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Explore the jewels of southern India
The Southern India peninsula is the subcontinent's lush, tropical heart. With thousands of miles of coastline, fertile green plains, thick coconut groves, jade-coloured rice paddies, fragrant spice gardens and picturesque tea plantations, you'll be enchanted by the landscapes that open up to you.
Highlights of our exclusive new 12-day escorted tour for woman&home readers will include guided tours of bustling Mumbai, the UNESCO Heritage Elephanta Caves and the cultural city of Cochin.
Along the way, you'll be staying in some of the region's finest hotels, including the luxury Trident Nariman Point in Mumbai, The Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa, a boutique retreat nestled in the mountains, and Abad Turtle Beach, a beautiful resort featuring 28 premium cottages.
On our fully guided tour with luxury travel specialist Cleveland Collection, we will be helping you to explore India at one of the best times of the year to visit, when the weather is cooler, less humid and dry. So don't miss the unique opportunity to take part in this fantastic journey of discovery...
Six reasons to book this incredible tour
Free Business Class lounge access
Stay on a traditional Kerala houseboat
Guided cultural & city tours
Hike through 'tea country'
Flavours of southern India
Stay in luxurious boutique hotels
- Economy class flights from London Heathrow and domestic flights
- Business Class lounge access in Mumbai and option of £195pp Premium Economy upgrade on the inbound flight**
- 4- and 5-star hotel accommodation and breakfast throughout
- Service of an English-speaking tour guide
- Overnight stay on houseboat
- Guided tours of Elephanta Caves, Mumbai and Cochin
- Mumbai at Dawn tour
- Cultural Cochin cycle tour
- Kathakali dance performance
- Trek in Kerala tea country
- Backwater houseboat cruise
- Cooking demonstration & lunch at Philipkutty's Farm
- Entrance fees
- Transfers and transportation
- Airline departure taxes
Day1Fly to IndiaHeathrow Apt/London, United Kingdom
Thursday 21 February 2019
Depart London Heathrow on your direct overnight British Airways flight to Mumbai.
Day2MumbaiMumbai (ex Bombay), India
22 February 2019
On arrival, you'll be met and transferred to our hotel, the Trident Nariman Point, one of the city's most iconic landmarks. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel's facilities, or perhaps take a stroll along Marine Drive.
Day3Discover MumbaiMumbai (ex Bombay), India
23 February 2019
After breakfast, we will take a tour of the UNESCO Heritage site of Elephanta Caves. These cave temples are famous for their magnificently sculpted panels dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
On returning to Mumbai we'll take a city tour, visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Kamala Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens, the Crawford Market and Dhobi Ghat, the city's famous openair laundry. Accommodation: Trident Nariman Point.
Day4Mumbai to CochinCochin, India
24 February 2019
An early start for a fascinating tour of Mumbai at dawn. We will see the newspaper vendor distribution network, customers bargaining with wholesale vendors for the day's produce, and catches of fish arriving at Sassoon docks.
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Cochin. Set on a cluster of islands and a peninsula, Cochin (now Kochi) is home to the oldest church in India. The rest of the day is at leisure.
25 February 2019
We will spend the morning on a cycle tour of Cochin, and discover the historic importance of Fort Cochin and the variety of different ethnic and religious groups who have lived here for centuries.
After lunch, we will explore the city further, visiting the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and see St Francis Church. In the evening you'll enjoy a traditional Kathakali Dance Performance.
Day6Cochin to MunnarMunnar, India
26 February 2019
After breakfast, we will leave Cochin for the road journey to Munnar. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
27 February 2018
After breakfast we will set off on a Top Valley Trek, passing sightseeing spots Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point and Kundala Dam on the way to a tea estate village. The trek will guide us through beautiful forests and grasslands. After being driven back to Munnar, spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day8Munnar to AllepeyAlleppey, India
28 February 2019
After breakfast, we will transfer by road to Alleppey to board a houseboat for an overnight stay. Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (originally used as ferries to carry rice) and cruise the backwaters of Kerala. Lunch and dinner will be served on board, and you will sleep in one of the boat's comfortable bedrooms.
Day9Alleppey to MararikulamMararikulam, India
1 March 2019
After breakfast on board, we will disembark for a transfer to Philipkutty's Farm for a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. The farm produces coconuts, bananas, spices and vegetables. After lunch, proceed by road to Mararikulam and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
2 & 3 March 2019
Days at leisure to relax on the beach or by the pool or unwind with an Ayurveda spa treatment.
Day12A fond farewellCochin, India
4 March 2019
Check out this morning. Rest of the day at leisure until your transfer to Cochin airport for an evening flight to Mumbai, connecting to your overnight British Airways flight to London Heathrow.
Day13Arrive in UKHeathrow Apt/London, United Kingdom
5 March 2019
Land in London after your direct overnight flight from Mumbai.
Trident Nariman Point
This luxurious hotel is the ideal city-centre base during your time in Mumbai
The Eighth Bastion
This boutique hotel in Fort Kochi is a one-minute walk from the beach, and serves Indian, Indonesian and Sri Lankan dishes in its stylish restaurant
Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa
This premium boutique resort has a private swimming pool and breath-taking views of the Western Ghats