Classic India Itinerary
Classic India 2013 Itinerary
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Day 1 Fri Oct 11th - Depart UK on flight to India
Day 2 Sat Oct 12th – Gaze out of the window on approach to Calicut and admire the coconut palm lined runway. Exit the airport for the transfer to the first hotel and put on a brave face while taking your first look at Indian traffic and secretly not really believing that you are going to be in amongst it. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Day 3 Sun Oct 13th – A gentle day. A local run out and your first drive of a car designed in the late 1940’s. A chance to swim in the Indian ocean followed by the hustle and bustle of the local town.
Day 4 Mon Oct 14th – This is it. We’ll be up at the crack of dawn for a drive south on smooth tarmac. After stopping off at unusual tourist spot at lunctime we should reach the historic city of Cochin in time for a stroll along the seafront before dinner.
Day 5 Tues Oct 15th – In 2011 we added a day to the itinerary to give participants a whole day off in Cohchin. It was a popular chioce and you will not be short of things to do whether it be visiting Fort Cochin, the antique shops of Jew Town, the spice market at Mattancherry or the multitude of shops in Ernakulum.
Day 6 Wed Oct 16th - Today is a relaitvely easy days drive as we head for the Backwaters, a huge area criss-crossed with inland waterways. We’re staying in a delightful property in Kumarakom on the shores of Lake Vembanad.
Day 7 Thu Oct 17th – Well be up early again for a wonderful gentle climb to Munnar the old summer resort of the British. It’s a long days drive and once we reach the heights we’ll get our first view of the magnificent tea plantations. Munnar is a lively, vibrant town and there’ll be a chance to look round before dinner.
Day 8 Fri Oct 18th – An absolutely beautiful day. We’ll leave Munnar and continue through some of the highest and most beautiful tea plantations in the world. After leaving the tea we reach the sandlawood plantatyions and then we’ll cross a large sweltering plain and tackle the gentle climb to Karumba to stay in a delightful hill side resort.
Day 9 Sat Oct 19th – Today we head to Udagamandalam, better known as Ooty, the old British hill station and the seat of Govt. for South India in the days of the Raj. All being well we’ll arrive early afternoon giving you a chance to explore, perhaps taking a walk past Charring Cross (the town centre) and up to the botanical gardens followed by a cup of tea in the old country club.
Day 10 Sun Oct 20th – We now head down from the hills, hoping for clear weather to enjoy the spectacular views as we head towards Mysore, the city of palaces.
Day 11 Mon Oct 21st – Today is another complete day off. A chance to truly enjoy this vibrant city. There’s plenty to see and visit. The Maharaja’s Palace, the temple at Chamundi Hill and no doubt the fascinating markets in the centre of town.
Day 12 Tue Oct 22nd – We’ll be leaving Mysore and heading through the Wayanad wild life reserve, where you’ll no doubt try to spot a wild elephant prior to descending the hills for the final run to Calicut. In the evening we’ll be celebrating the end of the trip with a traditional Indian party.
Day 13 Wed Oct 23rd – Perhaps a chance for a last miunute swim in the pool before catching the coach to the airport.
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