Maldives, Rice barge cruise, Humpi & Goa, Tamil Nadu


5 Days & 4 Nights from $2,350

Four degrees north of the equator, the Maldivian archipelago of 1,190 islands stretches ribbon-like across the deep blue seas of the Indian Ocean. Here, tropical sandy hideaways offer pure relaxation in exquisitely beautiful surroundings. Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Malé and take a seaplane to the charming Cocoa Island, which offers 33 rooms and suites, each with a private terrace and direct access to the sea. Stay 4 nights, with all meals included. For other options in the Maldives, see pages 156-157 .

Price based on travel in the low season and is intended as a guideline. There are often special offers available for off-peak travel and longer stays. Please contact Saffron for details.


4 Days & 3 Nights from $675

Located between Kochi (Cochin) and Alleppey, Mararikulam is a beautiful stretch of beach. One of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the coastline, the main attractions are the local culture, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the extensive sandy beaches.

Extend your stay in tropical Kerala by staying 3 nights at the Marari Beach Resort, a villagestyle hotel that provides comfortable accommodation in 62 individual thatched cottages and Deluxe pool villas. Marari Beach Resort is around 1.5 hours from Kochi airport and the backwaters.


13 Days & 11 Nights from $265

In the variation in the main tour, instead of taking a shikara ride on Day 11, leave the group on day 11 and explore the Keralan backwaters in a traditional wooden rice barge. Once used to ferry rice and other goods across Kerala and provide accommodation for the boatmen, the barges have been sensitively converted into floating homes for tourists, with a few tweaks and essential modern conveniences added.

Relax on a full-day cruise through the backwaters, followed by a night on board the boat. Return to shore the next day to join the rest of the group for an overnight stay at the Coconut Lagoon.


7 Days & 6 Nights from $1475

Day 13 : Fly to Hubli • Hampi
Take the afternoon flight to Hubli and transfer to the Evolve Back Kamalapura for a 3-night stay. Or upgrade to the Ultimate Travelling Camp, Kishkinda from $465. (B, D)
Days 14 : Humpi
Explore the surreal boulder-strewn landscape of Hampi and some of the 500 ruins of the Vijayanagara empire. Walk through the palace complex and enjoy breathtaking views from the hilltop shrines at Matanga and Hemakuta. The most impressive of the sights includes Hampi bazaar, the living Virupaksha Hindu temple and the royal enclosure area, which contains the impressive Queen’s Bath and the former elephant stables. (B, D)
Day 15 : Humpi
Visit the artisan village of Anegundi and the impressive hilltop Hanuman temple. (B, D)
Day 16 : Fly to Goa
Travel to Hubli for the afternoon flight to Goa. Transfer to the Alila Diwa Goa, located in South Goa, set amid serene paddy fields and a short distance from Majorda beach. (B)
Day 17-18 : Goa
Relax by the beach or by the pool. (B)
Day 19 : Fly to London Fly to London via Mumbai. (B)


7 Days & 5 Nights from $870

Day 13 : Fly to Delhi
Fly to Delhi and transfer to the Eros Hotel Nehru Place for 2 nights. (B)
Days 14 : Delhi
Enjoy a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi including a drive past the Red Fort and India Gate and a visit to Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat. End the tour with a visit to Qutb Minar tower and the tomb of Emperor Humayun. (B)
Day 15 : Agra
TDrive to Agra. Enjoy lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Taj Mahal before visiting Agra fort and the Taj Mahal. Check into the Courtyard by Mariott for an overnight stay. (B)
Day 16 : Fatehpur Sikri • Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful deserted citadel. Check into the Hilton Jaipur for 2 nights. (B)
Day 17 : Jaipur
Tour the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber fort, en route taking a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal. Visit the City Palace Museum and the Jantar Mantar observatory. Walk around the colourful bazaars. (B)
Day 18-19 : Delhi • Fly to London
Drive back to Delhi and transfer to the airport for your return flight via Dubai. (B) (N)


6 Days & 4 Nights from $1065

Day 13 : Thekkady
Morning transfer to Thekkady. After lunch, visit a spice garden to learn about different spices and how they are used. Overnight at the Spice Village. (B)
Days 14 : Madurai
Drive to Madurai and visit the Meenakshi temple for the evening ceremony. Surrounded by colourful markets, the temple is a brilliant example of southern temple architecture, with its nine gopurams soaring to almost 50 metres above the gateways. Stay overnight at the Heritage Madurai. (B)
Day 15 : Tiruchchirappalli • Kumbakonam
Morning drive to Tiruchchirappalli to visit the imposing Rock Fort temple. Continue to the nearby town of Kumbakonam for a 2-night stay at Mantra Koodam. (B)
Day 16 : Thanjavur
Visit to Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur (Tanjore) and Darasuram, a temple noted for its fine sculpture. Continue to a bronze casting studio to view the lost art of wax metal casting. (B)
Day 17-18 : Chennai • Fly to London
Full-day drive to Chennai (Madras). Stay at Trident Chennai until departure to the airport. (B) (N)


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