This family friendly journey to South India is brimming with activities to satisfy even the most adventurous of children. A wonderful combination of private river cruising, wildlife safaris, and child friendly, insightful experiences amongst working plantations guarantees a holiday packed with variety. We have been mindful in avoiding one-night stays where possible to prevent constant repacking.
- Float lazily along a river by raft through bird-filled bamboo forests and past tea gardens
- Visit Nagarhole National Park – home to tigers, leopards and black panther
- Hike, cycle and zipline the entrancing Western Ghats
- Meander through the Keralan backwaters on your own converted rice barge
Arriving into the state of Karnataka, Bangalore and Mysore provide a great introduction to India. Mysore is the cleanest city in India. Small and manageable it punches well above its weight with the magnificent city palace, and colourful markets famous for the flowers on sale. Ask your guide to take you to one of Mysore’s famous sweet stalls where you can try pak the pride of the city.
The lush hills around Coorg are home to south India’s largest population of Tibetan Buddhists as well as plenty of wild elephants. Visit Bylakuppe’s colourful monasteries for a blast of Buddhism before hiking, biking or trying your hand at India’s second longest zipline. Coorg is home to coffee plantations. Experience planters’ life first-hand on the "Worker's Trail". We can arrange a coracle ride (a local circular fishing craft made from woven reeds) or a rafting adventure on the Kaveri River.
At Nagarhole National Park wildlife takes centre stage. The Asian elephant is majestic and prolific, while the tiger remains elusive but occasionally seen. Between safaris there is plenty to do at Orange County – a large pool, mountain bikes, a fully staffed kid's club and nature trails.
Next up, the chance to sleep in a treehouse! Not just any old treehouse either – think Home & Gardens interiors with soft furnishings, big comfy beds, and home comforts. The views are incredible but the real highlight of your stay will be your hosts who are quick to pour a gin & tonic and invite you into their home.
Cochin and the backwaters
Cochin has for centuries played a huge role in the world’s spice trade evidenced by the mix of British, Dutch and Portuguese colonial architecture in the heart of Fort Kochi. Having explored the city join your young, dynamic guide and cycle out into the small villages surrounding Cochin to see life lived as it has been for generations.
The backwaters that snake inland from the Arabian Sea are justifiably one of Kerala’s biggest draws with swaying coconut palms lining the banks of narrow canals, women washing clothes outside brightly coloured houses, children shrieking and waving as you glide past and Brahminy kites wheeling overhead. Despite ever growing numbers of houseboats plying these waterways, a day spent aboard your own is a wonderful experience. Lunch is a treat (eating in this part of the world is an unbridled joy) with dish after dish appearing to festoon the table. Take your time and enjoy.
If you have a few more days to spare, we recommend a beach extension to Mararikulam, where fishermen haul the daily catch across wide empty expanses of sand. Marari Beach Resort boasts south India’s largest swimming pool, a spa, and acres of space to let off steam. The seafood here is incredible and if you are feeling creative join the chefs in the kitchen.
Predominantly a rural holiday, this itinerary includes accommodation that is comfortable and smart, with facilities geared towards family needs. South India is a perfect location for everybody. Allow our India Travel Experts to hone a South India holiday to your own personal interests.
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