The Story

Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Adventure & Off-the-beaten track, Repeat Visitors

The areas in southern Kerala around Cochin and backwaters have for long been the place most guests visit, but in recent years, there has been something of a buzz about northern Kerala and southern Karnataka, especially for those on a second-time trip to India. You just seem to have a slightly more varied experience, whether it is exploring historical Mysore, staying in a tree-house, spotting tiger in Nagarhole National Park, taking walks in the coffee hills of Coorg and ending on the untouched beaches of northern Kerala. The roads are admittedly bumpier, and you won’t see too many other tourists, and this is obviously the main draw; you truly feel like you are getting off-the-beaten track. Over the past few years, new boutique hotels have opened, ensuring that are a day exploring you return to a comfortable room at night. If you haven’t been to southern Kerala, you can easily combine the two, making for a longer private tour of Kerala.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£2470
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Explore this off-the-beaten track corner of India that offers so much diversity
  • Hear stories about the history surrounding Tipu Sultan
  • Explore the amazing markets in Mysore and the stunning Amba Vilas Palace
  • Spot wildlife in Nagarhole National Park and take walks in Wyanad and Coorg
  • End on the beach at a superb luxury hotel
  • Have your own private driver and guides throughout
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1-2 Mysore Royal Orchid Metropole
Day 3-4 Wyanad Tranquil Plantation Tranquil Plantation
Day 5-6 Nagarhole National Park Orange Country Kabini Orange Country Kabini
Day 7-8 Coorg Vivanta by Taj Madikeri Vivanta by Taj Madikeri
Day 9-11 Neeleshwar Neeleshwar Hermitage Neeleshwar Hermitage
Day 12-13 Bangalore Taj West End Taj West End

Suggested Hotels

Day 3-4
TreeVilla - Exterior, Tranquil, Kerala

Tranquil Plantation

$ $ $ $ $  

Tranquil Resort is a serene northern Kerala plantation hideaway offering an authentic chance to experience the rainforest canopy from your own treehouse.

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Day 3-4
TreeVilla - Exterior, Tranquil, Kerala

Tranquil Plantation

$ $ $ $ $  

Tranquil Resort is a serene northern Kerala plantation hideaway offering an authentic chance to experience the rainforest canopy from your own treehouse.

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Day 5-6
Orange Country Kabini, Karnataka, India | Luxury Wildlife Lodge

Orange Country Kabini

$ $ $ $ $  

Undoubtedly one of India’s top wildlife lodges, Orange County Kabini is a luxury Karnataka eco-retreat ideal for safaris in nearby Nagarhole National Park.

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Day 5-6
Orange Country Kabini, Karnataka, India | Luxury Wildlife Lodge

Orange Country Kabini

$ $ $ $ $  

Undoubtedly one of India’s top wildlife lodges, Orange County Kabini is a luxury Karnataka eco-retreat ideal for safaris in nearby Nagarhole National Park.

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Day 7-8
Vivanta by Taj Madikeri

Vivanta by Taj Madikeri

$ $ $ $ $  

Set in the rainforest of Karnataka’s Western Ghats, Vivanta by Taj in Madikeri, Coorg, is a heavenly spa retreat offering killer views and utter serenity.

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Day 7-8
Vivanta by Taj Madikeri

Vivanta by Taj Madikeri

$ $ $ $ $  

Set in the rainforest of Karnataka’s Western Ghats, Vivanta by Taj in Madikeri, Coorg, is a heavenly spa retreat offering killer views and utter serenity.

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Day 9-11

Neeleshwar Hermitage

$ $ $ $ $  

Neeleshwar Hermitage on the Malabar Coast is northern Kerala’s finest beach escape, offering chic style, pampering relaxation and cultural adventure.

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Day 9-11

Neeleshwar Hermitage

$ $ $ $ $  

Neeleshwar Hermitage on the Malabar Coast is northern Kerala’s finest beach escape, offering chic style, pampering relaxation and cultural adventure.

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Day 12-13
Taj West End, Bangalore, India

Taj West End

$ $ $ $ $  

The Taj West End in Bangalore is a deluxe heritage hotel, combining a palpable sense of history with twenty-first century comforts and magnificent gardens.

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Day 12-13
Taj West End, Bangalore, India

Taj West End

$ $ $ $ $  

The Taj West End in Bangalore is a deluxe heritage hotel, combining a palpable sense of history with twenty-first century comforts and magnificent gardens.

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Customise Your Itinerary

We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

Idea 1

If you like your archeology, then we can include a visit to superb sites of Halebid, Belur and Sravana Belgola (Hassan), famous for their Hoysala art and architecture.

Idea 2

If you head even further north, you can visit the impressive former city of Hampi. Many guests start in Hyderabad, work down through Gulbarga, Bijapur, Badami and down to Hampi. The accommodation options are something to be desired (but slowly getting better). From there you can make the long drive down to the Hoysala cities and onto Mysore, Kabini or the beach.

Idea 3

You can of course tie this area in with southern Kerala. There are good train connections from Calicut down to Cochin.

Idea 4

Another side-trip would be to see the old British Hill Stations of Ooty and Coonoor located to the south of Mysore.

Idea 5

For wildlife lovers, we can also include a visit to Bandipur National Park to give you two different experiences.

Further Itinerary Suggestions

Classic Tamil Nadu

Chennai - Rajakkad - Madurai - Chettinad - Tanjore - Pondicherry - Covelong  

For hardened Indiaphiles, Tamil Nadu is somewhat of a holy grail. Lying off-the-beaten-track, you can explore stunning Hindu temples with a distinct Dravidian Culture awaiting you.

15 days from £2005 p. p.