“First-time India tour: Explore South India’s wonders in 13 days.”
A mix of Culture and Nature & wildlife. This journey is planned for you to visit two very important southern states of India – Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The tour plan takes you through the world heritage sites Mysore and Madurai temple. Madurai temple is called as pillars of Hinduism, temples have kept alive the rich culture and traditions of this great civilization. Continue the program to the naturally abundant Kerala. Enjoy a morning boat ride on Lake Periyar where in you can see the wildlife, enjoy cooking classes amidst the nature and end the program at Cochin.
Country Region:- Golden Triangle, Northern India, Rajasthan
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM
Day 1 Arrive Bangalore
Day 1 Arrive Bangalore
On arrival at Bangalore railway station you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 Bangalore – Mysuru
Day 3 Mysuru – Ooty
Day 4 Ooty
Today spend the day exploring Ooty’s Botanical Gardens, which are home to over 650 species of plants and trees. Alternatively, get a little bit romantic with a boat ride on the lake. Full day is for leisure and rest. Night stay is in hotel
Day 5 Ooty (Toy Train) – Madurai
Today, board Ooty’s renowned toy train for a ride along the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Be sure to get a window seat for great views over the lush countryside. On arrival at Conoor drive to Madurai . On arrival check in at your hotel. Evening is free to discover Madurai at your onw pace
Day 6 In Madurai
Madurai’s Tamil roots stretch back 2500 years, making it one of the oldest cities in India. Wander the lamp-lit maze of the Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, devoted to Lord Shiva and goddess Meenakshi. Visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum, which exhibits a detailed account of India’s struggle for independence along with the bloodstained dhoti the famous leader wore when he was slayed.
Evening is free for leisure and rest.
Day 7 Madurai – Periyar
This morning, get organized for a day of travel as you head by private vehicle to Periyar National Park (roughly 4-5 hours). After checking in to your hotel, head out on a tour of a local spice farm. Walk through the winding passageways among the plantations as the aroma of cardamom, pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla dawdles in the air.
Take in the beauty of the cardamom flowers, enjoy the cool breeze and watch the sunlight soak in through the leaves of the pepper plants encircling you. Subsequently, enjoy a relaxed evening around your accommodation, possibly settling in for an early night.
Day 8 In Periyar
After breakfast, enjoy a free day with an optional walk around Periyar National Park. Encounters with animals in the wild are never guaranteed, and this is more of a jungle walk than an animal-spotting tour, but do keep an eye out for tiger tracks, spotted deer, Indian elephants, or gaur – the world's largest species of buffalo. In the afternoon, calm down with an optional ayurvedic massage or just relax in your scenic setting.
Day 9 Periyar – Thodupuzha
Today drive to Thodupuzha for relaxation in a home stay. Staying at this resort is a truly unique way to relax and unwind the peaceful and unspoiled heaven. You can enjoy home grown produce freshly cooked as you sample gourmet traditional Keralan food and join the professional chefs in our state-of-the-art kitchen in informal learn-to-cook sessions.
Day 10 In Thodupuzha
Morning you have ample of opportunities to do in this home say
Opt for cycling on the village road A Kerala Village is not cluster of houses as you see in other parts of the world. You see small farms, with the houses of the owners in the centre. You see the real people, their struggle to live. They are not like the shop keepers and street merchants that you see in the destinations and cities. Other option is milking the cow, or gain hands on experience in farming. The home stay give many options to enjoy the stay. Night stay is in Thodupuzha.
Day 11 Thodupuzha – Alleppey
Today the drive to Alleppey reveals this tranquil backwater region of Kerala. Boarding a houseboat, you cruise along this very intricate network of canals, lakes, lagoons and rivers called the "Venice of the East." Monitor Kerala's rural lifestyle as you glide past tiny villages sprinkled with rice fields and witness a way of life that has changed little through the ages. With women washing clothes on the river banks while children play in the shallows and kingfishers dart among the palm trees. Night is on Houseboat.
Day 12 Alleppey – Kochi
Day 13 Kochi Depart