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Grand Tour of South India

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £2745 Current prices from: £2745

Travel across southern India savouring the
flamboyant temples of Tamil Nadu, the
Keralan backwaters and charming Kochi.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Explore the spice plantations of tropical Kerala
  • Wander the labrythine markets of Mysore
  • Discover the delights of Mysore's magnificent Maharaja's Palace
  • Take a scenic narrow gauge train trip to the hill station at Ooty
  • Enjoy boat cruises in scenic Kochi and at sunset on Lake Vembanad
  • Visit Madurai's spectacular Meenakshi temple
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bengaluru (Bangalore)


Day 2: Srirangapatna • Mysore

Transfer to the LaLit, Bengaluru for immediate occupancy. After breakfast, travel to Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna en route. Stay 2 nights at the Radisson. (B)

Day 3: Mysore

Morning visit to the Nandi Bull and the Maharaja’s Palace. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 4: Ooty • Coonoor

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)

Day 5: Coonoor

Scenic narrow gauge train trip to Ooty. (B)

Day 6: Kochi

Full-day drive to Kochi (Cochin). Stay 2 nights at the Forte Kochi. (B)

Day 7: Kochi

Morning cruise in scenic Kochi harbour, followed by a visit to Jew Town. In the evening, visit a Kalaripayattu studio. (B)

Days 8-9: Alleppey • Kumarakom

Morning visit to Mattancherry Palace. Drive to Alleppey for a cruise through the backwaters. Transfer to Aveda Kumarakom for 2 nights. Evening sunset boat trip on Lake Vembanad. Following day at leisure. (B)

Day 10: Thekkady

Morning transfer to Thekkady. After lunch, visit a spice garden. Overnight at the Shalimar Spice Garden. (B)

Day 11: Madurai

Drive to Madurai. Visit the Meenakshi Temple. Stay overnight at the Heritage Madurai. (B)

Day 12: Tiruchchirappalli • Thanjavur

Morning drive to Tiruchchirappalli to visit the imposing Rock Fort Temple. Continue to the nearby town of Thanjavur for a 2-night stay at Svatma. (B)

Day 13: Thanjavur

Morning visit to Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur (Tanjore) and Darasuram, a temple noted for its fine sculpture. Continue to a bronze-casting centre. (B)

Days 14-15: Chennai

Full-day drive to Chennai (Madras). Stay at Trident Chennai until departure to the airport. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Trident Chennai
    Trident Chennai

    The Trident Chennai, conveniently located near the airport, is 20 minutes from the main city centre. This elegant, low rise hotel is set within tropical gardens. Due to government legislation passed in April 2017, the hotel is unable to serve alcoholic drinks until further notice.

  • Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions
    Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions

    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 snacks.

  • Svatma

    Built as an elite family residence over 100 years ago, Svatma has been lovingly restored to provide 38 rooms all with an individual style and character. It is a truly magical hotel, set within landscaped gardens in close proximity to Thanjavur's (Tanjore's) most iconic sights, including the Brihadeeshwara temple. Svatma offers some unique experiences, from culinary classes and chamber concerts to Thanjavur painting lessons and lectures on local dance styles - a true homage to Tamil art and culture. Please note that the restaurant serves only vegetarian food. Features: 38 rooms, 3 restaurants, luxury spa, gym, yoga centre. Room amenities: En suite bathroom.

  • Shalimar Spice Garden
    Shalimar Spice Garden

    Shalimar Spice Garden is located in a picturesque natural setting at 1000 metres above sea level in the hills known as the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala, South India. Shalimar Spice Garden is a tasteful blend of Indian and European ideas. It offers its guests a wonderfully peaceful environment, with its scattering of rooms and cottages designed in harmony with nature. The rooms and cottages of the Shalimar Spice Garden are set in a spice garden of cardamom, pepper, coffee, tea and variety of fruits. The well appointed cottages and rooms of the Shalimar Spice Garden are decorated with antiques and furniture typical of Kerala, while offering guests modern amenities and supreme comfort. Special local Keralan, Indian, Italian, continental, and Chinese cuisine may be savoured at the Shalimar Spice Garden.

  • Raddisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore
    Raddisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore

    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.

  • Heritage Madurai
    Heritage Madurai

    Heritage Madurai (previously Heritance Madurai) is a seamless blend of traditional elegance and modern comfort set among lush gardens. The original Madurai Coats Club from the time of the British Raj, this property has not lost its British flavour. After extensive refurbishment it was completely restored in keeping with the traditional architecture of the town. The rooms are spacious, tastefully furnished and designed to meet the demands of discerning travellers. The 18th-century columns and antique doors from the Chettinad district give the hotel a distinctive character. Features: 70 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, television, minibar, safe, tea & coffee facilities.

  • Forte Kochi
    Forte Kochi

    Forte Kochi hotel is in the heart of the historic area, just a 5-minute walk from the iconic Chinese fishing nets. Formerly a spice trader's mansion, it offers 27 elegant rooms. The architecture is a perfect medley of Portuguese, Dutch and British influences, reflecting the city's former occupation and eventful history. The central courtyard features a swimming pool and a bar, and is flanked by two buildings that house the rooms and the restaurant.

  • Park Regis Aveda Kumarakom
    Park Regis Aveda Kumarakom

    Located just 20 yards from Vembanad lake, the Aveda Kumarakom is a luxury resort in the picturesque backwaters area of Kerala. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and elegantly designed while the restaurant, which specialises in seafood, serves an array of regional, national and international cuisines.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2745 per person

High season from £2995 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Chennai (Madras)

    Chennai (Madras), offers pre-colonial highlights including the Kapaleeswarar Temple and...

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  • Mysore

    The palaces and royal gardens of Mysore, ‘the jewel of Karnataka’, provide glimpses of...

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  • Madurai

    Madurai, formerly the seat of power for the Pandya dynasty, is one of the oldest cities...

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  • Kumarakom

    An island on Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is just 16 km west of Kottayam and only 1 hour 30...

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  • Kochi (Cochin)

    Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route, is an enchanting blend of east meets west...

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  • Thekkady

    Thekkady is set among the endless green slopes of the Cardamom Hills in the spice-growin...

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