Start in Bangalore and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the discovery tour Enchanting Karnataka and Kerala, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Bangalore, India and 7 other destinations in India. Enchanting Karnataka and Kerala includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around Bangalore, Mysore?? Upon arrival at Bangalore International Airport, our representative will meet you and assist you towards Mysore. Officially named Mysuru, Mysore is the cultural capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. The city is one of the most flamboyant state of India with more than 600 glorious years of legacy. It is noted worldwide for its premium Mysore silk, sandalwood and incense products. Mysore is also famous for its heritage structures and palaces, including the magnificent Mysore Palace (the seat of the rulers of Mysore), and the grand festivities during the Dasara festival. Check-in at your hotel upon reaching, relax. Relax, then head out to see Mysore Palace. Richly carved, the palace exhibits intricate, colourful and thrilling art and architecture.? Overnight stay at hotel in Mysore.
In and around Coorg?? After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Coorg - the coffee and spice producing hill station of India. Officially known as Kodagu, Coorg is equally popular for its exotic scenery, breathtaking adventures and warm hospitality. Check-in at hotel upon arrival and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Coorg.
Enjoy breakfast, then, proceed for a half-day tour of the beautiful Coorg covering coffee plantations, orange orchards and the green paddy fields. Visit Madikeri, aka Mercara, the largest town in Coorg. Come across the sprawling Madikeri fortress, built in the 17th century by the Rajas of Coorg, standing on a hilltop overlooking the entire town. Not far from here stands a temple of Lord Omkareshwara, a popular religious destination here, which shows an unusual combination of the Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture, unlike other traditional temples in India. Overnight stay at hotel in Coorg.
After breakfast, embark on a wonderful journey to Wayanad driving through lofty peaks, cascading streams, verdant forests and hills, and winding roads. Wayanad: A green paradise nestled among the lush mountains of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is nature?s abode of Kerala. The land is clean, pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing as well as replete with fascinating history and culture. On arrival check-in at your hotel. Later in the day, proceed to visit Lakkidi View Point - the gateway to Wayanad, situated 2296 ft (700 m) above sea level at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. It is a great vantage point to view the valleys and the mountains. Also, visit Pookat lake, a natural fresh-water lake, nestled amid evergreen forested hills, and a one of its kind in Kerala. Boating facilities, children?s park, handicrafts, spice emporiums and a fresh water aquarium are among the tourist attractions here.? Overnight stay at hotel in Wayanad.
This day after breakfast, enjoy visiting Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Muthanga; Situated in the Nilgiri biosphere, the forest offers the opportunity to view wild life, including wild elephants, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, langur, giant squirrels, wild dog, birds, tiger etc.? Overnight stay at hotel in Wayanad.
After breakfast, drive to Kochi also called Cochin. Kochi: ?KOCHI: Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a beautiful city in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. Over the years, the history and development of this city carries stubborn marks of the British, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese. It is undoubtedly the best starting point on your discovery to capture the beauty of God?s own country - Kerala. Check-in at the hotel on arrival in Kochi. Spend rest of the day exploring the old buildings and bustling markets of Fort Cochin. Fort Cochin is the place where the Portuguese flag was first hoisted and it is also believed to be the oldest settlement in India. Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.
After breakfast, go for Kochi sightseeing tour that begins with visit to Fort Kochi located on the western coast of India amidst the pristine waters of Arabian Sea. On visiting this fort, soak in the mesmerizing specimens of the bygone era. The architecture of this gorgeous fort uncovers the layers of colonial influence ingrained in the landscape of this city. Visit the St. Francis Church (Closed on Sundays from 08.00 to 11.00 hrs) within the middle of fort?s complex. Built in the year 1503, it is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. The lofty architecture of this Church is impressive in every way and has managed to retain its ancient charm, over the years. Also, visit the Jewish Synagogue located close to Fort Kochi, which is more than 100-years old. It was built in 1568 and is a showpiece displaying hand-painted floor tiles, Belgium-imported glass chandeliers, rare antiques etc. and an exclusive gallery. Your Kochi sightseeing tour ends with visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. They are a hallmark of the Fort Kochi, visible from Fort Kochi. The concept of fishing nets is said to be introduced by Zheng He (a Chinese explorer). Here the fishing nets are made of bamboo and teak wood poles and practice the principle of balance. Almost every visitor visits here - especially during sunset - to click few candids. End your day watching the traditional Kathakali Dance Show (Optional) in Kochi.? Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
In and around Munnar?? After breakfast, drive to Munnar. MUNNAR: a beautiful hill station named after three rivers: Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly. It is a popular honeymoon destination in Kerala that offers spellbinding views of vast spice and tea plantations. It also boasts the highest peak in South India - Anamudi. Munnar is surrounded by various wildlife sanctuaries that house the grizzled giant squirrel, Elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar, etc. and the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Mountain Goat). Also, a blue flower "Neelakurinji:" grows here in every 12 years.? On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
After breakfast, head for sightseeing tour of Munnar with first visit to the Munnar Tea Estates: Munnar is a city renowned for its bountiful tea plantations nestled amidst pristine nature. Walk through these sprawling tea estates and soak yourself in the refreshing aroma of the tea leaves. Here you can also visit the Tea Museum that showcases old photographs and huge machinery that have been used in tea processing over the years. Also, get a first hand experience of how tea is processed. Explore the Eravikulam National Park, a must-visit attraction located in Munnar. Its the first of its kind in Kerala that is home to the rare Nilgiri Tahr (Mountain Goat) and various other endangered species. (The park is closed in the mating season for the Nilgiri tahr, which is an endangered species and this usually happens in February to April every year. ) Also, a flower that blooms once in 12 years - Neelakurinji (next to be seen in 2018), is another attraction here. Also, visit the Mattupetty Dam: a concrete gravity dam constructed between 1949 and 1953 for the purpose of conservation of water and hydroelectricity generation. The captivating reflections of the surrounding tea gardens falling upon the still water is the best part of this dam.? Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
In and around Thekkady?? After breakfast, drive to Thekkady. Thekkady: A landscape, set amidst the Western Ghats, in Kerala that entices its visitors with its rich biodiversity and natural vistas. The place is best known for the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, which is considered to be one of the major tiger reserves in India. Nestled in the Western Ghats, it is blessed with exotic wildlife and scenic charm. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the Periyar Lake. In the evening, watch the traditional Kalaripayattu (ancient Indian martial arts, originated in Kerala 1000 years ago) and show with its impressive display of martial arts, fire performances and more. Overnight stay at hotel in Thekkady.
After breakfast, drive to Alleppey lovingly called the Venice of the East. This beautiful waterside destination in Kerala has a vast network of backwater canals that meander through the surrounding town, villages and the Vembanad Lake. Best way to enjoy Alleppey is to discover the tropical village life, tea and spice plantations and its pristine beauty on a traditional houseboat. On arrival, board your Houseboat, which is called Kettuvallam in local. Cruise through the stunning and scenic backwaters of Alleppey, while you enjoy the unique experience of the houseboat. Enjoy dinner and a pleasant overnight stay in the houseboat in Alleppey.
Post breakfast, drive to Marari Beach. The place located on the Malabar Coast, is a beach lovers paradise with Kerala?s eternal coconut palm trees, golden sands and tranquility all around it. Spend rest of the day at leisure and for relaxation. Overnight stay at the hotel/resort in Marari Beach.
This morning after breakfast, we will transfer you to Cochin International Airport for your flight to your onward journey.