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Journey from the vibrant markets of Hyderabad to Madurai to witness the spectacle of the evening ceremony at the astonishing Meenakshi temple. Continue into the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, replete with tea plantations and elephants, before crossing over into Kerala to experience its colourful artistic culture and tranquil backwaters.
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Fly from London to Hyderabad with Emirates
via Dubai. (N)
Early morning arrival and early check-in at Park
Hyatt for 2 nights. Morning at leisure followed
by afternoon sightseeing in Charminar, home
to one of India's largest mosques, the Mecca
Masjid, built in 1598. Visit the magnificent Chowmahalla palace, inspired by the Shah
of Iran’s Palace in Tehran. A maze of bazaars
surrounds the Charminar arch, the best known
and oldest being Lad bazaar. Here, you can buy
almost anything, from colourful bangles and
rosewater to silverwork, antiques, fabrics and
elegant pearls. Tucked away in the labyrinthine
streets are a handful of perfume shops paying
homage to the Mughal legacy of ittar, an
essential oil. Learn more about the blending
of these oils and blend your own unique
perfume. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant
in Old Charminar. (D)
This morning visit the impressive Golconda fort,
once a centre of Muslim power for 400 years.
Afternoon tour of the timeless and luxurious
Taj Falaknuma Palace with high tea. (B)
Midday flight to Madurai. Afternoon at leisure.
Visit one of India’s liveliest and most colourful
temples, Meenakshi, for its spectacular evening
ceremony. Travel by tuk tuk through vibrant
markets to reach the temple. Overnight at
Heritage Madurai (or similar). (B)
Depart for the stunning scenery of the Western
Ghats and a 2-night stay at the Coco Lagoon,
Pollachi. Afternoon visit to Appachi Cotton,
a social enterprise where you can learn firsthand
about cotton cultivation in India from
true artisans of the craft. (B, D)
Full-day visit to Valparai, set in the Anaimalai
hills of the Western Ghats and surrounded by
lush tea plantations and forest. Take a tour of
a private tea plantation and factory followed by
lunch and a walk through a tea estate. (B, L, D)
Head to Thrissur, in Kerala’s cultural heartland,
to witness a Tholpavakoothu performance of
traditional shadow puppetry based on stories
and characters from the religious epics. Enjoy
lunch with a family whose mastery of this
craft dates back generations. Take the train to
Ernakulam and travel by road to the Keralan
backwaters for 2 nights at the Vasundhara
Sarovar Premiere. (B, L, D)
Explore the picturesque waterways that make up the Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat. You will pass many boats carrying loads of coir, copra and cashews and, along the water's edge, numerous churches and marketplaces. The network of canals, lakes and estuaries that make up the backwaters is formed by the 40-odd rivers that flow down to the Arabian Sea from the Cardamom Hills. (B, L, D)
Travel to Kochi for an afternoon’s sightseeing
of this enchanting port. View the cantilevered
fishing nets, explore the 16th-century
Portuguese-built Mattancherry Palace, the
church of St Francis and the world’s oldest
active Jewish synagogue. Wander through the
local spice market and visit the vibrant Dhobi
Ghats. Spend 2 nights at Forte Kochi. (B)
Optional morning visit to Neema’s Kitchen
for a taste of traditional Indian cooking in an
interactive cooking class. You will learn the techniques and spices behind authentic home
cooking, or participate in a half-day tour to
Kumbhalanghi village*. Afternoon at leisure
to explore Fort Kochi on foot or by rickshaw.
Farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Take the morning flight to London, via Dubai,
with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals
These activities can be
pre-booked or booked locally and incur an
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
These small group tours have been specially created
for solo travellers. Benefits include single
occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard
and at sensible prices, plus the company of
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This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
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XBS2019: 9 Nights
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