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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
Highlights of South India
Mysore, Nagarhole National Park, Sultan's Battery, Tellicherry, Cochin, Munnar, Backwaters
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Wildlife
A 16 night trip taking in the highlights of India’s southern states. From the lush greenery of Kerala to the historic palaces of Karnataka, this is perfect for first time visitors to the south looking for a relaxing and culturally rewarding experience.
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Discover the delights of south India on this diverse 16 night itinerary that includes rolling hills, colonial treasures, game drives and serene waterways coupled some of our favourite boutique properties.
Starting in Mysore, this itinerary then takes you in search of wildlife in Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park, before heading into the Wayanad Hills to the small town of Sultan’s Battery. Next up is Kerala’s cosmopolitan port city of Cochin before exploring the verdant hills and plantations of Munnar. The trip comes to a very relaxing end on Kerala’s famed backwaters, a vast network of waterways, lakes and lagoons. One night will be spent on the iconic Keralan houseboat before discovering life on the banks of the backwaters at a wonderful boutique heritage property for the final three days of the trip.
Days 1 - 3 : Mysore, Karnataka, India
Stay at Gitanjali Homestay for 2 nights
After landing in Bangalore, you will be met by one of our representatives and driven approximately three and a half hours to Mysore, Karnataka’s ‘City of Palaces’. The following day will involve a private guided tour, visiting highlights including the splendid Mysore Palace and Mysore’s bustling market with over 700 stalls selling everything from natural incense to silk saris. That evening, enjoy a cooking class with a local family followed by a delicious dinner in their home. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only enjoy some wonderful south Indian cuisine, but also to gain an insight into local life. You will be staying at Gitanjali, a welcoming homestay just four kilometres from the centre of Mysore.
Days 3 - 5 : Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka, India
Stay at Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge for 2 nights
From Mysore, it is approximately a two hour drive to Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, a fantastic eco lodge in a beautiful setting next to the Kabini River. Whilst at Evolve Back Kabini, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives into nearby Nagarhole National Park, exploring the park’s rich tropical forests and vast open savannahs in search of Elephants, Wild Dogs, Chital and even the elusive leopard or tiger. Time between game drives can be spent relaxing at the lodge by the infinity pool, watching evening dance performances or enjoying day and night guided nature walks.
Days 5 - 7 : Sultan’s Battery, Kerala, India
Stay at Tranquil Resort for 2 nights
On the morning of day five, you will be driven approximately three hours to Tranquil Resort, a superb plantation hideaway nestled amongst the Wayanad jungles of northern Kerala. Your time at Tranquil is free to spend as you wish. There are 13 walking trails spanning the 400 acre plantation, a swimming pool and bird watching facilities to aid you in spotting the 127 bird species that inhabit the area. The attractions of Muthanga National Park and the Eddakal Caves are also within easy reach for those wishing to venture beyond the plantation.
Day 7 - 8 : Tellicherry, Kerala, India
Stay at Ayisha Manzil for 1 night
From Sultan’s Battery, you will be driven approximately three and a half hours to the small Indian fishing town of Tellicherry. You will be staying at Ayisha Manzil, a warm and welcoming homestay that offers serene views over the Arabian Sea from its clifftop position. That evening, enjoy a cooking class at Ayisha Manzil, a wonderful opportunity to try your hand at cooking (and tasting!) some authentic and delicious Malabar dishes. You may also have the chance to see a Theyyam dance, a visually stunning worship ritual involving large red headdresses and elaborate costumes that occurs irregularly between November and March.
Days 8 - 11 : Cochin, Kerala, Cochin
Stay at Old Harbour Hotel for 3 nights
Today, you will be driven to the train station in order to catch a six hour train to Cochin, a cosmopolitan city known for its diverse colonial influences. Spend the next three nights at Old Harbour, a small luxury hotel in the heart of colonial Cochin. Your first day in Cochin is spent exploring the delights of the city with a private specialist guide. Visit the famed Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church and the markets of Ernakluam before watching a Kathakali performance in the evening, a classic Indian dance drama known for its elaborate costumes and characters. Your second day in Cochin is at your leisure to explore as you wish. For those particularly interested in photography, a special tour of the city with a photographer guide can be arranged to help you capture on camera the colour and beauty of the city.
Days 11 - 13 : Munnar, India
Stay at Spice Tree for 2 nights
From Cochin, it is approximately a four hour drive to Munnar, a beautiful town in Kerala’s Western Ghats known for its rolling hills and verdant valleys. The next two nights will be spent at Spice Tree, a tranquil retreat with picturesque valley views located just outside of Munnar. Spend the following day explore Munnar’s tea and spice plantations, relaxing in the spring water pool that overlooks the Bison Valley and enjoying some delicious Keralan delicacies. There is also a strong focus on well-being at Spice Tree, with daily yoga and meditation classes and a herbal treatment spa.
Day 13 - 14 : Backwaters, Kerala, India
Stay at Houseboat Lakes and Lagoons for 1 night
The trip begins to draw to a close as you are driven approximately five hours to Kerala’s famed backwaters. Upon arrival, board your private houseboat and sit on deck as the boat gently meanders along the waterways, passing lush green paddy fields and small communities on the banks of the canals. That evening, enjoy a delicious meal on-board before retreating to your cabin for a night on the backwaters.
Days 14 - 17 : Backwaters, Kerala, India
Stay at Coconut Lagoon for 3 nights
On the morning of day 14, you will arrive at Coconut Lagoon to experience a couple of days amongst the rice paddies and coconut groves that line the water’s edge. Coconut Lagoon is a traditional heritage property on Vembanad lake, offering a great backwater experience as well as a relaxing end to a busy trip exploring south India. The following two days are free to spend how you wish. Perhaps enjoying boat rides, visits to wildlife sanctuaries, lake cruises at sunset, swimming in the large swimming pool or enjoying some relaxing spa treatments at the property’s Ayurvedic centre. Your south Indian adventure comes to an end on day 17, as you are driven to Cochin airport in time to board your flight back home.
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From $3865 per person
All meals and experiences as per itinerary
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.