Karnataka – Kerala 15 Days Tour

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KARNATAKA – KERALA TOUR PACKAGE

15 Days Tour

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KARNATAKA – KERALA TOUR PACKAGE

15 Days Tour

  1. Day1 Arrive BANGALORE APT - BANGALORE

    Arrive Bangalore Apt, met & greeted by our Executive and transfer to your hotel.

    Bangalore – the capital of Karnataka nicknamed as the “Garden City” was once called a pensioner’s paradise. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore offers the graceful charms of a well laid out garden city with parks and beautiful buildings. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a major economic and cultural hub and the fastest growing major metropolis in India. Often described as Asia’s Silicon Valley because of its thriving information technology industry, Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia.

    On arrival, check in at the Hotel.

    Later, proceed for a tour of some of the main sights in Bangalore. Visit the beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, inspired by French and Mogul influences. You will also see the Parliament buildings – the Vidhan Soudha and the Cubbon Park. The Bull Temple, which houses a massive Nandi bull, is an important symbol in Hinduism.

    Overnight At: –

    The Solitaire Hotel – http://www.thesolitairehotel.com/

  2. Day2 BANGALORE - HASSAN (180 kms/ 05 hrs)

    After breakfast, drive to Hassan – very good place often called as the Poor Man’s Ooty. It is an once-in-a-lifetime trip to the heart of Karnataka’s architecture, greenery and water. On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Later, proceed to visit Belur & Halebidu.

    Belur – The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to Chennakeshava, meaning handsome Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya Temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.

    Halebidu was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. It is the home to one of the best examples of Hoysala Architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara Temples. Halebidu literally means ruined city. This name is given because this city was ruined twice by Bahmani Sultanate.

    Overnight At: –

    The Ashhok – http://www.hassanashok.com/
    Hoysala Village – http://hoysalavillageresorts.in/

  3. Day3 HASSAN - MYSORE (120 kms/ 03hrs)

    After breakfast, proceed to Mysore – Karnataka’s second biggest city which was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar dynasty and is considered the cultural capital of the state. Mysore is the second cleanest city in India and one of the well-planned ones. The place has evolved from being a quiet and sleepy city, to a city that is touted to being the most important one in the state after Bangalore. With apartment complexes, supermarkets, a couple of proposed malls, new and improved roads, the advent of IT and BPO firms and a growing young and dynamic workforce , this regal city is trying to strike a balance between the good old days while to keep up pace with the changes affecting it. Mysore – a city that is old, yet new.

    Upon arrival, check in at the Hotel. Rest of the day, at leisure.

    Overnight At: –

    The Windflower Resorts – http://www.thewindflower.com/mysoreresort.html
    Hotel Regaalis – http://www.ushalexushotels.com/hotel-regaalis-mysore.html

  4. Day4 MYSORE

    After breakfast, travel to the river island of Srirangapatnam. The fort has been a site of Hindu pilgrimage for centuries but is chiefly known as being the fort of Tipu Sultan, an 18th century ruler with renowned military cunning whose nickname was “The Tiger of Mysore”. He was eventually defeated by the future Duke of Wellington, who himself had been held prisoner at the fort. Visit the dungeon where he and other British soldiers were kept. Also, visit Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and the family’s mausoleum.

    Later proceed back to the Mysore’s most famous site, the Maharajah’s Palace. Built in the early 20th century, the décor is a blend of European and Indian styles. Afternoon, visit the temple complex at Somnathpur. The complex dates back to the 13th century and is the finest example of the unique Hoysala style of temple building. The main temple is built on a star shape but the complex is above all renowned for the detailed and well-preserved carvings which decorate the temple walls.

    Later, visit the Chamundi Hill with its hilltop temple. Views of the surrounding Mysore plains are lovely and the temple also boasts an impressive Nandi statue. Finish your exploration with a trip to the colorful Devaraja market; one of India’s liveliest with a fantastic range of produce. The fresh flower, oils and dye powder sections are particularly popular with photographers and also offer fantastic bargains in local oils like jasmine and sandalwood. Back to the Hotel

    Overnight At: –

    The Windflower Resorts – http://www.thewindflower.com/mysoreresort.html
    Hotel Regaalis – http://www.ushalexushotels.com/hotel-regaalis-mysore.html

  5. Day5 MYSORE - NAGARHOLE (90kms/ 2.5 hrs)

    After breakfast, proceed to southwest to the jungles of the Nagarhole National Park. This is one of India’s least known national parks, but a wildlife watcher’s paradise.

    Its main attraction is the fantastic herds of Indian Elephant which are normally seen grazing along the shores of the Kabini Reservoir, which we will visit this afternoon on a boat cruise. Other wildlife seen from the cruise may include huge Marsh Mugger crocodiles, herds of Chital (Spotted Deer), and flocks of waterfowl including storks, tree ducks and others.

    Overnight At: –

    Orange County – http://www.orangecounty.in/kabini/home.php
    The Serai Resorts – http://www.theserai.in/en/in-the-waterfront.html

  6. Day6 NAGARHOLE - COORG (150 kms/ 04hrs)

    Today, we have the option of further exploring the jungles of Nagarhole by Jeep early morning. In addition to the elephants, boar, Gaur (bison) and deer, we will also try for a view of India’s most prized jungle dweller, the Tiger. Leopard may also be seen at times in the forests here, but as everywhere the big cats require a lot of luck. Back to the Resort for breakfast and later proceed to Coorg.

    Kodagu (Coorg) is a hill station famous for the generals it has produced for the Indian army. The women here are known for their beauty. Madikeri is a great place to walk, winding lanes meander off the Main Street, and mountain trails promise visual delights. Kodagu is the home of colorful, robust, martial race – Kodavas who are believed to be the descendants of the soldiers of Alexander the Great who invaded India in 327 B.C. The soldiers married the local population and migrated along the coast.

    Overnight At: –

    Orange County – http://www.orangecounty.in/coorg/home.php
    Amanvana – http://www.amanvanaspa.com/
    The School Estate – http://www.schoolestate.in/

  7. Day7 COORG

    After breakfast, visit Bylekuppe – the Buddhist settlement. This is the second largest settlement outside Tibet. The Golden Temple has some very impressive 40 feet high golden idols of Buddha.

    Afternoon, visit the Duwara Elephant Camp & Coffee Plantations. Back to the Hotel. In the evening, option to taste the different Coorgi Food at the Restaurant.

    Overnight At: –

    Orange County – http://www.orangecounty.in/coorg/home.php
    Amanvana – http://www.amanvanaspa.com/
    The School Estate – http://www.schoolestate.in/

  8. Day8 COORG – TELICHERRY (140 kms, 04 hrs)

    After breakfast, drive to Telicherry. Check in at the Ayisha Manzil –a house on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea, built by an English colonel- Cinnamon planter in 1862. In 1900, it was bought by Mr. Moosa – the host’s grandfather. On arrival, you are given a warm welcome by Mr. Moosa and Mrs. Fiza Moosa, followed by lunch. The food here is undoubtedly the highlight of each day – a sumptuous feast is prepared and presented by Mrs. Fiza Moosa, who joins you with her husband for dinner.

    Afternoon visit to the small village “Pinarayi”, where Communism in India was born. Here you will visit the Cotton Weaving Center and the Beedi Making Centre, which is the bye product of Communism. The beedi’s are small local cigarettes, made by the hand, with dry leaves and well on tobacco. Return back to the bungalow after sunset, for dinner with the host.

    Overnight at the Ayisha Manzil.

  9. Day9 TELICHERRY – KANNUR - TELICHERRY

    In the morning, visit to the local Fish Market and later return back to the house for breakfast. Later, proceed to visit the English Fort followed by a visit to the St. Angelo’s Fort built in the 16th Century. Later, arrive at the temple to witness the grand ritual and the “Theyyam Dance”. Back to Ayisha Manzil for lunch.

    Option for a cooking session with Mrs. Fiza Moosa on the special cuisine they serve on Extra Cost. In the evening, visit the Muzhuppilangadi Beach.

    Overnight at the Ayisha Manzil.

  10. Day10 TELICHERRY - SHORNUR (by train) – CHERUTHURUTHY

    After an early breakfast, proceed to Telicherry Railway station to connect your train at 0715 hrs to Shornur. Arrive Shornur at 1105 hrs and proceed to Cheruthuruthy by road.

    On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Afternoon visit the Kalamandalam – the seat of Kerala’s Art & Culture and this programme is a journey into the heart of Kerala’s art & culture in a true sense. Evening visit to the nearby local village to witness the folk dances of olden days.

    Overnight At: –

    River Retreat – http://www.riverretreat.in/

  11. Day11 CHERUTHURUTHY – COCHIN (140 kms, 3.5hrs)

    After breakfast, drive to Cochin – one of the most fascinating cities of coastal South India. It is a city with indelible marks of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Jewish traditions. Of Special mention is the older parts of the Fort Cochin area. It more or less exists as it used to be a 1000-year behind our times. This part of the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portugal, Dutch and English country life grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast.

    The 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace is a fascinating fort with elegant buildings and interesting collections from the Royal traditions of the region. The unique feature of Cochin is the unexpected and isolated Jewish community, whose origins date back to AD 52. They are self-contained and have their own Synagogue. The area around the Synagogue, known as ’Jew Town’ is one of the main centers of spice trade, together in old dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the aroma of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves.

    On arrival, check in at hotel. After lunch, proceed to visit Cochin: – Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Chinese Fishing Nets operation.

    In the evening attend a performance of the Kathakali dance drama, the riveting 400 year old drama of Kerala that narrates sequences from Indian religious epic, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The extremely stylized gestures, the elaborate make-up, the masks and the splendid costumes of these all-male dancers, recreates an incomparable sense of pageantry.

    Overnight At: –

    Old Harbour Hotel – http://www.oldharbourhotel.com/
    Tea Bungalow – http://www.teabungalow.in/

  12. Day12 COCHIN – KUMARAKOM (70kms, 1.5hrs)

    After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom which lies in the scenic backwater area on the shore of the pleasant Vembanad Lake. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Option for consulting an Ayurveda doctor at the hotel for Ayurveda treatments & massages on personal cost. At leisure, till evening and later enjoy a sunset cruise on the Vembanad Lake provided as a courtesy by the hotel.

    Overnight At: –

    Coconut Lagoon – http://www.cghearthhotels.com/coconut-lagoon.html
    Backwater Ripples – http://www.backwaterripples.com/
    Philipkutty’s Farm – http://www.philipkuttysfarm.com/

  13. Day13 KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY (Houseboat day cruise) - MARAIKULAM

    Breakfast at the hotel and at leisure till noon. At 1300 hrs, board onto the Houseboat for a day cruise to Alleppey.

    Houseboats are the converted modern forms of Kettuvallams or Rice boats which were used as ferries to carry rice. Lunch at the houseboat and cruise through the narrow canals of the Vembanad Lake, past paddy fields and villages enjoying the silence of the backwaters and having a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people on the backwater region. After evening Tea & Snacks, disembark from the houseboat at 1630 hrs at Alleppey and drive to Mararikulam a small fishing village in Kerala known for its beaches.

    Rest of the day, at leisure.

    Overnight At: –

    Marari Beach Resort – http://www.cghearth.com/marari_beach/index.htm
    A Beach Symphony – http://www.abeachsymphony.com/
    Abad Turtle Beach – http://www.abadhotels.com/mararibeach/localinfo.html

  14. Day14 MARARIKULAM

    Full day at leisure enjoying & relaxing at the beach and the various activities in the Resort. Option to go out for a Village Walk to see the life and the activities at Fishing Village close by. Option to have an Ayurvedic Massage on personal cost.

    Overnight At: –

    Marari Beach Resort – http://www.cghearth.com/marari_beach/index.htm
    A Beach Symphony – http://www.abeachsymphony.com/
    Abad Turtle Beach – http://www.abadhotels.com/mararibeach/localinfo.html

  15. Day15 MARARIKULAM – COCHIN APT departure (80 kms,02hrs)

    After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Cochin Airport to connect your onward flight