North Kerala and Karnataka
Trip Code: AITNKK
AU$3,940 per person twin share
AU$5,640 for a single room for one person
Prices are valid until 30 September 2016, excluding the Christmas / New Year period, February and certain festival dates.
Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and current prices.
The price includes:
• Twin share accommodation in the mentioned hotels
• Air conditioned vehicle transport
• Breakfast and dinner in all places
• Lunch on board the Houseboat
• English speaking guides in Cochin and Mysore
• Harbour cruise and Kathakali Dance in Cochin
• Visit to Kerala Kalamandalam School of Performing Arts with lunch
• Heritage tour of Alleppey
• Jeep safari at Tholpetty sanctuary
• Entrance fees at all monuments and sightseeing places
• Mineral water on the coach
• Tips and porterage
• All taxes
• Lunches other than those specified
• Camera fees
• Drinks, laundry and other items of a personal nature
Cochin – Arches
Kumarakom – Whispering Palms
Trichur – River Retreat
Calicut – Kappad Beach Resort
Wyanad – Banasura (cottages)
Mysore – Green Hotel – rooms in the garden
For the visitor the South is a visual feast, with natural beauty wrestling with the brilliance of human creation for your attention.
Awe-inspiring temples, vast rice fields, mesmerising historical ruins, combined with delicious food cooked by the most hospitable people you are likely to find anywhere in the world – you won’t want to leave.
Winding north from Kerala to Karnataka, this gently paced tour of tropical India is a perfect add on to a north India tour, allowing you to appreciate the drier landscapes of the north followed by the lush, green forests and fields of rice in the south. As a stand-alone trip we suggest adding a few more stops and/or longer stays in each place.
Day 1 Cochin
Arrive Cochin where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the historic area of Fort Kochi. Influenced over the centuries by the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British, this vibrant city’s strategic trading importance was underlined by its sobriquet ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’.
Day 2 Cochin
Morning sightseeing tour of historic Fort Kochi including the Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace, ‘Jewtown’ and Synagogue; in the afternoon enjoy a private harbour cruise before seeing a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
If you have already spent time in Cochin as part of our Tamil Nadu and Kerala tour, an alternative sightseeing program will be offered, including a cooking class and meal with one of our local friends. [Image: Nimmy Paul].
Day 3 Kumarakom
After breakfast drive 2 hours to Alleppey, stopping en route to visit a coir (coconut fibre) factory.
Afterwards continue on to Alleppey jetty, where you board a houseboat. Start the cruise through the canals and lagoons around Alleppey before crossing Vembanad Lake, with traditional Kerala style lunch prepared by our crew.
Disembark in the afternoon and transfer to backwater accommodation.
Day 4 Kumarakom
There is something about the Kerala backwaters that makes you want to relax; today is a free day to sit by the pool, enjoy a walk in the local area, have a massage and generally just take things easy.
Day 5 Trichur
After breakfast we drive 4 hours north to Trichur. Trichur is the cultural capital of Kerala, with schools keeping the strong tradition of performing arts in Kerala alive.
In the afternoon relax by the hotel pool or enjoy a drink at the river side restaurant at our hotel. [Image: Thoreaulyazy].
Day 6 Calicut
In the morning, visit the Kerala Kalamandalam School of Performing Arts, where we enjoy a traditional lunch.
In the afternoon drive 3 hours to Calicut with a stop en route at a wooden ship building yard. Remainder of the afternoon free to relax by the beach at our resort in Calicut. [Image: Araylipdas].
Day 7 Calicut
Today there are a range of possible activities: Visit Kerala’s oldest spice bazaar, where first the Chinese, and then the Arabs and Europeans came to trade for the legendary spices of Malabar. Visit the beach where the first European to visit India, Vasco de Gama, landed in 1498 — a picturesque beach perfect for a swim or for viewing the sunset over the Arabian Sea.
Other options include Ayurvedic massage or a cooking demonstration.
Day 8 Wayanad
After breakfast drive 3 hours to Wayanad and check into your hotel. The hilly Wayanad region of north Kerala is covered by moist forest, rice paddy and coffee plantations.
In the afternoon visit Pookot Lake and walk through the surrounding areas or remain at the hotel to enjoy the beautiful rainforest setting.
Day 9 Wayanad
Make an early start in time for a morning visit to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, where there is a good – but not guaranteed! – chance of seeing elephants, deer and possibly sloth bears.
Afterwards, walk up to Edakkal Cave where there are prehistoric cave drawings. Afternoon free.
Day 10 Mysore
After breakfast, drive 4 hours to Mysore. A laid back town with wide tree-lined avenues, Mysore is the former capital of the region, and was one of the first cities in the world to be electrified. In the afternoon, head into the centre of town for a casual stroll and cup of chai. [Image: Letmeseeit].
Day 11 Mysore
Full day tour of Mysore including the fantastically kitsch Maharajah’s Palace, a photographer’s paradise at the Devarajah fruit and flower market, giant monolithic Nandi Temple on the Chamundeshwari Hill and a visit to a Silk weaving factory.
(Some will be lucky enough to be in Mysore on a Sunday when the 97,000 lights of the palace are switched on!)
Day 12 Bangalore
Afternoon departure for 3 hour drive to Bangalore, en route visiting Sri Rangapatanam, the garden palace of Tipu Sultan. On arrival in Bangalore, transfer to the airport for your flight home or to onward city for the next leg of your India trip.
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