A fascinating journey through India's iconic south; do experience the diversity in scenery, architecture, culture and most importantly the people.
As we know, India is a land of billion opportunities and has an array of tours to offer to photographers in terms of culture, tradition, topography, geography, history et al. It is advisable for people to take photography tours in groups consisting so that everyone can benefit from each other’s experience and expertise along with improving skills and gaining knowledge about the places of visit.
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)
Early Breakfast at the hotel, check-out, Drive to Coorg is with lush greenery and serene environs, this exotic destination is one of the most most-visited places in Karnataka. Its spectacular landscape is dominated by coffee plantations, paddy fields, waterfalls, wildlife reserves and orchards, making it an ideal getaway for holidaymakers. On arrival Check-in at your hotel Orange County. This old-world charm station is filled with exotic Coffee plantation, amazing food and amongst all a persistent living culture and is an opportunity to experience the planter's way of life. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel. (Full Board)
Breakfast. Today 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, start 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. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the infinity pool amidst this coffee Plantation. Later in the evening enjoy the party organised by hotel for New Year’s eve. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel. (Full Board)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning drive to visit the Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp, where about 150 elephants are bred and trained undertaken by Naturalists. Or visit the Irpu or Abbey Falls are Coorg’s favourite waterfalls. The gush of water along with the chirping of birds provides a wonderful break from the city sounds, while the picturesque view of the falls is sure to take your breath away. While the Abbey Falls drops down from a height of 70 feet, the Irpu Falls plunges down from a staggering height of 170 feet creating a relentless thunder in the surrounding woods. Great tourist destinations, visitors throng the place to take a dip in the waterfalls and soak in the breathtaking view. Back to hotel for Dinner and overnight stay. (Full Board)
Breakfast, check-out and leave the plantations for the plains of the Bandipur National Park. This park along with Nagarhole, Wayanad Sanctuaries and Mudumalai National Park, makes the Nilgiri Biosphere. It is one of South India’s most famous wildernesses areas, and home to leopards, four-horned antelopes, crested serpent eagles, as well as fragrant Sandalwood trees. On route, there is an opportunity (OPTIONAL) to visit Venugopalaswamy temple , located at a height of 1450 m, highest peak in the Bandipur National Park and built in 1315 AD. The temple receives scores of devotees and has the most fantastic views of the sunrise over the park. Check-in at your hotel The Serai located near the Forest Reserve. Rest of the day is free to enjoy the nature. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel. (Half board)
This early morning, get ready for a wildlife exploration & birding within the periphery of the national park. You will board another Jeep Safari to explore the Bandipur National Park with knowledgeable guides. Later enjoy the end of your day in your jungle retreat or treat yourself with some massages from the in-house SPA (payable locally) Evening you may opt to test your wildlife photography skills and catch a sunset from your lodge and see the beautiful red sky. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. (Half Board)
Breakfast. Drive the downhills to Pollachi , where the paradisiacal images of green hillsides draped in neatly lined tea bushes, coconut trees stretching towards the blue sky and the air thick with rustic charm converge into making vivid memories. Pollachi lies on the cusp of the Annamalai hills and the plains of Coimbatore. Dominated by a rich cultural, religious and natural lineage, the destination is sure to delight travellers with diverse sensibilities. Fringed by lush green plantations and inimitable serenity, Pollachi exudes a wondrous appeal. On arrival , check-in to your hotel Coco Lagoon , Rest of the day is free to observe the nature. Overnight stay at hotel . (Bed and Breakfast)
Breakfast. Today you will experience cotton trail. It will take you on a journey of creating environmentally responsible and ethically oriented products! Guests who have been on the trail have enjoyed themselves with this other worldly experience, and the artisans have been satisfied with the looks of appreciation in the eyes of the travellers. With Ethicus as the Brand name, this is the entrepreneurial baby of Vijaylakshmi and Mani, who have managed to positively impact the lives of the farmers and the artisans as well as others who are involved in the ginning, spinning, weaving, dyeing and more. Later you will take to one of the nearby villages to have a look at their way of life, suffused with a rustic charm is a must. The rice, coconut and banana plantations border the roads, and the am bience sort of urges you to slow down to breathe the flowers. Also, enjoy the bullock cart rides, take part in villages games such as Uriadi, and experience the sublime tastes of village cooking at one of the local houses. Meet the village panchayat head to understand the intricacies of an Indian village! Back to hotel for overnight stay. (Bed and Breakfast)
Breakfast. Check-out and drive to Cochin - a metropolitan city in the federal state of Kerala, is one of the most popular cities in India and also has the name the “Queen of Arabian Sea” as it was an important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century. On arrival check-in to your hotel for overnight stay. (Bed and Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will experience the real local life of Cochin during an half-day 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 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 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.. 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. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
Breakfast. Check-out and start your drive to Munnar, the South India's largest tea-growing region, passing through the rolling hills, sculpted tea gardens, the rich forests and lush hill valleys. On arrival check-in at your hotel and rest of the day free to relax, Overnight stay at Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
Breakfast. Proceed to visit the well maintained Factories from the British Era. After guided tour of the factory participate in a tea tasting session. Followed by a stroll though the Plantations up to a nearby village. Later visit tea museum which explains the history of Tea in Munnar, also a good opportunity to get authentic tea dust and related products. On your way back head to Srishti TATA project. This project is a venture of Tata Global Beverages for the rehabilitation of the differently abled. Enjoy some shopping time in this community centre and get some Strawberry jam (handmade), handmade paper or clothing naturally dyed on site. Time free for independent activities at the resort. Drive back to your hotel and rest of the day free to relax. Overnight stay at hotel. (Bed and Breakfast)
After your breakfast and check-out, drive to Kumarakom. This city slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks, weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The attached bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds. Check-in at your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free amidst coconut groves and views of the backwaters. Return to your hotel for your overnight. (Bed & Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel. Ayamanam Village, home of Arundhathi Roy’s novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Start your local immersion with a ride on a Traditional canoe cruise through the narrow, winding canals and catch the scenic daily life of the bordering houses. Follow with a walk in the heart of this typical Kuttanad village surrounded by paddy fields and identify the snakes abodes, sacred to earliest habitants. Be invited to a Kathakali master house who will introduce you to this traditional theatre form, which adapts styles of ancient Sanskrit with visual presentations of human expression s. There, take an opportunity to share a homemade family lunch with delicious blend of curries fish or meat with rice. This afternoon proceed to the surroundings Backwater villages with your guide and go watch maximum number of the local birdlife. The close by Vembanad lake attracts waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Learn with your guide how to recognized moves and chanting sounds of each bird species. Later drive back to your hotel for your overnight stay. Lunch + (Bed & Breakfast)
Breakfast. Tour ends with a departure transfer to Cochin Airport.
|BANGALORE||01||My Fortune||Bed & Breakfast|
|COORG||03||Orange County||Full Board|
|BANDIPUR||02||The Serai||Half Board|
|POLLACHI||02||Coco Lagoon||Bed & Breakfast|
|COCHIN||02||CGH Eighth Bastion||Bed & Breakfast|
|MUNNAR||02||Blackberry Hills||Bed & Breakfast|
|KUMARAKOM||02||CGH Coconut Lagoon||Bed & Breakfast|
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis at all hotels mentioned or similar
- Meal Plan as specified above
- 01 Single Room is complimentary Tour Lear for 09-14 Persons and 50% off for 05-08 Persons
- Local English Speaking Guide as per program
- A Coffee Plantation Tour in Coorg provided by the Orange County
- Visit to the Dubare wild life and Elephant camp in Coorg
- Wildlife Safari at the Bandipur National Park
- Cotton Trail and Village Cooking with Lunch at Pollachi
- Ethnic tour of Cochin with Guide
- Lockhart Tea Factory visit at Munnar with Guide
- Ayamanam Village visit with Lunch
- 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 charge.