13 Days |
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Blessed with blooming rivers, languid backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, lush greenery, and beautiful ancient temples with exquisite architectural style, Karnataka and Kerala are the two jewels of South India, which together make up a perfect holiday package.
When Kerala backwater tour is combined with the sightseeing tour of Karnataka, one gets an opportunity to appreciate the famous tourist spots of both the states in one go. The Kerala and Karnataka Tour Package will allow you to visit awe-inspiring backwaters as well as relish the splendid heritage of the region amidst the soothing calmness in Kerala. Moreover, tourists will also acknowledge the edifices that the bygone rulers built centuries ago.
Karnataka Kerala Temple Tour will let you pay a visit to several well-known temples. These temples boast of the finest architecture and inlaid artwork. The tour also takes you on an exciting journey during which you will be able to savor mouth-watering delicacies, buy spectacular art and crafts, and join in the colorful festivals. Furthermore, you get to acknowledge the culture and traditions of South India.
During the 13-day tour, tourists will be visiting various tourist spots in south Indian states of Kerala and Karnataka. Some of the most popular ones are Bangalore, Mysore, Alappuzha, and Kochi. During the tour, all your needs and wants will be taken care of. You will get the best of everything, including accommodation, transport, food, guide, etc. In all, the tour will let you create memories for a lifetime and it will surely be a unique experience for you and your dear ones.
On day 1, you will arrive in Bangalore, once familiar as "Pensioner's Paradise", and the "Garden City of India". Later you will be transferred to Mysore by road after taking a tour of Bangalore. The cosmopolitan essence of the city tempts travelers from all over the world. Here, you will visit Lal bagh- a hub of tropical plants. This 100 years old Botanical garden was started by Hyder Ali and was later finished by his son, Tipu Sultan. If you love to explore the color of nature, it would be the must visit place for you. Next, you will be driven to Bangalore Palace. Built by King Chamaraja Wadiyar, in the year 1887; this palace represents the elegant splendor of the most enduring dynasty. If time permits, you will visit the Governmental buildings. Spend the night in Mysore.
Highlights: Bengaluru - Visit the Lal Bagh, Maharaja's Palace, Temples, etc.
Today morning, the city tour will take you to Mysore palace, a magnificent edifice that can be considered as a breathtaking example of Indo - Saracenic style of architecture. To witness something extra, visit the art gallery. Situated in Chamundi hill, Chamundeshwari Temple is a must-visit place here. You will go to the hill to get a 3600 view of the Mysore city. On your way back, you will have a glance at the Nandi bull. During the afternoon, you will visit Krishnarajasagar dam and the Brindavan Gardens. If you love silk, buy the famous "Mysore silk" from here. Overnight is in Mysore.
Highlights: Mysore - Visit the Mysore palace, art gallery, Chamundi hill, Nandi bull, etc.
Today, you will be driven from Mysore to Nagarhole. During the evening, you will enjoy a game drive inside the park. Also familiar as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this park is located in two districts of Karnataka, named Kodagu and Mysore. A combination of two Kannada words ‘Nagara’ means ‘Cobra’ and ‘Hole’ means ‘River’, Nagarhole its name completely as this place is the home to different reptiles like crocodile, common wolf snake, common vine snake, rat snake, Russell's viper, bamboo pit viper, python, krait, and many more. Along with seeing several animals, reptiles and birds, you will also find valleys, hills, streams, waterfalls and huge forest here. This forest is also familiar for Harpegnathos saltator, a species of ants that can jump up to a meter height. During monsoons as well as the mating season, the park is closed for visitors. Spend the night here.
You will spend the morning and the evening to view wildlife in the sanctuary, the highest density of herbivores in Asia. The wild life that you find here are leopards, tigers, wild dogs, sloth bears, jackals, hyena, wild boar, elephants, chital sambar barking deer, gaur (Indian bison), mouse deer, four-horned antelopes, porcupine, hare, mongoose, Indian giant flying squirrel, red giant flying squirrel, palm civet, and many more. Out of more than 250 birds spotted here, some are white-backed vulture, greater grey headed fish eagle, red headed vulture, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, greater spotted eagle, parakeet, grey hornbill, the white cheeked barbet, white bellied treepie, Indian scimitar babbler Malabar whistling thrush, Indian robin, painted bush quail Sirkeer malkhoa, and Indian peafowl. Moreover, it is home to Jenu Kuruba as well as Koraga tribes. Overnight is in Nagarhole.
Highlights: Wildlife watching.
On day 5, our Kerala and Karnataka Tours Packages will take you to Suthan Bathery, a town that takes its name from the Bathery Jain Temple. Spend the rest of the time at leisure. Earlier familiar as Sultan's Battery, Sulthan Bathery gets its name from Tipu Sultan of Mysore who used the Jain temple as his battery. The largest town of Wayanad district, Sulthan Battery is at a height of 930 meters above sea level. The pleasant climate as well as beautiful hills across the horizon, it attracts people from all over the world who want to unwind their body and mind. Ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe as well as later by the Pazhassi Raja of Kottayam, it is a good location. When Tipu Sultan used the temple as his battery, the name Ganapathi Vattam was changed to Sulthan Bathery. Overnight is in Sulthan Bathery.
Spend the full-day to explore this small town. This place is familiar for tribes like Kurumas, Paniyas, Kadans, Ooralis, as well as Kattunaikkans. The important places of interest to visit here are Ganapati temple, Jain temple, Bathery Jumma Masjid and many more. While the Jain temple was used as an ammunition store, Bathery Jumma Masjid is familiar for its huge space as it can accommodate near about 1000 worshippers. The beauty of the Ganapati temple will mesmerize you. People come to the Mariyamman Temple, mainly in February or March to witness and experience the annual festival. If you are a trekker, you can reach the nearby Edakkal Caves, popular for the Stone Age pictorial writings on their walls. You can also reach Thovarimala Ezhuthupara, famous for the same. Spend the night here.
Highlights: Tour of Sulthan Bathery.
On day 7, you will be driven to Thalassery. Formerly familiar as Tellicherry, it is a commercial town and the largest populated municipality of North Malabar. The close proximity to the French military base in Mahe brings a title the "Paris of Kerala" to the city. In order to establish their center in Cannanore, the Portuguese were the first to enter this region and after that the Dutch followed them. As the top cardamom and Tellicherry pepper was grown in the provinces, it was an important trading center of spice for the Europeans. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight is in Tellicherry.
On day 8, you will spend the entire day to explore the historical town as well as the nearby places. Being the cultural hub of Malabar, it draws tourists all over the year. Moreover, a combination of beautiful coastline, rivers, hills, as well as canal tempts the nature lovers. During the reign of British, river Mahe was familiar as the English Channel because it separated Thalassery from the French controlled Mahe. The Chatayam celebrations take place on the birth anniversary of Shri Narayana Guru, and the people decorated their houses with lights and many other things. If you want to satiate your taste buds with Malabar cuisine, you should relish the dishes. The places of interest that you will visit include Muzhappilangad Beach, Sree Andaloor Kavu, Odathil Palli, Sree Jagannath Temple, as well as the Garden Mosque. Spend the night here.
Highlights: Tour of Thalassery.
Today morning, you will be driven from Kozhikode rail-station to board a Kochi bound train by road. After arriving in Kochi, you will be taken to Alappuzha. Popular for houseboat and rustic Kerala backwater, Alappuzha is a picturesque town. Formerly, known as Alleppey and now, called the Venice of the East, the city is crisscrossed with canals and offers you beaches, backwaters, and lagoons. To carry an unforgettable experience, book a cruise in the backwaters. If you want to witness the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that helds on the Punnamada Lake, you need to come here on the second Saturday of August. The lush green coconut palms and the continues paddy fields bring the title the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’ to Kuttanad. It is one of the top known places in the world where rice is cultivated below the sea level. The most crucial commodity manufactured in Alappuzha is Coir. Overnight is in Alappuzha.
On day 10, you will spend at leisure in Alappuzha, a home to vast network of waterways. This magnificent city along with abundant canals meandering through the town is a chief destination for tourists who are visiting Kerala. The backwaters linked the large lakes with canals and rivers. Board a houseboat and experience the charm of staying in the boat that is acquainted as kettuvallam. Used to ferry the grain, the boats are like floating cottages along with thatched roof that offers protection from the rain and sun. Moreover, you will get toilets, a sleeping area, and a sit out area, a dining area and many more on the deck. The staff members prepare mouthwatering foods. Spend the night in the houseboat.
Highlights: Overnight in a Houseboat.
On day 11 too, you will explore the beautiful city of Alappuzha. The places where you will visit here are Mannarasala Temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Krishnapuram Palace, and many more. Dating back to 790 AD, and built by Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran, the Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is a wonderful thing to witness. With more than 300,000 images of snakes, the ancient Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple attracts the devotes of god Nagaraja. And the most beautiful among them is 1200 years old Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple. Here the goddess appears in a different way in the different time of the day- as Maha Saraswati in the morning, as Maha Lakshmi at noon, as well as Sri Durga or Bhadrakali in the evening. Built by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varm in the 18th century, the Krishnapuram Palace houses a museum. Overnight is in Alappuzha.
Highlights: Overnight in a Houseboat.
Today morning, you will be transferred to Kochi, previously known as Cochin. Called the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’, this has remained the popular center in all over the world for the trade of spices. Derives from the Malayalam term “Kochazhi” that means a small lagoon, this city was placed in the world map by Vasco-de-Gama. Enriched with the impressions of Arabs, Portuguese, British, and Dutch; Kochi is most probably the second most important city on the west coast of India. If you are an ardent lover of dance, Kathakali dance show will awestruck you.
During your afternoon city tour, you will be driven to some of the popular spots along with the ancient Portuguese churches, the magnificent temples and mosques as well as the Jewish synagogue. Kerala is also familiar for Chinese style fishing nets. The 10m long nets consists of a cantilever and an outstretched net that is suspended on the sea and the whole installation process six fishermen. If you could manage time, you can visit places like Kochi Fort, Marine Drive, Hill Palace, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Cherai Beach, Kochi International Marina, and many more. Spend the night here.
Highlights: Kochi - Visi the Portuguese churches, mosques, temples and a Jewish synagogue.
On day 13, you will be driven to Kochi airport to connect to your return flight. End of your South India tour.