Jewels of South India

14 Nights / 15 Days

Overview

South India tour is well planned journeyto explore medieval and contemporary attractions that enable you to enjoy a glimpse of the real essence and cultural trove of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and serene Kerala backwaters andwildlife. Tour start with the capital of Karnataka, Bangalorecontinue to the city of Mysore which boasts the luminous palaces and the beautiful gardens. The tour next stop is Nagarhole counted as one of the well-kept national parks of India. Next we travel to densely forested area in the Nilgiri mountains – Ooty resplendent tea plantations and redroofed bungalows still carry echoes of its colonial past. Travel to the town of Mettupalayam on the Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway to explore the beauty of Mountains and valley. Moving further to Queen of the Arabian Sea – Cochin . A drive from here you will discover the beauty and tranquility of Periyar National Park, the boating trip on Periyar Lake is the ideal way to sight a variety of wildlife. Then we go to the Alleppey jetty to board our overnight experience ontraditional rice barge and cruise along the tranquil Backwater canals for their mesmerizing and alluring charms spread across the whole area and finally unwinding in Marari Beach to enjoy the golden sandy beaches.

Highlights

  • Nandi Bull Temple
  • Bangalore Palace
  • Brindavan Garden
  • Game Safari at Nagarhole National Park
  • Blue Mountain Rail through the Nilgiri Hills
  • Traditional Dance Show – Kathakali
  • 2 Hours Cochin Sunset Harbour Cruise
  • Boat Ride on Lake Periyar
  • Gavi Jeep Safari
  • Cruise through Backwaters of Kerala
  • Kerala Traditional Meals on House Boat
  • Golden Sand Beach of Marari

Bangalore

Mysore

Nagarhole

Ooty

Mettupalayam

Cochin

Periyar

Alleppey

Marari

Tour Route

1 Night

Bangalore

1 Night

2 Nights

Mysore

2 Nights

2 Nights

Nagarhole

2 Nights

1 Night

Ooty

1 Night

1 Night

Mettupalayam

1 Night

2 Nights

Cochin

2 Nights

2 Nights

Periyar

2 Nights

1 Night

House Boat (Alleppey)

1 Night

2 Nights

Marari

2 Nights

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15

Arrive Bangalore

Today you are met at the Bangalore Airport by our guest relation executive with your name placard who would assist you to the Car and then transfer you to your pre booked Hotel

Afternoon City tour of Bangalore visiting Vidhan Soudha - the legislative assembly house of Karnataka state is an imposing granite structure that speaks the charisma of neo-Dravidian architecture, Lalbagh Botanical Garden - which has more than 1000 unique flora and we can admire the famous glass house inspired by London's crystal palace, Nandi or Big Bull Temple - which is famous for huge granite bull statue, carved out of a single piece of rock. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in the 16th century and Bangalore Palace.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Bangalore

Bangalore – Mysore (By Private Vehicle 150 Kms 4 Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Checkout Later depart by Private Vehicle for Mysore. Upon arrival in Mysore check in at your pre booked Hotel. Mysore located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills is famous for its history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood. Mysore was one of the three largest Princely States in the erstwhile British Empire of India. To this day, the Mysore Palace stands tall as one of the most spectacular palaces in India. Overnight stay at Hotel in Mysore

Mysore

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed for private guided tour of Mysore visiting the Zoological Gardens also known as the Mysore Zoo is one of the best zoological gardens in India, The Chamundi Temple a traditional Hindu temple located on the eastern edge of Mysore at the height of 1000ft on the Chamundi hills. We also visit Srirangapatnam a small island town in the Cauvery river located 18 kms from Mysore, the town is an architectural masterpiece of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles evident in its monuments. Tipu Sultans summer Palace located in the Bangalore Fort which is situated in old Bangalore. An exquisite example of Indo- Islamic architecture, the opulent palace was once used as a summer retreat by the king. Evening visit The Brindavan Gardens built across the notable river of India, Cauvery, spread over 60 acres, is located at a distance of 21 km away from Mysore. The well-synchronised fountain show with music, boating and well-manicured grass with flowerbeds are some of the top experiences of Brindavan Garden,

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Mysore

Mysore - Nagarhole (By private Vehicle 120 Kms 3 Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Checkout

Later depart by Private vehicle for Nagarhole. Upon arrival in Nagarhole check in at your pre booked Hotel.
The Wild animal territory of Nagarhole National Park also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is located at the foothills of Brahmagiri hills between the Mysore plateau and the NilgiriMountains.The Paradise of natural wonders invites you to explore 640 sq kms of undulating terrain to meet the rare and endangered species of animals.
Overnight stay at the Hotel inNagarhole

Nagarhole

Today we will wake early to get ready for a morning jungle safari to spot the wildlife.
The best time to enjoy a jungle safari in the park is at the morning time when the atmosphere remain pleasant and chances of spotting animals are the maximum.

Later return to the resort for freshen up and breakfast.

After breakfast its time to enjoy the serenity around the resort . After lunch we well again get ready for wildlife exploration inside the or one can participate in the Nagarhole forest. Later in the evening return to the resort

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Nagarhole

Nagarhole – Ooty (By Private Vehicle105 Kms, 3Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Vehicle for Ooty. Upon arrival in Ooty check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Ootyis a resort town in the Western Ghats mountains, in southern India's Tamil Nadu state. Founded as a British Raj summer resort, it retains a working steam railway line. Other reminders of its colonial past include Stone House, a 19th-century residence, and the circa-1829 St. Stephen’s Church. Its 55-acre Government Botanical Garden lies on the slopes of Doddabetta Peak.

Afternoon sightseeingtour of Ooty visiting the Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak - Located at an altitude of 2623 meters. The view from the top of the peak is absolutely mesmerising, there is a telescope house at the peak with two telescopes presenting captivating view of the valley around and also visit the sprawling Tea Plantation.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Ooty

Ooty – Mettupalayam (By Nilgiri Blue Mountain Rail -Toy Train)

Breakfast in the Hotel and check out

Today you are transferred to Ooty Railway station to board Nilgiri Blue Mountain Rail Journey.
This Rail Journey is 46 kilometers (28.5 miles) long. It passes through many tunnels and over hundreds of bridges. The railway is particularly picturesque because of the surrounding rocky terrain, ravines, tea plantations and thickly forested hills. The Train passing through the most spectacular scenery and best views are situated along the stretch from Mettupalayam to Coonoor. On Arrival in Mettupalayam you are transferred to your pre booked Hotel

Overnight stay at Hotel in Mettupalayam

Mettupalayam – Cochin (By Private Vehicle 225 Kms, 5½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.

Evening Enjoy a two hours boat cruise during sunset in the Cochin Harbor with spectacular views of the Marine Drive and Bolgatty Island. See the sunset from the boat where the Kochi Lagoon opens out into the Arabian Sea.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Cochin

Cochin

Morning Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed for city tour of Cochin visiting Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. This palace is also famous for depicting Kerala mural paintings. The palace is built in the traditional style of Kerala architecture. Jewish Synagogue Also known as Paradesi Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in the entire Commonwealth of Nations and was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Chinese Fishing Nets are the most iconic and popular attractions of Kerala peculiar to Kochi located next to Fort Kochi. One of the significant cultural symbols of Kerala, the spot is also one of the most photographed places in all of town, attracting hordes of tourists and photographers on an everyday basis. The image of the beautifully silhouetted fishing nets against the backdrop of clear waters at sunset is really appeasing and makes up for a breathtakingly beautiful sight.
St. Francis Church is the oldest European church in India. The great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route from Europe to India died in Kochi. His body was buried in this church.

In the Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance - The Traditional Dance show in local theatre. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. It originated in the area of southwestern India now known as the state of Kerala. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Cochin

Cochin – Periyar(By Private Vehicle 185 Kms 4 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Periyar (Thekkady), Also known as Thekkady. It is a National Park and one of the Tiger Reserves in India. Upon arrival in Periyar check in at your pre booked Hotel.

Afternoon take a Boat Ride on Lake Periyar in Common Boat to explore the Wild Life.
Periyar Lake boating experience is one of unique among all boating while in Kerala. Here the steamer will take you to the ride inside the lake where you can see lots of birds and other species in nearby Periyar park.

Then visit to spice plantation. As you take a walk along the streets of Kumily or the winding pathways among the plantations, the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air. The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Periyar

Periyar

Morning Breakfast in the Hotel

Full Day Jeep Safari in Periyar (Breakfast, lunch, evening tea snacks, trekking, jeep safari, pedal boating included)

Gavi Jeep Safari is conducting by the KTDC and it starts by 05:30 AM and ends at 05:00 PM only. Gavi is an eco-tourist spot in Kerala which has widely become popular after 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity. Gavi is mainly known for its wildlife. Endangered species including the NilgiriTahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly. If you are the bird watcher, Gavi is the place for you. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers. A splendid spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Periyar

Periyar – Alleppey (By Private Vehicle 145 Kms 3 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Checkout

Later you are transferred to Alleppey Jetty to board House Boat floating on the Kerala backwaters. Cruise through the back waters and palm fringed waterways and you would be able to breeze past the water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves. Houseboat starts at around 12pm. After introductions and a welcome drink cruise along the lakes and canals for an hour or two before docking the boat at a beautiful spot for lunch. Here your crew will prepare delicious Keralite meals from freshly brought vegetables from the market.
After lunch, you will set away again for an afternoon of cruising covering the Pallathuruthy river, Pukaitha river and Pullangady for sightseeing or photo sessions and maybe stopping at a local village or going for a canoe ride. The boat will dock overnight at around 5:30pm (overnight cruising is not permitted) just before the sun goes down, which makes for the perfect time for a walk along the banks by the rice paddies before dinner.
(Delicious Traditional Kerala Meals Lunch and Dinner included)

Overnight stay at the House Boat

House Boat disembark at Alleppey & Alleppey – Marari(By Private Vehicle 15 Kms ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Houseboat Later Houseboat disembarks at Alleppey at 09:30 Hrs and you will be picked up from Jetty point and proceed for Marari. Upon arrival in Marari check in at your pre booked Hotel Marari Beach one of the great delights of the Malabar Coast a serene and beautiful ideal place for someone who wants to explore the backwaters of Kerala and relax amidst peaceful environment. Nestled in the picturesque fishing village of Mararikulam. The beach is verged by unlimited lines of coconut palms. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Marari

Marari

Breakfast in the Hotel

Day at leisure on the Beach to explore your own
Optional go to Ayurvedic Massage Centre for an Ayurvedic Massage to rejenuvate yourself.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Marari

Marari – Cochin (By Private Vehicle 70 Kms 1 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Our executive would assist you and transfer you to the Cochin International Airport to board Flight for Onward Journey

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Pricing*

– £ 2625 / US$ 3790 per person for a minimum of 2 travellers on a twin or double sharing basis.
– £895 / $1235 for single room supplement.

Price Valid till 30th April 2023 , Prices Quoted in Sterling Pounds & US Dollars & based in Standard Hotels

Included

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing basis
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Houseboat and Nagarhole on Full Board basis
  • Private Transfers
  • City Sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Car with Driver
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrances to Monuments
  • Toy Train Ride from Ooty to Mettupalayam
  • GST

Not Included

  • International Flight
  • Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Meals -Lunch and Dinner (except Houseboat and Nagarhole)
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips
  • Visa Charges

* Terms and Conditions Apply

  1. Prices applicable for standard hotels, luxury accommodations available on request.
  2. Prices valid upto 30th April 2023.
  3. Christmas and New Year supplement applicable extra.
  4. Local taxes apply.

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