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The Silk & Spice Trail India Tour Package

Duration:
13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered:
Bangalore - Mysore - Nagarhole - Wayanad - Kozhikode - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin
Accommodation:
Modern / Heritage / Palace hotels.
Best time to visit:
October to June
Day 01: Arrive Bangalore

Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Bangalore airport and transfer to hotel.

Bangalore, now renamed Bengaluru is known as the Garden city. In 2009, it has been inducted into the Global Cities and ranked as "Beta World City" alongside cities such as Geneva, Copenhagen, Boston and Berlin. Bangalore is today known as the Silicon city of India because of its position as Leader in IT exports. Once the centre of the British rule, it is a growing metropolis today and a major economic and cultural hub. It is truly a combination of Old world charm and the hustle and bustle of Modern city.


Day 02: Bangalore - Mysore

Morning city sightseeing of Bangalore with your private guide and chauffeur driven car Visiting Vidhan Sauda, Lal Baghand the museum.

After noon drive 3 hrs to Mysore, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyar Rulers and later by Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. Mysore, also known as the city of palaces is a popular tourist destination which attracts visitors from across the globe. It is also famous for arts and handicrafts along with the sandalwood and silk sarees. Dussehra, a Hindu festival is celebrated with great zeal over a period of 10 days here.


Day 03: Mysore

After breakfast excursion to Ranganathethu Bird Sanctuary. A boat tour will be organised of the bird sanctuary.

Afternoon city sightseeing of Mysore Visit The Maharaja Palace, Chamundi Hills, St Philemona Church and the other palaces.

Evening free time to explore the markets full of arts and handicrafts and mingle with the lovely and friendly people from the city.


Day 04: Mysore - Nagarhole

After breakfast today you will drive 3 hrs to the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as "Rajiv Gandhi National Park" was the hunting ground of the former rulers of Mysore. Today the national park, spread across an area of 643 sq kms is protecting the wildlife in the state of Karnataka. The park, which is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, has a healthy abundance wildlife which consists of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bear, bison and different species of deer and large population of elephants. It is considered the best national park viewing wild elephants in India.

On arrival check into your lodge. Afternoon game viewing in the national park with your naturalist by jeep. Evening enjoy the views of the Kabini river from your room.


Day 05: Nagarhole

Early in the morning after a hot cup of tea proceed for game viewing by boat.

If you are lucky enough, you can view marsh crocodile sun bathing on the banks of the river.

Afternoon jungle excursion by jeep with your naturalist.


Day 06: Nagarhole - Wayanad

Morning game viewing in the national park by jeep with your naturalist.

Later after breakfast drive 3 hrs to Wayanad. On arrival check into your Resort.

Wayanad is a green paradise, located in the Western Ghats. The land, clean, pristine and enchanting is filled with the history, arts and culture. Wayanad is full of plantations, forests and wildlife. It also forms the vast land mass for the movement of wildlife. It is strategically located, as most of the tourist centres of the region are located around it.

Evening free for independent activities or nature walk in the surrounding areas.


Day 07: Wayanad

After breakfast visit to Edakkal caves will be organised.

Edakkal, they are considered to be of great importance in the history of the region. It is believed that the caves were formed by the arrows shot by the sons of Rama, legendary hero of the epic, Ramayana.

Afternoon visit coffee and rubber plantations.



Day 08: Wayanad - Kozhikode

After breakfast explore city on your own or one can relax at hotel.

Afternoon drive 2 hrs to Kozhikode.

Kozhikode, the most important region of Malabar in yester years, was the capital of the powerful Zamorins and also a prominent trade and commerce centre. It was here at Kappad that Vasco Da Gama landed in his search for the spices of the Orient. Today the serene beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make this a popular tourist destination filled with a warm ambiance.


Day 09: Kozhikode - Kumarakom

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom, in the backwaters of beautiful Kerala.

Spend the evening at leisure or enjoy a soul soothing Ayurvedic massage at the resort.

Kumarakom is a cluster of Islands on the Vembanad Lake in backwaters of Kerala. Famous novel "The God of small things" written Arundhati Roy is set in the Aymanam village, adjoining Kumarakom.


Day 10: Kumarakom

Day free to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the backwater resort.

(Optional: One can choose to visit the bird sanctuary

Or
Enjoy a refreshing Ayurvedic massageat the spa. This is a perfect place to relax and unwind.)



Day 11: Kumarakom - Alleppey (overnight houseboat)

After breakfast at the resort, check out and board your Kettuvallum house boat that will cruise whole day through the lakes and lagoons, canals and the rivers.

Meals will be served on board in the houseboat under the open sky. Houseboat will have air conditioned accommodation and experienced crew to look after you.


Day 12: Alleppey - Cochin

After breakfast check out of the houseboat and drive 1 hr to Cochin.

On arrival check into your hotel.

Cochin or Kochi is a major tourist centre today and attracts people from across the globe. The Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese architecture, Bolgatty Palace in Kochi, rich the heritage of Kerala.

Spend the evening at leisure.


Day 13: Cochin

After breakfast proceed for city sightseeing of Cochin. Visit the Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace and the Portuguese.

The local English speaking guide along with your private car will be with you throughout the day.

Evening visit a nearby theatre to see a show of Kathakali, the traditional dance form of Kerala.



Day 14: Departure from Cochin

Transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.



Duration:
13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered:
Bangalore - Mysore - Nagarhole - Wayanad - Kozhikode - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin
Accommodation:
Modern / Heritage / Palace hotels.
Best time to visit:
October to June
The tour explores some of the most interesting and beautiful destinations of the region including the backwaters of Kerala. Mysore with its all the unique arts, culture and its rich heritage. Wayanad is the paradise of natural beauty for trekking and adventurous, Nagarhole has abundance of wildlife for enthusiasts and nature lovers. Kumarakom is the heavenly abode in the backwaters with Cochin giving you the glimpses of the past rules and invasions and once the main trading centre of spices. A night's stay on the houseboat, cruising in the backwaters will be the highlight of the tour. Savour some the finest cuisines of the region as you move along. Accommodation will be provided in best lodges, home stays and hotels at

each destination.



Tour Highlights:
  • Explore global city of Bangalore also known as silicon city of India.
  • Explore Mysore "City of Palaces" famous for arts and handicrafts along with the sandalwood and silk sarees.
  • Visit to Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, once the hunting ground of former rulers of Mysore.
  • Enjoy soul soothing Ayurveda massage at the resort.
  • Experience one night stay at Kettuvallum houseboat, Alleppey.


Dates Tour Price Per Person
01 Oct 15 to 31 March 2016 USD 2990 Euro 2190 GBP 1690
01 April to 30 Sept 2016 USD 2590 Euro 1990 GBP 1590


*Prices are per person on twin sharing basis for minimum 2 persons traveling.
Above price are not valid from:

20 Dec to 05 Jan 16 - Please contact us for travel during this period as hotels have some restrictions.

18 to 22 April 2016 - Please contact us for travel during this period as hotels have some restrictions



HOTELS ENVISAGED FOR THE TOUR
City Hotels No of nights
Bangalore The Oberoi 1 Night
Mysore The Metropole 2 Nights
Nagarhole Kabini River Lodge 2 Nights
Wayanad Tranquil Resort 2 Nights
Kozhikode The Gateway Hotel 1 Night
Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon 1 Night
Alleppey Premium Houseboat 1 Night
Cochin Old Harbour 2 Nights


Land Arrangement Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in double rooms as per the hotels given below.
  • Breakfast at all the hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All meals at Kabini River Lodge, Tranquil Resort, and on the Kettuvallum Houseboat.
  • Special cooking demo & family dinner at Cochin.
  • All transfers with assistance at the airports and hotels.
  • Transport by air conditioned deluxe air conditioned Car.
  • Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary.
  • Entrances to the monuments of tourist interest as per the itinerary.
  • Entrances to Kathakali dance show at Cochin.
  • Includes all Interstate/ Taxes/ Permits/ Driverbata/ Parking and Toll.
  • All presently applicable Taxes.


Land Arrangement Exclusions:
  • International Airfare and related costs.
  • Any domestic Airfares.
  • Cost of a visa.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Meal unless specified.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone/fax, alcoholic beverages, camera/video fees at monuments.
  • Personal service tips and gratuities.
  • Any other service not mentioned in the program.


Special Notes:
  • Check-In, Check-out time in hotels is 1400 Noon.
  • Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
  • Flight schedule is subject to change without notice.


Passports & Visas:
  • All visitors to India require a valid passport. A visa for entry to India is required by most nationalities.


  • 03 Night extension to Kovalam.
  • Enjoy and relax on sunny golden sand beaches of Kovalam.
  • Entend your tour by a few days to see Taj Mahal.


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