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India Classic - Kerala and Karnataka

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This tour is perfect for those looking to discover the marvels of southern India. Travelling through Kerala and Karnataka see stunning scenery at tea plantations, enjoy a Kathakali dance show and experience the beauty of national parks, as well as visiting India’s first eco-tourism village. For three weeks let the spices, sights and peoples of India overwhelm your senses!

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to India!

Your adventure begins here…

·          Arrive at Cochin International Airport in Kochi.

·         Transfer to your hotel and relax for the evening. 

Visited:
Kochi
Accomodation
Fort House (Kochi)

Day 2: Discover Cochin

Get used to your surroundings…·         Explore the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church.·         Discover Fort Kochi, a small village near the city.·         Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance. 

Visited:
Kochi
Accomodation
Fort House (Kochi)

Day 3: Getting to Know Munnar

Climb to a famous hill station…

·         Walk through lush tea and coffee plantations.

·         Visit the Tea Factory and Museum.

·         Try some tea at a tasting session. 

Visited:
Kochi Munnar
Accomodation
Night at Deshadan Mountain Resort (Munnar)

Day 4: Trekking in Munnar

Keep an eye out for goat tracks…

·         Take a half-day trek to Letchmi Hills.

·         Visit Eravikulam National Park and Reserve.

·         Learn about Nilgiri Tahr, a local endangered mountain goat.

Visited:
Munnar
Accomodation
Night at Deshadan Mountain Resort (Munnar)

Day 5: Periyar: Nature in its Rawest Form

Unspoiled tropical forests and incredible wildlife…

·         Transfer to Periyar and head to your hotel.

·         Walk through the spice plantation.

·         Learn about the history and property of Indian spices. 

Accomodation
Abad Green Forest (Periyār Lake)

Day 6: Periyar National Park

Look out for a family of elephants…

·         Take a boat safari in Periyar National Park.

·         Hike through forests and marshy grasslands.

·         Look out for elephant, boar, deer and butterflies. 

Visited:
Periyār Lake
Accomodation
Abad Green Forest (Periyār Lake)

Day 7: On the Water in Kumarakom

Float through palm fringed lagoons…

·         Board a floating houseboat for a tour of the canals.

·         See a local cooking demonstration of Keralan food.

·         Watch the beautiful sunset over the canals and lakes. 

Visited:
Periyār Lake Kumarakom
Accomodation
Night in Abad Whispering Palms (Kumarakom)

Day 8: Hop on a Houseboat in Lake ​Vembanad

Spend the day cruising across Lake Vembanad...

·         Board a traditional houseboat on the lake.

·         Tour the Alleppey backwaters, past manmade islands.

·         Taste traditional tea and nibbles for lunch. 

Visited:
Kumarakom
Accomodation
Night in Abad Whispering Palms (Kumarakom)

Day 9: Kick Back at the Beach in Marari

Welcome to the cleanest beach in India…

·         Learn about traditional coir making.

·         Chill out on the coconut fringed beach.

·         Meet the locals in the nearby village. 

Visited:
Kumarakom Mararikulam
Accomodation
Night at Abad Turtle Beach (Mararikulam)

Day 10: To the Beach!

One day at the beach just isn’t enough…

·         Set up a game of beach volleyball.

·         Take a dig in the warm sea waters.

·         Sunbathe or enjoy a picnic on the sands. 

Visited:
Mararikulam
Accomodation
Night at Abad Turtle Beach (Mararikulam)

Day 11: Kumbalanghi Village

Explore the unique traditions of Southern India…

·         Visit Kumbalanghi village, a tourist fishing village.

·         Witness traditional activities like crab farming or leaf weaving.

·         Watch the traditional Chinese fishing nets at work. 

Visited:
Mararikulam Kochi
Accomodation
Fort House (Kochi)

Day 12: Kozhikode Beach

A city with a diverse edge…

·         Travel to Calicut, also known as Kozhikode.

·         See pristine beaches, spice gardens and stunning views.

·         Visit local bustling bazaars and do some shopping. 

Visited:
Kochi Kozhikode
Accomodation
Night at The Gateway hotel (Kozhikode)

Day 13: ​Cameras Out at Calicut Beach

Coconut palms against an evening sky…

·         Take a sightseeing tour of a shipbuilding yard at Beypore.

·         See the day’s catch at Calicut Beach’s fishing harbour.

·         Get snaps of the sunset from the peace of the beach. 

Visited:
Kozhikode
Accomodation
Night at The Gateway hotel (Kozhikode)

Day 14: Walk on the Wild Side in Wayanad

Verdant forests, intimate valleys and exposed ridges…

·         Travel to Wayanad deep in the Western Ghats mountains.

·         Learn about the production of tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom.

·         Keep an eye out for abundant nature. 

Accomodation
Night at The Woods Resorts (Wayanad)

Day 15: Animals, Caves and Lakes

Muthanda Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves and Pookode Lake…

·         Enjoy a packed day of sightseeing with caves, museums and wildlife.

·         Enter Edakkal Caves, early example of human settlement in the area.

·         Look out over Pookode Lake, surrounded by thick woods. 

Visited:
Wayanad district
Accomodation
Night at The Woods Resorts (Wayanad)

Day 16: Spa and Serenity in Wayanad

Relax at the resort…

·         Chill out for a day of well-earned rest.

·         Get some spa therapy to truly relax. 

Visited:
Wayanad district
Accomodation
Night at The Woods Resorts (Wayanad)

Day 17: Mysore Historical Overview

On to your next destination…

·         Travel to Mysore, capital of Karnataka.

·         Learn about the 10-day Dussehra Festival. 

Accomodation
Hôtel Regaalis (Mysore)

Day 18: Exploring Mysore Palace

The bold red domes of Mysore Palace…

·         Visit Mysore Palace, one of India’s most visited locations.

·         Climb the Chamundi Hills outside the city.

·         Spot by the market, temples and an art gallery. 

Visited:
Mysore
Accomodation
Hôtel Regaalis (Mysore)

Day 19: The Legendary Silicone Valley of India

Into India’s answer to Silicone Valley…

·         Travel to Bangalore, a multi-cultural melting pot.

·         See parks, cinemas, bazaars and historical monuments.

·         Spend an evening at your leisure. 

Visited:
Mysore Bangalore
Accomodation
Night at The Pride Hotel (Bangalore)

Day 20: Temple Tours in Bangalore

Ancient meets modern in Bangalore…

·         Tour the palaces, parks and gardens of Bangalore.

·         See Bull Temple, built in honour of Nandi the Bull.

·         Push through crowded markets to the peace of Lal Bagh gardens.  

Visited:
Bangalore
Accomodation
Night at The Pride Hotel (Bangalore)

Day 21: Flying Home 

Time to head home…

·         Transfer to Bangalore International Airport.

·         Spend some free time in the city depending on schedules.

·         Head home and come back soon!

Visited:
Bangalore

Kochi Munnar Periyār Lake Kumarakom Mararikulam Kozhikode Wayanad district Mysore Bangalore

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,400 / 21 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax 4 Pax
Price per person in Low season £1,310 £1,120
Price per person in High season £1,360 £1,170

Included in price:

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels as per the itinerary in double or twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis
  • Arrival or departure transfers as per the itinerary using AC Transports depending on the number of people traveling together
  • All drives and sightseeing as per the itinerary using AC Transports depending on the number of people traveling together
  • Assistance on arrival and departure transfers
  • All applicable government taxes

Not included in price:

  • Any international airfare and airport tax
  • Services of local guides for sightseeing and excursions
  • Any personal, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses like table drinks, mineral water, tips, phone calls etc
  • Personal clothing including sleeping bags etc
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums, national parks or activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other item not specified under cost includes

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