Travel South India to discover a tropical land that will take your breath away. This tranquil sojourn will take you through coffee plantations, spice markets and palaces! Rest your head in unusual places, such as in treehouses and on houseboats.

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Itinerary Summary

Day Place Highlights Hotel Options
1 - 2 Bangalore The Bull Temple, Bangalore Palace, Vishwesharaiya Museum The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore, Taj West End
2 - 4 Mysore Maharajahas Palace, Chamundi Hills, Vrindavan gardens, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Royal Orchid Metropole
4 - 6 Nagarhole Jungle Safaris, Elephants, Bisons, Relaxation, Village Visits The Serai Kabini
6 - 8 Wayanad Plantations, Nature Trails, Jungle Walks, Trekking, Treehouses Grassroots, Vythiri Resort
8 - 10 Cochin Fort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church Eighth Bastion, Tea Bungalow
10 - 12 Alleppey Backwater, Relaxation, Local Culture, Temple Visits, Houseboat A Beach Symphony, Marari Beach Resort
12 - 13 Alleppey Houseboat Backwater, Relaxation, Houseboat, Paddy Fields, Village Life Xandari Riverscapes
13 - 13 Cochin Fort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church

Ideal For

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
  • Wildlife

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Bangalore

1 Day

Bengaluru, India’s answer to Silicon Valley, was ranked third in 2012 amongst the list of world’s top ten cities to visit by Lonely Planet! Formerly a ‘pensioners paradise’, the bustling city sits high above sea-level, and is blessed with pleasant weather all year round.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Bangalore
Experience historic landmarks amidst the cosmopolitan chic. Venture to 16th century blackened Dodda Ganeshana Gudi (Bull Temple) dedicated to the sacred bull Nandi. Venture to the imposing Vidhana Soudha, a Neo-Dravidian building that houses the seat of state legislature. Tour Bangalore Palace, still owned and inhabited by the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. Visit Bangalore’s British colonial gardens – Lal Bagh, which includes a Victorian glasshouse replica of London’s original Crystal Palace, and Cubbon Park. Explore Tipu Sultan’s Fort and Palace, and the Government Museum, one of the oldest museums in India and home to many artifacts from the Neolithic period.

Hotel Options

The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore – Opt 1
Room Standard Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Taj West End – Opt 2
Room Luxury Grand
Meals Breakfast
Style Resort
Day 2 - 4

Drive from Bangalore to Mysore via Srirangapatna (150 km, 3.5 hrs)

Mysore

2 Days

Mysore provides you with an opportunity to step back in time into a world of regal opulence, and is often described as the City of Palaces.

Included Activities

Day Trip to Tippu Sultan’s Srirangapatna
Discover Tipu Sultan’s historic city! En route to Mysore, embark on a tour of Srirangapatna, which was once the historic capital of a powerful empire and dates back to around 9th century The island fortress town offers plenty of attractions for history buffs, from temples and mosques, to palaces and cenotaphs (tombs). Explore the exquisite three-layered stone wall of the fort with its bastions and gates, which protected the rulers from many an invasion and is still an emblem of a glorious bygone era. Stop by the banks of Cauvery River and witness stunning views of the natural landscape.

Highlights of Mysore
Return to the regal era at Mysore! Visit the Maharajah’s Palace which artistically blends Indo-Saracenic style with foreign elements such as Scottish steel and Victorian-Edwardian era furniture. Every Sunday, visitors gather to to see the palace brightly lit up. Drive up to the Chamundi Hills to be blessed alongside hundreds of jubilant pilgrims at the Chamundeshwari Temple. On your way back, visit Sri Nandi Temple to be blessed by Hindu God Lord Shiva’s faithful gatekeeper Nandi, the decorated bull. Guide your steps towards the Famous Jagmohan Palace where exquisite artwork awaits you at the Raja Ravi Verma Gallery. Tour the scenic Brindavan Gardens which is built alongside a dam on the Kaveri River. There is also opportunity to meet master weavers at a silk factory close at hand. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Mysore Palace is only light up at night on Sundays; Please bring socks as footwear is not permitted inside temples)

Hotel Options

Royal Orchid Metropole – Opt 1
Room Royal Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Mysore to Nagarhole (90 km, 2.5 hrs)

Nagarhole

2 Days

Nagahole National Park calls you into the wild! A haven for nature lovers, the park starts within the foothills of the Western Ghats, and heads into low undulating hills through to stretches of wild grass.

Included Activities

Safari in Nagarhole (The Serai Kabini)
Go on the trail of the tiger! Nagarhole National Park, located in the Kodagu district of Mysore, is a sprawling never-never land that is positively teeming with wildlife! Almost 300 species of birds, gaur, Indian bison, spotted deer, sambar, langur, fierce wild dogs, and a variety of big cats call Nagarhole home, which you can have fun spotting during your wildlife safari. You might see several hordes of grand Asiatic elephants ambling around. The crowning glory of Nagarhole? Its population of majestic and mysterious tigers! If you are lucky, with the help of your expert naturalist, you might witness one of these delightful creatures in their natural habitat during your morning and afternoon safaris. Kindly note that these safaris are arranged using a canter..

Hotel Options

The Serai Kabini – Opt 1
Room Waterfront Verandahs
Meals Full Board plus Activities
Style Resort
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Nagarhole to Wayanad / Vythiri (90 km, 2 hrs)

Wayanad

2 Days

Wayanad is your natural mountainous paradise where you can experience an earthy hospitality.

Hotel Options

Grassroots – Opt 1
Room Tent
Meals Breakfast
Style Lodge
Vythiri Resort – Opt 2
Room Vythiri Haven
Meals Full Board
Style Resort
Day 8 - 10

Drive from Wayanad / Vythiri to Cochin (310 km, 7 hrs)

Cochin

2 Days

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Included Activities

Highlights of Cochin
Kochi is an engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Mattancherry, where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery. Indulge your senses browsing traditional spice and antique markets. Encounter the fascinating 400 year old, fully-functioning Pardesi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the original grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church, before his remains were returned to Portugal. Discover Hill Palace, the state’s largest archaeological museum, which is located in the regal and artistic suburbs of Tripunithura. Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance, or the captivating display of Kalaripayattu, a 3,000 year old martial art form.

Hotel Options

Eighth Bastion – Opt 1
Room Standard Room
Meals Breakfast
Style Boutique
Tea Bungalow – Opt 2
Room Bungalow Heritage Deluxe
Meals Breakfast
Style Boutique
Day 10 - 12

Drive from Cochin to Alleppey / Kumarakom (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Alleppey

2 Days

Alleppey was once dubbed the Venice of the East by the visiting former Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon.

Included Activities

Complimentary Activities at Marari Beach Resort
When staying at Marari Beach Resort you can begin your blissful day with a wonderful optional open air yoga class, and by enjoying a delicious and leisurely breakfast. Observe and learn about the varied and beautiful species of butterflies at the on-site Butterfly Garden, or take an environmental tour of the property and witness the biogas and sewage plant, and solar energy systems. Venture to the Kitchen Garden to see where the fresh, native ingredients for your meals are grown, and feast on a Keralan culinary demonstration by the chef in the Farm Kitchen. Visit the Ayurveda Center for some pampering. You can also enjoy an escorted stroll through nearby villages, or learn how to attire yourself in a fun hands-on traditional Indian sari/dhoti demonstration.

Hotel Options

A Beach Symphony – Opt 1
Room Cottage
Meals Breakfast
Style Beach Resort
Marari Beach Resort – Opt 2
Room Garden Villa
Meals Breakfast
Style Beach Resort
Day 12 - 13

Alleppey Houseboat

1 Day

Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.

Included Activities

Overnight Houseboat Experience
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvellam, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden planks. This unique and exotic barge experience provides all the comforts of a hotel, with furnished bedrooms, a modern shower and toilet room, a living area and a shaded balcony for relaxing on as you enjoy uninterrupted views of rural Kerala. There is also a kitchen where the boat’s crew will rustle you up deliciously fresh meals and snacks, served traditionally on banana leaves. The skipper (captain), might moor up and take you to visit a backwater village, where you can meet local people and observe ancestral homes and places of worship. After a relaxing day, drop anchor and rest your head to the gentle sounds of the swishing lake waters.​

Hotel Options

Xandari Riverscapes – Opt 1
Room Xandari Riverscapes-One Bedroom
Meals Full Board
Style Houseboat
Day 13 - 13

Transfer from Alleppey to Cochin airport

Cochin

0 Days

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,015 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 3,190 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 12 nights.
  • All activities as listed :
    • Bangalore: City Highlights of Bangalore
    • Mysore: City Highlights of Srirangapatna
    • Mysore: City Highlights of Mysore
    • Nagarhole: Safari-The Serai Kabini
    • Cochin: City Highlights of Cochin
    • Alleppey: Complimentary Activities at Marari Beach Resort
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
  • All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.

What our guests say about this trip

The people from Enchanting Travels provide superb service…they had thought of everything we needed and more! We would never have found the destinations and guides without their expertise, and they found us services/lodging that are not in the usual guidebooks.

We especially appreciated the high level of care and personalized service they gave us on our first trip to India.

Thank you!

– Diana & Jay
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Southern Wildlife and Spices

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