Our tour, through the culturally enchanting and verdant landscapes of South India, experiences varied charms of this tropical region in south India. We explore ancient Hindu temples and lavish palaces, enjoy walks on picturesque hills, see exotic wildlife in natural habitat and relax on houseboat while cruising through Kerala backwaters.
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We begin in the modern metropolis of Bangalore, an IT hub that showcases India’s talent in information and technology, before heading west to Mysore, one of the most attractive old cities in the country. We marvel at the opulence of the Maharaja’s Palace, a highlight of an enjoyable day’s sightseeing here. From here it’s up into the verdant heights of the Western Ghats, taking in the national parks of Nagarhole and adjoining Bandipur and Mudumalai– which together form the largest protected wildlife area in southern India. On a series of game drives we seek out wild elephants, tigers, sloth bears and a variety of deer and primate species. From Bandipur we spend a day walking and sightseeing in the picturesque hill station of Ooty – with a ride on the so-called ‘toy train’ through the hills – before crossing the state-line on our way to Munnar in Kerala. Next, we visit breathtakingly beautiful wildlife sanctuaries at Eravikulam and Periyar and take a boat-ride on the spectacular Periyar Lake with its colourful bird-life. The final stage of this culture and nature exploration of South India sees us descend to the lush Kerala coast to spend a night on a houseboat in Alleppey on a tour of the famous Kerala backwaters. We finish our tour in the romantic old spice town of Cochin, a post on the Arabian Sea since Roman times.
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Arrive in Bangalore. Arrive in Bangalore by international flight. After a traditional welcome transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight Hotel
Bangalore – Mysore (135 kms; 3-4 hrs.). Morning sight-seeing of Bangalore includes visits to Tipu Sultan’s Palace and ISKON Temple - harmonious blend of Dravidian and modern architecture. Later drive to Mysore, en-route visit Srirangapatna. Overnight Hotel
Mysore – Nagarhole National Park (95 km; 02 hrs.). This morning visit Mysore Palace and Chamundi temple and Nandi Bull on the way. Later drive to Nagarhole National Park, en-route visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Overnight Hotel
Nagarhole National Park. Morning game-drive into the park that is famous for the tawny, black-striped Royal Bengal Tiger, elusive and stealthy, noble and regal.. Evening is free to explore the place. Overnight Hotel
Nagarhole – Bandipur (125 kms;03 hrs). Drive to Bandipur National Park, one of the many reserves located within the forest belt between the Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Mountains. Afternoon safari trip into the park. Overnight Hotel
Bandipur – Ooty (80 kms;2-3 hrs). Drive to Ooty (Ootacamund). Upon arrival check into the hotel and spend time enjoying the beauty of this hill station that is situated in the heart of the Nilgiri hills. Overnight Hotel
Sight-seeing of Ooty. In the morning today enjoy the toy train journey. Afternoon is for visit to the botanical garden and a walk to Doddabetta peak, the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. Overnight Hotel
Ooty – Munnar (250 kms; 8-9 hrs). Drive through the hills to Munnar, a hill station located at the confluence of the mountain streams of Muthirappuzha, Chanduvarai and Kundala. Arrive in the afternoon and check into hotel. Overnight Hotel
Eravikulam National Park. Today in the morning visit Eravikulam National Park that was set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. This park has the largest population of Tahr in the world. Overnight Hotel
Munnar – Thekkady (110 kms; 4-5 hrs). Drive through beautiful and lush countryside across the top of the hills to Thekkady, a small town close to Periyar National Park of India’s most fascinating wildlife sanctuaries. Afternoon check into hotel and later visit the local spice garden. Overnight Hotel
Thekkady – Alleppey (160 km;4-5 hrs) In the early morning go for a jungle-walk in Periyar National Park. Later drive to Alleppey, principal centre for backwater cruises. Board houseboat for backwaters cruise in early afternoon. Overnight Houseboat
Alleppey – Cochin (60 kms;1.5 hrs) Have breakfast on the houseboats while they move from their overnight mooring point to the disembarkation point. From here drive to Cochin, and after checking into the hotel enjoy free time. Overnight Hotel
Sight-seeing of Cochin In the local sightseeing programme today, visit Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets at Fort Cochin. In the evening there is a possibility of optional visit to watch Kathakali Dance, a dance form unique to Kerala. Overnight Hotel
Cochin-Departure. Today after check out from the hotel transfer to the international airport of Kochi to board the flights to respective destinations.
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Fairly easy 5-6 hours of activity per day. May include some uphill sections, reasonable fitness recommended.
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