Day 05 - Chikmagalur -
Belur - Halebid - Mysore
Check out Chikmagalur Drive to Mysore (140 km / 3 hrs). Stop enroute at Belur & Halebid, twin heritage towns of the region. Belur and Halebid boast of several superbly crafted temples. Chennakesava Temple, the glorious Hoysala temple of medieval period is still actively worshipped in Belur. Halebid, the other splendid Hoysala town hosts Hoysaleshvara and Kedareshvara temples, featuring superbly exquisite carvings featuring elephants, lions, horsemen, and an incredible display of celestial beasts and birds. Reach Mysore and check in the hotel. In the evening, view the illuminated City Palace. Overnight in Mysore.
Day 06 - Mysore
Begin the Mysore city tour in the morning with a visit to City Palace and Chamundi Hill, known for Nandi (Shiva's Bull) a huge monolithic statue is always held in great veneration among Hindus. Scout around the nearby aromatic spice markets. Afternoon is free at leisure. In the evening, drive 10 miles from Mysore and enjoy the beautiful and exquisitely illuminated Brindavan Gardens, sprawling amid gorgeous cascading fountains. Overnight in hotel.
Day 07 - Mysore - Bangalore - board train to Cochin
Drive to Bangalore (127 km / 3 hrs). En route stop at Srirangapatnam. It was here that legendary warrior Tipu Sultan built his island fortress and Summer Palace. Visit the opulent summer palace. Upon arrival in Bangalore, connect overnight train to Cochin.
Day 08 - Cochin / Kochi
Arrive Cochin / Kochi in the morning. Check into hotel. In the noon, visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Bolghatty Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Santacruz Cathedral (Basilica) etc. Enjoy the cultural evening with an enchanting Kathakali dance in the city cultural center. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 09 - Cochin - Alleppey - board Houseboat
Check out Kochi for a drive towards Alleppey (70 km / 1½ hrs) and board the deluxe houseboat. Equipped with the comforts of all sorts, this houseboat is a vehicle which will assist tourists to explore the timeless backwaters and experience the serenity of all sorts in Kerala. Tourists will snake through the series of canals, lagoons and lakes cruising their way through several tiny hamlets and tropical vegetation. These backwaters not only bind the state of Kerala together, but are also play an integral role in maintaining the ecological balance and creating harmony with nature. In fact, the network of backwaters is still considered as the lifeline of Kerala. Overnight in the houseboat.
Day 10 - Disembark at Kumarakom
Leave houseboat via a jetty at Kumarakom around 10:00 AM. Check into hotel. In the afternoon, visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Located on the Vembanad Lake shore, this beautiful bird sanctuary is a host to many exotic birds of Kerala, including darter or snake bird, little cormorant, night heron, golden-backed woodpecker, crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen and tree pie. Stay in the sanctuary till evening and see the flock of birds returning to their nests. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Kumarakom -
The exploration during the South India Vacation continues as you travel to Thekkady (135 km / 4 hrs), located on the Tamil Nadu / Kerala Border. This is undoubtedly the most popular wildlife sanctuary of south India. Spread over 777 sq km, this wildlife sanctuary features a 26-sq-km artificial lake created by the British in 1895. Star attractions here include bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, 900–1000 elephants and 35–40 tigers. Jungle walks here are the most important attraction here. Overnight in Thekkady.
Day 12 - Thekkady - Madurai
This morning, begin a game viewing on board boats, which will carry tourists 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, drive to Madurai (136 km / 4 hrs). This is a bustling city packed with pilgrims, businessmen, bullock carts and legions of rickshaw pullers. In the evening, visit to the Meenakshi temple to witness the evening Puja ceremony. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13 - Madurai Sightseeing - board train to Chennai (Madras)
This morning visit 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 annual Float festival held in January. Evening board overnight train for Chennai.
Day 14 - Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram Excursion
Arrive Chennai in the morning and check into hotel. Later enjoy 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.
Day 15 - Chennai (Madras) Sightseeing - Depart Chennai
The Chennai tour takes tourist 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. Tonight say farewell to unforgettable India and board your international flight home. (Hotel checkout 12:00 hrs.)
Contact us for hotels details/options covered in this tour
(on twin sharing - minimum 2 persons travelling
|Valid till Sept 2018
US$ 1335 Per Person
* Please request for rate for the period X'Mas - New Year Period
||Land Cost Excludes
- Room on twin sharing basis at each place as per itinerary for
total 14 nights (02 Nights on train, 01 Night on Houseboat and
11 nights at hotels). Hotel check in / out 12:00 hrs.
- Daily buffet breakfast at hotel. All meals will be served on
- Aircon Standard Car (Tata Indigo / Ambassador) for all
transfer and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- English speaking guide during sightseeing tour
- Kathakali dance show show at Cochin.
- Entry fee & boat ride charge, and Spice plantation tour
- AC2 Sleeper Class ticket for Bangalore - Cochin / Madurai -
- Govt. Service Tax @ 3.09%
- Expenses of personal nature
- Any Airfare Mumbai - Bangalore
- Airport Tax
- Any Monument entrance fee (to be paid directly at the
monuments). Please find below list.
Monument Entry Fee List (per person per visit in INR)
Caves - 400
Prince Of Wales Museum - 350
|St. George Fort - 100
Govt. Museum - 300
Hotel used will be as under or equivalent category
||Taj Garden Retreat
||Hotel President / The Viceroy
||Abad Fort / Abad metro
||A/c Deluxe Houseboat
||Hotel Ambadi / Periyar Meadows
||Madurai Residency / Hotel