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Essence of South India


Coorg - Mysore - Nagarhole NP - Ooty - Coonoor - Cochin - Backwater cruise


10 Nights / 11 Days

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Embarking on a journey from Mumbai to Delhi, with stops in Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, and Agra, promises an immersive experience in the grandeur and diversity of India. Mumbai, the bustling financial capital, introduces the trip with its cosmopolitan energy and iconic landmarks. Udaipur, the City of Lakes, captivates with its romantic palaces and scenic water bodies. Jodhpur, the Blue City, offers a glimpse into Rajasthan’s regal history with the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. The golden hues of Jaisalmer’s desert landscape and the intricately carved havelis create a mesmerizing atmosphere. Jaipur, the Pink City, dazzles with its palaces, forts, and vibrant markets. Agra unfolds the sublime beauty of the Taj Mahal, a symbol of eternal love. Finally, Delhi, the capital city, encapsulates the journey with a blend of ancient history and modern dynamism, providing a comprehensive exploration of India’s cultural and architectural richness.

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    Day 01 : Arrive in Bangalore
    You are welcomed at airport by our executive and transferred to the dusty little town Hassan. Balance of the day to recuperate from long flight.
    Day 02 : Hassan – Madikeri (Coorg)

    Check out and proceed on an excursion to Belur and Halebid. The Chinnakeshav Temple in Belur and Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebid are one of the exuberating examples of the most artistic periods of Hindu Culture development in South India. The sculptural decoration on these temples rivals the Khajuraho & Konarak Temples. These temples with their sculptural details are easily the most outstanding examples. Every inch of the temple’s outside and interior covers with a variety of Hindu Deities, sages and friezes depicting the life and times of Hoysala rulers.

    Continue to Madikeri in the Coorg region. Coorg sits at an elevation of 1140mt; a coffee plantation district known for beautiful, red-tiled bungalows and colonial mansions. It is home to the unique Kodav race, believed to have descended from migrating Persians and Kurds or Greeks left behind from Alexander the Great’s armies. Coorg food is unique from other South Indian cuisine; largely a non-vegetarian, made of forest products, rice, meat etc. used as ingredients. Balance of the day you are at leisure.

    Day 03 : Coorg
    buddhism, Coorg

    Start your day with a spice and coffee plantation walk. Coorg is situated in the eastern slopes of Western Ghats with incomparable scenic beauty, lush green valley, spice, and coffee plantations.

    Evening, visit a Kodav tribe home for cooking lesson and meal with the family. (Advance booking required).

    Day 04 : Coorg - Mysore

    Proceed to Mysore; en-route visit Bylakuppe, largest Tibetan settlement in India. Explore the area that has monastery, stupas, prayer flags, Momos, and dragons. Continue to Mysore and check into the hotel.

    Afternoon, proceed to visit to The Mysore Palace, an incredibly opulent structure that is one of the most impressive palaces in the world. You’ll be amazed by its sheer size, the unbelievable richness of its interior, and the beautiful facade of this Indo- Saracenic architectural gem. It was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, and the current version was commissioned in 1897 and finished by British architect Henry Irwin in 1912.

    Day 05 : Mysore – Nagarhole National Park (NP)

    Proceed to drive to Nagarhole National Park and check into the lodge.
    Nagarhole, an exclusive hunting preserves of the Maharajas of Mysore, now home to Elephants, Tigers, and Leopards. Enjoy a safari through the NP in the afternoon.

    Day 06 : Nagarhole NP – Ooty
    Morning, safari through the NP and then you are driven to Ooty, located at the tri-junction of the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. Ooty was founded by the British in the early 19th century to serve as a summer headquarters of the government of erstwhile Madras presidency. To the north-west of Ooty are splendid downs resembling those of Sussex, while to the west, south and south-west, lofty hill adds to the grandeur of the scenery. Its climate is like the summer in England.
    Day 07 : Ooty
    Enjoy a travel on World Heritage Mountain Train to Coonoor. You are greeted by your driver and local guide; then proceed visit the beautiful Coonoor. Visit the Highfield Tea Factory and witness the tea manufacturing process; you can buy herbal beauty products, homemade chocolate etc. Then visit St. Stephen’s Church built in 1892, the botanical garden established in 1884 and tribal research centre museum are some of the important attractions in Ooty.
    Day 08 : Ooty – Cochin (280Kms 06-08Hrs.)
    You are driven to Cochin. Balance of the day you are at leisure.
    Day 09 : Cochin – Alleppey
    You are driven to Alleppey; embark one of the beautifully designed houseboats and cruise on the backwater of Kerala. Relax and have good time until next morning. The cook and other staff will make sure that you are well taken care, while serving you delicious Kerala cuisine for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. You have the option to take shore excursion in between the cruise.
    Day 10 : Alleppey – Cochin

    Disembark from the houseboat; proceed to Cochin and check into hotel.
    Afternoon, start your exploration of India from Cochin. Your tour begins from Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays). It contains beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and paved with painted tiles from China. Later visit the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) with its wonderful murals depicting the entire story of the Ramayana. Then visit St. Francis Church, established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church, one of the first built in India. End the tour after you visited the Chinese fishing nets, more than a century old and still in use.
    Evening, witness the Kathakali dance performance, performed by various artists. Kathakali is a traditional dance for4m, depicting Indian epics – Ramayana & Mahabharata. The dancers are dressed in very colourful and elaborate costumes. Their faces painted to depict various characters of the epics. The dance has a lot of facial expressions and brisk, yet articulate body movements.

    Day 11 : Cochin – Onward journey

    Dropped off at Cochin airport on time to connect your flight onward destination.

    We end our services in Cochin airport.

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