Start in Kochi (Cochin) and end in Bangalore! With the custom tour From Kerala (Kochi) to Karnataka (Bangalore) - South India, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Kochi (Cochin), India and 7 other destinations in India. From Kerala (Kochi) to Karnataka (Bangalore) - South India includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.
Upon arrival at Kochi Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in 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 Gods own country - Kerala. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
Day 2: DAY 02: KOCHI SIGHTSEEINGAfter 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 forts 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 in Kochi. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
Day 3: DAY 03: KOCHI - MUNNAR [140 Km /Approx. 4 Hr]In and around MunnarAfter 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. Later, 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 exotic 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.
After breakfast at hotel, take a sightseeing tour towards Mattupetty. Cushioned by the rippling tea plantation hills of Munnar, you can visit the Photo point to click photographs and the Mattupetty Dam - a concrete gravity dam constructed between 1949 and 1953 for the purpose of conservation of water and hydroelectricity generation. Also visit the Tea factory and museum where you will see how tea leaves are processed. Drive to Periyar and upon arrival, check-in at the hotel followed by overnight stay. Periyar, the southernmost state of Kerala, is known for its Periyar wildlife sanctuary that is one of the most natural wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Apart from wildlife, it is also blessed with mesmerizing natural beauty, spice gardens and plantations.
After breakfast, visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of the Indias biggest wildlife sanctuaries. Take a boat ride on the man-made Periyar Lake, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The variety of animals here include Elephants, Sambar, Gaur, Wild boars and birds like Ibis and Grey Heron. With a bit of extra luck, you may spot Tigers as well. Head for a Spice Plantation Tour. Spices have always been an important part of life in Kerala. Here the masters of Ayurveda, the science of life, discovered the use of spices for medicinal purposes. Overnight stay at hotel in Periyar.
In and around AlleppeyAfter breakfast, depart from the hotel and drive to Alleppey. ALLEPPEY: Alleppey is a hub of backwaters in Kerala, home to a number of waterways and thousands of houseboats for you to explore. While enjoying a houseboat ride on the backwaters here, witness the tropical village life that makes Alleppey worth a visit.? On arrival, board a traditional houseboat. A houseboat ride on the backwaters in Alleppey is a must-have experience, when in Kerala. After registering, customers will receive refreshing coconut water as welcome drink. Later in afternoon, the boat will be anchored near rice paddies for lunch. Then resume cruise in some time. In evening, tea/coffee and snacks will be served. The boat will be anchored near a village for the night. Settle in for dinner at night. Note: Cruising is not possible during the night as it is during this time that local fishermen put their nets. Overnight stay at houseboat in Alleppey.
After breakfast, drive to 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. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and later proceed for a half-day Kochi city tour. Places to visit include the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Pass the Chinese Fishing Nets which are large nets cantilevered overhang that would have been made to Kochi by Chinese traders. In the evening, visit the cultural center and watch the show of classical Indian dance (Kathakkali), which is a must see in Cochin. Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.
In and around CoonoorAfter a nice breakfast, drive to Ernakulam Station to take your train to Coimbatore. After arrival at Coimbatore Station, drive to Coonoor. COONOOR: It is a 19th century summer retreat of the Britishers that lures a string of visitors every year. This place works its way like magic and is reminiscent of the enchanting glory of Nature amidst the lush tea and coffee plantations. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Coonoor.
In and around OotyEnjoy morning breakfast at the hotel. Later, proceed to Ooty. OOTY: This picturesque town blessed with the refreshing aroma of eucalyptus trees, tea, coffee, and spice plantations is where you will be heading as your next destination. This place is popular for its colonial charm, tribal lifestyle and uphill toy train rides. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later, head for Ooty sightseeing tour that includes visits to the Ooty Lake - a 2.5 k long lake situated approx 2.5 km from Ooty city, Botanical Gardens - a horticulturist delight hosting more than 650 varieties of flowers and trees and the St.Stephen?s Church believed to be the oldest church of Ooty. Overnight in Ooty.
In and around MysoreAfter breakfast, drive to Mysore. On reaching, check-in at the hotel. MYSORE: Mysore is a city noted for its royal heritage, especially the Mysore Palace. It is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka.? This city is noted for its spectacular palaces and mansions representing the opulence of Wadiyar Dynasty (that ruled Mysore for more than 500 years). On arrival, check-in at the hotel in Mysore.? Overnight stay at hotel in Mysore.
After breakfast, go for Mysore sightseeing tour with first visit to Mysore Palace - former residence of the royal Mysore family. The palace displays Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and comprises of Durbar (meeting) halls, beautiful courtyards, perfectly-manicured gardens and magnificent buildings. Visit the Jaganmohan Palace, close to the Mysore Palace. It was an alternate retreat for the royal family built during 1861 when the whole Mysore Palace caught fire. the Art Gallery is another feature of this Palace that displays weaponry, musical instruments, a French music calendar and is said to have more than 2,000 paintings. Drive to St. Philomenas Church - the tallest Church in Mysore. Built in 1843, this church dedicated to Saint Philomena stands tall at a height of 175 ft and can accommodate up to 800 people at one time. In the evening, visit the Brindavan Gardens located across the river Cauvery for a Musical Light show. Overnight stay at hotel in Mysore.
In and around BangaloreAfter a nice breakfast, drive to Bangalore. Later your Bangalore sightseeing tour begins with visit to Tipu Sultan?s Summer Palace. It was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan - a powerful king who ruled Mysore from 1782 to 1799. This two-storied palace is ornated with beautiful floral-pattern pillars supported by wooden beams and the walls are adorned with floral motifs. Next, visit the Bangalore Palace built in 1887 featuring beautiful wooden interiors and Tudor and Scottish Gothic style of architecture. It is said that this palace is inspired from the Windsor Castle of England. Drive past Vidhan Soudha - seat of the State Legislature of Bangalore. This imposing edifice built in 1956? showcases Neo-Dravadian style of architecture and is one of the largest legislative buildings in India. Spend some time clicking photographs here. Later, visit the Government Museum that is divided into 18 galleries - each displaying a wide collection of inscriptions, paintings, ornaments, beautiful stones, coins and much more. Overnight stay at hotel in Bangalore.
Settle in for morning breakfast at the hotel. Later, youll be transferred to the Bangalore Airport to board your flight back home.