BATTLEFIELS, BACKWATERS AND BEACHES OF SOUTH

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From the City of Palaces to the beaches of Kerala

11 Days 10 Nights

Bangalore Mysore Ooty Kochi Kumarakom Alleppey Kovalam

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Bangalore

Upon arrival at Bangalore International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Your travel documents will be handed over to you with a briefing of the tour program. After check-in process, time free at leisure for own activities and relax in the hotel to acclimatization with Indian weather conditions.

BANGALORE The most alive city of South India, Bangalore is also known as Bengaluru. It is the Capital of the Karnataka State and India 3rd largest city. For many years, Bangalore was known throughout India as the greenest, liberal and forward-thinking city. In recent years, these attributes have propelled Bangalore to the forefront of the high-tech industry boom in India, and it currently ranks as India’s most developed city and one of the world’s fastest growing urban areas. The name Bangalore appears to come from an Anglicisation of the native name “Bengaluru” – an adaptation of the earlier name in Kannada: Benda Kaalu Uru (The Town of Boiled Beans).

Overnight at Bangalore (No meals included)

Day 02 : Bangalore Mysore (135 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel

Sightseeing Proceed for a guided tour in Bangalore visiting Tipu’s Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh Gardens, Vidhana Soudha (Outside View), Museum and Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.

  • Other attractions National Gallery of Modern Art, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, ISKCON Temple, Shiva Temple.

Afternoon; check-out from the hotel and drive to Mysore. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

MYSORE The capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, Mysore is considered the cultural capital of the Karnataka state. The city has recorded history dating back a thousand years and a mythical history which explains the origin of the name – apparently, this was the place where the demon Mahishasura was slain by the Goddess Chamundi. Hyder Ali who was a commander in the army usurped power in the late 18th century. Hyder Ali was succeeded by his son Tipu Sultan, who fought and lost a war with the British, dying in battle in 1799. The British restored the Wodeyars as their puppet rulers and shifted the capital back to Mysore. After independence, the state was merged back to the Indian Union and the capital of Mysore state was shifted to nearby Bangalore where the British maintained their army.

Overnight at Mysore (Breakfast)

Day 03 : Mysore Sightseeing

Breakfast in the hotel

Sightseeing Proceed for a guided tour in Mysore visiting Mysore Palace; intricately carved rosewood doors and ceilings some with inlaid ivory work, marble figurines, collections of caskets, paintings of the members of the royal family and other objects of personal use exhibit such opulence, though age as worn them out a bit with slight discolouration. Further visit to the Tipu Sultan’s Palace. Later visit to the Brindavan Gardens and Musical Fountain at the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam. You can enjoy the sound & Light Show in the evening at Brindavan Gardens.

  • Other attractions – Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery, Lalit Mahal Palace, St. Philomenas Church,

Datta Peetham, Mysore Zoo

Overnight at Mysore (Breakfast)

Day 04 : Mysore Ooty (150 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel. Later check-out and drive to Ooty. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and rest of the day relax in the hotel.

OOTY A popular hill resort in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India, Ooty stands at 7,347 feet above sea level in the Nilgiri mountain range. It was founded in the 19th century by the British, and served as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency. Located in the mountainous range called the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), the landscape is marked by rolling hills covered with dense vegetation, smaller hills and plateaus covered with tea gardens, and eucalyptus trees. The hilly region also houses smaller towns like Coonoor and Kotagiri.

Overnight at Ooty (Breakfast)

Day 05 : Ooty Sightseeing

Breakfast in the hotel

Sightseeing Proceed for a guided tour in Ooty visiting the Ooty Botanical Gardens; laid out in 1847.The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. Later we will visit the Doddabetta Peak; stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. Further visit to the Annamalai Temple, Ooty Rose Gardens. To finish your day tour visit to the Tea Factory where you will be offered a free tea taste and offer some tea packets to buy.

  • Other attractions Boating at Pykara, Falls at Pykara, Historical Dam with Power station at Pykara, Hidden Valley, Echo Rock, Shooting point, Pine forest, Dolphin’s Nose.
  • Toy Train Ride

Overnight at Ooty (Breakfast)

Day 06 : Ooty Kochi (275 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out and drive to Kochi. En-route enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and in the evening; enjoy the Traditional Kathak Kali Dance Show.

KOCHI Formerly known as Cochin, is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. Kochi had been a main port city of the Indian Peninsula and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. The city derives its name from the Malayalam word Kochazhi meaning small lagoon.

Optional Activities

  • Day Cruise on Kerala Backwaters
  • Kathak Kali Dance show

Overnight at Kochi (Breakfast)

Day 07 : Kochi Kumarakom (80 kms drive)

Breakfast in the hotel

Sightseeing Proceed for a guided tour of Kochin visiting Fort Kochi; originally it was a fishing village of no significance during the pre-colonial Kerala The king of Cochin gave permission to the Portuguese to build a fort near the waterfront to protect their commercial interests. Later visit Bolgatty Palace; located on the Bolghatty Islands is one of the oldest existing palaces built by the Dutch in India, during the pre-British times. Further we will visit to Chinese Fishing Nets; the fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing.

Afternoon, check-out from the hotel and drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

KUMARAKOM – A cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake is an enchanting backwater destination. Kumarakom is the home of The Bird Sanctuary, spread across 14 acres is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise.

Optional Activities

  • Day Cruise on Lake Vembanad
  • Ayurveda Treatments & Meditation

Overnight at Kumarakom (Breakfast)

Day 08 : Kumarakom Alleppey (Houseboat)

Breakfast in the hotel.

Sightseeing Visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary early in the morning before sunrise to witness the birds preparing to leave their forest homes and fly over the lake.

Afternoon, check-out from the hotel and transfer Alleppey to board the houseboat.

ALLEPPEY Also known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. The Houseboats of Kerala are originally known Kettuvallams. Kettuvallams or rice barges used to carry tons of rice and spices during old days.

While staying in a houseboat, you can enjoy and experience the daily lifestyle of the local peoples around the Vembanad Lake and Kerala backwaters.

Optional Activities

  • Cooking class with your chief in the houseboat.

Overnight at Houseboat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 09 : Alleppey Kovalam (160 kms drive)

After breakfast, disembark houseboat and drive to Kovalam. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

KOVALAM An ideal beach destination Kovalam, white sands, emerald sea and swaying palms of the beach make for an idyllic destination for those who love sun, sand and surf. The Light House Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach are the best beaches in Kovalam to enjoy your holidays.

Optional Activities –

  • Water Sports
  • Ayurveda Treatments & Meditation

Overnight at Kovalam (Breakfast)

Day 10 : Kovalam Sightseeing to Trivandrum City

Breakfast in the hotel and later proceed for half day sightseeing to Trivandrum City.

TRIVANDRUM Named after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, the city is home to many ancient temples. The landmark is the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple around which the city has been built on seven low hills. Trivandrum is also the home of more than hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and around the city and know as the best Ayurveda treatment center in the world.

Located in the East Fort, Padmanabha Swamy Temple is one of the most popular Vishnu Temples in South India. The place holds the prestige of being counted among 108 holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu in the works of Tamil saints. The salagramams that are used to make the statue of Lord Vishnu were imported from Nepal amidst much pomp and show. The presiding deity of the temple Lord Vishnu is reclining on a large serpent that is ‘Anantha’. Stone carvings and murals adorn the temple.

  • Ayurveda Treatments & Meditation

Overnight at Kovalam (Breakfast)

Day 11 : Kovalam Departure

On time, transfer to Trivandrum international airport to board the flight to onward journey.

 

*****************Tour concludes with many unforgettable memories*****************