South India Family Explorer
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : South India Family Explorer

A peaceful and gentle family exploration of one of India’s most beautiful regions: the south west interior and coast of India, from Karnataka through Kerala. From your entry point in exciting Bangalore, to historical Mysore with its magnificent palace, to peaceful and stunning Northern Kerala, this is a real once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the quieter and more peaceful sides of the Indian subcontinent.  

A frew highlights:

  • Explore the magnificent Mysore Palace as well as colourful markets, temples and historical sites.
  • Stay on the edge of lovely Nagarhole National Park, home to Tigers, leopards and much other wildlife, as well as lovely scenery besides.
  • Cruise on your own boat on the northern backwaters – a world away from the touristy south of Kerala.
  • Enjoy a family-run homestay in the northern spice and tea plantations and get a feel for how life works in this corner of India.
  • Relax on one of Kerala’s finest and least visited beaches in a gorgeous but simple beach resort, far from the beaten track  

This holiday is ideal for travel during December and the Easter holidays and is a gentle, safe and peaceful introduction to Indian culture. There is enough exploration, culture, scenery and wildlife to keep everyone interested and engaged, whilst leaving plenty of space for some quality family time. 

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this itinerary is £3, 122 per adult and £2322 per child for the hotels mentioned, inclusive of all experiences, entrance fees, guides, transport, international & domestic flights and many meals. 

Note that this price is an estimate only and will vary according to the time of year. 

We are happy to tailor-make this holiday idea to suit you. We can also upgrade hotels where needed, or alternatively make savings by adjusting the accomodation mentioned. 

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International flights

Privately guided tours and experiences

Hotels on minimum B&B basis

Internal transportation

International flights from the UK

Day-to-Day Itinerary : South India Family Explorer


Depart the UK and fly to Bangalore.

DAY 2 Bangalore

Arrive in the cosmopolitan rush of Bangalore, where the IT industry is booming. Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel to relax and overnight. There is some time for exploring the central district which, despite the rapid expansion all around, has remained relatively unchanged in the last 100 years.

DAY 3 Bangalore to Mysore

Today you will drive towards Mysore, which can take around four hours. En-route enjoy a guided tour of Srirangapatna, which was the de facto capital of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. In the afternoon, after checking in at your hotel, you’ll be taken up to Chamundi Hill, a lovely spot from where you get a panoramic view of the city below, and it is close to the grand white Lalitha Mahal Palace.

DAY 4 Mysore Exploration

Today there is a guided tour at your leisure to explore Mysore, including the famous Palace. There is a large amount of history to take in and some incredible Hindu temples, though our guides will work around you and how much you want to take in. A must-visit is the Devaraja market, a colourful, noisy and vibrant traditional Indian market where, alongside the usual vegetables, fruit, incense and homewares, you'll find conical piles of kumkum (the powder used for bindis), beetle vine and banana leaves. It's a photographer’s delight and best visited in the evening when it’s at its busiest.

DAYs 5 - 7 Nagarhole National Park

The trip to Nagahole National Park takes 2 hours and is well worth it. The park was declared a tiger reserve in 1999 and is a key part of the Nilgiri BiosphereReserve. You’re not likely to see tigers, but the elephants are relatively plentiful and it is home to much more wildlife besides. It’s a lovely spot to explore and the lodge is lovely, too.

Over the next few days you’ll enjoy a boat ride on the reservoir as well as both a morning and a later afternoon game drive in an open-top jeep. You’ll see the park from lots of different perspectives and there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the gorgeous lodge.

DAYs 8 – 10 Wayanad

You’ll be driven up from Nagarhol into the spice and coffee plantations around Wayanad.  Your base at a family-run hideaway is in a beautiful and peaceful location. Aside from relaxing there are plenty of activities for you to try out during your stay and walking trails meandering across the 400 acres of plantation here. If interested, you can do some bird watching and look out for some of the 127 different species of birds that have been spotted at the plantation. For a bit of adventure, take the challenging yet rewarding climb up Chembra peak for panoramic views.

DAYs 11 – 12 Cruise the northern backwaters

A longish drive down from Wayanad will take you to Nileshwaram, the gateway, to the peaceful backwater of northern Kerala which are a lot less touristy than the well-trodden backwaters in Alleppey. Your boat only has two bedrooms so you’ll have it to yourselves.

DAYs 13 – 15 Nileshwaram Beach

Your beach resort is just a short drive up the coast from the disembarkation point in Nileshwaram. The beach is lovely, wide and empty, so you can enjoy your location and relax at the end of the trip.

DAY 16 Calicut

You'll take a train ride today, southwards down the coast to Calicut. The journey takes 3 hours and, travelling in first class, your journey will be a relaxing and pleasurable experience. On arrival you’ll transfer to a beach resort for your final night in India.

Day 17 Onwards Flight home.

Take your onwards connecting flight home from Calicut airport.

South India Family Explorer Experiences

You can book this holiday tour on its own, with flights or it can be tailored for you.

Here are the experiences & activities within this holiday as standard...

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