Exploring the south of India will mean seeing lush landscapes, unique cultural riches, incense-laden markets and fragrant tea plantations. Marvel at the sight of India's greatest remaining elephant herds in the jungles of Nagarhole. Let the tranquil backwaters that stretch across the tropical Kerala lowlands enchant you and make the perfect ending to your Southern India Tour.
Days 1-3 Bangalore and Mysore
Take a short walk in the beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Gardens in Bangalore before the drive to Mysore. A cultured and quiet town famous for its silk and sandalwood. Mysore is also home to ornate Hindu temples, the vivid and fragrant Devarajah Market and the nearby temples of Somnathpur. Admire the grandeur of the extravagant Maharajah's Palace.
Days 4-7 Nagarhole and Coonoor
Roaming the forested ranges and waterways of Nagarhole National Park are the largest herds of Indian elephants. Witness these incredible animals by boat and jeep safaris, and watch for tigers and other rare wildlife. Travel into the resplendent Nilgiri Hills and the distinctly British air of quirky hill station Coonoor. Experience the magic of India's heritage trains with a ride on the famous Nilgiri Queen 'toy train' to Ooty and visit St. Stephens and the Botanic Gardens, and take a stroll down 'The Mall'.
Days 8-9 Munnar
Gaze out on tropical mountain scenery on your way to Munnar, where dramatic vistas across thriving tea plantations set the scene. Learn about tea cultivation at the Tea museum and take a hill safari which includes a visit to the Shrishti Children's project.
Days 10- 11 Kumarakom
Return to the tropical lowlands and serene Kumarakorm. Drift along a tropical canal by small boat to your resort perched on the edge of Vembanad Lake. Lounge in the balmy morning air and then travel to a Keralan backwaters farmhouse and lunch on scrumptious local fare after an illuminating cooking demonstration.
Days 12-14 Kerala Backwaters and Cochin
Board your traditional kettuvalayam, an iconic local houseboat, and cruise the idyllic backwaters surrounded by lush tropical scenery. dine on a delicious lunch on board before alighting at Allepey for the drive to historic Cochin, a melting pot of cultural influences and one of India's most attractive and best-preserved trading cities. Take a heritage walk past traders' mansions and the colourful waterfronts, and visit the spice trading streets and 400 year old synagogue.
13 nights accommodation
Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
3 jeep safaris
Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees (not including camera fees)
Western tour leader
Local English speaking guide
Prices from £2800 per person
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