Treasures of South India:
Kerala Experience


Season : Mid September to Mid April


You will see and experience a different India in the Deep South. No other region of the country reflects ancient India as it does here. The contrast with the rest of the country will amaze you for life here today still reflects a bygone age. The landscape is studded with magnificent Temples; the Gopurams soaring skyward to reach the myriad of Hindu Gods, hidden backwaters relax and sooth the weary traveller, the origin of Ayurveda and several spas.

Day 1. Arrive Mumbai
Traditional welcome on arrival and meeting assistance at the airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 2. Mumbai / Aurangabad
Mornign boat excursion to the Elephanta Caves with its fine cluster of 6th - 8th, Century rock cut figures. Singhtseeing of Mumbai - Includes magnificent colonial buildings, drive past marine drive and sombre Tower of Silence. Later fly to Aurangabad.

Day 3. Aurangabad
Full day return excursion to Ajanta caves that date back to the 2nd century BC where 30 rock-hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculptures and paintings.

Day 4. Aurangabd / Mumbai
Visit the Ellora caves which comprise of rock - cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from 4th to the 9th century A.D. Later fly to Mumbai.

Day 5. Mumbai / Bangalore / Mysore
Fly to Bangalore, and then drive on to Mysore.

Day 6. Mysore
City tour of Mysore includes visit to the City palace of the Maharaja of Mysore (Once among the richest men in the world). Later visit Chamundi hills to see the Sri Chamundeswari Temple, with a seven storey Gopuram 40 meters high.

Day 7. Mysore / Bangalore
Drive to Bangalore - City of Gardens. Afternoon sightseeing includes palace of Tipu Sultan, Cubbon Park and Vidhana Soudha.

Day 8. Bangalore / Chennai (Madras)
Fly to Chennai - Gateway to the sunny south. Evening witness the performance of classical South Indian dances.

Day 9. Chennai
Morning drive to Mahabalipuram to visit the rock-cut monoliths named after the heroes of the Epic - Mahabharata. Later drive back to Chennai and visit the Saint Thomas (the first apostle) Cathedral, and Fort St. George.)

Day 10. Chennai / Madurai
Fly to Madurai - City of Festivals. Afternoon sightseeing of thefamous Meenakshi temple. Evening a lecture on the traditions and culture of Dravidians.

Day 11. Madurai / Lake Periyar
A scenic drive to Lake Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary driving through spice and tea plantation.

Day 12. Lake Periyar / Kumarakom (Backwaters)
Early morning boat ride on Lake Periyar to view wildlife such as Bison, Wild Elephants, Wild Boar. Later drive through Pineapple, spice and rubber plantations to Kumarakom.

Day 13. Kumarakom
Take a relaxing cruise by country boats through the backwaters. Also go for a sunset cruise by boat or optional Ayurvedic Herbal Massage / Rejuvenation therapy at the spa.

Day 14. Kumarakom / Cochin
Kumarakom to Allepy by boat cruise & then transfer from Allepy to Cochin.

Day 15. Cochin
Today tour Cochin on motorboat. Visit Fort Kochi and St. Francis Church - One of the oldest European Churches in India. Also visit Chinese fishing nets a legacy of the ancient trading between Cochin and China, the Dutch Place, and Jewish Synagogure. Evening witness spectacular dance performance of Kerala - Kathakali.

Day 16. Cochin / Mumbai / Depart Mumbai
Fly to Mumbai. In the evening farewell dinner and transfer to international airport for flight back home.

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