Arrive Kochi (Cochin) and check in at the hotel. Late afternoon witness the Kathakali dance performance - Kathakali is a unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more than 100 different ‘mudras’ or gesture depicting deities, demons, heros, heroines and kings - each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths. Overnight at hotel.
Evening get together / Social to be organized by Kochi Tablers
Overnight at hotel ( Rivera suites/ Abad Atrium or similar) .
Day 2 ; Feb 2 nd 2008:
. Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin or "Kochi" the palm green, commercial capital of Kerala which has one of the finest natural harbours & is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". From time immemorial, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British & Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi & left their impression on the town. Modern Kochi is thus a splendid mosaic of these myriad influences. Sight seeing includes, Visit to the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St. Francis & the famous Chinese fishing nets. Evening free to explore this beautiful town on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03; Feb 3 rd 2008 : Cochin – Periyar (175 Kms ,4 hrs)
In the morning drive to Periyar, Periyar - Sprawling across 777 sq. kms. of the Cardamom Hills along the Western Ghats, .On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening cruise on Periyar Lake in the cool surroundings and the panorama spread around - tropical jungles, where you can get a glimpse of wild elephants, Indian Gaur. Overnight at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel ( Taj Garden Retreat).
Day 04; Feb 4 th 2008: Periyar to Alleppey (170 Kms , 3 1/2 Hrs)
Afternoon, drive to Allepey and board the traditional rice boats - “Kettuvallam” for a fascinating cruise through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world’s truly unforgettable experiences. These traditional houseboats of Kerala are one of the most enduring images of the backwaters, its natural, cocoon-like profile complementing the surrounding countryside. You can relax on the sundeck and watch the way of life and activity of the local people, sipping from a tender coconut and enjoying the sheer peace of the surroundings.
Day 05; Feb 5 th 2008: Alleppey to Coimbatore (185 Kms , 5 hrs).
In the morning check out from the house boat and drive to Coimbatore, the industrial city.
Get together / Social to be hosted by Coimbatore tablers.
Over night in the hotel ( Hotel Alankar Grande).
Day 06; Feb 6 th 2008: Coimbatore to Ooty ( 100 Kms , 2 ½Hrs ):
Morning drive to Ooty . Upon arrival, check-in at hotel . Ooty is known as the Queen of Hill stations. It nestles in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 2300 m. Ooty still maintains its definite air of elegance and there are British Raj reminders everywhere-notably in the stone cottages with flower gardens, the beautiful Botanical gardens (1840), the Churches, tea gardens and eucalyptus plantations. In the afternoon Sightseeing tour of Ooty visiting BOTANICAL GARDENS & the OOTY LAKE .This garden was laid out in 1847 by the Marquis of Tweedale and is spread over 55 acres.
Get together / Social to be hosted by Ooty tablers
After breakfast drive to Mudumalai a Project TIGER reserve . View the wildlife enroute and a wild life safari included. Overnight in the Hotel ( Jungle retreat or similar).
Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is home to The Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Elephant, Wild dogs etc. Situated amidst the blue mountains of the Nilgiri in Tamil Nadu, It is a former British township that pulls thousands of tourists every year by its sheer beauty.
(Hotel – Jungle Hut Retreat)
Day 08 ;Feb 8 th 2008: Mudumalai – Mysore (100 Kms ,2 ½ Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Mysore en route visit Srirangapatnam, from this small Island fortress - town straddling the river Cauvery . Visit tombs and palaces, by evening check in at the hotel .
Overnight at the hotel (Quality Inn Southern Star Hotel )
Morning visit the beautiful city of Mysore, that is known for its fine craftsmanship in wood, ivory, sandal-wood and for its silk.
Visit the Mysore Palace - Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, it is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately carved doors open onto luxuriously furnished rooms.. The walled palace complex houses the Residential Museum, temples and shrines, including the Shwetha Varahswamy Temple . The magnificently jewel-studded golden throne , the pride of the ruling Wodeyar family, is displayed here during the Dussehra festival.
Then proceed to the Chamundi Temple on a hill above the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Get together / Social hosted by Mysore tablers .
DAY 10 ;Feb 10 th 2008 : Mysore to Bangalore (145 Kms , 2 ½ Hrs).
Morning drive to Bangalore sightseeing tour of Bangalore - city with its centuries old trees, sub tropical herbs and well laid out gardens. Drive past the impressive building of the ‘ Vidhana Souda ’ (Secretariat). Continue onwards to the ‘Palace of Tipu Sultan ’. It was started by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan. Within are gloriously painted walls, ceilings, and balconies in red, black and gold. Visit the ‘ Nandi Bull Temple ’. Bangalore has rapidly become an important industrial center and has been nicknamed the 'Silicon Valley' of India.)
Get together / Social hosted by Bangalore tablers
Overnight stay at hotel (Hotel Richmond or similar)
This is an individually designed itinerary. Rooms and cost are subject to availability. The package cost may vary at the time of confirmation. Full payment in advance to confirm the booking. Cancellation is subject to retention charges .
Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
Only Breakfast in all hotels & all meals in the house boat.
Transportation & sight seeing by A/c Coach.
Toll and parking Charges.
And all taxes.
Package does not Include :-.
Any train or flight ticket charges ( Bangalore to Goa air tickets).