Backwaters of Kerala
Periyar - Alleppey - Marari
It cannot be felt, it has to be lived. It's majestically bestowed with everything from plains to mountains, valleys to rivers, high-rises to ancient temples, and artificial gardens to coffee plantations. And we take the responsibility of journeying you across India's finest tourism destination.
Arrive at Hyderabad International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. MAGADH TRAVELS executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Hyderabad.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad: Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumoured to be the richest man in the world at one time. From the moment you arrive at Taj Falaknuma Palace in a horse-drawn carriage. The 60 rooms and suites are beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam's Turkish wife. Go on a sumptuous, gastronomic ride at our Indian fine-dining restaurant, Adaa, and savour multi-cuisine specialties at Celeste. Enjoy breakfast at Celeste & Gol Bungalow and afternoon tea on the Jade Terrace or private dinners at South East Garden. Feel holistically rejuvenated at our Jiva Spa, rooted in the traditional Indian approach to wellness; complemented with a wellness menu that employs the finest principles of Ayurvedic cooking.
Morning after breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Hyderabad visiting Golconda Fort: Originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal, later it was fortified. Also visit Qutub Shahi Tombs: containing the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Chowmahalla Palace: which means four palaces, was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad. Charminar: It has been a historical place with Mosque on the top floor for over 400 years and also known for its surrounding markets. Conclude your day by visiting Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar is a very old market popular for bangles located in Hyderabad. It is located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the historic Charminar. Stay overnight at hotel in Hyderabad.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Hyderabad airport to board your schedule flight to Vidyanagar. Arrive and transfer to Hampi. The ancient city of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once described as the "best provided city in the world". The jewel in the crown of the famed Vijayanagara Empire, 14th century ruins of the city scatter the landscape telling the magnificent story of a bygone and glorious era. On arrival check-in at hotel.
Enjoy an offbeat evening trek that takes you through giant boulders, the ruins of the Achyutaraya Temple and the famed 'Courtesan Bazaar'. Catch a splendid view of the setting sun behind the boulder hills as you walk along the banks of the scenic Tungabhadra River. Stay overnight at hotel in Hampi.
Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi: Located just 4km from the ruins of the historical site, lies the newly opened Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace. From the fort-like grand entrance to the regal chambers, the ornate architecture, landscaped gardens and opulent interiors, this luxurious boutique resort has been designed to mirror the famed palaces and distinctive splendour of the Vijayanagara Empire. A stunning hotel which is sure transport you back to an era that has been long lost to mankind. Evolve Back also have two other resorts in Kabini and Coorg. Between them, they have been quietly gaining popularity and acclaim. Here at Ampersand we are huge fans and we consistently get glowing feedback from our clients who visit. Evolve Back resorts are known for their understated integrity, care for the environment, the warmth and sincerity of staff and the quality of experience they offer – particularly for nature lovers.
Morning after breakfast visit the Hampi (UNESCO World Heritage Site) visiting Virupaksha Temple: dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Shiva. The temple was built by Lakkan Dandesha, a nayaka under the ruler Deva Raya II of the Vijayanagara Empire. Srikrishna Temple: It was built by the ruler Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara period in the year 1513 A.D. He erected this temple in honour of winning the battle and subsequent annexure of Utkala or the eastern reign of Udayagiri. Ugranarasimha: This is the largest statue in Hampi. Also visit Vittala Temple: The iconic temple has amazing stone structures such as the incomparable stone chariot and the fascinating musical pillars. Walk through Thungabhadra Valley. Lotus Mahal: It is one of the fine architectural designed palaces that are uniquely identified by its lotus look like structure. This glorious building is within the Zenana Enclosure, a segregated area that is used by the royal women of Vijayanagara Dynasty. Stay overnight at hotel in Hampi.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Vidyanagar airport to board your schedule flight to Bangalore, "City of Gardens" as it is commonly known because of its beautiful parks, avenues and gardens. Bangalore has now become one of Asia's fastest growing cities and because of its high concentration of IT industry is now pegged as the "Silicon Valley of India". On arrival transfer at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Bangalore.
Taj West End, Bangalore: Nestled amidst 20 acres of flora and defined by its illustrious heritage and colonial charm, Taj West End, Bengaluru is a lush sanctuary in Bangalore. Started by the Bronsons as a 10-room inn in 1887, it now has 117 magnificent rooms and suites that dot the sprawling landscaped gardens, each with a gorgeous view. Home to the second-oldest tree in the city and a Victorian-era postbox still in use, this ambient hotel is a perfect synthesis of the charms of a bygone era and modern amenities and comforts. Taj West End, Bengaluru is home to a range of spectacular fine-dining experiences, with flavors crafted for every palate. Relish authentic Vietnamese cuisine at the award-winning Blue Ginger and sip on delectable cocktails at the Blue Bar. Try some traditional Indian fare at Masala Klub and indulge in the lavish Sunday brunch buffet at Mynt. Within the idyllic environs of the five-star luxury hotel in Bangalore, you could forget that you are in the heart of a thriving metropolis. Experience signature Taj hospitality with splendid in-room dining and personalised butler service. Couples can enjoy a romantic holiday—laze in the sun, lounge by the pool, or take the unique heritage walk. Unwind with a massage at the Jiva Grande Spa, located in the original 1887 heritage building, and end the evening with a romantic moonlit dinner at the Tulip Gazebo.
Morning after breakfast visit The Bull Temple; carved out of single granite rock, it houses the magnificent stone statue of the sacred bull Nandi, Bangalore Palace; Built in the Tudor style and inspired by Windsor Palace, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, within its walls is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple. Visit Old Bengaluru and see the 16th Century Basavana Gudi Temple with its bustling local flower markets and nearby Kalakshithi dance school. Take a stroll through the pretty Lal Bagh Gardnes created in 1760, before heading to the institution that is the India Coffee House on MG Road. Stay overnight at hotel in Bangalore.
Morning after breakfast travel to Mysore. En-route visit Srirangapatna. The island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatna. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Tipu's Summer Palace, the Wellesley Bridge, and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned. Equally impressive is the ornate white-domed Gumbaz, an imposing structure with doors of ebony inlaid with ivory and lacquered with Tipu's tiger-striped emblem. About 1km to the east of the fort is Tipu's Summer Palace (known as the Daria Daulat Bagh) set amidst a lovely garden. After visit continue travel to Mysore. The one-time capital of the Mysore Maharajas, it is the second biggest city of Karnataka state, which still preserves its age old glory in its majestic palaces, forts and gardens. Stay overnight at hotel in Mysore.
Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore: Built by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore to host his most important guest, the Viceroy of India. The Lalitha Mahal is now one of India's most opulent hotels, a palace hotel that offers an experience of princely living in a real Maharaja's palace. On a low hill, just outside the royal city of Mysore, stand a shimmering white palace - a splendid Italianate palazzo, double-columned and domed - set in sparawling terraced and landscaped gardens.
Morning after breakfast visit the Palace of the Maharaja (Emperor) built in 1911–1912 is the harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent. Under the Wodeyar's patronization, the city developed as the centre of art and craft. It is known world over for its exotic sandalwood oils, rosewood carved products and Mysore silk saris. Afternoon visit to Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. Evening enjoy the fountain show in Vrindavan gardens. Stay overnight at hotel in Mysore.
Morning after breakfast Coorg. En-route visit The Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement is around 35 km from the resort and lies in Mysore district. It was started in 1960 and is the second largest settle-ment (after Dharamshala) of the exiled Tibetan diaspora on Indian soil. After visit continue to Coorg. It is a dream you'll never forget. Hills, old-world charm, coffee, amazing food, vivid cultures and warm hospitality - there's something in the air of Coorg that makes all things beautiful. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Coorg.
Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate, Coorg: When you step into the portals of hotel, you leave one world behind, and step seamlessly into another: the bygone era of the Gentleman Planter. Ensconced in the cocooned comforts of a lush 300-acre plantation paradise, the resort is perfumed with the subtly intoxicating aroma of coffee and spice. Come, allow the Spirit of the land to infuse your very being, and coax you gently on a personal voyage of discovery.
Morning after breakfast enjoy the walking tour of coffee plantation. Get mesmerized by the nature beauty and the greenery and the coffee plantations which stretches far till your sight. Experience the true Kodava culture with a visit to an ainmane or an ancestral home or explore Coorg's astounding biodiversity with an organic eco-tour. Take the pilgrim's circuit with Bhagamandala, home to the Bhagandeshwara Temple, dedicated to the Hindu Trinity and Talacauvery, where on the 17th of October, the fountainhead of a spring gushes with a sudden spurt of water at a predetermined moment. Stay overnight at hotel in Coorg.
Morning after breakfast travel to Calicut also known as Kozhikode, found its place in the world map when in 1498, Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer landed here on the Kappad Beach. A lush green countryside with serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers and hills make Kozhikode a popular destination. The district has three distinct regions - the sandy, the rocky highlands formed by the hilly portion of the Western Ghats and the Lateritic midlands. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Calicut.
The Raviz Resort & Spa Kadavu: A short drive away from Calicut city, the Raviz Kadavu is nestled on the banks of the legendary Chaliyar River. Inspired by the Nallukettu style of architecture once again, the 9-acre spread Raviz Kadavu celebrates the art and ethnicity of Kerala. The property is the ultimate detox for weekend revelers looking for scenic locales. In keeping with our style of marrying the authentic with modern, you will be treated to an experience that celebrates comfort the Indian way. The Raviz Kadavu, designed by celebrated architect Tony Joseph, is steeped in culture in many ways. Styled on the Nallukettu tradition of homes, the 9-acre sprawling land has been carefully landscaped using indigenous plant varietals. In fact, almost 90% of the construction material on the property is laterite stone that has been culled out from the land itself.
Morning after breakfast visit, the Sweet Meat Street (S.M. Street) is the busiest shopping street in Calicut town. The street is named so as it once was lined up with sweetmeat stalls. Fancy clothes, handloom fabrics, handicrafts, coir products, miniature snake boats, and much more is available to buy in and around the street. There is also a wholesale spice market at the Big Bazaar Road where one can shop for specialties of Kerala. After visit travel to Cochin. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Cochin.
Brunton Boatyard, Cochin: This restored period building that is our hotel sits well with its colonial era surroundings and counterparts - the great trading houses of British India when pepper from Kerala was considered as precious as gold. Like the cultures they celebrate and display, Brunton Boatyard is a five star hotel whose interiors reflect an eclectic but tasteful blend of English, Portuguese and Dutch influences as seen in its high ceilings, hanging fans and a plethora of artifacts and curios from a great mercantile age known for its pomp and glamour. The scent of colonial history is all around you as you take a tour of the historic Fort Cochin area where the hotel stands. Though little remains of the fort itself there are legacies of its proud history to be seen everywhere.
Morning after breakfast half day city tour of Cochin covering The Dutch Palace "Mattancherry Palace", located in Palace Road and built by the Portuguese as early as 1557, is considered to be one of the important places to visit in Cochin. Popularly known as Dutch Palace, it has the style and architecture that resembles a typical traditional Kerala house with four individual wings and a patio in between. Visit Jewish Synagogue Built in 1568, Paradesi synagogue or the Jewish synagogue is the oldest one amongst all commonwealth countries. Jewish synagogue is located in Jew Town area of Cochin and was built by Cochin Jewish group or Malabar Yehudan people. Visit St. Francis Church originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. Visit Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and most impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round. Also visit the Chinese Fishing nets. Later in the afternoon enjoy the Kathakali dance cultural show. Stay overnight at hotel in Cochin.
Morning after breakfast in time transfer to Cochin airport to board your schedule flight to back home.
Periyar - Alleppey - Marari
Hyderabad - Hampi - Bangalore - Mysore - Coorg - Calicut - Cochin
Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Kovalam
Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Alleppey - Marari - Cochin
Madurai - Chettinad - Kumbakonam - Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Andaman
Bangalore – Chikkamagaluru – Coorg – Ooty – Munnar – Periyar – Alleppey – Cochin
Bangalore – Coimbatore – Mettupalayam – Coonoor – Ooty – Masinagudi – Bandipur – Mysore – Bangalore