Day 1. To Bangalore
Fly from Heathrow to Bangalore on direct British Airways.
Day 2. To Mysore via Srirangapatna
Arrive Bangalore early morning. Relax for a few hours at the Movenpick Hotel. Afternoon drive to Mysore, en route visit Srirangapatna, an island fortress on the River Cauvery with high walls enclosing Temples, Palaces and a great Mosque. It was once the home of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore. Two nights at Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel.
Day 3. Mysore
Morning sightseeing tour of the lovely city of Mysore. Visits includes the hilltop Sri Chamundeswari Temple, the striking monolithic Nandi Bull, Mysore Palace and the Devraja market. After lunch visit the superb Temple at Somnathpur built to glorify Hoysala craftsmanship by the famed Commander Somnath.
Day 4. To Coonoor via Ooty
Morning drive to the delightful Hill Station of Ooty. After lunch at the Taj Savoy, board the charming Toy Train to Coonoor. The lazy little train merrily chugs along passing though startling green tea plantations and wooded hillsides. Overnight at Taj Gateway Hotel.
Day 5. To Cochin
Morning drive to Cochin. Two nights at the Old Harbour.
Day 6. Cochin
Morning sightseeing of Cochin includes the Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, the Chinese Fishing Nets and Jewish Synagogue. Evening Kathakali dance performance – arrive early to watch the dancers apply their elaborate makeup.
Day 7. Houseboat
Morning drive to Alleppey to spend the day cruising along the Backwaters in a traditional rice boat, a Kettuvallam, now converted into a relaxing Houseboat. Overnight on an air -conditioned Houseboat.
Day 8. To Periyar
Disembark at Philipkutty’s Backwater Farm for a delicious lunch. Continue driving to Periyar. Two nights at the Spice Village.
Day 9. Periyar
Morning guided jungle walk with an experienced naturalist. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10. To Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai. Afternoon at leisure. Evening visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the “going to bed ceremony” when the statue of Lord Shiva is carried to the chamber of his wife, Parvati, on a silver chariot. The colourful procession, accompanied by musicians, Temple singers and priests is a cacophony of sound. Overnight at the Taj Gateway Hotel.
Day 11. To Chettinadu
Morning drive to Chettinadu- a unique area of Tamil Nadu famed for its culinary delicacies, beautiful mansions, rich cultural heritage, art and architecture. Afternoon delightful bullock cart bullock-cart ride to see the Palace and explore the local village. Overnight at Visalam.
Day 12. To Tanjore via Trichy
Morning drive to Trichy and visit the Srirangam famed for the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, dominated by 22 towers (gopurams), with one, reputed to be the highest in the world. Also climb the steps to the Rock Fort Temple with its magnificent views across the countryside. Continue driving to Tanjore. Two nights at the Ideal River View Resort.
Day 13. Tanjore
Morning visit the unrivalled World Heritage Brihadeeshwara Temple, the masterpiece of Chola architecture. The entire Temple structure is made out of granite stones. Also visit the Museum, Library and the Art Gallery. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 14. To Pondicherry
Morning drive to Pondicherry - a former French enclave. Afternoon explore the French quarter with its delightful Colonial air. Also visit the international community of Auroville. Overnight at Maison De Perumal.
Day 15. To Chennai via Mahabalipuram
After an early breakfast drive to Chennai en route visiting the World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram, with its delicate Shore Temples, series of graceful Rathas and the charmingly carved Arjuna’s Penance. Afternoon Chennai sightseeing includes Fort St George and St Mary’s Church. Overnight at the Trident Hotel.
Day 16. To Heathrow
Fly to Heathrow on direct British Airways flight.
Suggested extensions: Beach Extension to Covelong & Mammalpuram
(Various other extensions are available on request)
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,197.00
International flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout. Houseboat on Full Board.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
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