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This tour takes in the beautiful sights and tranquil landscapes of Karnataka and Kerala including the immense Maharajah’s Palace in Mysore, the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park, the lush beauty of Wayanad, a rail ride through the Nilgiri mountains and a cruise along the peaceful backwaters of Kochi.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with
Emirates via Dubai. (N)
Early lunch at the LaLit Bengalaru, before
travelling to Mysore for 2 nights at the Radisson
(or similar). En route, stop at the island fortress
of Srirangapatna, the former capital of south
India's most powerful 18th-century rulers. (L)
Walking tour visiting some of Mysore's
architectural wonders. Tour the Maharajah's
Palace, the largest in India, which combines Hindu and Saracenic architecture. Afternoon
at leisure to relax. Evening food tour of
Mysore’s celebrated gastronomical delights
including Mysore Masala Dosa. Return to
the Maharajah’s Palace this evening to see it
illuminated by over 100,000 light bulbs. (B)
Travel to Kabini for an overnight stay at the
Serai Kabini (or similar). The prey density of
Nagarhole National Park is one of the highest
in Asia including tigers, leopards and wild dogs.
Afternoon boat safari in search of the park’s
endemic wildlife. (B, L, D)
Optional early morning 4x4 safari*. Travel to
Wayanad for 2 nights at Wayanad Wild (or
similar). Wayanad is an area of outstanding
natural beauty with tropical forests, valleys,
waterfalls and sprawling plantations. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. Enjoy an interactive Keralan
cooking class and lunch. Take part in a guided
nature walk following elephant trails. (B, L, D)
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 Hotel Coonoor. (B, L)
Ride the Blue Mountain Railway to Ooty, a scenic
narrow gauge train that runs across plains,
plantations and the verdant hills of the Nilgiri mountains. Visit a planters house for afternoon
tea and a walk through the tea plantation. (B)
Travel to Coimbatore and enjoy lunch before
boarding the train to Ernakulam. Transfer to the
Eighth Bastion (or similar), located in the heart
of Fort Kochi for 2 nights. Remainder of the day
is at leisure to explore the local area. (B, L)
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)
Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this
morning. En route, enjoy a backwater cruise
by shikara boat through narrow canals. This
cruise explores these 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 the Coconut Lagoon (or similar). (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to
London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These are at an extra
cost, which is payable locally.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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