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Spice of the South

Small group tour
14 days - From £3148*PP

Travel the lush landscapes and experience the unique cultural riches of India's south. Wander incense-laden markets and fragrant tea plantations, and marvel at the sight of India's greatest remaining elephant herds as you explore the jungles of Nagarhole. Be enchanted by the tranquil backwaters stretching languidly across the tropical Kerala lowlands, the tea-growing highlands of the Nilgiris and charming, spice-filled Fort Cochin.

Inclusions

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 jeep safaris
  • 3 boat trips
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees (not including camera fees)
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • return transfers.

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JANUARY 15th
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JANUARY 29th
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£3328*

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OCTOBER 22nd
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2017

DAYS 1-3: BANGALORE & MYSORE
On arrival in Bangalore, transfer to your hotel. Take a short walk in the beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Gardens before the drive to Mysore, stopping for a delicious traditional thali for lunch. A cultured and quiet town famous for its silk and sandalwood, discover Mysore on a special heritage walk conducted by a local expert guide which includes the famous Devarajah Market with its colourful dye powders and essential oils. Also visit the ornate temple of Somnathpur and admire the grandeur of the extravagant Maharajah's Palace. In the afternoon you might like to visit Chamundi Hill for city views.

Hotel: The Chancery
Hotel: Royal Orchid Metropole Mysore        

DAYS 4-7: NAGARHOLE & COONOOR
Roaming the forested ranges and waterways of Nagarhole National Park are the largest remaining herds of Indian Elephants. From our delightful lakeside lodge, seek out these incredible animals by boat and jeep safaris, and watch for tigers and other rare wildlife. A long day’s drive takes you into the resplendent Nilgiri Hills and experience the distinctly British air of quirky hill station, Coonoor. Experience the magic of India’s heritage trains with a ride on the famous Nilgiri Queen 'toy train' to Ooty, and visit St Stephens and the view from Doddabetta Peak, passing the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Hotel: The Serai Kabini
Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Church Road

DAYS 8-9: MUNNAR
Admire tropical mountain scenery on your way to Munnar, with dramatic views across thriving tea plantations, and stay in the midst of this superb hill country scenery surrounded by forest and cardamom plantations. Learn about tea cultivation at the Tea Museum, visit the Shrishti project and enjoy a hill safari through tropical gardens.

Hotel: Spice Tree Munnar

DAYS 10-11: KUMARAKOM & THE KERALA BACKWATERS
Return to the tropical lowlands and serene Kumarakom. Drift along a tropical canal by small boat to your resort perched on the edge of Vembanad Lake. Enjoy a free day of relaxation lakeside, with your only scheduled activities a short afternoon cooking demonstration of Keralan delicacies followed by sundowners.

Hotel: Coconut Lagoon

DAYS 12-14: COCHIN
Board your traditional kettuvalayam, an iconic local houseboat, and cruise the idyllic backwaters surrounded by lush, tropical scenery. Dine on a delicious lunch on board before alighting at Allepey for the drive to historic Cochin. Explore its sites on foot, including the iconic Chinese fishing nets, St Francis Church and the synagogue. Immerse yourself in Keralan culture with a traditional dance demonstration, and enjoy a sunset cruise then dinner on your final night. In the morning, transfer to the airport.

Hotel: Fragrant Nature Kochi

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Spice of the South reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Accommodation
8.0
Content of holiday
9.3
Tour leader, if applicable
10.0
Local guide(s)
9.0
Value for money
9.3
Overall rating
9.0
Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

Michael

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Great local tour leader and driver. All hotels on the journey were really good some excellent. A sensible balance between seeing the sights and relaxing. Our second tour with Insider Journeys and we look forward to another soon.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed traveller: 01 February 2016
Published on: 30 April 2016
9 out of 10

David

Bristol uk Couple
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Nancia our tour leader, was great. I have been on many tours and I think she is the best we have had.
The Driver and his Mate were also the very best.
Most of the local guides were great as were all but one of the hotels
The first hotel was not very good and not very clean.

The local guide who took us on a walk around Mysore knew a lot and the local market was great, but she did go on about a lot of dates and local history in to much depth, I began to loose the will to live, but she was a very nice person.
Confirmed traveller: 18 January 2016
Published on: 15 February 2016
8 out of 10

Nick

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Excellent variety. Good pace and good accommodation. Excellent driver.
Bangalore hotel could be improved. We would have preferred to know the number on the tour prior to departure (4 persons).
Confirmed traveller: 07 December 2015
Published on: 16 December 2015

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