Overview

Flight - 1 night

Mysore - 2 nights

Bandipur - 1 night

Ooty - 1 night

Cochin - 2 nights

Alleppey - 1 night

Periyar - 1 night

Madurai - 2 nights

Kumbakonam - 1 night

Mahabalipuram - 2 nights

Chennai - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

Highlights of Southern India

Exceptional value for a tour from Karnataka’s palaces, parks and hill-station to the backwaters of Kerala, the Western Ghats and the temples of Tamil Nadu

This highlights tour has been carefully designed to distil the authentic Jules Verne experience into a concise arrangement, shorter and more affordable.

Southern India provides a mixture of experiences, from palaces and national parks to backwaters, temples and the natural beauty of the Western Ghats in three contrasting regions.

Karnataka’s treasures include the palaces of Mysore, the natural beauty and wildlife of Bandipur and colonial Ooty hill station, where snooker was allegedly invented!

Kerala’s natural splendour and historic heritage is revealed in a backwaters cruise and at Fort Cochin and Periyar National Park.

Tamil Nadu’s magnificent temples and lush scenery contrast with colonial Pondicherry and Madras (now Chennai), the first colonial capital.

The opportunity is afforded for independent exploration or to add optional performances and temple visits.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Local Expert Guide 
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Guaranteed departures
Group Size: 2 – 28

 A truly inspirational tour.

Ryder Marsden
Highlights of Southern India

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Day 1 Fly direct from Heathrow or via Dubai to Bangalore.

Day 2 On arrival, breakfast with wash and change facilities. Drive to Mysore (4 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star Grand Mercure. Visit the Devyaraja market and railway museum. (B)

Day 3 Visit the palaces of Mysore and Jagmohan Art and visit Srirangapatman. Evening illumination of Mysore Palace. (B)

Day 4 Continue to Bandipur National Park for overnight at the 3-star Windflower Tusker Trails. Jungle safari by canter. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Optional safari by canter (£23, pre-bookable). Drive up to Ooty for overnight at the 4-star Fortune Sullivan Court. Visit the botanical gardens, church and market. (B)

Day 6 By ‘Toy Train’ to Coonor (1 hr), by road to Cochin via Coimbatore (61/2 hrs) for two nights at the Hotel ‘CGH Earth’ Casino. (B)

Day 7 Walking tour of the Fort Cochin area. Optional evening Kathakali dance show. (B)

Day 8 Board a Keralan houseboat for a backwaters cruise and lunch. Overnight at the 4-star Lake Canopy in Alleppey. (B, L)

Day 9 Drive to Periyar (4 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Cardamom County. Optional Kalaraipayattu martial art show. (B)

Day 10 Morning boat ride in Periyar National Park. Travel to Madurai (5 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star Fortune Pandiyan. (B)

Day 11 Visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace and take a rickshaw ride to Meenakshi Temple. Visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum. (B)

Day 12 Travel to Tanjore (3 hrs) to visit Brihadeeshwara Temple. Overnight at the 4-star ‘CGH Earth’ Mantra Koodam in Kumbakonam. (B, D)

Day 13 Travel to Mahabalipuram (6 hrs) via colonial Pondicherry and visit its museum. Visit the Shore Temple. Two nights at the 4-star WelcomHotel Kences Palm Beach. (B)

Day 14 Morning visit to the temples of Mahabalipuram. Optional visit to Kanchipuram, a city of 1,000 temples (£35, bookable locally). (B)

Day 15 Travel to Chennai for a city tour. Overnight at the 4-star Hablis Hotel. (B, D)

Day 16 Early morning return flight.

 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This itinerary includes some walking over uneven ground and temple visits with shoes removed.

The Rail Museum in Mysore is temporarily closed for renovation work. Alternative visit to Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna until the Rail Museum reopens.

2019

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

Date Price
October 11 £1995
October 25 £1995
November 15 £1995

2020

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

Date Price
January 10 £1995
January 24 £1995
February 7 £2045
February 21 £2045
March 13 £1895
October 9 £2045
October 23 £2045
November 6 £2045

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £545

Flight Options

London-Bangalore/Chennai-London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £795
British Airways Club World from £2195

Extension Options

Extra nights – Bangalore 
Fairfield by Marriott (per night) £45 
Single supplement £29
Optional Bangalore sightseeing £37
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Extra nights – Chennai
Hablis Hotel (per night) £45
Single supplement £35
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Privately Guided

2 guests - £695 per person
3-4 guests - £345 per person
5-9 guests - £155 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £650
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 14 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 3 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 fee, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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