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Kerala & the Southern Highlights

  • Duration
    18 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    $6,880pp
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Southern India offers an intensely tropical and laid-back experience compared to the north. Travel from its stunning hill stations to the tranquil backwaters on this in-depth journey.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 16 , Lunches: 15 , Dinners: 16
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    16 nights in 3/4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Kerala & the Southern Highlights tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Authentic Experiences

Our Kerala & the Southern Highlights Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are interested in travelling to the main sights of southern India. This tour includes travel on train, by road and a night on a houseboat, all of which will give a different perspective on the beautiful and exotic landscape of southern India.

  • Day 1
    Fly To Chennai
    Day 1: Fly To Chennai

    Fly to the city of Chennai and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Discover Mamallapuram
    Day 2: Discover Mamallapuram

    After breakfast and a tour introduction, you will travel to Mamallapuram. On arrival you will explore this coastal temple town, seeing the fascinating 7th and 8th-century rock carvings including the magnificent Shore Temple and the impressive Varaha Cave.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Chennai City
    Day 3: Chennai City

    Return to Chennai, formerly known as Madras. This city was developed as a British trading post and is home to a number of colonial sights. A city tour begins at the 13-kilometre Marina Beach before a stop at Fort St. George and the British-built St. Mary's Church. The final stop is the colourful Shiva Kapaleeswarar Temple.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Train To Bangalore
    Day 4: Train To Bangalore

    Rise early to catch the Shatabdi Express to the garden city of Bangalore, where you will enjoy an afternoon city tour to see the Bull Temple, Tipu Sultan's Palace and Vidhana Soudha.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Mysore
    Day 5: Mysore

    Head to Mysore, stopping at Srirangapatna Fort en route. Visit the magnificent Maharaja's Palace and drive to Chamundi Hill to admire the 12th-century Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and Nandi Bull. Tonight, enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration hosted by a local family.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Coonoor Hill Station
    Day 6: Coonoor Hill Station

    Journey up into the cool climes of the Western Ghats to the beautiful hill station of Coonoor. Relax and appreciate the peace and natural splendour of this quaint town.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Ooty Mountain Railway
    Day 7: Ooty Mountain Railway

    All aboard the miniature, narrow gauge 'Toy Train' to Ooty, nicknamed the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. Upon arrival you will visit the botanical gardens and walk to a small village where you will gain insight into the lives of the local people, as well as having incredible views back over Ooty.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Travel To Coimbatore
    Day 8: Travel To Coimbatore

    Enjoy a city tour of Sim's Park in Coonoor this morning. It includes winding footpaths, gazebos and a dense forest. This afternoon continue on to Coimbatore and spend the night.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Munnar
    Day 9: Munnar

    Travel to Munnar, a hill station enveloped by lush tea plantations. In the afternoon visit a tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Travel To Thekkady
    Day 10: Travel To Thekkady

    Today explore Eravikulam National Park and have the opportunity to spot the local wildlife (closed Feb-Apr, when an alternative light trek will be available). Continue your journey to Thekkady, home of Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Periyar Wildlife Reserve
    Day 11: Periyar Wildlife Reserve

    Though designated as a Tiger Reserve in 1978, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is best known for its elephants. Take a walk through the reserve, keeping an eye out for its resident elephant population, as well as wild dogs, barking deer, mouse deer and the elusive Bengal tiger. Visit a spice village before enjoying a traditional kalaripayattu (martial art) show this evening.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Drive To Kochi
    Day 12: Drive To Kochi

    Travel to the coastal town of Kochi. This evening enjoy an exuberant Kathakali dance performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Explore Kochi
    Day 13: Explore Kochi

    Take a full day tour of Kochi. Start at St. Francis Church, the first European church built in India, before a visit to Santa Cruz Basilica, where you will have excellent views of Chinese fishing nets. Finish the day by admiring the synagogue in the heart of the Jewish Quarter.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Backwaters Cruising
    Day 14: Backwaters Cruising

    Travel to Kumarakom, stopping en route at Kumbalangi, a village created to highlight the lifestyle of fisher-folk in the area. Later board a houseboat, a converted rice barge known as a kettuvallam. Sit back and watch life on the water and the surrounding, untouched wilderness while cruising unhurriedly along the canals. A delicious dinner of traditional cuisine will be served on board and spend a comfortable night on the water.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Discover Trivandruma
    Day 15: Discover Trivandruma

    Have breakfast onboard before disembarking and heading for the beach town of Kovalam. Stop on the way in Kerala's capital Trivandrum to see the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Observatory and Sri Chitra Art Gallery.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16
    Relax In Kovalam
    Day 16: Relax In Kovalam

    This morning take a walking tour of the town and visit the lighthouse. The rest of the day is yours to relax or head to the beach, before a farewell dinner this evening.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 17-18
    Fly To Australia
    Days 17-18: Fly To Australia

    Transfer to Trivandrum and fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 3
    Residency Hotel
    Residency Hotel
    The Residency Hotel is a short distance to the city’s corporate and shopping areas. The en-suite rooms feature modern amenities including, TV and and tea/coffee facilities. A breakfast buffet is served daily in the Spice Bar, which also offers lunch and dinner, with guests also having the option to order a la carte from the Chin Chin restaurant.
  • Night 1
    Adarsh Hamilton Hotel
    Adarsh Hamilton Hotel
    Situated in a quiet neighbourhood off Richmond Circle in the heart of Bangalore's Central Business District, Adarsh Hamilton Hotel offers luxurious en-suite rooms featuring modern amenities including, TV, tea/coffee facilities and a safety deposit box. Superb facilities include a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and fitness centre.
  • Nights 2
    The Gateway Hotel
    The Gateway Hotel
    The Gateway Hotel Conoor is a 5-minute walk from the City Centre. Elegant en-suite rooms at Gateway Conoor come with modern interiors and amenities including a TV and personal safe. This 4-star property features a restaurant, ayurvedic massage centre and air-conditioned rooms with views of the garden. The hotel also boasts a superb restaurant serving delicious international cuisines.
  • Night 1
    The Silvertips
    The Silvertips
    With its convenient location, The Silvertips hotel offers easy access to Munnar’s must-see destinations. The hotel features 60 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms, many of which include a balcony/terrace, complimentary bottled water, TV and a coffee/tea maker. The hotel also offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and spa.
  • Nights 2
    Cardamom County
    Cardamom County
    4* Cardamom County resort is conveniently perched on the gradient of a gently sloping hill facing the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Accommodation includes spacious en-suite rooms featuring modern amenities including a minibar, TV and fitted work desk. The hotel’s onsite restaurant is set by the open pool side, serving superb Indian, Continental and Chinese flavours.
  • Night 1
    AC Houseboat
    AC Houseboat
  • Casino Hotel Kochi
    Willingdon island, Kochi (Cochin) 682 003, India
    Casino Hotel Kochi
    Just a 10-minute ferry ride from Fort Cochin, the Casino Hotel combines relaxed Keralan style with modern comforts. There is an outdoor pool, gym, lounge and shop, whilst the restaurants serve Indian, Chinese and continental cuisine and specialise in fresh fish dishes. There is also free Wi-Fi and an Ayurveda massage service. Bedrooms are bright and spacious with typically Keralan aspects and offer air conditioning, safe, minibar, television and en suite bathroom.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 22mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 24°c
  • 5mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 18mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 23mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 21mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 2mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 26°c
  • 13mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 29mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 29°c
  • 15mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 47mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 31mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 40mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 8mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 30°c
  • 48mm
  • Munnar
  • 21°c
  • 129mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 95mm
  • Kovalam
  • 29°c
  • 119mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 44mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 29°c
  • 71mm
  • Munnar
  • 21°c
  • 189mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 283mm
  • Kovalam
  • 28°c
  • 210mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 56mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 27mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 420mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 706mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 341mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 31°c
  • 100mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 36mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 583mm
  • Kochi
  • 26°c
  • 594mm
  • Kovalam
  • 26°c
  • 239mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 140mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 36mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 364mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 403mm
  • Kovalam
  • 26°c
  • 156mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 137mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 74mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 210mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 280mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 175mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 279mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 27°c
  • 123mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 253mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 320mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 268mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 407mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 25°c
  • 122mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 164mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 175mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 192mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 191mm
  • Coimbatore
  • 24°c
  • 46mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 64mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 43mm
  • Kovalam
  • 27°c
  • 69mm
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Kerala & the Southern Highlights map

Places Visited: Australia - Chennai (1N+1N) - Bangalore (1N) - Mysore (1N) - Coonoor (2N) - Ooty - Coimbatore (1N) - Munnar (1N) - Thekaddy (2N) - Kochi (2N) - Houseboat (1N) - Kovalam (2N) - Trivandrum - Australia

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