Culture Tour of Karnataka and Kerala
Duration14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination CoveredBangalore – Hassan – Mysore – Ooty – Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam
Day 01: Arrive Bangalore.
The delightful tour of Karnataka and Kerala commences from the beautiful city of Bangalore. On arrival at the Bangalore airport assistance will be provided to get transferred to the hotel, complete the check in formatives and get settled.
After freshening up, set out on for a mini tour to explore parts of the Silicon Valley of India, the Bangalore city. Blessed with benevolent climate the city is an amalgamation of two extremes, the quintessential old
world charm with its rich cultural heritage and artifacts, and on the other, the urbanized cosmopolitan society that is throbbing and filled with the regular hustle bustle throughout the year. Though due to commercial exposure the modernized hi tech version of Bangalore city is more popular but still the tourism lovers flock to the city in search of historical interest and they get the pleasure of enjoying some of the rarest ones.
The sightseeing tour in the City of Gardens can be started by visiting Lal Bagh, which is the Botanical garden housing more than 1000 species of flowers and plants. The name is provided since it has red roses bloomed here throughout the year. It also houses a Glass house which resembles the Crystal Palace of London. Horticulture shows are organized here. Then from there one can travel To Cubbin Park where one can enjoy nature over 100 acres of land filled with diverse plants and flowers. Kids toy train is also available here. After the tour, return hotel and have dinner and overnight sleep.
Day 02: Bangalore
After relishing a healthy breakfast at the hotel, set out for a elaborate tour of the city beginning with Tipu Sultan Palace, showcasing the aura and grandeur of the Mughal lifestyle. Itâ€™s a palace which was initiated by Haider Ali but was completed by Tipu Sultun and it provides exquisite glimpse of the era. After this do visit the Bangalore Palace which is a replica of Windsor Castle in England and the Mayo Hall showcasing British architecture. Bangalore has a lot of museums too which should be visited like Bangalore Museum, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, HAL Aerospace Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery. The Government buildings in Bangalore are also worth visiting specially the Karnataka High court, built in 1864. Several temples like ISKON temple with Dravidian architecture, Bull Temple and St Patrickâ€™s Church is equally beautiful. After a complete day of sightseeing return hotel for night stay.
Day 03: Bangalore- Hasan(195 Kms. / 05hrs. drive approx)
The third day of the tour is destined for a visit to Hasan, so finishing breakfast drive away for Hasan which was ideally founded in 11 century by Channa Krishnappa Naik. This is a name given after Goddess Hasanamba, much believed in by the natives. Apart from this there is Chennakeshawa Temple at Belur of 1117AD and Hoyasaleshwara Temple at Helebid, built by Kettuvallam, during 1121 AD which should be visited to enjoy the rich heritage of the location. Stories of Ramyana, Mahabharat and mythological heroes are quite popular here. After sightseeing check in a hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Hassan â€“ Mysore (115 Kms. / 03hrs. drive approx).
On the fourth day, have breakfast at the hotel and take a long drive to Mysore. On reaching Mysore, check in a hotel and get refreshed before setting for the sightseeing tour. The first stop would be Srirangapatnam, the historic capital of Tipu Sultan, which become all the more famous for the struggle with the British. The island remains bestowed with many old age creations which are a delight to see. The next destination would be After the sightseeing tour return to hotel for night stay. Darya Daulat Bagh
which was considered the summer Palace for Tipu Sultan. Built in 1784, the palace is based on Indo-Saracenic architecture. The beauty of the palace is astounding with its scenic background encircled by Rive Cauvery. The Amba Villa Palace of 1912 comprises of architecture led down by a British named Henry Irwin. Last but not the least is the Chamundeshwari temple of Durga at Chamundi Hills. The Dravidian architecture of the temple, the simple designing and the scenic backdrop is worth a view. The place is also known for the 5m long structure Nandi which is believed to be curved out of single granite.
Day 05: Mysore â€“ Ooty (160 Km / 4 hrs drive approx).
The fifth day is all set for visiting the magical Blue Mountains or the Nilgiri district. The Destination is Queen of Hills, Ooty, one of the most sought tourist destinations in South India. One of the popular weekend getaways the place has been quite preferred even in the colonial days especially for the Britishers. The beauty of the mountain train journey is the most breathtaking one where one needs to travel from Kallar to OOty through a pinion track wending its way from the luscious yet fearful digs, curves, ravines, tunnels and also through verdant grasslands, tea gardens , rippling streams and amidst spectacular valleys. . Itâ€™s a journey for 4 hours so after reaching have a half day sightseeing tour leaving after lunch at the hotel in Ooty. The popular tourist destinations to visit here include Fernhill Palace of the Maharaja of Mysore which was regarded as the summer palace for the King and St Stephen Church in gothic colonial architecture, a structure of 1820. Apart from this one can enjoy more nature in the Botanical Garden or visit Charring Cross to explore the commercial side of the city. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Ooty â€“ Cochin (295 Kms. /07 hrs. drive approx).
Having breakfast at the hotel itâ€™s a journey set for Cochin. Itâ€™s a long drive to Kerala and itâ€™s a bit tiring too. However the natural and mystical beauty of Godâ€™s own country, Kerala rejuvenates all the visitors with its splendid charm, as visible in Cochin too. The city is known for ages for its commercial getaway having one of the finest natural harbors of the country. Trade and commerce with other countries is one of the main occupations here from historical times. Reaching at Cochin enjoy the relaxing evening with the classical Kathakali dance, a popular art forn in Kerala. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07: Cochin
The following day of the journey is left for a relaxing tour of Cochin beginning with visiting Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, the Jewish Synagogue and the esteemed St. Francis Church which is the oldest European church in India. After lunch, set out to visit Santa Cruz Basilica which was originally constructed by the Portugese in 1557, the Chinese fishing nets and not to forget the Willingdon Island. Night stay at hotel.
Day 08: Cochin â€“ Munnar (145 Kms. / 04 hrs. drive approx).
The journey continues after breakfast at the hotel. This time is a short drive to Munnar, the most preferred hill station of Southern India. Being at the confluence of Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni & Kundala, the hill station has many attractions like sprawling tea gardens, amazing ambience, lovely climate, winding roads and breathtaking natural views specially with exotic flora that are simply awe striking. On reaching Munnar, check in at the hotel and relax for the day. One can enjoy a natural walk in the nearby areas to get acquainted with the place. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Munnar
The first destination for the sightseeing program in Munnar is the Munnar Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea, The governing body has a magnificent museum based here inside its complex. The museum holds multiple records related to the evolution of tea garden in the hill station and also the age old machinery which tells many historical facts of the early years here. From there set out to visit Echo Points , CSI Church and Mattupetty, located only 13kms away from the proper. The latter has a beautiful lake and a dam which makes it popular. Boat rides are also conducted in the lake. Later visit Kundala with its amazing pictorial attractions, Kundala Lake and Kundala tea plantation. Enjoy the spectacular Mountain View and the lush greenery. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Munnar â€“ Periyar (130 Kms. / 03 hrs. drive approx).
The tenth day of the tour is scheduled for a visit to the beautiful land of Periyar. After breakfast in the morning, check out of the hotel for a long drive of 130 kms to Periyar crossing scenic extravaganza at every point. Savouring the rich fragnance of unique spices, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves reach Thekkady based at 2800 ft above the sea level. Being home to some of the most vibrant wildlife including Asian elephant, Tiger, Indian bison, sambar deer, Indian wild dog, Leopard, Barking deer, Smooth-coated otter, and around 256 species of birds, one can enjoy all at an exciting boat cruise at the Periyar Lake. Overnight stay at hotel at Thekkady.
Day 11: Periyar â€“ Kumarakom (145 Kms. / 4 hrs. drive approx).
The day begins before sunrise watching the scintillating wildlife view at the Periyar Lake. After few hours of wildlife viewing, return to the hotel for breakfast and freshening up. Next itâ€™s the journey to Kumarakom which is 145kms away. Being a part of the cluster of islands in Vembanad Lake, it is full of fascinating natural beauty comprising of moist paddy fields, lakes and canals. One can also find a lot of marine life here. End the day with a overnight stay at the hotel
Day 12: Kumarakom â€“ Alleppey (Overnight Houseboat).
The next day set out for a drive to Alleppy also known as Alappuzha. With significant historical presence initiated by Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century, this is a town boosted for its natural canals, lagoons and picturesque environs. An equally exotic destination is Kuttanad filled with long stretch of coconut trees at the bank of lazy streams flowing through the paddy fields. The places have marking The visit can be furthermore enjoyed with a houseboat cruise enjoying the backwaters of Kerala. Overnight stay at houseboat. historical interest considering the trade relations it established from the Sangam age with rest of world especially with Greece and Rome.
Day 13: Alleppey â€“ Kovalam (170 Km / 2 hrs. drive approx).
The next day itâ€™s a journey set for Kovalam which is about 2 hours drive. Kovalam is a beautiful breach encircled by three crescent shaped beaches quite famous for bathing the tropical sun which was realized by tourist specially Europeans from 1930. One of the finest pleasures here is the myriad leisure options at the sea beach that tops up the exotic beauty of the location. Swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising and many other similar activities is the key entertainment here. Enjoy at the beach till late at night and return hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 14: Kovalam.
Enjoy a leisure day at the beachfront and explore the scenic beauty. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 15: Trivandrum Departure.
After relishing a healthy and filling breakfast at the hotel set out for Trivandrum airport for a onward journey.