Day. 1 To Kozhikode
Fly from London to Kozhikode via Dubai on Emirates Airlines.
Day 2. Kozhikode
Arrive Kozhikode in the morning. Afternoon explore the Kozhikode (Calicut), known as the ‘City of Spices’ until the Middle Ages. Visits include Mananchira Square and the Thali Shiva Temple. Overnight at Kadavu Resort.
Day 3. To Sultans Battery
After breakfast a scenic drive up the lush green hills of the Wayanad district in Kerala to a Plantation hideaway. Rest of the day at leisure to wander in this 400-acre plantation rich in pepper, vanilla, cardamom or just relax and soak in the atmosphere. Optional visit to the nearby Edakkal caves with 5000 years old Neolithic rock etchings. Overnight at Tanquil Resort.
Day 4. To Nagarhole National Park
After breakfast, drive to Nagarhole National Park – one of the finest wildlife parks in South India. An afternoon of game viewing on the banks of the Kabini River. Two nights at The Serai.
Day 5. Nagarhole National Park
Morning game drive in search of bison, elephant, tiger, spotted deer, wild boar, mongoose, jungle fowl and countless other species of birds and animals. Afternoon Coracle experience – a round local boat.
Day 6. To Mysore
Morning drive to Mysore. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the lovely city of Mysore, includes the hilltop Sri Chamundeswari Temple, the remarkable monolithic Nandi Bull, Mysore Palace and the Devraja market. Two nights at Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel.
Day 7. Mysore
Morning visit to Srirangapatna an island fortress on the River Cauvery, with high walls enclosing Temples, Palaces and a great Mosque. It was once the home of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore. Afternoon visit the outstanding Temple at Somnathpur built to glorify Hoysala craftsmanship by the famed Commander Somnath.
Day 8. To Coorg
Morning drive to Coorg visiting the large Tibetan settlement & Golden Temple at Bylakupe. Dubbed the ‘Scotland of India’. Coorg offers luxuriant green forests, misty hills and acres of tea and coffee plantations. Afternoon at leisure to walk, cycle or simply relax in this lush and scenic coffee country. Overnight at Ambatty Greens Resort.
Day 9. To Tellicherry
After breakfast, a scenic drive across the Western Ghats to Tellicherry on the North Malabar Coast. Afternoon visits to Tellicherry Fort and Odathil Mosque. Two nights at Ayisha Manzil – heritage home.
Day 10. Tellicherry
An optional early morning walk to the local fish market perhaps to choose fresh fish, mussels and prawns for dinner! Day at leisure to relax in this beautiful mansion overlooking the Lakshadweep Sea. The hostess, an expert in the Mapillah cuisine of North Kerala, offers a hands on cookery class in the early afternoon. Evening visit a local Temple to see Theyyam - a dramatic and colourful dance form unique to the Malabar region or visit the local centre for Kalaripayattu – the ancient martial art form of Kerala.
Day 11. To Kozhikode
Morning at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to Kozhikode airport to board overnight flight to London via Dubai.
Day 12. To London
Morning arrival in London.
Suggested extensions: Beach Extension to Neeleshwaram or Backwaters of North Kerala.
(Various other extensions are available on request)
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £1,845.00
International flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout. Houseboat on Full Board.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
With love from India.... Ginger
is an essential in Indian cooking. It is also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and used to treat colds, influenza and nausea. Also used in compresses for swollen joints and ankle-sprains.
India has five seasons; spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
The monsoon hits different regions at different times as it sweeps from the Indian Ocean to the Himalaya, affecting north and central India from May to September. In the south the monsoon generally lingers into October.
There are advantages to be gained by travelling off-season - particularly in Rajasthan which is largely dry - as hotels are better value and monuments are quieter.
The western ranges of the Indian Himalaya are also generally best visited during this time to escape the heat and rains on the plains. Between October and March the daytime temperature ranges between 25C – 30C, falling in the evening and overnight to between 18C – 22C. After the monsoon, the air is dry, making the heat more bearable and reducing the humidity.