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Southern India Discovery

Explore South India on our 14 day trip from Bangalore to Kochi. Experience India's nature and enjoy a luxury houseboat cruise along the Kerala Backwaters.

14 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,890
  • 2017/2018 Bangalore > Kochi

    South India delights

    We open up the intriguing world of South India with this 14 day journey of discovery. If you’re a history buff, nature lover or simply looking to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the sultry South you’ll love this itinerary.

    From the fascinating British colonial era influenced cities of Bangalore and Mysore to the amazing wildlife of Nagharhole National Park and the lush highlands of Coorg, there’s a plethora of diverse experiences on hand. If Indian history intrigues, then you’ll love spending time in Belur and Halebid, if spirituality is an interest, our visit to Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet will be a highlight of your time in the South. The Kerala Backwaters are without doubt one of the great waterways of the world. Spend time aboard a luxury houseboat as you make your way along these unique and stunning channels. Soak up the atmosphere, marvel at the abundance of wildlife and let yourself be pampered. A fitting way to celebrate the sultry South.

    Tour Code:

    INSD

    Duration:

    14 Days

    Departure City:

    Bangalore

    Return City:

    Kochi

  • 14 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bangalore

      Welcome to South India. Enjoy your two nights stay at your hotel in Bangalore.

    • Day 2 - Bangalore
      Highlights:
      Bangalore winery tour

      Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. This afternoon, leave for Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about wine making and indulge in wine tasting. Enjoy a traditional dinner and show at the Rudraksha Farm Theatre, a setting that epitomizes India’s mystique, charm and ambience.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Bangalore > Mysore
      Highlights:
      Enrich - local family dinner

      Leave for Mysore, known for its glittering royal heritage and colonial buildings. En route visit Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan. Later enjoy an excursion to Somnathpur before checking in to your hotel in Mysore for two nights.

      Enrich

      Enjoy dinner with a local family in Mysore related to the former Royal Family. The host has converted most of the rooms of her home into a colourful local school for children.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Mysore
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Mysore Palace
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the ancient, traditionally hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa from a Ganjifa Painter. Alternatively stretch in an Asthanga yoga class – the Mysore style of yoga.

      Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church. Tonight return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly occurrence when it is completely illuminated by approximately 97,000 lightbulbs.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Mysore > Kabini
      Highlights:
      Nagharhole National Park

      Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your luxurious Special Stay resort. Enjoy an afternoon boat safari along the Kabini River. At night watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Kabini
      Highlights:
      Sundowners over Kabini River

      Rise early for a drive around the park on a game safari. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture.

      Sundowners

      Gather around the infinity pool overlooking the Kabini River for a refreshing drink.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Kabini > Bylekuppe > Coorg
      Highlights:
      Bylekuppe Tibetan monastery

      Leave for Coorg visiting Bylekuppe Monastery en-route, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. This afternoon enjoy a guided walking tour of a working coffee and spice plantation. Overnight stay at Coorg.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Coorg > Hassan
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Kodava village

      This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses.

      Enrich

      After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

      Drive to Hassan and check in to your resort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Hassan > Bangalore > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Belur and Halebid

      This morning drive to Belur to visit the Channakeshave Temple built in 1116 and the Hoysala Temples in Halebid. Travel to Bangalore and fly to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Kochi > Kumarakom
      Highlights:
      Kettuvallam cruise

      After a relaxing morning, travel into the backwaters to Kumarakom and your resort, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy your afternoon cruise along the famed palm-fringed Kerala Backwaters.

      Luxury Houseboat - Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, known as a Kettuvallam, a traditional rice barge and cruise through the lakes and backwaters past small villages to view the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Kumarakom:
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage. Alternatively visit Kumbhalangi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

      FreechoiceDining

      Ettukettu, known for its Kerala dishes or Vembanad, a seafood bar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Kumarakom > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Travel to Kochi and visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. Return to your hotel in Kochi.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a seafood specialty restaurant. Otherwise try Dolphins Point multi-cuisine barbeque and grill.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sunset cruise

      Head to the harbour and watch the local fishermen handling the Chinese fishing nets followed by a walking tour of the Fort Cochin area.

      Freechoice

      Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or explore Vypeen Island. Alternatively enjoy a traditional Ayurveda massage or ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop.

      Enjoy a sunset cruise around Kochi Harbour before indulging in a sumptuous dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart South India with wonderful memories as you transfer to Kochi airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast