Amazing South with Kerala

Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Destinations covered: – Bangalore – Mysore – Hassan – Coorg – Calicut – Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
Welcome to the “India’s Silicon Valley” and the capital of Karnataka, Bangalore. On arrival at the Bangalore International airport, you are welcomed with the fragrances of flowers by our representative and transferred to hotel. Freshen up and relax at the hotel.

Bangalore, recently renamed as Bengaluru, is also known as the garden city of India because of its greenery. It is the gateway to India and the start point of your tour blessed with architectural landmarks, shopping malls, gardens & parks, natural lakes, business opportunities, the best restaurants and pubs. This fascinating city was designed by Kempe Gowda in the year 1537, having historical forts and palaces.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Bangalore

After breakfast ready for the sightseeing tour of Bangalore visiting The Lal bagh botanical gardens, The Bull temple and The Vidhan Sudha, Ulsoor Lake with a boat club. The Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, a two-storied ornate wooden structure with pillars, arches and balconies flanked by gardens. Cave temple, known for its four monolithic pillars and rare idol of Agni, the God of fire. Gandhi Bhavan. ISKCON Temple Complex, one of the most beautiful buildings one can ever see. In the evening time you are free to explore commercial section of city.
Enjoy the delicious meal and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Bangalore-Mysore (139 kms 3 hours drive by road)
After having your breakfast at hotel, depart for the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka, Mysore by road, which is Located at the base of Chamundi Hills. Mysore is famous for its fragrant sandalwood and rich silks, and also admired by the tourists for its magnificent palaces, scenic gardens, quaint charm, rich heritage, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The city has a legendary past, earliyer Mysore was also known as Mahishur as the Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi killed the buffalo-headed giant, Mahishasura. On arrival at Mysore you are transfer to hotel.

In the afternoon, ready to take a sightseeing tour of the city, visit to Maharaja Palace famous for its beautiful structure in the Indo-Saracenic Style and fabulous gold throne also visit Chamundi Hill. In the evening enjoys the dancing fountains at the sound of music in Brindavan Garden adjoining the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam which is built across the river Kaveri. Dinner and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Mysore Sightseeing /Hassan (115 kms 2.5 hours drive by road)
After breakfast ready to explore the ‘City Of Palaces ‘Mysore. Visit The Mysore Palace, Once the residence of the royal family of the Wodayars. Datta Peetham, a religious and spiritual dwelling of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda. The Karanji Lake, located at the foot hills of the Chamundi Mountains and Mysore Zoo or Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is home to a wide range of species.

In the late afternoon road drive to Hassan. Hassan is a quiet and peaceful town, in Karnataka state worldly known for its natural scenic beauty. It is also known as the treasure-house of Hoysala architecture. You can also explore the ruins, sculptures and monuments at the Belur and Halebeed. The place drives its name after the great deity of the town Goddess “Haasanamba”.
After arriving Hassan check in to the hotel, dinner and stay overnight.

Day 05: Hassan

After breakfast ready to explore the World famous temple towns, Belur and Halebid. Belur is also known as ‘Velapuri’, located on the banks of the river Yagachi and Halebid also refer as Dwarasamudra, the gateway to the seas. The temple of Belur and Halebid tells the story of the spirits of Puranas, the Upanishads and other great Hindu mythological characters from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata which are proposed as UNESCO world heritage site.

The beautiful walls of the temples are also designed scenes from wars, hunting, agriculture, music and dance, an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, and some sensual sculptures which shows the lifestyles of the dancing girls. Some main temples to visit are Chennakesava Temple, Veeranarayana temple, Hoysaleswara temple, Basadi temple, Shantaleswara temple etc. The other places of interest around Hassan are The Jain basadis, Channarayapatna, Ramanathpur, Gorur and Manjarabad.
Stay Overnight in Hassan.

Day 06: Hassan-Coorg (115 kms 2.5 hours drive by road)
In the morning have your breakfast at your hotel and drive to Coorg. Coorg also called as Kodagu means ‘dense forest on steep hill’ situated on the laps of the mountains. The originality of Coorg will makes you fall in love with nature. Kodagu is worldly famous for wooded slopes, attractive villages, vibrant panorama and the natural scenery, endless mountain ranges, slopes rising to the sky, coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views. After arriving at Coorg check in to your hotel and relax.

In the afternoon ready to explore coorg by visiting Raja’s Seat, with a garden all around. The Omkareshwara Temple with a center dome and four corners with turrets. Gaddige, the tombs of Dodda Virarjendra & Lingarajendra II. A very famous coffee Plantation, a very beautiful island off the state highway, Cauvery Nisargadhama. Stay Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Coorg-Calicut (206 kms 4.5 hours drive by road)
After breakfast move for Calicut by road.
Calicut, also known as Kozhikode was the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule. This is a beautiful city has many temples, Churches and mosques and having small lake (canoli canal) going through the city which attracts a large number of tourist each year. The city has a colorful past as it visible in the world history after Portuguese traveler Vasco Da Gama landed on the Calicut. Arrive Calicut; check in at hotel and in the afternoon start for sightseeing of Calicut.

Visit Kappakkadavu Beach the place where Vasco da Gama set foot for the first time when he came to India. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary home to about 100 species of resident and 60 species of migratory birds. The Thali Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dolphin’s Point and Pazhassiraja Museum. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Calicut-Cochin (225 kms 5 hours drive by road)
This morning after breakfast derive to Cochin known as the Gateway to Kerala picturesquely situated on the south-west cost of the Indian peninsula. Kochi is the heart as well as prosperous and the breathtaking picturesque state of Kerala, known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. This fascinating town is filled with coconut trees, magnificent backwaters, bygone churches, Portuguese artistic and British monuments etc, also referred as the ‘God’s Own Country’ for its strategic importance over the centuries. On arrival check in hotel. In the evening take a walk along the historic colonial streets of Fort Cochin. Watch a Kathakali Show, a traditional art performance of Kerala. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Cochin

After breakfast proceed for a guided tour of Fort Cochin and the Jew Street in Mattancherry.Visit the synagogue, century’s old churches and palaces, colonial buildings, Chinese fishing net etc. Spend your evening on the nearby Fort Cochin beach or ferry across to Cherai Beach which is half an hour away. Come back to the hotel or visit Ernakulam city for souvenir and other shopping on Mahatma Gandhi Road.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10: Cochin – Munnar (140 Kms, 3 hours drive by road)

Today after breakfast transfer to Munnar. The entire route filled with the endless tea plantations looks like a green carpet spread over 100’s of kilometers, Rubber, lush green valleys, magnificent mountains, Pepper cardamom and the scenic beauty of evergreen forests. On arrival at Munnar transfer to your hotel.

Munnar- is the most beautiful tourist paradise and the splendid pearl of Kerala situated at the merging point of 3 mountain streams – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munner is a haven of peace and tranquility and a beautiful hill station set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district. Munnar is used to be the summer place of the erstwhile British Government in South India. This fascinating city is blessed with extensive wide area of tea plantations, waterfalls, rivulets, natural beauty and exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Munnar

After breakfast start for a full day sightseeing of Munnar watch beautiful mist kissing romantic green meadows- mind-blowing hills sleeping under green carpet (Tea Gardens) visit Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai, Eravikulam Wildlife sanctuary & Tea Plantation.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 12: Munnar – Thekkady (120 kms, 3 hours drive by road)

This morning after breakfast check out from hotel and ready to transfer for Thekkady, one of the picturesque journey of south India filled with cloudy mountains, spice plantations and open grasslands lined with spectacular waterfalls. On arrival at Thekkady Check in Hotel.

Thekkady – the fabulous wildlife Sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. It is one of the world’s most fascinating wild life reserves, spread across 777 sq km. The sanctuary is a treasure of flora and fauna with a wide range of animals including tiger, elephants, leopards, deer, the elusive Nilgiri tahr, and hundred species of birds. Afternoon proceeds to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Spice Plantation and mullaperiyar dam also enjoy boating at Periyar Lake and the breathtaking view of wildlife animal in their natural habitation.
Return to your hotel for delicious meal and Overnight stay.

Day 13Thekkady – Kumarakom (145 kms, 3 hours drive by road)
Morning after breakfast derive to Kumarakom, a breathtaking small village surrounded by serene palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala spread over 900 sq. km. Kumarakom a haven in Kerala is picturesquely situated in the hills and on the Western bank of Vembanad Lake. It is blessed with coconut trees, never ending paddy fields, windings lagoons, backwaters and a home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. On arrival at Kumarakom check in resort.

Afternoon visits the scenic beauty of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Beach and in the evening join sunset cruise or enjoy the romantic beauty of Vembanadu Lake. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 14: Kumarakom (Houseboat)
This morning after breakfast at resort. Morning is free at resort or you can join the Yoga and Meditation classes. Afternoon check in at houseboat where you can hear the soothing sound of water rippling alongside your houseboat and which will give you the completely relaxed as you enter a world of serenity and natural beauty in Kerala. Through the Kerala backwaters you can see the magnificent view of the green countryside, swaying palm trees, endless rice fields. Enjoy your on the sundeck away from polluted cities and maddening crowd with Tea/Coffee with snacks. Dinner and overnight stay on House Boat.

Day 15: Kumarakom-Alleppey (38 kms, 40 minutes drive by road)
Today morning after breakfast derive to Alleppey or Alappuzha a pleasant market town means the fabulous land between the sea and a network of rivers, referred as the Venice of the East by Lord Curzon. It is a city of great natural beauty with its vast network of flowing rivers, lagoons and fresh water lakes, picturesque canals, backwaters and white sand beaches, a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the sea and sun.

On arrival check into the Kerala houseboat after lunch proceed for a Cruise through the Backwaters and enjoy the beauty of Paddy fields, explore scenic beauty of the Vembanad Lake, an attractive picnic spot and Alappuzha beach. In the evening enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage. Dinner and overnight stay at Houseboat.

Day 16: Alleppey-Kovalam (158 kms 3.5 hours drive by road)

After breakfast start for Kovalam, a beach town breathtakingly nestled by the Arabian Sea. It is a dreamland for visitors blessed with an endless sight of coconut trees, beaches, backwaters and Lakes. Azure water and favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Kovalam beach is known as the “Paradise of the South” where you can enjoy surfing and swimming which captures the soul of Kerala. Check-in at hotel at Kovalam. The rest of the day is kept for leisure at the Kovalam Beach.

In the evening enjoy the cool breeze, wet sand and gently lapping waves, with golden skies reflecting the beautiful sunset with different colors in the sun and sky, which shows the new master piece art works in the sky at Kovalam Beach. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 17: Kovalam – Trivandrum (16 Kms, 20 mins drive by road)

After breakfast start for Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram the capital city of Kerala picturesquely nestled at the South Western tip of India with full of wooded highlands & scenic views makes it an ideal tourist paradise for nature & adventure lovers. Trivandrum blessed with numerous famous heritage sites, sandy beaches, long stretches of palm fringed shorelines, breezy backwaters for which India is famous for around the world. On arrival check in hotel.

In the afternoon visit Museum Complex, Padmanabha Swami Temple, The Padmanabhapuram Palace, Sree Chitbra Art Gallery, Veli Tourist village and Shanghumugham beach etc. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 18: Trivandrum

After breakfast drive to International airport to board flight for destination ahead with sweet memories of Kerala tour.