Grand Tour of South India
Launch into the sights, tastes, sounds, and smells of South India. Explore the colonial history of the region, travel through hill country by steam train, enjoy a tour on a tuk tuk, try out a traditional Ayurvedic massage and more.
Day 1: Bangalore You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Days 2 & 3: Bangalore > Mysore Enjoy a tour of the city, including the Indo-Islamic Summer Palace, Botanical Gardens, and more. Drive to Mysore. The next day, explore Srirangapatna Island on Kaveri River, the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan, and Mysore Palace. Sunset on Chamundi Hills.
Day 4: Mysore > Ooty Travel to Ooty, a beautiful hill station with charming British Raj era houses. Watch a magical sunset from atop Doddabetta Peak.
Day 5: Ooty > Coonoor > Coimbatore Morning cruise on Pykara Lake. Take a steam train to Coonoor.
Days 6 & 7: Coimbatore > Chennai Visit silk weavers this morning before your flight to Chennai.
Day 7: Chennai Explore colonial Madras of the British East India Company.
Day 8: Chennai > Mahabalipuram Drive to Mahabalipuram, an ancient seaport, for an historic tour.
Day 9: Mahabalipuram > Pondicherry Travel to Indo-French Pondicherry, established in 1674.
Day 10: Pondicherry Colonial heritage walk followed by a visit to Auroville, meditation class at an ashram and an Indo-French cooking class for dinner.
Day 11: Pondicherry > Trichy > Tanjore Drive to Tanjore via Trichy, a railway hub of the British Raj era.
Day 12: Tanjore > Madurai Visit Maratha Palace and join a Tanjore 22 carat gold painting tour. Travel to Madurai.
Days 13 & 14: Madurai > Kanyakumari > Kovalam A morning ceremony at Meenakshi Amman is followed by a tour before travelling to Kovalam via the southern tip of India. The next day, enjoy a beach day at leisure. Try an Ayurvedic massage.
Day 15: Kovalam > Alleppey Drive to Alleppey for an overnight Backwater Cruise.
Day 16: Alleppey > Periyar Arrive Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Try bamboo rafting on Periyar Lake and an easy trek to spot some of the wildlife.
Days 17 & 18: Periyar > Munnar Morning spice tour before driving to Munnar. The next day, enjoy a tea tour and tasting in one of the country's finest plantations.
Day 19: Munnar > Kochi Travel to one of South India's first European colonies, Kochi.
Days 20 & 21: Kochi Heritage walk in Old Kochi, tuk tuk ride and a spice tour. Later, a cooking class and dances. The next day, transfer to the airport.
• Tailor-made journey with English speaking local guides • 20 nights' accommodation • Transfers by air-conditioned car • Sightseeing and entrance fees • First class train tickets • 20 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners • Local taxes
Booking conditions Surcharges may apply over certain holidays, enquire for more information.
Surcharges may apply over certain holidays, enquire for more information.