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Nature of South India

DAY 1:

Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel. Depending on the arrival, proceed for half-day city tour to ISKCON temple – the Krishna temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony, Lalbagh – 240 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens, flowers abound, rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, Vidhana Soudha – this massive building houses the State Legislature and the Secretariat. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 2:

Bangalore / Coorg – Madikeri: (260 kms/ 5hrs)
Morning breakfast checkout and drive to Coorg – Madikeri. On arrival check into resort, lunch & relax. Afternoon proceed to visit Abbey falls – tucked away between private coffee and spice estates, Abbey Falls offers a splendid backdrop for picnics. Omkareshwara temple dedicated to Shiva was built in 19th Century in a mix of gothic and islamic style. Evening visit Raja Seat – the marvelous sight of sunset and gorgeous valley and mountain ranges. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 3 :

Coorg – Madikeri
Breakfast, proceed to Talacauvery, the origin of river Cauvery on the eastern slopes of Brahmagiri peak at 1350 metres altitude, trek in Brahmagiri hills gives a breathtaking view of the hill ranges and is excellent for photographs The steps leading up to hills is steep but is climbable, later visit Bhagamandala – situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Cauvery and the Kanika, third river, the Sujyothi is said to join from underground. Return to hotel for lunch. Evening free and overnight.

Day 4 :

Coorg – Madikeri
Morning breakfast, proceed to Dubare Elephant camp for Elephant interaction, grooming, feeding and Elephant ride. (Be there at 08.30hrs) Proceed to Bylakuppe – largest Tibetan settlement in South India, Golden Temple – Tibetan monastery. Back to resort. Overnight.

Day 5 :

Coorg – Madikeri / Mysore: (120kms/2hrs)
Morning breakfast, check out and proceed to Mysore – Known for its magnificent palaces and majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and treelined boulevards, shimmering silks and sandalwood, the ‘City Royale’ always figures in the tourist’s itinerary. On arrival check into a hotel. Relax and proceed to visit Chamundi Hill – perched atop a hill. The 4.8m tall monoliths of Nandi and the gigantic Mahishasura statue are added attractions. Evening free for shopping and overnight.

Day 06 :

Morning breakfast and proceed for full day sightseeing, visit Maharaja Palace – the Palace is a splendid structure in the Indo-Saracenic style, among its many attractions are a magnificent gold throne. Art Gallery in the Jaganmohan Palace houses an excellent collection of ceramics, sandalwood, ivory, stone, antique furniture and ancient musical instruments, St. Philomena’s Church-this imposing Gothic structure with beautiful stained glass windows and lofty towers is a must see. Later in the evening visit Brindavan Garden / Krishna Raja Sagar Dam after sundown, when musical fountains and closed lights transform this place into a magical fairyland. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 07 :

Mysore / Hassan: (120 kms/2 hrs)
Morning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Hassan. On arrival, check into a hotel. Lunch & visit Belur – it is the only Hoysala temple still in active worship. The most marvelous specimens of Hoysala architecture. Halebidu – the ancient capital of the Hoysalas. The temple complex has a museum which houses the idols, statues, busts and sculptures excavated by the Archaeological Department from the ruins. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 08 :

Hassan/ Bangalore: (180 kms/3 hrs)
Morning breakfast, check out and drive to Bangalore, enroute visit Shravanabelagola – The Statue of Gommateshwara. Later drive to Bangalore airport to board your flight. Tour Ends.

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