Destinations Covered: Bengaluru - Srirangapatnam - Mysore - Coorg - Neeleshwar - Mangalore - Hyderabad
The Southern region of India is a wonderful blend of beaches, temples, plantations, exotic wildlife, Ayurveda, wonderful keepsakes, hill towns, historical structures etc. Secrets of the South is a well-planned itinerary of 13 days that takes you to some of the most popular destinations of South India, offering varied experiences. During the journey, you visit places like Bengaluru, Srirangapatnam, Mysore, Coorg, Neeleshwar hermitage resort, Mangalore, and Hyderabad. Some of the highlights of this itinerary include Tipu Sultan Palace in Bangalore, bird watching in Coorg, walking tour of Mysore, relaxing Ayurveda therapies at Neeleshwar Hermitage, and Goldonda Fort in Hyderabad.
On arrival at the Bangalore (Bengaluru) airport, meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted transfer to your hotel. Complete the check-in and settle in your room. The rest of the day is at leisure. This beautiful city has gardens, historical monuments, amusement parks, palace, churches, nightlife and other charms. Explore the place on your own.
The day is scheduled for city tour of Bengaluru, which is fondly known as the 'Garden City'. Some of the attractions that you visit today include Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace- also known as Dariya Daulat Palace, this palace was erected in the year 1784, mainly from teakwood. It has an Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture. Next is the visit to the Botanical Gardens or Lal Bagh. This garden was established by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore. It comprises of a glass house, a lake, and a wonderful collection of tropical plants etc.
Stay overnight in Bengaluru.
On day 3, start your road journey to Mysore. On the way, halt at Srirangapatnam. Holding historical, religious and cultural significance, this town was once the capital of Mysore rulers. It has palaces, temples, gardens, bird sanctuary and other attractions. After exploring the place, continue your journey. On reaching Mysore, check into the hotel. The evening is at leisure.
The morning of this day is schedule for walking tour of Mysore. Explore the local markets, which sell the best quality silk, sandalwood and sweet delights. Later, walk past the old royal city. The city is dotted with several attractions such as Amba Vilas Palace (Mysore Palace), Chamundeshwari temple, Brindavan gardens, St Philomena's Church, Lalitha Mahal and so on. The rest of day at leisure and you can spend is as per your liking.
Stay overnight in Mysore.
In the morning, start driving towards Coorg. On the way, visit the Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement - with 2 Tibetan refugee settlement that were set-up in 1961 and 1969, and Dubare Elephant camp – an amazing place for elephant lovers and adventure enthusiasts with activities like coracle ride, trekking, fishing etc. Continue your journey to Coorg. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. If time and energy permit, you can explore this lovely hill town on your own.
Start the morning of your day 6 with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga session. Later, the day is at leisure for partaking in a plantation tour, bird watching, and nature walk in local garden. Coorg is a beautiful hill station with cascading waterfalls, lush ambiance, exotic wildlife, scenic beauty, pleasant weather and other attractions. Take a walk in the coffee plantation as the wonderful fragrance fills your nostrils. Treat your eyes to the views of verdant surroundings in a local garden. Coorg is a heaven for bird watching enthusiasts. Spot colourful birds here.
Overnight stay in Coorg.
Morning drive to Neeleshwar. As you reach in the afternoon, complete the check-in formalities at this Ayurveda Spa Resort. The rest of day is free for relaxation with Ayurvedic spa treatments. This picturesque resort in Bekal has refreshing experiences to offer to its guests. There is Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation.
Stay overnight at the resort.
Day 8 and 9 are at leisure in Neeleshwar Hermitage. The expert doctor prescribes specific Ayurveda therapies as per one's requirement. These treatments are accompanied by rejuvenating Yoga and Meditation sessions. You can completely relax your mind, body and soul. The resort also has a dietician who prescribes food for the best of results. This is an award-winning beach resort that offers age-old Ayurveda therapies and massages. The property has 18 capacious cottages, dining options, and other contemporary facilities including swimming pool.
Spend the morning in a leisurely manner. Early afternoon, start your journey to Mangalore Airport. From here, go on-board a flight to Hyderabad. As you reach, complete the check-in. The evening is free. The bustling Hyderabad city is known for its rich royal past and finger-licking Biryani. You can explore the place on your own.
The day is scheduled for sightseeing tour of Hyderabad city. Char Minar, Mecca Masjid, Salar Jung Museum, Shri Jagannath Temple, and Ramoji Film City are some of the popular attractions of Hyderabad that can be explored. Late afternoon, visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs with Ibrahim Bagh in the background. These tombs are the final resting place of the seven rulers of the Golconda dynasty. These tombs are a blend of Persian, Hindu, and Pathan styles of architecture.
Overnight in Hyderabad.
On the 12th day, in the morning, explore the magnificent Golconda Fort. A medieval fort lying at a height of 400 feet on a hill is around 11 km away from the main city. It was built as a mud fort in 1143 by the then ruler of Warangal. It was later fortified by the Bahmani Sultans between the 14th and the 17th centuries. The rest of the day at leisure, you can visit the local bazars, savour sumptuous local delicacies, interact with the locals and so on.
On the last day, have an early morning departure for the onward destination.