10 Days - Sovereign Splendours of Kerala and Mysore)
Season : Year round
Best time : October to March
A leisurely exploration of the sizzling south takes you to some of the most popular holiday hubs in this land of paddy fields, swaying palms and tranquil backwaters.
Heading out from historic port town of Cochin along the Malabar Coast you travel along trails rich in temple architecture, palaces, fortified ruins, churches of deep antiquity, and spice markets before venturing into open countryside rich in plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and legendary pepper from which great fortunes have been made even in ancient Rome. Your journey will be on trains, planes, by road and on waterways in the traditional Kettuvallom house boats, Kerala's evocative answer to the caravans of the West. Overnight stay will be in colonial mansions and charming bungalows replete with atmospheric touches. You will experience staying in a traditional Malayali cottage by the banks of the backwaters and spend some time in a traditional planter's bungalow where echoes of the British Raj still linger. At both these places, you will stay as special guests and meet your hosts and learn about the living history and culture that is all around you.
Day 1 - Arrive Mumbai or Chennai take connecting flight to Cochin. Drive 1.5 hrs to Backwaters for
three nights stay in boutique homestay Phillip Kutty or resort like Coconut Lagoon / Radisson Plaza.
Day 2 - Relax in boutique homestay or Luxury backwater resort.
Day 3 - Relax in boutique homestay or Luxury backwater resort.
Day 4 - Fort Cochin - Drive to Fort Cochin for two nights. Stay Brunton Boat Yard, Old Harbour or Malabar
Residency. Evening - View Kathakali Dance Drama.
Day 5 - Cochin - Tour of Fort Cochin. Afternoon- At leisure.
Day 6 - Cochin / Calicut / Waynad - Fly to Calicut and drive 3.5 hrs Tranquil Plantation Hideaway.
Day 7 - Wayanad - Explore the plantation and adjoining wildlife sanctuary.
Day 8 - Wayanad / Mysore - Afternoon drive 4 hrs to Mysore. Stay at Metropole.
Day 9 - Mysore - City tour and excursion to Srirangapatanam.
Day 10 - Drive 4 hrs to Bangalore and fly home via Mumbai or Chennai.
SUGGESTED ADAPTATIONS TO THIS TOUR:
* From Cochin - Do an overnight house boat cruise in the backwaters. Add three nights at a Kerala beach
* From Mysore - Three days of wildlife safari at Project Tiger Nagarhole National Park near Mysore.
How It Works :
We can customise our tour programmes to make the journey to suit you, as our tours in this e-brochure are based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together by air, train and chauffeur driven car. Throughout your tour experienced representatives and knowledgeable local guides, where appropriate, will assist you. Accommodation arranged in 5 star luxury hotels and palaces or charming heritage hotels.