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Day 1 : Arrive Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai International airport, Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. § Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (Museum is closed on Mondays) Fish Aquarium, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (Where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) then to Dhobi Ghat. Also drive past Afghan Church, Flora Fountain, colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : In Mumbai
Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves - Across the harbour to the world famous, 1200 years old Elephanta Caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous TRIMURTI sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is located here. (Subject to weather conditions) Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Mumbai – Bangalore fly.
Morning after breakfast transfer to the domestic airport, board flight to Bangalore. Arrive Bangalore at, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon we make a short visit of Bangalore City. Visit the Vidan Soudha, Fort, Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Bull Temple. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 : Bangalore – Hassan (drive about 05rhs. /190kms.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Hassan via Sravanabelagola, visit the Statue of Gommatheshwara, sacred of Jains, stands on Vindhyagiri. The 17 metres high statue is nude. Check into the hotel. The rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 : Hassan
Morning after breakfast drive to Belur & Halebid the ancient capital of the Hoysala Kings. visit the CHENNAKESAVA TEMPLE at Belur, the exquisite sculptors cover the exterior with the friezes. The line of 650 elephants surrounds the base, with of rows of figures and foliage above. The detail of 38 female figures is perfect. Later on proceed to Halebid to visit the HOYSALESVARA TEMPLE, set in lawns, has two shrines dedicated to Siva with a Nandi Bull facing each. The largest of the Hoysala temples, it was started in 1121 but remained unfinished 86 years later, also visit the Jain bastis. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 6 : Hassan – Mysore (drive about 03hrs. /120kms)
Morning after breakfast drive to Mysore. Check into the hotel.
Afternoon visit the Mysore Palace and nearby Chamundi Hills. Overnight at Hotel
Day 7 : Mysore – Calicut (drive about 06hrs./218kms.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Calicut. A drive through a picturesque journey over the Western Ghats to Calicut. Explore the beautiful places on the way. Check into the hotel. Evening we make a short drive to Kappad Beach, where Vasco-da-Gama set foot on the sands of India. Overnight at Hotel
Day 8 : Calicut – Shornur (drive about 03hrs./120ksm.)
Morning after b/f drive to Shornur, a place famous for art and literature. Check into the Hotel River Retreat, a heritage hotel that situated on the banks of river Barathapuzha.
Home of the renowned repository of the tradition of the Kathakali dance form. It is in this academy that the best of Kerala’s Kathakali performers get their rigorous training. The institution also offers training in music, drama, and other dance form including Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam and Ottam Thullal.
Evening we visit this institution (Kerala Kala Mandalam) on the riverbank. You can watch training session from 0830 – 1200hrs and 1530 – 1730hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 Calicut – Cochin (drive about 03hrs./115kms.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Cochin – the commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of the State’s cities, Kochi has long been eulogised in tourist literature as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea”. It has a fascinating blend of cultures.
Enroute visit the Punnathur Kotta – elephant camp at Guruvayoor. Arrive and check into the hotel. The rest of the day free. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9 : Cochin
Morning after breakfast we visit the Mattancherry Palace – also called the Dutch Palace, The Clock Tower, The Synagogue built in the 18th century and the St.Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama was buried in 1524. Evening move to Fort Kochi Beach, spend the hours to explore the huge Chinese Fishing Nets, enjoy watching sunset. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10 : Cochin - Kumarakom (drive about 02 ½ hrs./95kms.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Kumarakom - A small strip of land based on the bank of Vembanadu Lake.Check into the hotel.
Explore the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary known for local varieties like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl and the water duck as well as migratory Siberian Storks. The rest of the day for leisure. Overnight at Hotel
Day 11 : Kumarkom – Alleppey Houseboat
Morning after breakfast 02 hr boat cruise to Alleppey – is also called the Venice of East, interlocked with a large number of canals and bridges.Board a houseboat from Alleppey and enjoy the cruise through the enchanting backwaters. Overnight at House boat.
Day 12 : Kumarkom – Thekkaday (drive about 03hrs./ 135ksm.)
Morning leave houseboat at Kumarkom we drive to Thekkady, the roads which winds on the Western Ghats takes you through the plantation of rubber, tea, coffee and pepper. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon we do a small Spice Walk. Overnight at Hotel
Day 13 : Thekkady
Morning after breakfast explore the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary, know as Periyar Tiger Reserve. Afternoon cruise in Periyar Lake surrounded by hills to see the natural beauty and wild animals, mainly elephants fetching water from the lake. Overnight at Hotel
Day 14 : Thekkady – Mudurai (drive aoubt 04hrs. /160kms.)
Morning drive to the 6th century built temple town of Madurai Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
A/n visit the Meenakshi temple – an outstanding example of the 14th century Vijaynagar architecture and nearby Thirumalai Naikar Palace. Overnight at Hotel
Day 15 : Madurai - Trichy (drive about 04hrs./142kms.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Trichy, check into the hotel. Afternoon visit the St. Joseph’s Church, the Siva Temple and the Temple of Srirangam. Overnight at Hotel
Day 16 : Trichy – Thanjavur (drive about 02hrs./ 60kms.)
Late Morning drive to Thanjavur – the ancient capital of the great Chola Empire.
Afternoon visit the magnificent BRIHADISVARA TEMPLE, known as the ‘Big Temple’. The main temple has a 62 metres high vimana (the tallest in India), topped by a dome carved from an 80 ton block of granite. We can see an enormous Nandi, carved out of a single block of granite six metres long. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17 : Thanjavur - Pondicherry (drive about 05hrs./225kms.)
Morning drive to Pondicherry, with its distinct French colonial atmosphere., En-route visit Chidambaram, the Nataraj temple dedicated to the dancing God. Proceed and check into the hotel. Evening stroll through the French colonies and avenues and enjoy the sunset of Bay of Bengal. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18 : Pondicherry
Morning we make a short visit to Aurobindo Ashram, visit the Ashram. The rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at Hotel
Day 19 : Pondicherry – Mahablipuram (drive about 04hrs. 135kms.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram via Kancheepuram. Visit the Kailasanad Temple and EkambaraNadh Temple. Proceed to Mahabalipuram - The ancient 7th century port famous for its magnificent rock temples & carvings. Check into the hotel. The rest of the day enjoy in the beautiful beach. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20 : Mahabalipuram
Morning after breakfast we make a short trip to visit the ARJUNA’S PENANCE, is a bas relief sculpted on the face of two enormous adjacent rocks, 29 metres long and seven metres high, the Mandapas – are fairly shallow pillared halls or porticos excavated out of the rocky hillside, THE RATHAS – these mid seventh century monolithic temples were influenced by Buddhist architecture as they resemble the monastery, THE SHORE TEMPLE by the sea is surrounded by gardens designed according to descriptions of the original layout from ancient texts. The temple was built at the end of the seventh century by King Rajasimha, is unusual for its shrines to both Siva and Vishnu. Evening enjoy the beautiful sunset. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 21 : Mahabalipuram – Chennai (drive about 02hrs./85kms.)
You are at the southern tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, and Chennai – or Madras as it was known earlier – is its capital city. Ending with Chennai as the gateway will put you in memory with a different face of India – classical, ancient, and gentle. Definitely touched by colonialism but not ravaged by wars and intensely aware of its roots and traditions. Afternoon sightseeing of Chennai city. Overnight at Hotel
Day 22 : Chennai – Departure.
Morning free, Afternoon transfer to the Chennai International airport, board flight to your home country.
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