South India has long attracted visitors to the region first for trade and more recently for the laid back lifestyle favoured by many western tourists since the 60’s. This 16 day Small Group Tour takes in many of the best sites while also providing plenty of opportunities to explore in your own pace and style.
Day 1: Bangalore
Upon arrival at Bangalore International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2: Bangalore (B)
Embark on a city tour of the Bangalore. This bustling city is the home to “high-tech” India yet still retains its history and cultural charms. Highlights include Tipu’s Palace the Bull Temple Lalbagh Vidhana Soudha and the city markets.
Day 3: Bangalore – Mysore (B)
This morning depart from Bangalore and commence your road journey south to Mysore stopping on the way at the 11 tier high Ranganathaswamy Temple & Tipu Sultans Summer Palace at Srirangapattana.
Day 4: Mysore (B)
This morning you will undertake a tour of Mysore city which will commence at Deveraja Markets St Philomenas Cathedral and the splendid Mysore Palace (in which the ruling family still reside).
Day 5: Mysore – Ooty (B)
Depart for Ooty considered to be the “Queen of southern hill resorts” located at the altitude of 7350 ft. above the sea level amongst the scenic environs of Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu.
In the afternoon after checking in to your hotel proceed for a sightseeing tour of Ooty including a visit to Botanical gardens Dodabetta Peak and local markets.
Day 6: Ooty – Coonoor – Ooty (B)
This morning proceed for Ooty Railway station to experience the famous Toy Train joy ride to Coonoor. Coonoor is the centre of the tea industry and you will have an opportunity to take tea at the Tranquil Tea Lounge.
Day 7: Ooty – Thrissur (B)
Depart for a morning drive to Thrissur. Following hotel check in take an afternoon visit to Guruvayur Temple home to the historic Sree Krishna Temple called the Dwarka of the South.
Day 8: Thrissur – Cochin (B)
Transfer to Cochin. Cochin is one of the most fascinating cities of coastal South India with indelible marks of Christianity Islam Hinduism and Jewish traditions. Commence your exploration in the areas of the busy spice markets and the neighbouring “Jew Town” area. Later see the famed Chinese nets and then on to the fascinating Fort Cochin area.
Day 9: Cochin (B)
Day at leisure to explore Cochin at your own pace.
Day 10: Cochin (B)
Take a full day tour of Cochin including St Francis Church Dutch Palace and the Jewish Synagogue. Later in the evening experience Kathkali Dance in a local theatre.
Day 11: Cochin – Kumarakom (B)
This morning drive to Kumarakom. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore.
Day 12: Kumarakom (B)
Today is set aside for your own activities or leisure until you embark on your sunset cruise on Vembanad Lake in the late afternoon.
Day 13: Kumarakam – Alleppey (B L D)
Today is a highlight for many – a houseboat journey cruising through villages along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. Embark on the houseboat directly from the resort to commence your unique experience floating through the narrow canals and channels on the traditional riceboat now a converted “Kettuvallum”.
Day 14: Alleppey – Kovalam (B)
Following breakfast prepared by the chef on your houseboat disembark and drive to Kovalam. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists especially Europeans since the 1930s.
Day 15: Kovalam (B)
Today is set aside for leisure as you come to the end of your southern India explorations in an area famed for its beaches.
Day 16: Kovalam – Trivandrum (B)
One last breakfast to be had before you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
- Meeting & assistance on arrival/ departure
- All transport services by AC vehicle
- Accommodation in bed & breakfast basis at all places
- Other meals as specified in the itinerary
- Cost of entrance tickets to sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Local English speaking guides.
- Kathakali Dance performance in Cochin.
- Visit to Kumbalangi Integrated tourism village in Cochin.
- Sunset cruise in Kumarakom
- Govt Service Tax
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Superior Tourist Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Bangalore: Ramada Hotel / Royal Orchid Central
Mysore: Royal Orchid Metropole / Radisson
Ooty: Fortune Sullivan Court / Gem Park
Thrissur: Joy Palace
Cochin: Casino Hotel / The Killians
Kumarakom: Eastend Lakesong / Backwater Ripples
Kovalam: Turtle on the Beach / Poovar Island Resort
Deluxe Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Bangalore: The Park Hotel
Mysore: Wildflower Resort & Spa / Radisson
Ooty: Tak Savoy
Thrissur: Joy Palace
Cochin: Crown Plaza / Le Meredian
Kumarakom: The Zuri
Alleppey: Premium Houseboat
Kovalam: The Travancore Heritage
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