Discover the meandering rivers, verdant hills, spice plantations, wildlife-rich forests and tranquil backwater canals of Southern INDIA on this exclusive escorted tour.
AUD $10,988 per person twin share.
Single Supplement AUD $3,305
13 days/12 nights
27 Oct 2023 – ex Bangalore
Join us in India on our Southern Delights escorted small group tour in October 2023 – once more led by our sensational General Manager – and India aficionado – Anne-Marie (Annie) Zambelli, as well as naturalist Tirath Singh, who has accompanied many of our previous tours.
For further information please call our Destination Specialists on 1300 363 302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Discover the enchanting southern capital of Mysore
- Cruise along idyllic Keralan backwaters and dine on delicious local cuisine
- Marvel at glorious palaces and cathedrals
- Visit “The Dutch Palace” built in 1557 as a gift to the Raja of Cochin
- Explore beautiful Nagarhole National Park
- Look upon the impressive Chinese Fishing Nets in Kochi
- Meals, accommodation, sightseeing and tours as per itinerary
- Services of a local English speaking naturalist
- Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
- Entry fees at palaces and national parks as per itinerary
- 4 jungle excursions by boat/canter at Nagalore National Park
- Train tickets Calicut to Cochin
- 1 bottle of water during intercity transfers and any included meal
- Personal care sanitisation kit
- All current applicable taxes
- Any services other than mentioned above
- Visa charges and airport taxes
- Drinks and laundry
- Items of a personal nature
- Insurance and medical emergency expenses
The easiest way to reach Bangalore from Australia is with Singapore Airlines. Other airlines that offer flights to Bangalore (with 1 stopover) include Air India, Thai Airways and Malaysian Airlines. Qantas offer direct flights to Bangalore from Sydney (select days).
Friday 27 Oct 2023 – ex Bangalore
13 days/12 nights
Day 1 | 27 Oct
On arrival in Bangalore, you will be met transferred to our hotel. Overnight Taj Yashwantpur Bangalore.
Days 2/3 | 28/29 Oct
Today we will transfer by road to Mysore. Enroute, stop at the historical town of Somanathapura where we will visit the market and nearby Chamundi Hills. On day 3, visit the Prasanna Chennakeshava Temple, also known as the Somnathpur Temple. Located in the nearby town of Somanathapura, the temple stands as one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. After lunch, enjoy a tour of Mysore, also known as the City of Palaces. Mysore offers a fascinating combination of rich heritage, beautiful gardens, sacred temples and glorious palaces. Highlights today include the Maharaja’s Palace and St. Philomena’s Cathedral. Overnight Royal Orchid Metropole. B L D
Days 4-6 | 30 Oct-1 Nov
Nagarhole National Park
Transfer by road this morning (2 hours) to The Serai Kabini, a beautiful hotel on the banks of the Kabini River and on the southern fringes of Nagarhole National Park. Over the next 3 nights we enjoy jungle excursions by boat in the Nagarhole National Park. Overnight The Serai Kabini. B L D
Days 7/8 | 2/3 Nov
Following our last jungle excursion and lunch at the hotel, we will be transferred by road (3 hours) to Coorg Wilderness Resort & Spa. Activities here are varied, and include forest nature walks, garden tours, early morning birdwatching, sundowners and visits to Telacauvery (a holy site) and the Harangi Dam. Overnight Coorg Wilerness Resort & Spa. B L D
Days 9/10 | 4/5 Nov
This morning we will be transferred to Calicut train station (packed lunch included). We board our train and travel across glorious countryside to Kochi. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel in time for dinner. On day 10, we will enjoy a half day tour of the beautiful town of Kochi. Set on a beautiful estuary, Kochi has always been an important and fascinating port location, drawing tourists, traders and explorers alike to its shores for more than 600 years. The Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill is one of todays highlights. It is called “The Dutch Palace” due to substantial renovations made by the Dutch in 1663. Other key stops include the Jewish Synagogue (built 1568), St Francis’ Church, the oldest European church in India, and the impressive Chinese Fishing Nets, that cantilever out over the water. Overnight Brunton Boatyard. B L D
Please note: Visitors to the Jewish Synagogue must dress modestly in long sleeves and long pants or skirts.
Days 11/12 | 6/7 Nov
Today we drive to Alleppey where we take a day cruise on the scenic ‘Backwaters’ with lunch included onboard. Afterward, transfer to The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa, a beautiful resort situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad. Enjoy two nights here to end our Southern Delights itinerary. Overnight The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa. B L D
Day 13 | 8 Nov
Tour Ends, Kochi (Cochin)
After breakfast this morning, we check out of our resort and transfer by road to Cochin International Airport, where our tour ends. B L
Please note: Natural Focus can easily arrange your International flights between Australia and India. Contact us on 1300 363 302 for more details.
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
Annie – Natural Focus General Manager
A passionate traveller with over 35 years’ experience in the travel industry, Anne-Marie (Annie) Zambelli’s knowledge is unrivalled. As our General Manager she is an expert on all our destinations. As a tour leader she is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining travelling companion. Captivated by India on her first trip in 2002, Annie has returned to India many times including leading our group tours.
With an arts degree from Rajasthan, Tirath is a keen naturalist, photographer and excellent guide to have along on any Indian journey. He has accompanied many of our Taj, Temples & Tigers Tours with Annie, and has an exceptional knowledge of India’s wildlife and culture. For more than 20 years’ Tirath has been part of the Natural Focus India team, developing strong ties with Australia, and he has made several trips down under to promote our tours.
Optional Extensions – Rajasthan
Why not extend your time in India? Explore Rajasthan, combining historic Jaipur with tiger viewing in Ranthambore National Park or the iconic Taj Mahal. Whatever it is – we can help!
For more details on and extension, itinerary and cost, please contact our India specialists.
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