Culinary trails of the South

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • All character hotels

  • Silver Thali Dinner at Royal Palace

  • Ethnic south Indian seafood

  • Lake cruise in Ooty

  • Cooking class on your houseboat

  • Local farm tour

  • Cooking class with local family

  • British Hill Stations of Ooty & Coonoor

  • Dutch fusion dishes with Keralan meals

  • Heritage walking tour of Bangalore

Your itinerary
at a glance

Culinary Trails of the South 
12 nights |  4* boutique properties
Itinerary route  Bangalore, Srirangapatnam, Mysore, Ooty, Coonoor, Kochi, Munnar, Alleppey, Kovalam, Trivandrum

*Conditions apply. Local price INR 136510pp for travel 01/05/21 > 30/09/21 exc long weekends, festivals & blackouts .  Nett rates and no commission. Contact us for more information.  V2PG160520

A scintillating tour for the tastebuds & true food enthusiasts  

12 nights with boutique properties from USD $1799 pp*

  • Temple tours in Mysore & Trivandrum

  • Cycling tour of Old Kochi area

  • South Indian cooking

  • Traditional Kathakali dance

  • Spice markets

  • Eravikulum National Park of Munnar

  • Oldest Tea Estate in Coonoor

  • Trekking in Erivakulam National Park

  • Traditional backwater cruises

  • Beachtown of Kovalam

Day 1:  Arrive Bangalore and transfer to hotel. 

 

Day 2: A private walking tour of Bangalore. This evening choose between a local Bangalore residence for traditional cooking class or a Banana Leaf at a charming vintage Karavalli restaurant 

Day 3: On the way to Mysore you’ll stop at the deserted town of Srirangapatnam located on an island in the holy Kaveri River.  In the afternoon you’ll have a sightseeing tour of heritage city, Mysore.  This evening, stroll around the Lalitha Mahal Palace before dining at the Sapphire Restaurant to enjoy a lavish Royal Mysore Silver Thali Platter..

Day 4: Today you’ll be driven to Ooty Hill Station in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats.  For a magical sunset you’ll head to the highest mountain, Doddabetta & enjoy soaking up the panoramic scenery. Dinner will be at the 1844 Summer Palace of Maharaja of Mysore at the sing stories of the Emperor Shah Jahan.

Fernhills Royale Palace for Curry & Rice Restaurant famed for Nilgiri’s speciality dating back 600 years.

Day 5: Leaving Ooty you’ll have a morning scenic tour & a boat ride on scenic Pykara Lake. Visit a local café for local masala tea & snacks.    You’ll be transferred to board your heritage steam toy train to Coonoor Hil Station, famed for the production of ‘Nilgiri Tea’. The journey started in the early 1900s during the British Raj Era & became popular in the 1984 film “A Passage to India”.

 

Day 6: Tea tour of the 50 year old estate Highfield Tea Estate & witness the Nilgiri tea making process. After we drive to Kochi, famed as the first European colony of India. Later in a vintage wood-lined theatre, you will see the traditional Kathakali Dance Show of Kerala.  Afterwards you will have dinner at Fusion Bay, and as the name suggests, it’s famed for fusion dishes between Dutch & Keralan curries.

Day 7:  A 4kms cycle ride of Old

Kochi starts your day, including seeing the local fishermen use Chinese fishing nets.  Visit the spice markets renowned for trading between the Europeans & Arabs.  For dinner, you will have a cooking class with a local South Indian family.

Day 8: On the way to Munnar Hill Station will stop at a local farm for tour and another cooking lesson.

Day 9: Nature walk to local spice & tea plantations followed by a soft trek in the Eravikulum National Park.  Dinner will be traditional banana leaf 

Day 10: In Allepepy, The Venice of the East, your traditional houseboat awaits to cruise the backwaters.

Day 11: Kovalam Beach and a day of leisure with dinner buffet.

Day 12: Sightseeing of Trivandrum & farewell lunch at 18th century Dutch Manor House.

Day 13: Depart to Trivandrum airport

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