Southern India Discovery

18 Days
Bangalore to Kochi
From (GBP)
£ 6,545
£ 6,145
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Bangalore > Kochi

Tour Map
Tour Code:
DNSD
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Bangalore
Return City:
Kochi

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly to Bangalore from a choice of UK airports with selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Bangalore

    Be welcomed to South India and your hotel in Bangalore for the next two nights.

  3. Day 3 - Bangalore

    Explore Bangalore visiting the Botanical Gardens, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and the Bull Temple, and drive past the Government Secretariat, Legislature Building and Cubbon. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Grover Zampa vineyards to learn about the art of winemaking.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Bangalore > Bekal

    Fly to Mangalore and travel to Bekal, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the sea during your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Bekal

    During your morning’s exploration visit Madhur Temple, Malik Deenar Mosque and Bekal Fort. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the resort’s facilities at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bekal > Coorg

    Leave for Coorg and a two night Special Stay, staying in a Lily Pool Villa with your own private pool. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of a working coffee and spice plantation before tonight’s cultural show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Coorg

    This morning drive to a Kodava village to interact with the locals and appreciate their age-old culture and traditional houses. 

    Enrich

    After learning about their culture, enjoy a delicious home cooked Kodava lunch with the villagers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Coorg > Bylekuppe > Kabini

    Drive to Kabini, the base for exploring Nagharhole National Park and your two night Special Stay. En route visit Bylekuppe Monastery, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. 

    Sundowners

    Gather around the infinity pool with its views of the Kabini River for refreshing drinks and canapés. 

    Tonight, watch a troupe of Kuruba tribal dancers or a documentary about the local wildlife.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Kabini

    Rise early for a game drive around the park. Afterwards visit a nearby Kuruba tribe village with a naturalist, who will talk about local agriculture. Later this afternoon keep your eyes out while on a boat safari along the Kabini River. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Kabini > Mysore

    Travel to Mysore, known for its royal heritage and colonial buildings, before checking into your hotel in Mysore for two nights. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church.
    Then return to Mysore Palace to view the weekly illumination of approximately 97,000 lightbulbs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Mysore

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a morning walk through Devaraja Market or learn about the hand-painted Indian card game called Ganjifa. 

    This afternoon drive to Srirangapatna Fortress, the former capital of the Tipu Sultan.

    Enrich

    Enjoy dinner with a local family in Mysore related to the former royal family. The host has converted most of the rooms of her home into a colourful local school for children.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Mysore > Bangalore > Kochi

    Drive to Somnathpur, then continue to Bangalore for your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival check into your beautiful colonial-era hotel for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Kochi

    Head down to the harbour and watch the local fishermen expertly handling the Chinese fishing nets. Discover the different colonial influences during your tour of Fort Kochi, then visit Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town and the Synagogue. In the evening, witness a traditional Kathakali performance, a highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Kochi

    Freechoice

    Visit a local market and learn the secrets of South Indian cooking or enjoy a ‘Me Time’ yoga workshop. Alternatively, visit Kumbalanghi Village to experience traditional village life and activities.

    Freechoice Dining

    Dine at Pepper, an all-day diner, or try Rice Boat, a specialty seafood restaurant. Otherwise, try Dolphins Point barbeque and grill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Kochi > Kumarakom

    After a relaxing morning, travel into the Kerala Backwaters to Kumarakom and your hotel for the next two nights.

    Alternatively, take the opportunity to spend your first night in Kumarakom on board a houseboat, a converted traditional rice barge known as Kettuvallam, and cruise through the lakes and Backwaters past small villages to witness the local life. Included at no extra cost but must be pre-booked. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Kumarakom

    Freechoice

    Visit Philip Kutty’s Farm and enjoy a Keralan cooking class and lunch or unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage before lunch at the resort. 

    Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Kumarakom > Kochi > UK

    Take away wonderful memories of your Indian adventures with you as your journey concludes with your transfer to Kochi airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

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