Day 01: Arrive Mumbai (Bombay)
Day 04: Chikmagalur - Belur - Halebid - Mysore
On arriving Mumbai (Formerly Bombay), our representatives will receive you and take you to check into that hotel. Over night stay at Mumbai hotel.
Day 02: Mumbai - Bangalore
After a leisurely morning breakfast, we drive you to the airport. From here you are to board a flight to Bangalore. On arrival, our representatives will receive you and take you to check into the hotel. Over night stay at Bangalore hotel.
Day 03: Bangalore - Shravanabelagola - Chikmagalur
In the morning after a hearty breakfast you can take a tour of the "Garden City," including a visit to Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, the Mysore Arts and Crafts Center, the bull temple and the colorful, bustling markets. Proceeding to Chikmagalur, en route visiting Shravanabelagola. Over night stay at Chikmagalur.
After a delicious breakfast we drive you to Mysore. On the way you can visit Belur & Halebid. Belur situated on the banks of the Yagachi River. Here you can bask the glory in the Chennakesava Temple which is one of the greatest monuments of medieval art in India. An outstanding example of Indian temple architecture is found in Halebid. The Hoysaleshwara Temple's entire surface is covered with a succession of friezes running its entire length, featuring elephants, lions, horsemen, and an incredible display of celestial beasts and birds. Finally on arriving Mysore, you are to check into the hotel. On this night you can view the illuminated City Palace. Over night stay at Mysore hotel.
Day 05: Mysore Sightseeing
Start your day afresh. After a healthy breakfast you can go for a sightseeing tour. Visit the City Palace: Chamundi Hill where Nandi (Shiva's Bull) - a huge monolithic image is always garlanded with flowers and held in high esteem by Hindus; and the colorful and aromatic spice markets. Your afternoon is at leisure. In the evening we will drive you 10 miles from Mysore to enjoy the beautiful and exquisitely illuminated Brindavan Gardens, sprawling amid gorgeous cascading fountains. Over night stay at Mysore hotels.
Day 06: Mysore - Bangalore - Cochin
After a delicious breakfast we drive you to Bangalore, en route stopping at Srirangapatnam, where the legendary warrior Tipu Sultan built his island fortress and Summer Palace. Upon arrival in Bangalore, we will drive you to the airport to board a flight to Cochin in the state of Kerala. On arrival, you are to check into the hotel. After freshening up you can enjoy a presentation of the colorful costumed Kathakali dance drama. Over night stay at Cochin hotel.
Day 07: Cochin Sightseeing - Kumarakom
In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we take you to visit the Portuguese Church built by St. Francis in 1562, the Jewish Synagogue and the famed Mattancherry Palace. View the Chinese fishing nets-ingenious devices requiring little human attention. In the afternoon we take you to Kumarakom. On arrival you are to check into the hotel. Here you can experience the rich culture and active lifestyle that has evolved over the centuries in and around the backwaters and waterways that thread this region. Over night stay at Kumarakom.
Day 08: Backwaters Cruise
After a hearty breakfast we take you for a boat ride through the series of canals and lagoons snaking their way through several tiny villages and tropical vegetation. Not only do the backwaters of Kerala link the state together, they are an integral element in maintaining ecological balance and creating harmony with nature. In the afternoon you can just relax. You can also pamper yourself with an Ayurvedic treatment or Ayurvedic therapeutic massage. Over night stay at Kumarakom.
Day 09: Kumarkom - Thekkady
Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Post breakfast we take you to Thekkady, located on the Tamil Nadu / Kerala border. This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 300 square miles and centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Afternoon is at leisure. Over night stay at Thekkady.
Day 10: Thekkady - Madurai
This day starts with a hearty breakfast. Post breakfast you can enjoy the morning game view on board boats, which carry you along convoluted waterways and afford sightings of elephants, bison, deer and occasionally tigers. This tropical habitat makes it one of the premiere reserves of southern India with all manner of flora and fauna in abundance. In the afternoon we drive you to Madurai. On arrival you are to check into the hotel. Here at Madurai you can explore the bustling city packed with pilgrims, businessmen, bullock carts and legions of rickshaw pullers. In the evening visit the Meenakshi temple to witness the evening Puja ceremony. Over night stay at Madurai.
Day 11: Madurai Sightseeing - Chennai (Madras)
In the morning after a hearty breakfast we take you to visit the Shree Meenakshi Temple, a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the Gandhi Museum. Continue to Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank, site of the Teppam or annual Float Festival held in January. Later we drive you to the airport from where you are to board a flight Chennai (formerly known as Madras). On arrival you are to check into the hotel. Over night stay at Chennai.
Day 12: Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram Excursion
On this day, after breakfast, we take you for an excursion to Kanchipuram, one of the seven sacred cities of India, which served as a capital for several dynasties. Visit three of the best temples-Kailasanatha and Ekambareshwara dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Vaikuntaperumal dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Continue your excursion to the ancient Pallavan port of Mamallapuram, en route stop for lunch at a seaside resort. Later, visit the 7th-century rock hewn monuments. The shore temple, the only surviving one of seven, is a unique example of a temple built of rock quarried elsewhere and carried to shore. In the evening you are to return to your hotel in Chennai. Over night stay at Chennai.
Day 13: Chennai (Madras) Sightseeing - Depart Chennai
Start your day with a hearty breakfast. Post breakfast we take you to Victoria Art Gallery, the Bronze Gallery and Chennai Museum. Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple complete your tour of Chennai. Afternoon is at leisure. In the evening we drive you to the airport from where you are to take a flight to home.