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- Wildlife Holidays – global wildlife encounters
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Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Transport - Train, Private vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Auto rickshaw, Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Boat
Accommodation - Hotels (9nts), jungle resort (1nt), homestay (1nt), overnight train (1nt), Resorts (2nts)
Meals - 5 breakfasts, 3 lunch & 3 dinners.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Namaste! Welcome to India.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Spread over several islands, Kochi is a fascinating place full of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences.
Head out to explore the major sights of Fort Cochin and visit the spice bazaars and antique shops. The best way to get around the islands is by using the ferry network.
Visit the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century. It was taken over by the Dutch in 1663, who added some improvements before presenting it to the Rajas of Cochin.
Be part of a Kathakali dance performance. This classical dance is a highly charged and powerful drama that combines devotion and physical virtuosity with symbolic storytelling to produce one of the most impressive and vibrant forms of theatre in the world. It requires lengthy and rigorous training to attain complete control of the body and sensitivity to emotion so as to be able to render all its nuances through facial expressions and hand gestures.
- Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing
- Kochi - Dutch Palace
- Kochi - Kathakali performance
- Kochi - Jewish Synagogue - INR5
Hotel (2 nts)
Catch a train to Coimbatore (approx 3.5 hrs).
Travel by private vehicle to Ootacamund (approx 4 hrs).
Ootacamund was the British hill station known as Snooty Ooty and it was here the game of snooker was named, if not invented.
Take a ride on the famous toy train - be sure to get a window seat.
Visit a tea garden in nearby Coonoor.
Stroll around the Botanical Gardens, home to over 650 species of plants and trees.
- Ooty - Tea factory visit and toy train ride
- Ooty - Botanical Gardens - INR30
- Ooty - Boating on lake - INR150
Resort (2 nts)
Mudumalai National Park
Continue on by private vehicles to Masinagudi (approx 2 hrs).
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Nilgiris with their mist-covered peaks, Mudumalai National Park was once the Mysore Maharaja's private hunting ground. It was brought under Project Tiger in 1974 and is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity. Some animals you may see here include tigers, leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambars and spotted deer. There's also an amazing variety of birdlife, some of the most notable birds being the heron, stork, egret, kite, falcon, peafowl, woodpecker, drongo and warbler.
On our arrival at the foot of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), embark on a short wildlife-spotting safari in the Mudumalai National Park.
Our family-run accommodation in Masinagudi is dormitory style.
- Madumalai - Wildlife safari
Jungle resort (1 nt)
Travel by private vehicle through the scenic Karnataka plains to Mysore (approx 3 hrs).
Stop en route to enjoy a biryani lunch with our local friend Raju and his family.
Mysore is an easygoing town with a pleasant climate, perfect for wandering around on foot.
Your leader will take you out to get your bearings.
A visit to Mysore isn't complete without a look around Mysore Palace. One of the most ornate palaces in India, its interior is a riot of colour, mosaics and mirrors.
Visit the Keshava Temple in Somnathpur - a stunning example of Hoysala temple architecture (approx 1 hr from Mysore).
You have plenty of time to explore the surrounding countryside, so head out and climb Chamundi Hill - site of the Sri Chamundeswari Temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Catch an overnight train to Chennai (approx 11 hrs). Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned, a great way to travel long distances and still get maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided but some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Please note you may be sharing with locals in a same/mixed gender situation.
- Mysore - Home cooked lunch & family visit
- Mysore - Maharaja's Palace
- Mysore - Keshava Temple
- Mysore - Chamundi Hill temple
- Mysore - Cinema - INR100
- Mysore - Palm Reading - INR350
- Mysore - Tipu Mausoleum - INR500
Hotel (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
Arrive in Chennai and take private vehicles along the scenic East Coast Road to the laidback beaches of Mamallapuram (approx 2 hrs).
Mamallapuram is a scenic fishing village.
Embark on a bicycle tour, visiting the World Heritage-listed 7th-century Shore Temple and the massive bas-relief rock carving known as Arjuna's Penance.
There's also time to inspect the numerous mandapams (carved pillars in front of temples), watch stone carvers at work, see the fishing fleet or simply relax at a beachside restaurant.
- Mamallapuram - Cycling tour
- Mamallapuram - Shore Temple
Hotel (1 nt)
Travel by private vehicle through a landscape of palm trees and rice paddies, visiting Auroville en route to Pondicherry (approx 5 hrs).
Auroville is an amazing experiment in international living. Made up of 80 rural settlements and home to over 1,500 residents, more than half of whom are foreign nationals, this living project dedicated to human unity also houses the world's largest solid crystal.
Once a French colony, there are still reminders of French influence in Pondicherry's architecture, the wide town squares and even in the policemen's uniforms.
Take a walking tour and visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the local temples and the old French quarter.
- Pondicherry - Auroville
- Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Hotel (1 nt)
Take a local taxi to the railway station at Villapuram (approx 40 mins).
Board a train to the temple city of Madurai (approx 6 hrs).
Crammed full of bazaars, pilgrims, cycle-rickshaws, beggars and street markets, Madurai showcases southern India at its colourful and lively best.
Visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple, which lies at the heart of the city. This ancient, still active temple is a labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors which lead to shrines where some mysterious and interesting rituals are performed.
Visit the moving Gandhi Memorial Museum, which displays the blood-stained dhoti he wore when he was assassinated, along with an impressive and detailed account of the country's struggle for independence.
- Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
- Madurai - Gandhi Museum - Free
Hotel (1 nt)
Periyar National Park
Travel by public bus along a winding road to the spice plantation town of Thekkady and Periyar National Park (approx 5 hrs).
Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. This wildlife sanctuary surrounds a picturesque lake, formed by the building of a dam in 1895, which meanders around the contours of the wooded hills and provides a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Though it's a tiger reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness by the lake.
In the evening, enjoy a tour around a local spice plantation and a delicious meal prepared by the owner's family.
Venture into the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided nature walk in the hope of glimpsing sambar, bison, elephant, spotted deer, tiger and leopard.
- Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner
- Periyar - National Park wildlife walk
- Periyar - Lake boat tour - INR650
Hotel (2 nts)
Kerala Backwaters Homestay
Travelling by private vehicle, head for the backwaters of Kerala (approx 4.5 hrs). It's a great ride through plantations of rubber, tea and coffee to the boarding point for our boats.
Crossing the backwaters, head to an island village to stay with local families (approx 1 hour).
In the late afternoon, you explore the island with a local English-speaking guide or your homestay host to observe the different facets of local life - this is a great chance to meet and talk with the people who live here. Strolling under palm trees and weaving in between the rice fields that cover the island, you have a chance to learn about the lifestyles of the locals.
Take a leisurely pole boat ride around the lake and enjoy the outstanding scenery.
Accommodation is on a multishare basis and all the families live within a few hundred metres of each other, with at least one person in the family speaking a reasonable standard of English. Food is traditional Keralan home cooking.
- Backwaters - Pole Boat Ride
- Backwaters - Guided walk
Homestay (1 nt)
Get up early and start your day to the sound of bird songs, before crossing the backwaters by private boat to Alleppey (approx 1.5 hrs), and a local bus to Kochi (approx 2 hrs). The rest of the day is free for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping.
Hotel (1 nt)
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.