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Best time to go: January to April, October to December
13 Nights | from £3,435pp
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- Enjoy the quiet and unspoilt beaches around Bekal & Neeleshwar
- Walk through the coffee plantations of Wayanad
- Visit the magnificent Maharajas Palace in Mysore
Day 1 - Fly London/Bangalore
Depart London Heathrow for your flight to Bangalore.
Day 2 - Bangalore
On arrival in Bangalore you'll be met by an A&K representative and to the Leela Palace for one night.
Day 3 - Bangalore/Mysore
This morning transfer to the sandlewood city of Mysore, visiting Tipu Sultan's palace at Srirangapatam en route. Spend two nights at The Grand Mercure.
Day 4 - Mysore
Today take a sightseeing tour of Mysore, visiting the magnificient Maharajas Palace, the city's famous Devaraja market and Chamundi Hill with its 12th century temple and huge Nandi (bull), created in 1659 and carved from a single piece of black granite.
Day 5 - Mysore/Wayanad
After breakfast drive across the Karnataka/Kerala border to Wayanad, an area with some of the most dramatic scenery in all of South India. Spend two nights at Tranquil, a homestay located in the heart of the coffee plantations.
Day 6 - Wayanad
Spend today at your leisure. Optional activities include walks through the surrounding coffee plantations, as well as a visit to the Edakkal Caves dating back to 3000 BC.
Day 7 - Wayanad/Nagarhole National Park
After a leisurely breakfast drive to Orange County Kabini on the edge of the Kabini Reservoir, gateway to both Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National Park. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 8 - Nagarhole National Park
In the morning take a jeep safari around the park. Return to Orange County for lunch and in the afternoon take a boat safari on the reservoir to witness congregations of Asiatic elephants, marsh crocodile, otter and a myriad of water birds.
Day 9 - Nagarhole National Park /Coorg
Today drive through the hills to Coorg, a mountainous area interspersed with cardamom jungle, coffee plantations and fields of lush rice paddy. Spend two nights at the Vivanta by Taj, Madikeri, Coorg.
Day 10 - Coorg
This morning take a tour of the cardamom and coffee plantations. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Alternatively a visit to Bylakuppe, India's second largest Tibetan settlement, bird watching, trekking or cookery demonstrations can be arranged.
Day 11 -Coorg/Bekal
After breakfast drive down through the hills to the Keralan coastal town of Bekal with its stretches of quiet and unspoilt coastline. Spend three nights at the Vivanta by Taj Bekal hotel.
Day 12 & 13 - Bekal
Days at leisure. Activities include a visit to Bekal Fort, nature treks around the surrounding area, as well as a day on a houseboat on the local backwaters.
Day 14 - Bekal/Mumbai/London
Drive to Mangalore for your return flight to London via Mumbai.
With A&K all journeys are individually tailored to suit your interest and timescale. As a guideline, this 13 night suggested journey in South India will cost from £3,435 per person based on two adults sharing with flights from the UK, subject to availability.
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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.
8 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +5 1/2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area