01 : ARRIVE CHENNAI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to prebooked Hotel.
: At the southern tip of India in the state of Tamil
Nadu, Chennai -
or Madras as it was known earlier - is its capital city of the state
of Tamil Nadu. It is also the third largest metropolis in India. Chennai
as the gateway will put you in touch with a different face of India
- classical, ancient, gentle. Definitely touched by colonialism but
not ravaged by wars & intensely aware of its roots & traditions.
02 : CHENNAI-MAHABALIPURAM (60 KMS, 01-02 HRS DRIVE)
breakfast, half day city tour of Chennai visiting Museum to see the
art and bronze gallery (Closed on public holidays). Drive through the
Flower & Fruit Market, High Court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San
leave for Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram
- (64 km from Madras) ancient capital of the Pallavas, famous as a city
of 1000 temples that still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated
to Shiva was built in the 7th & 8th century & has painting on
the walls. Templs of Ekambaswara, Kailasnatha, Sri Kamakshi & Vardarajaewamy
are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk.
checkin at your prebooked hotel.
03 : MAHABALIPURAM
After breakfast, visit Mahabalipuram , which was the main port of the
Pallava dynasty & has exquisite Rock-cut monuments, monolithic structures
& Bas-reliefs. It is also a beach resort. Visit a very interesting
creation enroute Dakshin Chitra , a museum that preserves actual houses
of different communities & village craftsmen from the four southern
states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh , Karnataka & Kerala.
free to relax on the beach.
04 : MAHABALIPURAM-PONDICHERRY (134 KMS, 03 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Pondicherry. On arrival checkin at prebooked
sightseeing of Pondicherry
which was formerly a French Colony. Settled early in the 18th century
Pondicherry became part of the Indian Union in the early 50s when the
French voluntarily relinquished control. The main attraction here is
the Aurobindo Ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. The
ashram is one of the most popular in India with westerners, and is also
one of the most affluent. Also to be visited is the Pondicherry Museum
which has a well displayed variety of exhibits ranging from French furniture
to this history of bead making.
05 : PONDICHERRY - TANJORE (183 KMS, 04-05 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Tanjore. On arrival checkin at hotel.
visit Tanjore (Thanjavur)
which was the ancient capital of Chola kings. Visit the Brihadishwara
temple which was built by Raja Raja and is termed as the crowning glory
of Chola temple architecture. This temple is one of the monuments in
India with World Heritage listing. Also visit the Thanjavur Palace which
was contructed in 1550 and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation
and arsenal towers.
06 : TANJORE-TRICHY-MADURAI (184 KMS, 04-05 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Madurai. Enroute visit Trichy. Visit the
Rock Fort Temple in Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)
and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam - This superb temple
complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and
is probably the largest in India. Most of it dates back from 14th to
17th centuries. The largest gopuram was completed as recently as 1987,
and now measures an astouning 73 metres.
drive to Madurai. Arrive
Madurai and check in at prebooked hotel.
07 : MADURAI-PERIYAR (150 KMS, 03-04 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, visit Madurai - one of the oldest cities in South India
and has been a centre of learning & pilgrimage for centuries. Visit
Madurai's main attraction - Sri Meenakshi temple which attracts thousands
of pilgrims from all over India. The temple is named after the daughter
of a Pandyan King. Designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak, the present
temple was substantially built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak (1623-55
AD), but its history goes back 2000 years to the time when Madurai was
the capital of Pandya Kings.
leave for Periyar. Periyar has one of the world's most fascinating Natural
wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic
at Periyar and check in at prebooked hotel.
08 : PERIYAR
After breakfast, leave for Jungle Walk The forest provides specially
trained guides who can be hired at the hotel for early morning treks
into the jungle. The treks are of a duration of 03-04 hrs. These treks
are an ideal way to really feel the forest and to experience it closely.
boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience
of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the
lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild
elephants that come down to play in the lake.
09 : PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM (140 KMS, 03-04 HRS DRIVE) - OVERNIGHT BACKWATER
TRIP TILL ALLEPEY
After breakfast, leave for Kumarakom in time to board houseboat for
overnight backwater trip till Allepey.
arrival in Kumarakom,
commence an overnight houseboat cruise to Allepey, which gives one a
fascinating insight into the life of a Keralan Backwater Village. As
the boat glides along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the
backwater villages. On the narrow strips of land, fisherman fishing,
children swimming and playing in the water, women doing their daily
chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and it's
harvesting (during harvest season), huge country barges ferrying the
coconuts, rice, coir etc.
Note : The cruise commences at 1300 hrs with lunch served onboard
and continues till dusk. At dusk the boat will anchor in a wide waterway
or lake for the night. (The backwaters close to boat traffic at dusk
as the fisherman lay their nets in the backwaters. Other boats are not
allowed to ply in the backwaters after dusk.) On the following day the
cruise commences again after breakfast and you will be dropped at Allepey
by 1000 hrs.
10 : ALLEPEY-KOCHI (56 KMS, 01 HR DRIVE)
Checkout from the houseboat and proceed to Kochi. Arrive Kochi
and check in at prebooked hotel.
half day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia's best preserved Synagouge,
the Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India - the St. Francis
Church where Vasco De Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through
the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of
the huge catileavered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders
which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing.
the evening, witness Kathakali Dance Show
11 : KOCHI - BANGALORE (BY FLIGHT, IT 2452, 0750-0910 HRS)
Early morning, transfer to the airport to board flight for Bangalore.
Arrive Bangalore and transfer to prebooked hotel.
city tour of Bangalore
- "city of gardens". Visit, theo Vidhan Sudha - It houses
the State's Legislature and Secretariat, Nandi Temple - One of the oldest
temple, popularly known as the Bull temple.
12 : BANGALORE-MYSORE (130 KMS, 02-03 HRS DRIVE)
breakfast, leave for Mysore. Enroute visit Srirangapatnam. Arrive Mysore
and check in at prebooked hotel.
visit the magnificent city on the foothills of Mount Chamundi. Visit
the Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, this palace
was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore. Burnt down in 1897, the present
one was completed in 1912, at a cost of Rs. 4.2 million; Chamundi Hill
- overlooking Mysore from 1062m summit of the hill is the Sri Chamuneswari
temple and the Brindavan Gardens.
13 : MYSORE-HASSAN (161 KMS, 04 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Hassan. Enroute visit Sravanabelagola, one
of the oldest and most important Jain pilgrimage centres in India, and
the site of the 17m high statue of Gomateshvara, said to the world's
tallest monolithic statue - an important Jain religious centre - a colossal
Continue drive to Hassan.
Arrive Hassan and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 14 : HASSAN
After breakfast, excursion to Hoysala Temples of Halebid & Belur.
Visit the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid which is the most outstanding
example if Hoysala art. At Belur, visit the Channekeshava temple is
the only one at the three Hoysala sites still in daily use.
DAY 15 : HASSAN-HOSPET (362 KMS, 07-08 HRS
After breakfast, leave for Hospet. Arrive Hospet
and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 16 : HOSPET
After breakfast, excursion to Hampi
: the once beautiful capital city of Vijaynagar Empire was greater than
Rome and had palaces; temple and sculptures spread all over. The Sultanates
of South razed the city to the ground in the year 1565 AD. Some of the
interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama
Temples, huge Ganesha & Narasimha images, the elephant stables,
the queen's bath, and carvings on the Ramachandra Temple & Lotus
DAY 17 : HOSPET-BADAMI (195 KMS, 05-06 HRS
After breakfast, leave for Badami
. Enroute we stop at Aihole which was the Chalukyan regional capital
between the 4th & 6th centuries. There are over 70 structures in
and around and the more important structures include the Ladkhan temple
, Kulinguidi & Durgigude Temples. Continue drive towards Badami.
Enroute stop at Pattadakal, the second capital of Badami Chalukyans,
Pattadakal reached the height of its glory during the 7th and 8th centuries.
The most important monument here is teh Lokeshwara or Virupaksha temple
that narrates episodes from the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
After the visit continue drive to Badami.
Badami and check in at prebooked hotel.
18 : BADAMI
After breakfast, visit Badami which was once the capital city of the
Chalukyan empire which ruled much of the Central Deccan between the
4th and 8th centuries A.D. Badami
is best known for its cave temples, cut into the cliff face of the red
sandstone hill and connected by flights of steps. They display the full
range of religious sects which have grown up on Indian soil. Two of
them are dedicated to Vishnu, one to Siva and the fourth is a Jain temple.
There's also one natural cave which is a Buddhist temple.
19 : BADAMI-GOA (345 KMS, 06-07 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Goa
: Arrive Goa and check in at prebooked hotel.
20 : GOA
21 : GOA
Day free for individual activities.
22 : GOA-MUMBAI (FLIGHT, SG 264, 1725-1825 HRS)
After breakfast, free. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to
board flight for Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to prebooked hotel.
23 : MUMBAI
After breakfast, excursion to Elephanta caves. Afternoon, half day city
tour of Mumbai.
24 : DEPART MUMBAI
Transfer to airport to board flight back home/onward destination.