A fascinating journey through India's tropical 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 free-fall 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.
Kerala is a tropical bliss with an idyllic coastline and lush tropical hills. Despite its relative riches, the majority of the population in Kerala life continue with agriculture, tea, coffee and spice plantations and the coir industry, which still provides the basic economic structure of the region.
Upon arrival at Bangalore airport, meet and assistance by our office representative, followed by transfer to your hotel. Arrive and check-in. After some rest, proceed with an orientation tour of this Cosmopolitan city with its lovely parks, long avenues of blossomed trees and impressive Victorian-era architecture. Start with the visit of the elegant Tipu Sultan’s Palace – a fine specimen of military architecture from 18th century, notable for its teak pillars and ornamental frescoes. Continue to the Dravidian-style Bull Temple built in the 16th-century, and pass by the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, the Cubbon Park, a sprawling 120-hectare garden, surrounded by wonderful colonial architecture. Later the day Get together at a contemporary restaurant for a Dinner. Back to the hotel for Overnight Stay - Vivanta By Taj.
After breakfast departure for Hassan by a beautiful winding road. En-route see the 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshvara located in the village Shravanabelagola. It is considered to be the world's largest monolithic stone statue. Then continue on to Hassan, Check in at Hoysala Village. Founded in the 11th century Hassan is the starting point for visiting the major sculptured temples arts of the Hoysala dynasty (11th and 12th century). Later the day proceed for Belur and Halebid sightseeing. Belur has admirable relives recount scenes of battle between the Cholas Vishnuvardhana, his neighbour of Tamil Nadu. At Halebid, the Temple Hoysaleshwara appears like a jewel in the quality of its sculptures. Back to Hoysala Village. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mysore. En-route visit Srirangapatna (16km from Mysore) - the island fortress of Tipu Sultan and the early capital of the Mysore Wodiyars - Here you will find monuments such as Tipu’s mosque with its twin minarets built in 1787, Tipu’s Summer Palace (known as the Daria Daulat Bagh) built completely on wood and converted into a museum that houses some fantastic artefacts and paintings related to Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, and the Gumbaz where lie buried Tipu Sultan, Haider Ali and others of the royal family. Proceed on to Mysore and check-in at your hotel. This afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour. Visit the Mysore 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 if time permits, also visit Chamundi Temple, overlooking Mysore from the 1062 metre summit of Chamundi Hill. At the top of the 1,001 steps up Chamundi Hill, lies a 12th century temple that houses a golden statue of Chamundi - the Hindu goddess worshipped by the Maharajas. Back to Hotel. Dinner & Overnight Stay at the Radisson Blu.
Enjoy an Early Breakfast at the hotel before proceeding on a Heritage tour on foot - and get a feel of this charming city in a local way. Take in the city at your own pace as you past some lovely colonial structures, old local monuments and temples and get to know the stories behind them. Back to the hotel. Rest of the day Free.This evening, you will experience a heritage Tonga ride (horse-drawn chariots). These vehicles ruled the streets in their heyday and now are used to ferry around the heritage buildings and provides insights into the local culture. Back to your hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Radisson Blue.
Early Morning proceed with Back to Hotel for breakfast. Check out and proceed to the Kabini. On arrival check in at your Hotel. After Lunch, proceed for a Jeep Safari into the Nagarahole National Park, accompanied by experienced drivers and Naturalists. This area boasts of the highest density in Asiatic wildlife and is considered one of the best places in India to view the Asiatic elephants and gaur. Return to hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at The Orange County Kabini,
Check-out after breakfast and drive to Kalpetta, Wayanad. The Drive is through the sanctuary with very good possibilities of sighting wild life. You could see Asiatic Elephants, Bears, Wild gaurs, Spotted and Sambar deers and even leopard, if one is lucky enough. Dominated by the Western Ghats, one of the world's last surviving tracts of tropical biodiversity, Wayanad's terrain is characterized by extensive stretches of wilderness and plantations. Stop at a local Restaurant for Lunch. This afternoon 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, visit a nearby ruined Jain temple. Proceed to your hotel, Arrive and Check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Vythiri Resorts.
Breakfast at the hotel. Early start and proceed to another Village. The Kurichia Tribal was instrumental in the Guerilla war fare between Pazhassi Raja and the British. At the village Govindan of this tribal community will take you through his collection of old tools and weapons used in the Warfare. Learn how to build a tribal’s bow or watch in awe as his skilled hands makes one. Though many of them look a bit modern these days, they still maintain their earlier life style and these visits helps to understand their way of living which is indeed different. There will also be a Visit to either pottery or a black smith Before you check on Uravu – a non government organization- supporting the community by promoting natural resources especially Bamboo. See the cultivation and processing of Bamboo and the final handicrafts products.. Back to your Hotel. Rest of the day free to enjoy the resort facilities, Nature walk within the premises, Ayurveda Massages are recommended options. Dinner and Overnight stay
Breakfast at the hotel and Drive downhill to Calicut.. On arrival check in at the hotel. Calicut Also known as Kozhikode is where Vasco De Gama has landed in 1498. Today this port town is known for its historic sites and warmth of the people. Rest of the day free at the hotel. You can enjoy the hotel facilities or indulge on an ayurvedic Massage – Payable Directly. One can also drive down town and see the Sweet Meat Street, one of the busiest shopping streets in Calicut. Favor yourself with the “Kozhikodan Halwa” a specialty of the region and a very popular dessert/sweet eat, enjoyed all over Kerala followed by a visit to Kappadu Beach where Vasco De Gama has landed. Back to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at The Ravis Kadavu Resort.
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to the train station to connect Parasuram Express departing at 09.00 hrs. Arrive Cochin by 1330 hrs – Disembark, Freshen up and Lunch at a local restaurant. Later Drive down to Kumarakom. On Arrival Check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day free to enjoy the views of the famous Vembanad Lake, with its majestic canals and streams. Relax on the bank of the lake with the surroundings chanting birds from the nearby bird sanctuary. Or succumb to a rejuvenating Ayurveda Massage from the hotel (Payable locally). Dinner and overnight stay at the Coconut Lagoon
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at Leisure for Independent activities, Enjoy Canoe Rides, Village Walks, sunset cruises are a few options among Many. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel
Breakfast. By Mid day Drive to Alleppey and embark your Houseboat for a Backwaters cruise. These Houseboats are a reworked version of kettuvallam of olden times The backwaters act as a vital waterway for the transport of goods, people and their produce. The Allepey district is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea-level, using a system of dykes. Cruise through the palm fringed canals enjoying the beauty of rural village life. sumptuous Keralan Lunch on Board. The trip continues through a wonderful area of the lush green vegetation.Fare well the crew on Board, disembark and drive to Marari Beach. Check in at Marai Beach Resort and rest of the day Free. Overnight stay.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Marari Beach is dotted with a string of tranquil fishing villages along the coast. Free Morning to familiarize with the resort activities. - Free Time on the beach. You will observe a nearby Fishermen village with their traditional colorful wooden boats. The older generation of local fishermen uses some areas as they have done for generations. Indulge in many of the activities organized by the front desk of the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at the Marari Beach Resort.
After your breakfast at the hotel, drive to Vaikom. On arrival Visit the Shiva Temple and proceed on a Village Tour. At this quaint village you will see how the local people earn their livelihoods. Observe their daily activities: Ladies weave coir ropes from dried coconut husks, and see straw mats being woven out of wild pineapple leaves. Watch the local potter create a range of pots and vases, depicting ethnic designs in clay, On the walk through the village, you will stop briefly at the Khadi Weaving Centre to see villagers producing hand-spun and hand-woven cloth out of cotton. Enjoy a canoe ride in the narrow canals; there is no better way to see the life and activities on backwater at close quarters. To top up the tour visit and interact with a typical Kerala family during a home-made Brunch/lunch with delicious blend of curries vegetable, fish or meat and rice. Later on proceed to Cochin, arrive at your hotel and Check in. In the evening discover the famous dance drama of Kerala, the “Kathakali” show. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Brunton Boatyard.
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed on a full day Ethnic Tour of Cochin.
Start your walking tour with the visit of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin. The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks, have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on every postcard... Next visit is at the St. Francis CSI Church, the oldest European church in India built in 1503, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama was originally buried and the Santa cruz Basilica,one of the finest and imposing churches in India. Take a tuk tuk– the most popular mode of transport among the localities Go along with your local tour and stop at the Dhobi Khana (laundry station), once throbbing with activity, it is now a picture of slow extinction. Continue through the small streets of Mattanchery, and arrive at the Fruit market on Palace road where locals get a variety of fresh and organic produces at bargains prices. Make a pause with a refreshing tea at one of the tea shops where you get the “one meter” tea. There is now an opportunity to interact with a Brahmin Family. The Brahmin are the highest of the four Hindu castes, made up of priests and scholars of Vedic literature and their traditional occupation is to conduct rites at marriages, births, deaths and other auspicious occasions. Then visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and finally the Dutch Palace with its beautiful mural paintings from the 17th century. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Cochin International Airport on time to connect your home-bound flight.
|Bangalore||1||Vivanta by TAJ - MG Road||Half-board|
|Hassan||1||Hoysala Village Resort||Half-board|
|CALICUT||1||Raviz The Kadavu||Half-board|
|KUMARAKOM||2||The Zuri Resort & Spa||Half-board|
- Accommodation at all places as mentioned or similar
- Breakfast at all places except for Vythiri Resorts where its Half Board
- ALL TIME DINING (except for Alcoholic Beverages) at Orange County
- Services of a Local English speaking for the sightseeing tours as per Itinerary
- Travel as per itinerary by chauffeur driven air conditioned Medium Car
- Tonga Ride and Heritage Walking Tour in Mysore
- Jeep Safari in Nagarahole National Park
- Lunch at Local Restaurant in Wayanad on day 6
- A visit of Cheruvayal Raman's tribal farm in Wayanad
- Visit to Govindan, archery in Wayanad
- Visit to Uravu in Wayanad
- Air Conditioned Chair Car Train tickets for travelling from Calicut to Cochin
- Day cruise by House Boat on Backwaters with Lunch on Board
- Village Tour in Vaikom with canoe ride and a homely meal
- Guided Ethnic Tour of Cochin
- Entrances fees for the monuments visited as covered in the program
- All currently applicable Taxes
- Any other services not covered under inclusions
- Any Personal Expenses like camera fees, tips, Laundry, telephone, extras at the hotel.
- Any Flight/ Train tickets, airport taxes, visa charges, insurance