Beautiful Nest and Backwater Tour, a package of 19 nights and 20 days, offers you a chance to explore some of the most popular destinations of South India. This well-planned itinerary takes you to Mumbai, Kovalam, Allepey, Ooty, Bangalore, Vythiri, Thekkady, Kottayam, Cape Comorin and more. The itinerary includes a number of activities like indulging in sightseeing, interacting with wildlife, going aboard houseboat and a speedboat, stay in a Tree house, leisure/nature walks and more.
Duration : 19Nights/20Days
Destination Covered : Mumbai - Trivandrum - Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Varkala - Kumarakom - Periyar - Kottayam - Alleppey -Kochi - Kozhikode - Vythiri - Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore - Mumbai
Arrival in Mumbai
After you reach at the Mumbai airport, meet an IHPL representative who helps you with an assisted transfer at your pre-booked hotel. Relax for some time. The rest of the day is free for leisure activities such as exploring the city on-foot, interacting with the locals, relishing the popular street food, shopping at the markets and more. Overnight in Mumbai.
After breakfast on day 2, embark on a sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Indulge in fun activities at the Juhu Beach and visit the Gateway of India. Later, go on-board a boat cruise to the Elephanta Caves, around 10 kms to the east of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these caves was carved-out between the 5th and 8th centuries. Stay overnight in Mumbai.
On day 3, proceed to the airport to board a flight to Trivandrum. Upon arrival, complete check-in formalities at a beach resort of Kovalam. After you check-in, relax for a while and thereafter, visit the Kovalam Beach to indulge in various leisure activities. You can relax your tired senses with an Ayurvedic massage. Stay overnight.
Kovalam - Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) - Kovalam
Spend some pleasurable moments at the beach in the morning. Later in the day leave for a trip to Cape Comorin, now known as Kanyakumari. En-route, visit the Padamanabhapuram Palace- a magnificent wooden palace, erected during the 16th century and Archaeological Museum. Continue your journey to Cape Comorin to enjoy its sights and sounds. Return to your hotel in Kovalam and stay overnight.
After breakfast on the 5th day of your tour, get transferred to Varkala, a calm coastal town which is popular for its beautiful beaches. On arriving, check-in your hotel or resort. Later, leave your room for exploring the beautiful beach with an equally mesmerizing beach and the other attractions. You also have an option of enjoying an Ayurvedic massage. Overnight stay in Varakala.
Varkala - Kumarakom
Once you have your breakfast on the 6th day of the tour, go aboard a luxury cruise or a speedboat to go to Kumarakom, to treat your eyes to the beautiful Kerala backwaters. After reaching, check- in your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to indulge in activities of your interest and explore Kumarakom. Overnight stay.
Today, visit the Vembanad Lake to indulge in boat ride and various kinds of water sports like sailing, skiing and canoeing. Later, interact with the wildlife of the region at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary. During bird watching, spot local birds like parrots, the water fowl, owl, cuckoo, egret, the water duck, teal, wood beetle and heron, along with the migratory. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Kumarakom - Periyar
After breakfast on day 8, get transferred to the Periyar National Park, by road. On the way, enjoy the view of spice gardens, curving hill roads, streams, waterfalls, nature trails and more. Once you reach, check- in at your hotel/ jungle, lodge. After relaxing for a while, you can indulge in the activities of your interest such as a nature walk or trekking. Stay overnight in Periyar.
Periyar National Park (Thekkady)
Have breakfast and leave your room to spot wildlife of the region in their natural habitat in the Periyar National Park. You can spot wildlife species like tigers, elephant gaur, Dholes, barking deer and more. One of the major attractions here is a boat cruise on the Lake Periyar where you can spot animals, quenching their thirst at the edge of the Lake. Overnight stay.
Periyar - Kottayam
On day 10, have your breakfast and later, begin driving to Kottayam. After reaching Kottayam, go on-board a traditional houseboat that is well- equipped with every modern amenity. You are going to enjoy a 2-day backwater cruise towards Alleppey. These two-days are going to be simply amazing where you cruise on the calm backwaters and cross villages, paddy fields, coconut groves and enjoy the lush greenery sprinkled all around you. Overnight aboard.
Backwater Houseboat Cruise
You are going to have a great experience during the houseboat cruise where you are served sumptuous dishes of Kerala cuisines, prepared by expert chefs. While admiring the lush landscape of Kerala, you also indulge in bird watching. Stay overnight on-board.
Alleppey - Kochi
After arriving in Alleppey, disembark the houseboat to begin driving to Kochi (Cochin). As you reach, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel. Take rest for some time and later, after lunch in the afternoon, leave for sightseeing. The major tourist attractions of the day are the Jewish Synagogue, the St Francis Church, and the Dutch Palace at Matancherry. Later, visit the popular spice markets. The evening is scheduled for attending a Kathakali dance performance. Overnight stay in Kochi.
Kochi - Kozhikode
Today after breakfast, you begin driving to Kozhikode (Calicut). Upon arriving, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel. The afternoon is scheduled for exploring Calicut by visiting its major tourist attractions like the Krishna Art Museum and Pazhassi Raja Museum and Art Gallery. Overnight stay.
Kozhikode - Vythiri
Relish sumptuous breakfast on the 14th day of the tour and then get transferred to Vythiri, by road. On arriving, check-in at a Tree House. This hotel is located 80- feet, above the ground level. It consists of luxury treetop huts as well as cabins. Stay overnight.
The 15th day of the tour is spent at the resort. Treat your eyes to the greenery sprinkled all around. You have a comfortable stay in this well-equipped tree house. You can indulge in a number of activities all throughout the day like visiting the waterfalls, enjoying a morning walk, indulging in trekking, enjoying Yoga and meditation session, visiting the popular spots, enjoying at the spa, kid’s park, natural pool and more. Stay overnight.
Vythiri - Ooty
Post breakfast, begin your road journey towards Ooty. Once you arrive in Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, a popular South Indian hill town, complete the check- in formalities at your pre-booked hotel. Thereafter, leave the comforts of your room to explore this beautiful hill station of Tamil Nadu where you can do some shopping, enjoy walks, taste local renditions and more. Stay overnight.
On the 17th day after you have breakfast, leave for sightseeing, visiting the major tourist attractions. Visit the Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Park, and the other viewpoint. Enjoy a leisure walk in the nearby tea plantations. Overnight stay in Ooty.
Ooty - Mysore
Post breakfast, leave for Mysore by road. On arrival, check- in at your pre-booked hotel. Freshen-up and leave the room for indulging in sightseeing. The list of today’s attractions includes St Philomena's Church, the Lalitha Mahal Palace, Chamundeshwari Temple and the Shri Ramachamarajendra Art Gallery in the Jagmohan Palace. In the evening, visit the beautiful Brindavan Gardens, that look even nicer at night with musical fountains with colorful lights transformations. Stay overnight.
On day 19, after having breakfast, visit the remaining attractions of Mysore. Later, begin your driving towards Bangalore. After reaching, complete the check- in formalities at your hotel. The evening is at leisure. Stay overnight.
In the morning, visit the major tourist attractions of the Bangalore city including the Vidhan Soudha, Nandi Temple Ulsoor Lake and Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens. Later, get transferred to the airport to catch a flight to Mumbai. On arriving in Mumbai, get freshened-up at the pre-booked hotel. Thereafter, get an assisted transfer to the international airport for boarding a flight towards your onward destination.