||Mumbai | Mysore | Kabini | Ooty | Pollachi | Munnar | Alleppey | Cochin|
Our representative will pick you up at the Mumbai airport and get you settled at your hotel. On the way he’ll brief you about your tour, explains some cultural and social etiquettes, and answers questions that you might have.
Mesmerizing Mumbai, India’s business capital and entertainment hub, AKA Bollywood, is a non-stop joy rie. We’ll go on an excursion to Elephanta Island (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a small but fascinating island just off the coast in the Arabian Sea whose temples and monuments date all the way back to the 8th century. Then we’ll explore the vibrant and glamorous city at night.
Mumbai – Mysore
Today we’ll fly to Mysore, a historic city with a rich cultural and musical heritage. We’ll spend the evening listening to a mellifluous classical Sitar performance by one of the area’s classically trained musicians.
Today we’ll visit the world famous Mysore Palace. The grand architecture is extravagantly beautiful and features a sprawling garden glowing with a rich array of tropical flowers. Afterwards we’ll visit the Bull Temple to end our day.
Mysore - Kabini
Before we arrive in Kabini we’ll sneak in a visit to the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. It’s an exquisite building with a grand history, as it was the base for the Sultan’s struggle for freedom from the British empire. We’ll also stop by a fantastic Wax Museum before arriving at our destination for the night.
After a few days of big cities it’s time for some nature. In Kabini we’ll go on a soothing coracle (circular boat made of reeds) ride on the river, as well as both morning and evening safaris in the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, a place renown for its majestic elephant herds. You will also have the chance to ride one of these gentle animals through the jungle.
Kabini – Ooty
Ooty is a charming town that is perfect for roaming around aimlessly and seeing where the day takes you. Situated on the Nilgiris, otherwise known as the Blue Mountains, it is one of the highest towns in South India. It’s cultural charm, beautiful views, and local market make it one of the area’s loveliest towns.
The nature in Ooty is simply wonderful. It is often used as a set location in Bollywood films and is a great place to find peace in Mother Earth. Some of the best spots in the area are the Botanical Gardens and Avalanche Lake.
Pollachi is a quaint little town and a perfect place to unwind. However, hidden beneath its lazy veneer is a rich culture and culinary tradition that is famous throughout the land. We’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make the regional Carnatic cuisine and then indulge in a sumptuous meal with a local family for dinner.
Pollachi offers a unique experience off the beaten tourist path of India, and we will experience it through a traditional Bullock cart ride. Roaming around the village will offer you a chance to explore the lifestyle, interact with its inhabitants and watch the local artisans at work.
Today we’ll head to the idyllic hill station of Munnar. The exquisite flora and fauna, waterfalls and tea plantations make for some incredible views. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit a tea factory and sample some of the tasty local brews.
The gentle giants of India, wild elephants, are usually the highlight of our trip to the jungles of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. We’ll go on a safari in the morning safari in hopes of seeing these regal creatures, and then a trek through the forest to cap the day off.
Munnar – Alleppey
From the epic wildlife of Chinnar we’ll move on to the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey. Take a gondola ride through the canals and then stop for high tea on an idyllic lagoon houseboat and watch the world float by in perfect harmony.
Explore Cochin, one of the oldest seaports in the country, where India carried out a lot of its trade with the West. Among the places we’ll visit are the St. Francis Church, the Chinese fishing docks and the Santa Cruz Basilica. We’ll also hit up the Kashi art gallery for some culture and a delicious South Indian coffee. In the evening, a traditional Kathakali dance will cap off an amazing day.
The journey comes to an end, and it’s finally time to catch your flight home. Reminisce about the many magical moments you experienced over the last two weeks, and look forward to your next trip back to Mother India.