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Spices and tea plantations are one of the most essential and popular features of our country's Southern landscape. Known for producing some of the finest tea leaves of the world, the Spice and Tea Plantation Tour of India would give you an excellent insight into the extraordinary world of teas and spices.
Having evolved to be the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is today, the third largest and also, one of the most livable cities in the whole country. The city is loved for its excellent weather, serene parks and lakes peppered all over the city.
The hill town of Chikmagalur is one of the most beautiful places in Karnataka for a refreshing and calm retreat. The town is featured by lush green mountains, breathtaking trekking trails, cascading waterfalls, and ancient temples. If escaping into nature is something you love, then there is no better place than the verdant hills of Chikmaglur.
Mysore is one of the most colorful destinations in the country. Famously known as The City of Palaces, it is brimming with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, elaborate architecture, famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood.
The very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds a charm like no other. Ooty was treated as the summer headquarters of the British East India Company during their rule on India. Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu, which serves as a highly popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a tranquil place to rejuvenate and unwind at. Nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills, Ooty enjoys an excellent climate all year round.The idyllic hill stations Munnar is famous for its tea estates, lush greenery, and rugged peaks. It is located in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Munnar serves as the commercial center for some of the world's most prominent tea estates. Besides, Munnar has several protected areas, which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
Periyar is a refreshing destination, and it is a must visit place when in Kerala. This sterling abode is blessed with nature's utmost beauty and agreeable greenery all around. This picturesque hill station holds excellent opportunity for travellers to sightsee amazing attractions and some recommended places to visit in Periyar are Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary where you can indulge in bird watching, take an exhilarating jungle safari through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
The city of Cochin flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was once the center of the world spice trade for centuries. Come enjoy India at its best in this trip of Spice and tea plantation tour of India.
Upon arrival, you will be escorted from the airport to the hotel where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast. In the afternoon, after getting fresh, you can start with a local sightseeing tour of the city. Bangalore is popularly known as the city of Gardens. It is also the Silicon Valley of India apart from being the principal administrative, commercial and industrial hub of Karnataka. You can start your tour by visiting, the Lalbagh Gardens, Cubban Park and Museum, The Govt. Museum, Cariappa Memorial Park, Visvesvaraya Industrial, and Technological Museum, and Tippu's Palace. Come back to hotel for a comfortable stay. Overnight at hotel in Bangalore.
Post, breakfast you will be driven to Chikmagalur. Explore plantations and get to try out the sample for yourself. Once done, return to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner and overnight stay. Overnight at hotel in Chikmagalur.
Post breakfast, start your journey to Mysore. Mysore is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka and is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills. After having a filling breakfast, you can proceed to visit St. Philomena's church, which is an imposing Gothic structure with beautiful stained glass windows and lofty towers. You can also visit the world famous Brindavan Garden, Chamarajendra Art Gallery, Mysore Zoo Gardens, St. Philomena's Church, Maharaja's Palace, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, Bylakuppa. Later, explore over 100 years old Devaraja market, which is so vibrant and is a feast for all your senses. Come back to your hotel to enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight at hotel in Mysore.
Post breakfast, start your drive for your hotel in Ooty. Explore the tea gardens of Ooty along with the tea factory and tea museum. Return to the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel in Ooty.
Post breakfast, early in the morning, take the train to the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. It is a splendid scenic ride through the mountains, past gurgling waterfalls, steep gorges and a maze of tunnels in the hillside, until you finally come around 7200 feet above sea level, to this pretty little colonial town of Ooty. It is a small summer town that offers an insight into classical Indian life. Later you are driven to Munnar. Explore the tea and spice plantations of Munnar. Munnar is home to one of the most important spice plantations in Kerala. Once done, head back to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Munnar.
After breakfast, take the lovely and picturesque drive to Periyar. Explore the rich spice gardens at Periyar. Walk around and learn about the spices, which are sourced from this garden. Later take a peaceful boat ride on Lake Periyar and enjoy the wildlife. Announced as the Periyar National Park in 1982, it is a standout amongst the most celebrated wildlife life destination of South India. Return back to the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel in Periyar.
After breakfast drive to Cochin. Kochi is considered to be the social and cultural capital of the Kerala which has always been a draw for globe-trotters for centuries like that of Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese and British. Enjoy your sightseeing of Kochi that includes Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Jewish Synagogue, and Chinese fishing nets. Later explore the beautiful spice market of Kochi. Return back to the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel in Kochi.
This morning, post breakfast, pack your bags and start your journey to the airport to catch a flight for your onward destination.
The Spice and Tea Plantation Tour of India is one of the best ways to explore the richness and beauty, which is involved in the spice and tea gardens of South India. The sheer magnitude along with the quality of the products makes a lot more sense when you get a deep insight into the work and process, which goes into it.
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