On arrival at Cochin airport, after you have cleared your immigration and customs, our representative will meet you and will transfer you to the hotel for check in. Cochin – “Queen of the Arabian Sea” has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The ancient churches, palaces and synagogues in this city are famous. Evening drive to a cultural center to enjoy a cultural kaleidoscope (fusion of South Indian dance performances) Overnight stay in Cochin.

Check out from the resort after breakfast and proceed to Calicut. Enroute visit Athirappally, one of the most important biodiversity hotspot in the world. The dense forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. Enjoy Kerala’s most famous and the largest waterfall crashing onto the ground at over 80 feet leaves you with a sense of wonder at the sheer power and magnificence of nature. Overnight stay at Calicut.

Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Ooty Arrive at Ooty and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Ooty

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04

Ooty

After breakfast proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Ooty. The beautiful hill station of Ooty is located on the Blue Mountains (Nilgiris) at an altitude of 2240 above MSL. Ooty, known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, was once a favorite summer retreat of the Govt. of Madras. The landscape here is dotted with vast expanses of tea gardens, dense forests, sprawling grasslands and lofty mountains. Places of tourist interest here include the Botanical Gardens, Centenary Rose Park, Rose Garden, Lake, Government Museum, Deer Park and Doddabetta. You can also enjoy a toy train journey. Overnight stay at Ooty.

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Mysore. Arrive at Mysore and check in to the hotel. Mysore - the capital of former princely state is a city of palaces gardens and is famous for its silk, sandalwood and jasmine. Overnight stay at Mysore.

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06

Mysore

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Mysore. Major attractions in Mysore is the Mysore Palace, located in the city centre is said to be the most magnificent and captivating. Religiously significant Chamundeswari Temple situated atop of hill Chamundi displays Dravidian influence in some of its architecture. It is quadrangular in shape, and there is a statue of the Lord Ganesha on the doorway. Overnight stay at Mysore.

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Bangalore. Enroute visit Srirangapatnam, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. Bangalore often referred as the ‘Garden City’ known for its numerous parks and avenues. Arrive at Bangalore and check in to the hotel. Afternoon go for a sightseeing tour of Bangalore covering Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh Gardens, Cubbon Park& Museum and Vidhan Soudha which houses both the State Legislature and the Secretariat. . In Bangalore visit the Lalbagh botanical gardens. Hider Ali laid out the garden with tropical plants and shrubs. In the centre, lies a large iron and glass conservatory modeled on the lines of the Crystal Palace, London. Also visit Vidhana Soudha, a huge neo-Dravidian granite building which houses the secretariat and the state legislative. It is one of the most impressive modern buildings in India. The huge door to the entrance of the cabinet room is made of pure sandalwood. Visit to the Bull Temple where the monolithic deity - Nandi, draws large devotees from all over the country. Overnight stay in Bangalore.

After the breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Bangalore railway station. Board the express train to Chennai (except on Wednesdays) departing at 16.25hrs. Arrive Chennai railway station at 21.25hrs and drive to Mahabalipuram. Arrive at Mahabalipuram and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Start your day with an excursion to Kanchipuram, the golden city of thousand temples is a major Hindu pilgrim and cultural centre has a political significance since it served as a capital of Pallava rulers in the 7th -9th century. Important examples of Hindu temple architecture spanning almost a thousand years are preserved at Kanchipuram. Drive to Chennai after the tour of Kanchipuram. Arrive at Chennai and proceed for a sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Saint Mary's Church (1678 - 80), the spiritual and physical centre of the original settlement and the oldest surviving building in the East associated with the Anglican Church. Visit the famous museum houses a fantastic collection of medieval artillery, regimental flags, weapons and armor. Also visit the St. George Fort built in 1644 which lies on the sea shore immediately north of the island. This now forms the nucleus of the Secretariat. Drive along the Marina, which is one of the most beautiful marine promenades in the world and contains a series of impressive private and public buildings. End the tour with a visit to Kapaleeshwara temple. This is the largest and the most important Shiva complex in Chennai. After the tour drive to Mahabalipuram. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and go for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, once a flourishing port of the Pallavas of ancient India. The monuments and sculptures here are world-renowned. Proceed for a sightseeing trip to rock cut cave temples. The stunning sculptures especially that of Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas, reflects the architectural finesse during the Pallava period. The shore temple here is a must-see for any tourist. After the tour drive to Pondicherry, a charming coastal town and a former French colony famous for its unique cultural heritage and natural beauty. Arrive at Pondicherry and check in to the hotel. Afternoon - Explore the nearby places including Auroville, the main attraction of the town is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926.Based on the teachings of philosopher poet Aurobindo Ghose and also known as the Centre of Integral Yoga. Pondicherry museum and the botanical garden are the other attractions here. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Thanjavur. Once the capital of Chola dynasty which ruled South India between 10th and 14th centuries. Visit the most spectacular Brihadeeswara Temple, capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite rock weighing 80 tonnes. The temple itself is decorated with carved panels depicting mythological events. Later, visit Saraswathi Mahal Library and the Art Gallery with its large collection of chola bronzes. Arrive at Thanjavur and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Thanjavur.

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Madurai. Enroute visit Trichy. Visit the magnificent Rock Fort that dominates the city. 437 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines lead to the Vinayaka Temple built at its highest point. The ascent is climaxed by a magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri River. At a lower level along the rock is the Tayumanaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later, visit Srirangam, a massive temple on an island in the Cauvery and dedicated to Lord Ranganathaswamy. The temple has 21 magnificent gopurams and is adorned with exquisite sculptures. Highly significant with its cultural and historical background, the city has tourist attractions in plenty, the most prominent among them being The Meenakshi Temple with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. Arrive at Madurai and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Madurai.

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13

Madurai

Morning start your tour of Madurai. Highly significant with its cultural and historical background, the city has tourist attractions in plenty, the most prominent among them being The Meenakshi Temple with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. Other important attractions include Thirumalai Naicker Palace, Koodal Azhagar Temple and the Gandhi Museum. Late evening witness the vibrant and colorful Pooja ceremony at Meenakshi Temple. Overnight stay at Madurai

Checkout from the resort after breakfast and proceed for a scenic drive to Munnar. Arrive at Munnar and check in to the resort. Situated 1600 Meter above sea level at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar was once the summer resort of erstwhile British Government in South India and the best hill station with sprawling tea plantations in the state. Blessed with a rich variety of flora and fauna with the most well-known Neelakurinji (botanical name: Strobilanthus) flowering once in 12 years. Balance of the day you are at leisure to enjoy on your own. Overnight stay at Munnar.

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Munnar

After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar. Visit to the Tea Museum & proceed to visit Mattupetty Dam built in the mountains. Echo point, a very popular place for the natural phenomenon. Where the echo that reverberates after hitting the distant hills is fascinating. Overnight stay at Munnar.

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady. Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The picturesque lake in the heart of the sanctuary was originally 26 sq km but now spans an area of 55 sq km. This perennial source of water, which initially led to the submersion of large tracts of forestland, slowly attracted wild animals. It eventually resulted in the adjoining forests being granted protection. Post-1975 Periyar finds itself in the enviable position of being a protected tiger reserve. The terrain ranges from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type. Arrive at Thekkady and check in to the resort. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Kumarakom, a tiny backwater hamlet perched on the banks of the Vembanadu Lake. The stretch of backwater is spread over 900 sq. km. Enjoy a visit to the nearby bird sanctuary; an ornithologist's paradise is a favorite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron, teal and devour the beauty of this backwater paradise at its best. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

You are at leisure in the morning. Check out from the resort and drive to Alleppey. Arrive at Alleppey and board the houseboat at noon for a backwater cruise and for an overnight stay. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Overnight stay in houseboat.

Disembark from the houseboat at 0900hrs after a refreshing breakfast on board and drive to Cochin, also known as “Queen of the Arabian Sea” has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The ancient churches, palaces and synagogues in this city are famous. Arrive at Cochin and check in to the hotel. Evening drive to a Cultural center to witness live performance of various dance forms prevalent in Kerala. Overnight stay in Cochin.

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20

Cochin

After breakfast, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Cochin in the afternoon. Depart to Jew Street which is famous for the Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town. Visit St. Francis Church, first European church built in India in the early 16th century and the famed Vasco Da Gama was buried in this courtyard. Thereafter visit the Dutch Palace in Mattanchery. (Jewish Synagogue - Open: 10.00 am –12.00pm, 3.00pm –5.00pm. Closed on Friday /Saturday & Jewish holidays) (Dutch Palace - Open: 10.00am – 5.00pm. Closed on Fridays) Free time in the Jew Street. It is fascinating & vibrant Narrow Street with many shops selling handicrafts, souvenirs, Antiques & Ethnic Garments. Later proceed to Fort Kochi and visit Famous Chinese fishing nets. Overnight stay in Cochin.

Check out from the resort and drive to Cochin airport to board the flight to your onward destination feeling contented about a wonderful holiday you spent with us in “God’s Own Country”. Our services end after dropping you at Cochin airport.

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