Day 01 ARRIVAL BANGALORE - HASSAN
Meting and assistance on arrival at Bangalore airport and transfer to the hotel at Hassan en route visiting the Jain temple at Sravanabelgola situated on top of a hill. Five hundred steps cut out of rock lead to the summit and the colossal statue of Lord Gomateswara. It is nearly eighteen hundred years old. Continue your drive to Hassan. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 HASSAN - MYSORE
Morning after breakfast excursion to the Chenna Kesava Temple of Belur built 900 years ago and the 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples at Halebid. Afternoon departure by surface to Mysore (approx 115 Kms/4hrs). Upon arrival checks in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 MYSORE
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting the Palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. Visit the Art Gallery , drive up to Chamundi Hill to see the Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore . On your way back, see the Nandi Bull. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 MYSORE- COORG
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Coorg. upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 COORG
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Coorg. Coorg is a region of scattered villages and hamlets, with a few townships standing out. Postcard-pretty with their red tiled cottages and purple flowering shrubs. Coorg has a few temples that are worth visiting. The Bagamandala Temple at the confluence of the Cauvery-Sujyothi Rivers is built in the multi-roofed Kerala style. The Omkareshwara Temple , dedicated to Shiva, is almost 200 years old and is a surprising blend of Islamic and Gothic styles. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06 COORG - CALICUT
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Calicut (approx. 170 kms). Upon arrival check-in at Kadavu Resorts. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 07 CALICUT
Morning sightseeing tour of Calicut . Visit Kappad - the place where Vasco da Gama set foot for the first time when he came to India on May 27, 1498 . There is a small stone monument at the beach to commemorate that event. Museum is located on the East Hill. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 08 CALICUT - CHERUTHURUTHY
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Cheruthuruthy Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit to Kerala Kala Madalam, a place revered for its patronage of traditional art forms of Kerala. This temple of art has preserved and propagated Kathakali - the classical dance-drama of Kerala - for the past 78 years. Many of the internationally renowned artistes of Kerala and India have been trained here. The Kalamandalam and its surroundings reflect the simple, pure and ethnic atmosphere in which these arts have survived for centuries. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09 IN CHERUTHURUTHY (Celebration of Kalpathi Ratholsavam)
Morning after breakfast head to Kalpathi 40 Kms/1hr. Full day celebration of Kalpathi Ratholsavam ( chariot festival) at the Sree Viswanatha Swamy temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 CHERUTHURUTHY - ALLEPY - HOUSE BOAT
Morning depart by surface to Alleppey and upon arrival board House Boat to Kumrakom and cruise on the enchanting backwaters, engulfed by a lush-green landmass lying below sea level, known as kuttanad. Kuttanad is known as the rice-bowl of Kerala for its paddy fields. Overnight on board the house-boat.
Day 11 HOUSE BOAT-KUMARAKOM
Kumarakom is an idyllic floating Island situated on Vembanad Lake . The island provides a spectacular view of the adjoining bird sanctuary with a large collection of resident and migratory birds. Backwater boat cruises, Ayurvedic massages in traditional form (practiced since ancient times in Kerala) and swimming are the attractions of this heavenly place. Special arrangements for leisure-fishing can also be made. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 12 IN KUMARAKOM
Early morning optional visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. After breakfast, visit the Churches and nearby village. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 13 KUMARAKOM-PERIYAR
Morning after breakfast, drive to Periyar (120kms/03 hrs) and on arrival check in at a jungle resort. Late afternoon boat ride on lake Periyar to watch the wild life. Evening visit to Kumily Spice Market to see and buy spices. Overnight in Periyar.
Day 14 PERIYAR-COCHIN
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface to Cochin (5 hrs approx.) and upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin . Cochin is a city with an eventful history. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the English all had established themselves here at one time or the other. Prominent attractions are the Jewish synagogue, santa cruz church( built in 16 th century by the Dutch ), cochin fort (built-1503 by the Dutch ), Bolgatty Palace built by Dutch in 1744 and the St. Francis church ( built-1510 AD by the Dutch ) where Vasco de Gamma was buried ( later his remains were taken to Portugal, but his tombstone is still there at the St. Francis church which is the oldest church in India built by Europeans ) Evening witness a Kathakali Dance Drama. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 COCHIN-DEPARTURE
Morning after breakfast departure transfer to the Cochin airport to board flight back home with sweet memories of your holiday with Indian Festival Tours .