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Karnataka Tour

12 days  |  Starts/Ends: Bengaluru  |  from INR -------

Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas.


Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Bengaluru – Srirangapatna – Mysore

Pick up from local address / hotel [details to be advised] and transfer by road to Mysore en-route visiting Srirangapatna
Srirangapatna :
An island site in the Kaveri River, Srirangapatnam, 12km from Mysore, has been home to religious reformers and military might since the 10th century. read more...

Vishnu Sri Ranganathasvam Temple, from which the town’s name is derived, is in fact older than the town and fort. In the 18th century the fort, originally built by the Vijayanagar kings became the capital for Haidar Ali. Upon his father’s demise Tipu Sultan also used the fort as his headquarters. Within triple fortifications, most of which were destroyed by the British, are the Jama Masjid, the Daria Daulat Bagh [summer palace] and the Gumbaz, all built by Tipu Sultan. The summer palace, built in 1784 has colourful frescos, ornamental arches and gilded paintings on the teak wood walls; the palace in its garden setting is beautiful. The museum houses some of Tipu Sultans possessions as well as some 19th century artwork. The gumbaz, [the family mausoleum] was built in memory of Haider Ali.
On arrival in Mysore, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Mysore   |  Breakfast

Day 2 : Mysore

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hills, Bull Temple and Brindavan Garden
Mysore, Karnataka’s second largest city, is famous for royal palaces, gardens, silks and sandalwood. read more...

With shady avenues and a pleasant climate this elegant city, with its fading grandeur and stunningly opulent architecture, is also the perfect place for leisurely shopping. The Palace of the Maharaja, designed by Henry Irwin was built in 1897 after the old wooden palace was destroyed in a fire. One of the largest palaces in the country and beautifully restored it houses many art treasures, wall paintings and ivory inlaid doors. The palace is a harmonious synthesis of Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures, all of which are magnificent. At the top of Chamundi hill to the southeast of the city is Chamundeshwari Temple. Dedicated to Durga the temple celebrates her victory over the buffalo god. On a clear day the views from this vantage point are wonderful. Finally, be sure to visit the giant Nandi Bull on your return.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Mysore   |  Breakfast

Mysore – Ooty

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Ooty
On arrival in Ooty, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]
Evening visit Government Botanical Garden
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Established in 1848, the Marquis of Tweedale prepared the initial layout during the late 1840s. During the time that Ootacamund was under British control, considerable cultivation of vegetables for the market was carried on by the European settlers and others. Captain Molyneux of the 2nd European Regiment managed the vegetable cultivation. The subscribers received vegetables free of cost. But this arrangement did not work out and in early 1847, a fund was raised by means of donations and subscriptions with a view to forming a horticultural society and a public garden.

Overnight: Ooty   |  Breakfast

Ooty – Coonoor – Ooty

Following early breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ooty Railway Station to board toy train to Coonoor for a joy ride
Train 56139 Ooty – Coonoor Passenger at 0915 / 1025 hours [timings are tentative and can be changed by local authorities seasonally]

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The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a railway in Tamil Nadu, India, built by the British in 1908, and was initially operated by the Madras Railway. The railway still relies on its fleet of steam locomotives. NMR comes under the jurisdiction of the newly formed Salem Division. In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the site then became known as "Mountain Railways of India" after it satisfied the necessary criteria, thus forcing abandonment of the modernisation plans. For the past several years diesel locomotives have taken over from steam on the section between Coonoor and Udhagamandalam. Local people and tourists have led a demand for steam locos to once again haul this section.

Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Ooty visiting Rose Garden, Doddabetta Peak and Tea Factories
The Rose Park was established at Vijayanagaram in Ooty town to commemorate the centenary Flower Show in Government Botanical Gardens, Udagamandalam in May 1995. The flowers are arranged in five curving terraces covering four hectares. This garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department.

Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills at 2,637 metres [8,650 feet]. There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is 9 km from Ooty, on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, South India. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit. It is the fourth highest peak in south India next to Anamudi, Mannamalai and Meesapulimala. The Chamundi Hills can be viewed from the peak.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Ooty   |  Breakfast

Ooty

Following breakfast at hotel, day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]
Overnight: Ooty   |  Breakfast

Day 6 : Ooty – Bandipur

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Bandipur National Park
On arrival in Bandipur, check-in at hotel
Afternoon game drive in Bandipur National Park by shared canter [timing for afternoon game drive is from 1630 hours to 1830 hours]
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Lunch and dinner at the hotel
Established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore but has now been upgraded to Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. The park spans an area of 874 square kilometers [337 sq mi], protecting several species of India's endangered wildlife. Together with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park [643 km2 [248 sq mi], Mudumalai National Park [320 km2 [120 sq mi]] and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary [344 km2 [133 sq mi]], it is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve totaling 2,183 km2 [843 sq mi] making it the largest protected area in southern India and largest habitat of wild elephants in south Asia.

Overnight: Bandipur   |  Lunch , Dinner

Day 7 : Bandipur

Early morning and afternoon game drives in Bandipur National Park by shared canter [timing for morning game drive is from 0630 hours to 0830 hours and afternoon game drive is from 1630 hours to 1830 hours]
Overnight: Rameshwaram   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Bandipur – Bylakuppe – Coorg

Following breakfast at resort, check-out from resort and transfer by road to Coorg en-route visiting Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement

Bylakuppe is Tibetan settlement established by Lugsum Samdupling in 1961 and Dickyi Larsoe in 1969. read more...

The town is mainly inhabited by Tibetans who, according to a demographic survey carried out by the Central Tibetan Administration's Planning Commission. Today, an estimated 70,000 Tibetans live in the settlements; these were established on land leased by the state government to accommodate some of the Tibetan expatriates who came to resettle in India after 1959. Bylakuppe consists of a number of agricultural settlements, colonies are close to each other, and has number of monasteries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera Monastery, the smaller Tashilunpo Monastery [both in the Gelug tradition] and Namdroling Monastery [in the Nyingma tradition]. Bylakuppe also has many Buddhist universities for advanced Buddhist practices. On arrival in Coorg, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Coorg   |  Breakfast

Day 9 : Coorg

Following breakfast at hotel, day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]

Overnight: Coorg   |  Breakfast

Day 10 : Coorg – Bengaluru

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Bengaluru On arrival in Bengaluru, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Bengaluru  |  Breakfast

Day 11 : Bengaluru

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Bengaluru visiting Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bull Temple and Vidhan Soudha. read more...

Bengaluru – Known as the “Garden City” because of its numerous parks and avenues of jacaranda, gulmohur and cassia, Bengaluru was founded by Kempe Gowda, a Magadi chieftain, who marked the city limits and built a mud fort in 1537. It was Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan who extended the city until the British gained control in 1799. Present day Bengaluru is one of the countries fastest growing cities and it is known as the I.T. capital of India. Visit Tipu’s Summer Palace, originally built by Tipu Sultan’s father, Haider Ali and completed by Tipu in 1791. The palace is made entirely of wood except for the internal pillar supports. The Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, built by Haider Ali in 1760 and the Bull Temple at Basavanagudi which is home to the huge 5m high black granite ‘Nandi’ bull are both worth visiting. It is worth driving past the magnificent Vidhan Soudha, the State legislature built in 1956, and for those all-important souvenirs, a trip to the Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre is essential.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Bengaluru   |  Breakfast

Day 12 : Depart Bengaluru

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure
Hotel check-out at 1200 hours

Included

07 breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
Hotel accommodation in a double room in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotels
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels except in Bandipur and Coorg where all meals would be included
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Innova car for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
Toy train for a joy ride from Ooty to Coonoor in best available class
Three game drives in Bandipur National Park by shared canter
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing
Supply of mineral water [02 bottles of 250 ml per person per day] in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
India visa fees
Travel insurance
Any other services not mentioned in price inclusions above

Terms & Conditions

Booking of Tours: As soon you are ready to proceed with the reservations, you will be required to send 20% of the total tour cost as an advance payment to make the booking. Apart from the 20% of the tour price, you would also need to pay us the full amount for air/train tickets to be issued.

As soon as the advance is received,we will initiate the bookings for your hotels reservations, book your tickets and start making necessary arrangements for your trip and keep you updated.

Once this is done, a reservation status will be sent to you. You will then be required to pay another 30% of the tour cost at this point.

Balance 50% of the tour price can be paid by you upon your arrival in India by cash, but before the commencement of the services.

Alternatively you could pay by bank transfer a fortnight before your arrival.
Please note that the prices quoted are as per the prevailing foreign exchange conversion rates. The final price will therefore be subjected to fluctuations, if any, and will be accordingly adjusted at the time of receipt of payment.

** During peak season of Christmas and New Year (20 Dec to 05 Jan), the complete payment is required to be sent in advance.
** For Special Luxury Train Journeys , 25% of the fare is to be paid at the time of booking. Balance is to be 75 days prior to departure date.

Amendment to a Booked Tour
We do not encourage changes in the confirmed arrangements. But if you do need to make amendments in the arrangements already confirmed, we will do all possible to accommodate the changes, depending on the availability of various segments of the tour, for the new requirements. However, the changes will be subject to certain minimum amendment / administration charges.

Cancellation of a Booked Tour
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Please note that the prices quoted are as per the prevailing foreign exchange conversion rates. The final costing will therefore be subjected to fluctuations, if any, and will be accordingly adjusted at the time of receipt of payment.

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BALANCE PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR TOURS
(1) For guests arriving in Mumbai, Kochi, Trivandrum, Madurai, Banglore, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Kolkotta, Ahmedabad, Surat, Jaipur and Bikaner, balance payment is to be made in cash only in only in the following currencies - USD, GBP, EURO, AUD, Canadian Dollar, Singapore, Dirham, Malaysian Ringett, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc, Bahrain Dinar, Dannish kroner, Egyptian Pound, Hong kong Dollar, Kuwati dinar, Newzealand dollar, Norway Croner, Omani Rial, Qatari Rial, Saudi Rial, Sweedish Kroner, Thai Bhat, UAE Dirham, South African Rand
For guests arriving in places other than stated above.
Balance payment is to be made one week prior to start of the tour.

For guests arriving in Delhi, following options are available :
(1) Cash
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(2) Traveler's cheques issued by AMEX only
In USD, GBP and EURO . Should be in the name of the guest. The documents essentially required are photo copy of Passport and VISA.

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Tour Details
Starts
Bengaluru
Ends
Bengaluru
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 11
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