A fascinating journey through India's iconic south; do experience the diversity in scenery, architecture, culture and most importantly the people.
Karnataka is a tapestry of colours, cultures, flavours, landscapes, and timelessness. A place where vibrant worlds seamlessly melt into one another in every few hundred kilometres. Sedate plains suddenly rise to dizzying mist covered hilly heights, and then plunge with careless abandon in a white watered freefall to become languid rivers that flow past cities where time has stopped altogether, and cities where time rushes a relentless rush to keep up with the world
Upon arrival at Bangalore airport, meet and assistance by our office representative, followed by transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day will free to relax after the long International flight journey. Overnight at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
After an early breakfast and check-out, departure for Chickmagalur by a beautiful winding road. On your way proceed for Belur and Halebid sightseeing. Belur is the first site built by the Hoysala dynasty (11th and 12th century), its many and admirable reliefs recount scenes of battle between the Cholas Vishnuvardhana and his neighbour of Tamil Nadu. At Halebid, the Temple Hoysaleshwara appears like a jewel in the quality of its sculptures. No details are overlooked in this stunning overview of the great Hindu myths. Later proceed to Chikmagalur. Known for its coffee plantations, this picturesque town is blessed with soothing climate round the year due to its location. On arrival, check-in at your hotel for your dinner and overnight stay. (Half board)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will receive an Ayurvedic introduction dispensed by the doctor present on site. The rest of your day is free for your Ayurvedic massages (Payable locally), to relax by the pool and to take advantage of the in house activities proposed by your hotel. Late afternoon there is an opportunity to experience guided Coffee plantation tour by walk in the hotel own’s property. Chikmagalur is where coffee was first cultivated in India and it still produces some of the country’s finest beans. Sample local coffees like the Panduranga, the Arabica, vanilla and various other blends. These seeds—fragrant Arabica—took root easily in this sweet spot of heavy rainfall and high altitude. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Full board)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy your morning with some Ayurvedic massages (Payable locally) or relax by the pool. This afternoon proceed with your guide to the Coffee Board’s museum, an initiative by the Coffee Board of India, to introduce you to the history of Indian coffee, its legends, cultural practices nurtured by tradition and enhanced by technology and various aspects related to research and development. There are interesting aspects on coffee and health as well as ecology and sustainability that are also highlighted. Take a sip of the local gold nectar “AAA-grade Arabica, medium-roasted and freshly ground, no chicory”... Return to you hotel for your overnight stay. Lunch and Dinner at the hotel. (Full board)
After your breakfast at the hotel and check-out, continue your heritage journey and drive up to Coorg. This old-world charm station is filled with exotic Coffee plantation, amazing food and amongst all a persistent living culture. At your arrival be invited into your next accommodation the Orange County Coorg. Its heritage villas are inspired by the ethnic Kodava architecture and are an opportunity to experience the planter's way of life. This afternoon, take the guided tour of the 300 acre working Coffee and Spice plantation on foot. Walk through the tranquil greens of the estates and learn the difference between the Arabica and Robusta coffee. Tonight you may opt to enjoy a dinner with traditional Coorg delicacies from the home-styled restaurant in-house. Once the sun sets, this restaurant morphs into a spectacular setting, where no meal is complete without a portion of their signature Kodava pandhi curry (spicy pork curry) etc... Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
This early morning, you can opt for any activities offered by the hotel: A Cycle village trail to discover the environs and interact with local people. Stroll down in the bazaars, observe the rhythms of the daily life and sit on the bank of the Cauvery sipping some special teas. Or for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, starting off your day with an early morning Bird watching walk on the vast grounds of the resort. Consider how Coorg alone accounts for over 25% of all bird species in India, and you get an idea of why birding at Coorg is so popular. Later on you will receive an Ayurvedic introduction dispensed by the doctor from the Ayurveda spa Vaidyasala, it will present you the ancient secrets of the world’s oldest healing system, to rejuvenate, regenerate and revitalize you. Afternoon Visit Dubre Elephant sanctuary. The camp is a project undertaken by forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists who will also explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities involving Elephants. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the infinity pool amidst this working coffee and spice plantations. Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel. After your check-out, proceed to your next stop Vythiri, hidden amidst the thick rainforests. Rest of the day to relax in this lush green paradise. Start your adventurous journey in this exquisite Jungle gateway - in the company of amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, flowering plants and butterflies that inhabit the dense Vythiri rainforest. Wayanad's evergreen forests are the most species-rich eco region in peninsular India with eighty percent of the flowering plant species of the entire mountain range found here. Take advantage of the activities proposed by your hotel such as Guided trekking inside the resort to the natural waterfalls, streams, natural pool or enjoy Ayurvedic massages at the in-house SPA (Payable locally). Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. (Half-board)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early start and proceed for a visit of Cheruvayal Raman's tribal house, interact with him while visiting his organic paddy farm and his small Coffee plantation. Indulge yourself with a local coffee and some delicious typical snacks. Later on, if observe visit of a nearby ruined Jain temple. The rest of your day is free for your Ayurvedic programme massages, to relax by the pool and to take advantage of the in house activities proposed by your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Half-board)
After your breakfast and check-out, head on a scenic drive to Kabini, a river in southern India which flows between the Nagarhole and the Bandipur National Parks. On arrival, check-in at your hotel Orange County Kabini situated on the shores of the river. Drive into the park accompanied by a Naturalist and ride like a local in a typical Coracle boat. The coracle will drift slowly down the Kabini river, hugging the shoreline. Experience the many moods of the river as she drifts by and see local fishermen out on with their nets and lines in their coracles and other wild life on the water edge.Overnight stay at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
This early morning embark on a Jeep Safari into the Nagarhole National Park, accompanied by experienced drivers and Naturalists and encompass a spectacular wildlife. This area is considered one of the best places in India to view Asiatic elephants and gaur. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy your picturesque resort inspired in design by the Hadis (tribal villages), with panoramic vistas and bordered on two sides by the Kabini River. Enjoy some Ayurvedic massages from the in-house SPA. Evening you may opt to test your wildlife photography skills and catch a Sunset from your lodge, to see the beautiful red sky surrounded by elephants and crocodiles while having drink in front of the placid waters of Kabini. Overnight stay at our hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, drive south to Mysore. On arrival check-in at your hotel. This afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour : Visit the Maharajah's Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in India. Inside, you will find a kaleidoscope of stained glass, beautiful carved wooden doors and mosaic floors. Continue towards the colourful Devarajan Market and later visit the Chamundi Temple, overlooking Mysore from the 1062 metre summit of Chamundi Hill. At the top of the 1,001 steps up, lies the 12th century temple that houses a golden statue of Chamundi - the Hindu goddess worshipped by the Maharajas. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
Early morning explore Mysore during a Heritage walking tour and get a feel of this charming city. Pass by some lovely colonial structures, old local monuments and temples and learn the stories behind them with your storyteller. End up your tour with a good local cuppa filter coffee before heading back to your hotel for breakfast. The rest of your day is free. Take some Ayurvedic massages from the closeby Ayurvedic center recommended by your host. Tonight you will be given a special Cooking demonstration of Kodava cuisine (From Coorg). Enjoy an elaborate, ethnic Kodava dishes spread-out on a banana leaf, and an interaction with your host Yamuna, dressed in her traditional Kodava attire. In the past, she has been the host for eminent groups from the National Geographic magazine, the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art and many others. Savour the finest cuisines refined over centuries in the kitchens of the maharajas and the tables of the Raj. Kodava or traditionnal Coorgi cuisine is bold in flavour as well as content. Using a lot of meats and spices. You will get a chance to try your hand at cooking and then enjoy the dishes you prepared for dinner.Overnight stay at the hotel. (Half-board)
After a breakfast at the hotel and check-out, transfer to Bangalore International airport. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast). Depending on your return flight time on night can be added at the Hotel airport.
After a breakfast at the hotel and check-out, transfer to Bangalore International airport to connect your flight home.
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- Accommodation at all places
- Meals as per mentioned in the itinerary
- Local English Speaking Guides for the sightseeing of Belur, Halebid, Chikmagalur, Coorg and Mysore
- A Coffee Plantation Tour in Chikmagalur at the Hotel Coffee estate property
- Coffee Museum visit in Chikmagalur
- A guided Tribal village visit in Wayanad with a Coffee Plantation Tour
- Coracle boat in Kabini river and Jeep Safari in Nagarhole National Park
- Heritage walking tour of Mysore (Join a group tour)
- Cooking Demo in Mysore
- Transportation as per itinerary by chauffeur driven Air conditioned Vehicle
- Entrances fees and activities as covered in the program
- All currently applicable Taxes
- Any other services not covered under inclusions
- Any Personal Expenses such as tips, Laundry, telephone,extras at the hotel.
- Any Flight/ Train tickets, airport taxes, visa/insurance charges