Unforgettable Bangalore Tour from Kerala (IOYO-58)

(17 Days ) BANGALORE - MYSORE - WAYANAD - OOTY - TRICHY - CHETTINAD - MADURAI - COCHIN - ALLEPPEY - KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM

Day 01 :- Bangalore
Arrive Bangalore and transfer to hotel. Overnight Bangalore.

Day 02 :- Bangalore Mysore
Morning city tour. In this Garden City - visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub- tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja's Palace & Government Buildings. Later drive to Mysore. Overnight Mysore.

Day 03 :- Mysore
Morning visit Srirangapatam. Srirangapatnam is 16 kms from Mysore. This fort was the stronghold of Tippu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali. Tippu made a last minute ditch against the British in 1799 before surrendering his kingdom. Among the many fort buildings still intact, are Tippu's airy summer palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (garden). Here,is also the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple. Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades ands culptures which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Overnight Mysore.

Day 04 :- Mysore Wayanad
Morning drive to Wayanad. Wayanad, is a green paradise and is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats. This land is filled with history and culture. The dale Lakkidi, nestled among the hills of Vythiri taluk, has the highest average rainfall in Kerala. The misty environs of Wayanad offer a wide range of trekking opportunities, plantation visits and wildlife tours. Kalpetta, 15 km away used to be a major Jain centre. Lakkidi, its gateway town, is popular for its plantation homestays. Tipu Sultan, the legendary ruler of Mysore who valiantly opposed the British, built a fort at Sultan Bathery 10 km away, in the 18th century. Overnight Wayanad.

Day 05 :- Wayanad
Morning trek to Edakal Caves and in the afternoon visit Muthanga National Park by jeep. Overnight Wayanad.

Day 06 :- Wayanad Ooty
Drive to Ooty. Ooty known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and is situated in the Nilgiris - "Blue Mountains". Ooty was a popular summer getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. Overnight Ooty.

Day 07 :- Ooty Trichy
Morning drive to Trichy. Overnight Trichy.

Day 08 :- Trichy Chettinad
Morning city tour. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Later drive to Chettinad. Overnight Chettinad.

Day 09 :- Chettinad
Chettinad is the ancestral home of the Nattukottai Chettiyars, a prosperous banking community successful in the oversea business markets in South and Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are a total of 76 villages and Karaikudi is the largest one. Chettinad is famous for its houses for its unique, spicy, and very tasty cuisine. Overnight Chettinad.

Day10 :- Chettinad Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai. Afternoon visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Overnight Madurai.

Day 11:- Madurai Cochin
Drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin

Day 12 :- Cochin
Morning city tour. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Overnight Cochin.

Day 13 :- Cochin Alleppey
Drive to Alleppey Embark an houseboat. The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts. Night on board.

Day 14 :- Alleppey Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam. Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. The surf here is ideal for surf-riding and the water invites the visit to ride the -Catamaran- or log, with the fisherman, or to take a cool swim. Nearby is the Beach Centre of aquatic sports. At the Yoga and Health Centre, Yoga classes and transcendental meditation are held. Ayurvedic oil massages and oil bath are given by experts. Overnight Kovalam.

Day 15 :- Kovalam
Day at leisure. Overnight Kovalam.

Day 16 :- Kovalam
Day at leisure. Overnight Kovalam.

Day 17 :- Kovalam Trivanduram Departure
Transfer to Trivandrum airport
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