HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH INDIA

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVAL / CHENNAI
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Chennai airport and transfer to hotel The Trident for overnight stay.
 
DAY 02: CHENNAI / MAHABALIPURAM
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Chennai with local English speaking guide.
 
Afternoon drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival check into the hotel for overnight stay.
 
DAY 03: MAHABALIPURAM
After breakfast excursion to Kanchipuram to visit temples and other tourist interest places with local English speaking guide.
 
Later drive back to Mahabalipuram and proceed for half day sightseeing of Mahabalipuram with local English speaking guide.
 
Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
DAY 04: MAHABALIPURAM / PONDICHERRY
After breakfast drive 3 hrs to Pondicherry.
 
The town offers a unique experience with its mix of modern heritage and spiritual
 
culture. With a predominantly historical background, Pondicherry takes one centuries back in time.
 
On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
 
DAY 05: PONDICHERRY
Today after breakfast at the hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. First we will visit the famous Aurobindo Ashram located 10 km north of Pondicherry. The ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. Later we will visit Auroville - a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 06: PONDICHERRY / CHENNAI / BANGALORE
Spend the morning at leisure. Later drive 3 hrs to Chennai airport for flight to Bangalore.
 
Meeting & assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.
 
DAY 07: BANGALORE / HASSAN
Morning city sightseeing of Bangalore with your private guide and chauffeur driven car visiting Vidhan Sauda, Lal Baghand the museum.
 
Afternoon drive 3 hrs to Hassan en route visiting Sravanbelgola, a famous Jain pilgrimage centre.
 
Overnight stay at hotel.
 
DAY 08: HASSAN / MYSORE
After breakfast explore Hassan visiting various temples and churches.
 
Afternoon drive 3 hrs to Mysore known as the city of palaces, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyar Rulers and later by Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan.
 
Overnight stay at Hotel.
 
DAY 09: MYSORE   
After breakfast excursion to Ranganathethu Bird Sanctuary. A boat tour will be organised of the bird sanctuary. Afternoon city sightseeing of Mysore visiting The Maharaja Palace, Chamundi Hills, St Philemona Church and the other palaces.
 
Evening free time to explore the markets full of arts and handicrafts and mingle with the lovely and friendly people from the city. Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 10: MYSORE / WAYANAD
Early morning game viewing into the national park by jeep / canter.
 
Later after breakfast drive 3 hrs to Wayanad. On arrival check into your Resort.
 
Evening free for independent activities or nature walk in the surrounding areas.
 
Overnight stay at Home stay / Resorts
 
DAY 11: WAYANAD
After breakfast visit to Edakkal caves will be organised. They are considered to be of great importance in the history of the region. It is believed that the caves were formed by the arrows shot by the sons of Rama, legendary hero of the epic, Ramayana.
 
Afternoon visit coffee and rubber plantations. Overnight Stay at Hotel / Resort.
 
DAY 12: WAYANAD / CALICUT
Spend the morning at leisure. Later drive 3 hrs to Calicut, an important port city in South India.
 
Overnight stay at Hotel / Home stay.
 
DAY 13: CALICUT / COCHIN
After early breakfast drive Cochin. On arrival check into your hotel.
 
Cochin or Kochi is a major tourist centre today and attracts people from across the globe. The Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese architecture, Bolgatty Palace in Kochi, rich the heritage of Kerala.
 
Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel / Home stay.
 
DAY 14: COCHIN
After breakfast proceed for city sightseeing of Cochin visiting the Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace and the Portuguese. The local English speaking guide along with your private car will be with you throughout the day.
 
Evening visit a nearby theatre to see a show of Kathakali, the traditional dance form of Kerala.
 
Overnight at Hotel / Home stay.
 
DAY 15: COCHIN / MUNNAR
After breakfast drive 4 hrs to Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. It is breathtakingly beautiful and a haven of peace and tranquillity is the idyllic tourist destination in what is known as God's own country.

Arrive Munnar and check into your hotel for overnight.
 
DAY 16: MUNNAR
After breakfast excursion to Eravikulam National Park to see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. On arrival hike into the national park to have a closed view of the Nilgiri Tahr.
 
On return we will visit to tea gardens and the tea manufacturing units. Afternoon free to explore the beautiful hill station, once a famous summer destination of the British rule. Overnight at Munnar.
 
DAY 17 – MADURAI / PERIYAR
After breakfast drive to Periyar, famous for its spices, tea and coffee plantations passing through the lush green countryside. Periyar is also one of the most beautiful national reserves of India.
Overnight stay at hotel.
 
DAY 18 – PERIYAR
After breakfast jungle excursion by boat in the Periyar National Park. Afternoon bullock cart ride (if available) and visit to spice plantations. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
DAY 19 – PERIYAR / KUMARAKOM
After breakfast drive 4 hrs to Kumarakom, in the backwaters of beautiful Kerala. On arrival check in to houseboat.
On arrival you will have your lunch served onboard.
 
Kumarakom is a cluster of Islands on the Vembanad Lake in backwaters of Kerala. Famous novel “The God of small things” written Arundhati Roy is set in the Aymanam village, adjoining Kumarakom.
 
Cruise through the lakes, waterways and backwaters. You will be able to view the country life on the banks of waterways. Lunch and dinner will be served on the houseboat.
Overnight stay at houseboat.
 
DAY 20 – ALLEPPEY / COCHIN / DEPARTURE
After breakfast check out from houseboat and drive 1.5 hrs to Cochin airport to board flight for onward destination.
 

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