Trip Highlights

Visit the exquisite décor and architecture of Mysore Palace
The combination of cosmopolitan luxury and ancient history in Bangalore
Witness the incredible size of the Jain statue of Shravanabelagola
Venture through the wilderness of Nagarhole National Park
Find tranquility and solitude in the jungle at Fringe Ford plantation
Indulge in the cuisine and atmosphere of the Neeleshwar Hermitage

Trip overview:

The majesty of India’s deep south comes from ancient cities and secluded jungle, flavorful cuisine and immaculate beaches. On this custom tailored tour you will lounge in a private plantation surrounded by tranquil jungle and cruise along a river in search of elephants and tigers. Relax in a private resort on the golden sands of the Arabian Sea and experience the locals’ grand smiles and gregarious lifestyle. You can watch the sun peek through forests and reflect off of the sea. It shines on palaces and temples alike and illuminates the nature of South India.

Day 1 (The Cosmopolitan South)

On Arrival at Bangalore Airport, you will meet an IndeBo representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. After check in, there will be a briefing session about the tour. You will have rest of the day to yourself to relax. Later, enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 (Fabulous Mixture of History and Modernity)

The city is vibrant with modern luxuries that stem from its contemporary connection to the IT industry. After your meal, your guide will escort you through a tour of the city’s treasures. Find yourself in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, home to over 1,000 species of flora covering over 240-acres of land. The garden was constructed in the 18th century and continues to boast a variety of exotic and rare plant life from all around the world, including Persia and Afghanistan.You can see the lovely library of the Indian Institute of World Culture from the garden’s entrance. In the evening you can find the energy brimming around Brigade Road, the largest commercial center in the city.

Day 3 (Sacred Statues and Villages)

After breakfast you will leave Bangalore behind. En route to Hassan, you will come to Shravanabelagola, home to the towering statue of Jain. The image was constructed in the 10th century and stands as the world’s largest monolithic statue at 58 feet tall. Shravanabelagola is a town filled with ponds and temples. You can find Chandranatha Basti, a temple that contains well-preserved paintings that depict the ample legends of Jain. You continue your journey to Hassan and arrive in the tranquil comforts of your rural village lodge in the late afternoon.

Day 4 (The Home of South India)

Drive to the remarkable city of Mysore. The ancient city has roots dating back over 600 years and continues to be one of the most flamboyant cities in India. Visit Devaraja Market, one of the most colorful and traditional bazaars.You find yourself blending into the vibrant routine, looking at the banana leaves and pineapples.The Dufferin Clock Tower connotes the end of the market. The tower was built in the 19th century and continues to add an extra touch of sophisticated beauty to the colors of the market.

Day 5 (Opulent Palaces to Lavish Wildlife)

Your guide meets you at your hotel and takes you on an early tour of the Mysore Palace. The structure was rebuilt in 1912 and remains one of the grandest examples of India’s royalty.audiences. After your tour of the palace, you will venture onward to the Kabini Forest Reserve. When you come to the river you will board a boat and begin your afternoon river cruise. You continue to drift down the river but can’t stop watching the animal lumber closer to the water.

Day 6 (The Elephant and Tiger Experience)

After breakfast, explore the surrounding prairie along the Kabini riverbank. Every step the elephant takes is controlled and calculated. In the afternoon continue deeper into the expansive jungle of Nagarhole National Park.The park extends over 247 square miles and is home to many endangered species, such as the tiger.

Day 7 (Early Morning, Best Morning)

You begin the day with an early morning game drive once more around Nagarhole National Park. The wildlife is most active in the cool air of the early daylight before the sunlight creates a warmer afternoon. Your guide takes you through the diverse grounds of the park, from floodplains to forestry. Then you will make your way to Fringe Ford. The plantation stretches over 520 acres and shares borders with both the Wayanad and Tholpetty wildlife sanctuaries. The surrounding Wayanad Mountain Range rolls up to 6,300 feet above sea level.

Day 8 (Your Own Private Wilderness)

The day is at your leisure, meant for you to enjoy however you wish. You can set out along one of the plantation’s innumerable trails that lead into the hillsides and watch the golden light seep through the foliage. Twenty-seven separate streams careen through the forest; some of them eventually become waterfalls. You find the rocky terrace flush with beaded water falling and pooling below.

Day 9 (Jungle Plantation to Beach Resort)

Today you will step away from the immense jungle and sprawling mountains outside of Fringe Ford to find a gem alongside the Arabian Sea. In Northern, Kerala is the Neeleshwar Hermitage located in the seclusion of palm groves and within earshot of the sea’s soothing waves. In the afternoon you can put your feet in the warm gold sand and lounge on a hammock beneath the overhanging palm trees.

Day 10 (The Unique and the Flavorful)

The day is at your leisure to discover the splendor in and around Neeleshwar Hermitage. You find an intoxicating aroma emanating from one of the two restaurants on the property.Whether you prefer to relax on the beach or venture to the local Shree Palichon Krishna Temple to experience Kerala’s spiritual culture the remainder of the day is yours. The walkways are lined with sculptures. Fierce spirits are carved into the walls guard the entrance. You find the interior bright with images of deities, from Brahma to Shiva.

Day 11 (Your Journey Onwards)

In the afternoon you will transfer to the Airport to begin your journey home.
 
Cities Covered
Bangalore
Hassan
Mysore
Kabini
Fringe Ford
Nileshwaram
Calicut

Hotel Suggestions

Bangalore

The Oberoi

Hassan

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