Karnataka - Palaces, Temples & Coffee - Vision Impaired - 7 nights

Coorg, Mysore, Bangalore

Karnataka is a tapestry of colours, cultures, flavours, landscapes, royalty, timelessness and heart-stopping beauty. The capital, Bangalore (also called Bengaluru), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. Scattered around the epicure...

Karnataka is a tapestry of colours, cultures, flavours, landscapes, royalty, timelessness and heart-stopping beauty. The capital, Bangalore (also called Bengaluru), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. Scattered around the epicurean city are rolling hills dotted with spice and coffee plantations. To the southwest, Mysore, besides being the second largest city in Karnataka, was also the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, which earned it the sobriquet - 'Cultural Capital of Karnataka'. Home to exquisite temple architecture and a host of lavish palaces, its highlight is the Mysore Palace, which is apparently the most visited monument in India, only after the Taj Mahal. Away from the palaces, bustling markets and the cityscapes, Coorg is a welcome break. It is set amidst the beauty and tranquility of hills, vegetation and deep valleys, and is also a calming, hill station getaway.Each programme is painstakingly curated offering not only well planned travel but a wholesome experience to visually impaired travellers. Our team of specialists ensures that our guests get to explore various aspects of this exciting and enriching tour.

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  • This leisurely trip has been especially curated for visually impaired guests. It will include the services of a specially trained driver and guides who will be able to bring alive all monuments and attractions to enhance the experiences. In addition to important monuments, we have included places that could delight an explorer's soul for the sounds, smells and tastes.
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53,493 * per person
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Optionals
  • Inclusions
  • Dates & Price
  • Before you Go
  • Important Info

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide during sightseeing at all sightseeing places.
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Itinerary in Brief

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  • Day 1 ARRIVE BANGALORE

  • Day 2 IN BANGALORE

  • Day 3 BANGALORE - MYSORE

  • Day 4 MYSORE

  • Day 5 MYSORE - COORG

  • Day 6 COORG

  • Day 7 COORG-MYSORE

  • Day 8 MYSORE - SRIRANGAPATANAM - BANGALORE

  • Day 1
    ARRIVE BANGALORE
    • You will arrive at Bangalore International Airport. The airline staff will escort you through customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, to the exit at the arrivals terminal, where an Enable Travel representative will receive you with a placard bearing your name. The representative will guide you to the awaiting vehicle, facilitating your smooth transfer to your hotel and assist with check-in (Check-in time 1200-1400 hrs/ early check-in are subject to availability). A smooth check-in would also involve one of the staff members familiarising you with the layout of the room and the amenities within the hotel premises.

      Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, a major industrial and commercial centre of the country. Bangalore is also known as the Silicon Valley of the country, the nerve centre of India's software industry. Despite being one of Asia's fastest growing cities, Bangalore remains one of the most elegant metropolises in India. It is a well planned city, with tree lined avenues, a large number of parks, gardens and lakes.

    • The rest of the day is at leisure.

    • Meals included:
  • Day 2
    IN BANGALORE
    • Post breakfast this morning, you will be picked up by your local guide for a half-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore.

      Your tour of the garden city begins with a visit to Lalbagh, the botanical garden. Spread over 240 acres, it has a wide variety of exotic trees and plants. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the textures of leaves and flowers, hear vendors selling a variety of local street savories, and feel the erosion as your fingers caress the rock formation.

      Lalbagh is also a home to a few species of birds. You could hear chirping of a range of birds such as myna, parakeets, crows, Brahmini kite, pond heron, common rgret, purple moor hen, etc.

      We now head to Tipu Sultan's Palace, which was once his summer residence. While you will be accompanied by your local guide, you may want to refer to the Braille board that carries historical reference to this palace. A special pathway leads us to the Durbar Hall (the Royal Court) where you can feel its wooden columns. While you visualise the cusped arches connecting these columns, you may also feel the seasonal breeze through the columns of the hall. Natural air conditioning at its best. The rest of the parts of the palace can be further explored along with your local guide.

      Finally, visit the Bull Temple, believed to have been carved out of a single granite block in the 16th century. You can go right up to the temple and explore its surroundings, which aren't very crowded. You may just have a chance to touch the snake stones at the entrance. Get blessed by a priest as you experience a traditional Indian prayer ritual - replete with the clinging of bells and chanting of mantras (hymns), an aromatic whiff of incense and temple flowers. What's more, you could also circumambulate the large sized bull. This temple has a history. So, try and strike a conversation with the priest to know more about it.

      You will also drive past the Government Secretariat, Vidhan Soudha and Cubbon Park.

    • The rest of the day will be free for relaxation.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3
    BANGALORE - MYSORE
    • After breakfast, drive from Bangalore to Mysore (180 km, 4 hrs approx ).

      En route, we stop at the silk town of Ramanagara, which has India's largest silk cocoon auction market. Thousands of silk cocoons are brought here for auctioning. The journey of cocoons begins with its hatching and goes through an intricate process whereby the cocoons are finally attached to the machines reeling silk thread, eventually ending up in a rich sari with exotic colours.

      Further ahead, we also make a stop at Channapatana, famed for its impeccable craftsmanship depicted by beautiful wooden toys. It was at the initiative of Tipu Sultan that skilled artisans were invited from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of these toys. Using easily pliable Doodhi wood (Milkwood), the toys are coloured with natural vegetable dyes and polished with high abrasive property grass. Rest assured, these toys are completely environment-friendly. Besides the usual entertainment toys, they do make some educational toys too. Some of the toys are even purchased by giant IT companies like Microsoft as an initiative to provide education to underprivileged children in various parts of the world.

      The drive is quite fascinating as you pass through an agriculturally rich area. Depending on the season, you may be able to come across the making of jaggery.

      Continue your drive to Mysore and on arrival check-in at the hotel.

      Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till Independence. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under their rule. Mysore still carries on its placid shoulders the aura and glamour of palaces, the grandeur of festivals of times gone by, but all of it with a quiet, unhurried dignity. It is often called the Jewel of Karnataka - its arts, culture, buildings, festivals, gardens and parks being the highlight of the state's heritage.

    • The rest of the day will be free for relaxation.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4
    MYSORE
    • After breakfast at the hotel, you will be again picked up by our local guide for a sightseeing tour of Mysore City, with visits to the Mysore Palace and the Chamundi hills, the location of Chamunda Devi temple and the famous monolithic stone Nandi (Bull of Lord Shiva).

      The former seat of the Wodeyar maharajas, the Mysore Palace houses twodurbar halls(ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court) and incorporates an array of multitude courtyards, corridors, gardens and buildings.

      Standing amidst a sprawling and well maintained garden complex, this three-storey stone structure with marble domes represents a remarkable fusion in architecture that is popularly known as Indo-Saracenic.

      The interior of this Indo-Saracenic marvel - a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors and gaudy colours - is lavish and undoubtedly over the top. There may be a possibility to feel the intricate carvings on the heavy wooden doors as you walk on different textured floor tiles all over the palace.

      As our vehicle makes its way to the Chamundi hill, imagine a bird's eye view of Mysore. Atop the hill is the revered temple of Goddess Chamundi or Durga - a slayer of demons. Held in great reverence, she is not only the tutelary deity of the Mysore maharajas, but also the presiding deity of the city. It may not always be possible to visit the temple from inside due to large crowds. But the surrounding ambience of the complex more than makes up for it with hawkers selling coconut and fruits as temple offerings, flower sellers making beautiful garlands, small shops selling religious paraphernalia and much more. The silver plated doorway at the entrance is also very intricate with a small image of Lord Ganesh along with images of the goddess in different forms.

      We now drive to the other part of the Chamundi Hills to visit the famous monolithic statue of the Nandi Bull - the vehicle of Lord Shiva.

      About 16 feet in height and 24 feet long, located on a 4-foot platform, this is the third largest Nandi in India. It has been carved out of a boulder in situ. One of the oldest icons in Mysore, it is brilliantly detailed with many sequences of bells and garlands dexterously carved over it. You can also manage to get your own little miniature stone Nandi from local sculptors.

    • The afternoon is at leisure.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5
    MYSORE - COORG
    • After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Coorg (110 km, 3 hrs approx).

      The Scotland of India, Coorg is green and verdant with misty hills, lush teak and sandalwood forests, acres of tea and coffee plantations and scattered villages and hamlets.

      On arrival, check into your hotel.

    • The rest of the day will be free for relaxation and enjoying the lovely environs of the hotel.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6
    COORG
    • After breakfast at the hotel, you will be free to explore the accessible locations in town, including coffee plantations.
      The rest of the day free for relaxation.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7
    COORG-MYSORE
    • After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive from Coorg to Mysore (110 km, 3 hrs approx).
      Check-in at the hotel in Mysore.

    • The afternoon will be free to explore places that are partly accessible in the city, such as Philomena Church, Rail Museum and Sand Museum.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8
    MYSORE - SRIRANGAPATANAM - BANGALORE
    • After breakfast at the hotel, drive from Mysore to Bangalore.

      En route, stop at Srirangpattan to visit parts of Daria Daulat Bagh Palace, Gumbaz (dome), and the stone marking where Tipu Sultan was killed. You may also visit the most important location in the town, Rangaswmai Temple, which gives the town its name. Set amidst a sprawling well manicured garden with flower beds, Daria Daulat is a two-storeyed rectangular palace, on a raised platform. Teak wood pillars support the open corridors, textures of which you may be able to enjoy in different parts of the palace. Visualise the walls, pillars, canopies and arches, beautifully decorated with frescoes along with intricately carved staircases.

      Now converted into an impressive museum, enjoy its extravagant past - Tipu's memorabilia like coins, clothes, furniture, arms and ammunitions, paintings, as well as sketches of Tipu Sultan and his family. The silver bowls that Tipu gifted to the Ranganathaswami temple is also on display.

      The museum also displays a large collection of portraits and paintings depicting scenes of war .

      The Gumbaz at Srirangapatnam holds the graves of Tipu Sultan and his parents. Designed in Persian style, the Gumbaz is at the centre of a large rectangular garden with a pathway leading to the mausoleum. Visualise a tiger striped frescoed dome with ornamental railings and turrets and a granite ceiling with carved walls, which are geometrically patterned.

      Before you enter the main mausoleum, feel the smoothness of 36 well polished black stone pillars supporting the entire structure, followed by a circumambulatory walk all around this verandah. These granite pillars are historically significant - they depict the 36 years' rule of Tipu and his father over Mysore. As you enter the main mausoleum area, you may have the opportunity to feel the intricacies of a carved lattice work window.

      We now visit the Rangaswamy Temple, which is one of the exquisite examples of Dravidian style of architecture. Lots of pilgrims and devotees visit this place every day, making it a spot buzzing with activities. The beautiful gopuram (the gateway tower) is always the centre of attraction. An added attraction to this temple is the Vishnu temple where he is worshipped in a lying form on a seven-headed snake.

      Continue your drive to Bangalore.

      This brings us to the end of the trip where you bid farewell and continue onwards to your next destination.

    • Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Bangalore
    2 nights

    Lemon Tree

    Superior Room
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Cafe
    • Room service
    • Business Center
    • Pool
    • Gym
    • Internet
  • MYSORE
    3 nights
  • Coorg
    2 nights

    Windflower Studio

    Superior Room
    • Bar
    • Air Conditioner
    • Restaurant
    • Business Center
    • Pool
    • Internet

Activities

    • Supplement for Accompanying Guide

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide during sightseeing at all sightseeing places.
  • Assistance of an Enable Travel representative at airports.
  • All currently applicable taxes, i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
  • Porterage at airport - 2 pieces of baggage per person.

Exclusions

  • Any transport to / from airport in Bangalore. Your tour price starts Ex -Bangalore.
  • Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
  • Visa fees.
  • Insurance.
  • Entrance fee to the monuments and places of interest @ INR 1150 per person payable over and above the tour cost.
  • Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
  • Any additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.
  • Items of personal nature, viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, additional sightseeing tours and excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees, etc.
  • Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes, etc. The tour price will be amended in accordance.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the 'Tour Price Includes' column.
  • Supplement charges applicable for long weekends and festivals.
  • Any rides, safaris, boating charges, additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.
  • 5% Goods and Services Tax.

Dates & Price

Price Validity Category Twin / Double Single
13th Oct 2017 - 31st Mar 2018 3/4 Star Economy 53,493 74,293
13th Oct 2017 - 31st Mar 2018 4/5 Star Superior 57,068 80,143
13th Oct 2017 - 31st Mar 2018 5 Star Luxury 89,077 1,38,711

Before you Go

  • We request all our guests to let us know of all their special requirements, i.e. dietary, mobility, accessibility, vision, speech or hearing, at the time of booking, enabling us to plan the trip accordingly.
  • Please be informed that guide dogs or any other pets are not allowed in aircraft and many other places in India..
  • Voltage available in India is 220-240 volts. International adapters are available at most hotels.

Important Info

  • Check-in time will be 1400 hrs and Check-out time will be 1200 hrs .
  • Visas for India should be obtained by all passengers well before their departure for India.
  • Prices are subject to change without any prior notice.
  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
  • Distances mentioned in itinerary are approximate and driving time depends on traffic conditions.
  • No wearing footwear and no carrying plastic or leather articles while entering any temple.
  • In case, at the time of booking, we do not get the accommodation in the same hotels, we will book an alternate hotel / category of room for which the supplement / reduction will be advised to you accordingly.
  • The rates mentioned above are confidential and should not be shared with a third party without written consent of Enable Travel. All arrangements made by Enable Travel are in the capacity of an agent only. Enable Travel will not be liable for claims or expenses arising from circumstances beyond our control such as accidents, injuries, delayed or cancelled flights and acts / forces of nature.
  • A refund / discount would not be applicable if breakfast or any meals included in the package are not utilised.
  • Enable Travel costs are based on contracted rates for leisure business. No conference / business / corporate activity has been envisaged in the tour cost. Including any such activity may result in the above being treated as a Business Delegation and the hotels are likely to charge a separate contracted rate for the same.
  • In case of any additional expense incurred due to a change in Government of India and Reserve Bank of India regulations pertaining to taxes, fuel hikes, entrances to monuments, transport, fluctuation in the rate of exchange and any force majeure situation due to natural / political conditions, Enable Travel reserves the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
  • Smoking in Public Places has been prohibited in India. Public places include open spaces, restaurants, hotels, pubs, discotheques, banquet halls, etc. No services would be permitted / provided in separate smoking enclosures / areas, if available, with the exception of rooms designated as 'smoking rooms' in hotels.
  • Force Majeure Situations: Enable Travel and its associates shall not be liable to pay any compensation where the performance / prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented / affected or any damage or loss is suffered as a result of a "force majeure" situation. In these Booking Conditions, "force majeure" would stand for any event which Enable Travel or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside of our control. Enable Travel and its associates are not liable for any compensation for damage caused by a force majeure or other unforeseen events. Enable Travel would notify our clients / agents timely of such force majeure events as and when feasible and will aim to limit the damage and supplement cost befalling the clients / agents for alternate arrangements deviating from the planned program.