Mumbai – Banglore – Mysore – Hassan - Coorg – Calicut – Cochin – Kochi – Alleppey - Kovalam – Madurai – Tanjore – Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram – Chennai
18 Days / 17 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Today arrive Mumbai - India’s finance centre, the economic powerhouse of the nation & the heart of Hindi film industry Bollywood’. The islands that now form Mumbai were first home to fisher folk as far back as the 2nd century. The Portuguese did little to develop, the British government took possession in 1665 & leased for 03 yrs to East India Company. On arrival transfer to hotel & check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Mumbai
Day 02: Mumbai sightseeing
After breakfast relax in the Hotel. Afternoon City Tour of Mumbai. Visiting Gateway of India, prince wales museum, drive past Marine Drive, Mumbai's most popular seaside promenade, and see the Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens on the slopes of the Malabar hills, offering a nice view of the marine lines and the Chowpatty beach. Visit the Jain temple, Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and the Dhobi Ghat. Also, drive past the Flora Fountain, colorful Crawford Market and Victoria Terminus station. Overnight at Mumbai.
Day 03: Fly from Mumabi - Bangalore
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport and fly to Bangalore - India’s “garden city” is a delightful mix of the traditional and modern. Housing many fascinating legacies of richly carved temples, imposing mosques and trappings of a royal past. Bangalore today is a major industrial and commercial center and, is also well known for being the “Silicon Valley” of India because of the concentration of major IT companies here. Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 04: Bangalore - Mysore (03 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Mysore. Enroute tour Srirangapatnam, once the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, is known for its fortress and tomb of the famous Warrior King. Continue your drive and check in. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Mysore.
Day 05: Tour Mysore
Today proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mysore. Upon a hill overlooking the city is the temple to Chamundeswari, its patron goddess. The major tourist attraction is the “Mysore Palace”, the beautiful profile of this walled Indo-Saracenic Palace, the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, graces the city skyline, rebuilt in 1912. The Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre is famous for its fine craftsmanship in wood, ivory, sandalwood and silk. The tour also includes a visit to the Zoological Gardens and the St. Philomena’s church, one of the largest churches in the country, built in the Victorian Gothic style. This evening drive 10 miles from Mysore to enjoy the beautiful and exquisitely illuminated Brindavan Gardens, sprawling amid gorgeous cascading fountains. Overnight at Mysore.
Day 06: Mysore - Hassan (03 hrs)
Today drive to Hassan. Enroute tour Sravanabelagola - the monk of the White Pond, the 17m tall naked statue of Bahubali said to be the world largest monolithic statue. It is one of the oldest Jain pilgrimage centres. Continue your drive and check in. Overnight at Hassan.
Day 07: Hassan – Coorg (03 hrs)
Today after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Coorg. Coorg, popularly known as Scotland of India, is a wonderful place to refresh yourself. It is one of the famous hill stations of Karnataka that is blessed with abundant green areas and natural beauty. Check in at the hotel and rest for a while. Afterwards, we will gather in hotel's in-built resultant to enjoy mouth-watering dinner along with a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 08: Coorg – Calicut (05 hrs)
Today after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Calicut, arrive and check in, evening free for leisure, overnight at Calicut
Day 09: Calicut – Cochin (05 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kochi - formerly known as Cochin in the coastal state of Kerala. With a natural harbor that has always been one of the finest in the world. Overnight at Kochi.
Day 10: Cochin
Morning, Kochi tour begins from “The Dutch Palace” also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portuguese in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the puranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church, established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church built in India. The tour also includes a visit to the seaside where one can still see the, nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets which are still in use. Evening witness a Kathakali, a traditional dance form depicting Indian epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The dancers are dressed in very colorful and elaborate costumes. Their faces are painted to depict various characters of these epics. This dance has a lot of facial expressions and brisk, yet articulate body movements. Overnight at Kochi
Day 11: Kochi to Alleppey (02 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Alleppey, check in to Houseboat, backwater cruise through the Paddy fields, coconut lagoons, Narrow canals, Coir villages etc. Overnight stay.
Day 12: Alleppey – Kovalam (05 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kovalam, arrive and check in. Evening at leisure to enjoy one of the finest beaches in the area.
Day 13: Kovalam – Madurai (06 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Madurai - Madurai is Tamil-born and Tamil-rooted, one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamt of. Arrive and check in, overnight stay at Madurai.
Day 14:Madurai Tour
After Breakfast visit Madurai - the primary interest is the Meenakshi Temple, where Dravidian temple architecture may be considered to be at its best. Its hall of a thousand pillars is fabulous and is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. The tour also includes a visit to the Thirumalai Nayak Palace & Thiruparangundram temple. In the evening witness temple ceremony at Shree Meenakshi temple. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 15: Madurai to Tanjore. (03 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tanjore - the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty. Today, it is the little town set amidst the lush green rice fields of the Cauvery delta. Magnificent temples, still bear witness to the splendour of Chola architecture. Enroute visit Nataraj Temple at Chidambaram and also visit the temples at Kumbakonam. Upon arrival check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at Tanjore.
Day 16: Tanjore to Pondicherry (04 hrs)
Today we drive to Pondicherry - formerly a French colony settled early in the 18th century, it became part of the Indian Union in the early 50’s when the French voluntarily relinquished control. On arrival check in. Later visit the Botanical Gardens, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus, The Promenade, Government Park, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Roman Rolland Library, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French Institute and other museums and art galleries. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Pondicherry
Day 17: Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram (02 hrs)
After breakfast visit Mahablipuram - an ancient coastal port, world famous for its shore temple and was the second capital and sea port of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram. The whole of Mahabalipuram is a fabulous open-air museum of sculpture in living rock, Monolithic shrines, scooped out caverns magnificently sculpted within and the world’s biggest, bas relief in rock are truly wondrous examples of the sculptor’s art. Vying with this splendour is a beach. The famous temples of the Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, the Shore Temple and the eight Mandapams. (Shallow, rock cut halls). Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 18: Mahabalipuram to Chennai (02 hrs) Departure.
After breakfast proceed to Chennai airport for onward destination.