Meeting and assistance on arrival at the International airport, our representative welcome you and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would brief the tour to you and hand over the documents. Overnight at the hotel.
Mumbai is a cluster of Seven Islands and derives its name from Mumba Devi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Mumbai pulsates with activity. It is a city that is disciplined by nos time frame neither day nor night. It is also the country's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland, and its economic nerve center. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre & music, gourmet restaurants and interesting sightseeing. It offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.
02 Day: Mumbai:
After breakfast takes a sight seeing tour of Bombay,
drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats
to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you
to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses
large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is
made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of
the 9 marvelous sculptured panels, set on the walls
are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is
the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God
is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the
creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway
of India, one can have lunch at the Taj Hotel or other
several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar
serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of
Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive, Jain Temple,
Hanging Gardens, Return back to the hotel for overnight.
Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are
closed on every Monday.
03 Day: Mumbai - Goa (By
Today after breakfast, take a city tour and shopping
at biggest shopping malls of Mumbai, Cross Road, West
Side, Fashion Street, which is in main Bombay city.
Optionally you can do shopping at Inorbit in suburban.
Later in the after noon transfer to the airport to board
the scheduled flight for Goa. On arrival transfer to
the beach resort. Rest of the day is free for relaxation
and leisure at beach resort. Overnight at the Resort.
Goa: A Portuguese explorer, Afonso de Albuquerque sailed up the river Mandovi, defeated the Bijapuri army and rode into the capital triumphantly bearing a Portuguese Standard in one hand, and a Gold Crucifix in the other. A curious blending of cultures took place, affecting every sphere of Goa life, from religion to architecture, cuisine to art. The chapter of Goa's history ended 451 years later when Goa ceased to be a Portuguese colony, and became a part of the Indian Union. Parasailing, yachting, windsurfing, and deep sea diving are some of the more popular water sports, facilities for which are available. 451 years of Portuguese rule has imbued Goa’s towns and villages with a unique culture. Whitewashed chapels and churches that dot the landscape are surrounded by sleepy villages and rice fields.
04 Day: Goa:
After breakfast, the day is free to enjoy the beaches
and amenities available at the resort. You can take
a sightseeing tour of Old Goa -10 km from Panjim, the
basilica of Bom Jesus, the 16th century church dedicated
to infant Jesus and enshrining the mortal remains of
St. Francis Xavier, is one of the most important sight
of Goa. The other Churches in the same area are St.
Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of our
Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada
Fort built by the Portuguese commands the mouth of the
Mondovi River and houses a lighthouse. And in the evening
enjoy Cruise over Mondovi River. Overnight stay at hotel.
05 Day: Goa - Badami (200
kms: 4 - 5 hrs):
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Badami,
on arrival transfer to hotel. After rest and relaxation
visit Aihole and Pattadakal. After some rest and relaxation
visit Monolithic Caves, which is 70 ft in length. Pillars
inside the temple are cut in clinical precision and
designs denote flowers and geometrical figures. Evidences
reveal, Mangalesha, uncle of Pulekeshi II, constructed
the cave temple in 578 AD. Each cave here indicates
the architecture gradually evolved into perfection during
the Chalukyan dynasty. Sculptures here also tell the
empire had given equal importance to all existing faiths
of its time: Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Buddhism and Jainism.
After visit drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight at Badami.
Aihole, A tranquil village on the banks of the Malaprabha river, Aihole is acclaimed as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. The most impressive one is the Durga Temple with its semicircular apse, elevated plinth, and the gallery encircling the sanctum. The Lad Khan Temple, which is one of the earliest temples, was originally a royal assemblyhall and marriage mantapa chosen as the abode of a Muslim prince, Lad Khan.The Huchimalli Temple with a sculpture of Vishnu sitting atop a large cobra, the Ravalphadi Cave Temple celebrating the many forms of Shiva, the Konti Temple Complex, the Umamaheswari Temple, the Jain Meguti Temple, and the twostoried Buddhist Temple are other sights worth seeing.
Pattadakal, with its beautifully chiselled temples, this World Heritage Site on the banks of the Malaprabha River bears testimony to the richness of Chalukyan architecture. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings and was once used as a ceremonial centre where kings were crowned and commemorated. It has a cluster of 10 major temples, each displaying interesting architectural features. At the entrance of the site, you can see the 8th century temples of Jambulinga, Kadasiddeshvara, and Galaganatha with their curvilinear shikaras or spires. The biggest temple, dedicated to Virupaksha, has a huge gateway, several inscriptions, and a profusion of friezes from the epics. Facing the temple is a pavilion containing a massive nandi. The Mallikarjuna Temple is similar in design to Virupaksha Temple, but smaller in size. The ornate Papanatha Temple is yet another impressive piece of architecture, with delicately chiselled ceilings and a 16-pillared main hall. The Sangameshwara Temple dating from the reign of King Vijayaditya (696–733 AD) is the earliest temple in this complex
Badami: The capital of the early Chalukyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. It has four rock-cut cave temples, the largest being the third cave dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the temples is a reservoir, its banks dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanatha Temples and the Museum set up by the Archeological Survey of India, are the other attractions.
06 Day: Badami –
Hospet - Hampi (120 Kms - 3 hours):
After breakfast drive to Hampi, en route visiting the
fascinating rock-cut caves of Badami - once the capital
city of the Chalukyan Empire, rulers of the central
Deccan from 4th - 8th centuries AD. Set in a ravine,
the site is surrounded by fortifications, but most famous
of all is the carved and inscribed temples cut from
the solid rock. Proceed to Hospet. On Arrival check
in at Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari, in the afternoon sightseeing
tour of Hampi visiting Virupaksha temple this temple
is located at the base of Hemakuta hill and has been
a place of worship since the 7th century. It began as
a small shrine but was enlarged by the Vijayanagara
kings, Hemakuta hill temples, Bal Krishna temples, Narsimha
statue, Zenana enclosures, elephant stables, stepped
tanks and kings’ palace. Evening also visit Vithala
Temple to enjoy the light illumination at 1830 hours.
After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Hampi was once the glorious capital of mighty Vijayanagar Empire (1336-1565), from the Deccan Plateau to the tip of the Peninsula. Founded in the middle of the 14th century by two local princes, Hukka & Bukka, the Vijayanagara Empire came to be celebrated for its might and wealth and as a showpiece of imperial magnificence. The emperors of this dynasty were great patrons of art and architecture, which can still be seen in the vast ruins of Hampi. In an effort to resurrect this abandoned capital, the government has been involved in the restoration, excavation and protection of the ruins which spread over an area of 26 sq. kms. The terrain is dominated by rocky hills and the mighty Tungabhadra river which flows through this rugged landscape.
07 Day: Hospet - Hassan
(355 kms - 7 hours):
After breakfast optionally you can visit once again
to Hampi to see any places, which has been dropped yesterday.
Later drive to Hassan, Optionally, if not too tired
from the long journey, you can enjoy the splendor of
Shravanbelgola. 51 kms south - east of Hassan, one of
most important Jain Pilgrim centre. Here is the 17m
high monolith of Lord Bahubali - the world’s tallest
monolithic statue. Rest of the day you will remain free
to explore the surroundings. Overnight at Hassan.
Hassan is a convenient base to visit Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid. The District Museum here has a collection of sculpture, paintings, weapons, coins and inscriptions. The temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - bear mute testimony to the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleshwara Temple, dating back to the 12th century is astounding because of its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple, guarded by the Nandi Bull was never completed.
08 Day: Hassan - Belur
- Halebid - Mysore (170 km 3- 4 hours):
After breakfast leave for Mysore en route visiting Belur
& Halebid, a beautiful example of Hoysala architecture.
Famous of them is The Chennakesava Temple: which took
103 years to complete. The temples of Halebid bear mute
testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka.
Proceed to Mysore. On arrival transfer to hotel. Evening
is free at leisure. Overnight at Mysore.
Belur, this quaint hamlet - 38 kms from Hassan - is located on the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once capital of the Hoysala Empire, today made unforgettable for its exquisite temples. The Chennakesava temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete this architectural marvel. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and frescos, with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous dancers.. they are all there - awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship. Hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars support the temple. The Veeranarayana Temple and the smaller shrines are worth a visit.
Halebid is 27 kms northwest of Hassan and 17 kms east of Belur. The temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the 21th century, is astounding for its wealth of sculpture details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of Gods and Goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed despite 86 years of labour. The Jain basdis nearby are equally rich in sculpture detail.
09 Day: Mysore:
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of the city
visiting Maharaja Palace built in 1911-1912. The Palace
is harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic style
of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades
and sculptures, which are magnificent. St. Philomena’s
cathedral - folklore museum - Brindavan Gardens &
spectacular musical fountains & Government Buildings,
Later drive up to Chamundi Hill to see Chamundeshwari
temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back,
see the Nandi Bull. Return to the hotel for overnight
Mysore, the capital city of the Wodeyars has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. Mysore races its history back to the mythical past,when Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills killed the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura. Mysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. Mysore also has associations with the Mahabharata and King Ashoka of the 3rd century B.C. During the Wodeyar rule Mysore reached the Zenith of its glory as a fabled centre of oriental splendor.
10 Day: Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Bylakuppe - Madikeri
(120 kms: 3 hours):
After breakfast leave for Madikeri. En route visit Srirangapatnam
the once capital of legendary warrior Hyder Ali and
his son, Tipu Sultan. The highlights are the fortress
boasting of Tipu's Mosque with slender twin minarets
and the famous Ranganathaswami temple. Also visit the
Tibetan monasteries of Bylakuppe. After visit proceed
to Madikeri. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight
Srirangapatnam: Located at about 15 kilometers from Mysore, Srirangapatnam is the biggest of the three islands in the river Kaveri. The island, five kilometers long and two kilometers wide, derives its name from the deity of the temple located on its western side. The island has something for everyone. For those who are turned on by history, there are many monuments here spanning a thousand years. All the major dynasties of the South have left their relics and monuments here-the Hoysalas of the 11th century, the Vijayanagar kings of Chandragiri in the 17th century, the Hyder Ali-Tipu Sultan clan that came after them, and finally the French & the british.
Bylakuppe: The story began in the 60s, during the Chinese aggression, when the Tibetan refugees flocked to India. Karnataka was one of the first states to shelter them and settlements were formed in Bylakuppe, Hunsur, Mundgod and Kollegal. Bylakuppe, a cozy picturesque village, presents itself to the unsuspecting traveller. A riot of colors soon gives way to a montage of images — waving flags, long flowing red robes, golden Buddhas, prayer wheels, colourful paintings and smiling faces … A mélange of both harmony and exotica, Bylakuppe or the ‘place of rains’ is one of the first Tibetan settlements in Karnataka. Bylakuppe is in Coorg and is located very close to Kushalnagar.
11 Day: Madikeri:
Morning after breakfast, take a tour of Madikeri also
known as the “Scotland of India”. Visit
Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls, Nisargadhama - Known for
its calm, serene beauty, this place is an ideal picnic
spot visited by hundreds of tourists throughout the
year. Overnight at hotel.
Madikeri, a picturesque charming town situated at an elevation of over 5,000 ft (1,525 m) above sea level.Madikeri (previously known as Mercara), is the district headquarters of Kodagu (formerly Coorg). Dubbed as the Scotland of India, Kodagu is the home of colorful, robust, martial race - the Kodavas, Said to be the descendants of the Greeks (Alexander's soldiers), the kodavas are fiercely independent. They were never conquered by either Tipu Sultan neither the British. And so to this day all kodavas retain the privilege of carrying firearms without a license.Madikeri is a great place to walk, winding lanes meander off the main street, Mountain trails promise visual delights. And the Tadiyandamol, the tallest peak in the area, stands patiently, waiting to be climbed.
12 Day: Madikeri - Tellichery
(110 kms 2 ½ hours):
After breakfast drive to Tellichery, on arrival transfer
to the hotel. After relaxation you can visit local spice
and fish market, handloom and bidi units. Optionally
you can enjoy dine at boat cruise. Overnight at Tellichery.
Tellicherry a small, picturesque, coastal town located in North Kerala where a young German scholar Herman Gundert from Stuttgart, landed in 1836 to create history and forge a lasting bond with the Keralites. During Gundert's sojourn here he started a school in 1853 which is believed to be one of the oldest schools in the country and also wrote and published the first book on Malayalam grammar in 1851. On returning to Germany he wrote and published a famous piece of work; treasured by the Keralites the first Malayalam - English dictionary.
13 Day: Tellicherry:
After breakfast drive to Cannanore to see the St. Angelo
Fort and also visit Shree Muthappan Temple at Parassinikadavu
which is 40 Kms north of Tellichery and famous for the
Muthappan Theyyam. It's the only place in Kerala where
theyyam the ritual dance form of North Kerala is performed
daily. Rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy at
the beach. Overnight at the bungalow.
14 Day: Tellichery - Mahe
- Guruvayur- (170 kms - 4 hours):
Morning drive to Guruvayur through Mahe a small beautiful
trading town on the west coast established by the French
in the 17th century. It was a French enclave years back
on Malabar Coast. It is under the administrative control
of the union territory of Pondicherry and several historical
hangovers of French influence are evident. On arrival
transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Guruvayur.
Mahe: This picturesque little area is bounded on the southwest by the Arabian Sea, on the north by river Ponniyar and on the other sides by a stretch of calcareous hills of medium height, which are linked to the ghats by a series of wooden hillocks. The district consists of 3 entities viz, Mahe town proper, the small enclave of Kallayi and of Naluthura.Mahe is situated on the Malabar coast. This district is entirely rain fed and is covered by typical red lateriate soil. There is no forest area in this district. The coastline here lies between the richest fishing belt between Ponnani and Mangalore on the west coast. Mahe is at the centre of a prawn grouped which stretch from Quilon to Mangalore.
Guruvayur, aptly called the Dwarka of the South, is one of the most significant pilgrimage centers in India. The idol of the famous Sri Krishna Temple here is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself. Everyday, endless waves of men, women and children pour in for darshan (audience) of Lord Guruvayur (Lord Krishna). Besides pilgrims and tourists, brides and grooms with hundreds of guests flock here daily to get their weddings solemnized.
15 Day: Guruvayur - Cochin
(110 kms: 3 hours):
Morning after breakfast visit to Guruvayur Temple, dedicated
to Lord Krishna, one of the most popular pilgrim centres
of India, followed by visit to Punnathur Kotta, where
44 elephants belong to the Guruvayur Krishna Temple
are fenced and fed in the Punnathur Kotta. Later check
out the hotel and drive to Cochin. On arrival transfer
to the hotel. Evening free for leisure and relaxation.
Overnight at Cochin.
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate. Cochin is situated in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.
16 Day: Cochin:
Today morning after breakfast, take a sight seeing tour
of Cochin: Oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar
Coasts & Kochi (formerly Cochin), one of the India's
most colourful cities. This inter, connected series
of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend
of Cultures & Religions; Visit to Fort Cochin &
St. Frances Church to see the town of Vasco da Gama.
We also see the Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry
"Dutch" Palace. This evening a memorable experience
in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm
Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy
this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along
the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing
nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced
- Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families
living on narrow spits of land between the waters. In
the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India's most
famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic
makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers,
intricate moments. Overnight at Cochin.
17 Day: Cochin - Periyar:
(190 kms - 4 hour):
After breakfast checkout and drive to Thekkaddy, on
arrival transfer to the hotel, later visit at Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries
covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve.
Its centrepiece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height
of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests
of the Western Ghats in Kerala, discover the park, animals
found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars
and birds like ibis and grey heron. The visit is done
in a boat to view animals with a bit of extra luck we
may be able to see the rare tiger as well. Later in
the evening take a spice plantation tour to see crops
of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc.
on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the
local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq.miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centerpiece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq.km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The lake is an important source of water for the many wild animals. The Best time to visit Periyar is between OCTOBER and MAY. The best chance of watching animals is during the hot months of march, April and May, when water gets low and the grass dries out, animals especially elephants come down to the Periyar lake to bath & frolic in the water with the young ones.
18 Day: Periyar - Alleppey (114 kms - 2 ½ hours)
Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Kumarakom:
After breakfast checkout and drive for Alleppey, on
arrival embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey
of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside
enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake
boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing
enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the
vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets
lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic
sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets,
the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found
on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks
and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring
pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land,
you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening
enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving
towards Kumarakom. The Houseboats have generated electricity;
sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached
English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with
a Chef, and Srank (Driver). Overnight at the houseboat.
Alleppey situated in south of Cochin, is the center for backwater cruises in Kerala. It has a large network of canals, which passes through the town, provides its lifeline & has a long sandy beach. It is also the center of the famous coir products of Kerala. Nehru Trophy Boat Race - the most colorful snake-boat race in Kerala - is held here on the second Saturday of August every year.
Alleppey A glide in a "Kettuvalam" (Houseboat) through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land.
19 Day: Kumarakom - Cochin
(90 Kms - 2 hours) - Hometown (By Air):
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat. Later
drive to Cochin (90 kms) and transfer to the International
airport to board scheduled flight for your hometown.
On departure the tour concludes with happy memories