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Bangalore to Kochi - Eclipse tour
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Bangalore to Kochi - Eclipse

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 2,270 $ 227 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Annular eclipse - Watch the solar eclipse from the colonial hill station of Ooty
  • Mysore - Visit the Maharajah's Palace, one of the largest and most elaborate palaces in India
  • Houseboat - Drift through the backwaters on a traditional Keralan houseboat
  • Toy train - Ride the 100 year-old 'toy train' through the Nilgiri Mountains

Short Description

Travelling from Bangalore to Kochi, we'll view the solar eclipse at the colonial hill station of Ooty, as well as searching for wildlife in Bandipur National Park, relaxing for a day and a night on a traditional Kerala house boat, and riding the famous Nilgiri Toy Train through lush mountain scenery. The trip ends in the wonderful port town of Kochi, with its blend of Portuguese, Dutch and British historic influences.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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End City Kochi

Travel Theme

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India

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip in Bangalore

Description

Our trip begins today in Bangalore.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Drive to Mysore and discover its magnificent palace

Description

We have a journey of around four hours by road to reach Mysore which offers the interested traveller a great deal including the huge Maharajah's Palace. Originally built in the 14th century, the palace has undergone two subsequent re-buildings and is today an opulent mixture of Hindu and British architecture. After exploring the palace we visit the enormous monolithic sculpture of the sacred bull Nandi, standing halfway up the Chamundi Hill. There will be some free time in the afternoon to explore at your own pace and you may wish to visit the Srirangapatnam Palace just outside the city, or see the historic art gallery in Jaganmohan Palace.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Take a game drive in Bandipur National Park

Description

Leaving Mysore, we drive to nearby Bandipur National Park. The park is home to a variety of animals such as the chital (spotted deer), monkeys, mongoose, panther and the Indian bison. The park's elephant population is one of the largest in the country and we may see some of them working in the forest. We take a game drive this afternoon before spending the night at a lodge on the outskirts of the park.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Morning game drive before driving to Ooty

Description

An early start today as we take a second game drive in to the park. After returning to our lodge for breakfast and to freshen up, we drive to Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty, a journey of around 4 hours. The most famous of all South India's hill stations, Ooty (2270m) was first adopted by the British and then by wealthy Maharajas, earning itself a reputation as 'Snooty Ooty'. It is still regarded as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' and is a mixture of Hindu temples and beautiful gardens.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Explore Ooty and enjoy Christmas Lunch in the Taj Savoy Hotel

Description

We take a walking tour of the town this morning visiting the Botanical Gardens, St Stephen's Church and Ooty Lake, before enjoying Christmas lunch at the colonial era Taj Savoy hotel.

In the afternoon we'll meet our expert astronomer who will give us an insight in to the annular eclipse and what to expect the next day.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - View the Annular Eclipse, travel on the Toy Train and drive to Coimbatore

Description

India is a place steeped in ancient myth and legend, and as you might expect from a culture also obsessed with the stars and planets, Hindu mythology offers us an interesting story to explain this natural phenomenon of an eclipse: The deity Rahu was beheaded by the gods for drinking Amrita, the gods' nectar. Rahu's head flies off into the sky and swallows the Sun which is what causes it to disappear for a short time.

The eclipse takes place at 09.30 and we'll be in the right spot in plenty of time to see the whole event. Our astronomer will be with us to provide an insight in to the science underpinning the eclipse, and help us make the most out of our opportunity to see it. Weather conditions cannot be guaranteed, but the chance of clear, mostly clear or partly cloudy skies is around 50%, with a 50% chance of it being cloudy.

In the afternoon we take a ride on the famous Toy Train through the lush Nilgiri mountains to Coonoor. Traditionally the Toy Train was pulled by steam engines, but these days diesel engines are often used. It is not unknown for the train to be out of service due to maintenance or poor track conditions, if this is the case we will transfer to Coonoor by bus. From Coonoor we drive to Coimbatore, a journey of around 3 hours.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Morning train to Kochi, evening Kathakali dance performance

Description

We catch the morning Sabari Express train to Kochi, a gathering place of merchants since antiquity and still full of bustling traders. Fort Kochi is the oldest European settlement in India, and has a mixture of English, Dutch and Portuguese influences. We will take a tour by river to Fort Kochi, passing Bolgatty Island and seeing the cantilevered Chinese Fishing nets. In the evening we watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. A form of Indian classical dance, it is characterised by elaborate costumes and makeup, and by the very intricate movements of body and face which convey the story to the audience.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Spend the night on a houseboat in the backwaters

Description

Today we drive to the most beautiful stretch of inland waterways in Kerala - over 80km of Malabar backwaters winding under the lush leaves of coconut palms. We board our houseboat for an exotic journey, chugging in unhurried style on waterways used by villagers commuting from village to village. The traditional houseboats are simple vessels, with en suite twin rooms, and the pace is relaxed, enabling us to see riverside village life in its entirety. The people that live along the backwaters are a colourful mix of high born Nayas, traditionally inheriting property through the mother; Brahmins, once priests but now mainly professional workers; Dravidians, speaking their own language and Christians, Jews, Muslims and Chinese - an attractive, friendly melée of different types, often looking somewhat incongruous with their black umbrellas to ward off the tropical sun. Keep an eye open for the rich variety of birdlife along the water's edge. We dock in the middle of the waterways and relax as we watch the sun go down.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Explore Kochi

Description

After a relaxed breakfast we disembark from our houseboat and return to Kochi where we visit the Mattancherry Palace. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it earned the name 'the Dutch Palace' after extensive renovations by the Dutch some hundred years later. It has some of the best murals in India, depicting scenes from the Ramayana and other great legends.

The afternoon is left free for you to explore Kochi.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 10 - Tour ends Kochi

Description

Our tour ends this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Thekkady - Spice plantation £5 (Including transport) Udhagamandalam - Tea Factory £2.00; guided walk to tribal village £7.00.

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

Accommodation in India is as varied as the country itself. On our tours we stay in a mix of hotels, heritage properties, camp sites and homestays. Standards do not equate to standards in the UK and it's best to approach each type of accommodation with an open mind. Service can be slow in places especially when travelling with a group. For the most part hotels do not have heating so in the winter months it can be chilly and if you feel the cold you may wish to ask for extra blankets. Hot water is not always available 24 hours a day in some of the smaller properties, and with a group staying you might find if you are showering last you may miss out on the hottest water.

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A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Astronomer

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