to nearby
Kumbakonam for a 2-night stay at Hotel
Paradise Resort (or similar). (B)
Morning visit to Brihadeeswara temple, the
grandest architectural achievement of the
Chola era and a world heritage site. In the late
afternoon, visit Darasuram, a temple noted for
its fine sculpture. Continue to a bronze-casting
centre and learn from the master craftsman
the traditional ‘lost wax’ method used to create
bronze statues. (B)
Full-day drive to Chennai (Madras). Late
afternoon arrival and transfer to Trident
Chennai (or similar) to stay until departure to
the airport. (B)
Very early morning transfer to the airport. Fly to
London with British Airways. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Typically based in 4- and 5-star
This itinerary can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6788
or email email@example.com.
Due to changes to seasonal
schedules and opening times, there are minor
itinerary variations for certain departure
dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings
tour consultant for details.
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...
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...
Paradise Resort is built in traditional south Indian style, using teak wood pillars and intricate carvings. The hotel is set among lush greenery and swaying palms. The rooms have a rustic feel and are furnished with antique furniture, old paintings and artefacts. All rooms are air-conditioned. Facilities include a dining room serving Indian and continental cuisine, a swimming pool and an Ayurvedic...
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...
Set amidst spice plantations, Thekkady is known for its spices and the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Spice Village is close to the game reserve and comprises individual cottages set amid a landscaped spice garden. The resort has a swimming pool, games facilities and an excellent restaurant. Ayurvedic treatment is also available on site. Each cottage has en suite facilities and activities can include visits to the game reserve, treks in the nearby spice and tea plantations and forest...
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...
Perched on Pasumalai Hill, with excellent views of the temple town of Madurai, is the The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai (previously the Taj Garden Retreat). The hotel is set amidst 62 acres of landscaped gardens and is an ideal place to relax after exploring the famous Meenakshi Temple. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts and a multi-cuisine...
The gentle, graceful ambience of Bengalaru (Bangalore), India's garden city, is amply reflected in its first 5-star hotel - The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore. Located in 10 acres in the High Grounds area of Bengalaru, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore overlooks the green expanse of the adjoining golf course, and is within easy reach of the bustling business and shopping districts of the city. The spacious rooms and suites are appointed with modern facilities and feature large windows overlooking either the pool or the golf course. The hotel offers a wide selection of cuisine from around the world. Leisure facilities include a well-equipped fitness centre, a swimming pool and a...
The Trident Chennai, conveniently located near the airport, is 20 minutes from the main city centre. This elegant low rise hotel is set in five acres of tropical...
Vivanta by Taj - Malabar is situated on Willingdon Island, with magnificent views of Kochi (Cochin) harbour and beautiful backwaters. The hotel consists of 96 rooms including suites, all with air-conditioning, satellite television, and en suite bathroom. Restaurants include the Rice Boat, serving Keralan seafood specialties, the Waterfront Café offering Indian and Continental Cuisine, and Kochi’s only Thai restaurant. Other facilities include an infinity pool, spa and a...
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We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove is located on a stretch of powder-white beach an hour's drive from Chennai. With its gracefully swaying casuarinas and palm trees, and spectacular views of the Bay of Bengal, it is an ideal place to relax.
Leave the group at Chennai and proceed to Covelong. Stay at
the Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove for 3 nights. (B)
Morning visit to the shore temples at Mahabalipuram. (B)
Very early morning transfer to Chennai airport and fly to London with British Airways. (N)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
The city of Chennai, formerly Madras, is steeped
in early colonial history and is an excellent base
from which to explore some of Tamil Nadu’s
great temple complexes.
Leave the group at the airport hotel and
proceed to Vivanta by Taj – Connemara for a
stay of 3 nights. (B)
Morning visit to the temple city of Kanchipuram.
In the afternoon, visit the scenic shore temples
at Mahabalipuram. (B)
Morning tour of Chennai to include George Town (the original Madras) and the Chennai
Museum. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Very early morning transfer to Chennai airport
and fly to London with British Airways. (N)
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ISX2016: 14 Nights
There were so many [inspirational moments]: the houseboat in Alleppey, the first sight of Kochi harbour at dusk, the Chola temples. An all-round excellent mix.Dr Andrew Macfarlane
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...
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...