Scenically diverse and rich in wildlife, temples and colonial gems, the vast swathe of southern India is a treat to explore. Your adventure begins in the cosmopolitan city of Bangalore and then heads into the jungle covered hills of the Western Ghats. Here you will discover quaint towns established during the British Raj and explore the regions most famous wilderness area, where tigers, elephants and leopards all roam. Next you journey to Kerala, one of India’s most beautiful states. Explore the colonial charm of Fort Cochin, ramble along the backwater in a house boat and finally relax on palm fringed beaches of the Arabian Sea. Based around comfortable 4-star accommodation throughout, this energetically paced tour is a great family adventure and a wonderful introduction to the delights of India.
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• Explore the Golden City of Bangalore
• Spot a host of wildlife, including tigers, in one of India’s finest National Parks
• Learn the secrets of the perfect brew at a working tea factory
• Take a magical journey of the nostalgic Blue Mountain Railway
• Cruise the charming backwaters of Kerala
• Relax on the palm fringed beaches of the Arabian Sea
These are just suggested inclusions. Please speak to our experienced consultants who can tailor make this trip to your needs.
Breakfast x 11, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
8 x Hotel, 2 x Safari Lodge, 1 x Houseboat
Private air conditioned vehicle
Upon arrival you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.
After breakfast you will embark upon a city tour. Bangalore is known as the ‘Golden City’ because it’s countless parks and avenues of Jacaranda, Gulmohur and Cassia. Your tour will include Lal Bagh Gardens, the palace of Tipu Sultan who ruled much of southern India during the 18th Century and Vidhan Soudha, one of Bangalore’s most imposing buildings built in 1954 by convicts.
After the city tour you will drive to Mysore visiting Srirangapatnam Fort en route.
Today visit the Maharaja's Palace, part of which is still in use, and St Philomena's Church and Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Venture into the 1062m high Chamundi Hills to see the Nandi Bull (a 4.8 meter monolith) and the 2000-year-old Chamundeswri Temple with a panoramic view of Mysore.
After breakfast, drive to Bandipur National Park. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel, Bandipur National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful and the better-managed national parks in India. Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, The Bandipur National Park occupies a special place in India's efforts towards Eco-conservation. Bandipur also has a sizable number of Tigers. Other natural inhabitants of this lovely forest are gaur (a type of bull), sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, malabar squirrel and porcupines.
Today you will enjoy morning and afternoon jungle safaris at Bandipur National Park.
This morning drive to Ooty, known as the ‘Queen of the Blue Mountains’. It is famous for its hills which are covered in pine and eucalyptus forests as well as its coffee and tea plantations. The town was established as the summer headquarters of the British Madras government in the early 19th Century. The town sits at an altitude of 2,286 metres, making the climate refreshingly cool. In the afternoon you will explore a tea factory and learn the secrets to a perfect brew.
After Breakfast you will visit Ooty Botanical Gardens. Later head to Coonoor, where there will be time for lunch before you transfer to Coonoor Railway Station to board the wonderfully nostalgic Blue Mountain Railway. Built by the British and completed in 1908, it is one of the oldest and steepest rack and pinion railways in the world. The 45 km journey to Mettupalayam winds its way into the hills, passing through abandoned stations, numerous tunnels and bridges on a slow but spectacular journey. Upon arrival Mettupalayam, you will be meet and transferred on to Coimbatore for your overnight stay.
After breakfast you will head to Kochi, the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India.
Later visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and see the authentic Chinese fishing nets still in active use by the fishermen in Kerala. This evening, watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in India. One of the most complex and highly stylized Indian art forms, this performance is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Reach early for the unique opportunity to see the performers dressing up in their very elaborate and colourful costumes and painting their faces with make up to create the special persona for the performance. Also visit the onsite cultural museum to see sculptures of Kerala's unique dance forms, a large replica of an authentic Keralan wooden canoe and see how Keralan handicrafts and saris are woven.
This morning you will drive to Alleppey, a coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. Upon arrival in Alleppey, board your houseboat to cruise through the backwaters. Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced while slowly rowing down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'Kettuvallam'. Discover the daily life along the backwaters and watch the circle of life in endless shades of green. Enjoy the comfort of a floating suite, relax and discover the flavours of Kerala served on the sundeck as the fascinating life along the waterfront passes by.
After breakfast, drive to Marari, a fishermen’s village. Upon arrival in Marari check in to your hotel and enjoy the next two days relaxing, recharging and reflecting upon your time in southern India.
Take an optional guided village walk through the neighbouring fishermen’s village to get a glimpse into the local life along the coast of Kerala. Alternatively, simply rest and relax at your beachside resort.
At an appropriate time you will be transferred to Kochi airport to connect with your departing flight.
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