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Home > India Tour Packages > South India Sojourn
South India Sojourn
Duration : 13 Nights & 14 Days
Destinations : Mumbai – Bangalore – Shravanabelagola – Chikmagalur – Belur – Halebid – Mysore – Bangalore – Cochin – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Thekkady – Madurai – Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Chennai

Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai
Today on your arrival at Mumbai international airport, our company representative shall meet you and assist you to the hotel with the check in formalities. Mumbai formerly known as “Bombay”, capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, and a fast paced cosmopolitan city. It is the most populous city in India, and the fifth most populous city in the world. Today your evening is free at leisure to explore the city on your own.

Day 02 : Mumbai sightseeing
Today morning after having lavish breakfast in hotel, proceed for the sightseeing of Mumbai. Start your sightseeing tour with the excursion to the Elephanta Island - site of the magnificent Elephanta caves which is located at a distance of 11 km from Mumbai and are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. The island of Elephanta, being a commercial, military and religions center for centuries has traces of early Buddhist culture. Later head towards the half day city sightseeing tour visiting Gateway of India - A ceremonial arch built in 1927 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It is one of the most prized chattels of the country, situated on the waterfront in South Mumbai. Also visit Mani Bhawan - is a veritable memoir of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. It is a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay. Drive past Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines, Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of Bombay city and the Arabian Sea. Lastly visit Dhobi Ghat - where you can see how Indian washer men washes the clothes. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Overnight stay is in Mumbai.

Day 03 : Mumbai - Bangalore (By flight)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Mumbai airport to board the flight towards Bangalore. On arrival at Bangalore airport, our company representative shall meet you and assist you to the hotel. Bangalore is also recognized as the “Garden city of India”. It is one of the most beautiful and well-planned cities in India. Later after some relaxation proceed for guided city sightseeing tour. Visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden which is an enchanting garden is set on 240 acres with a rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical trees and plants and a majestic glasshouse built on the lines of London's Crystal Palace. Tippu Summer palace - which he endearingly called lask-e-jannat (the envy of heaven). An inscription on the wooden screen describes the palace as the "abode of happiness", almost mocking the ruins that surround it. Also visit Vidana Soudha – which was built in 1954, is a landmark of the city. This enormous building is a massive example of neo-Dravidian architecture, with four domes on its four corners. Iskcon temple - the temple which is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony of Lord Krishna, Cubbon park - beautiful park which is spread over 300 acres in the heart of the city, serves as the lung space of the ever-growing Bangalore city. Evening is free at leisure to explore the colorful and bustling markets of the city. Overnight stay is in Bangalore.

Day 04 : Bangalore - Chikmagalur (Via Shravanabelagola) (250 kms/05 hrs)
Today morning after having breakfast in hotel, drive to a calm and serene town full of scenic surprises, Chikmagalur. En route pay your visit to Shravanbelagola which is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centres of India. The 58 feet naked statue of Jain saint Gommateshwara (981 AD) carved out of a mountain believed to be one of the tallest and most graceful statues in the world. Later continue your drive towards Chikmagalur - hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms are all here to woo. In and around Chikmagalur there are beautiful hill stations and places of picturesque beauty. Evening is free at leisure to explore the unending beauty of the city. Overnight stay is in Chikmagalur.

Day 05 : Chikmagalur - Belur - Halebid - Mysore (200 Kms / 04 hrs)

Today morning after having breakfast in hotel, continue your drive towards Mysore, en route visiting Belur and Halebid. Belur is home to the Chennakesava Temple, situated on the banks of the Yagachi River. It basks in the glory of one of the greatest monuments of medieval art in India. Also Halebid is worldwide famous for its outstanding architecture of Indian temple. In Halebid, Hoysaleshwara Temple is dedicated to Hindu god Shiva has its entire surface covered with a succession of friezes running its entire length, featuring elephants, lions, horsemen, and an incredible display of celestial beasts and birds. Later after sightseeing of Belur and Halebid, drive towards Mysore is also known as the 'City Of Palaces'. The city got its name from Mahishasura, the buffalo headed demon king. Chamundeswari, an incarnation of Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva, killed the demon. Evening is free at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay is Mysore

Day 06 : Mysore sightseeing

Today morning after having breakfast in hotel, head towards the city sightseeing tour visiting the places you must have been longing for. Visit the Chamundi Hill where Nandi, a huge monolithic image of Shiva's Bull, is always garlanded with flowers and held in high esteem by Hindus. Also visit City Palace; it is a blend of Indo-Saracenic, Mogul and Hindu architecture styles. The original wooden palace was destroyed in a fire in 1897 during a marriage ceremony. Henry Erwin, a British architect, designed the new palace and handed it over to the king in 1911-12, at a cost of Rs. 4.2 million. Next visit Brindavan Gardens which sprawl amid gorgeous cascading fountains and witness the exuberant beauty of it,St. Philomena's Church – Built in the Gothic style, one of the largest churches of the country, Sir Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery – Housed in the Jag Mohan Palace, this gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to 1875. Overnight stay is in Mysore.

Day 07 : Mysore - Bangalore (160 kms / 03 hrs) Bangalore - Cochin (By Flight)

Today morning on time drive towards Bangalore, en route pay your visit at Srirangapatnam, where the legendary warrior Tippu Sultan built his island fortress and Summer Palace. Later continue your drive towards Bangalore. Upon arrival at Bangalore, straight transfer to Bangalore airport to board the flight towards Cochin, the capital of “God's own country – Kerala”, known for its well-balanced ecosystem. Cochin is a beautiful southern state of Kerala and offers some fascinating snippets of history and culture. On arrival at Cochin, transfer to your hotel. Today your evening is free at leisure to relax in hotel. Overnight stay is in Cochin

Day 08 : Cochin - Kumarakom (50 Kms / 01 ½ hrs)
Today morning after having breakfast in hotel, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin. Visit Hill Palace Museum (Closed on Monday’s). it is the first ever fully -fledged archeological heritage Museum in Kerala. Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese in 1557 (closed on Friday’s). Chinese Fishing Nets - this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets which were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by Chinese traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. Also visit Santa Cruz Basilica, a historic church which was built by the Portuguese. Lastly visit Jewish Synagogue, oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth which was built in 1568, (Closed on Saturday’s). Later after sightseeing drive towards Kumarakom - blessed with unsurpassable naturally bounty and is one of the enchanting backwater regions of Kerala. On arrival at Kumarakom, check in to your hotel. If time permits, visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary which is located on the banks of the backwaters and home to various species of birds such as waterfowl, cuckoo, egret, ducks, Siberian Crane and many more. Overnight stay is in Kumarakom. 

Day 09 : Kumarakom – Alleppey (By Houseboat)

Morning after having breakfast and ayurvedic massages in the resort embark your houseboat by the early hours of afternoon. In Kerala, houseboats are also recognized by the name of “Kettuvalloms”, where you can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. The houseboat will cruise through tropical countryside amidst tranquilizing backwaters and palm trees. Today the crew and chef will be at your disposal and will look after all your requirements. Experience true character of Kerala and relish your lunch on banana leaf in a traditional and healthy way. Spend the night on board. Overnight stay is in houseboat. (Full Board)

Day 10 : Alleppey - Thekkady (150 Kms / 04 hrs)

Morning after having lavish breakfast in houseboat, disembark the houseboat and drive towards Thekkady, located on the Kerala border. This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 300 square miles and centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Later in afternoon a visit to Thekkady’s famed spice plantations is planned to see blooming cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and other spices in the gardens. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay is in Thekkady.

Day 11 : Thekkady - Madurai (140 Kms / 03 ½ hrs)

Today morning enjoy a leisure boat ride that carry you along convoluted waterways and here you have a golden opportunity to sight elephants, bison, deer and occasionally tigers. This tropical habitat makes it one of the premiere reserves of southern India and home to all manner of flora and fauna. Later in the afternoon continue your drive towards Madurai, a bustling city packed with pilgrims, businessmen, bullock carts and legions of rickshaw pullers. Later in the evening, visit Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony. Overnight stay is in Madurai.

Day 12 : Madurai - Chennai (By Flight)
Today morning after breakfast visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum. Also visit Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank. Later after sightseeing on time transfer to Madurai airport to board the flight towards Chennai, formerly known as Madras. Chennai is the fourth largest city in India. On arrival at Chennai, transfer to hotel. Evening is free at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay is in Chennai.

Day 13 : Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram Excursion

Today morning after breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Kanchipuram, also recognized as the “Golden city of a thousand temples”. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India, which served as a capital for several dynasties and is only one associated city with both Lord Shiva and Vishnu temples. On arrival at Kanchipuram visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Vaikunthaperumal Temple. All these temples are dedicated to lord Vishnu and were built in the 7th and 8th centuries. Kanchipuram is also famous for its particularly fine silk saris which are embellished with stunning patterns. Later continue your excursion to city of shore temples, Mahabalipuram which is situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal and was already a famous seaport in the 1st century AD. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, visit the seven pagoda-style Shore temples lashed by the waves of the sea and the temple chariots. The shore temple, the last surviving of seven temples, is a unique example of a temple built of rock quarried elsewhere and carried to shore. End the visit by photography of the beautiful Shore temples at sunset. Later drive back to Chennai. Overnight stay is in Chennai.

Day 14 : Chennai sightseeing – Departure

Today morning after breakfast head towards Chennai sightseeing visiting Victoria Art Gallery, Bronze Gallery and Chennai Museum. Also Visit to Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleswarar Temple. Later after sightseeing transfer to Chennai airport to board your flight back home or onward journey.