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Passage through Kerala

Group Tour | General Interest 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £2395

This tour takes in the beautiful sights and tranquil landscapes of south India 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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • See Mysore Palace illuminated by 100,000 lightbulbs
  • Culinary tour of Mysore
  • Afternoon tea at a planters house
  • Ride the scenic Blue Mountain Railway
  • Boat safari in Nagarhole National Park
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bengalaru via Dubai

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

Day 2: Bengalaru

On arrival, check in for an overnight stay at the Leela Bangalore. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walk tracing Bangalore’s captivating history. (N)

Day 3: 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. Return to the Maharajah’s Palace this evening to see it illuminated by over 100,000 light bulbs. (B)

Day 4: 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. (B)

Day 5: Nagarhole National Park

Travel to Kabini for an overnight stay at the Serai Kabini. 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)

Day 6: Nagarhole National Park - Wayanad

Early morning 4×4 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

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

Day 8: 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. (B, L)

Day 9: 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 for afternoon tea and a walk through the tea plantation. (B)

Day 10: Kochi

Travel to Coimbatore and enjoy lunch before boarding 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

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

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 the Coconut Lagoon. (B)

Day 13: The backwaters

Day at leisure. Optional village life experience or visit to Phillip Kutty farmhouse with lunch.* (B)

Day 14: 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.


Marari Beach Resort extension: 4 days & 3 nights from £545 Mararikulam is a beautiful stretch of beach between Kochi and Alleppey. Stay 3 nights at the Marari Beach Resort, a village-style hotel with accommodation in individual thatched cottages and deluxe pool villas.

Rice barge tour variation: 14 days & 12 nights from £215 In a variation to the main tour, instead of taking a shikara ride on day 12, relax on a full-day cruise through the backwaters, followed by a night aboard a traditional rice barge. Traditional Keralan cuisine is served on board and just before sunset the boat drops anchor for the night.


* 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, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Leela Palace Bengaluru
    The Leela Palace Bengaluru

    The Leela Palace is set in three hectares of lush gardens alongside a sparkling lagoon. Built in an art deco style, its copper domes, arches and ornate ceilings reflect the grandeur of palaces of a bygone era. Each room has a balcony overlooking the azure pool or the verdant gardens in the courtyard and includes an Italian marble bathroom with separate walk-in glass shower enclosure.

  • 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.

  • The Serai Kabini
    The Serai Kabini

    Located in the small village of Karapura, between Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National Park, the Serai Kabini is a brand new property offering luxury cottages and a serene and tranquil ambience. The spacious riverbank cottages all have cosy interiors and feature a quaint sit-out area to relax and watch wildlife. The restaurant serves a wide range of multi-cuisine delicacies or, if you prefer, private dining or picnics in the reserve can be arranged. Activities such as kayaking on the river and cycling can also be arranged directly with the hotel.

  • Wayanad Wild - CGH Earth
    Wayanad Wild - CGH Earth

    Located in the depths of the rainforests of Lakkidi, the gateway to the picturesque Wayanad district, the Wayanad Wild is a family-friendly resort offering luxury cottages in beautiful surroundings. Each of the 12 cottages are comfortable and spacious and the surrounding canopy offers an abundant variety of fauna, birdlife, peaceful streams and remarkable rock formations. A range of activities and excursions suitable for all ages are available and include hikes, cycling tours and visits to a neighbouring tea factory. The Wayanad Wild does not serve alcohol.

  • 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.

  • Eighth Bastion
    Eighth Bastion

    Set in the heart of Fort Kochi, Eighth Bastion is a small, chic property that effortlessly combines contemporary and colonial styles. The hotel is built around a small courtyard, and features guestrooms elegantly decorated in minimalist style, with many overlooking the Arabian Sea. No two rooms are of the same size with some featuring shower cubicles and others sunken bath tubs. The Eighth Bastion currently does not have a licence to serve alcoholic drinks.Features: 19 rooms, restaurant, outdoor pool, garden. <br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, en suite bathrooms with shower or bath, safe, Wi-Fi.

  • Coconut Lagoon - CGH Earth Resort
    Coconut Lagoon - CGH Earth Resort

    Coconut Lagoon is set 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, each with authentic wood-based architecture. The large buffet-style restaurant serves delicious south Indian food as well as international favourites.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2780 per person

High season from £2875 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, 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.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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

  • Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Bengalaru (Bangalore) is known as the "Garden City" because of its numerous parks and...

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  • Mysore

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

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  • Mysore

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

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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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  • 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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  • Kasargod

    In ancient times, Kasargod was an important trade centre and was known to Arabs by the...

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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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