Hills of South India

Duration: 11 Nights | 12 Days

Destination Covered: Coimbatore - Ooty - Coimbatore - Kodaikanal - Periyar - Munnar - Kochi

Day 01     (Coimbatore – Ooty)

OotyArrival Coimbatore airport/railway station by any convenient flight/Train from Home. You are picked up from the Airport/Railway station or from any location in Coimbatore by the representative of Halo Backwaters for your journey in Tamil Nadu.

Early morning travel by road to Ooty. Ooty, the Scotland of the East, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South India. Go discover an Ooty that veils herself in season. Ooty has plenty of attractions, both on and off the beaten path. The Botanical Garden are well laid out with avenues of shady trees and myriad ornamental plants and flowers. But the main attraction here is the fossilized tree trunk – all of 20 million years old. Overnight stay at Ooty.

Day 02     (Ooty)

OotyMove through the tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers. Lush green hills all around - a place difficult to describe. The Rose Garden, atop a hill off Etiennes Road, is all of 10 acres. In winter, when the 1919 varieties of roses of all hues are out, a stroll in this scented garden is an unforgettable experience.

John Sullivan, the first Collector and virtual founder of Ooty, constructed 2½ km long artificial lake in 1824.There is a charming lake garden, a jetty, snack bars and pony and toy train rides on offer for the kiddies. Other attractions are Doddabetta Peak and St, Stephen’s Church.Doddabetta Peak is the highest in Tamil Nadu.Lies at the juction of Western & Eastern Ghats at 2633 M above sea level. Overnight stay at Ooty.

Day 03     (Ooty)

Sim's Park,CoonoorAfter breakfast drive to Coonoor.This really is a charming hamlet. Once you are in upper Coonoor,it is easy to chill out, take leisurely trips to the nearby tourist gawk - spots, trek to your heart's content in and around the sholas - the gallery forests of the Blue Mountains - and of course, down endless cups of Nilgiri - grown tea or coffee. 

Take a sight seeing of Sim's Park, Lamb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose and Catherine Falls. Overnight stay at Ooty.

 

Day 04     (Ooty - Coimbatore)

Toy Train - OotyEarly morning transfer to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) railway station to catch the famous narrow - gauge Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway climbs down from Ooty Mettupalayam on the plains,via Hillgrove and Coonoor to Mettupalayam ,a journey of 46 km passing through sixteen tunnels,eleven stations and nineteen bridges.

Upon arrival at Mettupayalam, transfer to the hotel at Coimbatore.

Coimbatore is a large sprawling industrial city with wide orderly roads.It is indeed a good place to halt en route to Niligiri hill station.Overnight stay at Coimbatore.Overnight stay at Coimbatore.

Day 05     (Coimbatore - Kodaikanal)

KodaikanalAfter breakfast check out and drive to Kodaikanal-situated on the southern crest of the Palani Hills at an altitude of 2100 M is this charming retreat of Kodikanal.Set up as a sanatorium in 1845 by the American Madura Mission,Kodai holds a unique distination.It happens to be the only hill station in India to be established by Americans.Overnight stay at Kodaikanal.

Day 06     (Kodaikanal)

The town is a maze of churches, hotels, restaurants, touts and homemade signs advertising homemade chocolates. No sightseeing tour of Kodai can commence without the customary amble down Croaker’s Walk a strip of paves road on the steep southern mountainside. Later take sight seeing of Kodai visiting the Bryants Park, Green Vally View Point, Pillar Rock, Silver Cascade. Overnight stay at Kodaikanal.

Day 07     (Kodaikanal - Periyar)

KathakaliGet ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Thekkady (Periyar) nestled in spice and rubber plantations. Known to be Kerala's pride and testimony to nature's splendor, Periyar has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. Periyar is famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Check in to your resort and get ready for your trip to cardamom hills where you could have a closer look at the spice plantations.

Later in the evening enjoy Kathakali dance presentation. Kathakali (literally, story play), the spectacular classical dance drama of Kerala based on the guidelines laid by Saga Bharatha's Natya Sastra,the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 500 years old. Overnight at Thekkady.

Day 08     (Periyar)

Periyar or ThekkadyAfter breakfast visit at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centre piece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron.

The visit is done in a boat to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. A boat ride on the lake is a delightful way of spotting elephants and avifauna. If you are forunate, you might even spot the pride of the sanctuary, the tiger. Although tiger sightings are not very common, there are enough of these magnificent felines around (Boat ride is depend upon the availability of the cruise (Cost of this tour is Extra)).

Later on proceed to visit the Elephant Junction or Elephant Camp. This is a unique experience, seated atop an elephant; guests are taken along trails into the depths of the cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantation. The ride can be a miss of moments of pure terror interspersed with long perid of utter peace. Overnight at Thekkady.

Day 09     (Periyar - Munnar)

MunnarGet ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. Check in to your resort and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breath taking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Return to your resort in the evening.

Day 10     (Munnar)

MunnarThis morning after breakfast, visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and View Mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvelous views of Munnar valley below.

Say hello to the Nilgiri Tahr.Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr lives in the Eravikulam National Park at Munnar.Friendly as they are, you can pat them or pose for pictures with them. So meet them and have plenty to brag about back home.Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 11     (Munnar - Kochi)

Kochi - Chinese Fishing NetGet ready after breakfast for your drive to Kochi.Till recently, Kochi was Cochin, and only half as frenetic. It was a lagoon that made Kochi as cherished destination as far back as the early 16th century and it is the same lagoon that makes Kochi one of the nation's busiest port now. On the way visiting Cheyyappara Waterfalls, viewpoints etc.

After lunch in the hotel proceed for the sightseeing in and around Kochi. The most important heritage sightseeing is in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. You will need a couple of hours of leisurely walks to take in this heritage quarter. The heritage quarter are includes Santa Cruz Basilica, Princess Street, St.Francis, Dutch Cemetery, Jew Street, Pardesi Synagogue and Chinese Fishing net.

Day 12     (Kochi - Airport)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kochi airport/railway station to catch the flight/train to home. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories. Tour Concludes.

Suggested Hotels (Product ID : KTP - 03)

Destinations

No: of Nights

Budget Hotels

3 Star Hotels

4 Star Hotels

Ooty

3

Hotel Vinayaga

Meadows Residency

Deccan Park Resort

Coimbatore

1

Park Plaza

Rathna Residency

The Residency

Kodaikanal

2

Hotel Spring Valley

Kodai Resort

Qality Inn Sabari Resorts

Thekkady

2

Blooming Paradise

Periyar Meadows

Greenwoods

Munnar

2

Archana Residency

Clouds Valley

Fort Munnar

Kochi

1

Saas Tower

Harbour View Residency

Avenue regent

Cost of Package Per Person

INR 29,000/-

INR 38,000/-

INR 49,000/-

 Availability : Available

Tour Includes :

- Hotel Accommodationinthe above star hotels/resorts on twin sharing basis.

-All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by A/c car.

- Exclusive Air-conditioned car for Sightseeing and excursions as per our itinerary.

- All toll, drivers allowance and taxes.

-Daily Buffet / Fixed Menu breakfast in all hotels.

- All meals during the houseboat cruise.

- Meet and Assist services.

- These rates are valid till 15th of December 2016 and 15th of January 2017 onwards.

- All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.

Tour do not includes :

- Any Air/train fares other than those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any meals other then those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any other item not specified in 'cost includes'.

- Guide, Inter State Entry ticket, Inter State permits fees, boat/ferry ticket, camera and entry tickets at various places of sight seeing.

- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, taxes etc.

- Any Expenses of personal nature such as portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, wine, mineral water, telephone charges, laundry, guide charges, boating charges, entrance fees and all items of personal nature.

Terms & Conditions :

- The above cost is for 01 people on twin sharing basis.

- A minimum of 02 persons are required.

- For the package with transportation a minimum of 2 people is mandatory

- Children above the age of 12 years will be charged the applicable adult rates.

- Children above the age of 05 years will be charged the applicable extra bed rates.

- In case of an extra person, the third bed is a rollaway bed or cot.

- Base category rooms are allotted for the stay, Any requirement / availability of higher category of room would incur extra cost.

- The above Rates applicable for today and subject to change at later dates.

- All Rates & bookings subject to availability.

- A/c in the houseboat will be working from 09.00 PM to 07.00 AM.
- Houseboat will be anchored from 05 00 PM to 0730 AM
- Accommodation in A/c rooms in all places except in Munnar and Thekkady where rooms are Non a/c.

- All reservations are depending upon the availability of rooms at the time of your final confirmation.

- The company is not responsible for the event of any of the above mentioned sightseeing are not becoming available at a particular date caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, holidays and maintenance work in the park or museum.

- The company will not be held responsible for any damages or sabotage caused to the property of the customer due to riots, armed dacoities, terrorist activity or any other incidents, events, occurrences etc., if for any reason whatsoever his employee or representative is present at the customer's premises during such happening provided that they have no role in such happenings.

- The company is not liable to provide the vehicle(s) contracted for in case he is unable to do so on account of mob violence, riots, communal violence, strike, agitation, natural calamities, flooding, inundation, water logging, typhoon, cyclone or other obstructions/disturbances etc. adversely affecting, threatening or obstructing safe passage for the vehicle. In such event the contractor will try to provide transport to the maximum extent possible & the may customer may not insist, pressure or coerce the contractor or his driver on such occasions & reluctance, disinclination or refusal on the part of the driver will not be construed to be misconduct, dereliction, disrespect or deficiency in service on the part of the contractor. The driver's judgement is such cases to be accepted by all parties.

- Reserve the rooms at an equivalent hotel, if the room is not available at hotels/resorts mentioned.

Reservation Policy :

- Confirmation of Tour Package is subject to the remittance of 25% of the total tour cost in advance and balance to be paid prior to the commencing of the tour so as to protect all arrangements on definite arrival basis.

Cancellation & Refunds :

- 30 days before the commencement of the tour: 25% of the tour cost will be levied.

- 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 50% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 75% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 07 days before the commencement of the tour: 100% of the tour cost will be levied.

- No refund is entitled for no shows.

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