MYSTIQUE OF KERALA WITH

 

KARNATKA (6 NIGHTS)

 

TOUR CODE: DW-11

 

KOCHI (COCHIN) – KOZHIKODE (CALICUT) – WAYANAD – THALASSERRY (TELLICHERY) – MADIKHERI (COORG) – MYSORE – BENGALURU (BANGALORE)

 

 

DAY 01: KOCHI (COCHIN) – KOZHIKODE (CALICUT) – WAYANAD (-/L/D)

Pickup from hotel and transferred to Ernakulam railway station to board train to Calicut (Kozhikode).

Meet on arrival and drive to Wayanad for overnight stay.

Part of a remote forest reserve that spills over into national parks in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Wayanad lies cocooned in the hills of the Western Ghats. Famed among Keralans for its jaw-dropping beauty, the landscape is a green medley of rice paddies, untouched forests, spice plantations and more rice paddies

 

DAY02: WAYANAD (B/L/D)

Today you visit the Wayanad sanctuary where one can find animals like sloth bears, sambhar (wild deer), elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, panthers, and many species of rare birds. Afternoon drive to Kuruva Island, an uninhabited island, a cluster of them infract, in the middle of the expansive Kabini river. The island’s preservation and the eco tourism around it is managed by the participation of the local population living around it and the forest department. The guide practically helps you to navigate your way around the island. Also they are knowledgeable about the general environment and the ecology of the island. He can even take you to the ‘less trodden’ paths you would have otherwise unnoticed or skipped. Though touring Kuruva Island is known to be safe, the company of an experienced guide can be a bit reassuring especially when there are not many visitors around.

 

DAY03: WAYANAD - THALASSERRY (TELLICHERY) (B/L/D)

Today we make our way to Wayanad.

Thalassery is the second largest city of North Malabar, also known as Tellicherry. This vibrant fishing town is famous for the 3 C's- Circus, Cricket and Cakes. It is considered the birthplace of the circus in India. Its artists are recognized world wide for their performance. Cricket was introduced to the town by Colonel Arthur Wellesley in the early 1800’s, much before its introduction in Calcutta in 1860. Mambally Bakery of Tellicherry is the first Bakery of Kerala. Cakes of Thalassery were famous right from the British period.

In the afternoon you can visit the bustling fish markets of Tellicherry or visit the ancient fort built by the British. You could also drive to the fascinating Muzhipillangad Beach which is Kerala’s only drive –in beach where you can drive along miles of virgin white sands or laze on the beach and be mesmerized by the beauty of the place. In the evening take part in a cookery demonstration by Faiza your hostess, who is renowned for her ‘Mopilla’ cuisine.

 

Day04: THALASSERRY (TELLICHERY) – MADIKHERI (COORG) (B/L/D)

Today we make our way to Coorg. Spend the entire day here.

 

DAY05: MADIKHERI (COORG) (B/L/D)

Morning after breakfast proceeds for excursion trip of Belur & Helebid: 34 Kms each way. Located on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, a star-shaped temple with hand lathe-turned filigreed pillars and sculptures will take your breath away.

It is the only Hoysala temple still in active worship. Friezes of charging elephants, each different from the other, mythological figures, military scenes, dancers and musicians, and elaborate decorative motifs charge the imagination. The winged figure of Garuda, Lord Vishnu's carrier, stands at the entrance facing the temple, palms touching in homage. The most marvelous specimens of Hoysala architecture, found exclusively at Belur, are the angled bracket figures depicting celestial nymphs.

The beautiful and expressive nymphs are depicted singing, dancing or executing daily chores. They are adorned with a wealth of detail in their makeup, jewellery, and coiffures. The smooth circular platform in front of the shrine displays a sculpture of Shanthala Devi, King Vishnuvardhana's queen. Equally impressive are the temples of Chennigaraya, Viranarayana, Sridevi, and Bhoodevi, all in the same complex. Just 17 kms away from Belur is Halebid, the ancient capital of the Hoysalas. The temple, perched on a star-shaped base amidst lawns, is a sculptural extravaganza. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals, birds, and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala kings.

Continue to Shravanbelagola, a major Jain pilgrimage site. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore natural beauty of the place

 

DAY06: MADIKHERI (COORG) – MYSORE (B/-/-)

Today we make our way to Mysore en-route visiting Srirangpatnam, the island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 16km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Tipu's Summer Palace, the Wellesley Bridge, and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned.

It’s not difficult to divine Mysore’s charismatic appeal. The historic seat of the Wodeyar maharajas which is famous for its traditional painting and its silk, sandalwood and incense production, is now promoting itself as an international centre for Ashtanga yoga. Whether you choose to stretch your body in a traditional yoga poses or takes gentler exercise strolling through the city’s magnificent palace and colorful market, Mysore is one Indian city that rewards a slower pace.

In the afternoon, continue visit of the Golden City of Mysore - former capital of Wodeyar family. It is a pleasant and colorful town with markets full of shimmering silks, sandalwood, garlands of marigolds and jasmine flowers, pyramids of multi-colored spices & the magnificently gaudy Amber Vilas or City Palace, the city’s main attraction. One of the largest Palaces in India it is beautifully restored and maintained and houses some real art treasures. Designed by Henry Irwin & built in 1897AD, in the Indo-Saracenic style of immense proportions of domes, arches & colonnades of carved pillars as well as marble floors. The interiors stained glass, wall paintings, ivory inlaid doors and ornate golden throne are all awe-inspiring.

 

DAY07: MYSORE – BANGALORE (BENGALURU) DEPART (B/-/-)

Today we make our way to Bangalore en-route visiting Srirangpatnam, the island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 16km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Tipu's Summer Palace, the Wellesley Bridge, and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned.

Transfer in time to Bangalore international airport to board flight for your onward destination

 

 

 

All prices are per person

Valid from 01-Apr-2012 to 31-Mar-2013

Minimum 2 pax

 

Mystique of Kerala & Karnatka

Twin

Single Supplement

Apr 2012 – Mar 2013

$1687

$757

 

PRICE INCLUDES

All services as per itinerary by a private Toyota Innova Car

Hotel accommodation in shared twin rooms with private bathrooms as specified or similar

Meals as specified

English speaking local guides during sightseeing only

Applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing as per itinerary

Shared boat ride on Chilka Lake

Arrival & departure assistance at airports/railway stations

Currently applicable local government taxes & service charges.

 

PRICE EXCLUDES

Any services not mentioned in our itinerary above

Meals not specified

India VISA fees

International flight tickets to & from India

Domestic flight tickets for travel within India

Expenditures of a personal nature

Laundry or tips

Travel insurance

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