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Comprehensive Kerala

Mysore, Wayanad, Cochin, Munnar, Backwaters & Marari

This comprehensive journey combines the less visited areas of Karnataka and Northern Kerala, Cochin, the tea country of Munnar and finishing in the backwaters and the golden sands of Marari.

Please note that our guide prices are based on traveling during low season. If you are interested in traveling during high season, between October and March, or peak season, which takes place during the festive period, then prices are likely to be higher. Get in touch with our India specialists who will be happy to tailor your trip to your dates, interests and budget.

At a Glance

  • A complete tour of Kerala from north to south with private drivers and guides throughout

  • See a little of Mysore, a former princely state with many colorful tales to uncover about its eventful past

  • Spend a few nights in a Tree House at the amazing Tranquil Plantation

  • Experience some of India's best food throughout your trip

  • See the amazing tea fields of Munnar, the quiet backwaters and the markets of Cochin

Couples, Adventure, Culture, Family

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

On arrival in Bangalore, you will be met and transferred to Mysore. This drive will give you the opportunity to visit Sriangapatnam, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan and the site of the siege by the then young Wellington in 1799. The markets in Mysore are notorious for their colors, sandlewood and spices, while the Maharajah’s Palace is beautifully furnished with antiques, intricate doors and frescoes.

Driving into northern Kerala, the central plateau gives way to the rolling hills and plantations of the Western Ghats. Tranquil is located on a 400 acre working coffee, pepper and vanilla plantation and you are encouraged to explore the beautiful estate before returning for their famed home-cooked food.

From Tranquil, your next stop is at the Old Harbour Hotel in the town of Cochin. Cochin has been a bustling trading port for centuries, and still a walk through the shops and markets of Fort Cochin will show that the art is still alive. Portuguese, Dutch and British influences combine to bring a colonial twist to a city that is cosmopolitan and absorbing.

You then dip back into the mountains for a stay in Munnar, famous for being home to some of the highest tea estates in the world and offering spectacular views. You have a day here to explore a traditional tea factory, and take a walk in the countryside.

Your next stop is in the backwaters, where you will board a traditional private riceboat for a gentle exploration along the backwaters, spending the night on board. Eat fresh curries whilst you watch the world go by, unchanged in centuries.

Finally end on the beach, at A Beach Symphony where you can put your feet up before flying home from Cochin.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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1 night Fly to Bangalore
2 nights

Mysore, Karnataka

Royal Orchid Metropole
3 nights

Sultan’s Battery

Tranquil
2 nights

Cochin

Old Harbour Hotel
2 nights

Munnar, Kerala

Windermere Estate
1 night

Backwaters, India

Houseboat
3 nights

Marari Beach, Kerala

A Beach Symphony
Fly home

Location & Directions

Mysore, Wayanad, Cochin, Munnar, Backwaters & Marari

Royal Orchid Metropole is located in Mysore, close to Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Maharaja's Palace, and Mysore Zoo. From there head south to Tranquil which is nestled amidst a 400-acre coffee and vanilla estate near Wayanad, in northern Kerala and around 7km from the town of Sultan's Battery. Then to the Old Harbour Hotel in the heart of historical Fort Cochin. Next to Munnar and a stay at Windermere Estate before one night on a Houseboat in the Backwaters. Finally to A Beach Symphony where you can relax for a few days before flying home from Cochin.

When to go

Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite the warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore this Indian land of mystery.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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