Exotic South India Tour with Kerala Backwaters

Exotic South India Tour with Kerala Backwaters

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Mumbai - Bangalore - Mysore - Bandipur - Coorg - Ooty - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarkom - Alleppey - Quilon - Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Trivandrum

Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Mumbai
Arrive in Mumbai, the Commercial capital of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Mumbai is the capital of Maharastra State and the gateway to this beguiling subcontinent. Of the four great cities in India, Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan, spear heading India's move in to the 21st Century.
Day 02 - In Mumbai
After breakfast you embark on the sightseeing trip of World famous Elephanta Caves and Mumbai city.

Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. In the afternoon the guest enjoy the sightseeing tour of the Mumbai City-

Mumbai City: includes a visit the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Hanging Gardens and the Crawford Market.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.
Day 03 - Mumbai - Bangalore
Morning enjoy the breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you are provided departure transfer to the domestic airport to connect the flight for Bangalore.

Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures. This Garden City has well - laid out parks, gardens, long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate. Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it still retains a charm that is totally Indian. Founded in 1537 by a local Chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has changed dramatically over the years.

On arrival in Bangalore you are received at the airport and are transferred to the hotel for check in.
Afternoon after the rest you start the sightseeing trip of the city, which would include the visit to Lal Bagh, Gole Temple, the Government building, Vishveshwara Industrial and Technology Museum and the Ulsoor lake. After completing the sightseeing return back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 04 - Bangalore - Mysore (Approx 135 Kms/04 Hours)
After breakfast drive to your next exotic destination called Mysore by surface.

Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore state. The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder n were the rulers. Mysore has never failed to mesmerise the tourists with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The charm leaves no one untouched.

On arrival you check in. Relax in the hotel after check in. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - In Mysore
After breakfast you embark on your full day sightseeing of Mysore which would include the visits to Srirangapatnam and Tipu's Summer Palace, the Maharaja's Palace and Chamundi Hill, which is topped with a 12th century temple of Durga with the magnificent 5m tall Nandi. Carved from a single piece of granite in year 1659, it is one of the largest in India. After completing the sightseeing return back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 06 - Mysore - Bandipur - Coorg (Approx 120 Kms/04 Hours)
After breakfast you drive to Bandipur where you can do a Private Jungle safari through the 865 sq kms of Bandipur, the erstwhile private hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mysore. This sanctuary is one of the 15 in India, which run the Tiger Conservation Project. It is also noted for massive herds of Elephants, Indian Bison (Gaur), Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Sloth Bear, and above all around 75 Tigers. Afterwards you move to Coorg, Coorg : A tiny district in Southern India, which is 800m above sea level. Endowed with unparalleled natural beauty, this tiny cluster of villages offers a lot to the tourists.
On arrival you check in at Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 - Coorg - Ooty (Approx 90 Kms/03 Hrs)
After breakfast you drive to Ooty.

Ooty: Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations' among the tourist circuits. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres. On arrival in Ooty you check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure or for own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Ooty – Cochin (Approx 300 Kms/06 Hours)
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you drive to Cochin. Cochin : Over the centuries , the princely state of Kochi came under numerous empires. The original local rulers were dominated by the Portugese, Dutch , British and even the Zamorin of Kozhikode (Calicut). Around 1530 AD under the Portugese, Kochi grew into a prosperous town. The ruler of Kochi gave the Portugese, permission to build a fort at Kochi called 'Manuel Kotta' - which is the first European fort in Kochi.

On arrival you check in to your hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure or for own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - Cochin – Munnar (Approx 130Kms/05 Hours)
After breakfast at the hotel you embark on your half day tour of the city which would include your visit to St Francis Church, the scenic Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace and the 1568 Jewish Synagogue. Afterwards you leave for Munnar, hill station with beautiful tea gardens.

Munnar: Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. On arrival you to check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10 - Munnar – Thekkady (Periyar) ( Approx 170 Kms /05 Hours )
After buffet breakfast you embark on the half day tour of Munnar, where you would be visiting the sprawling tea estates, Eravikulam National park, the best place to see the Nilgiri Tahr( mountain goat). Afterwards you head for one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India, the Periyar Wildlife reserve, which is set on an attractive lakeside. Periyar is the home to herds of Wild Tuskers, Bison & spotted Deer.
Upon arrival in Thekkady(home to Periyar), you check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure or for own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Thekkady – Kumarakom ( Approx 135 Kms /04 Hours )
Early morning embark on your game viewing tour of the sanctuary on the ever- so- romantic lake Periyar. Afterwards return to the hotel for breakfast and later you leave for Kumarakom

Kumarkom: The famous backwater tourist destination in Kerala. It is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala, God's own country. This rich green, sleepy little village of Kumarkom is located on the Vembanad lake amidst mangrove forests and coconut groves. Kumarakom is an enchanting picnic spot and provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. It is also known for its backwaters and the Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is rich with a number of noteworthy species including the Dater or Snake Bird, Upon arrival you check in to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - Kumarakom - Alleppey ( Approx 20 Kms /02 Hours )
After breakfast you embark on yet another thrilling experience - Your journey from Kumarakom to Alleppey on a houseboat known as ‘ Venice of the East”.

Alleppey: Alappuzha or Alleppey, with its network, of canals, bridges along silver beach, makes for an exhilarating holiday. Alleppey offers enjoyable boat rides to Kollam along the picturesque Vembanad Lake. The endless panorama of lush green paddy fields, swaying coconut trees, shimmering water and long canals around Alappuzha make an interesting setting for the town Upon arrival you check in to the Houseboat. Overnight on board the Houseboat.
Day 13 - Alleppey – Quilon ( Approx 90 Kms /03 Hours )
After breakfast you drive to Quilon. Quilon : The peninsula that’s surrounded by water and resembles a green planet with its shimmering lagoons, mandering canals, whispering palms and the tang of the ocean. Upon arrival you check in to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - Quilon - Kovalam ( Approx 60 Kms /02 Hours )
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you head for your next destination Kovalam which is in south of Trivandrum,, one of India’s best beaches and famous for water sports in the southern part of India.

Kovalam: Beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. Kovalam is a dreamland for tourists all over the world. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sandbed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the seabreeze gently plays with the waves Upon arrival you check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - Kovalam – Kanyakumari - Kovalam ( Approx 110 Kms /03 Hours )
After breakfast at hotel you drive to Kanyakumari, the Southern most point of Indian territory, at the confluence of the Indian ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal Kanyakumari : (also spelt as Kanniyakumari) district is bounded by Tirunelveli district in the north and northeast, by Kerala state in the northwest and confluence of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean in the west and south. The coastline is almost regular except for some points of land projecting into the sea at Cape Comorin. Kanyakumari is the district headquarters of the district of the same name. Upon your arrival you start the sightseeing which would include your visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Temple of Virgin Goddesses.
Later in the evening you head back for Kovalam. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 - Kovalam – Trivandrum ( Approx 20 Kms /40 Minutes )
After breakfast on the final day of your trip you visit Trivandrum located on the Southwestern tip of India. Trivandrum: Is sprawling over seven hills covered with English government buildings side-by-side local traditional wooden houses in this seaside capital city. True to its composite and cosmopolitan character, the capital city's attraction's run from museums, art galleries, temples and zoo's. With a seven stotreyed Gopuram, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the most famous site of the capital city.

You start the sightseeing trip which would include your visit to Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Shri Chirta Art Gallery and the Museum. Afterwards you are provided departure transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai you are received at the domestic airport and are provided the departure transfer to International airport to connect your flight back home.
 

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