Bangalore's vivid green tree lined streets

Days 1-3

Easy Going Bangalore

Bangalore is the modern face of India, packed with leafy parks, coffee shops and a booming technology industry. A business hub with a heart, it’s known as India’s ‘Garden City’, where tradition nudges up against the New World, as hi-tech companies jostle with wandering cows and street stalls set up outside boutique restaurants. You’ll spend two nights soaking up the progressive vibe before continuing your journey into the south.

Cochin Fishing Nets

Days 3-8

Kerala Silk Tour

From Bangalore, travel to dazzling Mysore, with palaces, spice markets and silk traders. Next, you’ll head to Tholpetty National Park to go on safari searching for elephant, wild boar and, if you’re lucky, tigers. Try tea-picking in the Western Ghats before entering Kerala, known for its tropical climate, vibrant landscapes, beaches and backwater canals, where you’ll spend two nights on the coast at Cochin (Kochi).

Kerala Backwaters

Days 8-11

Backwaters and Wildlife

Kerala is India’s exotic, emerald heart, packed with lush scenery, palm-fringed beaches, undulating hills and a maze of lagoons and waterways once used to ferry rice and spices around the region. You’ll travel from Cochin into Periyar National Park, where you’ll set off on a walking safari through the jungle in search of wild elephants. Next, you’ll travel to Alleppey, the Venice of the East, where you’ll spend a night aboard a classic Keralan wooden houseboat, drifting through the tiny canals under starry skies.

Kovalam Beach front

Days 11-13

Ayurveda on the Beach

Kovalam, on the southern tip of India, is perfect to relax and unwind at the end of your India adventures, without requiring an extra domestic flight. Relax on tropical golden beaches, unwind in a hammock or take barefoot strolls at sunset and let your worries melt away. Kerala is famous for its traditional Ayurvedic treatments and this is the perfect setting for a massage. Kovalam beach is very popular and a little chaotic, so we’ve picked some of the quieter beaches in the area where you’ll stay in a beachfront resort with teak bungalows.

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If you would prefer to travel in a little more comfort, our In Style option is what you’re after, you’ll be upgraded at the majority of the destinations in this itinerary. To name a few examples: In Bangalore you’ll stay in a charming colonial villa, each room with its own character and style and in Mysore you’ll stay in a grand colonial hotel. In Wayanad you’ll be upgraded to an eco-friendly jungle getaway situated in lush tropical rainforest. Finally you’ll end your trip near Kovalam in a beautiful resort, amidst coconut gardens.

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