Travel 2 Touring 18/19

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Bangalore

Hassan

1

1

Mysore

2

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Ooty

2

1

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

Periyar

1

Kochi (Cochin)

2

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Alleppey

1

1 INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover the intricately carved temples at Belur and Halebid • Visit the palaces and museums of Mysore, the ‘Garden City’ • Explore the mountain scenery and tea estates of Ooty • Kochi’s eclectic multiculturalism • The wildlife and spice plantations of Periyar • Relax on a house boat on Kerala’s Backwaters LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £1059pp

11 day Discover Karnataka & Kerala Bangalore • Hassan • Mysore • Ooty • Kochi • Periyar • Kerala Backwaters`

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Superior: Royal Orchid Central; Deluxe: JW Marriott Day 2: Bangalore - Hassan Enjoy a city tour of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Visit the Bull Temple, then continue to Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre. Drive through Commercial Street past the magnificent Neo- Dravidian, Vidhana Soudha, the government secretariat. Time and interest permitting, visit the Lal Bagh gardens. In the afternoon, drive to Hassan, en route visit Shravanabelagola, a prominent centre for Jain art, architecture, religion and culture. (B) Superior: Hoysala Village; Deluxe: Taj Chikmangalore Day 3: Hassan - Mysore After breakfast, drive to Mysore, en route visit Belur and Halebid. Belur is situated on the banks of river Yagachi, and was the old capital of the Hoysalas. The town is renowned for its Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship. Halebid Temple is another great example of temple architecture. Continue on to Mysore the ‘Garden City’. (B) Standard: JP Fortune; Superior: Radisson Blu (2 nights) Day 4: Mysore After breakfast, take a city tour of Mysore. Visit the Maharaja’s Palace, a synthesis of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Continue to Chamundi Hill named after the royal family’s patron goddess and the site of summer palaces, an ancient temple and the 16-foot Nandi (Siva’s bull). The view from the hill offers a beautiful panorama of Mysore, also visit Amba Vilas Palace and Sri Chamarajendra Art museum. (B) Day 5: Mysore - Ooty After breakfast, depart for Ooty the leading hill resort of South India, situated in the heart of Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), at a height of 2,287m, it lies on a plateau and looks like a vast park with a climate similar to summer in England. (B) Superior: Accord Highland; Deluxe: Taj Savoy (2 nights)

Day 6: Ooty Enjoy a full-day tour of Ooty visiting the terraced Botanical Gardens, a famous Ooty landmark; Ooty Lake, stretching in an irregular ‘L’ shape for about 2.75 kms in length. Continue on to the rose garden with beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. Then visit Dobata Peak, standing at an altitude of 2,623 metres – the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. (B) Day 7: Ooty - Kochi Drive to Kochi, commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of the state’s cities, set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsula, Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. (B) Superior: Holiday Inn; Deluxe: Taj Malabar (2 nights) Day 8: Kochi Take a sightseeing tour of Kochi, visit St. Francis Church, the oldest church in India. Later visit the Chinese fishing nets, lining the entrance to the harbour mouth. In the evening visit the Cochin Culture Centre to witness a Kathakali Dance Performance by local artists. (B) Day 9: Kochi - Periyar After breakfast, drive to Periyar, also known as Thekkady, located about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district. The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. In the afternoon, visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy a boat ride on the lake or alternatively visit a spice plantation followed by a Kalaripayattu Martial Art Show. (B) Superior: Mountain Courtyard; Deluxe: Spice Village Day 10: Periyar - Kerala Backwaters After breakfast, transfer to Allepey to board a traditional rice barge for an overnight cruise of Kerala’s Backwaters. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful backwaters in a Kettuvalom (house boat), converted to beautiful dwellings, with fully furnished bedrooms en suite bathrooms, sundeck, open lounge, kitchenette and a crew comprising of a chef, guide and oarsmen. (BLD) Superior & Deluxe: House Boat Day 11: Depart Kerala Backwaters After breakfast, disembark & transfer to Kochi airport for your onward flight. Alternatively transfer to Marari Beach to extend your stay, please call for further info. (B)

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

TOUR DETAILS

£1059 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner • All transfers by private vehicle • Services of an English-speaking local guide during sightseeing • Entrance fee to monuments, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes • Tickets to witness Kathkali dance in Cochin • Boat ride in Periyar to view wild life • All presently applicable taxes

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 5 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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