During a visit to Rajasthan a year ago we fall in love with India! We couldnÆt wait to come back. The South of India is totally different than the north, but we enjoyed it so much! Highlights of our tour were staying at a Coffee Plantation, meeting the villagers in Kabini, the CitySafari in Cochin and the backwatercruise. WeÆll be back soon! Arwin and Annette Bothá û The Netherlands
Day 1:áArrive Bangalore
A warm welcome awaits you when you arrive at Bengaluru National Airport. Transfer to The Leela Palace Hotel.
Day 2: Bangalore
Today we take it easy. After a late breakfast (served in your room if you wish) you can take a stroll in the Lal Bagh Gardens, dating back to circa 1760. After the walk we will drive out of town for lunch at a restaurant/gallery/boutique. There is no menu, but donÆt worry the food will be great and the place is a true oasis! Taking it easy also means a visit to the Spa to get pampered! So in the afternoon you can enjoy a stress relieving back- and neck massage at the Spa in your hotel. In the evening attend the session of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, once a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a New Age Guru (optional). Overnight at Hotel The Leela. Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 3: Bangalore
Another day in Bangalore. A full day to experience our Bangalore City Safari on a private car. Our City Safari will show you the main sights of the city, but we will also take you to the different places that just a few tourists visit. We will take a break during lunchtime to enjoy a fresh sandwich at a rooftop terrace. If you would like to do some window-shopping as well, we will visit some of the popular stores in town at the end of the day. Overnight at The Leela Hotel. If you like to go out in the evening, the Park HotelÆs I-Bar is the place to be! Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 4:áBangalore û Chikmaglur (245 kms / 5 hrs)
After an early breakfast we will leave to Chikmagalur, the birthplace of the Hoysala Dynasty and of the Indian Coffee! ChikmagalurÆs hill stations, rivers, waterfalls, ancient temples and wildlife sanctuaries are truly worth a visit. Your hotel lies at one of the most beautiful coffee estates of this town. Each cottage is an eclectic combination of classic and contemporary design and the private pool is very refreshing. Enjoy lunch at your resort. In the afternoon you will make a plantation walk with a guide, telling you all about coffee. After the walk enjoy a cup of coffee in the gardens (can the hotel give our clients a little coffee-gift?) The rest of the afternoon is free to relax at your private pool or have a Spa treatment at the Oma Spa. In the evening dinner is served at the resort. Overnight at The Serai Chikmagalur. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.
Day 5: Chikmaglur
After breakfast drive to Kabini, a wildlife haven in the Kadu Kuruba Tribe Heartland. Bordered on two sides by the Kabini River, Orange County Kabini is a unique resort built in traditional tribal village style with palm thatched lodges. Providing wildlife and jungle adventures, an Ayurvedic Spa, an infinity pool and the resortÆs stunning position close to Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks translates into outstanding wildlife experiences. After arrival enjoy lunch at Honey Comb, The Restaurant. The afternoon is filled with adventure. You will be taken on a Boat Safari on the Kabini River. The boat reaches the area where the river itself separates the Nagarhole National Park from the Bandipur National Park. You will also visit a Tribal Village where you can have a cup of tea with the villagers and learn about their unique culture and lifestyle. Before dinner a æMeet & GreetÆ will be arranged with the Orange County KabiniÆs resident elephant, Meenakshi! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.
Day 6: Chikmaglur û Bangalore (245 kms / 5 hrs)
Wake up early for a Jeep Safari into The Nagarhole National Park, where you have a chance to see Muntjak, Chital, Sambar, Four-hourned Antelope, Gaur, Wild Pig, the Asian Elephant, Common Langur and the Bonnet Macaque. But Nagarhole also has a large number of Tigers, Wild Dogs and Leopards and around 300 species of birds have been recorded in the area. The Resort provides jobs to the people who live in the area of the park which converts them to become partners to protect the park. A good example of Responsible Tourism! Breakfast is served after the Safari. Then check out for your transfer to Bangalore. In Bangalore again you stay at The Leela Palace Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 7: Bangalore û Cochin (By Flight)
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Cochin. After arrival transfer to The Brunton Boatyard, a boutique hotel with a lot of history and an impressive Art collection. The rest of the day is free. Overnight at The Brunton Boatyard Hotel. Breakfast & Dinner included.
Day 8: Cochin
After breakfast put on your most comfortable shoes for our CitySafari, because we are going to walk quite a lot today. We will bring you to the highlights of the city, but we also visit places not included in the regular tours. For lunch you are invited in the house of an Indian family for a Keralan dish. Overnight at The Brunton Boatyard Hotel. Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 9: Cochin û Kumarkom (80 Kms / 2 Hrs)
Transfer to Kumarakom where you go on board in your own houseboat The Discovery. Originally these boats were created to transport rice and spices from one village to another and finally to the port from which the precious cargo was shipped to the Arab countries and Europe. They currently are erect the most important and interesting Keralan tourist attractions! At night, once your houseboat is anchored in the waters, dine under a starlit sky with the sound of crickets in the background. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.
Day 10: Kumarkom û Kovalam ( 175 Kms / 4 hrs)
After breakfast, transfer to Kovalam, a beach village close to Trivandrum. In Kovalam, you stay at the The Club at The Leela Hotel Kovalam. The Club is a hotel within a hotel and offers many exclusive delights to its guests. Guests enjoy services like in-mom entertainment, a minibar, a writing desk overlooking the sea, airport transfers and High Tea in the lounge, to mention a few services. The Club at The Leela Kovalam is the perfect luxury place to stay in Kovalam. Breakfast & High Tea included.
Day 11-13: Kovalam
Enjoy sun, sea and sand in Kovalam. Take a walk along the beach, finally finish your book, enjoy the pool, book a Spa treatmentàor just do nothing at all! It is the perfect place to unwind. But if you canÆt get enough of exploring India, we do have some nice suggestions (optional). One of them is a Temple Tour to Kanyakumari, where the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean converge. Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views and the Devi Temple. Enroute you visit the Sri Sthanumalaya Temple as well, which is a popular Pelgrim Centre. Or visit Trivandrum for some shopping combined with a good lunch. Start at the colourful Connemara Market and visit Sankers Coffee and Tea for some fresh Nilgiri Tea, Coffee and nuts to bring home. For a simple but authentic lunch we recommend Kalavara Family Restaurant with good and fresh Keralan fish at the menu. Or go to the modern Caramel, the deli of the Vivanta by Taj, for a healthy sandwich. Overnight at The Club at The Leela Hotel Kovalam. Breakfast included.
Day 14: Kovalam û Trivandrum (16 Kms / 30 Minutes) Trivandrum û Bangalore (By Flight) û Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangalore. After arrival transfer to your hotel, The Leela Palace Hotel. In the afternoon you can choose to stay at your hotel or you can go for shopping to buy some last souvenirs. End of tour. Breakfast included.
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