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Spice of the South

Small group tour
14 days - From AU$5250*PP

Travel the lush landscapes and experience the unique cultural riches of India's south. Wander incense-laden markets and fragrant tea plantations, and marvel at the sight of India's greatest remaining elephant herds as you explore the jungles of Nagarhole. Be enchanted by the tranquil backwaters stretching languidly across the tropical Kerala lowlands, the tea-growing highlands of the Nilgiris and charming, spice-filled Fort Cochin.

Inclusions

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 jeep safaris
  • 3 boat trips
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees (not including camera fees)
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • return transfers.

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DECEMBER 20th
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JANUARY 2nd
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Per person from:

AU$5895*

Single supplement:
AU$2535*
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JANUARY 3rd
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JANUARY 16th
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AU$5447*

Single supplement:
AU$2354*
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JANUARY 17th
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JANUARY 30th
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AU$5250*

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AU$2354*
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FEBRUARY 14th
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FEBRUARY 27th
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FEBRUARY 28th
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MARCH 13th
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AU$5250*

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AU$2354*
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MARCH 14th
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MARCH 27th
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OCTOBER 10th
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OCTOBER 23rd
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AU$5437*

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AU$2478*
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NOVEMBER 6th
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DECEMBER 4th
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JANUARY 2nd
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JANUARY 15th
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Per person from:

AU$5721*

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AU$2468*
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JANUARY 16th
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JANUARY 29th
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Per person from:

AU$5522*

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AU$2468*
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JANUARY 30th
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FEBRUARY 12th
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AU$5522*

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FEBRUARY 13th
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FEBRUARY 26th
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FEBRUARY 27th
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MARCH 12th
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AU$5522*

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MARCH 13th
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MARCH 26th
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OCTOBER 9th
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OCTOBER 22nd
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Per person from:

AU$5711*

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AU$2601*
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OCTOBER 23rd
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NOVEMBER 5th
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Per person from:

AU$5711*

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AU$2601*
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NOVEMBER 20th
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DECEMBER 3rd
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AU$5711*

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2017

DAYS 1-3: BANGALORE & MYSORE
On arrival in Bangalore, transfer to your hotel. Take a short walk in the beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Gardens before the drive to Mysore, stopping for a delicious traditional thali for lunch. A cultured and quiet town famous for its silk and sandalwood, discover Mysore on a special heritage walk conducted by a local expert guide which includes the famous Devarajah Market with its colourful dye powders and essential oils. Also visit the ornate temple of Somnathpur and admire the grandeur of the extravagant Maharajah's Palace. In the afternoon you might like to visit Chamundi Hill for city views.

Hotel: The Chancery
Hotel: Royal Orchid Metropole Mysore        

DAYS 4-7: NAGARHOLE & COONOOR
Roaming the forested ranges and waterways of Nagarhole National Park are the largest remaining herds of Indian Elephants. From our delightful lakeside lodge, seek out these incredible animals by boat and jeep safaris, and watch for tigers and other rare wildlife. A long day’s drive takes you into the resplendent Nilgiri Hills and experience the distinctly British air of quirky hill station, Coonoor. Experience the magic of India’s heritage trains with a ride on the famous Nilgiri Queen 'toy train' to Ooty, and visit St Stephens and the view from Doddabetta Peak, passing the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Hotel: The Serai Kabini
Hotel: The Gateway Hotel Church Road

DAYS 8-9: MUNNAR
Admire tropical mountain scenery on your way to Munnar, with dramatic views across thriving tea plantations, and stay in the midst of this superb hill country scenery surrounded by forest and cardamom plantations. Learn about tea cultivation at the Tea Museum, visit the Shrishti project and enjoy a hill safari through tropical gardens.

Hotel: Spice Tree Munnar

DAYS 10-11: KUMARAKOM & THE KERALA BACKWATERS
Return to the tropical lowlands and serene Kumarakom. Drift along a tropical canal by small boat to your resort perched on the edge of Vembanad Lake. Enjoy a free day of relaxation lakeside, with your only scheduled activities a short afternoon cooking demonstration of Keralan delicacies followed by sundowners.

Hotel: Coconut Lagoon

DAYS 12-14: COCHIN
Board your traditional kettuvalayam, an iconic local houseboat, and cruise the idyllic backwaters surrounded by lush, tropical scenery. Dine on a delicious lunch on board before alighting at Allepey for the drive to historic Cochin. Explore its sites on foot, including the iconic Chinese fishing nets, St Francis Church and the synagogue. Immerse yourself in Keralan culture with a traditional dance demonstration, and enjoy a sunset cruise then dinner on your final night. In the morning, transfer to the airport.

Hotel: Fragrant Nature Kochi

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Spice of the South reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Accommodation
8.8
Content of holiday
8.8
Tour leader, if applicable
10.0
Local guide(s)
9.5
Value for money
9.0
Overall rating
9.3
Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

Valerie

Adelaide, South Australia Single traveller
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Guide was very well prepared, always on time and was able to tailor activities to suit our personal interests. Eg we visited a bee museum! Highlights: safaris, backwaters cruise, lunch at a rubber plantIon, tours of local markets. The food was superb; southern Indian cuisine is so different from at home 'Indian food'. Driver was careful, we always felt safe, and was very knowledgeable about birds which he alerted us to.
Nothing....But I would have been happy for the tour to be longer!
Confirmed traveller: 01 February 2016
Published on: 01 May 2016
10 out of 10

Michele

Melbourne Couple
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the variety of what we experienced was amazing. Also, I cannot speak highly enough of our tour leader - he was relaxed, friendly and his knowledge of the areas added to our experience.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed traveller: 21 December 2015
Published on: 19 January 2016
8 out of 10

Valerie

Couple
+
Hotels 'Spice Tree', 'Coconut Lagoon' and
Nagahole Game park excellent. Great driver and local guide.
First and last hotels poor choices. Run Down. Not value for money on a trip of this kind.
Too much content every day and we all opted out of some. However the biggest problem was only 6 in group. We were only couple, one lady very difficult an obese as well. Would not join a group of less than twelve in future ESPECIALLY as this trip was billed as Max 18 usually 12. Very disappointing as we have used Travel Indochina on several occasions before for 'Own trips'.
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2015
Published on: 26 January 2016

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