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£3745

Grand Tour of Southern India

Revealing the relics and religions, nature, and traditions of southern India, this is a journey to mystical temples, majestic monuments, colonial towns, and wildlife reserves; touring Tamil Nadu, floating on Kerala’s canals, and climbing into the Western Ghat mountains

A fascinating route through every facet of the region, the journey begins where the British East India Company began, in Madras, now Chennai, on the sunrise shore of the Coromandel coast. We take a brief tour of the city before driving south to Mahabalipuram, famed for its fabled temple complex and for the gravity defying Krishna’s Butterball boulder, still balanced on a steep slope. Pondicherry blends colonial elegance with seafront strolls on the Bay of Bengal. Ancient Tanjore was the Chola Empire capital and a showpiece of art and architecture; a thousand years on, and no longer a capital, the other attributes still apply. Madurai boasts amazingly ornate Hindu tower-temples; Periyar sits between spice plantations and the wilds of its national park; and Kerala’s villages and waterways lead us to beguiling Cochin, facing sunsets over the Arabian Sea. From the beautiful Ooty hill station, we travel by ‘Toy Train’ to Coonoor; there are jungle safaris in Bandipur’s ‘Project Tiger’ reserve; regal palaces, parks, lakes and fountains are the hallmarks of Mysore; medieval Hassan is a treasure trove of extravagantly sculpted architecture; and British Raj buildings in Bangalore complement a lively vibe and progressive ethos.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Mahabalipuram  - 2 nights
  • Tanjore  - 1 night
  • Madurai  - 2 nights
  • Periyar   - 2 nights
  • Kumarakom  - 1 night
  • Houseboat  - 1 night
  • Cochin  - 2 nights
  • Ooty  - 2 nights
  • Bandipur  - 1 night
  • Mysore  - 2 nights
  • Hassan  - 1 night
  • Bangalore  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Natural Wonders
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • 7 Lunches & 6 Dinners
  • Local Expert Guide

Revealing the relics and religions, nature, and traditions of southern India, this is a journey to mystical temples, majestic monuments, colonial towns, and wildlife reserves; touring Tamil Nadu, floating on Kerala’s canals, and climbing into the Western Ghat mountains

Notes:

Itinerary includes some walking on uneven ground.

Temple visits include a walk with shoes off.

The later arrival of Emirates flights does not allow time for wash and change facilities.

Accommodation

Radisson Resort Temple Bay - Mahabalipuram

A 5-star hotel spread across 44 acres on the Bay of Bengal. Restaurants, bar, outdoor pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 144 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

GRT Great Trails River View Resort - Tanjore

A 4-star hotel on the banks of Cauvery River. Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, spa and WiFi (free). 42 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Heritage Madurai - Madurai

This 4-star hotel is located in the centre of Madurai sprawled across 17 acres and built with a traditional south Indian style. Restaurant, bar, coffee shop, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 72 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

CGH Earth Spice Village - Periyar

A 4-star property resembling a traditional tribal village. Restaurants, colonial bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 52 rooms with fan, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.

CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon - Kumarakom

A 4-star eco-friendly resort facing Lake Vembanad. Restaurant, bar, pool, fitness centre and WiFi (free). 52 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and mini-fridge.

Keralan Houseboat - Kerala

Located on the backwaters of Kerela with 14 air-conditioned bedrooms with private facilities.

The Fragrant Nature - Cochin

A 4-star boutique hotel well-situated on the Fort Cochin peninsula. Restaurants, pool, spa, gym and WiFi (free). 41 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Fortune Resort Sullivan Court - Ooty

An ideal gateway 4-star hotel surrounded by green lawns and garden. Restaurant, bar and wellness centre. 63 air-conditioned rooms with WiFi (free) and private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Windflower Resort & Spa - Bandipur

A 3-star property, located close to the Bandipur Forest Reserve. Restaurant, outdoor pool and spa. 25 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Radisson Hotel - Mysore

This centrally located 5-star hotel is set against the backdrop of the Chamundi Hills. Restaurant, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hoysala Village - Hassan

A modern 3-star resort set in a tranquil landscape. Restaurant, bar, spa, pool, WiFi (free) and 34 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities.

ITC Windsor - Bangalore

A 5-star hotel with restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 240 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

November
November 8 (Friday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 19 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

 

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

* The later arrival of Emirates flights does not allow time for wash and change facilities.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Nov 08
  • £995
  • 2025: Jan, Mar, Oct, Nov
  • £1455
Flight Options
  • London-Chennai/Bangalore-London British Airways World Traveller Plus
  • On request, please call
  • British Airways Club World
  • On request, please call
  • Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow*
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available based on 2+ people
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £49

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