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Lead Price
From £3395pp
Duration
14 days & 13 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Passage through Kerala

Southern India offers lush greenery and waterside tranquility that contrasts with the arid north. This tour takes in the beautiful sights and serene landscapes of Karnataka and Kerala. Included are the immense Maharajah’s Palace in Mysore, the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park, the lush landscapes of Wayanad, a rail ride through the Nilgiri mountains and a cruise along the peaceful backwaters of Kochi.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly from London to Bengaluru via Dubai
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Fly from London to Bengaluru via Dubai

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with Emirates, via Dubai. (N)

DAY 2: Bengaluru
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Bengaluru

On arrival, check in for an overnight stay at The Park Bangalore. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour tracing Bangalore’s captivating history. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: The Park Bangalore
DAY 3: Srirangapatna - Mysore
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Srirangapatna - Mysore

Travel to Mysore for 2 nights at the Radisson. En route, stop at the island fortress of Srirangapatna, the former capital of south India’s most powerful 18th-century rulers. Evening food tour of Mysore’s celebrated gastronomical delights including Mysore masala dosa. (B)

DAY 4: Mysore - Somnathpur
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Mysore - Somnathpur

Walking tour visiting some of Mysore’s architectural wonders. Tour the Maharajah’s Palace, which combines Hindu and Saracenic architecture. Afternoon visit to the Keshava temple at Somnathpur. Return to the Maharajah’s Palace this evening to see it illuminated by over 100,000 light bulbs. (B)

DAY 5: Nagarhole National Park
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Nagarhole National Park

Travel to Kabini for an overnight stay at the Serai Kabini (waterfront verandah room). The predator density of Nagarhole park is one of the highest in Asia and includes tigers, leopards and wild dogs. Afternoon boat safari in search of the park’s endemic wildlife. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Serai Kabini
DAY 6: Nagarhole National Park - Wayanad
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Nagarhole National Park - Wayanad

Early morning canter (open-sided mini bus) safari. Travel to Wayanad for 2 nights at Wayanad Wild. Wayanad is an area of outstanding natural beauty with tropical forests, valleys, waterfalls and sprawling plantations. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Wayanad
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Wayanad

Morning at leisure. Enjoy an interactive Keralan cooking class and lunch. Take part in a guided nature walk. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: Coonoor
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Coonoor

Leisurely drive to the hill station of Coonoor. Enjoy lunch on the terrace of the Taj Savoy. Afternoon tour of the botanical gardens in Ooty, filled with more than 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Continue to Coonoor for 2 nights at the Gateway Coonoor IHCL SeleQtions. (B, L)

DAY 9: Coonoor - Ooty
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Coonoor - Ooty

Drive to Ooty and ride the Blue Mountain Railway to Coonoor. The scenic narrow-gauge railway runs across plains, plantations and the verdant hills of the Nilgiri Mountains. Visit a planter’s house and walk through the plantation before a tea tasting. (B)

DAY 10: Kochi
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Kochi

Travel to Coimbatore and board the train to Ernakulam. Transfer to the Eighth Bastion, located in the heart of Fort Kochi for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the local area. (B, L)

DAY 11: Kochi
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Kochi

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 performance. (B)

DAY 12: The Backwaters
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The Backwaters

Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this morning. En route, enjoy a backwater cruise by shikara boat through narrow canals. This cruise explores the picturesque waterways, revealing boats carrying loads of coir, copra and cashews and, along the water’s edge, numerous churches and markets. Stay for 2 nights at Coconut Lagoon. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)

DAY 13: The Backwaters
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The Backwaters

Day at leisure. Optional visit to a local church. (B)

DAY 14: Fly to London via Dubai
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Fly to London via Dubai

Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 1: Fly from London to Bengaluru via Dubai
- +

Fly from London to Bengaluru via Dubai

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with Emirates, via Dubai. (N)

DAY 2: Bengaluru
- +

Bengaluru

On arrival, check in for an overnight stay at The Park Bangalore. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour tracing Bangalore’s captivating history. A welcome dinner will be held this evening. (D)

Accommodation: The Park Bangalore
DAY 3: Srirangapatna - Mysore
- +

Srirangapatna - Mysore

Travel to Mysore for 2 nights at the Radisson. En route, stop at the island fortress of Srirangapatna, the former capital of south India’s most powerful 18th-century rulers. Evening food tour of Mysore’s celebrated gastronomical delights including Mysore masala dosa. (B)

DAY 4: Mysore - Somnathpur
- +

Mysore - Somnathpur

Walking tour visiting some of Mysore’s architectural wonders. Tour the Maharajah’s Palace, which combines Hindu and Saracenic architecture. Afternoon visit to the Keshava temple at Somnathpur. Return to the Maharajah’s Palace this evening to see it illuminated by over 100,000 light bulbs. (B)

DAY 5: Nagarhole National Park
- +

Nagarhole National Park

Travel to Kabini for an overnight stay at the Serai Kabini (waterfront verandah room). The predator density of Nagarhole park is one of the highest in Asia and includes tigers, leopards and wild dogs. Afternoon boat safari in search of the park’s endemic wildlife. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Serai Kabini
DAY 6: Nagarhole National Park - Wayanad
- +

Nagarhole National Park - Wayanad

Early morning canter (open-sided mini bus) safari. Travel to Wayanad for 2 nights at Wayanad Wild. Wayanad is an area of outstanding natural beauty with tropical forests, valleys, waterfalls and sprawling plantations. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Wayanad
- +

Wayanad

Morning at leisure. Enjoy an interactive Keralan cooking class and lunch. Take part in a guided nature walk. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: Coonoor
- +

Coonoor

Leisurely drive to the hill station of Coonoor. Enjoy lunch on the terrace of the Taj Savoy. Afternoon tour of the botanical gardens in Ooty, filled with more than 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Continue to Coonoor for 2 nights at the Gateway Coonoor IHCL SeleQtions. (B, L)

DAY 9: Coonoor - Ooty
- +

Coonoor - Ooty

Drive to Ooty and ride the Blue Mountain Railway to Coonoor. The scenic narrow-gauge railway runs across plains, plantations and the verdant hills of the Nilgiri Mountains. Visit a planter’s house and walk through the plantation before a tea tasting. (B)

DAY 10: Kochi
- +

Kochi

Travel to Coimbatore and board the train to Ernakulam. Transfer to the Eighth Bastion, located in the heart of Fort Kochi for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the local area. (B, L)

DAY 11: Kochi
- +

Kochi

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 performance. (B)

DAY 12: The Backwaters
- +

The Backwaters

Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this morning. En route, enjoy a backwater cruise by shikara boat through narrow canals. This cruise explores the picturesque waterways, revealing boats carrying loads of coir, copra and cashews and, along the water’s edge, numerous churches and markets. Stay for 2 nights at Coconut Lagoon. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)

DAY 13: The Backwaters
- +

The Backwaters

Day at leisure. Optional visit to a local church. (B)

DAY 14: Fly to London via Dubai
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Fly to London via Dubai

Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • See Mysore Palace illuminated by 100,000 lightbulbs
  • Culinary tour of Mysore
  • Enjoy a tea tasting at a planter's house
  • Ride the scenic Blue Mountain Railway
  • Boat safari in Nagarhole National Park

Important information

Optional activities
These are at an extra cost, which is payable locally.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 10 people (max 18)
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • International flights with Emirates
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Porterage at airports & stations
  • Included safari & national park fees
  • Balanced pace
  • Day at leisure in Kerala’s tropical backwaters

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £3,345 | Guide price month: October

High season from £3,395 | Guide price month: January

Single supplement from £1,095

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