: 17 Nights / 18 Days|
Places Covered : Bombay -
Hyderabad - Bangalore - Hassan - Mysore - Ooty - Cochin - Thaneermukh - Kumarakom
- Periyar - Madurai - Tiruchirapalli - Mahabalipuram - Madras - Mumbai
|Tour Briefs: (daywise
tour plan) |
|01 : Arrive Mumbai|
02 : Visit Elephanta Caves
03 : Sightseeing of Hyderabad
04 : Travel to
Garden City Bangalore
05 : Visit religious places of Mysore
06 : Sightseeing
07 : Sightseeing of Ooty
08 : Relax in Cochin Hotel
Visit backwaters of Cochin
10 : Drive to the Thaneermukh
11 : Visit Hilltop
12 : Sightseeing of Madurai
13 : Visit Rameshwaram
14 : Visit Temples of Tanjore & Trichy
15 : Sightseeing of Trichy
16 : Visit Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram
17 : Board flight for MUMBAI
18 : Board flight for onward journey
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Arrive Mumbai :
Upon arrival in Mumbai (Bombay) you are met and
transferred to your pre booked Hotel. This afternoon proceed on a guided tour
of the city, which is distinctly tropical. Its weathered Victorian mansions, some
still privately owned, and grand public buildings, many beautifully lit at night,
stand as lingering reminder of the days of the British Raj, First visit the Gateway
of India, hastily created as a symbol of welcome to Queen Mary and King George
V of England on their to India in 1911. Next visit the Hanging Gardens, perched
at the top of Malabar Hill, which provide lovely views over the Arabian Sea. Overnight
Bombay - Hyderabad by Flight :
After breakfast an excursion on motorized
boats across the Arabian Sea to the Elephanta Caves, which house several, sculptures
and images sacred to the Hindu faith . Of special mention is the sculpture of
the Holy Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - the Creator, Preserver and the
Destroyer. Afternoon we are transferred to the domestic airport to board flight
for Hyderabad. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our pre booked Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Hyderabad, the Indian Subcontinent's richest and largest
state at the time of independence, now the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Your city
tour reveals an amalgam of old world charm together with the ebullience of modern
growth. Char Minar - the city;s landmark, has four minarets built in the 16th
Century. Mecca Masjid is an impressive 17th Century mosque built of granite. Birla
Temple, the library and the university all display the grandeurs of modern - day
India. Salar Jung Museum house and extraordinary collection including rare fine-art
objects of the Nizam, once the wealthiest man in the world. The ancient fort of
Golconda is the former capital of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Originally a mud structure,
it grew into a magnificent fortress citadel. It is know for the use of acoustics
in its architectural design - sound signals could be passed from the gates to
the top of the fort without the use of modern equipment. Tombs of the dynasty
rulers are situated nearby, set in manicured gardens. Overnight at the Hotel.
Hyderabad - Bangalore (by Flight) - Hassan :
Today morning we take
a short flight to Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore most popularly known as
the Garden City of India we take a short city tour . The city is full of well
laid out gardens. Wide tree lined avenues, imposing buildings and lively bazaars.
Visit the Bull Temple, situated on a hill is one of Bangalore's oldest attractions.
Afternoon depart for Hassan .Upon arrival in Hassan we check into our pre booked
Hotel. Hassan is the base of visiting the famous temples of Belur and Halebid.
The temples which remained incomplete despite 80 years of labour, offers the finest
workmanship in stone to the God.It is said that the temples here are even better
than the famous Konark and the Khajuraho temples.
Hassan - Mysore :
Depart for Mysore enroute visiting Halebid, Belur,
Sravanabelagola, Halebid is the sister temple of Belur, Built in the 12th Century
from soft soapstone and depicts the entire Hindu Pantheon, Sravanabalagola is
the shine to the Jain Saint Gaomateswara, carved in 983 AD out of solid rock ,
500 rock hewn steps lead up to it. Religious rituals involve bathing the statue
in milk and rose petals. Upon arrival in Mysore check into your pre booked hotel
for an overnight stay.
After a relaxed breakfast we drive for a morning sightseeing
of the city of Mysore. Mysore a city of 17 Palaces - the Maharaja's City Palace
being one of the largest in the country. Today's city tour include the zoological
gardens, the Chamundi Temple, handicraft Centre and 22 kms away - the Brindavan
Gardens, which are a sight by day and night. Evening visit to the gardens where
there are many illuminated fountains. Overnight stay at hotel.
Mysore - Ooty:
Morning after breakfast we start our drive towards
Ootacamund most popularly known as Ooty. It is mostly referred to as the Queen
of the Southern Hills stations.It drives its name from the Niligiri or the Blue
Mountains - the name to the Hills by the inhabitants for more than 850 years because
of the blue haze of clouds which envelope the hill slopes. Upon arrival we check
into our pre booked Hotel. Afternoon we drive around Ooty to visit the Botanical
Gardens , Lake Doddabetta , Mukurti Peak , the Pykara Dam and the sprawling Tea
Plantation. Overnight at the Hotel.
Ooty - Cochin :
After a relaxed morning breakfast we are now set
to start our journey towards the famous town of Kerala - COCHIN. Upon arrival
in Cochin we check into our pre booked hotel. Evening is relaxed and free for
individual activities. Overnight at the Hotel.
Early morning rise and transfer to the backwaters of Cochin,
which run from the sea inland through lush tropical countryside. It could be compared
to a cruise down the amazon with jungle foliage hanging from the banks. This relaxing
boat trip is fascinating, as our guide discussed the history of the early explorers
and traders who used this as a main artery to the sea. Even the locals board and
disembark, coming and going from village. Return to Cochin and afternoon spent
exploring the unexpected and isolated Jewish community. It was a main area for
spice trading. Scores of small companies huddle together in old buildings, with
the air filled of ginger, cardamom, cumin and clove scent. Local potters load
carts of spices running up and down narrow lanes for transport. One street - long
area is the Mattacncherry section, used to occupy virtually all Jewish homes,
the oldest synagogue in the former British Empire. Cochin is one of the most fascinating
cities of coastal south India. It is a city with indelible marks of Christian,
Islamic, Hindu and Jewish traditions. The true character of the city us to be
found in the older part of the Fort Cochin area which remains as it used to be
a 1000 years ago. This part of the City reflects an unusual bled of medieval Portuguese,
Dutch and English life grafted on to the tropical Malabar coast. A unique feature
here is isolated Jewish community, whose origins date back to AD 52. Evening we
go to watch the famous Kathakali Dance Performance. Overnight at the hotel.
Cochin - Thaneermukh - Kumarakom :
Drive to the Thaneermukh boat
landing stage and take a boat ride on the Backwaters to Kumarakom and check in
to the our pre booked resort . The rest of the day relaxing by the pool or taking
a sunset cruise on a man - powered nice-boat. You may wish to visit the Ayurvedic
centre for a herbal massage. In the Evening attend a demonstration of Kerala cuisine
Kumarakom - Periyar :
After early morning breakfast depart by car
for a 5 hour drive to Thekkady. The drive up to this hilltop wildlife sanctuary
is one of the most beautiful . Starting with coconut groves at the lower lever
you then see rubber, tea and the spice plantation as you gain height. Upon arrival
check into the Resort. In the afternoon take a jeep ride to a nearby spice plantation.
Late afternoon take a boat ride on Lake Periyar to look for wild animals drinking
or taking a dip in this 100 year old lake.
Periyar - Madurai :
Today we start our drive towards Madurai. Upon
arrival at Madurai we check into out our pre booked Hotel. Afternoon we visit
Madurai whose history goes back to six centuries before Christ. The Pandyan rulers
made this their capital until the 14th Century and the city flowered with the
genius of its writers, builders, poets and academics. Then the Nayaks ruled Madurai
from the middle of the 16th Century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi
Temple were raised during their dynasty. This is a huge compled of Temples. A
thousand - pillared hall and a tank. A full day tour visiting the Meenakshi Temple,
Palace of King Triumalay, the great tank, Gandhi Museum and Temple at Alaghat
Koli enroute visiting Elephant Rock. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After an early breakfast take a full days tour to Rameshwaram,
a major center for Hindu pilgrimage. Here the God Rama offered prayers to Lord
Shiva. One of the most scared towns of India , it is well known for its temple
corridor - the longest in India, the Bathing Ghat , Ganthamathana Parvatham ,
Kothandaramar temple , Kurusadai and other nearby islands - abundant with coral
reefs and other Marine wonders. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Madurai - Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) :
Depart for Trichy by road enroute
visiting Tanjore. Thanjaur was the seat of the Chola Empire from the 10th to the
14th Centuries and it was a Chola King, Rajah Chola who built the greatest of
its 74 temples, the Birhadeswara Temple which is more than 200 feet tall in the
Dravidian truncated pyramid form, and has a huge lingam in its sanctorium. In
the inner shrine of the temple, one sees India's second largest statue of Nandi
the bull, the mount of the God Shiva. Upon arrival in Trichy check into your pre
booked hotel. Evening at leisure for personal activities. Overnight at the Hotel.
Trichy - Mahabalipuram :
After breakfast we go for a morning city
tour of Trichy visiting Rock Fort, Sirangam and Jambukeshwar Temples. Trichy's
historic associations stretch from chola times to the 18th Century karnataka Wars,
When Britain and France espoused the aspirations of rival princes. We now continue
our journey towards Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival we check into our pre booked hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Morning we undertake a full day city tour of Mahabalipuram
and Kanchipuram. Mahabalipuram, once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled
between the 06th and 09th Centuries AD. "The City of Seven pagodas".
Is nothing less than a breathtaking display masterful sculpture carved out of
solid rocks of granite, the Shore Temple - a splendid example of early temple
construction in the south. Penance of Bhagirata the worlds largest bas - relief
also known as "Argon's Penance'. Kanchipuram, city of a thousand temples,
Once the capital of Pallava, Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines.
The temples were built mainly by two rulers, Mahendray and Mamalla Narashimha
Parman. Typical of their architecture is the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Siva,
believed to be 1200 years Old . Other important ones include the 16th Century
Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Vaikunta Perumal. Kanchipuram is the
centre of Silk weaving and is famous for its saris and materials. Return to the
Hotel for an Overnight.
Mahabalipuram - Madras (Drive) - Mumbai (BOMBAY) Flight :
we depart for Madras city tour visiting the National Art Gallery Fort St. George,
St. Mary's Church and the St. Thomas Cathedral and drive along the marina. Walk
with our guide though some colourful market areas. Afternoon transfer to the airport
to board our flight for MUMBAI ( BOMBAY ). Upon arrival we are met and transferred
to your pre booked Hotel. Rest of the day at Leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.
Leave Bombay :
After what will have been a majestic way to see and
experience royal India, we bid farewell as we are transferred to the airport for
our flight back home.