Our tour is an interesting experience into culturally enchanting and verdant landscapes of South India that showcases varied charms of this tropical region. We explore ancient Hindu temples and lavish palaces; enjoy picturesque hill walks; see exotic wildlife in its natural habitat; and relax on a houseboat while cruising through the famous Kerala backwaters.
We begin from the modern metropolis of Bangalore, India’s technology hub, before heading west to Mysore, one of the most attractive old cities in the country. We marvel at the opulence of the Maharaja’s Palace - a highlight of an enjoyable day’s sightseeing.
From here it’s up into the verdant heights of the Western Ghats, taking in the national parks of Nagarhole and adjoining Bandipur and Mudumalai – which together form the largest protected wildlife area in southern India. During a series of game drives we seek out wild elephants, tigers, sloth bears and a variety of deer and primate species.
From Bandipur we spend a day walking and sightseeing in the picturesque hill station of Ooty – with a ride on the so-called ‘toy train’ through the hills – before crossing the state-line on our way to Munnar in Kerala. Next we visit breathtakingly beautiful wildlife sanctuaries at Eravikulam and Periyar and also take a boat-ride on the spectacular Periyar Lake to watch its colourful birdlife.
The final stage of this cultural and natural exploration of South India sees us descend to the lush Kerala coast to spend a night on a houseboat on a tour of the famous Kerala backwaters in Alleppey. We finish our tour in the romantic old spice town of Cochin, a trading post on the Arabian Sea since Roman times.