The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon.
Hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon. Women, brilliant in jewel coloured saris, chat happily as they nimbly pluck the leaves, and flash you shy smiles as you wander past. The delicious scent of spices wafts past as they take their lunch, and colourful birds and butterflies flit around in search of crumbs. Breathe in – you’re in Southern India.
This is a fertile, verdant landscape, watered by the monsoon rains; lakes, inland waterways, green plains and undulating hills are there for you to discover. Nature’s colours seem more vivid in the south; the pace of life is mellow, and the cuisine rich in exotic fruits, vegetables and spices.
Our journey begins in India’s garden city of Mysore before we travel into Kerala to the beautiful hill country of the Wayanad, nestled among the Western Ghats. Here, our walks lead us through paddy fields, forests and plantations. We will walk to panoramic viewpoints with views across verdant countryside. At Guruvayur, we’ll see Kerala’s most important shrine. We also have time to explore the old town of Cochin.
Taking a breather at Kumarakom, on the eastern shore of Lake Vembanad, we’ll cruise along Kerala’s famous backwaters and Lake Vembanad itself and explore village life, two timeless experiences. From both Munnar, at the centre of Kerala’s tea growing region, and the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal, perched on top of the Palani range, our walks in the surrounding hill country offer us unparalleled vistas as we explore tea plantations, shola forests, tranquil villages and waterfalls.
Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, one of the oldest cities in south Asia. A highlight here is elaborately sculptured Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. We have time to explore before we fly to Chennai for one night and connect with our flight home.
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.