India

Classic Tour

South India Coast to Coast

Summary

Type: Classic Tour

Duration: 16 Days

Best Time to Travel: September – March

Places you'll discover

Alleppey
Chennai
Cochin
Coonoor
Kovalam
Kumarakom
Mahabalipuram
Mudumalai
Munnar
Mysore
Ooty



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    South India Coast to Coast - Itinerary

    Begin on the Coromandel Coast with the fascinating shore temples before travelling west to Mysore, the city of palaces. Breathe in the panoramic views of the Nilgiri Hills and their tea terraces before stepping back in time at the former hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor. Enjoy a wonderful narrow gauge train ride down the valley. Arrive on the west coast and Cochin, steeped in history as a former hub for the spice trade. Round off the trip with a night aboard a Kerala houseboat in ‘God’s Own Country’.

    Day 1

    Arrive Chennai – Mahabalipuram

    In the morning

    Arrive at Chennai International Airport where you will be met and welcomed by your Indian guide. Transfer to the Coromandel Coast and the Grande Bay Resort.



    Day 2

    Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram
    In the morning

    In the morning we visit Mamammapuram with its UNESCO World Heritage listed monuments – most notably the Five Rathas, Sea Shore Temple and Arjuna’s Penance with its wonderful bas-reliefs covering two huge boulders.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Mahabalipuram – Chennai

    Mahabalipuram – Chennai
    In the morning

    Explore this vast city including the Fort St. George Museum. Also visit Marina Beach, the 16th century Kapalishwara Temple and St. Thomas Cathedral.

    In the afternoon

    Check in to our hotel The Lemon Tree.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Chennai – Mysore

    Chennai – Mysore
    In the morning

    We have an early start to catch the Shatabdi Express train to Mysore.

    In the afternoon

    Arriving in Mysore we check in to our hotel, Sandesh the Prince. Often referred to as the City of Palaces, Mysore exudes charm. It has thronging markets, a rich noble heritage and is renowned for its sandalwood, incense and silk.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Mysore

    In the morning

    After breakfast stroll through colorful Devaraja Market followed by magnificent Mysore Maharaja Palace.

    In the afternoon

    We head up to Chamundi Hill for panoramic views of the city and the hilltop temple dedicated to the goddess, Chamundi. Stop at the huge statue dedicated to Nandi, the bull of Lord Shiva.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Mysore – Mudumalai

    Mysore – Mudumalai
    In the morning

    Today head to the foothills of the Nilgiris to Mudumalai National Park, one of the best places to spot wildlife in Tamil Nadu.

    In the afternoon

    We take a jeep safari in to park in the late afternoon when the animals are at their most active before arriving at our hotel Jungle Retreat.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Mudumalai – Ooty – Coonoor

    In the morning

    Depart for the cool climate of Ooty hill station, high up in the Nilgiri Hills. Visit the Botanical Gardens.

    In the afternoon

    From Ooty take the narrow gauge railway down the valley to Coonoor passing through virgin forest and tea plantations. Check in to the Taj Gateway Hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Coonoor – Cochin

    In the morning

    Today continue to Cochin with its rich colonial history (Fort Kochi is the oldest European township in India).

    In the afternoon

    We arrive in the mid afternoon and check in to our hotel – Hotel No. 18.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Cochin

    Cochin
    In the morning

    Free time to relax.

    In the afternoon

    We have a tour of Fort Kochi with visits to The Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, the 16th century Santa Cruz Basilica, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets.

    In the evening

    In the evening, enjoy a Kathakali dance show – the traditional Keralan dance where the characters use larger than life gestures, wear outrageous costumes and dramatic make up.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Cochin – Munnar

    In the morning

    We drive to Munnar, a hill station 1,600m above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned.

    In the afternoon

    We visit a tea museum and some tea estates sampling some of the produce.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Munnar – Kumarakom

    Munnar – Kumarakom
    In the morning

    Free time to relax.

    In the afternoon

    Following breakfast drive to the quaint village of Kumarakom – a cluster of tiny islands surrounded by a labyrinth of tropical waterways.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 12

    Kumarakom – Alleppey

    In the morning

    We leave for Alleppey. Noted for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry, Alleppey is also home to Kuttanad – the Rice Bowl of Kerala, which is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

    In the afternoon

    We board our house boat for a cruise around ‘God’s Own Country’ and lunch and dinner will be served on board.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 13

    Alleppey – Kovalam

    In the morning

    After breakfast on board disembark and drive to Kovalam with its three crescent shaped beaches lined by lush palm groves. Our hotel is the Travancore Heritage Hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day
    14 & 15

    Kovalam

    Kovalam
    In the morning

    Two whole days to relax unwind and enjoy Kovalam.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 16

    Kovalam – Trivandrum

    In the morning

    A departure transfer will take you to Trivandrum airport for your onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share
    • Private transportation by car/ minivan
    • Experienced English speaking Indian guide
    • Drinking water in car / minivan
    • Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in itinerary (full board on house boat)
    • Kathakali dance performance in Cochin
    • Ooty toy train ride
    • Jeep safari in Mudumalai National Park
    • Train from Chennai to Mysore
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • Indian visa
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc
    • Tips and gratuities

    South India Coast to Coast Summary

    Details

    Type: Classic

    Duration: 16 Days

    Best Time to Travel: September – March

    Places you'll discover

    Alleppey
    Chennai
    Cochin
    Coonoor
    Kovalam
    Kumarakom
    Mahabalipuram
    Mudumalai
    Munnar
    Mysore
    Ooty
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    £949
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

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