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Bangalore / Mysore / Ooty (05 Nts / 06 Days)

Day 01

Ex Bangalore
Arrival at Bangalore Airport / Railway station and transfer to the hotel.

Bangalore:

Bangalore, The capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka is located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka. Bangalore is India's third most populous city. Bangalore is well-known as the center of India's information technology sector. The city is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. Bangalore is known as the "Garden City of India” and has two nationally renowned botanical gardens – Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park, which attract a lot of visitors through the year. Legend has it that Bengaluru, a Kannad term (meaning ‘Town of Boiled Beans’) got its name after an old woman served cooked pulses to a lost and hungry Hoysala king.The present day city was once planned by Magadi Kempe Gowda in the year 1537.Under the British influence, Bangalore bloomed with modern facilities like the railways, postal, telegragh & police departments.

DAY 02

Bangalore to Mysore (139 Kms / 3 ½ Hrs)

Mysore is the most significant & the second biggest City of Karnataka state. It is the former capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled Mysore State from this royal city. Mysore City Compromises of Palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples. This City is most likely called as the 'City of Palaces', the 'Garden City', the 'Ivory City', the ‘City of Yoga’ as well as the 'cultural capital of Karnataka'. Mysore had been the capital city of the Wodeyar's who ruled the Mysore Kingdom. Throughout the rule of the Wodeyar dynasty, crafts and arts attained its peak and therefore the city consequently developed into the cultural capital. The Wodeyars had been unbelievable patrons of art and culture. In combination with its tourist destinations, Mysore is renowned for sandalwood Products, rosewood carved articles, Silk Sarees & Sandalwood oil, in addition to the Dasara Festival (Navratri) celebrated each and every year. Mysore silk is well known for its quality and undying gleam.

DAY 03

Mysore to Ooty (155 Kms / 4 Hrs)

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the capital of Nilgiris district. Ooty, the Colloquial of Ootacamund, is a popular hill station of South India in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu, located in the Western Ghats. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. It was used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many terrifying curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of fertile vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. The town is rightly remarked as "Queen of Hill Stations” by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

DAY 04

Ooty
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for Excursion to the beautiful hill station of Coonoor (24 Kms / 1 ½ Hr) Enjoy the tea gardens.

Coonoor

Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris after Ooty, surrounded by tea plantations, at an altitude of 1839 metres. Coonoor is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Its climate is milder than Ooty. It is a very popular weekend getaway for the people in Coimbatore. Coonoor is a very small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasant throughout the year. Coonoor lies on the toy – train tine between Mettupalayam (28 Kms) from Ooty. A popular activity is bird watching, as an extensive variety of birds can spotted here. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris.

Dolphins Nose:

Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint is a tourist spot 12 Kms away from Coonoor and lies close to Tiger Hills. It is one of the most scenic view point near Coonoor. Dolphin's Nose is well over 1,000 feet above sea level, 10 km from Coonoor and is a spectacular spot to visit. The tip of the peak resembles like a Dolphin Nose and so it is named as Dolphin's Nose. It is an huge rock formation that is entirely unique. There are gigantic ravines found both to the left and right of Dolphin's Nose and there is a view of inspiring Catherine Falls with its continuing stream several thousand metres below which is located a relatively short distance away opposite of the Dolphin's Nose. Best parts of spot are the hairpin turns and tea plantations on the way.

DAY 05

Ooty
After breakfast the day is free for individual activities and for shopping. In the evening one can take a boat ride in the lake.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06

Ooty
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road for Coimbatore / Bangalore to board flight / train for onward journey.

Bangalore / Mysore / Ooty / Kodaikanal (07 Nts / 08 Days)

Day 01

Ex Bangalore
Arrival at Bangalore Airport / Railway station and transfer to the hotel.

Bangalore:

Bangalore, The capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka is located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka. Bangalore is India's third most populous city. Bangalore is well-known as the center of India's information technology sector. The city is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. Bangalore is known as the "Garden City of India” and has two nationally renowned botanical gardens – Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park, which attract a lot of visitors through the year. Legend has it that Bengaluru, a Kannad term (meaning ‘Town of Boiled Beans’) got its name after an old woman served cooked pulses to a lost and hungry Hoysala king.The present day city was once planned by Magadi Kempe Gowda in the year 1537.Under the British influence, Bangalore bloomed with modern facilities like the railways, postal, telegragh & police departments.

DAY 02

Bangalore
After breakfast, proceed for City Tour of Bangalore visiting:

Bull Temple:

The Bull temple is devoted to Nandi Bull, the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. Situated in Basavanagudi, this temple has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, got the Bull temple built during his time. This temple is amongst the oldest temples of the city and draws devotees from all over the country. This temple is also widely known as”Sri Dodda Basavanna Gudi”, an abode to Nandi (Bull) There is huge idol of Nandi Bull inside the temple, measuring 4.5 m in height and 6.5 m in length. This idol is said to have been engraved out of a single rock. The bull also has a small iron plate on its head. As per the tradition, this plate prevents the bull from growing. Providing a great backdrop to the statue are the idols of God Surya and Goddess Chandra, on their chariots. It is believed that the Vishva Bharti River originates at the feet of this statue.
The legend goes that the Bull Temple was built to appease a bull that used to consume and destroy all the groundnuts and peanuts cultivated in this area. It is also said that after the temple was built, the bull stopped damaging the crop. As a celebration of this incident, the farmers of Basavanagudi organized a Groundnut Fair (Kadalekai Parase), near the temple. This fair continues till date and is attended by the people of Bangalore in large numbers.

Cubbon Park:

The Cubbon Park is an historic park, located in the heart of city. The Cubbon Park has a history of over 100 years. It was established in the year 1870 by Sri John Meade, the then acting Commissioner of Mysore. The vast landscape of the park was conceived by Major General Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of the State. As a mark of honor to Sri John Meade, the park was initially named as "Meade’s Park" and consequently it was called the Cubbon Park. Since the commencement of the park, it was developed and improved by adding new structures and features. In the year 1927, the park was officially renamed as "Sri. Chamarajendra Park" to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Sri. Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore State. Cubbon Park was basically designed as a public park in an area of about 100 acres and expanded over the years. The park has a predominant green area with a few concrete buildings, housing government and other organizations' offices. The park has about 68 genera and 96 species with a total of around 6000 plants / trees growing in its locale.

DAY 03

Bangalore to Mysore (139 Kms / 3 ½ Hrs)
After breakfast check-out from hotel and depart by road for Mysore.

Mysore:

Mysore is the most significant & the second biggest City of Karnataka state. It is the former capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled Mysore State from this royal city. Mysore City Compromises of Palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples.
This City is most likely called as the 'City of Palaces', the 'Garden City', and the 'Ivory City', the ‘City of Yoga’ as well as the 'cultural capital of Karnataka'. Mysore had been the capital city of the Wodeyar's who ruled the Mysore Kingdom. Throughout the rule of the Wodeyar dynasty, crafts and arts attained its peak and therefore the city consequently developed into the cultural capital. The Wodeyars had been unbelievable patrons of art and culture.
In combination with its tourist destinations, Mysore is renowned for sandalwood Products, rosewood carved articles, Silk Sarees & Sandalwood oil, in addition to the Dasara Festival (Navratri) celebrated each and every year. Mysore silk is well known for its quality and undying gleam.

Mysore Maharaja Palace:

Mysore Palace or the Mysore Maharaja Palace is located in the heart of the city. Mysore Palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. And its one of the largest palaces in the country, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja's of the Mysore state. Mysore Palace is priceless national treasure and the pride of a kingdom, the Mysore Maharaja Palace is the seat of the famed Wodeyar Maharaja's of Mysore. The original palace built of wood, got burnt down in 1897, during the wedding of Jayalakshammanni, the eldest daughter of Chamaraja Wodeyar and was rebuilt in 1912 at the cost of Rs. 42 lakhs. The present Palace built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. The palace has a magnificent Durbar Hall with a 200 Kg. gold throne inlaid with precious stones. It is an extravaganza of stained glass ceiling, mirrors reflecting images from all sides, mosaic floors & wooden doors with beautiful carvings.
Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance with her elephants. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. Designed by the well-known British architect, Henry Irwin, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The palace is now converted into a museum that treasures souvenirs, paintings, jewellery, royal costumes and other items, which were once possessed by the Wodeyars. It's a Kaleidoscope of stained glass & mirrors. The tastefully decorated and intricately carved doors open into luxuriously decorated rooms. The ground floor with an enclosed courtyard displays costumes, musical instruments, children toys and numerous portraits. The upper floor has a small collection of weapons. The beautifully carved mahogany ceilings, solid silver doors, white marble floors and superb columned Durbar Hall are a fest to the eyes. The palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Exquisitely carved doors open into gorgeously luxurious rooms. The royal throne, regal seat called the Chinnada Simhasana or Ratna Simahasana with fascinating artwork on its gold plates is displayed during the Dasara festival. The Maharajas of Mysore used to sit on the golden throne and hold durbars in the Palace Durbar Hall. The paintings of eight manifestations of Goddess Shakthi (strength) and an original painting of the renowned painter Raja Ravi Verma are also on display. The palace complex has a selection of twelve Hindu temples. The oldest of these was built in the 14th century, while the most recent was built in 1953. Someshvara Temple, dedicated to God Lord Shiva and Lakshmiramana Temple, dedicated to God Lord Vishnu are some of the more famous temples. The former Royal family continues to live in a portion of the Palace. His Highness Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar is the current scion of the Wodeyar Dynasty.

DAY 04

Mysore to Ooty (155 Kms / 4 Hrs)
After breakfast check-out from hotel and depart by road for Ooty. Upon arrival, Check In at the hotel.

Ooty:

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the capital of Nilgiris district. Ooty, the Colloquial of Ootacamund, is a popular hill station of South India in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu, located in the Western Ghats. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. It was used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many terrifying curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of fertile vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. The town is rightly remarked as "Queen of Hill Stations” by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The natural surrounding of Ooty includes landscapes, national parks & dense forest reserves.This hill station is well – known for its tea plantation as well as oil extracting industries, wherein the oil is obtained from its eucalyptus trees, lemon grass, geranium, clove and camphor. Ooty derives its name from the Toda word Othakal – mund that means "the house of Single stone”. Ooty has also been named as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency & used to be a popular summer retreat of Britishers during the colonial days. In the afternoon, proceed for City Tour of Ooty visiting.

Botanical Garden:

Botanical Garden was laid out in 1847 by the Marquis of Tweedale and is spread over 55 acres of land. Lush green well maintained lawns, rare tree species (like the cork tree which is probably the only such tree in India, the paper bark tree and the monkey puzzle tree - monkeys cannot climb this tree), a 20 million year old fossilized tree, an Italian-style garden bordering a clear pool, a vast variety of flowering bushes and plants in myriad hues (exotic and ornamental), fern house with a vast range of ferns and orchids, are some of the many highlights of this garden. A flower show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is held every year in the month of May at this garden. The Garden is very well maintained by the Horticulture Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu and has a very wide variety of plants that include different types of roses, imported shrubs, rare flowering plants etc. The "Summer Festivals" is held each year during the month of May in the Botanical Garden and is an added attraction for tourists. The Flower Show is the pride of the festival. To the east of the garden is the Toda mund (hill). The Todas are the native tribe. At the mund is a display highlighting the different aspects of their traditional culture.

DAY 05

Ooty
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for Excursion to the beautifull hill station of Coonoor (24 Kms / 1 ½ Hr) Enjoy the tea gardens.

Coonoor:

Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris after Ooty, surrounded by tea plantations, at an altitude of 1839 metres. Coonoor is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Its climate is milder than Ooty. It is a very popular weekend getaway for the people in Coimbatore. Coonoor is a very small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasant throughout the year. Coonoor lies on the toy – train tine between Mettupalayam (28 Kms) from Ooty. A popular activity is birdwatching, as an extensive variety of birds can spotted here.
It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris.

DAY 06

Ooty to Kodaikanal (236 Kms / 6 Hrs)
Ater Breakfast, depart by road for Kodaikanal. Upon arrival, Check In at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.

Kodaikanal:

Kodaikanal is a city in the hills of the taluk division of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Its name is derived from the Tamil language which means "The Gift of the Forest". Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.
Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. Much of the local economy is based on the hospitality industry serving tourism. Kodaikanal is one of the very popular and most sought after Honeymoon and holiday destination hill resorts in South India. This hill station stands 7200 feet above sea level and situated in upper palani hills of the Western Ghats near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The cool and misty weather, the scenic beauty of the rolling hills and the wooded forest of Kodaikanal and its surroundings will spellbind any visitor throughout the year. Walk through the wooded forests, row in the lake, bath in one of the splashing waterfalls, go for horse riding and cycling around the lake or simply admire the views.
Kodaikanal is the only Hill Station in India developed by the Americans. During 1821, Lieutenant B. S. Ward, a British surveyor was, the first European to visit Kodaikanal, who was on the lookout for a healthy place to live, for the foreign missionaries working in Madurai and the surrounding areas to escape from the summer heat and epidemics. The early visitors to Kodaikanal, had to travel by horse, bullock cart or palanquin. The forest was infested by robbers and wild animals, and yet it became very popular with the elite families, because of the wonderful climate and clean air. In 1863, Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, the Collector of Madurai, created the 60 acres Kodai Lake by damming three streams flowing through. He stocked the lake with fish. He also brought the first boat from Tuticorin. A boat club was formed in Kodaikanal in 1890. Since May 1929, the club has permitted tourists to join the club as temporary members and avail of boating facilities. The extension of the railway line from Chennai to Tirunelveli (598 kilometers) made Kodaikanal really popular.

DAY 07

Kodaikanal
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for City Tour of Kodaikanal visiting:

Coakers Walk:

It is a narrow pedestrian path, constructed by Lt. Coaker in the year1872, a 1 Km mountain road which runs along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai road which is ½ km away from Kodai. On a cloudless, clear day one can have interesting sights, such as Dolphin's nose in south, valley of the Pambar River in South East, bird’s eye view of Periyakulam and even city of Madurai. One must be aware of a fascinating trend called 'Brachem Specter. A very lucky person can see his shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo, when sun is behind and cloud and mist is in his front. There is an observatory with telescope about halfway along.

Bryant Park:

Bryant Park, seen on the lake's eastern side, is another important Botanical Park that must not be missed by tourists visiting Kodaikanal as it houses plenty of different varieties of flowers, rafts as well as hybrids. Bryant, a British forest officer was the one who landscaped this park in the year 1980 and hence it is named after him. This is the place where the annual vegetable and flower show is held during the month of May and is the most visited place by many during the summer months. A glasshouse in the park contains wide varieties of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.

DAY 08

Kodaikanal to Coimbatore (170 Kms / 4 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road for Coimbatore to board flight / train for onward journey.