Karnataka & Kerala - 11 Days
Arrival in Bangalore International Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. In the evening have a visit to Lal Bagh Garden, Shivan Temple and Tipu's Summer Palace. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight stay in Bangalore.
After the breakfast, drive to Shravanabelogola, a famous Jain pilgrim site. Situated up above boulder to be walked up 620 steps A 17m high monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara standing atop hills makes this site world famous.After the visit, continue your drive to Hassan. Overnight stay in Hassan.
After the breakfast, drive to Halebid to visit the 11th century Hoysaleshwara Temple and then to Belur to visit the Chennakesava Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which belongs to the same period. These two are the most important archeological sites which offer the best sculptural extravaganza. Have a drive to the silk city "Mysore". In the evening if you feel free have a walk to Devarajah Market to see the eye-catching flowers, color powders, vegetables, spices, incense oils, well arranged fruit market housed in an old heritage building. Overnight stay in Mysore.
Full day Sightseeing of "Mysore" -the heritage city. In the morning, have a visit to the famous Mysore Maharaja Palace built in Indo Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades. This palace is the treasure house of exquisite art, carvings and paintings from all over the World. Then drive to Chamundi Hills to visit the famous Chamundeshwari temple and the Bull temple. In the evening drive to Srirangapatna - an historic site, the capital city of great Muslim warrior Tipu Sultan. The main attractions here are Ranganathaswamy temple, Tipu's summer palace (Daria Dalut Bagh) and Gumbaz. Overnight.
In the morning drive to Ooty "The queen of blue mountains". Enroute you are going to cross two forests named Bandipur and Mudhumalai, where you can able to see some animals like elephant, deer, peacock etc on the road side. Continue your drive. If you feel free have a visit to the Botanical Garden in Ooty. Have a pleasant evening in the cool climate. Overnight stay in Ooty.
After the breakfast, drive to "Munnar"- the meeting point of three rivers. Munnar has beautiful landscapes with a view of natural tea plantations, waterfalls, greeny mountains, the villages on the sloppy areas. Have a visit to the famous Eravikulam National Park and Mattupatty Dam. Have a walk in the market street. Overnight stay in Munnar.
In the morning, drive to Periyar. The other names for this place are Thekkady and Kumily. In the late afternoon, have a visit to the Spice garden to see the plantations of pepper, cardamom, cinnamom, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, rubber, cloves, curry leaves and some flowers. Have a free time to do some interesting activities like ayurvedic massage, Traditional martial art "Kalaripayattu", nature walk (trekking) in the reserve, elephant ride. Overnight stay in Periyar.
After the breakfast, drive to Alleppey, the land of backwaters. Check-in the houseboat and have a delicious lunch. Have a cruise in the backwaters of "Vembanadu" Lake. Your boat will be stopped at one place around 5 :30 PM and have a dinner in the houseboat. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
In the morning, after the breakfast, check-out from the houseboat and If you like beach and sea,you can spend about 1-2 hours in marari beach then drive to Fort Cochin - the mix of culture of Portuguese, Dutch and British. In the afternoon have a visit to 16th century Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry palace also known as Dutch Palace. Have a walk in the Jew Town. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Full day sightseeing of Cochin. First, have a visit to Chinese Fishing nets and fish markets. Near to this place, have a visit to St.Francis Church where you can see the tomb of Portuguese sailor Vasco-da-gama, then to Santa Cruz Basilica - a catholic church and Dutch cemetery. In the evening, attend the traditional classical dance show of Kerala "Kathakali". Overnight stay in Cochin.
Departure from Cochin.