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Wonders of South India including



2 NIGHTS from £149pp

Tour Highlights
  • Spend 3 days exploring the amazing city of Dubai
  • City tours of Bangalore and Cochin
  • Jeep and boat safaris in Kabini
  • Watch a Kalthakali Cultural Show
  • Ride the Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Wander through Meenakshi Amman Hindu Temple
  • Overnight cruise of Alleppey's backwaters

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Dubai Extension

With incredible beaches of powdery white sand and an azure sea which is crystal clear and warm, an extension to Dubai and the Emirates is the perfect place to relax and soak in the Arabian sun. Famed for its luxury shopping and ultra modern architecture, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for you to experience.
Choose a hotel from our handpicked options or speak to our reservations team about our entire range of hotels available.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Bangalore

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Bangalore.


On arrival into Bangalore, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, discover the cosmopolitan hub of India's booming IT industry peppered with Victoria-era architecture on your afternoon tour of the city. Visit the atmospheric Bull Temple, home to an enormous granite monolith of Nandi the celestial bull, wander through Lalbagh Botanical Gardens to admire the world's most diverse plant species and marvel at Vidhan Soudha's colossal Neo-Dravidian architectural splendour. In the evening, sample delicious local delights at your welcome meal.

  • Lunch & Dinner
Bangalore to Mysore

Following breakfast, depart Bangalore for the 18th century fort town of Srirangapatnam, once the stronghold of ruler Tipu Sultan before his defeat by colonial forces. Cross the main bridge over the Cauvery River to discover intriguing monuments documenting South India's power struggles, including a striking marble church built by French missionaries. Later, proceed to your hotel in the ancient city of Mysore.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Considered one of India's most flamboyant cities, Mysore boasts a glittering royal heritage, bustling marketplaces and a thriving centre for yoga expertise. Your full day tour takes you to the heart of the city and one of India's grandest royal abodes - the sprawling Mysore Palace. Discover the palace's painted glass ceiling with peacock motifs in the Marriage Pavilion, treasured royal paintings that line the Public Durbar Hall and a glistening Golden Howdah used to carry the Maharaja. Atop the nearby Chamundi hills, visit the Chamundi Temple famed for intricate carvings on its towering gopuram entrance and panoramic vistas over Mysore.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Mysore to Kabini

This morning travel to Kabini - wild wetlands that surround the Kabini River. The riverbanks boast a rich variety of wildlife, particularly in summer as the receding water presents luscious meadows on either side. Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of today at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Spend this morning exploring the surrounding jungle on a jeep safari. From peculiar beaked Malabar Pied Hornbills perched upon mammoth Rosewood trees, to Indian bison meandering across the road and the prized Bengal tiger pacing amongst evergreen bamboo, your safari route gives you the best chance to observe South India's most intriguing natural inhabitants. In the afternoon, spot the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants, a plethora of majestic water birds and marsh crocodiles stalking shallow waters during your river safari.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Kabini to Ooty

After breakfast journey to the hill station of Ooty, one of three that occupy the UNESCO recognised biome of Nilgiri Hill. For the next two nights, your elevated position offers stunning views across the southern plains and tea gardens that hug the sloping terrain.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Completed in 1899 by British colonial forces, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway transports passengers through a series of gauges, across lofty bridges and around hillsides blanketed by tea plantations. Having completed this extraordinary sightseeing route.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Ooty to Madurai

Depart Ooty for one of India's oldest cites, Madurai. As an important place of worship and commerce, it encapsulates the complex historical tapestry of South India. Later this evening, witness a night ceremony at Madurai's biggest temple; during this procession, behold the spectacle of Lord Shiva's bronze statue being carried to the Hindu God of Love's bedchamber, accompanied by religious prayer and atmospheric temple music.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, visit one of India's grandest temples, Meenakshi Amman Temple. This complex presents 33,000 sculptures, illustrating vivid Hindu tales amongst 12 gargantuan gopuram towers engraved with gods, goddesses and demons - all in staggering detail. The pinnacle of your visit and testimony to the region's architectural finesse lies within the 'Hall of a Thousand Pillars', a masterpiece of lifelike sculptures clinging to towering pillars within a vast gallery.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Madurai to Munnar

Following breakfast, cross into the Indian state of Kerala arriving in Munnar - a region famed for its rolling hillsides coated in emerald tea plantations. The rest of your day is at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today visit natural splendours of the region including the mirror-like waters of Mattupetty Lake, call out at Echo Point whilst listening patiently to the returning call from surrounding hills, discover the origins of your morning tea at a plantation and witness the unforgettable scene of the Jungle Honey Bee Nest - 25 hives occupying a single tree. Return to Munnar for a well-deserved rest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Munnar to Alleppey

In the morning, travel from Munnar to Alleppy - a hub of Kerala's vast waterway network. Here you will board a traditional houseboat which will be your transport and accommodation for the night. Enjoy a leisurely cruise through winding backwaters and meander through picturesque lagoons to admire stunning rural scenery whilst observing quaint surrounding villages.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Alleppey to Cochin

Beckoning merchants and explorers for over 500 years, the port city of Cochin offers a dynamic cultural mixture of Portuguese houses, ancient mosques and crumbling remains of British colonialism, all overlooking the tropical Malabar Coast. Disembark this morning for a half-day sightseeing tour to visit the seemingly modest Mattancherry Palace, home to astonishing Hindu murals depicting Puranic legends. Continue to the edifice of St Francis Church, believed to be one of India's oldest churches and gaze at Cochin's promenade, lined with distinct spiderlike Chinese fishing nets. This evening, enjoy a farewell meal at your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a full day of leisure in Cochin. In the early evening, head to a Kathakali cultural show and watch a traditionally based dance based on themes of Hindu mythology.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Cochin to UK

Depart your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner will either be always taken at local restaurants or at your hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.

Important Information


A visa is required for entry into India. British Citizen Passport Holders will need to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (ETV) for travel to India. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £114 per person. The Travel Visa Company can only apply for this 30 days before your proposed travel date and takes around 10 working days to issue. It is only valid for a 30 day single entry stay from the date of arrival. When calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure, they will also advise you of all information they will require in order to apply for the visa. Alternatively you can visit The Indian Visa Application Centre in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1B 7DU.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Flights are operated with Emirates, departing London Heathrow via Dubai. Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 10kg - 55cm/38cm/ 20cm) in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check- in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health or vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in India is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of India. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.
Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience. It is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency, please do not give coins as these are difficult to exchange.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

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2020 DATES
Marco Polo
09 Jan 202026 Jan 2020£169£1969£2138SOLD OUT
16 Jan 202003 Feb 2020£169£1949£2118SOLD OUT
23 Jan 202010 Feb 2020£169£1969£2138SOLD OUT
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20 Feb 202009 Mar 2020£169£1939£2108Book Now
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12 Mar 202030 Mar 2020£169£1869£2038Book Now
23 Apr 202011 May 2020£149£1729£1878Book Now
07 May 202025 May 2020£149£1739£1888Book Now
21 May 202008 Jun 2020£149£1599£1748Book Now
13 Aug 202031 Aug 2020£149£2199£2348Book Now
03 Sep 202021 Sep 2020£149£1839£1988Book Now
17 Sep 202005 Oct 2020£169£1699£1868Book Now
01 Oct 202019 Oct 2020£169£1839£2008Book Now
15 Oct 202002 Nov 2020£169£1899£2068Book Now
29 Oct 202016 Nov 2020£169£1919£2088Book Now
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26 Nov 202014 Dec 2020£169£1949£2118Book Now
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09 Jan 202126 Jan 2021£189£1969£2158Book Now
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06 Feb 202123 Feb 2021£189£1969£2158Book Now
20 Feb 202109 Mar 2021£189£1939£2128Book Now
06 Mar 202123 Mar 2021£189£1969£2158Book Now
13 Mar 202130 Mar 2021£189£1869£2058Book Now
27 Mar 202113 Apr 2021£189£1869£2058Book Now
24 Apr 202111 May 2021£149£1729£1878Book Now
08 May 202125 May 2021£149£1739£1888Book Now
22 May 202108 Jun 2021£149£1599£1748Book Now
12 Aug 202129 Aug 2021£149£2199£2348Book Now
04 Sep 202121 Sep 2021£149£1839£1988Book Now
18 Sep 202105 Oct 2021£189£1699£1888Book Now
02 Oct 202119 Oct 2021£189£1839£2028Book Now
16 Oct 202102 Nov 2021£189£1899£2088Book Now
30 Oct 202116 Nov 2021£189£1919£2108Book Now
13 Nov 202130 Nov 2021£189£1949£2138Book Now
27 Nov 202114 Dec 2021£189£1949£2138Book Now
2020 DATES
Carlton Palace Hotel
09 Jan 202027 Jan 2020£189£1969£2158SOLD OUT
16 Jan 202003 Feb 2020£189£1949£2138SOLD OUT
23 Jan 202010 Feb 2020£189£1969£2158SOLD OUT
06 Feb 202024 Feb 2020£189£1969£2158Please call to book
0800 781 4893
20 Feb 202009 Mar 2020£189£1939£2128Book Now
05 Mar 202023 Mar 2020£189£1969£2158Book Now
12 Mar 202030 Mar 2020£189£1869£2058Book Now
23 Apr 202011 May 2020£159£1729£1888Book Now
07 May 202025 May 2020£159£1739£1898Book Now
21 May 202008 Jun 2020£159£1599£1758Book Now
13 Aug 202031 Aug 2020£159£2199£2358Book Now
03 Sep 202021 Sep 2020£159£1839£1998Book Now
17 Sep 202005 Oct 2020£189£1699£1888Book Now
01 Oct 202019 Oct 2020£189£1839£2028Book Now
15 Oct 202002 Nov 2020£189£1899£2088Book Now
29 Oct 202016 Nov 2020£189£1919£2108Book Now
12 Nov 202030 Nov 2020£189£1949£2138Book Now
26 Nov 202014 Dec 2020£179£1949£2128Book Now
2021 DATES
09 Jan 202127 Jan 2021£199£1969£2168Book Now
16 Jan 202103 Feb 2021£199£1949£2148Book Now
23 Jan 202110 Feb 2021£199£1969£2168Book Now
06 Feb 202124 Feb 2021£199£1969£2168Book Now
20 Feb 202110 Mar 2021£199£1939£2138Book Now
06 Mar 202124 Mar 2021£199£1969£2168Book Now
13 Mar 202131 Mar 2021£199£1869£2068Book Now
27 Mar 202114 Apr 2021£199£1869£2068Book Now
24 Apr 202112 May 2021£159£1729£1888Book Now
08 May 202126 May 2021£159£1739£1898Book Now
22 May 202109 Jun 2021£159£1599£1758Book Now
12 Aug 202130 Aug 2021£159£2199£2358Book Now
04 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£159£1839£1998Book Now
18 Sep 202106 Oct 2021£199£1699£1898Book Now
02 Oct 202120 Oct 2021£199£1839£2038Book Now
16 Oct 202103 Nov 2021£199£1899£2098Book Now
30 Oct 202117 Nov 2021£199£1919£2118Book Now
13 Nov 202101 Dec 2021£199£1949£2148Book Now
27 Nov 202115 Dec 2021£199£1949£2148Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully escorted tour with local English speaking guides throughout
  • Scheduled flights from London Heathrow to India with Jet Airways. Other regional flights are available at a supplement.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Alcoholic drinks

Please note that Kerala has strict laws regarding the governance of the sale of alcohol in public places including hotels and restaurants. The sale and consumption of alcohol is therefore often restricted in hotels, varying from one establishment to another. However, you may bring your own alcohol with you for private consumption in your room.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

23 °C / 40 °C

When to go

Weather can vary throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.








What to pack
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Camera and charger/spare batteries
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
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