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The Southern Trails

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1175 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1525 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore. Upon your arrival in the hi-tech Indian city of Bangalore, you will be greeted by our representative at the International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Day in Bangalore. After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Bangalore. Visit Tipu Sultan Palace, Cubbon Park and Government buildings including the impressive Vidhan Souda, Lal Bagh Gardens, Gavi Gangadhareswara cave temple and the Museum of Bangalore, one of the oldest in India. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Bangalore to Hassan (187 km / 4 hours). After breakfast, drive to Hassan and check in at your hotel. Afternoon tour of Hassan includes a visit to Belur, famous for its magnificent Hoysalas Temple Complex with intricate sculptures. This is the only Hoysalas Temple still in active worship. Belur is known as the Dakshina Varanasi or Southern Banaras. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala Kind Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.

The main structure of the temple, which is star shaped, is a homogenous architectural unit on a raised platform. Everything is carved in black stone, looking like metal. Also, visit Halebidu, the erstwhile capital of the Hoysalas. The Hoysaleswara Temple here is perched on a star-shaped base amidst lawns, is a sculptural extravaganza. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals, birds and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysalas Kings. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Hassan to Mysore (115 km / 3 hours). After early breakfast drive to Mysore and check in at your hotel. Afternoon enjoy a city tour of Mysore visiting the St Philomena's Church, Maharaja's Palace built in 1897, which is one of the biggest in India; Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery housed in the Jag Mohan Palace, which has a collection of exquisite paintings. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Mysore to Ooty (158 km / 5 hours). This morning embark on a leisurely drive to Ooty. Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. An added attraction here is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. Upon arrival in Ooty, check in at your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon enjoy a tea factory tour and learn the secrets to a perfect brew. Rest of the evening is at leisure to relax and unwind in the serenity of Ooty. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Day in Ooty. After breakfast day at leisure for you to explore and enjoy Ooty, one of the most tranquil hill resorts of South India. You could visit the Botanical garden, Ooty Lake and Dodabetta Peak. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Ooty to Kochi (281 km / 7 hours). This morning, drive to Kochi, the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, has one of the finest natural harbors in the world and is an important spice trading center. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for 2 nights stay. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Day in Kochi. After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Kochi, visiting the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Cochin, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets. A highlight is watching the fishermen working the nets as the sun sets. In the evening, watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in India. It is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Kochi to Munnar (135 km/ 3 hours). This morning, embark on your drive to Munnar, one of the most popular hill resorts of south India. British rulers called Munnar ‘Switzerland of India' for its natural surroundings and cool climate. The entire area is occupied by thick forests and tea estates. The specialty of Munnar is jungle honey, tea and a rare flower "Neela Kurunji" which blooms once in a 12 years. Upon arrival check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Day in Munnar. After breakfast, visit the Tata Tea Museum learning about the cultivation and processing of a variety of Indian teas. Afternoon is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Munnar to Periyar (160 km / 4 hours). This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Periyar, the wildlife and spice plantation hub of Kerala. Upon arrival in Periyar, check in to your hotel and freshen up. Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Day in Periyar. Spend the morning, exploring the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, one of the finest elephant reserves of south India. Enjoy boating on the serene Periyar Lake, in the heart of the sanctuary. Periyar National Park is situated in the hills of the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala in southwest India. The centerpiece of Periyar National park is the 5,500-hectare Periyar Lake formed by the construction of a dam on the Periyar River in 1895. The dam submerged low-lying forest whose dead tree trunks still jut out of the waters. Along the fringes of the lake are marshy areas with tall grasslands.

Periyar National Park is one of the richest habitats of large mammals, as it provides both excellent cover and nourishment in the form of succulent shoots and grasses. Here it is possible to see large herds of Indian Elephant with relative ease as well as Nilgiri Langur near Aranya Niwas and the Liontail Macaque in higher areas. This afternoon, enjoy a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. Some of the spices that Kerala is famous for and which you can see in the spice plantations of Kerala are pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Periyar to Alleppey Jetty (Houseboat) – (155 km / 3 hours). After breakfast, embark on your drive to Alleppey to board your houseboat to cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. The backwater cruise in a country boat is the best way to explore the villages and rural life. Join the backwater cruise the most fascinating and enjoyable route available. Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, and canals and are best experienced while slowly rowing down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'Kettuvallam'. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. Relish the special Kerala style meals prepared by your chef on board. Overnight stay at houseboat.

Day 14: Alleppey to Kochi (Depart) (63 km / 1 hours and 30 min). This morning, enjoy breakfast on board. Alight your houseboat at Alleppey and embark on a drive to Kochi airport to catch your flight for back home. We hope you enjoyed your stay in our Incredible India…we look forward to serving you again!

- Check-In, Check- out time: 12:00 noon
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost
- Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.

Price Includes:
- 13 nights accommodation on double/twin sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- All meals at AC House boat
- All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transportation
- Local English-speaking guide shall be provided for the sightseeing and excursion tours
- Entry fees to Monuments
- Boat Ride at Lake Periyar
- Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
- All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
- All currently applicable taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Expense of personal nature like porterage at all hotels, railway station and airports, tipping, laundry, telephone /fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Domestic / International Air fare
- Single Room supplement
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 2 persons: USD 1525 p/p
- 3-4 persons: USD 1290 p/p
- 5-7 persons: USD 1390 p/p
- 8-10 persons: USD 1175 p/p
- Single Room Supplement USD 585 p/p.

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