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16 days from £1496

International flights NOT included

Discover the stunning temple-cities, extravagant palaces, atmospheric hill stations and lush tropical backwaters of this unique region



 Recommended flight from London: British Airways from London Heathrow (see below).  If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.



For a detailed day-by-day description, with a summary of what's included, please click on the PDF (above right)

DAY 1 - Arrive Bengalaru.  Rest of day free

DAY 2 – By road to Mysore.  Afternoon sightseeing in Mysore.  (B)  See note at foot of page regarding accommodation in Mysore.

DAY 3 - Somnathpur, Srirangapatnam.   (B)

DAY 4 - Drive to 'Ooty'.  (B)

DAY 5 – Sightseeing in 'Ooty'.  (B)

DAY 6 - Drive to Kochi (Cochin).  (B,L)

DAY 7 - Morning sightseeing tour of Kochi.  Afternoon free.  (B)

DAY 8 - Drive to Kumarakom.  Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon.  (B,L,D)

DAY 9 – By boat and road to Thekkady.  (B,L,D)

DAY 10 - Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.  (B,L,D)

DAY 11 - Morning drive to Madurai.  Afternoon free.  (B)

DAY 12 - Morning sightseeing in Madurai.  Afternoon free.  (B)

DAY 13 - Fly to Chennai.  Afternoon sightseeing.  Drive to Covelong.  (B)

DAY 14 - Full day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram.  (B,L)

DAY 15 – At leisure in Covelong.  (B)

DAY 11 - Drive to Chennai Airport.  Depart.  (B)

Prices from £1496 (May to August) to around £2200 per person, according to the time of year, excluding international flights. 
The price we quote you at the time of booking is guaranteed. 

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International Flights.

We recommend the direct services of British Airways from London Heathrow to Bengaluru, returning from Chennai. Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Bengaluru.  Depart at 14.10; arrive Bengaluru at 05.00 (next day)
Chennai/Heathrow. Depart at 07.30; arrive Heathrow at 13.10


India Holidays - Mysore - The Lalitha Mahal PalaceACCOMMODATION IN MYSORE

According to most guidebooks and websites you will read, the 'best' hotel in Mysore is the historic Lalitha Mahal Palace (left), a splendid building dating from 1931.  This government-run hotel, however, has consistently failed to provide acceptable levels of accommodation and service and we therefore use the Radisson Blu Plaza in the centre of the city. This pleasant modern 5 star hotel may lack the historic grandeur of the Lalitha Mahal, but the rooms are far better and the food and service are of a high standard.  We can still arrange for you to visit the Lalitha Mahal if you wish, perhaps for tea in the lounge at the end of your sightseeing.

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