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Tour starting from 08-10-2019
( ) for 2 people in 1 Room (s)

12 Nights / 13 Days

Kerala Tour with Blue Hills and Culture

kerala backwater scene

Trip Highlights

  • Toy train experience from Coonoor Ooty,
  • Kathakali dance presentation in cochin,
  • Tea planation visit in Munnar,
  • Overnight stay in the houseboat with all meals and
  • Small village visit during backwater cruise.

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Bangalore > Mysore > Ooty > Cochin > Munnar > Backwaters > Kovalam > Trivandrum

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  • About: Bangalore

    VAT REPRESENTATIVE will meet and assist you upon your arrival at the Bangalore airport. Transfer to your hotel and relax.

    In evening, enjoy shopping or just sit in one of the numerous modern pubs in downtown area just enjoying the latest music and crowd. It will be a nice experience as the weather in this city is pleasant all through the year.

    Overnight will be at Bangalore.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Lunch
  • About: BangaloreSrirangapatnaMysore

    After breakfast, proceed for the city sightseeing.

    Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, offers the graceful charms of a well laid out garden city with parks and beautiful buildings. Its lack of ancient monuments is compensated for by first rate modern city planning. The 'Garden City' has several fine parks; Lal Bagh, the botanical gardens laid out by Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan in the 18th century, is the loveliest spot in Bangalore. Extending in terraces for over 240 acres, the garden has centuries-old trees, lakes, lotus pools, rose gardens, a deer park and an assortment of tropical and subtropical herbs and plants. The pretty glass house in the centre is the venue of the bi-annual Horticultural Exhibition. Cubbon Park is an extensive stretch of green sprawling over an area of 300 acres. The imposing red gothic structure within the park is now the public library. Vidhan Soudha is an imposing granite structure built in the neo-Dravidian style and houses the Secretariat and the State Legislature. Its cabinet room has a massive door made from pure sandalwood. The Bull Temple is built in Dravidian style and has a monolithic figure of Nandi, the bull, 15 feet high and 20 feet long. History records that it was built by Kempegowda, the founder of the city. The Museum, located on Kasturba Gandhi Marg, is one of the oldest in India, established in 1886. It houses a varied collection of items relating to archeology, geology, art and numismatics, some items dating back to the time of Tipu Sultan.

    Later, drive to Mysore, on the way visit Srirangapatnam - 16 km before Mysore, this fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son of Haider Ali. Tipu made a last minute ditch against the British in 1799 before surrendering his kingdom. Among the many fort buildings still intact, are Tipu's airy Summer Palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (garden). Here, is also the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple.

    Continue drive to Mysore. Reach and check in at hotel.

    Mysore the capital of the erstwhile princely state of that name, is famous for its silk and sandalwood, as well as its numerous palaces, well laid out boulevards and beautiful parks.

    Overnight will be at Mysore.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Mysore

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Visit the Maharaja's Palace, the most impressive of Mysore's ochre-colored buildings - a modern edifice built in 1897, where the oriental decorative imagination runs wild. One of the largest palaces in India, it is a sort of gigantic synthesis of Hindu and Muslim styles. Entrance gateways, domes, arches, turrets, colonnades, sculptures can be seen here in magnificent profusion. The royal family's private chambers, including the impressive Durbar Hall, are open to the public. The Marriage Hall has life-like paintings of the Dassera procession and in the museum is the ruler's golden elephant throne, used during these festivities. St Phelomena's Church is a magnificent cathedral, the largest in South India.

    Rest of the day will be in leisure.

    Overnight will be at Mysore.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: MysoreOoty

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Drive to Ooty. Reach and check into the hotel.

    Ootacamund, popularly known as Ooty, is the leading hill station in South India. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) at an altitude of 2,286 meters, Ooty offers salubrious air, rolling parkland, gorse-covered downs and trout- filled streams. The hillsides are swathed in eucalyptus and blue gum trees. The Botanical Gardens, which are a landmark in Ooty, have many rare trees and flowering plants. There is a beautiful lake with boating facilities. Ooty is also known for its tea and coffee plantations and there are hundreds of tea estates in and around this hill resort.

    Enjoy the city sightseeing and serenity of the place.

    Overnight will be at Ooty.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: OotyCoonoor

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed for an excursion to Coonoor.

    Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris. It stands on a lower ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of 1839 meters. Its climate is milder than Ooty. Surrounding the town are many picnic spots. In the heart of Coonoor is "Sims Park". It is a park cum botanical garden. Many species of trees and shrubs not found in Ooty are grown here. It is at an elevation of 1880 meters and occupies 12 hectares of land.

    Sims Park Located in a deep ravine, Sims Park is around 130 years old and named after J D Sim, secretary of the Madras Club in 1874. Today the 12-hectare park is home to over 330 varieties of roses and hosts a number of flower and vegetable shows all year round. To get your bearings, look at the detailed map of the garden just near the entrance this will help you identify various trees and plants in this park. The annual fruit and vegetable show held in May is also worth visiting.

    Lambs Rock Named after Capt. Charles Lamb, who made an earnest attempt to open a path to this spectacular point, this is from where you can most appreciate the truly splendid views that Coonoor has to offer. It is about 9km from Sims Park and a good invigorating walk if youre up to it.

    Dolphins Nose this is a uniquely-shaped natural rock in the form of the nose of a dolphin but it is often that fog obscures the view on most days. But revel in the splendid views with deep ravines the breathtakingly beautiful St Catherines fall on one side and the Coonoor stream on the other. This place is more desolate than Lambs Rock and the monkeys are bolder so take care.

    If you want to see the hustle and bustle of a quaint little station, be at the Coonoor railway station when the train arrives. It toots its whistle and stands still, belching out thick black smoke. But arrive at the level crossing before they close it, else you wont be able to get to the station on time.

    Laws Falls Dropping 180 feet, this refreshing waterfall is a paradise for naturalists. Located near the junction of Coonoor and Katteri rivers on the road to Mettupalayam, it makes for a poignant halt in your journey.

    Lady Cannings Seat It is said that Lady Canning, the wife of the Viceroy, loved this particular spot where she loved to paint during the early mornings. Set out early, walk up a flight of stairs cut into the rock and youre rewarded with splendid views of a number of tea and coffee plantations. You will, of course, after the climb have to catch your breath rest awhile on Lady Cannings Seat that is painted a bright yellow and green.

    Overnight will be at Ooty.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: OotyCochin

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Drive to Cochin. Reach and check into the hotel.

    The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.

    The Dutch wrested Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in AD 1663 and later in the last phase of the colonial saga, the British took over, the town in 1795. During 1660's, Fort Kochi peaked in stature as a prime commercial centre and its fame spread far and wide - variously as a rich trade centre, a major military base, a vibrant cultural hub, a great ship building centre, a centre for Christianity and so on. Today, centuries later, the city is home to nearly thirteen communities.

    Overnight will be at Cochin.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Cochin

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed for a sight-seeing tour of Cochin.

    Cochin comprising of a cluster of islands and towns, is a living museum. Fort Cochin is believed to be the oldest European settlement in India, with the Portuguese flag first hoisted here in 1500. St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where da Gama was buried. While the remains were later taken back to Lisbon, the gravestone can still be seen here. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and considerably embellished in the mid-18th century by Ezekiel Rahabi, who built a clock tower and paved the floor of the synagogue with hand- painted tiles brought all the way from Canton in China. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s by the Portuguese and taken over by the Dutch, who later presented it to the Rajas of Cochin. The palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and eggwhites - which gives the effect of polished marble.

    Chinese Fishing Nets The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance.

    In the evening proceed for a CULTURAL EVENING Kerala's best known dance drama Kathakali, its martial art form Kalaripayattu, semi classical dance form Mohiniattam, Theyyam - a ritual dance performed as a surrealistic representation of the Gods& classical Indian music. You can also go into the green room to see how dancers dress up, do make up and get ready as per the different dance forms.

    Overnight will be at Cochin.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: CochinMunnar

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Drive to Munnar. Reach and check into the hotel.

    Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. 1600 meter above sea level this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neel Kurinji. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.

    Enjoy the city sightseeing.

    Munnar is a destination of tea and cardamom plantations. There is nothing more invigorating than the spectacular beauty of acres and acres of tea gardens rolling over mountains and hills. The half an hour drive to Chinnakanal from Munnar town, takes you through the heart of these sprawling Tea Estates, giving them the true experience of a tea plantation hill station.

    Lockhart Tea Factory: One of the older running Tea factories where you will be given a Guided Tour of the art of Tea processing by the traditional method. Set in a scenic background, this building lends an old world charm with its wooden interiors and aroma of tea. You can also buy fresh jams, pickles and Tea from their sales outlet.

    Anayirangal Dam & the Hanging Bridge: Anayirangal is an old watering hole for elephants. The area around the Anayirangal Dam has been developed and the boating started here is a new venture of the department of Hydel Tourism. This Dam has a number of islands and boating here is a unique experience. Not only do you frequently see elephants at the waters edge, but very often your boat will have to give way to a herd of elephants swimming across from one island to another.

    Kolukkumalai Hills: The Kolukkumalai Hills are home to the highest Tea Plantations in the world. The tea grown here has a special flavor and freshness due to the high altitude. A Jeep Safari to the Tea Factory would guarantee spectacular views of mist shrouded mountains and the far off plains of Tamil Nadu. Strolls through the pathways on the plantations and for the more adventurous, trek down a bit along the steep and narrow bridle path leading to the plains this was the only option in the olden days to take down tea chests to the plains and bring up provisions.

    Overnight will be at Munnar.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: MunnarKumarakom

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to Kumarakom. Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat.

    The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self-supporting Eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.

    The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

    Lunch will be served on the boat freshly prepared by the crew.

    In the evening the boat will anchor by the lush paddy fields and enjoy the tranquility of the water around.

    Dinner would be laid out in the boat. Spend night on houseboat.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: KumarakomAlleppey

    Breakfast will be on board.

    Cruise through the backwaters watching the children going to school and the village markets opening.

    Disembark the boat at the finishing point where your driver will be waiting for you to drive to Kovalam. Reach and check into the hotel.

    Kovalam went through a gradual metamorphosis from an obscure fishing village to a contemporary holiday destination. Though frequented often, the very beautiful Kovalam beach glows in its un-spoilt beauty and offers a relaxing holiday to a tired and wandering soul.

    Life at the tiny fishing village located on the Kovalam coast goes on as it did for ages. Take walk near the fishing village in Kovalam, Kerala, and South India and be enthralled at the simplicity, happiness and contentment that greet you.

    A natural bay created by a breathtaking rock cluster and three crescent shaped beaches make up the stunning and very beautiful Kovalam beach in Kerala, South India.

    Overnight will be at Kovalam.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: AlleppeyKovalam

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed for an excursion to Kanyakumari.

    By its very location, Kanyakumari occupies a unique place among the tourist centers of India. It is one of the important pilgrim centers of India. This is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique experience ofwatching the sunset and moonrise simultaneously on a full moon evening. A fine beach landscape with sands of differentcolors is another interesting aspect of Kanyakumari.

    Kanyakumari was once referred to as the "ALEXANDRIA OF THE EAST. This place has been a great centre for art, culture, civilization and pilgrimage for years. It was also a famous centre for commerce and trade. During the early part of the 8th century A.D, Islam entered the southern part of India through the sea route with traders and Missionaries. Through Saint Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, Christianity arrived in this area in 52 A.D. Islam. Christianity and Jainism religions have greatly contributed to the Architectural wealth and literal heritage of this place. Kanyakumari was also under the control of the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayakas who were thegreat rulers of South India. The architectural beauties of the temples are the beautiful work of these rulers.

    Drive back to Kovalam visiting Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple.

    Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an awe-inspiring structure that has a 100 ft. high 'gopuram', built in Dravidian style.

    City's historical landmark, the structure of the main building is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.

    The temple, known for the Mural paintings and stone carvings is one among the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in India. A magnificent array of gods, goddesses, nymphs, sprites and demons adorn the seven-storey 'gopuram' that forms the temple tower. Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity, reclines in the posture of 'Ananthashayanam' on the coiled serpent 'Anantha'.

    Overnight will be at Kovalam.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: KovalamKanyakumari

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Spend day in leisure on your own / enjoy sun, sand and beaches.

    Overnight will be at Kovalam.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: KovalamTrivandrum

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed to Trivandrum and enjoy short city sightseeing.

    Napier Museum: The Napier Museum is an absolute gem of architectural exuberance, combining traditional Kerala styles with Chinese and Mughal influences. The 19th century English architect, Chisholm, gave in a few touches and ended up with a building that is guaranteed to leave an impression on your mind. The museum houses a rare collection of archeological & historic artifacts.

    The interior is every bit as intriguing as the exterior with pink and bobby blue stripes alternating with stripes of yellow and cherry red, scalloped arches of a banana yellow, elaborately carved balconies, the whole, linked together with red and white lattice work and mock friezes. The collections are as varied and electric as the building and you will spend a pleasant few hours browsing through them. The museum has a unique natural air-conditioning system.

    Kuthiramalika Palace Museum: This palace was built by efficient sculptors from Tanjore. Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balaram Varma, the king of Travancore who was also a great poet, musician, socialist & statesman, built this magnificent Palace.

    The palace looks attractive due to its single stone carved pillars and eautifully designed roofs. On the southern portion of the palace there is a beautiful monument of 122 horses which is in position of ready to jump towards the south. Thus the palace got the name Kuthiramalika. Swords, guns etc. of olden ages are also exhibited here. 'Dantasimhasana' is the most prominent sight in this palace.

    As per the flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of GODS OWN COUNTRY KERALA.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at mentioned hotels,
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel,
  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with driver for the tour on disposal,
  • Meet and assist services on arrival / departure,
  • English speaking expert local guides at all applicable places,
  • Monument entrance charges,
  • Unlimited mineral water and tissues during drives,
  • All applicable taxes and service charges, and
  • All parking with road taxes and driver allowances.

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