Coffee, Tea and Spice Plantation Tour of South India

13 Days / 12 Nights
Bangalore – Chikkamagaluru – Coorg – Ooty – Munnar – Periyar – Alleppey – Cochin

Coffee, Tea and Spice Plantation Tour of South India

On this tour, you will get ample of opportunities to visit most popular drinks in the world Tea and Coffee. The aromatic spice plantations is the best part of this tour. Also discover mesmerizing beauty of South India. Starting from the City Of Garden Bangalore. Start your journey to discover the Coffee plantation of Chikkamagaluru and Coorg. From there we will travel to Nilgiris where we will enjoy walking into the Tea Plantations of Ooty and Munnar. Further travel to Periyar to know more about the Indian spices. Before the tour comes to end, enjoy the scenic backwaters of Kerala comprise serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The backwater regions of Kerala are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This tour will end at the ancient harbour city of Cochin.

Tour Highlights

  • South India Walking tour of Coffee Plantation in Chikkamagaluru & Coorg.
  • South India Tea Plantation tour in Ooty & Munnar.
  • South India Tea Museum and factory visit in Munnar.
  • South India Spice Plantation Tour of Periyar.
  • South India Enjoy an overnight stay at Houseboat.
  • South India Kathakali dance show in Cochin.

Itinerary Map

Tour Itinerary

Arrive at Bangalore 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 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 start your Orientation tour of 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”. Visit the Bangalore Palace; Built in the Tudor style and inspired by Windsor Palace. After visit travel to Chikkamagaluru. On arrival check-in at hotel. Centuries ago, when the Sufi mystic Baba Budan smuggled seven coffee beans from Yemen into India, he probably didn't bargain for millions of coffee junkies unwittingly blessing his soul every day, with every sip of their coffee. Chikmagalur, whose hills nurtured the coffee culture at its bosom, is a green slice of heaven on a permanent coffee high.Stay overnight at hotel in Chikkamagaluru.

Gateway Hotel Chikkamagaluru: is a rare blend of colonial architecture and contemporary efficiency. With facilities and amenities designed to the taste of modern travellers, Gateway Chikmagalur offers a new-age experience in the lap of nature. Everything is designed to the taste of modern business and leisure travellers. From spacious rooms that blend colonial architecture with contemporary facilities replete with scenic views of the coffee plantations.

Morning after breakfastenjoy the walking tour of coffee plantation at the Baba BudanGiri, the very hills that coffee made its debut in India many centuries ago, preferably between December and February when the coffee plucking season is in full swing. Go to the very top of Mullayyangiri, the highest peak in Karnataka and also the highest point between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas.Stay overnight at hotel in Chikkamagaluru.

Morning after breakfast travel 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 Ooty. East India Company, planned his explorations of the Blue Hills in 1819. From here, he plotted to transform the Nilgiris into a resort for the British, most likely with a touch of imperial arrogance.Ooty is not the destination in itself, as much as it is the focal point of attraction. The hilly region also houses smaller towns like Coonoor and Kotagiri. This hill station is popular for its tea farming as well as oil extraction industry.On arrival check-in at hotel.Rest of the day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Ooty.

Savoy Hotel, Ooty: A landmark in the misty hills of Ooty since 1829, the Savoy is a slice of time in vintage gold. This heritage grand hotel ushers guests into a colonial-era lifestyle with afternoon high tea, croquêt on the lawns, spa indulgence, single malts by the fireplace, and an exclusive taste of local cuisine. Walking through the Nilgiris tea estates, you can imagine your footsteps tracing those of John Sullivan who was summoned by the Madras Presidency to explore the fabled ‘Blue Mountains’. In 1819, he discovered a summer retreat for British officers, where a school for European children was built a decade later. It was converted into a hotel and changed several identities before becoming the Savoy, crown jewel of Ooty – the queen of India’s hill stations.

Morning after breakfastyour day tour you will come across the lush green tea gardens which are spread like a bed spread, enjoy the tea plantation tour. Later experience the most enchanting “toy train” ride from Connoor to Ooty (01 hours / 15 minutes journey). The Nilgiri Mountain Toy train continues to inspire weaving through forests, moving through time, along the valleys and into the little dark winding tunnels, round the bends, up the gradients, through the glens, trees and birds. Stay overnight at hotel in Ooty.

Start your day witnessing a beautiful sunrise at the Nilgiri Hills and sipping a cup of coffee / tea in your room with panoramic views. After breakfast travel to Munnar. On arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Munnar.

Windermere Estate, Munnar: Everything at the Windermere Estate is geared towards a different time, a different pace – inspired by the magic of plantation life. The property is intimate, with just 18 lovingly handcrafted rooms arranged around the original Planter's Bungalow which still serves as the owner's residence. We've embraced our little cliff, building around the existing rock formations and trees to create a space that's refreshingly close to nature.The air here is crisp and clean, the temperature pleasant and the views spectacular. The breeze carries the aroma of coffee, cardamom and tea. We suggest rambling walks around the plantation and the surrounding tea gardens, a dip in the pool with the best view in the world, or cozying up with a book in the quiet library. The exclusive restaurant serves thoughtfully personalized, locally sourced cuisine, and guests often gather in the gazebo for coffee and a snack or under the estate's famous boulder for a barbecue and bonfire. At the Windermere Estate, you can expect old-world minimalism over embellishment, and smiles that come straight from the heart.

Enjoy leisurely breakfast, 04 hours walking tour of Tea Platation through the enchanting tea estates and enjoy the tranquility it provides while watching women’s plucking the tea leaves at the tea estates. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave. We’ll also visit Tea Processing Factory & Museum. The museum puts light on the important fact and figures about the growth of the tea plantations in Munnar. It contains curios, old photographs, machineries and other things which have been used since long time.Stay overnight at hotel in Munnar.

Morning after breakfast travel to Periyar. Periyar with its cool chimes and agreeable greenery has a wide zone for travellers to chill out. This pride destination in southern India is boosted with serene surroundings and startling sights and the reason to visit Periyar are for its wildlife scene. Periyar National Park is set high in the mountains and sprawls over the Western Ghats. This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and here, you can feel the presence of serenity and excitement amidst the wilderness. On arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon enjoy the Spice Plantation Tour. The winding pathways among the plantations, the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air. The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation.Stay overnight at hotel in Periyar.

Spice Village, Periyar: Spice village for us is a work of nature as much as it is a lofty expression of the imagination. We conceived the resort as a village and approached its building the way you would a village - with local materials, native artisans, mountain spirit and traditional wisdom in its creation. Though traditional in its conception, this is a 'village' that offers you all the comforts of a city minus the noise, pollution and other urban ills that you can do without. Our interaction with the ecology of these hills is symbiotic, influenced by the native people of these parts who have lived in harmony with their surroundings for generations. They taught us about self-sustaining systems and also steward our organic gardens that put fresh vegetables, fruits and spices on your tables every day.

Morning after breakfast travel to travel to Alleppey or Alappuzha, is often referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers, and rightly so. It is the hub of Kerala's backwaters, home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. On arrival board your houseboat to explore the backwaters of Kerala. Kerala Houseboat Cruising along the backwaters of Kerala is an unforgettable experience. If you have not experienced it, here is a golden opportunity to do it at a fraction of its original cost. You could get in any House Boat of your liking, saunter down the cool placid waters of our world-famous backwaters, have a merry time and get back home either the same day or after spending a night as well out floating around. Overnight stay on Houseboat.

Spice Coast Cruise, Alleppey: We took these old boats, called Kettuvalloms, and went to work on them as would a craftsman. With some imaginative tweaks to these vessels, we converted them into stately floating homes to cruise the placid waters of the vast and captivating Vembanad lake. Made from natural materials, these spice boats are powered with solar energy and vegetable oils to reduce their impact upon the lake. The crew of these boats are simple fisherfolk, men who know these waters from their early years. However, they do more than just pilot these behemoths, alternating between navigating the waterways, preparing meals for the guests onboard and generally keeping things 'shipshape'. Their smiling faces speak of a culture that is famed for its accommodating and amiable ways. This is indeed spontaneous hospitality, or what we term 'hospitality from the heart', a common CGH Earth feature.

Morning after breakfast travel toCochin. On arrival check-in at hotel. Later proceed to a sightseeing tour of the oasis state of Kerala and one of the India’s most colourful cities. You will have a walk around the Synagogue. The area around the synagogue is known as “Jew town” and is one of the Kochi’ spice trade centres. We also stop at Mattancherry Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese, and presented to the Maharaja of Cochin in 1568. Proceeding ahead you will visit St. Francis Church; the first church to be built in India by the Portuguese. After visiting Santa Cruz Cathedral enjoy strolling on the beach side viewing the life at Chinese fishing nets. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali Dance Performance. Kathakali is a ritualized dance form that is native to Kerala, with elaborate costumes and makeup. Male dancers portray both male and female roles that tell the stories taken mostly from the epics of the Mahabharatha and Ramayana. 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 transfer to Cochin airport to board your schedule flight to your onward destination.

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