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Honeymoon in South India

Tour Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destinations Covered: Cochin - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Munnar - Ooty - Nagarhole - Mysore - Bangalore - Mumbai

Day 01 – Arrive Cochin
Meeting on arrival at Cochin airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Rest of the afternoon is free to relax. Evening proceed to local theater to witness Kathakali dance performance.
Cochin - Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea it is the heart of God’s Own Country and also the center of business and commercial establishments. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 – At Cochin
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to visit Fort Cochin, Mattancherry, Spice Markets, Antique Shopping, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Basilica, Dutch Palace, Vasco Da Gama Square and Chinese Fishing Nets. Rest of the evening free to explore Cochin at your own pace. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 - Cochin to Kumarakom – by car
After breakfast at the lodge proceed to Alleppey where you will board waiting houseboat and sail through the back waters to Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake.

Day 04 – Kumarakom to Alleppey
Morning after breakfast at the hotel check out from house boat and proceed to explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure, or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at the resort.
Afternoon drive back to Alleppey and check in at the resort.

Alleppey (Alappuzha) is a District of immense natural beauty in Kerala. Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a Backwater Tourist Centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. It is also famous for boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir products. It is also known as the Venice of The East.

Day 05 – Alleppey
While at Alleppey you may opt to relax at the backwaters resort. Go for Ayurveda Massage or take some trips :
Pathiramanal - This Island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat, R-Block -
This area in Kerala is very famous for its backwaters and you can have very beautiful scenes of paddy fields. This is one of the places in the world where farming is done below sea level.This is a popular location in the Kerala tour, Alleppey Beach - Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. . The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. There is also an old lighthouse, which is greatly fascinating to the tourists of Kerala, Krishnapuram Palace - Built by Marthanda Varma, it is at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam and is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. In this 18-century museum you can see antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 05 – Alleppey to Munnar – proceed by car
After breakfast proceed to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British empire in south India. Check into the hotel on arrival.

Later proceed for a trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Time permitting also visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Onwards from the farm you proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvellous views of Munnar valley below. Return to the resort and enjoy the facilities at your resort.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 – At Munnar
Full day free for self exploration. Car will remain at your disposal. Overnight at the resort.

Day 07 :Munnar – ooty
Morning after breakfast at the resort drive to Ooty. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Blue Mountains’ along with its nearby neighbors Coonoor and Kotagiri, Ooty was developed as a hill station by the British and is famous for its pine and eucalyptus forests as well as its coffee and tea plantations. Nestling in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 7,500 feet, Ooty was expanded by the Collector of Coimbatore, John Sullivan, in 1819 when he built a house and soon grew in popularity with the British who superimposed their lifestyle from home on the hill station. Overnight at the Hotel

Day 08 : Ooty
Little early in the morning drive to Coonoor to enjoy tea plantation. For return travel by Toy train back to Ooty which will take around one hours time and will pass through the highest point on its route. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 09 : Ooty to Nagarhole
Morning after breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park and check in at the Jungle lodge.

Nagarhole : The enchanting 247 square-mile park was originally designated as a game sanctuary. Nagarhole, in the Coffee land of Coorg was declared a National park in 1974. It has recently been renamed 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park.' Gentle slopes and shallow valleys surround it on all sides. Huge herds of Asian Elephants flock here together and it is blessed with wildlife abundance. You find a variety of trees and shrubs often making it a sanctuary for illegal timber traders. Among reptiles, the marsh crocodile, monitor lizard, rock python and several other species can be found. Aquatic and terrestrial tortoises, frogs, toads and tree frogs and a myriad insects, including some very colourful butterflies, adorn this lovely southern jungle of India. Afternoon proceed to the park for game viewing.

Day 10 – At Nagarhole
Morning and evening game viewing. Meals and overnight at the lodge.

Day 11 : Nagarhole - Mysore
Morning drive to Myosre. On arrival check into the hotel. Mysore is a charming and relaxed city surrounded almost entirely by fertile farmland and tree clad hills. Until independence Mysore was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, a princely state covering about a third of present day Karnataka. The city is noted for its sandalwood carvings, incense, silk weaving and for its coffee. Overnight at the hotel

Day 12 – At Mysore
Tour of Mysore and the surrounding area. Places of interest include the colourful vegetable and flower markets in Mysore, Chamundi Hill to view the Chamundeswari Temple and the famous Nandi Bull. The City Palace was re-built by Henry Irwin in 1897 after the original wooden palace was destroyed in a fire. It is one of the largest palaces in the country and is Indo-Saracenic in style with domes, arches and colonnades of carved pillars. Drive outside of the city to see the Sri Chamundeswari Temple at Somnathpur, built around 1260 AD by the Hoysala Kings. The walls of this temple are covered with stone animal sculptures - it has been said that this is one of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in India. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13 – Mysore to Bangalore
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Bangalore.
Bangalore is a booming city and considered fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia. Home to well over 6 million people,and a base for over 10,000 industries, Bangalore combines a quaint old world charm with the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolitan city. It is a delightful place with an amalgamation of various rich cultures, crafts, and heritage centers. This city while enjoying the reputation of being a modern, high-tech city, still offers a lot of places of historical interest for the avid sightseer to explore. A trip around the city can be very interesting and provides a varied sightseeing experience with Palaces, museums, temples, churches and gardens. It has an enviable posterity and presents much to be discovered. Despite being one of Asia's fastest growing cities, Bangalore remains one of the most elegant metros in India. A well-planned city,with tree-lined avenues,a large number of parks, gardens and lakes,Bangalore is aptly called India's garden city. Bangalore is even gaining the status of the "Floriculture Capital of India" due to the present blossoming of flower exports from the city. The beautiful parks like the Lalbagh and Cubbon Park are indeed a treat to the eyes.

Day 14 : Bangalore to Mumbai
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of Bangalore visiting : Tipu's Palace - Built in 1791, this beautiful two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies was one of Tipu's favourite summer, Gandhi Bhavan - The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, houses a comprehensive picture gallery and other exhibits of Gandhiji which depict the life and times of Gandhiji. The Bhavan is open on weekdays, The Bull Temple - This temple, built by Kempe Gowda, houses the magnificent stone statue of the sacred bull, Nandi. It stands over 15 feet tall and is over 20 feet long . In Nov/Dec every year, when the groundnuts have been harvested, a groundnut fair is held near the temple. The first groundnuts are offered by the farmers to the sacred bull. Lal Bagh , Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London's Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400 acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House. In July, 2003 it was decded that the Department of Horticulture and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) would jointly take up the development of Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Government Museum - One of the important buildings, the Government Museum is one of the oldest in India(1886). A special attraction here are the antiquities from Mohenjodaro period. Situated nearby the museum is Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum named after the great engineer-statesman , This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon park, is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing.

Afternoon transfer to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting on arrival at Mumbai airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15 : At Mumbai
After breakfast visit the Gateway of India overlooking the harbour. This symbolic national landmark, the Marble arch of India, designed by George Wittet to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. It was also the point of exit for the last British regiment to leave India. Visit elephanta caves by motor launch (Deriving its name from a stone elephant discovered by the Portuguese, this beautiful green island is about one hour’s boat ride from Bombay harbour. The celebrated Hindu cave temple on the island is excavated from a cliff high above the water and is approached by long flight of steps. These temples carved during the Golden age of the Guptas have been inspired by the worship of Shiva. The sculptures are beautifully executed and the most outstanding of these is the Maheshmurthy or Trimurthy, a 5m (18 ft ) high, three headed bust hewn from a single rock representing the three aspects of Shiva viz. The Creator, The Preserver and The Destroyer).

Afternoon visit to Prince of Wales museum. Set among verdant gardens, it is a huge complex with a bronze statue of George – V standing outside. The monument designed in 1905- dominated by a huge tilted concrete dome, comprises of three main sections, Art, Archaeology and Natural history. The museum contains an excellent collection of arms, works of Lawrence, Gainsborough, Poussin and Titan and fine examples of Indian silver and brass, jade and tapestries. Also housed in this collection is a superb 8th century ivory from Kashmir and finely modelled figures of the infant Jesus. One can witness the local washermen in action. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 : Depart Mumbai
Transfer to the airport in time to board homebound flight.

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