South India Immersive Journey
Suitable for:
Spiritual, Cultural, Artistic & Gastronomic Interests
Friends & Family Travel
Solo Female Travel
Corporate Travel
Journey Overview
Calm and soothing region; idyllic escapes in houseboats along the backwaters of Kerala, mean to immerse you into the Tropical South of India. Renowned for its kind  people, lush scenery, delicious Indian cuisine and distinctive gopuram temples. A relaxing and culturally stimulating journey.
Mumbai (also known as Bombay) is the most populous place in India, and one of the largest, most vibrant cities in the world. Experience a dynamic, modern city with cosmopolitan lifestyle, a home to breathtaking historical landmarks, famous places, rich culture, and much more.
Bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.

The Influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and British, are felt. 
From houseboat stays in to lazing around on pristine beaches, the range of memorable experiences you can have in the coastal town of Alappuzha is almost overwhelming for first-time visitors. 

Surrounded by dense greenery including countless coconut trees that lean over the waters, these backwaters are navigated by all sorts of traditional boats, most famously by the Kerala riverboats.
Experience the sight of majestic elephants, spice plantations, and beautiful hills. The Periyar forest is a National treasure, containing the most vivid range of flora and fauna on the planet, including migratory species spotted in these lands.
Popular hill-station of Kerala perched at an altitude of 1600 m in the Western Ghats, known as the Kashmir of South India. Situated on the banks of three rivers Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is also blessed with natural bird sanctuaries and the tea plantations.
Established by the British in the early 19th century as the summer headquarters of the Madras Government, and known as the Queen of Hill Stations, mixes Indian bustle and Hindu temples with beautiful gardens. Experience a journey up there on the celebrated miniature train, in romantic and stunning scenery.
Served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries from 1399 until 1956. A city with a majestic lavish palace, regal and opulence is a synonymous to it.  Carved wooden doors, mosaic floors and a series of paintings depicting life there during the Raj are awaiting to be witnessed.

Mysore lends its name to various art forms and culture, such as Mysore Dasara, Mysore painting; the sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore Masala Dosa; brands such as Mysore Sandalwood soap and ink. Known as well for its special variety of jasmine flower fondly referred as Mysore Mallige.
The heart of Karnataka, boasting Hoysala architecture echoes of Carnatic music, bright flowers waiting to be picked to garland a deity, and the aroma of mouthwatering food. The state was also home to 19th-century French missionaries, who have left a mark on the architecture of the region. Unravel the magic that is expressed around Hassan.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this place is a historical delight for travellers. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire. Discover an open museum with 100+ locations to explore and understand Indian History.
Journey Highlights
Elephanta Caves
Gateway of India
Dharavi the Slum
Dhobi Ghat
Colaba Market
Fort Cochin
Fishing Net
Fish Market
Church of Saint Francis
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
The Backwaters of Kerala
Spice Gardens
Periyar Wildlife Lake
Natural Beauty of Tea States
Natural Beauty of Tea States
Avalanche Lake
Pykara Lake and Waterfalls
Ooty Lake
Mysore Palace
Ranganathaswamy Temple
St. Philomenas’s Church
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
Folklore Museum
Shantaleswara Temple
Kedareswara Temple
Chennakesava Temple
Mahanavami Dibba
Lotus Palace
Virupaksha Temple
Journey Day By Day
Day 1 -3 MUMBAI
Feel the energy of Bombay impressive city and live the Elephanta Caves. Experience as well Dharavi, the area where Bollywood movie and Oscar Winner, “Slumdog Millionaire” has been shot. Food, art, cinema and music lovers would enjoy being there. Witness the Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Hotel.

Some places would be visited according to your time and personal interests.

Next Stop: Cochin
Distance from Mumbai to Cochin: 2h  (Flight)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Fort Residency
Semi Luxury: Suba Palace
Luxury: Taj Mahal Tower
Day 3 - 5 COCHIN
You will be picked up from Cochin Airport with a signed board under your name, as per your flight details.

Early arrivals have the possibility to explore Cochin, depending on your preferences. Some places would be visited according to your time and personal interests.

Next stop: Alleppey
Distance from Cochin to Alleppey: 1h 20min (55 km)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Old Courtyard
Semi Luxury: Trident
Luxury: Grand Hayat
Day 5 - 6 ALLEPPEY
Enjoy a Boat Ride at Vembananad Lake, which offers a fascinating insight into the life of Keralan Backwater. On the narrow strip of land you could appreciate the fishing fishermen, children swimming, and women doing their daily chores. Experience any place you find on the way, loose yourself and unravel the magic of the place.

Next stop: Thekkady
Distance from Alleppey to Thekkady: 3h 30min (140 km)
Hotel Options Available:
Houseboat in the Backwaters of Kerala
Day 6 – 8 THEKKADY
Boating on the Lake Periyar and witness the fascinating Wildlife and   unique animal sanctuaries in India. Visit the fragrant spice plantations of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and coffee. Enjoy the Tea States as well. 

Shop in the local market for natural seasonings to take home.

Next stop: Munnar
Distance from Thekkady to Munnar: 3h  (90 km)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Tree Top
Semi Luxury: Elephant Court
Luxury: Naramaya Retreats
Day 8 – 10 MUNNAR
One of the highest Tea growing lands in the world. Visit Eravikulam National Park, home of the endangered Nilgiri Thar (Ibex). Experience Mattupetty Dam, the Indo Swiss Dairy farm and the Kundala Lake.

Next stop: Ooty
Distance from Munnar to Ooty: 6h 40min (250km)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Abad Cooper Castle
Semi Luxury: Tea County Resort
Luxury: Panoramic Gateway
Day 10 – 12 OOTY
Visit the Nilgiris' tribal communities, erratically open museum, with its fascinating exhibits on Nilgiri and other Tamil Nadu tribal groups. Walk and enjoy established in 1848, these pretty 22-hectare gardens are a living gallery of the Nilgiris' natural flora. Keep an eye out for a typical Toda mund (village), a fossilised tree trunk believed to be 20 million years.

Next stop: Mysore
Distance from Ooty to Mysore: 3h (125km)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
Semi Luxury: Club Mahindra Derby Resort
Luxury: Savoy IHCL Selections
Day 12 – 14 MYSORE
Located in the Chamundi Hills of Karnataka state, and ancient capital of the Mysore´s Kingdom, and today is a modern city with a dazzling rich heritage.

Visit Mysore Palace to witness Indian, Islamic and European mixture of architectural styles. Learn about Chamundi Hill, Brindavan Gardens, Sri Chamundiswari Temple, and St. Philomena´s Church.

Buy and enjoy Sandalwood handcrafts, spices and incense sticks.

Next stop: Hassan
Distance Mysore to Hassan: 2h 30min (125km)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Ruchi the Prince
Semi Luxury: Country Inn and Suites
Luxury: Savoy Radisson Blu Plaza
Day 14 – 15 HASSAN
Ancient city located in Hassan district in the state of Karnataka. Enjoy the heritage and centuries-old monuments belonging to the Hoysala Period from 11th to 13th Century. 

Visit Gorur Dam on the River Hemavathi, Hoysala Temples of Nageshwara and Channakeshava. And mesmerize with picturesque partly submerged in the Hemavathi River, Shetihalli Church. 
Next stop: Hampi
Distance from Hassan To Hampi: 6h (330km)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Malligi Residency
Semi Luxury: Ashok Hassan
Luxury: Hoysala Village Resort
Day 15 – 18 HAMPI
A carnival of carvings, an unearthly landscape with ruins that captivates the eye and spirit of every visitor, like the Zenana Enclosure; kilometers of terrain with jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields.

See and enjoy Hindu Temples: Vittala, Virupashka and Achyutaraya. And have a pleasant walk in Sule Bazaar.
Next stop: Mumbai
Distance from Hampi to Mumbai: 2h (Flight)
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Kishkinda Heritage Resort
Semi Luxury: Hotel Malligi
Luxury: Hampi’s Boulders Resort
Feel the energy of this impressive city and live the Elephanta Caves. Experience as well Dharavi, the area where Bollywood movie and Oscar Winner, “Slumdog Millionaire” has been shot.
Relaxed and ready for travelling back home, your driver will take you to the airport as per your flight schedule.
Hotel Options Available:
Affordable: Fort Residency
Semi Luxury: Suba Palace
Luxury: Taj Mahal Tower
Included in South India Immersive Journey
-Selected 18 night accommodation based on single/double occupancy in mentioned hotels
-Full breakfast daily
-Air Conditional Comfortable Vehicle with WI-FI for your connectivity
-Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
-English-Speaking Local Driver and Private Guide
-Driver expenses, fuel, insurance and all taxes covered
 -Entrance Fees and Taxes
-Flight Ticket from Mumbai to Cochin
-Flight Ticket from Hampi to Mumbai
-All your meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) included during your stay 
-Houseboat at  Kerala´s Backwaters 
- Boat Ride in the Periyar Lake to observe Wildlife 
- Live Performance of Kathakaly Dance in Thekaddy
- Live Performance of  “Kalari” an Ancient Fighting in Thekaddy
- A Naturologist short lecture in Thekaddy about the Kerala’s  Plantation  Spice Gardens 
-Bottle of water while in the car
Excluded Services in this Journey:
 -International or Domestic flights
-Gratuities/tips for bellboys and housekeeping staff. This is left to your discretion.
-Indian visa (most people will require an Indian visa - Please note we don’t provide advice on visas and it is your responsibility to obtain the correct information/visa)
-Meals not specified in your journey
- Beverages, unless specified.
-Tips/gratuities for meals not specified in your journey
- Travel insurance. Please be aware that comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory 
-Laundry and telephone bills.
-Entrances to monuments
-Movie/video camera fee at monuments 
-Medical  Insurance
-Baggage Insurance
-Airport Departure Taxes 
-Any other service that has not been specified
-Your Game Safaris at any National Park, unless specified in your journey
South India Immersive Journey
19 Days & 18 Nights
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