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14 Nights/15 Days

Bengaluru – Mysore – Kabini – Ooty – Wayanad – Cochin – Alleppey – Mararikulam -cochin

Tour Details

On this private India trip, explore unique and diverse landscapes in the south of the country. Begin your trip at cosmopolitan Bangalore and continue on to the historic city of Mysore to discover the grand royal palace on a customized tour. Nearby, take a jungle safari in Nagarhole National Park where you can spot a host of wildlife including tigers, bears, antelopes, and elephants. Up in the hills of Wayanad explore scenic plantation trails and lakes on a private cycling tour with a local expert. Afterward, travel to Cochin where you can experience a traditional dance performance by local artists. Next, it’s time to unwind on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala aboard a luxury houseboat and then spend time soaking up the sun on the pristine beaches of Mararikulam.

Highlights

Bangalore Palace l Maharaja Palace l Jungle Safaris-Elephants-Bisons l Plantations-Nature Trails- Jungle Walks-Trekking-Treehouses l Lagoons & Lake – Houseboat Cruise l Pristine Beach

Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE BENGALURU AIRPORT

Upon arrival into Bangalore’s airport by Flight —– at —– hrs, clear customs and immigration. At arrival hall, you will be met by our representative – who will be holding a placard displaying your name.

Our representative will then direct you to You Vehicle waiting outside the airport for your private transfer to your hotel. Once hotel check-in is done, our representative will hand over you the travel documents and will inform you your tour arrangements.

Bengaluru (old name – Bangalore) capital of the Southern state of Karnataka, Bangalore today is Asia’s fastest growing cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech industries in India. The I.T industry views Bangalore as the ‘byte-basket’ of India. Bangalore is also home to some of India’s premier scientific establishments.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2BENGALURU /MYSURU (Mysore) (144 KMS/3.5 HOURS)

Morning after breakfast, proceeds for half day sightseeing tour of Bangalore covering Lal Bagh Garden with its lakes and lotus-filled pools (Lal Bagh gardens developed with lavish care since the Muslim era and which now offer a variety of century-old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces and an assortment of herbs and plants spread out over several acres), Vidhan Soudha (Photo stop outside of Vidhan Soudha – It has the distinction of being the largest legislative building in India), the Bull Temple (the monolithic deity being the Nandi or celestial bull, a marvelous work on granite) and the Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre, Tipu’s Palace.

 

Later drive to Mysuru enroute visit Srirangapatnam, an island between two branches of  the Cauvery River and was the capital of the Mysore Rajas from 1610 to 1799.  Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were its most famous denizens.  Visit the ruins of Tipu’s fort, the summer pleasure palace and the Gumbaz, his mausoleum. The inside of the Palace is handsomely carved with ornate arches and ceilings, liberally gilded wall panels and charming frescoes.  

 

Continue drive to Mysore.  On arrival check-in at the hotel.

Mysore -City of Palaces and Oriental splendor. It is the principal residence of the royal family.

 

Upon arrival you will be dropped off at your hotel for check-in.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3MYSURU / KABINI NATIONAL PARK (22 KMS/ 35 MINUTES)

Morning after breakfast, you will visit the Mysore Palace (Maharajas’s Palace) – a synthesis of Hindu and Muslim styles. Gateways, domes, arches, turrets, colonnades, sculpture – all are here in magnificent profusion.  Also visit Chamundi Hill named after the Royal Family’s patron goddess and the site of summer palaces, an ancient temple and the 16-foot Nandi (Siva’s bull) carved out of a single huge boulder.  The view from the hill offers a beautiful panorama of not only all Mysore, but also ranges of hills, lakes and the turrets of temples and churches.         

 

After sightseeing drive to Kabini National Park.  On arrival Check –in at Hotel.

 

Kabini is a part of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in the southern part of Karnataka adjoining the state of Kerala. Nagarhole means Snake Stream and its gets its name from the shape it takes while flowing which resembles that of a crawling snake. The park was an exclusive hunting reserve of the kings of the Wodeyar dynasty, the former rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. It was set up in 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary and later its area increased to 644 Sq. km. It was upgraded into a National Park in 1974. The park was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1999.

 

Kabini is located on the north-west of the Bandipur tiger reserve and is separated by the Kabini reservoir and this is how this part of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve (Balle Range & Antarasanthe Range) is known as Kabini. Kabini forest reserve is one of the best wildlife destination in Karnataka mainly because  of its accessibility, rich green vegetation, water body and possibility of the animal spotting like herds of Elephants, Jaguar, Tiger and Black Leopard

 

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 4KABINI NATIONAL PARK

Today you will enjoy morning & afternoon Jungle safari at Kabini Forest. 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5KABINI /OOTY (107 KMS/ 2.5 HOURS)

Morning after breakfast, check-out from resort. You will drive to Ooty.

 

Ooty the beautiful leading hill resort of south India. Situated in the heart of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) at a height of 2287m, it lies on a plateau and looks like a vast park. Lofty hills add to the grandeur of the scenery. Its climate is similar to summer in England. The beautiful terraced gardens are a landmark in Ooty. Ooty is also known for its tea and coffee plantations.

 

Check-in upon arrival at the hotel.

 

Later you will enjoy a refreshing ride on its serene waters around OOTY LAKE, This lake is popular for boating.   OPTIONAL: Cycling by the side of lake is also worth experiencing

 

 

 

Then visit Botanical Gardens – this is undeniably one of the most popular places to see in Ooty. Spread over 55 acres of land, this garden is divided into five different sections such as Fern House, Lower Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory and Nurseries. Later visit Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. At the junction of Western and Eastern Ghats, it is around 10 km away from Ooty. Covered by dense sholas, this peak is trekkers favourite point. 

 

Evening return to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6OOTY SIGHTSEEING

Morning after breakfast, transfer to Kannur or Mettupalayam & enjoy TOY train ride.

 

Ooty toy train – A part of Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Toy Train is an integral part of every Ooty Tour. It runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor. The ride in this historical toy Train is unmatched to any other train ride; passing through lush green landscapes and breathtaking nilgiri mountains, this train runs on a track of 46 km. 

 

Afternoon day free at Leisure.

 

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 7OOTY / WAYANAD (120 KMS/ 3.5 HOURS)

Morning after breakfast, Check-out from hotel. Drive to Wayanad.

 

Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 km. from the sea shores of Kozhikode, this verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife.

 

Arrive & check-in at the hotel. You will stay at VYTHIRI VILLAGE- This village is spread across 16 acres with Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Villas. Tucked away at an altitude of 2600 feet above sea level, amidst the mesmerizing mist-clad hills of Wayanad in the Malabar region of Kerala, India, a world of enchanting Greenery and surrounded by boundless tranquility and splendour. Enjoy Natur’s Beauty here.

 

Afternoon proceeds for sightseeing visiting Sultan Bathery (is as old as the hill station itself) Previously known as Ganapathyvattam, this city was named after Tipu Sultan; the great ruler of Mysore, invaded this region. After invasion, the ruler used a temple within this city as his battery (a storage for artilleries and ammunitions). Since then, the city got its name Sulthan Battery, which later became Sulthan Bathery.

 

Later visit Jain Temple & Edakkal Caves: Edakkal Caves is a set of two ancient caves that testifies the existence of human civilization from the Neolithic Age (5,000 – 1,000 BC). Some of the paintings found in these caves date back to Indus Valley Civilization. The caves are also believed to have strong essence of Harappan Civilization. Return to Resort

 

Overnight stay at Resort

Day 8WAYANAD

Today day free at leisure or Northern hills of Kerala is the beautiful district of Wayanad, This area is famous for its large amount of camping and trekking trails, breathtaking waterfalls, caves, bird-watching sites, flora, fauna and an overall plethora of magnificent sights. This area has been a tourist favorite over the years.

 

Morning sessions of Yoga and Meditation (on your choice)/ In house activities available at resort (as an optional) 

Overnight stay at Resort

Day 9WAYANAD / KOZHIKODE (85 KMS/ 2.5 HOURS) & train to Kochi (1345/ 17:20 Hrs)

Today after breakfast, check-out from resort. You will drive to Kozhikode & transfer to railway station to board train to Enrankulam railway station.

Train TVC JANSHATABDI (Depart at 1345 hours) & Arrive Enrnakulam (at 1720 hrs) / Class – Air-conditioned Chair car

 

Our representative will meet upon arrival at Kochi railway station & transfer to Cochin hotel. Check-in at the hotel.

 

Kochi (Cochin), the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. The port city on the Malabar Coast in southwest India has always attracted people from all over the world. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country and is the center of the international spice trade.

 

Relax & overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10Cochin

Breakfast at hotel. Morning half day city tour of Cochin including visits to the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church – the oldest European Church in India. Also see the Chinese Fishing Nets, unique to this part of Kerala and living symbols of a centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Afternoon at leisure. Evening enjoy Kathakali dance show at regular theatres.

Overnight at hotel

 

* Jewish Synagogue is closed on Fridays and Saturdays & Jewish holidays

* Dutch Palace is closed on Fridays & public holidays

 

Overnight stay

Day 11COCHIN /ALLEPPEY (55 KMS/ 01 HOURS)

Today after breakfast, check-out from hotel.

You will drive to Alleppey. On arrival transfer to Jetty point parking area of houseboat where your Kettuvalam Houseboat is waiting for you to offer an exotic experience of backwater.

 

Enjoy day on houseboat journey to Alleppey. Lunch and Dinner will be serve onboard.

House boats are the modern form of the Traditional “Rice Boats or Kettuvallams”.  These boats in olden times were rice cargo boats that were used to transport rice, and all other goods, in the maze of the Backwaters.  The modern Houseboats are built on the old pattern completely out of wood, all their furnishings are local.  They are lit with traditional lanterns. Cruise the narrow canals in the Backwaters.

Cruise down the centuries-old backwaters flanked by picture-book towns and ancient trading ports.  Palms meeting overhead are a green canopy. Sail through the jade-smooth waters passing quacking squadrons of ducks surrounding oared boats carrying cycles, bearded Syrian Christian priests, newsboys and  fishwives with an aromatic baskets.  People fish, swim, wash clothes with the squeaky-clean perfection of Kerala.

 

Overnight onboard (Houseboat)

Day 12ALLEPPEY / MARARIKULAM (13 KMS/ 20 MINUTES)

Buffet breakfast at houseboat and disembark the boat at Jetty point, where your chauffeur is waiting to receive and transfer to Mararikulam by road.

 

Mararikulam is a village in India, in the district of Alappuzha (Also known as Alleppey), Kerala state. Previously, Famous tourist attraction Marari Beach is at Mararikulam. Marari is Beach destination where you can enjoy on beach, Ayurveda & Spa of Kerala.

 

Arrive & check-in at Resort or hotel.

 

Overnight stay at Resort or Hotel

Day 13 &14MARARIKULAM

Today after breakfast, day free at leisure. Overnight stay at Resort or Hotel

Day 15MARARIKULAM /COCHIN (49 KMS/ 01 HOURS)

Today after breakfast, In time transfer to airport to connect flight for homeward destination with sweet memories of this trip.

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