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12 Days

ITINERARY

12 Days: Bangalore, Shravanabelagola, Chikmagalur, Belur, Halebidu, Mysore, Cochin, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Madurai, Chennai

Tour Overview:
The sights, sounds and aromas of India await as you wind your way through the lush landscapes and colorful markets. Your tour begins in the “Garden City” of Bangalore from where you embark on a magical journey that includes the gardens, temples and waterways encompassing centuries of Indian mythology.

 

Day 1 – Arrive Bangalore

Spend your first day in Bangalore, India’s garden city. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 – Bangalore / Shravanabelagola / Chikmagalur

The morning tour includes a visit to Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, the Mysore Arts and Crafts Center, the Bull Temple, and the colorful bustling markets. Later, depart for Chikmaglur, en route visiting Shravanabelagola. (B)


Day 3 – Chikmagalur / Belur / Halebidu / Mysore

Visit Belur this morning. The Chennakesaya Temple with its intricate sculptures is an outstanding example of medieval Indian art. Continue on to Halebidu, to see the Hoysaleshwara Temple, covered with a succession of friezes, the tableaus of everyday life in ancient times. (B)


Day 4 – Mysore Sightseeing

Explore Mysore, visiting the City Palace, a Hindu Temple and a monolithic sculpture of the bull Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Visit the beautiful Brindayan Gardens where you can admire the amazing topiaries and the illuminated, cascading fountains. (B)


Day 5 – Mysore / Bangalore / Cochin

Visit the island fortress and Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapatnam before continuing on to Bangalore. Fly to Cochin in the state of Kerala. Enjoy an evening presentation of the colorful Kathakali dance drama. (B)


Day 6 – Cochin Sightseeing / Kumarakom

In Cochin, visit the Portuguese church built by St. Francis in 1562, the Jewish Synagogue, the famed Mattancherry Palace, and learn about the Chinese fishing nets. Later, depart for Kumarakom to experience the backwaters and waterways, with the rich culture and active lifestyle of the region. (B)


Day 7 – Backwaters Cruise

Cruise along the canals and lagoons which create and maintain the ecological balance in this region. Take advantage of a free afternoon to experience an Ayurvedic therapeutic massage or enjoy a fishing expedition. (B)


Day 8 – Kumarkom/Thekkady

Depart for Thekkady this morning.This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 300 square miles and centered around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Afternoon at leisure. (B)


Day 9 – Thekkady / Madurai

Enjoy the varied flora and fauna, cruising along the waterways of this tropical ecological reserve. Later drive to Madurai with it’s many pilgrims who throng the narrow streets. The Puja ceremony performed nightly at the Meenakshi Temple is an interesting activity this evening. (B)


Day 10 – Madurai Sightseeing / Chennai (Madras)

Visit Shree Meenakshi Temple, ThirumalaiNayak Palace, the Gandhi Museum, and MariammanTeppakkulam Tank, site of the annual Teppam, or Float Festival, held in January. Fly to Chennai this evening. (B)


Day 11 – Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram Excursion

Journey to Kanchipuram, with its many temples and visit the three that exemplify this sacred town—Kailasantha and Ekambareshwara, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Vaikuntaperumal dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Travel to the ancient Pallavan port of Mamallapuram and visit the last surviving shore temple, stone chariots and a bas-relief depicting Hindu legends. (B)


Day 12 – Chennai (Madras) Sightseeing / Depart Chennai

The morning tour of Chennai includes stops at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bronze Gallery and Chennai Museum. The Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple complete your visit. After a relaxing afternoon, bid India farewell and board your International flight home. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 09 - Jan 20 3475 5000
Jan 16 - Jan 27 3475 5000
Jan 23 - Feb 03 3475 5000
Jan 30 - Feb 10 3475 5000
Feb 06 - Feb 17 3475 5000
Feb 13 - Feb 24 3475 5000
Feb 20 - Mar 03 3475 5000
Feb 27 - Mar 10 3475 5000
Mar 06 - Mar 17 3475 5000
Mar 13 - Mar 24 3475 5000
Mar 20 - Mar 31 3475 5000
Mar 27 - Apr 07 3475 5000
Apr 03 - Apr 14 3475 5000
Apr 10 - Apr 21 3475 5000
Apr 17 - Apr 28 3045 4110
Apr 24 - May 05 3045 4110
May 01 - May 12 3045 4110
May 08 - May 19 3045 4110
May 15 - May 26 3045 4110
May 22 - Jun 02 3045 4110
May 29 - Jun 09 3045 4110
Jun 05 - Jun 16 3045 4110
Jun 12 - Jun 23 3045 4110
Jun 19 - Jun 30 3045 4110
Jun 26 - Jul 07 3045 4110
Jul 03 - Jul 14 3045 4110
Jul 10 - Jul 21 3045 4110
Jul 17 - Jul 28 3045 4110
Jul 24 - Aug 04 3045 4110
Jul 31 - Aug 11 3045 4110
Aug 07 - Aug 18 3045 4110
Aug 14 - Aug 25 3045 4110
Aug 21 - Sep 01 3045 4110
Aug 28 - Sep 08 3045 4110
Sep 04 - Sep 15 3045 4110
Sep 11 - Sep 22 3045 4110
Sep 18 - Sep 29 3045 4110
Sep 25 - Oct 06 3045 4110
Oct 02 - Oct 13 3660 5375
Oct 09 - Oct 20 3660 5375
Oct 16 - Oct 27 3660 5375
Oct 23 - Nov 03 3660 5375
Oct 30 - Nov 10 3660 5375
Nov 06 - Nov 17 3660 5375
Nov 13 - Nov 24 3660 5375
Nov 20 - Dec 01 3660 5375
Nov 27 - Dec 08 3660 5375
Dec 04 - Dec 15 3660 5375
Dec 11 - Dec 22 3660 5375
Note: Internal airfare not included. Please contact us for current applicable pricing.
* Minimum 2 Passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day. Please check for prices.
* Solo Travel Supplement available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
Hotels envisaged as per details:
Bangalore Kumarakom
The Oberoi (Deluxe) Lake Resort KKM (Luxury Pavilion Room)
Chickmanglur Thekkady
The Gateway (Standard) Spice Village (Standard)
Mysore Madurai
Windflower Hall ( Studio) Heritage Madurai (Deluxe)
Cochin Chennai
Taj Malabar (Superior Tower Wing) The Leela Palace (Deluxe SV)

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INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS & HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accommodation as listed (or similar)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • All sightseeing’s as per the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guides for sightseeing
  • Entrance fee to monuments and cultural events
  • Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin
  • Backwater Cruise in Kumarakom
  • Baggage Handling
  • Boat ride in Periyar

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