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16 Days Itinerary - South India Coast to Coast

 
 
TOUR NAME: South India Coast to Coast
 
TOUR DAYS: 15 Nights/16 Tour Programme
 
BANGALORE (ARRIVAL) – MYSORE – CALICUT – COCHIN – BACKWATERS (HOUSE BOAT) – KOVALAM – PERIYAR – MADURAI – SWAMIMALAI – MAMALLAPURAM –CHENNAI (DEPARTURE)
 
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
 
-One Free Ayurvedic General body massage in Calicut.
-Kathakali dance performance visit at Cochin.
-One night on House Boat on full board basis Cruise Alleppey.
-Jungle Trekking at Periyar National park
 
 
PLACE NIGHTS STANDARD SUPERIOR DELUXE
Bangalore 01 Komfort Kences The Pride The Leela
Mysore 02 Viceroy Sandesh The Prince Metropole
Calicut 01 Malabar Mansion Kadavu Resort Kadavu Resort
Cochin 02 Gama Heritage Abad Atrium Tea Bungalow
Alleppey 01 Rainbow cruises - AC Rainbow cruises - AC Rainbow cruises - AC
Kovalam 02 Soma Palm shore Travancore Heritage Turtle on the beach
Periyar 02 Silver Crest Wilder Nest Shalimar spice garden
Madurai 01 Madurai residency GRT Regency Heritance
Swamimalai 01 Paradise Resort Sterling Swamimalai Sterling Swamimalai
Mamallapuram 02 Mamalla Heritage Chariot beach resort GRT Temple Bay
 
 
     *If above listed hotels are not available we will provide similar hotel.
 
 
PRICES AND DATES : send query or call for more information.
 
 
TOUR ITINERARY:
DAY 1: BANGALORE AIRPORT TO HOTEL / ARRIVAL TRANSFER
 
Upon arrival in Bangalore, our Executive will meet you at the Airport followed by transfer to Hotel. Bangalore - Popularly known as Silicon Valley. Bangalore is a booming city and considered fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia. Tour takes you around the city starting at Tipu's Palace. The next halt is at Lalbagh, Ulsoor Lake, Cauvery handicrafts emporium, Vidhana Soudha. (Overnight stay in Bangalore)

Note: Sightseeing today will depend on your time of arrival. In case of the said sightseeing not possible for the day, it can be done on the next day morning.
 
DAY 2: BANGALORE TO MYSORE (140km / 3h)
 
After breakfast check out of the hotel & enroute visit Srirangapattinam Temple -is a blend of Hoysala and Vijayanagar architecture. The island derives its name from the deity of the temple located on its western side where the major dynasties of the South have left their relics and monuments here the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar kings of Chandragiri, the Hyder Ali-Tipu Sultan clan and finally the French and British further drive to Mysore - the palace city of South India. On arrival check in the hotel. (Over night in Mysore).
 
DAY 3: MYSORE SIGHTSEEING
 
Morning proceed to Mysore Palace - one of the important sights in Mysore built in Indo-saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades,the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately carved doors open on to luxuriously furnished rooms. The majestic Durbar Hall has an ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars. The magnificent jewel Studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here during the Dasera festival & Illuminated on Sundays and public holidays, the palace presents a spectacle of breathtaking beauty. St. Philomena's Church- A beautiful Cathedral, miniscent of medieval architectural style, is one of the largest churches in the country & drive to Jaganmohan Palace was converted into an art gallery in 1875 and exhibits paintings which date back to that period. The artists of that time used natural vegetable and mineral dyes. The famous traditional Mysore 'gold leaf ' paintings are also exhibited in the gallery. EVENING: Visit to the bull temple (a 4.8mts monolith) on the middle of hill on the way to Chamundi temple and then to visit the "Chamumdi Hill Temple" at a height of 1062mts. The 2000-year-old temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi. A seven storey, 40mts high tower, dominates the temple. A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills. Among other landmarks, you can see the race course, the Lalitha Mahal palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji and Kukkarahalli lake. (Overnight stay in Mysore).
 
DAY 4: MYSORE TO CALICUT (210km / 5h)
 
Depart from the hotel after early breakfast, we drive to Calicut (Kozhikode) - the erstwhile capital of powerful Zamorins, is a historical town with a hoary past. It attained a position of pre-eminence in the trade of pepper and other spices, which made it India's emporium to international trade. It is also a marketing center for commodities like pepper, coconut, coffee, rubber, lemon grass oil etc. On arrival Check-in to Resort. Relax & unwind. (Overnight stay in Kadavu).
 
DAY 5: CALICUT TO COCHIN (224km / 5h)
 
Checkout from hotel after breakfast we drive to Cochin - a cosmopolitan city in the federal state of Kerala. On arrival Check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free for own activities. (Overnight stay in Cochin).
 
DAY 6: COCHIN SIGHTSEEING
 
Today you could go for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin which include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders.

Note : Jewish synagogue & Dutch palace are Closed Friday & Saturday In the evening, visit to see the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterized by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. (Overnight at the Cochin).
 
DAY 7: COCHIN TO ALLEPPEY (65km / 1.5h)
 
Houseboat cruises: 'Alleppey Round Trip'.
Checkout from the hotel at 10.30am and we drive to Alleppey - The land of Backwater. On arrival, at 12.00noon check-in to the private House Boat that is waiting to take you on a leisurely cruise in the backwaters. A splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the landscape from the protection of the cabin. The population's whole life takes place here on the water. The people sail, fish, swim and bathe here. They do their washing and their washing up. They are so adapted to the water that you can see people talking for an hour, while they are up to their necks in water. Canoes with huge sails still transport people and you can find vegetable sellers, fisherman and other household materials being brought door to door by small wooden boats. This whole area is surrounded with coconut palms and, lush green Rice fields. The major cropping here is of coconut and it is said that the name for this place KERALA was from the old name of coconut as KERA. This trip enables you to learn/ know more on life of people who are dependent on backwaters. (Overnight onboard House Boat).
 
DAY 8: ALLEPPEY TO KOVALAM (160km / 4h)
 
Disembark from Houseboat at 10.00am and drive to "Kovalam beach" which is rich with palm trees. The journey through the tropical landscape of Kerala gives a good idea of people living in here. Kovalam beach is one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in India. On arrival Kovalam check in to hotel and rest of the day at leisure. (Overnight at hotel in Kovalam).
 
DAY 9: KOVALAM / KANYAKUMARI / KOVALAM
 
After early breakfast at 08.00am drive to Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) for a day return excursion. Kanyakumari is at the tail point of India, where the three seas meet together. This place is famous for the spectacular sunset and moonrise. The Vivekananda rock on the island is reachable by the ferry. There is also a recently built memorial to Thiruvalluvar, the author of the philosophical work Tirukkural - a treatise on the Indian way of life. The temple of Kumari Amman (the virgin lady) and Gandhi Memorial are some of the finest attractions. Enroute you will also visit the famous wooden palace at Padmanabhapuram. Return to hotel late evening. (Overnight stay in Kovalam).
 
DAY 10: : KOVALAM TO PERIYAR/THEKKADY (245km / 6h)
 
Check out from hotel after breakfast at 07.30am and drive to Periyar (also known as Thekkady). The name Periyar comes after the Dam made here by the English in 1895. A wild life reserve hence is an ideal place to track down wild life such as Elephants, Bison, Deer and numerous other varieties of birds. The landscape here is with very tropical and you will be surrounded by tea, coffee & other spices. On arrival check on to hotel and at 16.00hrs leave for a guided plantation tour to the nearby garden where in various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated. The guide explains & clarifies your doubts on this tour. Depending on the day's opportunity you will also taken to visit a tea factory nearby. We also take you for elephant ride (20 Minutes) . (Overnight stay in Thekkady).
 
DAY 11: PERIYAR/THEKKADY
 
Early morning at 06.00am you go on a Guided Jungle walk at the Periyar tiger Reserve/national Park. This 03hrs walk (not very hard) is very interesting and gives you the chance to see the wildlife life at a very close distance. If you are lucky you may even spot the rarely sighted leopards & tigers. Return to hotel and rest. At 15.30hrs we leave for the most popular boat trip (OPTIONAL) at the National Park - the best way to observe game in wild is by boat. There are many animals to see, including herds of elephants, bison's and packs of wild boars that roam through the woods and parade along the shores of the lake just before sunrise and sunset. You can also see different species of apes. The golden langur monkey that lives here is rarely seen in the rest of India. Other animals in Periyar are otters and porcupines. Water turtles can often be seen sunning themselves on the pieces of wood that stick out of the water. Osprey and Cormorants belong to the most important species of birds in this area. (Overnight stay in Thekkady)

Please Note: Boat Ride are optional, Cost for trip is Not included. The client should go Directly to the counter to get the boat trip tickets.
 
DAY 12: PERIYAR TO MADURAI (170km / 4h)
 
Depart from hotel at 08.00am and drive to Madurai - the old city of Tamilnadu. The name Madurai reminds the city of the legend that a drop of sweet nectar from the hair of the god Shiva fell to earth here. 'Madhuram' means 'sweet' in Sanskrit. On arrival check in to hotel and at 14.00hrs for sight seeing tour of Madurai visiting - the famous Meenakshi Temple, where thousands of priests and worshippers come daily, people are blessed by the temple elephant. Further more visit the Tirumalai Nayak palace and Gandhi Museum. Later return to hotel and after dinner visit Meenakshi temple for the ceremony with a fanfare, where the god Shiva is lead to the bedroom of his wife, Meenakshi. Madurai is also a great place to look for bronze statues, carpets or other souvenirs. (Overnight stay in Madurai).
 
DAY 13: MADURAI TO KUMBAKONAM / VIA TANJORE (240km/ 5h)
 
Checking out from the hotel after early breakfast at 08.00am and enroute we drive to Tanjore - the Chola Citadel. To visit the world Heritage Brahadeshwara Temple (dedicated to lord Shiva in the form of Linga) & The Palace Museum. Further head to Swamimalai and on arrival Check-in to the Heritage hotel of sterling resorts. Rest of the day free to explore this heritage resort on your own. (Overnight stay in Swamimalai).
 
DAY 14: KUMBAKONAM TO MAMALLAPURAM / Via. Pondicherry (255km/6h)
 
Check out from hotel at 08.00am and drive to the laid-back beach resort of Mamallapuram. Enroute sight seeing of Pondicherry - a former French enclave that is especially famous because of the mystic Sri Aurobindo. At Pondicherry visit 'Sri Aurobindo Ashram' and 'Government Museum'. Later lunch at a nice hotel and then on visit 'Auroville' - the French village where in you will visit the Matir Mandir (the mothers place) & the tourist information center of Auroville. From here you drive for less than 02hrs on the scenic highway to reach Mamallapuram. On arrival at Mamallapuram check in to hotel and relax at the beach. (Overnight stay in Mamallapuram).
 
DAY 15: MAMALLAPURAM SIGHTSEEING
 
After breakfast sight seeing of Mamallapuram visiting - 'The Arjuna`s Penance' (Bass Relief), 'Five rathas' (symbolizes equality of men & women) & the famous 'Shore temple'. Apart from the above said monuments we also visit many other cave temples. As a special visit, we will take you to a Sculpture studio. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. Evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at the residing hotel. (Overnight at hotel in Mamallapuram).
 
DAY 16: DEPARTURE TRANSFER
 
Check out from the hotel and drive towards Chennai airport to board the onward flight to respective destinations.
 
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast at listed hotels or equivalent.
- Transportation/Transfers by Air Conditioned Vehicle for entire tour as per itinerary.
- Service of English speaking local tourist guide at sight seeing spots at places Mysore, Cochin, Madurai, Tanjore and Mamallapuram only.
- One Free Ayurvedic General body massage in Calicut
- Entrances at all sight seeing spots
- Kathakali dance performance visit at Cochin
- One night on House Boat on full board basis. Cruises: Alleppey round trip
- Jungle Trekking at Periyar National park
- Elephant ride in periyar
- Plantation tour in Periyar
- Cycle rickshaw tour in Madurai
- Last day fare well dinner at Mamallapuram
- All applicable taxes.
 
TOUR PACKAGE NOT INCLUDES:
- Meals other than those mentioned in above inclusions.
- Camera fee and tips
- Additional expense which may arise due to strikes and natural calamities etc... Situation beyond control of our company.
- All things of personal nature like laundry, telephone etc.
- Inland & international flight ticket any And all other than those listed in above inclusions.
 
PRICE INFO AND VALIDITY:
- Additional compulsory Christmas and New Year eve supplements will be applicable
 
TOUR LODGING MEALS:
- Meals are not included except for those mentioned in the program. In most places there is a vast selection of excellent Indian food available.
 
TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before 30 days before the first day of the tour, we will retain your deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows:
 
Amount of Cancellation Charges:
 
45-30 Days before the first day of the tour - 50%
29-15 Days before the first day of the tour - 75%
Less than 14 Days before arrival 100%
(Cancellation conditions for Maldives may differ)
 
CHANGES BY YOU:
If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $50.00 per revision per booking. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline fees or penalties.
 
HOW TO BOOK:
If you are happy with the arrangements outlined within this itinerary and would like to book, please forward your completed booking form and the deposit. If you would like to revise the itinerary, feel free to contact us and we can prepare another version which will hopefully match your requirements. The deposit is 25% of the total cost, plus any applicable insurance premiums and can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or credit / debit card.
 
PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD:
Please note, we do not charge a credit card fee on deposits, however, a credit card fee is charged on the balance of the price of your current trip or if full payment is made. Credit card fees are detailed within the enclosed information booklet. Please note we charge a credit card fee due to the high fees charged to tour operators by the credit card companies. We have chosen to make this transparent rather than including it within the trip price. You may therefore wish to pay the balance by bank transfer, debit card or personal cheque.
 
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