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The Splendours Of South India

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Overview

Composed of the five states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry  and Telangana, South India is a glistening paradise of World Heritage Sites, ancient history and pearlescent coastlines – a real feast for the senses. 

Our exclusive two-week stay will see you venture to a range of the region’s must-sees – from picture-perfect Pondicherry to mesmerizing Mysore, soaking up natural wonders and cultural gems during jam-packed sightseeing tours and thrilling excursions (including a bullock cart ride, cooking demonstration and jeep safari).  

Spend the first half of your getaway in Bangalore, Mysore, Kabini and Coonoor – each one wildly different and unique. 

Mysore is an eclectic hub and home to the opulent Mysore Palace and centuries-old, spice-scented Devaraja Market. Visit the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Chamundeshwari Temple and feast your eyes upon the beauty of Brindavan Gardens. 

Then, spend a night at a critter-filled jungle resort in Kabini. Go on a safari through this impressive sanctuary spanning a whopping 55 acres before proceeding to the emerald-hued hill station of Coonoor in the state of Tamil Nadu – known for its bright green undulating landscapes and tea plantations (which you’ll have ample time to explore). 

For the second part of your trip, you’ll be whisked off to Madurai, Kumbakonam and Pondicherry. Your time in Madurai (an ancient city on the Vaigai River) will be spent visiting the Gandhi Museum and marveling at the techni coloured, awe-inspiring Meenakshi Amman Temple – a real treat to behold. 

And then in Kumbakonam, enjoy a rip-roaring bullock ride before making your way to Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a striking French colonial settlement. Meander along the seaside promenade, fringed by the Bay of Bengal, and pass by the Gandhi Memorial statue standing proud at four metres high. 

Lastly, you’ll spend three nights at a beach resort in Mamallapuram – a beautiful slice of paradise sitting between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake. 

Known for its temples and monuments dating back to the Pallava dynasty, Mamallapuram is a great place for sightseeing – but also equally great for relaxing and unwinding. Resting your head at a luxurious 4* beach resort, you’re free to laze about by the pool or frolic about in the ocean for hours upon hours.

Whats Included

A two-week tour 15 days of South India’s spellbinding sights and famous monuments

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 1 night accommodation in a Deluxe Room at the 4* St Mark’s Hotel Boutique hotel, Bangalore with breakfast & dinner
  • 2 nights’ stay in a Royal Room at the 4* Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel, Mysore with breakfast & dinner  
  • 1 night spent at the 4* Waterwoods Lodge Jungle Resort in Kabini on Full board basis
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the 4* Gateway Hotel by Taj in Coonoor ( Heritage Resort ) with breakfast & dinner
  • 2 nights’ stay in a Superior room at the 4* Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai with breakfast & dinner
  • 1 night spent in a Mantra Cottage at the 4* Mantra Koodam Heritage Resort, Kumbakonam with breakfast & dinner
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe/Studio room at the 4* Maison Perumal Heritage Bungalow, Pondicherry with breakfast & dinner
  • 3 nights’ stay in Garden View Room at the 4* Ideal Beach Resort in Mamallapuram with breakfast & dinner
  • Explore Srirangapatna Fort, an important historical site in Karnataka
  • See St Philomena’s Cathedral, one of India’s largest churches 
  • Visit Mysore Palace, one of the world’s most beautiful palaces
  • Go to the Railway Museum in Mysore and learn about the history of this mode of transport 
  • Discover Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, home to furniture and other time-worn artefacts 
  • Climb Chamundi Hill for superlative views of the city
  • Marvel at the sacred Chamundeshwari Temple
  • Feast your eyes on the flora and fauna of Brindavan Gardens
  • Visit the famous Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, measuring a whopping 55 acres  
  • Breathe in the scenery during a jeep safari/boat ride through Kabini Forest (fees included) boat ride or Jeep ride once during the stay Subject to weather conditions 
  • Explore Coonoor’s most famous tea plantation 
  • Head off on a nature walk in Coonoor 
  • Discover the sprawling botanical garden of Sim’s Park
  • Go to Dolphin’s Nose, a vantage point offering panoramic views of the surroundings
  • Whizz across the plains of South India from Coonoor to Ooty on a UNESCO mountain train 
  • Discover Ooty’s Botanical Garden, spanning over 55 hectares
  • Visit the Gandhi Museum in Madurai
  • Marvel at Meenakshi Amman Temple, one of India’s oldest temples 
  • See Alagarkoil Temple, nestled in the Alagar Hills 
  • Feast your eyes on the opulent Thanjavur Palace
  • Explore Brihadisvara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See Airavatesvara temple, another World Heritage Site dating back to the 12th century 
  • Take a bullock cart ride in Kumbakonam (subject to availability and weather) needs to be added in the itinerary 
  • Visit Matrimandir, a spiritual space in Pondicherry and important for the practice of yoga
  • Discover the spiritual community of Sri Aurobindo Ashram 
  • Gaze up at the imposing French War Memorial
  • Wander around Our Lady of Angels Church and see the oil painting of Our Lady of the Assumption
  • Visit the White Town with its popular shopping market 
  • Head to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an elegant church 
  • Stroll along Pondicherry’s seaside promenade, a bustling 1.5 km stretch of sand
  • Put your skills to the test during a cooking demo in Pondicherry
  • Discover the Grand Bazar of Pondicherry
  • Go shopping and sightseeing in Pondicherry
  • Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver 
  • Benefit from English-speaking guides in Mysore, Madurai, Pondicherry and Mamallapuram
  • Entrance fees to monuments and sights 
  • All applicable taxes

Highlights

Jam-packed excursions to Mysore, Madurai and Pondicherry, coupled with 4* hotel Heritage & Boutique Hotels & Resorts!

  • Revel in the sights and delights of the city of Mysore - with visits to Mysore Palace, Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery,Chamundi Hill & Rail museum  and the delightful Brindavan Gardens.
  • Visit the 55-acre Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary and stay in the jungle resort for a night – keeping your eyes peeled for long-tailed critters and sharp-toothed beasts such as leopards and panthers…you can add Elephants& Tigers  
  • Visit the verdant hill station of Coonoor – brimming with tea plantations, sprawling gardens and vantage points with views of the spellbinding Catherine Falls
  • Take a sightseeing tour of picture-perfect Pondicherry, with visits to its thronging seaside promenade, the Grand Bazar, Pondicherry Museum and French War Memorial
  • Soak up South India’s stunning landscapes during a UNESCO mountain train ride from Coonoor to Ooty
  • Relax and unwind in the tropical paradise of Mamallapuram – you’ll be staying at a luxurious 4* beach resort, meaning there’s ample time for rest and relaxation.
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