Undiscovered Karnataka and Kerala

14 days from £2965 per person

Despite the region's popularity, certain parts of both Karnataka and Kerala remain relatively underexplored. This journey combines culture, scenery and relaxation to highlight the best of southern Karnataka and northern Kerala. Starting in Mysore visit the city, nearby Somnathpur and Srirangapatnam before continuing to the charming plantation retreat of Tranquil. Leaving Tranquil drive to the hill station of Madikeri, heart of the beautiful Coorg region, then travel to the north Keralan coast where the holiday ends with a stay at the luxurious Neeleshwar Hermitage hotel.

Journey Highlights

The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is renowned for its beautiful palaces and for the sweet ‘Mysore Pak’. The city comes alive during the annual Dasara celebrations.

Madikeri is the centre of the Coorg district. The natural attractiveness of the area comes from the many coffee and cardamom plantations, rice fields and thick jungle.

Neeleshwar is a remote tropical destination surrounded by palm trees. The luxury resort offers authentic ayurvedic treatments and delicious local cuisine.

Day 1 Depart the UK

Today depart the UK on the British Airways flight to Bangalore. (N)

Day 2 Arrive Bangalore
Bangalore to Mysore – 150kms

Arrive into Bangalore where you will be met and driven to pretty Mysore for a two night stay at the Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel or upgrade to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. In the afternoon take a two hour specialist heritage walk in the city which starts at the Town Hall, visits the Devaraja Market and ends at the Jagan Mohan Palace. During the walk the guide will share various stories from Mysore's past and there will also be a chance to taste ‘Mysore Pak’, the city's famous sweet. (B)

Day 3 Mysore
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Day 4 Mysore

Over the next two days explore Mysore. Visit Chamundi Hill, site of the Chamundeswari Temple and Nandi Bull as well as the vast City Palace which was re-built by Henry Irwin during 1897 in an Indo-Saracenic style. The palace contains extraordinary wall paintings, stained glass work and inlaid doors. Also leave the city to visit the temple complex at Somnathpur and the exquisite Keshava Vishnu temple, one of the finest in India, as well as Srirangapatnam where Tipu Sultan was killed in battle against an East India Company army including Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington. (B)

Day 5 Mysore to Sultan’s Battery – 125kms

After breakfast leave Mysore and drive to Sultan's Battery, a small town in the Western Ghats and the centre of a region which produces some of India's finest coffee, cardamom and vanilla. Stay for two nights at charming Tranquil, a secluded 70 year old plantation bungalow on the Kuppamudi Coffee Estate. Beautifully restored, Tranquil is one of Kerala's special hideaways. (B/L/D)

Day 6 Sultan's Battery

Today enjoy Tranquil and the surrounding local area. Swim in the beautiful pool or lounge in a hammock with a book. For the more energetic, Tranquil has over 400 acres of estate to explore with numerous walking trails through the grounds including a challenging hill trek to Look Out Rock. (B/L/D)

Day 7 Sultan's Battery to Madikeri – 140kms

This morning leave Sultan's Battery and drive to the hill station of Madikeri, principle town of the Coorg region. Stay for two nights at the excellent Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri which has stunning views over the surrounding countryside and is located just outside of the town. The area around Madikeri is mostly home to the Kodavas, however, several smaller local tribes also inhabit this predominantly rural region. (B)

Day 8 Madikeri

Explore Coorg with your driver. There are many charming little pastoral villages to visit in and around Madikeri including Najarayapatna and the interesting Tibetan Buddhist settlement of Bylakuppe. In Madikeri itself, it is also worth visiting the imposing fort and Nalkanad Palace. A land of rugged mountains interspersed with cardamom and coffee plantations, paddy fields and jungle, this is one of south India's most beautiful regions. (B)

Day 9 Madikeri to Neeleshwar – 120kms

This morning drive towards the coast and the Neeleshwar Hermitage for a four night stay. This heavenly hideaway is set in a palm grove, set slightly back from an unspoiled beach. The traditional, thatched buildings house sixteen cottages and are large and airy, wonderfully inviting, comfortable and spacious. Each has its own veranda and most look straight out to sea. There is also an excellent spa and pool. (B)

Day 10 Neeleshwar
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Day 12 Neeleshwar

At leisure. Aside from the swimming pool, spa and comprehensive Ayurvedic centre, it is also possible to take a backwater cruise and visit nearby temples and some neighbouring villages. During the stay, there will be frequent evening talks on local culture and way of life and an opportunity to undertake cookery classes. (B)

Day 13 Neeleshwar to Mangalore - 95kms
Mangalore to Mumbai – by air

After breakfast transfer to Mangalore Airport in good time to catch the morning flight to Mumbai where you will stay overnight at the Leela Kempinski Hotel, located close to the international airport. One of the world's great cities, Mumbai has grown from a small group of islands to India's economic powerhouse and gateway to the world. Still growing fast, Mumbai is a combination of old and new, the chaotic and the peaceful, which draws visitors back time again to what is a most vibrant, bustling and human of cities. (B)

Day 14 Mumbai to the UK

Today transfer back to Mumbai Airport to catch the British Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)

KEY: N = No meals B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The price above is a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season. If you wish to travel alone we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements and will provide a proposal on request

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