Karnataka & North Kerala

Bangalore – Nagarhole – Sultan Battery – Neeleshwar – Mumbai

Duration:8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1

ARRIVE BANGALORE

Arrive Bangalore by flight. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to the hotel. Overnight: Regaalis, Superior Room.

Day 2

BANGALORE – NAGARHOLE

Morning (0900 hours) enjoy a visit to Chamundi Hill, the Nandi Bull and the Maharaja’s Palace. Later you will be driven to Nagarhole (110 kilometres / 3 hours) for the stay of two nights. Welcome to one of the best places in the world to find the tawny, black-striped Royal Bengal Tiger, elusive and stealthy, noble and regal: Nagarhole. Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park (officially known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park) is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India’s largest stretch of protected forest, an area which includes, besides Nagarhole, the neighbouring sanctuaries of Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wynaad. Established in 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary, Nagarhole was designated a national park twenty years later. The park today stretches in a series of gentle hills and valleys, over an expanse of 640 sq km, north of the river Kabini. The park is centred around a perennial water reservoir formed in 1974, when the Kabini River was dammed. Evening enjoy the game viewing in the National Park. Overnight: Orange County Resort, Jacuzzi Hut. BLD

Day 3

NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

Morning and evening enjoy game viewing in the National Park. Overnight: Orange County Resort, Jacuzzi Hut. BLD

Day 4

NAGARHOLE – SULTAN BATTERY

Morning enjoy game viewing in the National Park. Later you will be driven to Tranquil (150 kilometres/3 hours), a home stay experience in a coffee plantation (Kuppamudy Tea Estate) few kilometres from Sulthan Battery. Tranquil is a total chill out place with 7 rooms and a nice small pool. While here one can go for many treks in the huge estate area. Each trek, varying in endurance level required, is interestingly named. Your hosts here will be three friendly dogs – Thunder, Pepper and Gunda. Overnight: Tranquil Plantation Hideaway, Tree House. BLD

Day 5

SULTAN BATTERY

Day is at leisure. You may want to visit a nearby Edakal Caves that will involve around 1 kilometre trek up a hilly terrain. Edakal caves have New Stone Age pictorial writings Overnight: Tranquil Plantation Hideaway, Tree House. BLD

Day 6

SULTAN BATTERY – NEELESHWAR

Neeleshwar Hermitage is a concept hotel constructed on the lines of a village theme. Situated in the northern part of Kerala, the hotel is reminiscent of the villages in Kerala. Closely resembling the huts found in the rural areas, Neeleshwar Hermitage is refreshingly different from the more formal places of stay. The rural designs of the hotel, coupled with the ethnic hues evoke a purely rustic mood.

The Neeleshwar Hermitage is spread across twelve acres and constructed on the principles of Kerala Vastu, a science of architecture. The science takes into account the laws of nature to bring in more blessings and goodwill. Built with wood and laterite, the hotel is structured to give the feel of fisherman’s huts. With its palm-thatched roofs, the hotel imparts a very ethnic feel, which is truly Kerala. The resort has twelve individual cottages, each promising ample privacy to its guests. Of the cottages, eight of them face the sea with a garden courtyard. The cottages have been designed to let in a lot of sunlight and breeze, giving it a pleasant and peaceful feel. The four garden-view cottages have offer facilities on par with the sea-view cottages, but have an added advantage of overlooking the beautiful gardens.

Morning drive approx 5 hrs towards North Kerala to reach Neeleshwar. After arrival the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Neeleshwar Hermitage, Deluxe Garden View. B

Day 7

NEELESHWAR

Day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of resort i.e. yoga classes, meditation or Spa etc. Overnight: Neeleshwar Hermitage, Deluxe Garden View. B

Day 8

NEELESHWAR – MANGALORE – MUMBAI – ONWARDS

Morning drives 2 hrs to Mangalore airport to board your flight to Mumbai (9W 2108 at 1105/1225 Hrs). Arrive Mumbai and transfer to international airport for your onwards flight. B

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  • B: BREAKFAST
  • L: LUNCH
  • D: DINNER

Dates and cost

please contact us for dates and prices

This tour is operational with a minimum of 2 people travelling.

What’s included

  • Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Meals as mentioned above.
  • Transport in air conditioned Car Innova.
  • Porters’ fee at the airports and railway stations only.
  • Services of English Speaking Local Guide for the sight seeing.
  • Entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

What’s not included

  • International airfare, visa fees, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover.
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc.
  • Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc.
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’.

General Conditions

  • Prices valid from 01st October’10 to 15th April’11 except during Commonwealth Games (15 September – 20 October), Pushkar Fair (10 – 25 November), Christmas and New Year period (20 december – 10 January) when supplement will be applicable.
  • Domestic air fare is based on Economy Class Fare and is subject to revision by airlines.
  • Class of travel on trains may change based on availability at the time of booking.
  • All flight/train timings are based on current schedule and are strictly subject to change.
  • All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure.

Operational Restrictions

  • Elephants Caves and Prince of Wales Museum in Bombay are closed on Mondays

How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us directly to reserve a place, then complete a Booking Form and return to us with your deposit. Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form.

Deposit required: $1,000 pp
Balance due: 60 days prior to departure
If booking on or within
60 days of departure:
full payment must be made

Travel insurance is strongly recommended and Adventure Associates will be pleased to forward a selection of insurance proposal forms.

Cancellations

Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels/boats/trains and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 100 days prior to departure AU$800 pp
Between 99-60 days prior to departure Full loss of deposit pp
Between 59-45 days prior to departure 75% of tour cost pp
On or within 44 days prior to departure No Refund

All cancellation charges will be strictly applied. If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

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Our Accommodations

HotelRegaalisRegaalis, Bangalore

Regaalis is located in the heart of the Bangalore, offering modern amenities and personalized services. It is situated on posh Lavelle road and is of walking distance from MG Road, Cubbon Park and Brigade Road. Furnished with five star luxuries, Regaalis is a true blend of royal charm and modern style with an epitome of understated elegance and impeccable hospitality. The hotel is a perfect place to rejuvenate your senses.

HotelOrangeCountyNagarholeOrange County, Nagarhole

At Orange County, no stone is unturned to give you the most luxurious holiday. Yet, no stone is turned unnecessarily, and the natural balance of man and his environment is preserved and protected. What you get there are the world’s most exclusive holidays, experienced in perhaps the most inclusive way, where you are drawn into the warp and weft of the indigenous culture without losing out on the luxuries that are your privilege. An experience than helps you discover that the mind, body, and soul are in perfect harmony when you are at one with the spirit of the land.

HotelTranquilPlantationTranquil Plantation Hideaway, Sultan Battery

Khem Villas is established on land that Goverdhan purchased in 1989 and converted into a wilderness area planting indigenous trees and creating open grasslands and small water bodies, spread over an area of 10 acres it has become a habitat in itself. It is common to see jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert fox, hares etc. within the camp grasslands. The peace and tranquillity offered at camp is unlike that of any other place in Ranthambhore. Accommodation is divided into three categories and designed keeping in mind that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication; great pains have been taken to use locally sourced materials and skills. The camp is designed to provide an authentic experience that is unfussy, functional yet special.

HotelNeeleshwarHermitageNeeleshwar Hermitage, Neeleshwar

Neeleshwar Hermitage is a place where you can gain deep rest, release the burden of the past and rejuvenate. A place of new beginnings, Neeleshwar provides a harmonious and tranquil setting in which to take stock of your life journey and take steps to enhance your growth. At The Hermitage we have created a nourishing environment where you can escape the pressures of the modern world, relax and take the time to regain your balance and get back in touch with yourself.

General travel guidelines for India

Passports

Passports must be valid at least six months beyond the date of intended departure from India. Travellers are advised to carry a photocopy of their passport and Indian visa.

Visa Formalities

For visiting India, all foreigners are required to acquire their visa in their home country. No visa is granted upon arrival in India. For those traveling to Sikkim an additional permit is necessary. This will be obtained once in India.

Dress

The hotels are smart but not hugely formal and the smart casual label is the best description for suggested dress code. Do carry a warm coat/jersey for early morning starts and especially for any train journeys, as the onboard air-conditioning can be very severe.

Dress Code for National Parks

Please wear appropriate colours when in any National Park or Reserve – these should be muted earthy colours. You may also like to carry a sun hat and sunglasses with you.

Please note from mid November until end February, the early morning and evening games drives can be very cold – this is attributed largely to the wind factor of the ‘open air’ jeep. We highly recommend you to carry fleeces, jackets, hats, gloves and scarves. By about 8/9am, the sun is out and you will begin ‘de-layering’ and be comfortable in a t-shirt for the majority of the midday.

Currency

India’s currency is ‘Rupee’, abbreviated as ‘Rs’. One Rupee is equal to 100 paise. Coins are in various small denominations of 10, 25, 50 Paise (these are rarely in circulation these days) & 1, 2, & 5, Rupees. Notes (Bills) are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 Rupees.

Foreign Exchange

Visiting foreigners can exchange money at international airports where 24-hour exchange facilities are available, through banks and approved moneychangers. Or, one may change money at the big city hotels.

One can also change money at national or international banks such as Standard Chartered, Citibank, Bank of America, Hong Kong Bank and others in the major metro cities. Most of these have 24-hour ATMs. American Express and Thomas Cook offices may be found in major metros and tourist cities.

Bank timings are usually from 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs on weekdays and 1000hrs to 1400 hrs on Saturdays. Please remember that not all banks will exchange foreign currency or travellers cheques particularly in small towns.

Exchange money only through authorized banks or Money Changers. Insist on a receipt/encashment certificate when changing money. Retain all receipts to facilitate re-conversion of unspent money on departure from India. The current exchange rate of the Australian Dollar to the Indian Rupee is 1 AUD = Rs 41.82.

Travellers Cheques/Credit Cards

travellers’ Cheques should be of well-known brands like Thomas Cook, American Express and Visa. Large establishments generally accept Major Credit Cards like American Express, Master Cards, Diners Club, Visa, etc, including hotels, shops and airlines.

Payments

All foreign nationals must pay their hotel bills in foreign currency (cash, Traveler’s Cheques or even by Credit Cards). This can be paid in Rupees if the visitor has a receipt to show as a proof of currency exchange.

Tipping

It is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills, whether of hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable.

Though we give below the general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the below guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

Please note the below amounts are per couple/ individual traveller.

Electricity

In India voltage is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles, though some areas also have DC supplies. Visitors are advised to check the voltage before using electrical appliances. Socket sizes vary, so it is as well to take a set of plug adapters, available from most electrical stores.

Prohibited Articles

The import of prohibited articles such as dangerous drugs, live plants, gold/silver bullion and coins, not in current use, is either totally prohibited or restricted. The law provides heavy penalties for the infringement of this restriction, and in some cases punishment can extend to the death sentence. Also, by law, visitors are banned from taking antiques and wildlife products out of the country – any infringement is punishable by fines and imprisonment.

Caution

The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act bans all forms of wildlife trade. Violations of the provisions of the Act are punishable with heavy fines and imprisonment up to 7 years. Foreigners are, therefore, advised not to buy any wildlife or wildlife products or derivatives especially ivory articles, fur and skin articles derived from wild animals such as Shahtoosh.

Photography

Visitors to India find varied subjects for photography including people, monuments, wildlife, festivities, and landscapes. Note, however, these formalities, in respect of photography:

Special permission of the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, is required for use of tripod and artificial light on monuments.

Special permission of Government of India is required for any photography for the purpose of publicity and commercial use.

Photography is prohibited in tribal areas.

Taking photographs of airports, railway stations, bridges, military installations, and from the air is prohibited.

Visiting Places of Worship

Removing one’s shoes before entering temples, mosques or Gurudwaras (Sikh Temple) is essential. Avoid taking leather goods of any kinds (bag, belt etc) and cigarettes into places of worship, as these are often not permitted. Do not wear shorts or sleeveless tops in places of public worship.

Insurance

It is always advisable to obtain good travel insurance to cover the worst possible scenario. Do keep a copy of your policy separately as a safeguard.

Inoculations/Vaccinations

Before traveling to India it is advised that you get vaccinations for tetanus, hepatitis, rabies and typhoid. Consult your doctor before taking them / also take advice on other vaccinations for meningitis and tuberculosis. Most vaccination courses are completed within four weeks, best taken before the trip. Malaria preventive course may be taken before your trip, but again this should be consulted with your doctor.

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