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Discovery of South India
Highlights
  • Magnificent temple towns of South India
  • Wildlife Boat ride and Spice Plantation in Periyar
  • Exotic backwater cruise in a private rice barge
  • Historical port city of Cochin
  • Sandlewood town Mysore and Palace
  • World Heritage Site of Hampi
  • Glorious beaches of Goa
Itinerary Details
Day 01: Fly to Chennai – Mahabalipuram (55 Kms / 1 Hr)
Visit some outstanding seaside monuments and Pancha Rathas, the famous Shore Temples.  Visit a crocodile bank and in evening explore the magnificent open-air spectacular carvings “Descent of the Ganges” also known as 'Arjuna's Penance'.
Day 02: Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (65 Kms/ 1.5 Hrs)
Day excursion to Kanchipuram, a temple town with magnificent temples and is ancient centre of learning. It is famous for its delicate hand-woven silk fabrics. We visit a sari weaving centre to see how gold thread is transformed into beautiful patterns.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (165 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Transfer along the coast to the former French colony. Visit to the yoga and spiritual centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and some more time at leisure to explore this beautiful city.
Day 04: Drive Trichy/Tanjore (235 Kms / 5.5 Hrs)
In Thanjavur, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Brihadeeswara Temple, and discover the architecture of the Chola Empire. In Trichy, climb the Rock Fortress or visit the Srirangam and gaze over the largest temple complex in the world.
Day 05: Tanjore - Madurai (165 Kms / 4 Hrs)
With your private guide, enjoy a tour of this magnificent temple town. Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the huge 1,000 pillared Meenakshi temple. Visit city's bustling bazaars in Madurai and evening return to the temple to witness a puja ceremony.
Day 06: Madurai – Periyar (140 Kms / 3 Hrs)
Drive to Periyar. With a local guide, explore a spice plantation to see how spices are grown and harvested. Enjoy a scenic wildlife boat cruise in Periyar – a great opportunity to spot wild elephants, gaur and deer
Day 07: Periyar – Munnar (130 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Morning go for a long walk around periyar. Around noon, we drive through plantations of spice, tea, rubber and coffee to Munnar.
Day 08: Munnar
Visit Rajamally (home of an endangered species of goat called Nilgiri Thar), Visit Tea plantations, Sample meter long tea, trek through the local landscape and evening to relax.
Day 09: Alleppey - Backwater Cruise (150  Kms/ 4 Hrs)
Today Drive to Alleppey for a night aboard a private rice barge, a traditional Kerala houseboat, journeying through the scenic backwaters that fringe the coast. Enjoy the nature bliss and see village life passing by from your backwater cruise
Day 10: Cochin (65  Kms/ 2 Hrs)
Tailor made sightseeing tour in Kochi visiting many of the city’s historic sights. In evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance performed by men and noted for elaborate make-up and costumes.
Day 11: Cochin – Bangalore - Mysore (280 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Fly to Bangalore and drive to Mysore. En route visit Srirangapatna, the island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan and visit Daria Daulat Bagh, the king's summer palace and favorite retreat.
Day 12: Mysore – Sravanabenagola - Hasan (120 km / 3 Hrs)
Mornig visit the famous Mysore Palace. Drive to Hasan and en-route visit Shravanabelgola.
Day 13: Hassan – Halebid – Belur - Hampi (290 Kms / 5 Hrs)
Long day today with drive to Hampi. en- route visit & Helebid & Belur famous for magnificent Hoysala Temple Complex. Continue drive to Hampi
Day 14: Hampi
Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site throughout the day, walking among the ruins of fabulous stone statues, carved pillars, Sacred Center , Virupaksha Temple and Riverside Ruins.  Enjoy light show during evening.
Day 15: Badami (175 Kms / 4.5 Hrs)
Drive to Badami to visit magnificent rock-cut cave temples and Badami fort. Evening at leisure.
Day 16: Badami – Goa (375 Kms / 7-8 Hrs)
Last day of drive today before we make it to beach paradise Goa.
Day 17 - 20: Goa
On the Arabian Sea, Goa is a glorious and casual beach resort on India's west coast. Enjoy Sun and Sand, visit Old Goa, with its Portugese-influenced architecture, take an evening cruise on River Mandowi, enjoy Goan delicacy with home grown Fenny made of Cashew nut.
Day 21: Goa - Mumbai – Fly Out
Today Fly to Mumbai. Half day tailor made city tour and in time transfer to Mumbai airport for International flight.
Price: On Request
Price Guide
Price is Per Person on twin sharing basis. It includes standard accommodation with breakfast, private car and driver, all transfers and services of private English-speaking guide. Internal flights within India are not included. For more details visit FAQ, here...
 
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Discovery of South India
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