Passage through Kerala

*Special Offer* Save up to £255 on specific dates if booked before the 31st August 2020

Take in the beautiful sights and tranquil landscape of south India on this 14 day tour.  Explore 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.

  • 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
  • Small group size – average 14 people (maximum 26)

Itinerary

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) (N)

Refresh at the LaLit Bengalaru, before travelling to Mysore for 2 nights at the Radisson (or similar). En route, make a pit stop at the island fortress of Srirangapatna, the former capital of south India’s most powerful 18th-century rulers. (L)

Take a 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. In the evening, experience a 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 4×4 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)

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

Enjoy the 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. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the local area. (B, L)

Today, 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. (B)

*Special Offer* Save up to £255 on specific dates if booked before the 31st August 2020

Departure Dates and Prices 

  • 23rd October 2020 – £2750 £2495
  • 06th November 2020 – £2750 £2595
  • 05th February 2021 – £2795
  • 12th February 2021 – £2795
  • 19th February 2021 – £2795
  • 26th February 2021 – £2795
  • 05th March 2021 – £2795
  • 19th March 2021 – £2795
  • 22nd October 2021 – £2895
  • 05th November 2021 – £2895
  • 12 November 2021 – £2895
  • 13th January 2022 – £2995
  • 27th January 2022- £2995
  • 03rd February 2022 – £2995
  • 10th February 2022 – £2995
  • 17th February 2022 – £2995
  • 24th February 2022 – £2995
  • 17th March 2022 – £2995
  • 20th October 2022 – £2995
  • 03rd November 2022 – £2995
  • 10th November 2022 – £2995
Meal basis

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

Additional activities

These are at an extra cost, which is payable locally.

Superior tour

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

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you.  Please get in touch for more information.