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Family Tour: South India 13 Nights & 14 Days

Overview
Discover the wonders of South India with the entire family on this thirteen-night tour which includes something for everyone in the family.

On the tour, travellers will be able to explore vibrant Chennai which is the melting pot of the modern and traditional. On a short train ride, travellers will be able to enjoy some scenic routes and experience authentic train travel. In the temple town of Mysore one can explore the awe-inspiring Palaces and monuments while in the wildlife of Kabini jeep safaris, coracle rides and other activities await. Travellers will get to experience the ambience of the tea and spice plantations in Sulthan Bathery, discover the cuisine and culture in Tellicherry ending with days of rest and relaxation on the beaches of Neelsehwar.
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the traditional yet modern wonder that is Chennai
  • Enjoy a short train ride
  • Discover the temples and palaces of Mysore
  • Go on a Jeep Safari and coracle ride in Kabini
  • Explore the ambience of tea and spice plantations in Sulthan Bathery
  • Experience culture, and great cuisine in Tellicherry
  • Relax on the pristine beaches of Neeleswar
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Chennai
Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church.
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2 Mysore
Mysore (or Mysuru), a city in India's southwestern Karnataka state, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. In its center is opulent Mysore Palace, seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty. The palace blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. Mysore is also home to the centuries-old Devaraja Market, filled with spices, silk and sandalwood.
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3 Kabini
The Kabini, also called Kapila, is one of the major tributaries of the river Cauvery in southern India. It originates in the Wayanad District of Kerala state by the confluence of the Panamaram River and the Mananthavady River. It flows eastward to join the Kaveri River at Tirumakudalu Narasipura in Karnataka
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4 Wayanad
With an altitude ranging up to 2,000 meters above sea level, Wayanad, located in the Western Ghats of Kerala is an area which offers breathtaking locations. Mist-clad hills, lush green paddy fields, luxuriant sub-tropical rainforests, sprawling spice plantations, valleys and hills mark this beautiful place. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes as yet untouched by civilization. Wayanad spreads across about 2,000 sq kms of the Western Ghats and is recognised as a leading bio diversity region.
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5 Tellicherry
Thalassery (or Tellicherry as the British christened it during the times of the Raj), a vibrant fishing town in the north of Calicut which is famous for the 3 C's- Circus, Cricket and Cakes. It is known for being the first British settlement in Kerala and needless to say Cakes and Cricket were both introduced here by the British.
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6 Neeleshwaram
Neeleswaram is a quiant world of paddy fields, garden compounds, shrines, temples and mosques, and  follows a lovely coastline along which lie traditional fishing villages where boats and nets are made and repaired.
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7 Calicut
Once the capital of the powerful Zamorin rulers of North Kerala and a prominent trade and commerce centre, Calicut was the most important region in Kerala in ancient times. The great voyager, Vasco Da Gama, landed here in 1498 putting it on the world map and paving the way for the west and for the many traders and invaders who followed suit.
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01 – Arrival Chennai
Welcomed by Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest metropolitan city in India. It has emerged as a cosmopolitan city, paying an important role in the historical, cultural and intellectual development of India, still representing the distinct components of the highest form of Dravidian civilization. In addition, it holds out an interesting fare of South Indian architecture, music, dance, drama, sculpture and other arts and crafts. Rest of the day at Leisure at the bustling city. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02 – Chennai – Mysore (by train)
By Shatabdi Express – 2007 – dep. 06:00 / Arr. 13:00 – except Tuesday (subject to change) In the morning drive to Chennai central railway station to board train to Mysore. Mysore was once a political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, where the kings were great patrons of art and culture. It is a city of palaces, gardens, sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world until today, with its many institutions of Carnatic Classical music and dance. Mysore is a center of sandalwood, silk production and incense and belongs to one of South India's most popular attractions. On arrival, transfer to hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel. (Transfer - Vehicle at disposal)
Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03 – Mysore
Enjoy sightseeing of Mysore, starting with the famous palace that used to be the residence of the Wodeyars dynasty. Built in 1912 in an Indo-Saracenic style, it is one of the largest palaces in India. Then, visit the Jayachamrajendra Art Gallery, gathering a collection of paintings dating back to 1875. Drive to the Chamundi hill, with a stop at the bull temple & visit the 2000-year-old temple, dedicated to Goddess Chamundi. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04 – Mysore – Kabini (90 km/2 ½ hrs)
Drive to Kabini, scenic place that was a scenic delight-hunting lodge of the Mysore Maharajahs. Check-in to your hotel. Kabini is located 80 km from Mysore near the famous Nagarahole Wildlife National Park and the backwaters of the Kabini River. It covers an area of 643 km² and is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Kabini provides you a wonderful scenic view of the green landscape. The area is full of life and a real natural beauty. You could spot elephants, leopards, antelopes and even tigers if you are lucky. Overnight at the Resort. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05 – Kabini
Today you could go for a Jeep Safari in the morning and afternoon. You may also go for a Coracle ride. Overnight at the Resort. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06 – Kabini – Sulthan Bathery (31 km/1 hr)
Drive through winding roads in the hills covered with thick forests, coffee, rubber and tea estates, crop plantations to Sulthan Bathery. Check-in to a plantation estate tucked in a 400-acre coffee and spice plantation. Today you could visit the Edakkal Caves. It is a pre-historic rock shelter formed naturally out of a strange disposition of three huge boulders. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07 – Sulthan Bathery
Today you could visit the Wayanad sanctuary where one can find animals like sloth bears, sambhar (wild deer), elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, panthers and many species of rare birds. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08 – Sulthan Bathery – Tellicherry (120 Km / 3hrs)
Drive to Thalassery (or Tellicherry as the British christened it during the times of the Raj), a vibrant fishing town in the north of Calicut which is famous for the 3 C's- Circus, Cricket and Cakes. It is known for being the first British settlement in Kerala and needless to say Cakes and Cricket were both introduced here by the British. Telicherry is famous all over today for its bakeries and cakes. It is also rich in culture and traditions of the North of Kerala. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09 – Tellicherry
Today you could visit the bustling fish markets of Tellicherry or visit the ancient fort built by the British. You could also drive to the fascinating Muzhipillangad Beach which is Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can drive along miles of virgin white sands or laze on the beach and be mesmerized by the beauty of the place. In the evening take part in a cookery demonstration by Faiza your hostess, who is renowned for her 'Mopilla' cuisine? Overnight at the Hotel.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10 – Tellicherry – Neeleshwaram (270 Km/5 hrs)
Drive to Neeleshwaram which is situated towards the Northern end of Kerala and tourism is yet to take off in this region and you can be assured of being in a beach un-spoilt by touristic activity. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day ELEVEN +-
  • DAY 11 – Neeleshwaram
Today you visit the Bekal Fort, the largest and best preserved fort in Kerala, stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day TWELVE +-
  • DAY 12 – Neeleshwaram
Day at leisure for your own activity. Overnight at the Hotel. (No Vehicle)
Day THIRTEEN +-
  • DAY 13 – Neeleshwaram – Calicut (125 km/3 ½ hrs)
On arrival, check-in to you hotel where you can unwind. It was in Calicut that the great voyager Vasco Da Gama landed in the 14th century in his quest for spices thus putting it on the world map. The traditional capital of North Kerala and a leading trading centre for spices on the west, the city has retained its glorious past and presents travellers with historic sites and a unique culture. Overnight at the Hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day FOURTEEN +-
  • DAY 14 – Calicut – Departure
Departure transfer to Calicut airport for onward flight. (Vehicle for transfer)

When Should I go?

The months of September through to March are considered to be favourable months to travel to India. September has the added advantage of being in the “good weather” bracket but also technically falls in the off season in most places, so prices are cheaper for travel in September. The months of October through to February are pleasant in most parts of the country, though you will find the temperatures varying between chilly in the North and warmer in the southern parts of the country.

India’s weather is varied and different parts of the country may get monsoons at different times. May and June are hot months across the country except for the hill stations in the North.

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Monsoon Months in India

The country gets monsoons in the months of June and July though along the south western coast, there are monsoons in the period between October to December too.

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to India

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to India when the weather is sunny and pleasant.

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