Trip Highlights :- Bangalore | Mysore | Coorg | Kasaragod - Bekal | Calicut | Ooty | Coimbatore | Kodaikanal | Munnar | Cochin |
Tour duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Bangalore : Also known as Bengaluru, is designated as the capital of the state of Karnataka. The name of the city is synonymous with the IT (Information Technology) revolution in the country. The city has turned into a major commercial, industrial, and cultural hub in South India. Bangalore is one of the fastest developing metropolitan areas in India and houses many software companies, aerospace engineering and research institutes, telecommunication companies, and defense organizations. A number of nicknames are used to describe Bangalore including the 'Silicon Valley of India', 'City of Gardens', and 'Pub Capital of India'. The city houses a number of scenic parks, movie theater complexes, boulevards, and famous memorials and edifices. The city features an exciting nightlife with a host of exotic pubs. The weather of Bangalore is truly enjoyable and as a result, this city attracts thousands of travellers round the year and is a popular traveler destination.
Mysore : Mysore is a city in the state of Karnataka, and the administrative seat of Mysore District, one of the largest districts. Patrons of art and culture the Wodeyars ruled Mysore kingdom and contributed significantly to the cultural growth of Mysore city. It was the former capital of the Kingdom of Mysore until 1947. Mysore is the name by which Karnataka State was known prior to 1973. It is the cultural capital of the Karnataka, has many educational, commercial, administrative centers and heritage monuments. It was the home for many great Musicians, Music composers, Dancers, Sanskrit scholars, Writers and in general intellectuals. The city with the majestic Mysore Palace, the Royal Mansions, Public buildings, Gardens, Water bodies and planned markets exhibit an indelible impression of the vision of the Maharajas, their Dewans and other talented luminaries on the City Municipality as early as 1862. The total harmony of buildings, sites, lakes, parks and open spaces of Mysore and the back drop of Chamundi hill adds to city's attraction. Mysore is called the City of Palaces as a number of palaces are situated in the city. Ambavilas Palace, the main palace of Mysore is one of the most visited monuments in India, even beating Taj Mahal. The city receives the maximum number of tourists during the Dussara festival which signifies the triumph of good over the evil and the worship of Devi Chamundeswari, is being celebrated with much pomp and glory as a State festival.
Coorg : Madikeri (at Coorg) is a well known hill station for tourists in Karnataka and it is the headquarters of the district Kodagu. It has mesmerizing mountain ranges all over with luscious greenery and the tranquil waters of the Cauvery River flowing through the hilly area. Coorg is on the Western Ghats. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit. It lies on Karnataka's southwestern end, covering an area of 4,102 sq km. It is known for its Coffee, Tea, and Cardamom plantations. It is said that its scenic beauty brought the British to this tourist spot nearly 100 years ago. The hill resort also has a lot of ancient history attached to it with the Great Madikeri Fort. Talakaveri, from where the Kaveri River originates, Nisargadhama, a man-made island and a favored holiday resort, Iruppa and Abbey Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Dubare Elephant Camp – each of these can be an adventure destination by themselves. Coorg is also famous for its huge coffee and spice estates, which offer a special experience to tourists. The economy depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism.
Kasaragod : Kasaragod is the northernmost district of Kerala and world renowned for its Coir and Handloom industries. The district is popular for its fort, rivers, hillocks, beaches and shrines. It's cultural heritage showcases multi lingual people living in harmony. Temples and Mosques here show the architectural beauty of past. Several folk arts have originated from this region. Kasaragod was once an important port in the Western Ghats. Having a rich coastline most of the people ruled this region made Kasaragod an important military basement. The fort at Bekal was built for fulfillment of defense requirements.
Calicut : (Kozhikode) is one of the prominent trade and commerce center in Kerala. It was the capital town of the Zamorins who reigned at this region for a long period. Vasco de Gama landed here in AD1498 and since then Kozhikode became an important port in the Malabar region for the trade of Spices, Silk and other goods. Today this district is famous for its Lush Green Countryside, Beaches, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Rivers, Hillocks, Historical places etc. The friendly ambiance of the Kozhikode people is heart touching. The economy of Kozhikode mainly depends on agriculture and fisheries. The timber industry is also very powerful here. A large proportion of the population here is working in Middle East and their remittance to home plays an important part in the local economy. It is a main center for the exportation of Coconut, Coffee and Tea. The other main industries are Tile making and Saw mills. It is also famous for the variety of sweats produced in the city.
Cochin : Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, it has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. It is situated in Ernakulam district. Ernakulam is also the name of a town - the administrative capital of Ernakulam district but, for all practical purposes Ernakulam and Cochin, generally, refer to the same place.
Arrival at Bangalore International airport. Our representative will meet and welcome you at the lounge and provide transfer assistance from airport to hotel. Upon reaching your hotel, you will be handed over the travel documents with a complete briefing of tour by the representative. Check-in and proceed to your room. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of the city to visit following places:-
Lal Bagh - Sprawling in area of 240 acres of land with colourful flower beds. The garden is a result of attempts made by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan who imported a great variety of trees and plants from across seas. You can find a great variety of tropical and sub tropical plants, trees and herbs that are abundant in their natural beauty. Lal Bagh is among one of the most beautiful gardens in India. An intricate water system of 17th century is used to irrigate the plants is observed within the garden. It also has a magnificent glass house built in 1840, on the lines of London's Crystal Palace. With marvelous collection of flowers, the Crystal Palace looks very vibrant.
Cubbon Park - The Park has been named after Mark Cubbon who was Bangalore's longest serving commissioner. Beautiful roads, blooming trees and placid plains are spread all around. Cubbon Park is a lush, grassy expanse with flowerbeds adding to the subtle beauty of the park. The park also has several elegant Greco-colonial style building showing British influence. There are a number of monuments within the park including a memorial hall located at the center of the park that is dedicated to Aeshadri Aiyar, a Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Children's Park and a Museum. The museum was established in 1866 and is housing the specimens of Vijaynagar and Halebid, Mohenjadaro architecture, ancient coins and stone inscriptions which are as old as 5000 years. This, one of the oldest museum in India, can be visited on all; days except Mondays from 08:00am to 05:00pm. At the entrance you can see a diamond shaped aquarium, the second largest in the country, There is a good collection of exotic fishes in the aquarium. The park remains closed on Mondays.
Vidhan Soudha - Standing tall over Cubbon Prak is the giant edifice, a granite building housing the Secretariat and the State Legislature. This building presents a breath taking picture when floodlit on Sundays. The building was built in 1954 in Dravadian style and occupies a total land area of 5,05,000 sq ft. The door of the cabinet room is made of pure Sandalwood. The four-storey building also houses a tomb that can be seen on all working days between 15:00 and 17:30 hours with permission of under secretary.
Tipu's Palace - A beautiful wooden palace which served as the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan is situated a little south of the fort near 'city market' at Krishna Rajendra Road and Albert Victor Road junctions. Kempe Gowda first raised this fort with mud in 1537. In 1761, Hyder Ali renovated it to standard stone structure. Portions of the fort got destroyed during battle between Britishers and Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali, repaired the damage. The fort has five intricately sculpted arches. The walls and ceilings were once covered with bright paintings that have now faded into pale whisper over the centuries.
A temple dedicated to Hindu deity Ganesha can be found inside the fort. There is also a museum that houses a large number of artifacts that proclaim bravery of Tipu Sultan.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out, drive to Mysore, en-route visit Srirangapatnam and visit Daria Daulat Bagh, popularly known as the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. During the rise of Hyder Ali, the general of Mysore King, Srirangapatnam came into prominence. Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan converted Srirangapatnam into a fortified city. Tipu Sultan popularly known as the "Tiger of Mysore" ruled Mysore from Srirangapatnam for a short time. Hyder Ali started the construction of this structure, though it was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1784. Daria Daulat Bagh exhibits Indo-Islamic architecture style, it is mostly made of teakwood and is set amidst beautiful gardens. Today it stands as a museum, dedicated to the collections of Tipu's era. The inside rooms of the palace and ceilings are painted with floral pattern designs. The museum inside the palace showcases weapons and paintings depicting Tipu Sultan's battle campaigns against the British, French, etc.
After the visit drive to Mysore, arrive and check-in at hotel. Remaining day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out from hotel. This morning before driving to Coorg, set out for the sightseeing of Mysore, visit the Mysore Palace, it was the official residence of famed Wodeyar Maharaja's, the erstwhile royal family of Mysore state. This palace built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture and it's construction was completed in year 1912. It was designed by British architect Henry Irwin, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The decedent's erstwhile royal family live in a portion of the Palace. The palace is now converted into a museum that treasures Souvenirs, Paintings, Jewellery, Royal costumes and other items, which were once possessed by the Wodeyars.
Visit, Saint Philomena's Cathedral - This beautiful Cathedral built in neo-Gothic style with beautiful stain glass windows and lofty towers is among the most majestic churches in India. Its architecture was inspired from Germany's Cologne Cathedral. The twin spires of the Cathedral, 175 feet in height, make it a distinctive city landmark. The main hall of the cathedral can seat up to 800 people and is as exquisitely conceived as the ornately crafted exterior with beautiful stained glass windows. The cathedral has a crypt that houses a beautiful statue, acquired from France, of Saint Philomena, a 3rd century saint from Greece.
Visit, Chamundi Hills, one of the prime attractions of Mysore, located at an altitude of 1065 mt. to the south-east of Mysore city. The Chamundeshwari Temple, atop Chamundi Hills, is the temple of the patron Goddess of Wodeyars, Chamundeshwari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. Chamundeshwari Temple, dates back to 12th century, it was built by Hoysalas while the temple tower built by Vijayanagar Kings, it was a small temple then later it was built as a huge temple by Hoysalas. When Mysore Maharajas ruled the state they made expansions to the Temple. The Temple has fine quadrangular structure of Dravidian style of architecture. There is a statue of demon king Mahishasura in front of Chamundeshwari Temple. The history behind the Temple is that Goddess Chamundeshwari killed demon Mahishasura at the top of Chamundi hill, so Goddess Chamundeshwari is referred as the goddess of Mysore. Now this Temple is maintained by the Royal family of Mysore.
There is a huge monolith idol of Nandi - the bull, at the Bull Temple, which is situated half way up the Chamundi Hills. The statue of Nandi, which is about 5 mt high, was carved out of single black-granite in the year 1659. The Nandi at this Bull Temple is one among the largest statues of Nandi in India.
After the tour drive to Coorg. Arrive and check-in at hotel, remaining day at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning proceed for the city tour, visit Omkareshwara Temple, it is located in center of Madikeri hill station town. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by King Lingarajendra in 1820. This temple bears the influence of the Islamic architecture, it has a dome at the centre and four turrets at the corners of the temple. Resembling the structure of a Dargah, it has a Shiva Linga installed at the entrance of the temple. The temple has a water tank, which has a Mantapa at the middle of it and a causeway to connect it with the main temple. Omkareshwara temple got its name as people believe that the Linga installed here was brought by the King from Kashi. Later visit King's seat, enjoy the spectacular views of nature and hills. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Afterwards proceed for the sightseeing of places within the city and nearby -
Bakel is the most well maintained and largest fort in Kerala, having an area of 40 acres. It is believed that the fort was built in the 17th century by Shivappa Naik of Thelkkeri dynasty. Later the fort passed on to Hyder Ali of Mysore and even later to the British. The fort is located on the National Highway 16 kilometers from Kasaragod town. The fort lies 130 feet above sea level and that offers a thrilling sight of tides smashing the basement of the fort. The construction of the fort is a manner that overlooks Arabian sea and is one of the main cultural center. Presently the protection and preservation of Bekal fort has been entrusted to the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Anjaneya Temple lies near to the fort. The temple is dedicated to 'Anjaneya' (Lord Hanuman). The temple walls here are adorned with images of Gods. The temple is believed to be as old as the fort. It is one of the main pilgrimage centers in this region. Just a little away from the fort and temple, there is an ancient mosque having tall minarets and arched entrance. It is believed that the fort was built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore.
Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque, It is believed that the Sufi Saint Malik Ibn Dinar constructed this mosque and is located at Thalankara one and a half kilometers from Kasaragod town on the Station road. Malik Ibn Dinar was a Sufi Saint from Arabian and the first one came to Kerala for spreading the word of Islam. The mosque is one of the leading Muslim religious centers in northern Kerala and the annual Urs festival here attracts devotees from all over the nation.
Madhur Sreemad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple, located 8 kms northeast of Kasaragod town on the banks of the Madhuvahini River. The main attractions in the temple are its unique three-tiered dome, copper-plated roofing and a cloistered court rises. This temple is dedicated to Mahaganapathi. The idol here made of alluvial soil. This idol was later installed in the temple and thats how the Madhur Mahalingeswara Temple (dedicated to Lord Siva) became Madhur Mahaganapathi Temple. It is one of the most important Ganapathy temples in South India.
International Centre for Folklore and Culture, The institution ICFC is dedicated for the nurture and preservation of traditional folklore arts and culture existed in this area. This non-government, non-profit organization is located at Trikkaripur, 15 kilometers from Nileswaram. Seminars, discussions and debates, symposiums and art workshops are conducted here time to time. The institution is well stored with more than 2000 folk songs and rare photographs and also costumes used in folk arts. The institution is an ideal spot for the history lovers.
Bela Church, The Our Lady of Sorrows church popularly known as Bela Church is located 15 kms from Kasaragod town. It is the oldest church in this district believed to be constructed in 1890 AD. This Gothic style Roman Catholic Church is now under the Manglore Diocese and recently the Church celebrated its centenary and renovated.
Mallikarjuna Temple, It is one of the most important Siva temples in the district. It is believed that the idol here was adorned by Arjuna. The annual festival of this temple falls on March, lasts 5 days and attracts a huge crowd. The temple is located at the heart of the town near Taluk office. Overnight stay at hotel.
Early breakfast and check-out. Drive to Calicut, arrive and check-in at hotel.
During late afternoon, proceed for the sightseeing of Calicut, visit the Pazhassiraja Museum, The museum and the art gallery are named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam royal family. The Art Gallery adjacent to the museum displays the acclaimed paintings of Kerala's cherished artists, Raja Ravi Varma (1848 - 1906) whose works brought international repute to the State and his uncle Raja Raja Varma.
Visit Beypore Beach: The boat-building yard here is famous for the construction of the Uru (the Arabian trading vessel), which boasts a tradition of over1500 years. This Beach is 10 km south of Kozhikode town at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore one of the prominent ports and fishing harbors of ancient Kerala, was an important trade and maritime centre. Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia for its ship building industry.
Kappad beach: The stretch of sand is not so wide but clean and lined with a canopy of coconut palms. The sight of the coconut palms silhouetted against the evening sky is bound to bring out the photographer in any tourist. Kappad also has a stone monument installed on the spot where Vasco Da Gama landed.
Mishkal Masjid is located in Kuttichira and is the oldest mosque in Calicut. It was built around 700 years ago and is also called as Mithqal palli. It was constructed by an Arab merchant Nakhooda Mishkal and the mosque was named after him. In the year 1510, some portion of this mosque was burnt by the Portuguese. The damage made due to that can be still seen in the top floors of this mosque. The architecture of this mosque is very attractive with the 4 storied structures supported by 24 pillars. Another feature of this mosque is that there is a square tank near to this mosque seen as similar to the temples in Kerala. The walls of this mosque are made of wood. This mosque stands as an example of communal harmony and people irrespective of caste and religion can enter this mosque. This is one of the important pilgrim centers of the Muslims.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Drive to Ooty, arrive and check-in at hotel. Day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning proceed for the sightseeing, visit Botanical Garden, Dodabetta Peak, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Lamb's rock, Tea Factory and St. Stephen's Church Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Transfer to Ooty railway station to board Nilgiri Mountain train to enjoy a short train ride. Train departs at 0915 hrs and arrives at Coonoor at 1025 hrs, drive from Coonoor to Coimbatore, upon arrival check-in at hotel. Later during the day visit Marudamalai Temple, Dhyanalinga Temple and Perur Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Drive to Kodaikanal, arrive and check-in at hotel. In the evening visit Kodaikanal Lake and Coaker's Walk. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning proceed for the sightseeing, visit Silver Cascade, Bear Shola Falls, Bryant Park, Green Valley view, Pillar Rocks and Lutheran Church. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Drive to Munnar, arrive and check-in at hotel. Remaining day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning proceed for the sightseeing in and around Munnar.
Devikulam: The quaint hill station of Devikulam rests like a celestial beauty in the midst of luxurious velvet green hills, located at a distance of 16 kms at an altitude of 1700 mt. Famous for its crystal-clear lake of Sita Devi. Legend connects Devikulam to the ancient Hindu epic of Ramayana. It is believed that during their exile, Sita Devi - the consort of Lord Rama took a bath in this lake. The water in the lake is considered to contain minerals and is acclaimed for its healing powers.
Mattupetty: The town of Mattupetty though small in geographical area is a treasure trove of natures abounding glories. The town is located at a distance of about 13 kms at an altitude of 1700 mt. Mattupetty is renowned for its dairy farm; the Indo-Swiss livestock project. A large variety of high yielding cattle are reared in Mattupetty.
Pothamedu: This amazing viewpoint is located at a distance of 6 kms from Munnar. This vantage point offers astounding views of breathtaking grandeur of the nearby tea, coffee and spice plantations. You can feast your eyes on the misty hills, green meadows and ravines crisscrossed with white streaks of gurgling rivulets. This is also an ideal spot to enjoy a casual ramble through the green mountains.
Nyayamakad: This picturesque location is at a distance of about 10 kms from Munnar en route to Rajamala. The place is teaming with natural brilliance and splendid waterfalls. The gorgeous waterfall with sparkling silver water cascading down from a rocky cliff at a height of 1600 meters is sure to hold you mesmerized in its captivating grandeur.
Chithirapuram: Lying at a distance of 10 kms from Munnar is the idyllic town of Chithirapuram. The place is steeped in its rich colonial past with numerous English cottages, grand colonial bungalows, old playgrounds etc dotting the landscape. This less explored land of timeless beauty is a true trump card for experiencing colonial remnants preserved in its original splendor. This town is home to a number of tea plantations.
Echo Point: This is an amazing vantage point located at a distance of about 15 km from Munnar. The place derives its name from the natural echo phenomenon of the point. Spectacular views of the surrounding mist-clad blue hills and plantations could be enjoyed from this point.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out. Drive to Cochin in morning. Upon reaching Cochin visit the important tourist sites, visit the Portuguese St. Francis Church, it is the oldest European Church in India, built by the Portuguese in 1503, initially this shrine was made of wood, it was replaced by the new Church structure in year 1516, Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama was buried in this Church, later his remains were taken back to Portugal.
Visit the Chinese Fishing Nets, which owe their origin to China. These fishing nets were introduced in Cochin by Chinese traveler Zheng He. These nets were set up in the Cochin Harbor sometime in the 14th century and have been in use ever since. The singularity of these nets lies in the fact that they are suspended in mid-air resembling hammocks. The nets hang by poles that are prepared from bamboo or teak woods. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.
Visit the Jewish Synagogue, situated at one end of the Jew Street in the Jew Town enclave of Mattancherry in Fort Kochi. This synagogue was built in 1568 by Cochin Jewish community. Synagogue is adorned with Belgian glass chandeliers and Chinese hand-painted porcelain tiles laid on the floor. Also of interest are the Scrolls of the Law housed here and the several gold crowns received as gifts and the brass-railed pulpit.
Visit the Mattancherry Palace, it is one of the oldest examples of the Portuguese architecture, the palace was built around 1545 AD. It underwent major repairs at the hands of Dutch and hence the palace is also known as 'Dutch Palace'. This two-storied quadrangular building has long and spacious halls. The palace represents the blending of the European and indigenous styles of architecture. The upper story of the palace where the present museum is housed consists of a coronation hall, bed chamber, ladies chamber, dining hall and other rooms. Mural paintings are on display inside the palace, the themes depict scenes from Ramayana. The themes from contemporary literature of Kerala are also depicted here. The present museum was established in May 1985 housing a variety of exhibits such as portraits of the Cochin Kings, Palanquins, Dresses, Weapons, Stamps and Coins.
In the evening visit the cultural centre to see Kathakali Dance Show. Kathakali is the classical dance form of Kerala, the word Kathakali means 'story play', it is a combination of dance and drama, the performers wear make-up and colourful costumes. This dance form showcases themes derived from Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Hindu epics, mythologies and legends.
After the tour transfer to airport to board flight for return journey.
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1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
2. Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at Bangalore airport.
3. All Arrival / Departure transfers from hotel to airport and vice-versa.
4. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary.
5. Accompanying English speaking Guide.
6. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
7. Evening Kathakali Dance performance show in Cochin.
8. Train tickets for joy ride from OOTY to COONOOR.
9. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day.
10. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes.
1. Return international air tickets from the city of origin.
2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
3. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".