Exotic South India Tour
The tour takes you on a journey through God’s own country called Kerala. You will get a chance to experience the India hospitality at some of the exotic and finest locations in South India. Walk the streets of Cochin passing by the Chinese fishing nets. Mundackal house is abode of peace and tranquillity where one can relax in the nature’s lap, take a boatride on river Periyar or hike in the bird sanctuary. One can take a few cooking lessons here. Nature walks in the plantations of Wayanad. Stay on a houseboat and watch the nature closely in the backwaters of Kerala. Visit the sandalwood city of India. The tour brings explores some of the most exotic and finest places of the region.
This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made holiday.
Day 01, Arrive/Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Mumbai international airport and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
BOMBAY - the Manhattan of India Bombay is a gateway city for visitors to India and the starting point for itineraries covering the Western and Southern regions. The first glimpse of the British Empire’s “Jewel in the crown” was Bombay, and this bustling seaport is now a teeming metropolis, the heart of the country’s financial, commercial and industrial activities. Visitors to Bombay will see that this city is the symbol of modern India.
Day 02, Mumbai
After breakfast half city sightseeing tour of Mumbai Half day tour visiting Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India and drive through the Crawford Market, Marine drive and Flora fountain. Evening free for independent activities or explore the financial capital of India on your own. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03, Mumbai / Cochin
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Cochin Assistance on arrival at Cochin airport and transfer to your hotel.
COCHIN also known as Kochi, is the present is the industrial and commercial capitol of the state of Kerala. The Dutch, the British, Arabs, Chinese and the Portuguese have all left their influence on this major city, which now boasts of a world class port and international airport. Today it is one of the main starting point for exploring the incomparable beauty and diversity of the state of Kerala. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04, Cochin
Afternoon city sightseeing with your Guide. Some the main attractions are Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry and the willingdon Island. Evening visit nearby theatre for a spectacular Kathakali dance performance, the traditional dance of Kerala. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05, Cochin/Alleppey
After breakfast you will be transferred to Allepey from where you will board you houseboat.
ALLEPPEY is one of the most important tourist centers and provide lifeline to tourism with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". It is famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is an annual event held in August. The houseboats mainly concentrate on an area where the waterways are fairly narrow so that you can watch life on the banks as you pass. Kettuvallams or rice barges converted to houseboats are a unique feature of the Kerala Backwaters. Lunch and dinner will be served on the individual houseboats. Overnight houseboat.
Day 06, Alleppey / Kumarakom / Punnamada
Today after you have checked out of your houseboat, you will be transferred to Punnamada, another exotic destination in the backwaters of Kerala. An enchanting backwater destination, Punnamada offers visitors many other leisure options. Punnamada Lake is the portion of the Vembanad Lake located in the Kuttunad region of the district of Alappuzha. It is in this portion of the lake that the celebrated Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted. Overnight at a backwater resort
Day 07, Punnamada / Kothamangalam
After breakfast check out the resort and drive 3 to 4 hrs to Mundackal house near Kothamangalam set amidst the rubber plantations. Mundackal Plantation Home stay set amidst the rubber plantations is a great place to refresh, rejuvenate your body and mind. The place is away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, where silence is broken only by the chirping of birds, rustling of leaves and chipping of crickets. Overnight at Mundackal Home stay.
Day 08, Sasthamangalam
In the morning one can plan to take a boat ride on river periyar or visit the Salim Ali bird sanctuary or simply take a nature walk in the rubber plantation. Later you can visit the elephant training camp. Evening cooking demonstration and dinner. Overnight at Mundackal Home stay.
Day 09, Sasthamangalam / Wayanad
After breakfast drive 4 to 5hrs to Wayand. On arrival check into your hotel / resort. Wayanad is a green paradise, located in the Western Ghats. The land, clean, pristine and enchanting is filled with the history, arts and culture. Wayanad is full of plantations, forests and wildlife. It also forms the vast land mass for the movement of wildlife. Evening free for independent activities or nature walk in the surrounding areas. Overnight at the resort.
Day 10, Wayanad
After breakfast visit to Edakkal caves will be organised. They are considered to be of great importance in the history of the region. It is believed that the caves were formed by the arrows shot by the sons of Rama, legendary hero of the epic, Ramayana. Afternoon visit coffee and rubber plantations.
Day 11, Wayanad / Mysore
Today after breakfast drive 4 hrs to Mysore, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyar Rulers and later by Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. Mysore, also known as the city of palaces is a popular tourist destination which attracts visitors from across the globe. It is also famous for arts and handicrafts along with the sandalwood and silk sarees. Dussehra, a hindu festival is celebrated with great zeal over a period of 10 days here. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12, Mysore
After breakfast excursion to Ranganathethu Bird Sanctuary. A boat tour will be organised of the bird sanctuary. Afternoon city sightseeing of Mysore visiting The Maharaja Palace, Chamundi Hills, St Philemona Church and the other palaces. Evening free time to explore the markets full of arts and handicrafts and mingle with the lovely and friendly people from the city.
Day 13, Mysore / Hassan
After breakfast drive 3 to 4 hrs to Hassan en route visiting Sravanbelgola, a famous pilgrimage site of Jain. On arrival check into the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure or simply relax at your hotel. Hassan can be called the temple-architectural capital of Karnataka and is also the location of the Hasanamba Temple after which it has got its name. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14, Hassan / Bangalore
After breakfast excursion to Belur & Halebid, the beautiful heritage towns famous for their temple and their architecture. Both the towns were the part of Hoysala Empire during the 12th & 13th century. Later drive 3 hrs to Bangalore. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay. Bangalore, now renamed Bengaluru is known as the Garden city. In 2009, it has been inducted into the Global Cities and ranked as “Beta World City” alongside cities such as Geneva, Copenhagen, Boston and Berlin. Banglore is today known as the Silicon city of India because of its position as Leader in IT exports. Once the centre of the British rule, it is a growing metropolis today and a major economic and cultural hub. It is truly a combination of Old world charm and the hustle and bustle of Modern city.
Day 15, Bangalore / Mumbai / Departure
After breakfast proceed for city sightseeing of Bangalore with your English speaking guide and chauffeur driven car visiting Vidhan Sauda, Lal Bagh and the museum. Later transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.