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Through Emerald Valleys to Kerala

Route: Bangalore - Mysore - Mudumalai - Wayanad - Calicut - Cochin

Kerala, India’s green emerald, is claimed to be the prettiest part of Southern India. Located in the south-western tip of India, Kerala has a blissful tropical climate. The landscape is made up of vibrant green nature, wide swept beaches and colourful temples. Further inland you'll find the backwaters, a myriad of canals, lakes and rivers. During this Kerala tour package you'll visit the colourful cities of Bangalore, Mysore, Mudumalai and Cochin. The whole region is known for its textile industry, especially silk, so get your rupees at the ready for some serious retail therapy.

We've selected some unique accommodation for this Kerala tour package and split them into two categories: 'authentic' and 'heritage'. Our 'authentic' hotels are small-scale, comfortable and reflect the local character. If you'd like something a bit more luxurious then take a look at our 'heritage' accommodation. At the bottom of the page we've included a couple of images of the accommodation to give you a taste of what to expect during your Kerala tour package trip. Just let us know on your quote request form which category accommodation you'd prefer.

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Duration 5 days / 4 nights
Departs daily from Bangalore

Accommodation

Authentic or heritage hotels. Comfort level 3/4 (see accommodation).

Price

£328 per person - Authentic hotels
£395 per person - Heritage hotels

Both based on 2 people sharing

Includes

Accommodation with breakfast, transport by private car, day train Calicut to Cochin, jeep safari in Mudumalai.

Transport


Private air-conditioned car

Excludes

All other meals and entry fees.

Day 1: Arrival in Mysore

Your Kerala tour package begins in Bangalore. Hopefully, you've already explored Bangalore, as today you’ll set off for Mysore. The trip will take about 3½ hours and along the way you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the tropical landscape and the typical Indian mayhem. Mysore is renowned for its high-quality silk, but incense and sandalwood are also made here, and the air is thick with exotic, musky scents. The rich Maharajas invested heavily in Mysore, commissioning brilliantly ornate palaces and temples. Later today you'll visit the immense palace of Mysore to gaze in awe at the huge silver doors and lavishly decorated rooms of marble and gold. You'll also visit the Chamumdi Hill Temple. The temple is perched on a hilltop at 1062 metres and offers some spectacular views over the city. Tonight you'll on an estate of an elegant little palace (authentic accommodation) with lush green gardens that was once built for the princess of Mysore. Your room in the palace has beautiful high ceilings is stylishly decorated in the original style with colonial furniture.
Kerala tour package - Mysore
Kerala tour package - Elephant in Mudumalai National Park

Day 2: Mysore - Mudumalai National Park

After breakfast on day two of your Kerala tour package, you’ll head for Mudumalai National Park, a 3-hour drive from Mysore. The park is home to the largest population of elephants in India and you might also come across deer, monkeys, honey bears, giant squirrels and even tigers. Otters and crocodiles inhabit the Moyar River that runs through the park. Mudumalai Park lies at the foot of the Nilgiris mountain range and borders the Bandipur, Nagarahole and Wayanad reserves.

When you arrive in Mudumalai on your Kerala tour package trip, you'll go straight to your jungle lodge where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing before you're picked up for your jeep safari at the end of the afternoon. You’ll be staying in a comfortable cottage (authentic accommodation) surrounded by lush green vegetation. Almost every cottage has a view of the majestic Nilgiri mountain range, and the views from the natural pool are amazing. 

Late afternoon you'll be picked up at your hotel by jeep for an evening safari in search of wild elephants - a real highlight of your Kerala tour package. With a bit of luck, you might even spot a tiger, though admittedly sightings are rare. You’ll set out on the game drive in an open top jeep to spot wildlife while the sun slowly sets. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and your camera, and keep those eyes peeled.

Day 3: Mudumalai National Park - Wayanad

This morning, wake up slowly during a peaceful breakfast in your tropical surroundings and prepare for day three of your Kerala tour package trip. Today you’ll drive across the green tea plantations and palm valleys of the Wayanad hills. Just sit back in your air-conditioned car and enjoy the views of the rolling tropical landscape pass by. All across the tea fields you can see the brightly coloured saris of the tea pickers, and big baskets filled with freshly picked tea leaves waiting to be picked up by the side of the road. You’ll be stopping off at a plantation to see the whole tea production process and even have a go at tea-picking yourself.

Wayanad is nestled in the hills of the Western Ghats, with peaks over 2000m. This relatively undiscovered area offers some breathtaking views across the emerald rolling hills. You’ll be staying in a spacious stilted bungalow in a peaceful green valley, close to a lively village. Your bungalow has a private veranda where dinner is served if you like. The evenings here are pleasantly cool, a nice place to stop off on your way to the tropical south.

Kerala tour package - Wayanad tea plantations
Kerala tour package - Kathakali dancers

Day 4: Wayanad - Cochin (Kochi)

Today it’s roughly a 70km drive from Wayanad down to Calicut where you will take the train down to Cochin the next stop on your Kerala trip. Cochin (the new name is Kochi), is a quaint coastal town with heavy Portuguese and Dutch influences. From 1503 until 1663, Cochin was ruled by the Portuguese, when it was subsequently colonized by the Dutch. Then, in 1814, it swapped into British hands. Cochin is the largest city in Kerala and an important seaport for trade in gold, textiles and fish. Down by the water, you can see the legendary Chinese fishing nets in action – incredible wooden structures that are used to catch fish even to this day. Cochin also used to have a lively trade in spices, and the spice market here is still one of the best in Kerala. In Cochin you’ll be staying in one of our hand-picked charming colonial hotels in the historic Fort Cochin district. The rooms are decorated in a colonial style but with modern facilities.

In the evening, why not visit a traditional Keralan Kathakali dance show. Kathakali literally means ‘played story’ and is characterised by very colourful make-up, dancing, dress and music.

Day 5: Departure from Cochin

After breakfast on the last day of your Kerala tour package, your personal driver will be waiting to take you around Cochin. You can visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of the Jewish district, and the Saint Francis Church (the oldest European church in India). You can also take a look at the Chinese fishing nets that arrived in Cochin with the Chinese traders many centuries ago. In the afternoon, you’ll leave the hotel to travel on to your next destination. You can explore more of Kerala with the Backwaters and Wildlife tour in Kerala or perhaps take a flight to Chennai to see the temples on our India tour from Mandurai to Chennai.

Kerala tour package - Cochin Dutch Fort

A Peek at your Authentic Accommodation (Click to Enlarge)

A Peek at your Heritage Accommodation (Click to Enlarge)

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