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Waterways and Wildlife of
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OVERVIEW

During this holiday in South India you'll pass all of the highlights of exotic South India. From the busy city of Bangalore you'll travel to the colourful silk-city of Mysore, you'll spot wild elephants in the Mudumalai National Park and go on a city tour through the town of Cochin, known for its authentic Chinese fish nets and its colonial history. In beautiful, tropical Kerala you'll go sailing on a houseboat, while watching life pass you by at a slow tropical pace. After a restful stay in Kerala you will conclude your Southern India trip with a stay at a delightful beach near Kovalam.

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FIRST CLASS

Double Occupancy

USD 1519

Single Occupancy

USD 1823

DELUXE

Double Occupancy

USD 1899

Single Occupancy

USD 2278

OPPULENT

Double Occupancy

USD 2373

Single Occupancy

USD 2848

ITINERARY

Day
1
Arrival in Bangalore

When you land in Bangalore on the first day of your India holiday, one of our local representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival halls, and will take you to your hotel which is situated in the heart of Bangalore.

Your hotel is a cosy family run guesthouse which is surrounded by a lovely garden. This is an excellent place to recuperate from your jetlag. Once you have checked in, the rest of the afternoon is free to spend as you wish.

Why not head into the city and visit one of the parks or gardens that have earnt Bangalore the nickname of 'The Garden City of India'. All this greenery gives the city a particularly charming and refreshing atmosphere. Bangalore doesn’t have a huge number of tourist attractions but that’s not necessarily a bad thing - you can just spend your time acclimatising to the tropical climate and recovering from your jet-lag.

Day
2
Bangalore

It's day two of your India trip and today you'll have an entire day at your disposal to go sightseeing through Bangalore. The city is modern and spacious and especially well known for its computer industry. At the heart of the city, you'll find wonderful parks where you can stroll around and start off your holiday in a relaxing atmosphere. Be sure to have a look at the red brick High Courts and the English-style Bangalore Palace, both remnants of the colonial times.

In the evening you can go out for dinner at one of the many restaurants in the city centre. Southern Indian cuisine is dominated by rice and coconut and food is usually served in small portions on a large banana leaf.

You'll spend another night in your comfortable guesthouse in the heart of Bangalore, before your holiday in South India continues tomorrow.

Day
3
Bangalore - Mysore

(Travel time approx. 3.5 hours)

Hopefully, you'll have seen enough of Bangalore by now, and you'll be ready to head further south to Mysore on the third day of your holiday in South India.

Along the way, you'll be able to enjoy the wonderful scenery and watch the streetside Indian hustle and bustle. Mysore is primarily known for its excellent silk but incense and sandalwood are also produced here, as well as the base ingredients for perfume.

However, above all this city is known as the City of Palaces. The wealthy Maharajas invested heavily in this city. In the evening you'll visit these palaces on a sightseeing tour, which will end with a visit to Chamundi Hill Temple. This temple is located at an altitude of 1,062 metres and offers a breathtaking view over the city, which is stunning at sunset. You'll spend the night in an elegant palace with green gardens, which was originally built for the princess of Mysore.

Day
4
Mudumalai National Park

(Travel time approx. 3 hours)

After breakfast, you'll leave Mysore and head to Mudumalai National Park, the next stop on your holiday in South India. Mudumalai is home to the largest population of elephants in India, but you'll also find deer, monkeys, bears and tigers here. The Moyar River, which runs through the park, is filled with otters and crocodiles. Mudumalai is located at the base of the Nilgiri Mountains and borders on the Bandipur, Nagarahole and Wayanad parks. These natural reserves are spread out over three states: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Together they form a 'Biosphere Reserve'. You won't be able to simply take a walk through this entire reserve - its size is approximately 3000 km².

On arrival in Mudumalai you'll drive to your hotel, where you'll stay in a comfortable cabin in lush, green surroundings. Almost every cabin looks out over the immense Nilgiri Mountains. At one time, the owner worked in a coffee and tea plantation, so he can tell you all about his experiences there. After a few hours of relaxation, a jeep will arrive at your hotel and you'll set off on a night-time safari, during which you'll have the opportunity to encounter elephants in the wild. Hopefully, you'll also be able to spot a tiger, although you shouldn't count on it because sightings tend to be pretty rare. You'll be driven in an open jeep, so that you can see as many animals as possible. Don't forget to bring along a pair of binoculars and a camera for this part of your India tour.

Day
5
Mudumalai National Park - Wayanad

(Travel time approx. 3 hours)

This morning you can wake up and enjoy a tasty breakfast before getting ready for the next leg of your holiday in South India. Your next stop will be Wayanad, which is nestled in the hills of the western Ghats, with peaks that reach over 2,000m.

This relatively undiscovered area offers some breathtaking views across the emerald rolling hills. You can enjoy the tropical landscape and watch the women in bright saris picking tea in the fields. You will see the men are standing on the roadside, ready to take the harvest into the factory.

You’ll be staying in a spacious stilted bungalow in a peaceful green valley, close to a lively village. The evenings here are pleasantly cool, a nice place to stop off on your way to the tropical south.

Day
6
Wayanad - Cochin

(Travel time approx. 2 hours by car, approx. 4 hours by train)

Today, you'll travel south to the coast of Kerala to the next town on your holiday in South India. You will first travel to Calicut where you will then board a day train to Cochin. On arrival into Cochin you will be picked up at the station by your driver.

Cochin (also known as Kochi), is an island town where you'll find many Portuguese and Dutch influences. From 1503 to 1663 the town was ruled by the Portuguese, and afterwards by the Dutch. Then, in 1814, the town was taken over by the British. Cochin is the largest city in the state of Kerala and it is an important harbour city for trade in gold, textiles and fish. At one time, many spices were also traded here. You'll spend the night in a colonial hotel located in the part of town referred to as Fort Cochin. This is a really quaint and atmosperic area, with Portuguese character and quirky cafes.

In the evening, we recommend visiting a Kathakali dance show. This is a typical type of dance originating from Kerala. Kathakali literally means 'acted out story' and it features dancers in heavy make-up, colourful clothing and traditonal music. There are no words used during these shows, only facial expressions, dance and exaggerated eye-movements are used to tell stories.

Day
7
Cochin - City Tour

After breakfast, your private car and driver will be waiting to show you around Cochin if you wish. In Cochin (or Kochi) you'll encounter both the Portuguese and Dutch maritime history. Cochin has also always had a large Jewish community, known for their quaint old antique stores.

During your sightseeing tour, you could visit the 'Dutch Palace', the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of the Jewish quarter and the Saint Francis church (the oldest European church in India). You can also take a look at the amazing Chinese fishing nets, brought to Cochin by Chinese traders, and still in use today.

Day
8
Cochin - Periyar National Park

(Travel time approx. 5 hours)

It's day eight of your holiday in South India and you'll be picked up by your driver from your houseboat after breakfast for the drive to Periyar Wildlife Park. Along the way,you'll be able to gaze on rural Kerala from the car. Just ask your driver if you want to stop and take photos or stretch your legs.

You'll spend the night in a cosy guesthouse accommodation run by an Indian family in the town of Thekkady. This town is located about 4km from the park. There are many other hotels and resorts around, so in the evening you can take a stroll down the main road and choose somewhere to eat.

Day
9
Periyar National Park

You'll get up early on day nine of your holiday in South India for a guided walking tour. If you're lucky, you'll spot many different kinds of animals here, including deer, otters, bison, monkeys and wild bears. However, Periyar is most famous for its wild elephants, which can be seen in large numbers throughout the park. The elephants wander around the riverbank and spend their time splashing around in the water, so you'll see them close up when your boat passes by.

In the afternoon you can use your time to visit some fascinating spice plantations, walk through coffee bushes, tea fields and pepper plantations. Or you can book an afternoon boat safari locally (subject to availability). On the way back to your hotel in Thekkady, you can stop off at a local market where you'll be able to try out the local spices. Just be careful of those chillies!

Day
10
Periyar - Alleppey - Keralan Houseboat

(Travel time approx. 3.5 hours)

On day ten of your holiday in South India you'll travel from Periyar to Alleppey, at the heart of the backwaters territory. This is one of the highlights of this India trip. Around noon you'll travel by traditonal houseboat through the backwaters. This is the ideal way in which to enjoy this waterway paradise in this region of Kerala. The canals are fringed with palm trees and everywhere you look you'll see people hard at work on the land. You'll often be greeted by happy, smiling, local people waving to you from the banks. You'll move along these waterways at a slow pace, which is a perfect way to relax and observe your surroundings and you may not want to leave!

You'll pass by various villages, small temples and a 400-year old church.This evening you'll spend the night on your boat moored on the banks of the romantic Vattakayal Lake.

Day
11
Keralan Houseboat - Kovalam

(Travel time approx. 3.5 hours)

This morning, you'll head to the coast, to a lovely beach resort near Kovalam. The drives in Kerala are quite long, but you won't be bored with all of the breathtaking tropical scenery around you. This is the most famous beach in Kerala and probably the most beautiful as well. The best thing about this area is that it hasn't become a mass tourism magnet, unlike some beaches in Goa. There are great restaurants on the beach, where you can enjoy fresh seafood whilst admiring the views.

Your resort is a few beaches away from Kovalam itself and located in a quiet area. This is the Nellikunnu beach, only 10 mins by auto-rickshaw or taxi from Kovalam's main beach. There is a traditional Ayurvedic Spa that offers all kinds of massages and alternative treatments. Your lovely cabin is decorated stylishly with large amounts of teak wood and the beach here is peaceful.

Day
12
Kovalam

You then have two days which are completely free of activities, so you can spend them as you wish. This is a great place for a swim, the water is pleasantly warm and deepens gradually. Alternatively, you can lie back in a hammock with a good book, or go shopping at one of the many stands on Kovalam beach where you'll also find delicious food.

However, you could also choose to go for a day trip to Kanyakumari, the southern-most point of India, or you could relax on the beach while watching the colourful fishing boats float around. Why not treat yourself to a traditional ayurvedic massage whilst you are here, the perfect end to a relaxing day.

Day
13
Kovalam
Day
14
Departure from Trivandrum

Sadly, your India trip must come to an end today, and you'll be transferred to Trivandrum airport to begin your journey home.

Of course, you could choose to spend a few extra days on the beach at your Nellikunnu resort. Just let us know that you would like to add some more beach time by putting it on your quote request form, and our travel specialists will include it in your personal Travel Plan.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrival in Bangalore

When you land in Bangalore on the first day of your India holiday, one of our local representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival halls, and will take you to your hotel which is situated in the heart of Bangalore.

Your hotel is a cosy family run guesthouse which is surrounded by a lovely garden. This is an excellent place to recuperate from your jetlag. Once you have checked in, the rest of the afternoon is free to spend as you wish.

Why not head into the city and visit one of the parks or gardens that have earnt Bangalore the nickname of 'The Garden City of India'. All this greenery gives the city a particularly charming and refreshing atmosphere. Bangalore doesn’t have a huge number of tourist attractions but that’s not necessarily a bad thing - you can just spend your time acclimatising to the tropical climate and recovering from your jet-lag.

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Day
2
Bangalore

It's day two of your India trip and today you'll have an entire day at your disposal to go sightseeing through Bangalore. The city is modern and spacious and especially well known for its computer industry. At the heart of the city, you'll find wonderful parks where you can stroll around and start off your holiday in a relaxing atmosphere. Be sure to have a look at the red brick High Courts and the English-style Bangalore Palace, both remnants of the colonial times.

In the evening you can go out for dinner at one of the many restaurants in the city centre. Southern Indian cuisine is dominated by rice and coconut and food is usually served in small portions on a large banana leaf.

You'll spend another night in your comfortable guesthouse in the heart of Bangalore, before your holiday in South India continues tomorrow.

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Day
3
Bangalore - Mysore

(Travel time approx. 3.5 hours)

Hopefully, you'll have seen enough of Bangalore by now, and you'll be ready to head further south to Mysore on the third day of your holiday in South India.

Along the way, you'll be able to enjoy the wonderful scenery and watch the streetside Indian hustle and bustle. Mysore is primarily known for its excellent silk but incense and sandalwood are also produced here, as well as the base ingredients for perfume.

However, above all this city is known as the City of Palaces. The wealthy Maharajas invested heavily in this city. In the evening you'll visit these palaces on a sightseeing tour, which will end with a visit to Chamundi Hill Temple. This temple is located at an altitude of 1,062 metres and offers a breathtaking view over the city, which is stunning at sunset. You'll spend the night in an elegant palace with green gardens, which was originally built for the princess of Mysore.

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Day
4
Mudumalai National Park

(Travel time approx. 3 hours)

After breakfast, you'll leave Mysore and head to Mudumalai National Park, the next stop on your holiday in South India. Mudumalai is home to the largest population of elephants in India, but you'll also find deer, monkeys, bears and tigers here. The Moyar River, which runs through the park, is filled with otters and crocodiles. Mudumalai is located at the base of the Nilgiri Mountains and borders on the Bandipur, Nagarahole and Wayanad parks. These natural reserves are spread out over three states: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Together they form a 'Biosphere Reserve'. You won't be able to simply take a walk through this entire reserve - its size is approximately 3000 km².

On arrival in Mudumalai you'll drive to your hotel, where you'll stay in a comfortable cabin in lush, green surroundings. Almost every cabin looks out over the immense Nilgiri Mountains. At one time, the owner worked in a coffee and tea plantation, so he can tell you all about his experiences there. After a few hours of relaxation, a jeep will arrive at your hotel and you'll set off on a night-time safari, during which you'll have the opportunity to encounter elephants in the wild. Hopefully, you'll also be able to spot a tiger, although you shouldn't count on it because sightings tend to be pretty rare. You'll be driven in an open jeep, so that you can see as many animals as possible. Don't forget to bring along a pair of binoculars and a camera for this part of your India tour.

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Day
5
Mudumalai National Park - Wayanad

(Travel time approx. 3 hours)

This morning you can wake up and enjoy a tasty breakfast before getting ready for the next leg of your holiday in South India. Your next stop will be Wayanad, which is nestled in the hills of the western Ghats, with peaks that reach over 2,000m.

This relatively undiscovered area offers some breathtaking views across the emerald rolling hills. You can enjoy the tropical landscape and watch the women in bright saris picking tea in the fields. You will see the men are standing on the roadside, ready to take the harvest into the factory.

You’ll be staying in a spacious stilted bungalow in a peaceful green valley, close to a lively village. The evenings here are pleasantly cool, a nice place to stop off on your way to the tropical south.

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Day
6
Wayanad - Cochin

(Travel time approx. 2 hours by car, approx. 4 hours by train)

Today, you'll travel south to the coast of Kerala to the next town on your holiday in South India. You will first travel to Calicut where you will then board a day train to Cochin. On arrival into Cochin you will be picked up at the station by your driver.

Cochin (also known as Kochi), is an island town where you'll find many Portuguese and Dutch influences. From 1503 to 1663 the town was ruled by the Portuguese, and afterwards by the Dutch. Then, in 1814, the town was taken over by the British. Cochin is the largest city in the state of Kerala and it is an important harbour city for trade in gold, textiles and fish. At one time, many spices were also traded here. You'll spend the night in a colonial hotel located in the part of town referred to as Fort Cochin. This is a really quaint and atmosperic area, with Portuguese character and quirky cafes.

In the evening, we recommend visiting a Kathakali dance show. This is a typical type of dance originating from Kerala. Kathakali literally means 'acted out story' and it features dancers in heavy make-up, colourful clothing and traditonal music. There are no words used during these shows, only facial expressions, dance and exaggerated eye-movements are used to tell stories.

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Day
7
Cochin - City Tour

After breakfast, your private car and driver will be waiting to show you around Cochin if you wish. In Cochin (or Kochi) you'll encounter both the Portuguese and Dutch maritime history. Cochin has also always had a large Jewish community, known for their quaint old antique stores.

During your sightseeing tour, you could visit the 'Dutch Palace', the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of the Jewish quarter and the Saint Francis church (the oldest European church in India). You can also take a look at the amazing Chinese fishing nets, brought to Cochin by Chinese traders, and still in use today.

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Day
8
Cochin - Periyar National Park

(Travel time approx. 5 hours)

It's day eight of your holiday in South India and you'll be picked up by your driver from your houseboat after breakfast for the drive to Periyar Wildlife Park. Along the way,you'll be able to gaze on rural Kerala from the car. Just ask your driver if you want to stop and take photos or stretch your legs.

You'll spend the night in a cosy guesthouse accommodation run by an Indian family in the town of Thekkady. This town is located about 4km from the park. There are many other hotels and resorts around, so in the evening you can take a stroll down the main road and choose somewhere to eat.

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Day
9
Periyar National Park

You'll get up early on day nine of your holiday in South India for a guided walking tour. If you're lucky, you'll spot many different kinds of animals here, including deer, otters, bison, monkeys and wild bears. However, Periyar is most famous for its wild elephants, which can be seen in large numbers throughout the park. The elephants wander around the riverbank and spend their time splashing around in the water, so you'll see them close up when your boat passes by.

In the afternoon you can use your time to visit some fascinating spice plantations, walk through coffee bushes, tea fields and pepper plantations. Or you can book an afternoon boat safari locally (subject to availability). On the way back to your hotel in Thekkady, you can stop off at a local market where you'll be able to try out the local spices. Just be careful of those chillies!

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Day
10
Periyar - Alleppey - Keralan Houseboat

(Travel time approx. 3.5 hours)

On day ten of your holiday in South India you'll travel from Periyar to Alleppey, at the heart of the backwaters territory. This is one of the highlights of this India trip. Around noon you'll travel by traditonal houseboat through the backwaters. This is the ideal way in which to enjoy this waterway paradise in this region of Kerala. The canals are fringed with palm trees and everywhere you look you'll see people hard at work on the land. You'll often be greeted by happy, smiling, local people waving to you from the banks. You'll move along these waterways at a slow pace, which is a perfect way to relax and observe your surroundings and you may not want to leave!

You'll pass by various villages, small temples and a 400-year old church.This evening you'll spend the night on your boat moored on the banks of the romantic Vattakayal Lake.

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Day
11
Keralan Houseboat - Kovalam

(Travel time approx. 3.5 hours)

This morning, you'll head to the coast, to a lovely beach resort near Kovalam. The drives in Kerala are quite long, but you won't be bored with all of the breathtaking tropical scenery around you. This is the most famous beach in Kerala and probably the most beautiful as well. The best thing about this area is that it hasn't become a mass tourism magnet, unlike some beaches in Goa. There are great restaurants on the beach, where you can enjoy fresh seafood whilst admiring the views.

Your resort is a few beaches away from Kovalam itself and located in a quiet area. This is the Nellikunnu beach, only 10 mins by auto-rickshaw or taxi from Kovalam's main beach. There is a traditional Ayurvedic Spa that offers all kinds of massages and alternative treatments. Your lovely cabin is decorated stylishly with large amounts of teak wood and the beach here is peaceful.

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Day
12
Kovalam

You then have two days which are completely free of activities, so you can spend them as you wish. This is a great place for a swim, the water is pleasantly warm and deepens gradually. Alternatively, you can lie back in a hammock with a good book, or go shopping at one of the many stands on Kovalam beach where you'll also find delicious food.

However, you could also choose to go for a day trip to Kanyakumari, the southern-most point of India, or you could relax on the beach while watching the colourful fishing boats float around. Why not treat yourself to a traditional ayurvedic massage whilst you are here, the perfect end to a relaxing day.

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Day
13
Kovalam
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Day
14
Departure from Trivandrum

Sadly, your India trip must come to an end today, and you'll be transferred to Trivandrum airport to begin your journey home.

Of course, you could choose to spend a few extra days on the beach at your Nellikunnu resort. Just let us know that you would like to add some more beach time by putting it on your quote request form, and our travel specialists will include it in your personal Travel Plan.

Inclusions

Accommodation with breakfast.
Transport and Tours as described.

Exclusions

International flight.
Local Entrance Fees.

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