A fascinating journey through India's tropical south, do experience the diversity in scenery, architecture, culture and most importantly the people. Visit the southern states of India - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, with unique cultures and different landscape.
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.
Tamil Nadu - the most leading feature is the prevalence of Hinduism, which has given rise to a unique style of temple architecture found in this state alone. The most magnificent is the great temple in Madurai. This temple is not only a spectacular architectural feast, but still provides the focus for daily life.
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

Trip Duration - 14 days  |   Grade - Heritage, Cultural & Wildlife tour  |   Accommodation - 13 nights hotel stay

Upon arrival at Bangalore airport, meet and assistance by our office representative, followed by transfer to hotel for check-in. Experience this Cosmopolitan city with its lovely parks, long avenues of blossomed trees and impressive Victorian-era architecture. This new hub of India’s booming IT industry is also blessed with a pleasant climate and a burgeoning dining and shopping scene. Later in the afternoon explore this city starting with the elegant Tipu Sultan’s Palace – a fine specimen of military architecture from 18th century, notable for its teak pillars and ornamental frescoes. Continue your visit with the Dravidian-style Bull Temple built in the 16th-century, pass by the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, the Cubbon Park, a sprawling 120-hectare garden surrounded by wonderful colonial architecture, including the red-painted Gothic-style State Central Library, the colossal neo-Dravidian-style Vidhana Soudha (the state legislature of Karnataka) and finally the Attara Kacheri (High court) built in 1864. If time permits, indulge yourself with a visit at the National Gallery of Modern Art, world class art museum, housed in the former vacation home of the Raja of Mysore, featuring paintings from the most famous influencable artists in India such as Raja Ravi Varma and Abanindranath Tagore, etc... Tonight you may opt for a dinner at Olive Beach restaurant or at Koshy’s to experience the buzzy and intelligentsia city’s interaction (Both Payable locally) … Overnight at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

After an early breakfast at the hotel and check-out, drive south to Mysore. En-route stop at Somnathpur, well known for the breathtaking Prasanna Chennakeshava Temple, one of the three famous & finest representations of Hoysala architecture nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. 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. This evening after some rest, 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 historical buildings and provides insights into the local culture. Back to hotel for your overnight stay. (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. By Midday, proceed to a Cooking demonstration from one of the culinary experts of Mysore, who draws from the generations of knowledge and bring you recipes that are Ayurvedically balanced and delightful in flavor. After lunch, drive for the visit of Srirangapatna (16km from Mysore) - the island fortress of Tipu Sultan and the early capital of the Mysore Woodiyars - 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) completely on wood and converted into a museum that houses some fantastic artefacts and paintings related to Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, and finally the Gumbaz where lie buried Tipu Sultan, Haider Ali and others of the royal family. This evening you will witness, the Kushti - Traditional India style wrestling. It isn't just a sport but an ancient subculture where wrestlers live, train together and follow strict rules. These wrestling take place in a clay or dirt pit. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

After breakfast departure for Hassan by a beautiful winding road. En route see the 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshvara located on Vindyagiri one of the twin Hills of the village Shravanabelagola. It is considered to be the world's largest monolithic stone statue. Then continue your journey to Hassan, city founded in the 11th century. On arrival check in at your hotel. In the afternoon proceed for Belur and Halebid sightseeing. A few kilometres from Hassan, Belur is the first site built by the Hoysala dynasty (11th and 12th century). The 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. Return to Hassan for your dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Half-Board)

Morning after breakfast and check-out, transfer 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 Tata Coffee's Plantations Bungalow. Having once been occupied by the colonial planter, these heritage bungalows offer the opportunity to experience the planter's way of life. This afternoon, take their guided Coffee plantation tour. Hop into a Jeep and drive through the tranquil greens of the estates and complete it with a visit to the factory to learn how coffee is processed from bean to a piping cup. Tonight you can opt for a dinner with traditional Coorg delicacies from the home-styled restaurant in-house. Overnight stay at hotel. (Half-Board)

Morning after breakfast drive to visit the Byalkuppe Tibetan town (40 Km from Coorg) (Visit subject to permission), inhabited by 7,000 Tibetans. Bylakuppe consists of a number of agricultural settlements, several monasteries in the entire Tibetan Buddhist traditions and many Buddhist universities for advanced Buddhist practices. Then continue your journey with a stop at the Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp, where about 150 elephants are bred and trained undertaken by Naturalists. Later on get back to your colonial bungalow and enjoy a bonfire dinner in the Bungalow surroundings. Overnight stay at your hotel. (Half-Board)

After your breakfast at the hotel and check-out, head out on a scenic drive to the Nagarahole National Park. On arrival, check-in at your hotel situated in the southern fringes of the park. This afternoon, drive into the park accompanied by a Naturalist and ride like a local in a typical Coracle boat (depending on the hotel stay). 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. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. (Half-Board)

Breakfast at the hotel. Go with your local guide to visit the tribal villages located in the surrounding backwaters followed with an exploration of the virgin landscapes and its vivid wildlife (Optional – depending on the hotel stay). Later this afternoon, embark on a Jeep Safari into the Nagarahole 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 in the serene area. Overnight stay and dinner at your hotel. (Half-Board)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and drive into the heart of Ooty. Called the Queen of Hill Stations - Picturesque, green Ooty is located in the Western Ghats at a height of 2240 m. Get introduce to this lovely town who mixes lovely parks, gardens and charming Raj-era bungalows... The town has been established by the British in the 19th century as their summer headquarters of the Madras government. Upon arrival check-in your hotel. Later in the afternoon visit the Botanical garden and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning take the Toy Train journey from Ooty to Coonoor. This Nilgiri Mountain Railway, built by the British in 1908, is an extension of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. On arrival in Coonoor proceed for the sightseeing - Lamb's Rock, view point of the surroundings Tea and Coffee plantations then heads up to another viewpoint, the Dolphin's Nose lying over 1,000 feet above sea level. Coonoor is essentially a small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasantly cool throughout the year. Drive back to Ooty. Rest of the day free to enjoy this enchanting town. Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Follow with your journey direction Pollachi and step into the rich heritage of Tamil nadu. You will be invited to the guesthouse Shenbaga Vilaasam, formerly a farm getaway of a Vanavarayar royal family, built in the early 1900’s. Experience the warmth hospitality of your host. Built in a unique blend of south Indian architecture, this heritage house is decorated with family heirlooms and antique that the family has acquired over the years. Later you may opt to explore the old charmed surroundings villages with a bullock-cart ride to Samathur on the outskirts of Pollachi. This city is very popular for its markets, especially for jaggery, coconut, fresh vegetables and cattle. Stop by to admire an artisan at work or a village temple or just to catch some village small talk... Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. (Half-Board)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning walk when the only noise would be peacocks calling out to each other in the town. After check-out, drive south direction the Malabar coast, to the serene port city of Cochin also called ‘the Venice of the East’. History unfolds here an intriguing mix of ancient churches, palaces, synagogues, Portuguese houses and influences of the British Raj. The result of this cultural influence can be seen in its Indo-European architecture. The historical towns of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry remain nostalgic with the smell of the past while the mainland Ernakulam town is the new cosmopolitan hub. On arrival check-in at your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the streets of the colonial Fort Kochi. Evening witness a demonstration on Kathakali – the dance drama unique to Kerala. 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. Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. With a relaxed start of the day, at 10 am, go to explore this historic town. Experience the real local life of Cochin during an Ethnic tour – Start 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... 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 pass by the finest Santa cruz Basilica. 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. Don’t miss a stop at the Spice Market, where exotic odors of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper emanate from the spice warehouses lining the street. Make a pause and have one “meter tea” at one of the tea stall. There is now an opportunity to interact with a Brahmin Family. The Brahmin are the highest of the four Hindu castes of priests and scholars of Vedic literature, their traditional occupation is to conduct rites at marriages, births and other auspicious occasions. Then you will be invited to get squiggly lines drawn on your hands... This ritual called Mehndi arts holds plenty of cultural significance in Indian traditions and is one of the most important ritual during the wedding ceremonies. Visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and finally stop at the Dutch Palace with its beautiful mural paintings from the 17th century. Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. In time, transfer Cochin airport for your flight back home.


Suggested Day Excursions


Day 2 - Bangalore : Wine Tour / Revival Art Villages

Day 3 - Mysore : Cooking Demo / Bicycle Heritage Tour / Jalpa / Wine and Aperitif

Day 10 - Ooty : Cheese Factory

Day 13 - Cochin : Muziris Local Tour / Muziris Cultural Tour / Vintage Ride / A day in the Backwater / Muziris on a Boat

Hotel Envisaged
Destination Accommodation Superior #Nights Meal Plan
Bangalore Hotel Citrus Cunningham 1 Bed & Breakfast
Mysore Radisson Blu 2 Bed & Breakfast
Hassan Hoysala Village 1 Half Board
Coorg Tata Trails 2 Half Board
Kabini Kabini River Lodge 2 Full Board
Ooty Sullivan Court 2 Bed & Breakfast
Pollachi Shembaga Vilasam 1 Half Board
Cochin Fort House 2 Bed & Breakfast
Destination Accommodation Deluxe #Nights Meal Plan
Bangalore ITC My Fortune 1 Bed & Breakfast
Mysore The Metropole 2 Bed & Breakfast
Hassan Hoysala Village 1 Half Board
Coorg Tata Trails 2 Half Board
Kabini Orange County 2 Full Board
Ooty Taj Savoy 2 Bed & Breakfast
Pollachi Shembaga Vilasam 1 Half Board
Cochin Eight Bastion 2 Bed & Breakfast

TOUR INCLUDES
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at all places
  • Meal plan as specified above
  • Tours and transfers by Chauffer driven Air conditioned Medium Car
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Bangalore, Mysore, Somanathpura, Hassan,Coorg and Ooty
  • Tonga Ride and Heritage Walk and Cooking Demo in Mysore
  • Ranganathitta Bird Sanctuary visit and “Khushi” Performance
  • Plantation Tour By Jeep in Coorg
  • Corracle Ride and Jeep Safari in Kabini
  • Toy Train Ride in Ooty
  • Bullock cart ride in Pollachi
  • Guided Exploration of Old Kochi
  • Kathakali Performance in Cochin
  • Entrances fees for the sightseeing tour as mentioned in the program
  • All currently applicable taxes

TOUR EXCLUDES
  • Any other services not covered under inclusions
  • Any Personal Expenses like tips, Laundry, telephone.
  • Any Flight/ Train tickets, airport taxes, visa charges, insurance