South India Heritage Tour - 10 Days
Begin your tour from the “City of Gardens” Bangalore or Bengaluru , a city blessed with a salubrious climate, beautiful gardens and natural lakes. A major commercial hub in India, the city is home to several industries, IT being one of them. Visit the many attractions , impressive buildings and beautiful parks in the city like Lal Bagh, Bangalore Palace, Cubbon Park and Tipu Sultan's Palace.
Drive to Nagarhole National Park nestled in the Western Ghats, a haven away from the modern world replete with green trees, streams, waterfalls and valleys.
Head to Mysore, a city replete with royalty and regalia. Visit the magnificent Mysore Palace, an exquisite example of the Dravidian architecture before moving further to Coorg , a quaint hill-station located amidst imposing mountains, dense forests, mist kissed coffee plantations, and verdant valleys.
The Gateway to Kerala and often dubbed as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” Cochin is an interesting confluence of diverse cultural and historic influences like the Arab, Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch and the English.
Visit the many iconic attractions of the city such as the Mattancherry palace and the Pardesi synagogue. As you come to the last leg of your sojourn, relax and unwind on a traditional and luxurious houseboat on the Vembanad Lake and explore the rich flora and fauna that is supported by this enchanting water world. With the nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary that is home to exotic water birds, a boat cruise at this breathtaking tourist attraction will leave you speechless with wonder and excitement.
COMPASS REPRESENTATIVE will receive you on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Legend goes that King Veeraballa of Vijayanagara once lost his way in forest. Hungry and tired, he came upon a lone hut in the thick forest where he met an old woman. When he asked for food, she gave him baked beans ('Benda Kalu' in Karnataka).The King found this humble meal taste better than his royal kitchen menu. To commemorate this incident, he called the place "Benda Kalu Ooru" (place of baked beans).
Capital of the Southern state of Karnataka, Bangalore today is Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech industries in India. Bangalore is also home to some of India's premier scientific establishments. Blessed with a salubrious climate, gardens & parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India and beyond.
Bangalore offers something for everyone-music and dance concerts (Western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions, carnivals, conferences and more.
Overnight will be at Bangalore.
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.
Proceed to Nagarhole.
Established in 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary, Nagarhole was designated a national park twenty years later. The park today stretches in a Tours of gentle hills and valleys, over an expanse of 640 sq km, north of the river Kabini. The park came up around a perennial water reservoir formed in 1974, when the Kabini River was dammed.
Nagarhole's vegetation is refreshingly different from Bandipur's dry scrub - moist deciduous forests, including bamboo, teak, eucalyptus and cassia, cover much of the sanctuary, providing a refuge for a wide range of animals and birds. Nagarhole has all the resident wildlife of the Nilgiri hills: Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, bison, leopard, Asian elephant, wild boar, deer, dhole (wild dog) and porcupine, besides tigers. A high canopy of trees- up to thirty meters tall in some places- harbors rare birds such as the endangered Malabar trogon, the Malabar pied hornbill and the crested hawk-eagle.
Nagarhole saw some upheavals in 1992, when quarrelling between the wardens of the park and the local villagers resulted in arson which had an enormously adverse impact on the park and its wildlife. It will still take a few years for Nagarhole's forest and animal count to get back to normal but there has already been a resurrection of sorts and things get better every year.
In the afternoon go on a wildlife tour in the National park in jeeps / vans. Abounding in a rich variety of wildlife, one can find elephants, antelopes and even leopards here.
Overnight stay will be in Nagarhole.
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.
In the morning go on a Coracle Ride on Kabini River. The Coracle is a round native boat.
In the afternoon leave for Mysore by road.
Mysore city was the capital of the old royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to "Mahishasurana Ooru" which means the town of Mahishasura. The story goes that the demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore, and hence the name. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity. Hills dedicated to her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town today.
To the people of India the word Mysore is synonymous with Sandalwood, silk and fine inlay-work using ivory. It is the home of incense sticks dipped in sandalwood oil perfume base and has two well known incense factories - the Aravinda Parimala and the Vasu and Cycle brand (together these two account for 70% of the incense stick export from India). Mysore is also the home of many well regarded musicians and artists. It is even today the hub of the tourist map of Karnataka. Nearby are several places of interest to visitors, some of these are Brindavan Gardens, Srirangapattana, Rangana Tittu bird sanctuary, Chamundi Hills, Nanjanagudu, Bandipur forest reserve, Shivanasamudra falls, and Talakaadu.
Within the town are several places of interest. The grand palace with its four arched entrances stands at the centre of the town. Liberally covered with golden domes and home to the most expensive royal chair (Simhasana), made of gold and studded with diamond and precious stones, this palace rivals the best in the world. During weekends the whole palace is lit with thousands of lights, a great sight. Saint Philomina's church is a fine cathedral dating back to the 18th century. The Venkatappa art gallery has inspired many an artist and conducts courses in traditional painting, drawing and woodwork. It is also the birth-place for the Mysore wooden toys, which are exported worldwide.
Reach and check in to the hotel.
Overnight stay will be in Mysore.
Proceed to Coorg by road.
You think a cup of coffee smells great; wait till you experience the coffee blossoms. Their heady fragrance fills the air in Coorg - known as the coffee pot of India and the Scotland of the east - which produces some of the world's best coffee, with a fair amount of cardamom and pepper thrown in. Birthplace of the Cauvery River and home to some of India's finest soldiers, Coorg - now known as Kodagu - is famous for its meandering mists, dense forests, and supremely tasteful coffee. We take up base at the beautiful and relaxing Orange County Resort, which is set amid never-ending manicured coffee and pepper plantations and is just the place for an enjoyable holiday. If you're the type who likes to mingle with nature, romance with the mountains, and whistle to the song of birds, Coorg is the place for you. We also take you 120km away, north of Coorg, to the splendid temples of Belur and Halebid, a timeless legacy of the Hoysala kings and built around the 12th century.
Reach and check in to the hotel.
Enjoy the day at leisure at Coorg.
Overnight stay will be in Coorg.
In the afternoon leave for Hassan by road. Reach and check into the hotel.
Hassan is the headquarters of the district. This fairly large city was developed into a tourist centre because of the proximity to Belur and Halebid. Hassan is 194km from Bangalore on the national highway linking Mangalore and Bangalore. The district has a salubrious climate. Rail and roads connect Hassan to important centers of the state.
Overnight will be at Hassan.
Breakfast will be at hotel. Proceed for a sightseeing tour of FORT COCHIN. A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which 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.
Enjoy the KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION in the evening. Overnight will be at Cochin.
Enjoy the breakfast at the resort. Drive to Kumarakom.
Kumarakom is a small backwater village lying west of Kottayam. It is a part of Kuttanad, which is a ' wonder land ', lying below sea level in the backwaters. Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom offers nature's best with its virgin forest backwaters. It is a place fit for those quiet and intimate moments when you just want to be with yourself in tranquillity and peace.
Board the houseboat in the afternoon for a cruise in the backwaters.
Our boat awaits and we begin a thrilling and colourful boat ride through the 'backwaters' to Ambalaphuza, all sitting on the deck to see more! The term 'backwaters' actually refers to the extensive network of rivers, lakes, canals and lagoons that lace the coastal plain interior coastline and stretch from Cochin almost down to Trivandrum. Small canoes, elderly sailboats, coconut-laden barges, tiny skiffs full of school children, Chinese-style Junks and thatch-covered country craft are common sights. Overnight will be at Houseboat.
Morning after breakfast transfer to deluxe houseboat to enjoy the 22 hours of backwater cruise from Kumarakom to Alleppey.
The House boat will reach Back water resort were you will be staying previous night This journey is considered to be one of the best attractions. The house boat is fully furnished with single and double bedrooms, sundeck, private balcony and a kitchen.
It also comprises a chef, Oarsmen & cabin assistant. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. Over night stay at House boat.
Morning have breakfast at house boat and check out by 9.30am and drive to cochin and as per your Flight/Train schedule you will be dropped at Airport/.Railway station to return back home with happy memories.
• Coracle ride at nagarhole in kabini river (depending upon river condition),
• Overnight stay at the houseboat,
• All meals in the houseboat,
• Kathakali dance presentation at cochin,
• Wildlife safari at nagarhole.
• Accommodation at suggested hotels on double occupancy,
• Daily buffet breakfasts,
• Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary,
• All tours and transfers in ac private toyota innova at disposal with driver,
• English speaking company authirised guide for all mentioned tours,
• Monument entrances,
• Assistance at the airports on arrival / departure,
• Assistance at stations on departure and arrival,
• 24 hrs dedicated tour manager,
• Unlimited mineral water and tissues during drives,
• Porter charges at stations,
• All applicable taxes and service charges, and
• Houeboat Tour PackagesAll road taxes, government taxes and driver allowances.
• Lunches and dinners (except for those mentioned in inclusions),
• Personal expenses,
• Camera fees, tips etc,
• International airfare,
• Visa charges.
|City||Luxury||Palace & Boutique||First Class & Heritage||Nights|
|Bangalore||The Oberoi||The Leela Palace Kempinski||The Chancery Pavilion||01|
|Coorg||Orange County||Orange County||Orange County||01|
|Hassan||Hoysala Village||Hoysala Village||Hoysala Village||01|
|Cochin||Taj Malabar||Malabar House||Casino||01|
|Backwaters||Luxury Houseboat||Heritage Houseboat||Delxue Houseboat||01|
|Alleppey||Punnamada Backwater Resort||Punnamada Backwater Resort||Lake Palace / Lemon Tree||01|
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