Spice of the South India – 14 days

$ 4,695.00

Travel through lush landscapes and experience the unique cultural riches of India’s south. Wander Mysore’s incense-laden markets, visit fragrant tea plantations and marvel at the sight of India’s greatest remaining elephant herds as you explore the jungles of Nagarhole National Park. 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.

14 days itinerary showcase Bangalore, Mysore, Nagarhole National Park, Coonoor & Ooty, Pollachi, Munnar, The Backwaters, Cochin


Day 1 Bangalore
On arrival in Bangalore, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: The Chancery (or similar)

Day 2 Bangalore to Mysore (B/L)
Visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and drive to Mysore. En route, sample a south Indian vegetarian thali lunch.

Drive to Srirangapatnam and visit the Ranganathaswamy Fort before arriving in Mysore.

Royal Orchid Metropole Mysore (or similar)

Day 3 Mysore to Nagarhole National Park (B)
Walk around the Devaraja market, one of India’s liveliest with a fantastic range of products. Stop at a sweet shop to try some delicious local treats.

Visit the City Palace before driving onto Nagarhole National Park.

The Serai Kabini (or similar)

Day 4 Nagarhole National Park (B/L/D)
Nagarhole National Park is one of India’s lesser-known national parks.

Explore the jungle on a dawn jeep safari where you may see a tiger or leopard. Return to your hotel before taking an afternoon boat cruise on the Kabini Reservoir to see herds of Indian elephants.

Day 5 Nagarhole National Park to Coonoor (B)
On the way to Coonoor, drive through two national parks – Mudumalai and Bandipur.

Climb the Nilgiri Hills before arriving in Coonoor.

The Gateway Hotel Church Road (or similar)

Day 6 Coonoor (B)
From central Coonoor, ride on the Nilgiris Queen ‘toy train’ to Ooty, a former British hill station.

Visit St Stephen’s Church, Bee Museum and a family-run chocolate shop. Head out to Dodabetta Peak, offering views of the Nilgiris countryside then drive back to Coonoor.

Day 7 Coonoor to Pollachi (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to scenic Pollachi.

In the afternoon, experience ‘The Cotton Trail’, a unique tour of an organic cotton farm.

Spend the evening at leisure.

Coco Lagoon (or similar)

Day 8 Pollachi to Munnar (B)
Depart Pollachi for Munnar on a road journey through the mountains.

Spice Tree Munnar (or similar)

Day 9 Munnar (B)
Visit the Kannan Devan Tea Cooperative to learn about the tea-making process.

Stop at the Shristi Foundation, a local charity which helps the local tea community.

Spend the afternoon at leisure in your beautiful mountain retreat accommodation.

Day 10 Munnar to Kumarakom (B/L)
Continue to Kerala, stopping en route at a family-run pineapple and rubber plantation.

Tour the grounds, enjoy a home-cooked Keralan lunch and continue to the Keralan backwaters.

Coconut Lagoon (or similar)

Day 11 Kumarakom (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure to savour the beautiful setting of the Keralan backwaters.

In the evening, see a cooking demonstration and enjoy sundowner drinks by the lakeside.

Day 12 Kumarakom to Cochin (B/L)
From Kumarakom, drive to Allepey to cruise through Kerala’s backwaters aboard a ‘kettuvalayam’, a converted rice barge.

Enjoy lunch on board and observe life along the waterways. After disembarking in the afternoon, drive a short distance to Cochin. Witness a cultural dance demonstration before spending the evening at leisure.

Fragrant Nature Kochi (or similar)

Day 13 Cochin (B/D)
Discover Cochin on a heritage walking tour and see some of the wonderful historic architecture from the Portuguese colonisation including Fort Cochin, St Francis Church and Dutch Palace Museum.

Explore fascinating Jew Town and visit the 16th century Pardesi Synagogue. Enjoy free time to discover the shops and boutiques of the surrounding area.

In the afternoon, take a sunset cruise on Cochin Harbour before enjoying a farewell group dinner.

Day 14 Cochin (B)
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to Cochin airport for your onward journey. (B)

Departures are guaranteed to operate and maximum of 16

Low Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $2225


Shoulder Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $2395


High Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $2450


2019: JAN 22, FEB 5, FEB 19, MAR 26
2019: OCT 8, OCT 22, NOV 26 2020: MAR 24
2020: JAN 21, FEB 4, FEB 18


2019: 22
2020: 21
2019: 5, 19
2020: 4, 18
2019: 26
2020: 24
2020: TBA
2019: 8, 22
2020: TBA
2019: 26
2020: TBA

Additional information


In this tiny slice of India, a wealth of history, culture and colour surrounds you. Immerse yourself in the iconic monuments of Delhi and Agra, and the imposing grandeur of Rajasthan’s hilltop forts. Spend an unforgettable night in comfortable tented accommodation in the vast Thar Desert and explore a lively Jodhpur street bazaar. Spot wildlife in rugged Ranthambore National Park and savour the region’s sumptuous cuisine.


Selected group departure dates.


As indicated in the itinerary


12 nights hotel accommodation,
1 night comfortable tented camp accommodation,
Transport in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep safaris and rickshaw touring),
Ranthambore National Park jeep safaris,
Entrance fees (except camera fees),
English-speaking Tour Leader,
All tips on tour,
Return group transfers from airport to accommodation,
Meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)


 International flights – Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Insurance you may wish (which we urge you to purchase)
 Personal expenses and India Visa
 Any other item not specified


Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance or chat online with us.


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