Meals Include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
Udhagamandalam is the other name of Ooty which is a famous hill station in Tamil Nadu. The hill station is extremely quiet and is surrounded by dense forests. The major attraction here includes the central Ooty Lake is a huge artificial expanse of water with pleasure boats. Another major attraction is the famous Rose Garden which houses more than 2,000 rose varieties. Government Botanical Garden, created in the 19th century, features ferns, orchids and a prehistoric, fossilized tree. When people of south India feel much heat, they prefer to visit this small wonder to take pleasure of most pleasant temperature which does not rise beyond 15 degree Celsius.
Our next destination Coonoor is another hill station near Ooty which is much famous for its verdant tea estates in the surrounding Nilgiri Hills. The tourists attraction here includes the Sim’s Park which is a sprawling public garden with plants like rhododendrons, roses and eucalyptus trees. The steam Nilgiri Mountain Railway travels between the towns of Mettupalayam and Ooty via Coonoor. Dolphin’s Nose is a vantage point with views of the cascading Catherine Falls.
Kumarakom on the other hand is small town in Kerala lulled by the beauty of cold water Lake Vembanad. Enjoy the magical view around the Lake while admiring the beauty of the Lake. Here, you can enjoy boating while spotting the colorful avifauna species. So, get ready to explore the hill stations of south and get ready to be inspired.
Day 1: Arrival in Coimbatore - Ooty (approx. 100 km/ 3 hours)
Upon arrival in Coimbatore Airport/Railway station, you will be escorted by our cordial representative towards the hill town Ooty. The serpentine road and mesmerizing views unfold in front of you as you drive toward Ooty. Upon arrival in the town, check into the hotel and unwind from the hectic journey. Later, take a sightseeing tour to attractions like Botanical Garden- spread in 22 hectares, this beautiful garden has a terraced layout; Ooty Lake- where one can enjoy boating and Doddabetta Peak- the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills with a height of 2,637 m. Later, enjoy a visit to the local market. Spen your evening admiring the lush green valleys of the town and enjoy your time in the hotel as you return back. Stay in the hotel overnight.
Day 2: Ooty – Coonoor - Ooty (approx. 1 hour)
On day 4, you will leave for a day excursion to Coonoor. You will be visiting the aromatic tea plantations, lofty verdant Nilgiri Hills and colorful wildflowers. Bird watching is a popular activity here due to avifaunal wealth. Also you wil be visiting to the Dolphin's Nose- a massive rock formation in the shape of the nose of a dolphin. The views from top are breathtaking. Next, enjoy a visit to the Lamb's rock- a wonderful picnic spot, equally popular amid locals and tourists. Later, return to Ooty for an overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 3: Ooty - Kodaikanal (approx. 250 km / 6 hours)
Day 3 begins early. Start your road journey to Kodaikanal. On the way visit the Palani temples. The temples here are a wonderful example of South Indian style of temple architecture. Later, continue your journey. As you reach, complete the check-in. Enjoy some refreshment and then leave for sightseeing of Kodaikanal. Known for its green hills, placid lakes, granite cliffs, lush valleys and cascading waterfalls, this hill station of Tamil Nadu has several attractions. Enjoy the peace spread all around. Return to the hotel in the evening and enjoy your stay.
Day 4: Kodaikanal
Continue with the sightseeing today. The hill town of Kodaikanal is placed around the star shaped Kodai Lake, spread in an area of 60 acres. Popular places of tourist interest include the Kodai Lake, Kodaikanal Solar Physical Observatory, Bryant Park (housing 740 species of roses), Coaker's Walk (a long pathway with wonderful views), Kurunji Andavar Temple (dedicated to Lord Murugan or Kartikeya), Green Valley View with its wonderful vistas, Pillar Rocks (a picnic spot with a small well-maintained garden) and Shembaganur Natural History Museum.
Day 5: Kodaikanal- Munnar (160 km / 6 hours)
On Day 5, you will be driven to Munnar, famous for its tea plantations. Upon arrival in Munnar, check into the hotel and rest for some time. A beautiful hill station in Kerala Munnar is blessed with abundant scenic pleasures. In the evening, a wildlife Safari at the Eravikulam National Park is scheduled for you. Here you can witness rare species of a kind of mountain goat, Nilgiri Tahr. Embark on a jungle safari inside the national park. Once back to the hill town, explore the old town market. Return to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 6: Munnar
Day 6 is reserved for a local sightseeing tour of Munnar town. If evening safai wasn’t enough, go for a morning safari inside the Eravikulam National Park where you can spot several exotic animal species such as Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian bison and more. The national park is a home to rich biodiversity with high elevation shoal-grassland ecosystem. Enjoy your day exploring the town and treat your eyes with the lovely lush views. Return back to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 7: Munnar – Periyar
In the morning of day 7, take pleasure in leisure walk in the pristine tea gardens of Munnar town. Here you can spot Neela Kurunji, a rare flower species in the region. Later in the day, begin your drive towards Periyar. Upon arrival in Periyar, check in to the jungle resort and unwind from the long journey. In the evening, you will be out to take pleasure in bird watching and boating at the Periyar Lake. You would be able to spot several colorful species of resident as well as migratory birds here. Return to the lodge for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Periyar – Kumarakom
On day 8 of your Kerala tour, you will be driving towards Kumarakom, a town situated on the banks of Lake Vembanad. Upon arrival at Kumarakom, check in to the hotel or resort on the banks of Lake placid. Enjoy the magical view around the Lake while admiring the beauty of the Lake. Here, you can enjoy boating while spotting the colorful avifauna species. In the evening, explore the town and local markets for shopping the local specialties of the town. Later, return back to the hotel and enjoy the overnight stay.
Day 9: Kumarakom - Cochin for departure (approx. 60 km / 2 hours)
In the morning, start driving to Cochin. As you reach, enjoy half day sightseeing of Cochin including the St. Francis Church- the oldest European church in India that was formed in 1503, the Chinese Fishing Nets- locally known as Cheena vala, Jewish Synagogue or Paradesi Synagogue- the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations and lastly the Dutch Palace or the Mattancherry Palace - founded in 1568. Later, transfer to Cochin airport to board the flight to your onward destination.