Best Of Two Cultures (Karnataka & Kerala) South India
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination Covered: Bangalore-Hassan-Mysore-Ooty-Cochin/Kochi-Munnar-Periyar-Thottapali-Kovalam
Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
On arrival in Bangalore, you will be given warm welcome by our representative with folded hands. He will also transfer you to the hotel for check in. Remaining day is at your disposal. In the evening, you will be briefed about your tour program. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel in Bangalore.
Day 02: Bangalore Sightseeing Tourism
Have your breakfast early in the morning as you will be taken today for a guided tour of Bangalore, one of the major cities in south India. Your trip to the city starts with the sightseeing of Tipu Sultan Palace; during your visit to this palace you will come to know the life and times of this great emperor known for his bravery and good governance. The fort and ruins here offers an interesting account of his regime. The magnificence of Tipu palace can be understood with the fact that it was built fewer than two rulers. Haider Ali who laid foundations and Tipu Sultan who eventually completed it. The next destination in your itinerary is ISKCON Temple that showcases a seamless fusion of Dravidian and contemporary architectural styles. In recent years, this temple has added some modern elements in its kitty while not compromising on its basic tenets. Thereafter you will proceed to Lal Bagh Garden, a garden famous for its red roses where you can find red roses round the year irrespective of the season. Later you will be taken to another major tourist destination in the city of Bangalore, Vidhan Saudha, the legislative assembly of the state. This grand building in the city is well known for its architectural excellence. After daylong sightseeing of various tourist attractions return to the hotel for dinner and Overnight.
Day 03: Bangalore to Hassan Tour of Karnataka
Have your breakfast early in the morning and drive to reach another city of importance, Hassan. The city derives its name from the Goddess Hasanamba (Smiling Goddess). The next place of tourist interest in the city on your itinerary is Chennakeshawa Temple at Belur, made to commemorate the Hoysala military achievements. The temple took almost a century to come into its present form. One can find the verses and teaching from the various Hindu epics like Purans, Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Later you will be taken to the Hoyasaleshwara Temple at Helebid. At this twelfth century temples Lord Siva is presiding deity. This temple is also known for its magnificent architecture. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 04: Hassan to Mysore Tourism of Karnataka
After a scrumptious breakfast in the morning you will be picked from the hotel rooms for a drive to Mysore. On arrival check in at hotel in Mysore. In the later part of the day, you will be taken for sightseeing of Mysore. At first you will be taken to a visit to Srirangapatnam, the seat of power of Tipu Sultan who put an offensive to the British rule. One can find a host of monuments and structures linked to this great ruler in south India. In an endeavor to understand this great ruler better you will visit the Darya Daulat, the Summer retreat of Tipu Sultan tucked amidst the picturesque landscape. The next tourist attraction in our itinerary is Maharaja Palace, a gem of architecture planned by noted British architect Henry Irwin. Your Mysore tour is Chamundi Hill that is crowned by a temple dedicated to Hindu goddess of power Durga. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 05: Mysore to Ooty Tour of South India
As we have already explored the tourism destination of Mysore, today we will head for the hill station of Ooty (Udagamandalam) in Tamil Nadu. This enchanting hill stations in the Nilgiri range of mountains is one of the places known for its charming landscape. This hill station is hit it off among tourists and honeymooner who come from the various corners of the world to make most of their vacations. This hill station was much in demand during the British era. One can go for the nature walks and sightseeing tours of the various tourist attractions during their trip to Ooty. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ooty.
Day 06: Ooty to Cochin/ Kochi culture Tour of Kerala
In the morning have a sumptuous breakfast and drive to the historic city of Cochin in Kerala. The city which had once served as sea trade route to the Middle East, has not lost its cultural significance in the modern era. The city boasts of being one of major natural ports on Arabian Sea and hence a major center of trade and commerce. Due to ongoing trade and commercial activities the city has developed a visitor friendly infrastructure. Remaining day is free at your discretion. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 07: Cochin Sightseeing Tour
Today have your breakfast early in the morning as you will be taken to the sightseeing of a number of tourist attractions in Kochi that includes magnificent Fort Cochin, Mattancherry Palace, Bolgatty Palaces, St Francis Church (built by a Portuguese Franciscan Friars), Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, Kochi Harbor and centers of trade and commerce in the city. Your evening is reserved for some cultural performances in the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 08: Cochin to Munnar Tours of Kerala
After having your breakfast in the morning you will be driven to the enchanting hill station of Munnar in Kerala. The hill station surrounded by three mountain ranges Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala is synonymous with picturesque beauty that act as a charmer to the tourists and honeymooners. On arrival you will check in at hotel or resort. Rest of the day is at your leisure. If you like, you can go for the visit to tea plantations, serpentine pathways and other natural spots in the vicinity.
Day 09: Munnar Sightseeing Tourism
After having a scrumptious breakfast in the morning set out for a sightseeing tour of various tourist attractions in Munnar. In first phase you will be taken to the tea plantation that appears as a blanket of green on the sloppy hills. Thereafter we will head for the Eravikulam National Park where you can spot Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat), which is enumerated as an endangered species. This national park was established to protect Nilgiri Tahr from extinction.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Munnar to Periyar Tour of Kerala
As you are through with the sightseeing of Munnar, today we will head for the Periyar, home to one of the admired wildlife sanctuaries. This wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. If lucky you can find a chance to spot animals from a very close distance. This wildlife sanctuary is particularly good for birdwatchers. One can find elephants in their natural settings. One can also spot Nilgiri Langur a rare variety specific to this region only. One of the most ideal ways to explore this region is a boat ride on Periyar lake. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Periyar Tour Kumarakom Tourismof Kerala
In the early morning set out for a boat ride on Periyar Lake to have a glimpse of various wild animals that come to the lakes for water. Later return to the hotel and check out. Make a trip to Kumarakom, one of the most popular holiday resorts in India. Remaining day is free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at the resort in Kumarakom.
Day 12: Kumarakom to Alleppey Tourism of Kerala
In the morning set out for a trip to the Kumarakom Bird sanctuary as it is home to various bird species like cormorants, teals, darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets and Siberian storks. After daylong sightseeing return to the hotel for lunch and brief relax. Later board a houseboat for a trip to Alleppey. On the way observes the way of life in hinterlands of Kerala. Dinner and overnight onboard of the houseboat.
Day 13: Alleppey to Kovalam Tour Kerala
On arrival at Alleppey in today morning you will check out from the houseboat and drive to reach Kovalam, a highly admired beach destination in Kerala. This beach has a great following among tourists from all over the world. You can go for the various recreational options like sunbathing, swimming, herbal body massages, and special cultural and other beach side activities. After taking pleasure in various beach activities for the day you can return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 14: Kovalam Sightseeing Tour of Kerala
After lunch and relax rest of the day is at your discretion. You may take part in water sports or visit an Ayurvedic spa that is specialty of Kovalam.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kovalam.
Day 15: Depart Trivandrum
As you have successfully completed the Best of two cultures tour today you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for onward journey.