Trip Inspiration

15 Days in Southern India

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 1 night at Taj Bangalore
  • 3 nights at Orange County Resort in Nagarhole
  • 2 nights at Tranquil Resort in Wayanad
  • 2 nights at Brunton Boatyard in Cochin
  • 1 night on a houseboat on the coast of Kerala
  • 2 nights at the Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kumarakom

Activities

  • Boat Cruise
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to India might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive Bangalore

On your arrival at Bangalore airport, our tour representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge & transfer to hotel.
www.encountersasia.comBangalore, the capital of Karnataka is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture. Today, Bangalore (now renamed as Bengaluru) is also known as Silicon Valley of India. It is also known as the “Garden City of India.

Taj BangaloreMeals: N/A

Day 2

Bangalore to Kabini (Nagarhole)

After breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park (5hrs)Nagarhole – A perfect getaway for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike; a place rich in forests, little streams, undulating valleys and fascinating waterfalls; a haven for many wild denizens and one of the last safe asylums for the Asian Elephants. Visiting Nagarhole would undoubtedly be an ethereal experience – a trip to paradise and back. The misty Brahmagiri Mountains form a perfect backdrop to the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of the streams and rivers. Deriving its name from Kannada, ǮNagaǯSignifying Snake and ǮHoleǯ meaning River, the park derives its name from the snake-like river that winds through the forests. Nagarhole is a never ending enchanting place, due to its wide collection of wildlife- four horned antelope, panther, warblers, hornbills spotted deer, mouse deer, pangolin, gaur, giant flying squirrel are some of them.
After a hearty lunch proceed for Jungle Safari in Nagarhole National Park famous for the wild elephants and many other species of mammals by boat or jeep.

Orange County ResortMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3

Nagarhole

Morning Jungle Safari in the park by jeep or canter. Later enjoy a short Coracle Ride on Kabini River. Coracle is small country made boat which is ideal for game viewing in this park. Rest of the day at leisure

Orange County ResortMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4

Nagarhole

A guided Nature Walk is one of the best ways to explore the treasures of nature. A Naturalist would unravel the beauty of birds, insects, trees and wild flowers. The walk would take you along the banks of the Kabini river and then through the scrub and fields along the village roads Afternoon, cruise through the serene backwaters of the Kabini River on a motor boat viewing sleepy crocodiles and chirpy birds, intent on their morning catch. View a variety of wildlife, especially the elephants, coming to the river for bath or a drink. at

Orange County ResortMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5

Nagarhole to Wayanad

After an early morning Safari and a scrumptious breakfast, drive to Wayanad (1½hrs)Upon arrival, check intoTranquil Resort Tranquil Resort: A 400 acres of private coffee and spice plantation nestled in the lush forest of Wayanad, an exotic location in Kerala. The name says it all, a small private estate that offers a luxurious home stay experience within an environment of exquisite ecological beauty and unending relaxation. The suites & tree villas are standing elegantly with a panoramic overview of the coffee plantation offering you your own personal and private sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life. Besides relaxing you can also enjoy leisure walks and bird watching in and around the plantation. The main cropping season for Coffee and areca nut is between mid January – mid March, during which time, the plantation buzzes with activity. Besides Ayurvedic massages and pool, Tranquil also offers nature walks. You can choose from 12 different routes ranging from DzBrave heartdz to DzTeaserdz walk. Guests are provided with walk maps and routes are well marked out with sign boards.

Tranquil ResortMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6

Wayanad

Full day free to enjoy the in and around activities in Wayanad Afternoon enjoy a coffee plantation visit. Wayanad has a viable spice cultivation program. The idea of spice tour was conceived as an alternative source of income for small scale farmers and planters in Wayanad. Spice tours are also arranged in such way that it introduces the plantersǯ life style amongst these spice gardens to travelers.

Tranquil ResortMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7

Wayanad to Cochin

After breakfast drive to Kochi (7hrs)(Or)After leisurely breakfast drive to Kozhikode railway station (1½hrs) to board train to Ernakulam. On arrival at Ernakula railway station and transfer to Kochi Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

Brunton BoatyardMeals: Breakfast

Day 8

Cochin

Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin city visiting Bolghatty Palace, St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue (remain closed on Friday & Saturday), Dutch Palace (Mattencherry) (remain closed on Friday). You will also get to see the iconic Chinesefishingnets (Cheenavala) that are distinctly unique to this city. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, not China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets, with a whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen dotted with them. Your tour concludes with a visit to Fort Cochin – a small community in itself. Since it is a natural harbor and one of the most important trade centers in south of India, Kochi Fort of Kerala is one of the most important towns in the state. One cansee a unique blend of Dutch and Portuguese influences in Fort Cochin, due to the rulers from these areas having occupied Cochin for many years In the evening visit Kathakali Dancetheatre for live performance of famous Kathkali Dance show. Kathakali is a traditional dance form of Kerala and the impressive facial expressions, hand gestures and dance moves will leave one spellbound.

Brunton BoatyardMeals: Breakfast

Day 9

Cochin to Alleppey

After breakfast transfer to embarkation point for houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam –Fringing the coast of Kerala and winding far inland is a vast network of Lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals, these backwaters represent a unique geographical formation and are the basis of a distinct life style. Rest of the day at leisure / backwater cruising

House BoatMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10

Alleppey to Kumarakom

Breakfast on house boat, disembark from house boat and drive to Kumarakom (1 hrs)Upon arrival check in to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure Overnight at Kumarakom Lake Resort
www.encountersasia.comThe rooms, villas and suites at Kumarakom Lake Resort are a perfect blend of Kerala’s traditional architectural charm with luxurious, modern comforts. Each is a careful reconstruction of manas, the 16th century traditional homesteads of Kerala with many such manas having been transplanted from their original locations and reassembled painstakingly by hand, plank by plank, tile by tile, to create the luxurious abodes at Kumarakom Lake Resort. The traditionally styled, luxuriously modern, open-roofed bathrooms set in small, aesthetically designed courtyards are a common feature to the villas and suites.

Kumarakom Lake ResortMeals: Breakfast

Day 11

Kumarakom

Breakfast and rest of day at leisure

Kumarakom Lake ResortMeals: Breakfast

Day 12

Depart India

After breakfast, transfer to Cochin airport (1 hrs) to connect flight for onward destination This day, for client staking Kovalam Extension will be transferred by surface to Kovalam

Overnight FlightMeals: Breakfast