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South India Heritage Tour

Duration : 25 Nights - 26 Days

Destination Coverd : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Tiruchirappalli - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi - Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Halebid - Belur - Hospet - Hampi - Badami - Goa - Mumbai

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 01 : Arrival Chennai (By Flight) - Kanchipuram (65 Kms - 2 hrs)

On arriving at Chennai International Airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed and received by our tour representative who’ll soon transfer you to the hotel for a quick freshening up session. Thereafter, you’ll be taken for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. Major tourist attractions include National Art Gallery, Fort St. George, Marina Beach, St. Mary’s Church, San Thome Cathedral and Mylapore Shiva Temple. Later on, you’ll travel to Kanchipuram and end the day with a check in at the hotel and sleepover. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

After an early morning breakfast, a city tour of Kanchipuram will follow. Renowned for its hand-woven silk fabrics, Kanchipuram is considered as one of the seven scared Indian cities. Kailashnath Temple and Ekambareswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, are the popular places of interest. Henceforth, you’ll be journeyed to Mahabalipuram. On reaching Mahabalipuram, you’ll be accommodated in the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Mahabalipuram

After breakfast, tour of this wonderful city, famously known as the second Pagodas. Tourist sites covered will be the mesmerizing monolithic monuments and stone sculptures. Among the monuments, the most significant ones are the five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, Mahishasura Mandapam and Shore Temple. You’ll return to the hotel in the evening to spend the night.

Day 04: Mahabalipuram - Pondichery (110 Kms-03 Hrs)

Morning after breakfast driven to Pondicherry. A check-in at the hotel will be followed by a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Famous tourist attractions are Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Arikamedu, Auroville City, and Pondicherry Beach. Later in the evening free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Pondichery - Trichy (200 Kms-04 Hrs)

Afrer breakfast drive to Tanjore. On arrival, a check in at the hotel will be made. After a short relaxing session, you’ll move out to explore the city. The highly visited and admitted destinations include the 11th century Brihadeshwara Temple and Saraswati Mahal Library, housing an exceptional collection of books and manuscripts over paper and palm leaves. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Trichy / Thanjore - Madurai (150 Kms-04 Hrs)

Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Thiruchirapalli including visit to the Ranganathan Temple at Srirangam, 10 kms away from Trichy. Afternoon drive to Madurai and transfer to hotel. After Freshen up visit the ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Afternoon city tour visiting - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Night stay in Madurai.

Day 07: Madurai - Periyar (138 kms - 04 hrs)

After breakfast, a city tour. Major attractions covered will be the 1000 pillared Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Museum. Besides, the special night ceremony performed at the temple will offer you an awesomely enchanting experience. From here, your travel will continue to Periyar. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08: Periyar - Kumarakom (120 Km /03 hours)

After breakfast, followed by a tour of one of the world’s most spectacular and mesmerizing wildlife sanctuaries. The national park is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. You can easily spot tigers, elephants, gaur, bison, barking deer, mongoose, foxes, mouse deer and leopards. However, the lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, common langur, and Bonnet macaque are the primates inhabiting here. For a more thrilling experience, you can enjoy a boat ride Periyar Lake. Also, visits will be made to the spice plantations of cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, coffee and tea estates. At the end of the day, you’ll journey to Kumarakom. Upon arrival check in at Hotel, Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Kumarakom - Alleppey

After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kumarakom, a beautiful little island, lying 16 km off Kottayam. Kumarakom is world famous for its exotic species of migratory birds flocking in from all round the world. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls are the most admired destinations here. At the end of the day, you’ll be driven to Alleppey Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Alleppey

After breakfast A full day tour of Alleppey will follow on after a gorgeous morning meal. You’ll be visiting Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal, Edathua Church, Alappuzha Beach, and Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple. What’s more, a backwater cruise through the corners of the backwaters will offer you an experience of a lifetime. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Alleppey - Cochin (80 kms - 02 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Cochn you reach, a check in at the hotel will be followed by a magnificent sightseeing tour. Popular tourist attractions include St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace, Chinese fishing nets, Kochi backwaters, Marine Drive, Hill Palace and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. In the evening, you’ll attend an interesting performance of the traditional Kathakali dance. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Kochi - Bangalore (By Flight)

Morning after breakfast transferred to Bangalore via air. On arriving at the Garden City, you’ll be accompanied to the hotel for a check-in. After some rest, you’ll move out for a city tour. The major attractions included in the tour will be Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Cubbon Park, Bull Temple and Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre. A stroll through the Vidhan Soudha, a wonderful colonial building comprising of the state legislature and secretariat, Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Bangalore - Mysore (145 kms - 03 hrs)

After morning breakfast drive to Mysore. Majestic palaces, heritage buildings, lush green gardens, silk and sandalwood define the city of Mysore. A short halt at Srirangapatna will be made. Srirangapatnam Fort, Tipu’s Summer Palace, Gumbaz, and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple are the major highlights. Proceed to Mysore thereafter. Arrival will be in the evening. A check in at the hotel will be made, after which a visit to Chamundi Hills will be organized. The Nandi monolith and enormous Mahishasura statue will spellbind you. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 14: Mysore

Morning after breakfasta full day tour will be arranged. Some of the most exciting scenic attractions of Mysore are Maharaja Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and Brindavan Gardens. As the sun sets, you’ll be taken to the Krishna Raja Sagars to enjoy a different atmosphere with musical fountains and colorful lights. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15: Mysore - Hassan (125 kms - 03 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Hassan en route visit at Shravanabelagola, the oldest and the most sacred pilgrimage center for the Jain community. Here, the major attraction is the Gomateshwara, deemed to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Henceforth, you’ll proceed to Hassan. Upon arrival check in at hotel, evening free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Hassan - Halebid - Belur - Hospet (320 kms - 06 hrs)

Morning after breakfast an excursion into some of the wonderful attractions like the Hoysala temples of Halebid and Belur. While the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid portrays the Hoysala art and tradition, the Chennakesava Temple at Belur is an archetype of Hoysala architecture. You’ll then be driven to Hospet. Upon arrival check in at hotel, evening free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 17: Hospet

Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Hospet. The major attractions include the World Heritage Site of Hampi, King’s Palace, Mahanavami Dibba and Queen’s Bath. Queen’s Bath comprises of numerous cultural wonders, with the internal section embraced with arched corridors, balconies and lotus-shaped fountains, being the most fascinating portion. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 18: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet (30 kms Round)

Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Hospet. The major attractions include the World Heritage Site of Hampi, King’s Palace, Mahanavami Dibba and Queen’s Bath. Queen’s Bath comprises of numerous cultural wonders, with the internal section embraced with arched corridors, balconies and lotus-shaped fountains, being the most fascinating portion. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 19: Hospet -Badami (150 kms -03 hrs )

Morning after breakfast Badami. Upon arrival, a check in the hotel will be made. Take a short nap and head on to explore the sightseeing destinations. Sited amidst two rocky hills at the mouth of a gorge, Badami Caves is the most popular attractions. Other attractions include Banashankari, the most appealing and quaint hamlet, deriving its name from Goddess Banashankari, another form of Parvati. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 20: Badami

Morning after breakfast an excursion to Aihole and Pattadakal. Popularly known as the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture, Aihole has about 125 temples. Lad Khan Temple, Drug (Fort) Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple, Konti Temple Complex, and Jain Meguti Temple are the major temple wonders that you shouldn’t miss. The second destination for the day will be Pattadakal, a World Heritage Center. It presents a set of ten major temples showcasing the early Chalukyan architectural beauty. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 21: Badami - Goa (250 kms - 5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast driven to the Beach Capital of India, Goa. Upon arrival, make a check in to the hotel. After some rest, you can hang out for various leisurely or recreational activities outside the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 22: Goa

Morning after breakfast explore the beach beauties of Goa. This state, though geographically small, but has some really exciting and mesmerizing beaches that’ll keep you engaged throughout the day. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 23: Goa

Morning after breakfast half day sightseeing excursion of Goa. The most popular places of interest are the mesmerizing slopes of Altinho Hill which offer scintillating views of Panjim and River Mandovi. A visit to Dona Paula would provide incredible views of India’s largest naturally formed Mormugao harbor. Soon after, you would be taken to Old Goa for visit to other tourist attractions like Basilica of Bom Jesus containing the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, Se Cathedral - the biggest church in Goa, St. Cajetan Church built on the lines of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, and Church and Convent of Saint Monica. After exploring these sites, come back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 24 : Goa - Mumbai (By Flight)

Morning after breafast drop at ariport to connect flight for Mumbai, You would be received by a Go India Holiday representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Mumbai, or Bombay to call it by the name its better known by, was a swampy, mosquito infested, marshy island off the west coast of India with little or no potential, or so thought the Portuguese when they gave it to Charles II of England as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza. How very stupid of them! The British East India Company leased it from the Crown, and developed the small fishing villages and natural harbors into Bombay, the subcontinent’s busiest port and the region’s center for trade, finance and industry. Maharashtra’s capital, Mumbai, wears several hats or should we say crowns. Mumbai is not just India’s largest city, it is also its commercial capital, industrial powerhouse, busiest port, fashion capital, home to ‘Bollywood’ (India’s Hollywood), world’s biggest textile market – the list goes on and on. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 25: Mumbai - Full day Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the Gateway of India to board the motor launch, which will take you to the famousElephanta Caves (closed on Mondays). The beautifully sculpted rock-cut temples on Elephant Island are 9 nautical miles from Bombay and are reached by taking a motor launch from Gateway of India. They are believed to have been created between 450 and 750 AD, when the island was known as Gharapuri, the Fortress City. The Portuguese renamed it Elephanta because of a large stone Elephant near the shore. The caves are reached by climbing 100 steps to the top of the hill. Return back and have lunch at a local restaurant. Later proceed for city tour of Mumbai. 
The tour starts from the Gateway of India, a major landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace.  Later you will be driven alongMalabar Hill via the Tower of Silence - a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive.
From Malabar Hill you will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Continue to Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city. 
The last stop before proceeding to the hotel is the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays)– gothic and Moorish architecture in the striking confluence of styles that came to be known as Indo Saracenic. It boasts of a significant collection of Indus valley artefacts some of them dating back to more than 5000 years. Most impressive are the miniature paintings – nearly 2000 of them – from various stylistic schools of India. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 26: Mumbai - Departure

Morning after breakfast free for leisure, On time depart for airport to connect flight for onwards destionation.

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PACKAGE COST INCLUDES: - 
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis
• Breakfast at all Hotels
• All meals at the Houseboat - A/c Houseboat.
• Transportation using A/C Vehicle as per itinerary.
• Assistance on Arrival & Departure
• Service of an English speaking driver.
• Driver’s expense, Parking, Toll.
• All Taxes.

PACKAGE COST DOES NOT INCLUDES: -
• Air Fare/Train fare.
• Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
• Any other item not specified in “Cost Includes”.
• Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
• Guide & Monuments Entrance Fees.
• Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).
• Govt. Service Tax. 3.50%

Note: - As per the Government directive, you are requested to produce your photo identity document such as Driving License/Voter ID Card/Passport/at the point of check in at the hotel. We appreciate your cooperation.

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