SANDALWOOD AND SPICE ROUTE

Our personal favourite, this itinerary has the ability to touch your soul and melt your heart. Curated with utmost love and passion, we take you on a journey that arouses all your five sense. It starts at the city of Mysore where you will be fascinated by the grandeur of its palaces, buildings and statues. We make a halt at one of the most scenic Nagarhole national park.

Tea anyone? We will spend the time at the magnificent tea estates of Ooty and Munnar. It only gets better at the gorgeous houseboat cruising in the backwaters for the last two nights of the trip.

  • Mysore Palace, Mysore, India

  • The famous Mysore Palace, Mysore, India

  • Sambar deer wandering around trees in monsoon season of Kabini Forest , Karnataka , India

  • Vistas of green forests, mountain ranges covered in fog, blue skies and plantation, pond and lake at a resort in ooty, India

  • Wild goat Nilgiri Tahr at Rajamalai hills in Eravikulam National Park near Munnar, Kerala, India

  • Indian Elephants on the Kabini River in Nagarhole National Park in India

  • Very big metal Nandy statue in Mysore

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Day 01

Arrive at the Tech City of India - Bengaluru Bengaluru to Mysore – we cover approximately 150 Kms

After a comfortable flight, you arrive at the Dubai airport where you board a connecting flight to Bengaluru. Once you arrive at Bengaluru you will be driven to Mysore for a two-night stay at the Regaalis Hotel.

Afternoon looks rather promising – We take you for a two-hour heritage walk in the city, which starts at the bustling town hall, visits the colorful devaraja market and ends at the magnificent jagan mohan palace. During the walk you will uncover secrets and stories of Mysore and why it holds such a special place in our hearts.

Day 02

Experiencing Mystical Mysore

Mysore has a lot to offer. First stop the Chamundi Hills, site of the Chamundeswari Temple and Nandi Bull as well as the vast City Palace, which was re-built by Henry Irwin during 1897 in an indo-saracenic style. The palace contains astonishing wall paintings, authentic stained glass work and ornamented doors.

We will leave the city to visit the temple complex at Somnathpur and the exquisite Keshava Vishnu temple, one of the finest in India, along with Srirangapatnam where Tipu Sultan was killed in battle against an East India Company army including Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington.

Day 03

Experiencing Mystical Mysore

Mysore has a lot to offer. First stop the Chamundi Hills, site of the Chamundeswari Temple and Nandi Bull as well as the vast City Palace, which was re-built by Henry Irwin during 1897 in an indo-saracenic style. The palace contains astonishing wall paintings, authentic stained glass work and ornamented doors.

We will leave the city to visit the temple complex at Somnathpur and the exquisite Keshava Vishnu temple, one of the finest in India, along with Srirangapatnam where Tipu Sultan was killed in battle against an East India Company army including Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington.

Day 04

Mysore to Nagarhole We cover approximately 90 Kms

With memories to last a lifetime we bid adieus to Mysore and drive to Nagarhole National Park. Southern India’s finest reserve, Nagarhole is home to the tiger, bison, elephant, panther and sloth bear and has over 250 diverse species of birds.

We have an idyllic waterside location on the edge of the reserve where we stay for two nights called The Bison. Excellent tents, waterside swimming pool and the breath taking views – perhaps enough to soak your self in the lap of luxury

Day 05

Nagarhole

After dipping in luxury, its time to put the adventure hats on.  We explore Nagarhole with an early morning and an evening game safari in the company of an expert naturalist. Established in 1955, Nagarhole is a beautiful reserve and predominately consists of lush deciduous forests covering a large area to the north of the Kabini River.

Day 06

Nagarhole to Sultans Battery We cover approximately 80 Kms

After a scrumptious breakfast we leave Nagarhole and drive to Sultan’s Battery, a small town at the Western Ghats and at the centre of a region, which produces some of India’s premium coffee, cardamom and vanilla. Did we just smell heaven – perhaps we just did.

Stay for two nights at the charming Tranquil, a secluded 70-year-old plantation bungalow on the Kuppamudi Coffee Estate. Charmingly restored, Tranquil is one of Kerala’s exquisite hideaways.

Day 07

Sultans Battery

Today we enjoy the local essence of Tranquil and the surrounding area. Did we say you can swim in the beautiful pool or laze in a hammock with a book. If feeling superbly energetic, Tranquil has over 400 acres of estate to explore with numerous walking trails through the grounds including a challenging hill trek to Look Out Rock.

Day 08

Sultans Battery to Ooty We cover approximately 135 Kms

This morning leave Sultan’s Battery and continue to the hill station of Ooty. The capital of the Nilgiri ‘Blue Mountain’ district, Ooty boasts a temperate climate that once enticed the British to escape the summer heat of plains. Here they whiled away their time with endless socialising, bridge parties and Tiffin, which gave the town the catchy nickname of ‘Snooty Ooty’. Stay two nights at the historic Savoy Hotel, which first opened as a hotel in 1841 and has hosted many famous and royal visitors.

Day 09

Ooty

Today you are at your leisure to enjoy the town and visit the well-maintained botanical gardens, which have over 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. You may also wish to take a ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway that winds its way down through spectacular scenery and breathtaking views to the nearby town of Coonoor.

Day 10

Ooty to Kochi We cover approximately 300 Kms

After the breakfast we drive to Kochi and a for two-night stay at the Malabar House or upgrade to the Old Harbour Hotel or Brunton Boatyard Hotel.

Founded by Vasco-da-Gama in 1502, Kochi quickly developed into a principle port and the centre of the spice trade on the Malabar Coast.

A picturesque town of dilapidated buildings, vibrant bougainvillea and a languid palm-fringed harbour, Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers have all influenced this charming city.

Day 11

Kochi

Smell of the seawater and fish, hung over nets and locals on the beach – today we explore the Fort Kochi. Starting on foot, begin the day at the church of St Francis, the oldest European church in India, then walk to the town’s waterfront – site of the iconic Chinese fishing nets and the many fish stalls.

Later visit Mattancherry Palace, which was built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift to the Raja of Kochi, and the town’s fine synagogue. The area here is also known for its many antique and souvenir shops. End the day with a mesmeric sunset cruise around the bustling harbour.

Day 12

Kochi to Alleppey We cover approximately 75 Kms

A drive to remember along the coast to Alleppey and the Kerala backwaters where we welcome you to join a private houseboat for a two night cruise. Authentic and comfortable, all meals are cooked on board and the boat is staffed with a captain, a deck hand and a cook. Spend the remainder of day cruising the picturesque and peaceful backwaters.

Day 13

Kerala Backwaters

Explore the backwaters that entails a network of lakes, coconut shaded canals and estuaries – tiled and thatched cottages bright with hibiscus dot the embankments and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets hung over the water’s edge. Witness local life with children swimming and playing in the water, women attending to their daily chores and men fishing from their canoes.

Day 14

Alleppey to Mararikulam We cover approximately - 15kms

After the breakfast we leave the houseboat and travel a short distance to Mararikulam and the Marari Beach Resort for a three-night stay. Set in the twenty-five acres of coconut groves with grounds leading down to the beach, the Marari Beach Resort is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beautiful Kerala coast.

Day 15

Mararikulam

Explore the Marari Beach Resort and connect with yourself

Day 16

Mararikulam

Explore the Marari Beach Resort and connect with yourself

Day 17

Backwaters to Kochi We cover approximately 65 kms

Kochi to UK

Transfer back to Kochi Airport for an onward Emirates flight to Dubai. On your arrival board the Emirates flight to the UK.

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