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On this private India trip, explore unique and diverse landscapes in the south of the country. Begin your trip at cosmopolitan Bangalore and continue on to the historic city of Mysore to discover the grand royal palace on a customized tour. Nearby, take a jungle safari in Nagarhole National Park where you can spot a host of wildlife including tigers, bears, antelopes, and elephants. Up in the hills of Wayanad explore scenic plantation trails and lakes on a private cycling tour with a local expert. Afterward, travel to Cochin where you can experience a traditional dance performance by local artists. Next, it’s time to unwind on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala aboard a luxury houseboat and then spend time soaking up the sun on the pristine beaches of Mararikulam.

This South India tour can be tailored to your exact wishes and interests. Get in touch with us today for your private and obligation-free trip itinerary.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2BangaloreThe Bull Temple, Bangalore Palace, Vishwesharaiya MuseumThe Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore, The Taj West End
2 - 4MysoreMaharajahas Palace, Chamundi Hills, Vrindavan gardens, Ranganathittu Bird SanctuaryRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore, Royal Orchid Metropole
4 - 6NagarholeJungle Safaris, Elephants, Bisons, Relaxation, Village VisitsKabini River Lodges, The Serai Kabini
6 - 8WayanadPlantations, Nature Trails, Jungle Walks, Trekking, TreehousesWayanad Wild, Amaryllis
8 - 10CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry & Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Kochi-Muziris BiennaleEighth Bastion, Xandari Harbour
10 - 11Backwaters of KeralaLagoons & Lake, Houseboat Cruise, Village Life & Local CultureSpice Coast Cruise, Punnamada Backwater Resort
11 - 14MararikulamPristine Beach, Village LifeA Beach Symphony, Marari Beach Resort
14 - 14CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry & Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Kochi-Muziris Biennale

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  • Heritage
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  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International arrival

We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel

Bangalore

1 Night

Bengaluru, India’s answer to Silicon Valley, was ranked third in 2012 amongst the list of world’s top ten cities to visit by Lonely Planet! Formerly a ‘pensioners paradise’, the bustling city sits high above sea-level, and is blessed with pleasant weather all year round.

Included Activities

Highlights of Bangalore
Experience historic landmarks amidst the cosmopolitan chic. Venture to 16th century blackened Dodda Ganeshana Gudi (Bull Temple) dedicated to the sacred bull Nandi. Venture to the imposing Vidhana Soudha, a Neo-Dravidian building that houses the seat of state legislature. Tour Bangalore Palace, still owned and inhabited by the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. Visit Bangalore’s British colonial gardens – Lal Bagh, which includes a Victorian glasshouse replica of London’s original Crystal Palace, and Cubbon Park. Explore Tipu Sultan’s Fort and Palace, and the Government Museum, one of the oldest museums in India and home to many artifacts from the Neolithic period.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
The Taj West End – Opt 2
RoomLuxury Grand
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 2 - 4

Drive from Bangalore to Mysore via Srirangapatna (150 km, 3.5 hrs)

Mysore

2 Nights

Mysore provides you with an opportunity to step back in time into a world of regal opulence, and is often described as the City of Palaces.

Included Activities

Day Trip to Tippu Sultan’s Srirangapatna
Discover Tipu Sultan’s historic city! En route to Mysore, embark on a tour of Srirangapatna, which was once the historic capital of a powerful empire and dates back to around 9th century The island fortress town offers plenty of attractions for history buffs, from temples and mosques, to palaces and cenotaphs (tombs). Explore the exquisite three-layered stone wall of the fort with its bastions and gates, which protected the rulers from many an invasion and is still an emblem of a glorious bygone era. Stop by the banks of Cauvery River and witness stunning views of the natural landscape.

Highlights of Mysore
Return to the regal era at Mysore! Visit the Maharajah’s Palace which artistically blends Indo-Saracenic style with foreign elements such as Scottish steel and Victorian-Edwardian era furniture. Every Sunday, visitors gather to to see the palace brightly lit up. Drive up to the Chamundi Hills to be blessed alongside hundreds of jubilant pilgrims at the Chamundeshwari Temple. On your way back, visit Sri Nandi Temple to be blessed by Hindu God Lord Shiva’s faithful gatekeeper Nandi, the decorated bull. Guide your steps towards the Famous Jagmohan Palace where exquisite artwork awaits you at the Raja Ravi Verma Gallery. Tour the scenic Brindavan Gardens which is built alongside a dam on the Kaveri River. There is also opportunity to meet master weavers at a silk factory close at hand. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Mysore Palace is only light up at night on Sundays; Please bring socks as footwear is not permitted inside temples)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomRoyal Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Mysore to Nagarhole (90 km, 2.5 hrs)

Nagarhole

2 Nights

Nagahole National Park calls you into the wild! A haven for nature lovers, the park starts within the foothills of the Western Ghats, and heads into low undulating hills through to stretches of wild grass.

Included Activities

Shared Canter Safari in Nagarhole
Go on the trail of the tiger! Nagarhole National Park is a sprawling never-never land that is positively teeming with wildlife! Almost 300 species of birds, gaur, Indian bison, spotted deer, sambar, langur, fierce wild dogs, and a variety of big cats call Nagarhole home, which you can have fun spotting during your wildlife safari. You might see several hordes of grand Asiatic elephants ambling around. The crowning glory of Nagarhole? Its population of majestic and mysterious tigers! If you are lucky, with the help of your expert naturalist, you might witness one of these delightful creatures in their natural habitat during your morning and afternoon safaris. Kindly note that these safaris are arranged using a canter.( Shared Activity)

Hotel Options
RoomCottage
MealsFull Board & Safari
StyleLodge
The Serai Kabini – Opt 2
RoomWaterfront Verandahs
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleResort
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Nagarhole to Wayanad / Vythiri (90 km, 2 hrs)

Wayanad

2 Nights

Wayanad is your natural mountainous paradise where you can experience an earthy hospitality.

Included Activities

A Slice of Wayanad
Embark on a half day cycling activity to discover Wayanad. A series of 10-15 km trails lets you explore a slice of the cultural hotspots of Southern Wayanad, the more genteel and settled areas of this district. Journey through the shimmering green landscape, with one of the trails leading to the expansive blue water body at the Karapuzha lake. Stop at many points of interest along the way – small yet renowned temples, an NGO supporting hundreds of local women, a biodiversity research station and a tribal hamlet. Enjoy the many chances to interact with the local people and savor traditional delicacies along the way.(Half Day; Duration: 5 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
Wayanad Wild – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsFull Board
StyleBoutique
Amaryllis – Opt 2
RoomGarden Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
Day 8 - 10

Drive from Wayanad to Cochin (310 km, 8.5 hrs)

Cochin

2 Nights

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Included Activities

Fort Kochi on Foot
Enjoy a stroll through Fort Kochi, on colonial streets lined with old buildings and rain trees, admiring contemporary street art on crumbling facades. Make your way to the Cheenavala – a row of Chinese fishing nets in use for over five centuries, overlooking the waters near Vasco da Gama square. Inextricably linked to Fort Kochi, the sight of the nets against the setting sun and the waters of the Arabian sea make for some unforgettable images. Observe the action at dusk or dawn as fishermen operate these fixed land installations made of bamboo and timber. Next up, visit St Francis Church, among the oldest European churches in India with architectural influences from the Portuguese. Step inside to view the wooden interiors and gabled timber roof, where famous explorer Vasco da Gama is buried. End your tour with a visit to Santa Cruz Basilica, with its two towering spires and white-washed exteriors, marveling at the Gothic style interiors, stained glass windows, and beautiful murals. (Half Day; Time: Mornings or Late afternoon; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Dances of Kerala: A Cultural Evening
Discover the art and culture of Kerala. Spend an evening at the Greenix Village in Cochin where you can enjoy a special performance of some of Kerala’s most celebrated dance forms. Learn the complex rhythm and artistic skills of popular classical dance forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam, performed by trained dancers over a period of two hours. The most famous and popular of these is Kathakali – a harmonious blend of dance, drama, music, literature and painting. Observe the detailed make up, grand costumes and intricate gestures which characterize this art form. (Half Day, Evening Activity & Transfer; Duration: 2.5 hours, from 1700 hrs to 1930 hrs including observing performer’s makeup session)

Hotel Options
Eighth Bastion – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Xandari Harbour – Opt 2
RoomSpice Room
MealsFull Board
StyleBoutique
Day 10 - 11

Drive from Cochin to Backwaters (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Backwaters of Kerala

1 Night

Kerala’s famous backwaters are a labyrinthine network of tree-fringed lagoons, idyllic lakes, and river systems, running parallel to the Arabian Sea along the Malabar coast.

Hotel Options
RoomOne Bed Room
MealsFull Board
StyleHouseboat
RoomGarden View Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 11 - 14

Drive from Backwaters to Mararikulam (35 km, 0.5 h)

Mararikulam

3 Nights

Mararikulam located a short drive from the town of Alleppey, epitomizes the tropical dream with its pristine white sands and crystal clear waters.

Hotel Options
A Beach Symphony – Opt 1
RoomCottage
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
RoomGarden Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 14 - 14

Drive from Mararikulam to Cochin Airport (75 km, 2 hrs)

Cochin

0 Nights

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,790 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 3,990 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 14 days / 13 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Bangalore: Highlights of Bangalore
    • Mysore: Day Trip to Tippu Sultan’s Srirangapatna
    • Mysore: Highlights of Mysore
    • Nagarhole: Shared Canter safari in Nagarhole
    • Wayanad: A Slice of Wayanad
    • Cochin: Fort Kochi on Foot
    • Cochin: Dances of Kerala: A Cultural Evening
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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What our guests say about this trip

Our trip was extra-ordinary. In our many years of travel, we have never before experience the level of care and guidance we felt with this trip. Each day became an adventure to look forward to with all the little extras provided by our driver and guides. This trip catered to our very specific interests in this way and helped to make this trip so very special.

– Alice and James Newton
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Highlights of South India

14 days $ 3,790 / person

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