KI - 19 Natural South India
Beauty of south India is different from that of northern region. Both the areas are distinct in smells, sights and sounds; in cuisine, people and temples. South India is known for women in bright silk sarees, their hair threaded with white and orange flowers; the men in white dhoti–kurtas, foreheads smeared with vibhuti. The restaurants smell of curry leaves and coconut, temples of white mongra flowers and sandalwood incense; the rhythmic chanting of prayers reverberates in the atmosphere.
Similarly the hill stations in south India are known for their milky waterfalls, mighty rocks, natural lakes, and hill-plantations. The scenic beauty of the hill stations in South India cannot be defined in words; rather it would be a nice experience visiting the hill stations personally. The mighty hills touching the sky create such a beautiful scene. Amidst such surroundings you feel as if you are in heaven. In the peak season many newlywed couples and other tourists visit these hill stations in South India.
Accordingly, in the tour, Itourify India combines the diversities of natural southern India and puts it together in one tour to offer it all to you in a platter.
Day 01 :
Arrive Bangalore Arrive Bangalore You will be met by our representative at the visitors Lounge at the airport and escorted till your check in at hotel.
Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka. A city of gardens founded in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, a chieftain who constructed a mud fort at this site, later rebuilt in stone in the 18th century by Hyder Ali, it is in ruins today and is situated at an altitude of 1914 m, it has a salubrious clime throughout the year. It is one of India’s main commercial and industrial centers.
Late afternoon half day tour of Bangalore.
Visit the Bull Temple, the monolithic deity being the Nandi or celestial bull, a marvelous work on granite. The Mysore Arts & Crafts Centre, and drive through Commercial Street past the magnificent Neo-Dravidian structure, Vidhana Soudha, the government secretariat. Time & interest permitting, visit the Lal Bagh gardens developed with lavish care since the Muslim era and which now offer a variety of century-old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces and an assortment of herbs and plants spread out over several acres. In the centre of the park is the Glass House where thousands of colorful fragrant flowers go on show ever year in January and August.
Day 02 :
Drive to Mysore (140 kms/03 hrs).
Day 03 :
Tour of the city Visit the Maharajas’s Palace - a synthesis of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Gateways, domes, arches, turrets, colonnades, sculpture - all are here in great profusion. Visit Chamundi Hill named after the Royal Family’s patron goddess and the site of summer palaces, an ancient temple and the 16-foot Nandi (Siva’s bull) carved out of a single huge boulder. The view from the hill offers a beautiful panorama of not only all Mysore, but also ranges of hills, lakes and the turrets of temples and churches.
Day 04 :
Drive to Ooty (155 kms/04 hrs) Ooty is the leading hill resort of South India. Situated in the heart of Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), at a height of 2,287 m (7,500 ft), it lies on a plateau and looks like a vast park. To the northwest of Ooty are splendid downs resembling those of Sussex, while to the west, south and southwest, lofty hills add to the grandeur of the scenery. Its climate is similar to summer in England. The terraced Botanical Gardens, which are a landmark in Ooty, have many rare trees and flowering plants. There is a beautiful lake with boating facilities. Ooty is also known for its tea and coffee plantations and there are hundreds of tea estates in and around this hill resort.
Day 05 :
Drive to Ooty to Coonor by Toy train then drive to Cochin.
Day 06 :
Tour of the city Morning sightseeing of Cochin . Visit the Mattancherry Dutch Palace - open from 10.00 to 15.00 hrs.(closed on Fridays and public holidays), which was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663. In the ancient rooms are 17th century murals that relate in vibrant colour the story of the epic Ramayana. Visit a Jewish Synagogue - open 10.00 to 12.00 hrs. & 15.00 to 17.00 hrs.(closed on all Saturdays and Jewish holidays) in Jew Town and Fort Cochin Area - Legend dates Jewish trade with Kerala from the times of King Solomon. There are a couple of streets of picture-postcard houses out of another age, in 17th century Dutch and traditional Kerala styles. Visit St. Francis Church - open from 09.00 to 13.00 hrs. and 14.30 to 17.30 hrs.(closed for visitors on Sundays from 08.00 to 11.00 hrs.) the oldest European Church in India. It has several antiquities including a wealth of records. These include a palm-leaf title deed the local Raja gave the Portuguese in 1503. See the Chinese Fishing Nets, along the tip of Fort Cochin unique to this part of Kerala and living symbols of a centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast. Evening attend a performance of the world-renowned Kathakali dancers tonight, enjoying Kerala’s highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music dating back 400 years. The interesting part would be seeing the dress up of the performers before the dance. The way they colour themselves with natural products collected from the nature. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 07 :
Drive to Kovalam (216 kms/05 hrs) Proceed to Kovalam. The world renowned beach resort of Kerala, Kovalam is situated 16 km south of Trivendrum and is one of the best beaches in India. On account of its natural location, it affords facilities for safe sea bath. A rocky promontory jutting into the sea renders the beach safe for sea bathing even in rough weather. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Kovalam.
Day 08 :
Day 09 :
Transfer to Trivandrum airport.