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Great Southern Getaway

15 days  |  Chennai to Kochi  |  from USD $5,939

Discover exotic stone carved temples, princely palaces and colonial hill stations. Take a train journey on the scenic Blue Mountain Railway, cruise the backwaters of Kochi and spot elephant from your jungle hide-away at both Mudumalai and Nagarhole National Parks.

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Day 1

Arrive Chennai airport and transfer to the seaside town of Mahabalipuram. Situated on the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram offers long white sand beaches and some of the best archeological sites to be found in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Overnight: Mahabalipuram

Day 2

Mahabalipuram - Coonoor. Touring the town’s sites to the rhythm of chisels chipping granite provides evidence of the strong stone carving traditions that have endured since the 8th century - Pallava dynasty. Visiting the beautiful ancient stone carved Shore Temple, presiding over the long, flat beach we discover high wall friezes, intricately carved bas reliefs and shrines dedicated to both Siva and Vishnu. It is also of interest to inspect the east facing alter designed to catch the rising sun and the large stone pillar with mountings to hold a beacon for sailors at night out at sea. Later we return to Chennai in time to board the Nilgari Express bound for Mettupalayam.
Overnight: Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3
The scenic blue mountain railway

Upon arrival to Mettupalayam we board the narrow guage Blue Mountain Railway toy train destined for Coonor. Operating since 1899, the Blue Mountain Railway with its blue and cream steam livery has chugged from Mettupalayam to Otty via Coonoor, negotiating 16 tunnels, 31 major bridges and climbing to 2193 metres. The charming 4 hour journey offers sweeping mountain views and breathtaking scenery. Upon arrival to Coonoor, transfer to hotel and afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Coonoor

Days 4-5

Coonor - Mudumalai - breakfast. Today we drive to the nearby Mudumalai National Park for a 2 night stay. Wake up each day with a foray of India’s great wildlife right at your doorstep. The 322 sq km predominantly deciduous forest is a sanctuary for Indian bison, Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaques (monkeys), peacock, jackel, hyena and a few tigers and leopards. The northern reaches of the park are home to one of the largest population of elephant in all of India. Over the following days enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris and in the evening retire to your jungle lodge equipped with all the mod-cons to make for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.
Overnight: Mudumalai National Park  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 6-7

Mudumalai NP - Mysore. This morning its goodbye to your jungle hideaway and onward travel to Mysore - the former capital of the princely state, ruled by Wodeyars dynasty royalty from 1399 - 1947. The city of former glory and grandeur, enchanted admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. After exploration we continue to Somnathpur, visiting the only complete temple of the Hoysala empire in the region. The small but exquisite Keseva Temple, dates from the 11th century. Day 7 offers a city tour of Mysore and visits to the island of Srirangapatnam and the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.
Overnight: Mysore  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 8-9

Mysore - Nagarhole NP. Today we drive west to Nagarhole National Park, once the Maharaja’s reserve forest turned national park in 1955. The park name, Nagarhole is derived from the Kannada word, naga meaning snake and hole meaning stream. True to its name Nagarhole is criss-crossed with serpentine streams. Covering gentle hills bordering Kerala, the area includes swampland, streams and tributaries, moist deciduous forest, stands of bamboo and valuable teak and rosewood trees. Spot Asian elephant, four horned antelope, flying squirrels and on occasion leopard and tiger. A jeep safari is offered on the afternoon of day 8. Day 9 - morning and afternoon safaris.
Overnight: Nagerhole NP  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 10
Sultan's Battery

Nagarhole NP - Sultan’s Battery. The Tipu Sultan of Mysore captured the Jain temple built here in the 18th century. It is said that the sultan took the site as a fort and ammunition store to prevent any attack by English warships entering the Gurpur River. The original temple, believed to have been built in the 13th century served the Jain as a shrine and a centre for commercial activity. This afternoon offers free time to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and gaze upon the bountiful bird life found in the area
Overnight: Sultan'sBattery  |  Breakfast

Days 11-12
Athirapally

Sultan’s Battery - Guruvayur - Athirapally. Taking the coast road most of the journey to Athirapally, stops are made at Krishna Temple and the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Stables. Krishna Temple is one of the most holiest sites in Kerala. The heaving Hindi pilgrimage centre is filled with stalls and thronged with devotees wanting to take darshan - a viewing with the deity. It is said to be one of the wealthiest temples in India, with a waiting list for the auspicious duty of lighting its oil lamps till 2025. Onward travel to Athirapally, blessed with a backdrop of lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls.
Overnight: Athirapally  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 13-14

Athirapally - Kochi. Arrive Kochi and hotel check in. This evening we take a cruise along the backwaters of Kochi. Day 14, offers a guided sightseeing tour with visits to the Parsi Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis’ Church and evening Kathakali dance performance.
Overnight: Kochi  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 15

Kochi - breakfast. Arrangements conclude after breakfast and onward transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Coastal Chennai - capital of Tamil Nadu
Coonoor Hill Station - mountain scenery, coffee and tea plantations
Mudumalai National Park - home to the endangered Indian elephant and the Bengal Tiger
Somnathpur - home to the famous Keseva Temple
Nagarhole National Park - tiger and elephant country
Guruvayur - famous Krishna Temple and Elephant Stables
Kochi - Parsi Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis’ Church
Mahabalipuram - Shore Temple and stone carvers since 8th century
UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountain Railway
Mysore - palaces, gardens and old world charm
Srirangapatnam Island & Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Sultan’s Battery - abandoned Jain Temple
Athirapally lush rainforest and cascasing waterfalls.

Included

13 breakfasts (excluding day 3), 5 lunches and 5 dinners
3 game drives - Mudumalai National Park
Visit to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Blue Mountain railway, toy train journey
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 15
Services of local English speaking specialist guides
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle
13 nights standard hotels (superior and deluxe available on request) 1 overnight train journey on the Nilgari Express
3 game drives - Nagarhole National Park
Evening cruise on the backwaters of Kochi
Kathakali dance performance
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Entrance fees to all relevant sights

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Great Southern Getaway - 15 days
USD $5939
USD $2989

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel i.e. during India’s peak travel season of 21 Dec - 10 Jan, additional supplements will apply. Equally, if you with to travel to India during the summer, rates will be cheaper than those quoted.. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

This itinerary is based upon standard accommodation. Superior and deluxe accommodation is available on request.

Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

Tour Details
Starts
Chennai
Ends
Kochi
Departs
Every day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 4