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Sandalwood, Backwater & Spice Route

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Sandalwood, Backwater & Spice Route is our personal favorite itinerary has the ability to touch your soul. Curated to take you on a journey that arouses all your five senses. It will begin in I - tech city Bangaluru followed by Mysore where you will be fascinated by the grandeur of its palaces, buildings and statues. We make a halt at one of the most scenic Nagarhole national park and Sultans Battery coffee estate. We will spend the time at the magnificent tea estates of Ooty and Munnar. Enjoy mesmerizing houseboat cruise on backwaters, before being lazy at the hippy loved beach at Marari.

 

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

On Arrival at Bangalore airport assistance and transfer to hotel.
Later city tour of Bangalore. Visit Lal Bagh Garden which houses over 1800 species of flora including rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. Cubbon Park a landmark area located within the heart of the city. The Bangalore Fort a living testimony of the notorious struggle of the Mysore Empire against the mighty Britishers. Tippu`s Summer Palace the magnificent accommodation of the valiant ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan. Bangalore Palace an epitome of great architecture and beauty a mixture of Tudor & Scottish Gothic architecture. The Bull Temple one of the oldest temples in the city. Also drive pass the Government buildings Vidhana Soudha & the Secretariat. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Bangalore - Mysore (150kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mysore check in at hotel. Later 2hr heritage walk from the bustling town hall to colorful devaraja market to the magnificent jagan mohan palace. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Mysore

Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to visit Chennakesava Temple an exemplary monument of Hoysala architecture consecrated in 1258 CE, a Vaishnav Hindu Temple dedicated to might and beauty of Lord Krishna. The Chennakesava temple is one of the 1500 Temples built by the Hoysala Empire kings in different parts of their kingdom, and is said to be the climax development in Hoysala temple style and yet is unique in many other ways. On return visit Mysore Palace, Chamundeswari Temple, Nandi Bull, City Palace & St. Philomenas Church. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Mysore - Kabini/ Nagarhole (90kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Kabini/ Nagarhole check in at hotel. Later gypsy/boat safari. Lunch, dinner and Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Kabini/ Nagarhole

Breakfast at hotel. Early morning and afternoon jeep and boat safari in the national park. Top animals to spot here are Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, ussuri dhole, antelope, barking beer, sambar deer, elephant and jungle bison. More than 250 species of birds, 96 species of dung beetles and more than 60 species of ants reside in the park. Lunch, dinner and Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Kabini/ Nagarhole - Sultans Battery/ Wayanad (80kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Sultans Battery/ Wayanad at the Western Ghats which produces premium coffee, cardamom and vanilla. Check in at hotel & enjoy the tranquil surrounding. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Sultans Battery/ Wayanad - Ooty (135kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Ooty check in at hotel. Ooty is all-seasons hill resort and the queen of hill stations at an elevation of 7216 ft above sea-level. Surrounded by trees, central Ooty Lake is a huge artificial expanse of water with beautiful boats. Rest time to explore the colonial city with your driver. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Ooty

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy the town and visit the well-maintained botanical gardens, which have over 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Also take a ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway that winds its way down through spectacular scenery and breathtaking views to the nearby town of Coonoor. It was established in the early 19th century by the British now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 9: Ooty - Cochin (300kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Cochin check in at hotel. Rest time to explore city with your driver. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Cochin

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Cochin the lovely seaside city flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. You will find here a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle. Visit Fort Cochin a charming seaside area known for its Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial architecture and elaborate bamboo fishing nets at Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church was the original burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama. Upscale eateries and chic cafes serve Keralan specialties, and quaint shops sell cotton clothing and handmade souvenirs. Heritage buildings house contemporary art galleries. Also visit Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry Dutch`s Palace. In the evening enjoy Kathakali, a traditional dance form of Kerala with lavish costumes, exotic makeup, masks etc. Evening Kathakali dance show. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11: Cochin - Alleppey (60kms)

Breakfast at hotel transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat and sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. While sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals, the panoramic sights one can never forget. Pass through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. Alleppey is referred as the Venice of the East, due to canals, backwaters, and lagoons. Boats are the main mode of transportation here, you can see Shikara boats, small motor boats, passenger boats, cargo boat, and houseboats. Evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a chef & driver. Lunch, dinner & overnight in houseboat.

 

Day 12: Alleppey - Mararikulam (20kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Marari and check in at a hotel. Rest time free to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 13 & 14: Mararikulam

Breakfast at hotel. Day free and easy to relax on the beach and connect with yourself. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 15: Mararikulam - Cochin (75kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Departure transfer to Cochin airport. 

Assistance on arrival at airport.

14 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).

Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per 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.

3-Time Gypsy safari in Kabini/ Nagarhole National Parks with forest department naturalist.

Bottled drinking water in car.

Government taxes.

 

Hotels used or similar for 14 nights accommodation

Bangalore x 1 nights
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

Mysore x 2 nights
3* - Southern Star/Sandesh The Prince
4* - Fortune Park JP Palace/ Grand Mercure
5* - Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden/The Windflower Resort & Spa

Kabini / Nagarhole x 2 nights
3* - Kabini Lake View Resort / Kabini Springs Resort
4* - Red Earth / The Peepal Tree
5* - The Serai Kabini/ Waterwoods Lodges & Resorts

Vythiri x 1 nights
3* - Thejas Resorts / Grassroot 
4* - Abad Brookside Lakkidi / The Woods Resorts
5* - Vythiri Village Resort/ The Windflower Resort & Spa

Ooty x 2 nights
3* - Monarch Hotel/ Hotel Darshan
4* - Fortune Resort Sullivan Court/ Sinclairs Retreat
5* - Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions

Kochi/Cochin x 2 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)

Mararikulam x 3 nights
3* - EL Oceano Beach Villas/ La Plage Marari
4* - Abad Turtle Beach Resort/ Marari Sands Beach Resort
5* - Xandari Pearl/ Marari Beach Resort

Any flight tickets.

Camera charges at monuments.

Meals other than mentioned in day plan.

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

Gratuities & optional activities.

Anything not mentioned in inclusions.