Duration : 21 Nights / 22 Days
Destination Covered : Mumbai - Hyderabad - Bangalore - Hassan - Mysore - Ooty - Cochin - Houseboat - Kumarakom - Periyar - Madurai - Trichy - Mahabalipuram - Chennai - Mumbai
DAY 01 : ARRIVE MUMBAI
Upon arrival in Mumbai ( Bombay ) you are met and transferred to your prebooked 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 at hotel.
DAY 02 : MUMBAI - HYDERABAD ( BY FLIGHT )
After breakfast an excursion on motorized boats across the Arabian Sea to the Elephanta Caves, which house several, sculputres and images sacred to the Hindhu 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, met and transferred to pre-booked hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03 : HYDERABAD
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 Qutab Shahi dynasty. Originally a mud structure, it grew into a magnificent fortress citadel. It is know for the use of acoustics in its architectural desing - 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.
DAY 04 : HYDERABAD - BANGALORE ( BY FLIGHT )
Today morning take a short flight to Bangalore . Upon arrival in Bangalore, checkin at pre-booked hotel. Bangalore most popularly known as garden city of India. Take a 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 . overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 : BANGALORE - HASSAN BY ROAD 190 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, depart for Hassan .Upon arrival in Hassan, check into pre-booked hotel. Hassan is 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. Overnight at hotel .
DAY 06 : HASSAN - MYSORE BY ROAD 115 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE
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 pre-booked hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 07 : MYSORE
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.
DAY 08 : Ooty BY ROAD 155 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
Morning after breakfast start 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, check into pre-booked hotel.
DAY 09 : OOTY
Today drive around Ooty to visit the Botanical Gardens , Lake Doddabetta , Mukurti Peak the Pykara Dam and the sprawling Tea Plantation. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10 : BY ROAD 280 KMS 8 HOURS DRIVE
After a relaxed morning breakfast. Start the journey towards the famous town of Kerela - Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin,check in at pre-booked hotel. Evening is relaxed and free for individual activities. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11 : COCHIN - HOUSEBOAT
After early breakfast, you are transfered for sightseeing tour of cochin visiting Jewish synagogue , Mattancherry palace, Chinese nets and backwaters etc. Later transfer to House boat Embarking point to board House boat . Houseboats takes to a fascinating cruise at a leisurely and relaxing pace. There are halts in between to stretch your legs on the shore, take in a quick bottle of fresh sweet toddy from a local pub, or just climb up a coconut tree. Overnight in houseboat.
DAY 12 : HOUSEBOAT - KUMARAKOM
Disembark Houseboat and transferred to Kumarakom. Upon arrival, check in at pre-booked hotel. 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 cooking. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 13 : KUMARAKOM
Day at leisure .
DAY 14 : KUMARAKOM - PERIYAR BY ROAD 135 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
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 cocount groves at the lower lever you then see rubber, tea and the spice plantation as you gain height. Upon arrival check into the Resort. Rest of the day free.
DAY 15 : PERIYAR
Today 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. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 16 : PERIYAR - MADURAI BY ROAD 130 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Today start drive to Madurai. Upon arrival at Madurai, check in at pre-booked hotel. Afternoon 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 Meenakashi Temple , Palace of King Triumalay , the great tank, Gandhi Museum and Temple at Alaghat Koli enroute visiting Elephant Rock. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 17 : MADURAI
After early breakfast, take a full day tour to Rameshwaram, a major center for Hindu piligrimage. 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.
DAY 18 : MADURAI - TRICHY BY ROAD 172 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, depart for Trichy. Upon arrival in Trichy, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Later go for cisty tour of Trichy visiting Rock Fort, Sirangam and Jambukeshwar Temples richy's historic associations stretch from chola times to the 18th Century karnataka Wars, When Britain and France espoused the aspirations of rival princes. Evening at leisure for personal activities. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 19 : TRICHY - MAHABALIPURAM 310 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE
Morning depart for Mahabalipuram 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. We now continue our journey towards Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, check in at pre-booked hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 20 : MAHABALIPURAM
Morning 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 plendid 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 hotel for Overnight stay.
DAY 21 : MAHABALIPURAM - CHENNAI BY ROAD 60 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE CHENNAI - MUMBAI ( BY FLIGHT )
Early morning 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 UMBAI ( BOMBAY ). Upon arrival met and transferred to pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day free at Leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 22 : LEAVE MUMBAI
Transferred to airport to board flight for onward journey .