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Rajasthan Travels

South India Tours

Duration : 15 NIGHT / 16 DAYS
Destination Covered : CHENNAI - BANGALORE - MYSORE- HASSAN - OOTY - COCHIN - ALLEPPEY - HOUSE BOAT- KUMARAKOM - PERIYAR - KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM - MUMBAI

Tours to South India



DAY 01 : ARRIVE CHENNAI
upon arrival, traditional welcome and transfer to Hotel. This morning we set out to explore the city of madras. Visit 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. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02 : CHENNAI - BANGALORE (BY TRAIN )
Today morning we take a Train to Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore most popularly known as the Garden City of India we 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 03 : BANGALORE - MYSORE(BY ROAD)
After breakfast we leave for Mysore. Upon arrival check in at your prebooked Hotel. Rest of the day free.

DAY 04 : 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 05 : MYSORE - HASSAN( BY ROAD)
Morning Depart for Hassan. 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 . 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.Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 06 : HASSAN - OOTY (BY ROAD)
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 prebooked Hotel.

DAY 07 : OOTY
Today 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.

DAY 08 : OOTY - COCHIN (BY ROAD)
After a relaxed morning breakfast we are now set to start our journey towards the famous town of Kerela - Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin we check into our prebooked hotel.

Evening is relaxed and free for individual activities.
Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 09 : COCHIN
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 eAmazon 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 medival 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.

DAY 10 : COCHIN - ALLEPPEY - HOUSEBOAT
After breakfast Transfer to Alleppey 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 House Boat.

DAY 11 : HOUSEBOAT - KUMARAKOM
Disembark Houseboat and transfer to Kumarakom. Upon arrival Check in at your 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 12 : KUMARAKOM - PERIYAR( BY ROAD)
After early morning breakfast depart for 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 13 : PERIYAR
Today we 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 14 : PERIYAR - KOVALAM (BY SURFACE)
After early morning breakfast we depart for Kovalam . Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is most people's idea of paradise: a lazy blue sea lapping against golden sands fringed by swaying palms.

DAY 15 : KOVALAM
Day at Lesiure

DAY 16 : KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM - MUMBAI
Afternoon transfer to the airport to board our flight for MUMBAI ( BOMBAY ). Upon arrival we 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 the Hotel.

DAY 17 : MUMBAI
Transferred to airport to board flight for onward Journey .

GOA EXTENSION
DAY 16 : MUMBAI - GOA( BY FLIGHT)
DAY 17 : GOA
DAY 20 : GOA
DAY 21 : GOA - MUMBAI
LEVAE MUMBAI


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