Bangalore / Mysore / Ooty / Cochin
Southern India, offers a fascinating blend of
ancient traditions, spectacular temple architecture and distinctive art and
dance forms. Markedly different from the north in terms of climate and culture,
the exotic south has a wealth of attractions. Our 8 days tour starts from the
‘Garden city’, Bangalore and includes visit to Mysore, known for its stunning
palace, the old British hill station of ‘Ooty’. The journey ends with a stay in
the picturesque port city of Cochin.
Detailed Day Wise Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive Bangalore
You arrive on your own to Bangalore where you will be booked to stay for one night. In the afternoon take a tour of Bangalore which will include a visit to the 240-acre Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, built by Haider Ali in 1760, and stocked in part by Tipu Sultan’s ambassadors from all over the world.
Day 02 Bangalore – Mysore (140 kms. / approx. 4 hours drive)
Today you will be driven to Mysore where you will stay for two nights. Enroute to Mysore you will visit the spectacular island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. Also see Tipu’s beautifully painted summer palace and Gumbaz the family mausoleum.
Day 03 In Mysore
This morning you will visit the sprawling Maharaja’s Palace with its outstanding treasures and ivory inlaid doors. The interior is also lavishly decorated with stained glass, mirrors, pillars, paintings and jewels. Later you will drive outside the city to Chamundi Hill and the huge Nandi Bull statue.
Day 04 Mysore – Ooty (158 kms. / approx. 5 hours drive)
Drive through the Nilgiri Hills to the old British hill station of Ooty where you will stay for 2 nights. The rest of the afternoon will be free.
Day 05In Ooty
This morning you will tour Ooty, also known as the ‘Queen of Hills’. The afternoon is free for you to explore Ooty on your own. You have the option of boating on the Ooty Lake, horse riding or visiting a tea plantation.
Day 06 Ooty – Cochin (280 kms. / approx. 6 hours drive)
A long drive will take you to Cochin, known as the ‘Venice of the East’ where you will stay for two nights.
Day 07 In Cochin
This morning you will visit the sights of Fort Cochin and see the huge Chinese fishing nets - the ancient way of catching fish. The afternoon is free for you to relax in your hotel or visit the market. In the evening, you will have an option of visiting one of the local theatre to witness Kerala’s most riotous dances, Kathakali.
Day 08 Depart Cochin
Your tour ends in Cochin from where you depart for your onward destination.