- Bangalore (Bengaluru)
- Marari Beach
See one of India's most astonishing palaces at Mysore.
Take the Blue Mountain Railway through the Nilgiri Hills from Ooty.
Enjoy tranquil Cochin and its colonial heritage.
Explore life in the Backwaters.
Relax for a few days on the beach.
What our specialists say...
This extensive India tour takes in the three key south Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, taking in all of the highlights as well as some lesser visited gems. Explore the palaces of regal Mysore before enjoying the scenery along the Blue Mountain Railway of colonial Ooty. Take the train to the coast to explore the markets and fish nets of Cochin before unwinding on board your Houseboat through the tranquil Backwaters. Finish with a few relaxing days on the beach with opportunities to try yoga or ocean-side cooking lessons.
We recommend this trip for:
- Bangalore (Bengaluru)
- Marari Beach
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Day 1 Mysore
Arriving into Bangalore Airport, meet your Audley representative who will introduce you to your private driver who will be with you for the duration of your trip. You'll start your trip today by transferring to your first hotel in Mysore which is a three hour drive away.
Day 2 Mysore
Enjoy a private tour of historic Mysore today with a local guide. See the City Palace and markets before visiting the Forts of Sri Rangapatnam as well as the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. You might like to visit the city palace this evening to see the Illuminations, a nightly light show with more than 100,000 bulbs. Starting at 7pm, it attracts many Indian holiday makers as well as international visitors, making it a lively, festival atmosphere.
Day 3 Ooty
Drive to the colonial hill station of Ooty today on this three hour drive up into the Nilgiri Hills. Your driver can stop for you to take photos along the way if you wish. A 19th century British hill station, the town has some interesting colonial buildings and a booming tea industry. You might like to take a tea tour or a guided walk through the surrounding plantations.
Day 4 Mettupalayam
Ooty , Mettupalayam
Today travel to the town of Mettupalayam on the Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway. A diesel train will firstly take you to Coonor where you'll connect to a steam engine - it's then a dramatic descent from tea plantations to the subtropical jungle below. You have a guide on hand to make sure your journey runs smoothly. On arrival at your final station, your driver will be there to meet you and drive to your hotel to relax. The train times can vary but the overall journey tends to last about four hours.
Day 5 Cochin
Mettupalayam , Coimbatore , Cochin
This morning you have time free to relax at your hotel. You might like to take a cooking lesson or a tour of the hotel's spice garden. This afternoon drive to the station by private transfer to catch the afternoon train to Cochin. The three hour route passes right along the Malabar coast, finishing near Cochin's imposing fort. Meet your driver on arrival at the station before being driven to your hotel.
Day 6 Cochin
Today explore Cochin on a private tour with a local guide. This is an attractive city which is spread over a number of interlinked islands, making it particularly picturesque. Highlights of Cochin include the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica. Finish your tour by taking a walk to see the iconic Chinese fishing nets and hopefully see some in action.
Day 7 Backwaters
This morning you will take a short drive of approximately two hours to Alleppey, where you will board a traditional rice barge and cruise along the Backwater canals overnight. This evening you can enjoy dinner on-board, cooked by your private chef.
Day 8 Marari Beach
Disembark your houseboat this morning after breakfast to be met by your driver. Drive the short one hour drive to Marari Beach for a few days' relaxation to end your trip. You might like to take a walk along the beach, or take a dip in the pool this afternoon.
Day 9 Marari Beach
Day 10 Return home
This morning you will be driven by private transfer the three hour drive to Cochin Airport to catch your onwards flight.
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