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Southern India Discovery

Experience and revel in the diversity of India on this 16 day tour starting from Bangalore through to Kumarakom. End with an unforgettable cruise.

16 Day
From (AUD)
$ 9,990
  • 2018/2019 Bangalore > Kumarakom

    A sub-continent like no other

    Experience and revel in the diversity of this extraordinary country in one thrilling tour.

    Beginning amongst the excitement and grandeur of the North, you’ll journey around the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Take in extraordinary sights such as Humayan’s Tomb in Delhi and partake in exclusive experiences in the Royal Palace in Jaipur, which will leave you feeling like royalty. You’ll be awed at your first sight of the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra and during Sundowners later that evening. Your journey heads south as you explore the British colonial history of Bangalore and Mysore, the lush highlands of Coorg and soak up the good karma of Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. The fitting end to a wonderful journey is a cruise along the spectacular Kerala Backwaters.

    Tour Code:

    INSD

    Duration:

    16 Days

    Departure City:

    Bangalore

    Return City:

    Kumarakom

  • 16 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bangalore
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      We welcome you to South India and your hotel for the next two nights 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 see the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon.
      Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of making wine before returning for your welcome dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Bangalore > Bekal
      Highlights:
      Relax at Resort

      Fly to Mangalore and continue to Bekal, located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Relax by the sea during your two night stay at your luxurious hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Bekal
      Highlights:
      Bekal Fort

      During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the resort’s facilities.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Bekal > Coorg
      Highlights:
      Coffee and spice plantations

      Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of a working coffee and spice plantation. Enjoy tonight’s cultural show before dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Coorg
      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Coorg > Bylekuppe > Kabini
      Highlights:
      Sundowners over Kabini River

      Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay at the luxurious Jacuzzi Hut lodges of the Evolve Back Resort Kabini. En route, visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet

      Sundowners

      Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés.

      Tonight watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 8 - Kabini
      Highlights:
      Nagharhole National Park

      Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards, visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist and learn about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eye out during your boat safari along the Kabini River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Kabini > Mysore
      Highlights:
      Enrich - local family dinner

      Leave for Mysore, known for its glittering royal heritage and colonial buildings and check into your hotel for two nights. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church.

      Enrich

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Mysore
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Mysore Palace
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa.

      Drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan.Tonight, return to Mysore Palace and witness it being illuminated by around 97,000 lightbulbs.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Mysore > Bangalore > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Somnathpur

      Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore and fly to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your hotel, your beautiful colonial-era home for the next three nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Kathakali dance performance

      Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, and visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, watch a Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Kochi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

      Freechoice Dining

      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 14 - Kochi > Kumarakom
      Highlights:
      Kettuvallam cruise

      After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel, your home for the next two nights.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Kumarakom
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Kumarakom > Kochi
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast today and transfer to Kochi airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast