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The gateways of Mumbai and Chennai are essential ports of call in any southern India holiday. They are the starting points for tropical Indian travel - slower, relaxed, even more exotic than in the north. Combine the gateways with travel to Goa, the coastal paradise located in South Western India; the destination is popular for its sun kissed sandy beaches, easygoing lifestyle, fenni and various fairs and festivals and makes an ideal beach destination or extension to a fuller Indian travel itinerary.

Bangalore and delightful Mysore are musts.  During your Indian holiday you will also want to visit the old hill station of Ootacamund and Cochin (Kochi), the oldest European settlement in India and the starting point for the tranquil backwaters of Kerala's canals and rivers.

South India holidays with Abercrombie & Kent will provide expert guidance, insight and first-hand experience of this wonderful region.



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Peacocks and Palaces

Nights: 15 | from £3,100pp

It’s tough to top this tantalising two-week tour of India. From big-hitting cities and sacred riverbanks to tiger parks and the Taj Mahal, every highlight... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Northern India

Nights: 7 | from £1,850pp

If you are short on time but longing to experience the most famous of Northern India’s many treasures, this tour is the golden ticket. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Classic Southern India

Nights: 11 | from £2,575pp

In India’s sublime south, combine historic fishing ports and crazy temples with lazy backwaters, wildlife-filled hills and the finest cup of tea. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Mobile Camping in Ladakh

Nights: 5 | from £2,995pp

Embark on a nomadic journey through the Himalaya, sleeping under canvas and exploring the beauty of this fascinating area with expert guides. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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In Search of Tiger

Nights: 10 | from £2,795pp

This trip, combining three of India’s most scenically spectacular and wildlife rich national parks, offers an almost matchless opportunity to see wild... Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

This uniquely designed "heritage resort" is a re-creation of a traditional Keralan village and each of the wooden house is an original Kerala tharavadu... Find out more

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Discovery Houseboat, Backwaters

Unlike the usual Kerala houseboat the traditional hull of a wooden rice barge has been blended with a contemporary tropical architecture, creating the... Find out more

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Brunton Boatyard, Kochi

Although a new building, this hotel perfectly echoes the Dutch and Portuguese colonial architecture of old Fort Kochi. With lime-washed walls and terracotta... Find out more

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Golden Chariot Train

The Golden Chariot has 19 specially designed coaches, comprising of attractive cabins inspired by the Mysore and Belur Halebid schools of art and architecture.... Find out more

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Malabar House, Kochi

The Malabar House is located in the heart of historical Fort Cochin, opposite St. Francis Church and a 3 minutes' walk to the Chinese fishing nets. Malabar... Find out more

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Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels

India

Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels
Explore India with Taj Hotels,  stay a minimum of six nights, four nights to be in one of the Grand Palaces in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Hyderabad and receive 20% discount on spa treatments and Food and Beverage ( soft drinks only). Valid for stays from now until the 15th April 2017 ( not valid for travel from 20th December 2016 to 7th January 2017). Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels with 1 free night in Agra

India

Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels with 1 free night in Agra
Explore India with Taj Hotels,  stay a minimum of seven nights, four nights to be in one of the Grand Palaces in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Hyderabad and receive 20% discount on spa treatments and Food and Beverage ( soft drinks only) and one free night in Agra at The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road, Agra. Valid for stays from now until the 15th April 2017 ( not valid for travel from 20th December 2016 to 7th January 2017). Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Oberoi Exotic Vacations

India

25% off spa therapies, complimentary WiFi and further discounts when you stay 6 nights or more
Discover India staying with Oberoi hotels. Stay a minimum of 6 nights at selected Oberoi Hotels and receive further discounts as well as 25% off spa therapies and complimentary high speed WiFi.  Valid for travel from now until the 15th April 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Selected hotels are; Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra, Oberoi Rajvilas - Jaipur, Oberoi Udaivilas - Udaipur, Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore, Oberoi Mumbai, Oberoi Grand Kolkata, Oberoi Gurgaon - Delhi and Wildflower Hall Shimla - Himalayas.

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Best time to be there

From October to March the weather is refreshingly cool with minimal rainfall in most places. India's main festivals also take place during this time, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, the Republic Day of India and Holi, the festival of colours.

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Delhi/Chennai/Mumbai/Bangalore

flying time

8 hours 20 minutes non-stop

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GMT +5 1/2 hours

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Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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