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Cochin to Bangalore Backwater, Tea Estate, Temple & Palaces

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Embark on a captivating journey from Cochin to Bangalore, exploring the backwaters of Alleppey, tea estates in Munnar, temples in Madurai, the serene beauty of Ooty, and the majestic palaces of Mysore. Immerse yourself in Cochin's cultural richness, sail through enchanting backwaters, witness wildlife at Periyar Sanctuary, and experience the charm of Ooty's hill station. Discover Munnar's tea heritage, explore ancient temples in Madurai, and marvel at the iconic palaces of Mysore. Finally, visit Bangalore and its vibrant city attractions.


Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Upon your arrival at Cochin airport, our representative will be there to greet you and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After check-in, take some time to freshen up. In the afternoon, embark on a city tour of Cochin, also known as Kochi, a vibrant city with a rich colonial heritage. Visit the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), and the Jewish Synagogue in the Jew Town area. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastal city and its blend of Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences. In the evening, witness a mesmerizing Kathakali dance performance, a traditional art form of Kerala, showcasing elaborate costumes, facial expressions, and storytelling through dance and music.


Day 2: Cochin - Alleppey (Houseboat Experience)

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha. Upon arrival, proceed to the Alleppey boat jetty to board your private houseboat. Cruise through the serene backwaters of Kerala, surrounded by lush green paddy fields, coconut groves, and small villages. Marvel at the tranquil beauty of the backwaters as you pass through narrow canals and enjoy the traditional lifestyle of the locals. Indulge in delicious Kerala cuisine prepared on board by the houseboat crew. Spend the night on the houseboat, drifting along the peaceful waters.


Day 3: Alleppey - Thekkady (Wildlife and Cultural Delights)

Disembark from the houseboat after breakfast and drive to Thekkady, home to the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and relax for a while. In the evening, witness a thrilling Kalaripayattu martial arts performance, showcasing ancient combat techniques and acrobatics. Experience the vibrant energy and discipline of this unique martial art form. Afterward, enjoy a captivating Kathakali dance show, where skilled performers depict mythological stories through intricate facial expressions and graceful movements.


Day 4: Thekkady (Wildlife Safari and Spice Plantation Tour)

Start your day with a boat safari on Periyar Lake, nestled amidst the lush greenery of the wildlife sanctuary. Spot various wildlife species like elephants, bisons, deer, and a wide variety of birds in their natural habitat. After the safari, proceed for a spice plantation tour and learn about the cultivation and processing of spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Discover the aromatic treasures of the region and enjoy the refreshing fragrance of the spice gardens. You can also visit the local market to purchase some authentic spices and souvenirs.


Day 5: Thekkady - Munnar (Scenic Drive and Tea Museum)

After breakfast, embark on a picturesque drive to Munnar, a popular hill station nestled in the Western Ghats. En route, stop at Ramakkalmedu, a scenic viewpoint offering panoramic vistas of the rolling hills and valleys. Continue your drive to Munnar and check in at your hotel. In Munnar, visit the Tea Museum, where you can learn about the history, cultivation, and processing of tea. Witness the tea-making process and indulge in a tea tasting session to savor the flavors of Munnar's renowned tea estates. Enjoy the serene beauty of the tea plantations and the pleasant weather of this hill station.


Day 6: Munnar (Nature's Beauty and Cultural Delights)

Embark on a full-day city tour of Munnar, starting with a visit to the Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Take a guided trek through the park's lush green hills and spot various flora and fauna. Next, visit the Tea Museum to learn about the tea production process and the history of Munnar's tea estates. Enjoy a tea tasting session to savor different flavors. Later, visit Pothamedu, known for its panoramic views of tea, coffee, and cardamom plantations. You can indulge in trekking or leisurely walks in the scenic surroundings. In the evening, visit Devikulam, famous for its picturesque landscapes and Sita Devi Lake, known for its trout fishing and adventure sports facilities. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.


Day 7: Munnar - Madurai (Cultural Exploration)

After breakfast, drive to Madurai, a city known for its rich cultural heritage and magnificent temples. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and relax for a while. Later in the day, embark on a city tour of Madurai. Visit the iconic Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, renowned for its towering gopurams (gateway towers) and exquisite Dravidian architecture. Explore the temple complex, which includes various shrines, halls, and a sacred pond. Witness the evening prayer ceremony, a vibrant and spiritual experience. Explore the bustling streets of Madurai and indulge in some local delicacies. Overnight stay in Madurai.


Day 8: Madurai - Coimbatore (Cultural and Spiritual Exploration)

After breakfast, drive to Coimbatore, known as the "Manchester of South India" for its textile industry. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and relax for a while. In the afternoon, visit the Gass Forest Museum, showcasing a vast collection of flora and fauna specimens. Explore the museum and learn about the diverse ecosystems of the region. Later, embark on an excursion to the Adiyogi Shiva Statue, a magnificent sculpture representing Lord Shiva in his meditative form. Visit the renowned Isha Yoga Ashram and yoga center, known for its spiritual ambiance and meditation programs. Immerse yourself in the serene surroundings and participate in yoga sessions if desired. Return to Coimbatore for an overnight stay.


Day 9: Coimbatore - Ooty (Hill Station Bliss)

After breakfast, drive to Ooty, also known as the "Queen of Hill Stations." Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of this charming hill station. Ooty offers a pleasant climate, sprawling tea estates, and panoramic views of the Nilgiri Mountains. Visit the Ooty Lake, a beautiful artificial lake where you can enjoy a boat ride and take in the scenic beauty. Explore the Botanical Gardens, showcasing a wide variety of exotic plants and flowers. Take a memorable ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valleys and tea plantations. Overnight stay in Ooty.


Day 10: Ooty - Mysore (Historical Exploration)

After breakfast, drive to Mysore, a city renowned for its royal heritage and grand architecture. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and relax for a while. Later, embark on a city tour of Mysore. Visit the majestic Mysore Palace, a magnificent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Explore the palace complex, including the Durbar Hall, royal courtyards, and the beautiful art and artifacts on display. Next, visit the Chamundeshwari Temple, located atop Chamundi Hill, offering panoramic views of the city. In the evening, visit the bustling Devaraja Market, known for its vibrant atmosphere and a wide range of local produce, spices, and handicrafts. Overnight stay in Mysore.


Day 11: Mysore - Bangalore (Garden City Exploration)

After breakfast, drive to Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and relax for a while. Later, embark on a city tour of Bangalore, also known as the "Garden City." Visit the iconic Lalbagh Botanical Garden, renowned for its lush greenery, exotic plant species, and the majestic Glass House. Explore Cubbon Park, a sprawling green oasis in the heart of the city, housing several government buildings and historical monuments. Visit Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature, and admire its impressive architecture. Discover the historical Bangalore Palace, a magnificent structure reminiscent of the Tudor architectural style. In the evening, explore the vibrant MG Road, known for its bustling markets, upscale shops, and lively atmosphere. Overnight stay in Bangalore.


Day 12: Bangalore - Departure

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time for last-minute shopping or exploring the city further. Our representative will then transfer you to the Bangalore airport for your onward journey, marking the end of your memorable backwater, tea estate, and temple tour.

- Assistance on arrival at airport.

- 11 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

- Daily breakfast at hotels.

- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.

- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

- 1-Time Shared boat safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with naturalist.

- Bottled drinking water in car.

- Government taxes.


Hotels used or similar for 11 nights accommodation

Cochin x 1 nights
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien

Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat (ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats)
4* - Premium Houseboat (Abad Premium Houseboats/ Rainbow Premium Houseboats)
5* - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)

Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 nights
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County

Munnar x 2 nights
3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle
4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County

Madurai x 1 night
3* - Astoria by Sparsa/ Madurai’s Residency
4* - GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
5* - Heritage Madurai/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

Coimbatore x 1 night
3* - Gokulam Park Hotel/ ZIBE Coimbatore by GRT Hotels
4* - Lemon Tree Hotel/The Residency Towers
5* - WelcomHotel Coimbatore/ Vivanta Coimbatore

Ooty x 1 nights
3* - Monarch Hotel/ Hotel Darshan
4* - Fortune Resort Sullivan Court/ Sinclairs Retreat
5* - Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions/ Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Mysore x 1 night
3* - Southern Star/Sandesh The Prince
4* - Fortune Park JP Palace/ Grand Mercure
5* - Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden/The Windflower Resort & Spa

Bangalore x 1 night
3* - Ramada/ The Rialto
4* - Fortune Select JP Cosmos/ Lemon Tree Premier Ulsoor Lake
5* - ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection/ ITC Windsor a Luxury Collection

- Any flight tickets.

- Camera charges at monuments if any.

- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.

- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

- Gratuities and optional activities.

- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.