South India Tour

Destinations Covered: Cochin – Periyar – Kumarakom – Mararikulam – Bangalore – Mysore – Kolkata – Mumbai
Kerala Tour Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days

South India Tour


Day 1 Arrive Cochin


Arrive Arrive Cochin by flight. Meeting, garlanding at airport and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Later afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin.
Cochin – commercial and trade center of Kerala, it is one of the world’s finest natural harbors. Cochin (Kochi) is a gateway for Kerala and is famous for Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the backwaters provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbor and three islands.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Cochin – Periyar Drive 192 KM


After breakfast drive to Periyar, on arrival check-in at hotel.
Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Periyar Sancutary.
Periyar – Sprawling over an area of 777 sq. km, this wildlife sanctuary has about 35 tigers and leopards. However, sighting a tiger in Periyar is not so easy and considered to be a fortune for one out of thousand. The park encompasses a 26 sq. km artificial lake and is the home of sambars, wild boars, elephants and antelopes which can be occasionally seen on the banks of the river during a boat cruise. Periyar, otherwise, blessed by nature has enormous tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations and has luxuriant greenery.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 Periyar – Kumarakom Drive 114 KM


After breakfast drive to Kumarakom, on arrival check-in at hotel for overnight.

Day 4 Kumarakom


Day free for independent activities for overnight.

Day 5 Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin – Marari


After breakfast embark boat for backwater cruise from Kottayam to Alleppey.
Boat Cruising on the backwaters of Kerala is one of the most exclusive experiences. The boats cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and travel along narrow shady canals providing glimpses of small settlements on the narrow land – shops, schools and trading on boats and flourishing rice fields. These canals are well connected between Kottayam – Alleppey – Changancherry – Quilon and Kumarakom on the edge of Asthamudi Lake. The delightful backwaters of Kerala begin from this picturesque town.
On arrival drive to Marari (15 kms), check-in at hotel for overnight.

Day 6 Mararikulam


Day free at the beach and overnight.

Day 7 Mararikulam


Day free at the beach and overnight.

Day 8 Mararikulam – Cochin – Bangalore


Transfer to Cochin airport (74 kms) for afternoon flight to Bangalore.
On arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 9 Bangalore – Srirangapatnam – Mysore 139 KM


After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Bangalore.
Bangalore – Best of both the worlds, it is difficult to imagine ‘Silicon Valley’ blossoming forever with fragrant flowers and landscaped well-maintained gardens. A modern, lively city, it is also one of India’s most progressive and broadminded liberal cities. The major tourist attractions of the city are spectacular Vidhan Soudha made up of granite in the neo-Dravidian style of architecture, Cubbon Park, which sprawls over 120 hectares and had been laid out in 1864. It is a beautiful park full of flowering and shady trees and the Government Museum, which is one of the oldest in India. It was established in 1886 and houses rare collections on geology, art, numismatics and relics from Mohenjodaro that date back to 5000 years. Lalbagh covers 96 hectres and was laid out in the 18th century by Hyder Ali.
Later drive to Mysore enroute visiting Srirangapatnam.
Srirangapatnam – Just 16 kms from Mysore, is situated on the banks of Cauvery River. The erstehile capital of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, it is from here that Tipu Sultan, in alliance with French, fought the British. Inside the Fortressn premises is the Tipu’s Mosque with its twin minarets. The famous Ranganathaswamy temple is also at Srirangapatnam.

Day 10 Mysore


After breakfast proceed for full day tour of Mysore & Somnathpur.
Mysore – The chosen residence of Maharaja of Mysore until independence is most famous for Indo-Saaracenic Palace and pleasant climate. On the south of the city is Chamundi Hill, topped by an important Siva Temple while there are ruins of the fortress of Srirangapatnam, built by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in north of the city. To the east is the beautiful temple of Somnathpur while to the West, below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, are the Brindavan Gardens.
Somnathpur – 45 kms from Mysore, the temple is known for its beautiful Hoysala architecture. Built in 1268, the temple is situated on a star shaped base, set on a chiseled pedestal and guarded at intervals by miniature elephants. The temple wall depicts fables from Ramayana, Mahabharata & Bhagvata.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Mysore – Bangalore – Kolkata


After breakfast drive straight to Bangalore airport to connect flight for Kolkata.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 12 Kolkata


After breakfast sightseeing tour of Kolkata.

Kolkata – Is not an old city, just 300 years ago this dynamic giant was a tiny insignificant village known as Kalikata. In 1690, Job Charnock, Chief of the East India Company’s factory in Hooghly, looking for a new factory sites, selected and leased the three tiny villages of Sutanati, Govindpuri & Kalikata from Emperor Aurangzeb. Howrah station, almost a city in itself, can serve as excellent introduction to the city proper. Located on the west bank of the Hooghly River, the station houses an enormous establishment with a seemingly permanent population living on the platforms. Kolkata city has had the distinction of witnessing the likes of Rabindra Nath Tagore (Noble Prize Winner for his contribution to literature), Satya Jit Ray (World famous producer, director of classical films) & Mother Teresa (Noble Prize Winner for her Charity work). The highlight of the city is Victoria Memorial, opened to public in 1921; this huge marble museum is a combination of classical European architecture & Mughal motifs. A good number of paintings by British artists of repute like Thomas & William Daniell, Zoffany are housed here. The Indian Museum, founded in 1814 on the basis of the collection of the Asiatic Society, is one of the largest and most impressive museums in India. It has superb collection of stuffed (man eating) crocodiles, archaeology and sculpture items and works of art from Khajuraho, Bairat and many other sites. St. Paul’s Cathedral built between 1839 to 1847 was the first Church of England cathedral to be built in the British Empire. Kali Temple a Hindu pilgrimage site was built 200 years back. The Marble Palace, presents an eccentric collection of statues and paintings.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Kolkata-Mumbai Flight


After breakfast car available for full day to go around in Kolkata.
Late evening transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 14 Mumbai


After breakfast excursion to Elephanta Caves by motorlaunch.

Elephanta Caves – The rock-cut Hindu shrines at Elephanta, an island 6 miles across the harbor provide electrifying glimpses of Indian sculpture that dates back to 7th century. Huge panels depict scenes from the Hindu mythology relating to Lord Shiva, the central one being the most imposing one – a five meter bust of the God, represents his three aspects as creator, preserver and destroyer. Motor-launch takes about an hour to reach the island where the caves are located.
After lunch sightseeing tour of Mumbai.
Mumbai – Capital of the state of Maharashtra and perhaps the most important commercial and trade centre of India, Mumbai is many cities in one. As the world’s largest textile market, a major industrial center, the seat of Indian film industry (said to be the Bollywood) and country’s busiest port handling over 40 percent of India maritime trade, Mumbai is said to be the city of dreams and fortunes. Mumbai has no recorded ancient past. Mumbai ‘s colonial legacy is the Gateway of India was built to commemorate the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The highlights of Mumbai are Prince of Wales Museum built to commemorate George V’s first visit to India in 1905 and houses collections of Indian sculpture, miniature paintings and Nepalese and Tibetan art, Flora Fountain, St. Thomas Cathedral, Crawford Market, Chor Bazaar (Thieves’ market), Marine Drive, Malabar Hills, Hanging Gardens & Kamla Nehru Park.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 Leave Mumbai


Transfer to International Airport in time to board flight for United States.