Soul of Rajasthan

Tour Route:
Bangalore - Hassan - Mysore - Kabini - Manathavady - Nileswaram - Calicut
10 Nights / 11 Days

Day 01 : Arrival BANGALORE

Arrive in Bangalore. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local host and escorted to your hotel.
Overnight in Bangalore


The morning is at leisure to get acquainted to India! Afterwards, embark on a short city tour of Bangalore, visiting the Vidhan Soudha, Lal Bagh and Brigade Road.


Drive to Hasan (120 miles/ 5 hour drive), stopping at the towering statue of Jain at Shravanabelagola en route. This statue is one of the most important tirths (a sacred place) in South India. There is a unique experience tonight - accommodations are in a rural village lodge, Overnight in Hassan. Overnight in Hassan (Breakfast).


After breakfast today, drive to Mysore (77 miles/4hour drive), visiting the ancient temple complexes of Belu-Halebeedu, and the fascinating Devaraja Market en route.
The spellbinding Devaraja Market is one of India's most colorful and lively bazaars. Stalls here sell all kinds of fruits, vegetables, flower garlands, spices, and conical piles of kumkum (colored powder used for bindi dots on heads of married women, as well as other religious rituals) This area makes for ideal photographic subjects. Overnight in Mysore (Breakfast).


Continue on to Kabini, visiting the Mysore Palace en route (56 miles/4hour drive). An earlier palace burned down in 1897 and was rebuilt in 1912 at a cost of 4.5 million Rupees. Kabini is one of the best wildlife destinations in India. Being a part of a contiguous stretch of the stunning Western Ghats, it is one of the best natural habitats in the country. It is home to fantastic bird life, small and large mammals, and predators like the Tiger and Leopard. It is an extension of the southeastern part of Nagarhole National Park, and is situated on the banks of the Kabini River.
Later this afternoon, take a cruise down the Kabini River. On the way through the dense woodlands, in a boat cruise, glimpses of animals like Gaur (Indian Bison), Antelopes, Crocodiles, a variety of birds, and herds of wild elephants may be seen.Tonight, sit down to a Kuruba Tribal dance performance before dinner.
Overnight in Kabini (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06 : KABINI

Today you will partake on an early morning elephant ride along the Kabini River. Afterwards, you'll experience game drives in the park.
Nagarhole ("Snake River") National Park, extends 247 square miles north from the Kabini River. The area contains the habitat of several rare and endangered species, notably the tiger. Bandipur National Park, Wyanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mudumalai Sanctuary. Nagarhole National Park is counted among India's best wildlife parks. It has a large elephant and bison population. It also hosts a variety of animal species along with approximately 250 species of birds. On its northern confines is the Kabini River, and on its southern fringes is Bandipur National Park. A dam on the Kabini River and its picturesque reservoir separates the two national parks. During the dry season (February - June), this artificial lake attracts a large number of animals, making it an ideal spot for sighting wildlife. Tiger sighting in this park is quite good due to the kind of terrain that it possesses.
Overnight in Kabini (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Go for an early morning game drive in the park, before departing towards Manathavady, with a stop at Fringe Ford. (75 miles/ 4 hour drive).
Fringe Ford is as cut off from the world as you can get. It probably doesn't show up on a map, has no traffic fumes, no traffic, not even a road, and is thankfully ignored by the cell phone towers. What is does have, however, is a fabulous, authentic experience of living in the middle of the jungle. And it offers you some of the best peace can experience - anywhere, anytime. The 520-acre property shares its boundaries with the wildlife sanctuaries of Wyanad and Tholpetty, making this entire stretch one of the last remaining bastions of the Malabar rain forests around. Overnight at Manathavady (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Today is at your leisure to do what you want in the area. Enjoy a truly private wilderness experience.
Overnight at Manathavady (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


After breakfast, we depart from Fringe Ford and drive through very picturesque landscapes to the beach side retreat of Nileswaram (163km/5hrs). A hidden tropical destination in northern Kerala beside the Arabian Sea, Neeleshwar Hermitage is one of India's finest gems. Neeleshwar radiates tranquility. Away from the main tourist trail, this is Kerala at its most organic. The Hermitage has captured the essence of authentic India: her friendliness, hospitality & philosophy, the ideal environment for relaxation. Arrive in Nileswaram and check-in to you rooms. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the sea or you can opt for some in-house therapeutic treatments. Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Nileswar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


This morning is at your leisure. Take advantage of the exquisite Malabar cuisine specialties at the Hermitage. They are local Malabar dishes usually not seen in international hotels, along with mouthwateringly fresh fish (caught daily by local fishermen). Experience a unique cultural program that delves deep into topics that range from history, art, and architecture to religion and philosophy. The program revolves around evening lectures and is delivered in a relaxed and informal setting, usually before dinner.
Overnight in Nileswar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Morning: Spend half the day at leisure. After lunch, depart Nileswar and drive to the coastal town of Calicut (93 miles/ 3.5 hour drive). Upon arrival in Calicut, continue to the international airport for your onwards international flight.