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INDIA & THE SUBCONTINENT Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore


IMAGES OF SOUTH INDIA


16 DAYS from £2395 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary Bales Escorted


Temples, wildlife, tea and backwaters on a comprehensive tour of the south


Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid


DAYS 1/2 – Fly to Bangalore Emirates flight from Heathrow (other UK airports available) via Dubai to Bangalore. 1 night at Fortune Select JP Cosmos.


DAY 3 – Mysore A city tour before the drive to Mysore. Visit the majestic Maharajah’s Palace and the Nandi Bull. Evening witness the palace illumination. 2 nights at Windflower Spa & Resort.


DAY 4 – Mysore Visit Somnathpur and island of Srirangapatnam with the afternoon at leisure. The October Dasara Festival departure takes in the elephant procession.


DAY 5 – Nagarhole National Park Drive to Nagarhole for 2 nights at The Serai. Afternoon jeep safari in search of elephant and leopard.


Nagarhole National Park


DAY 6 – Nagarhole National Park Boat safari on Kabini River and another jeep safari.


PONDICHERRY Lying on the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry, the former capital of France’s Indian territories, still retains something of its Gallic charm. Wander past the colonial mansions, down tree-lined streets where you can still hear French spoken and watch the occasional game of boules. The alternative lifestyle community of Auroville, located a short distance from Pondicherry, is dedicated to human unity.


MAISON PERUMAL, PONDICHERRY Combining the best of French and Indian style, the Maison Perumal is located in the Tamil Quarter of Pondicherry. Its Tamil roots are very much to the fore in its courtyards and verandas, whilst 10 elegantly styled rooms give it something of a cosy air. Delicious Creole cooking is served up in the hotel’s excellent restaurant. Interactive cookery lessons are available and the chef will take you to the local market to source ingredients.


Special Something


DAY 7 – Ootacamund (Ooty) Travel up into the Western Ghats to Ooty, the former British Raj hill station. 2 nights at the Savoy Hotel.


DAY 8 – Ooty Narrow gauge rail journey from Ooty to Coonoor. Tea garden visit. Afternoon botanical gardens tour.


DAY 9 – Kochi (Cochin) Traverse from Tamil Nadu to Kerala. 2 nights at Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Kochi, the ‘Queen of the Arabian Seas’.


DAY 10 – Kochi Mattancherry Palace, Church of St. Francis and Chinese Fishing Nets in historic Fort Cochin.


DAY 11 – Kumarakom By road and boat to the Coconut Lagoon for 1 night. Afternoon backwater cruise through myriad waterways.


DAY 12 – Thekaddy After a morning at leisure travel into the Kerala spice growing region for 1 night at the Spice Village.


DAY 13 – Madurai Jungle walk and spice plantation visit before travelling to Madurai. 2 nights at Heritage Madurai.


DAY 14 – Madurai Flower and vegetable market visit before taking in colourful Meenakshi Temple. Free time in the afternoon with the option to return for the evening ‘puja’ (prayers) when the idol is ‘put to bed’ at the temple.


DAYS 15/16 – Chennai and fly to the UK Fly to Chennai and explore Mamallapuram shore temples before overnight at Trident Chennai. Emirates flight the following day via Dubai to Heathrow.


Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove


VIVANTA BY TAJ – FISHERMAN’S COVE, COVELONG Located on the site of an old Dutch fort, 2 hours by road from Chennai, this is one of the finest beach resorts in India, offering 88 comfortably appointed cottages and rooms that combine modern amenities with rustic charm. The Images of South India Escorted journey (see right) offers a 3-night extension.


EXTENSION OPTION


After the Mamallapuram visit on Day 15 travel direct to Covelong for a recommended 3-night stay at Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove.


20 Jan ‘12 £2595


15 Nov ‘12 £2675


09 Feb ‘12 £2595


24 Jan ‘13 £2695


08 Mar ‘12 £2595


21 Feb ‘13 £2775


From £295 per person 13 Sep ‘12 £2395


21 Mar ‘13 £2695


22 Oct ‘12 £2675


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