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Spiritual South India Tour
Bangalore – Srirangapatnam – Mysore – Ooty – Guruvayur – Cochin – Alleppey –
Kumarakom – Trivandrum – Kanyakumari – Tiruchendun –
Rameshwaram – Madurai – Bangalore/Mumbai
10 Nights / 11 Days


01 Day: Arrival Bangalore:
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the International airport, our representative welcome you and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you. After refreshment, take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting Lal Baugh - One of the many gardens in the city; it derives its name from the profusion of Red roses which are in bloom here, Cubbon Park - a garden laid down by Lord Cubbon in 1864. The ambience of the city life is broken with presence of such a large park in the center of the city. The Bull Temple - The 4.57 m high and 6.10 meters long image is carved out of single granite rock. Later followed by visit to Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple - The temple is natural monolith carved cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the evening you can visit Ulsoor Lake. Overnight at the hotel.

02 Day: Bangalore – Srirangapatnam – Mysore (140 kms: 3 – 4 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore. En route visit the Srirangapatnam (20 kms from Mysore) to visit Fort and Sri Ranganathaswami Temple. After sightseeing at Srirangapatnam, continue to drive to Mysore, which is the Sandalwood and Incense Capital of the World & some of India's finest Crafts, such as Printed Silk, Inlaid, Furniture and Ivory Carvings are also found here. Also known as the city of Palaces, Mysore retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant. On arrival transfer to the hotel, after lunch visit to local market, evening visit to Brindavan gardens & spectacular musical fountains. And visit to flower and sandal wood market, handicraft museum. Overnight at the hotel.

03 Day: Mysore – Ooty (165 kms: 3 - 4 hrs):
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting the Palace of the Maharaja (Emperor) built in 1911 - 1912. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent followed by visit at St. Philomenas cathedral - folklore museum - visit the Art Gallery; drive up to Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Later drive to Ooty, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Ooty.

04 Day: Ooty – Conoor – Ooty (1 hr drive):
After breakfast drive to Coonoor, optionally you may take a toy train ride; visit Sim's Park, there are also a number of individual tree specimens planted all over the place, give a special charm to the park, Dolphin's Nose, the Nose is a unique rock of tremendous proportions which looks like a Dolphin, Lamb's Rock commands a grand view of the Coimbatore Plains, Laws Falls a paradise for Nature lovers. Later take a sightseeing tour of Ooty enjoy the scenic surroundings, the Botanical Garden a wealth of variety of plants that include different types of roses, imported shrubs, rare flowering plants, eucalyptus trees, several old trees and even a fossilized tree trunk that is 20 million years old, followed by boat rides and fishing, a visit to the Ooty Lake is a must. Besides these, there are various viewpoints like Lamb’s Rock, Kodanadu and Dodabetta Peak is the highest point in the district at a height of 2623 meters. Provided the day is clear, one can see as far as the plains of Coimbatore and the Mysore plateau. Overnight at the hotel.

05 Day: Ooty – Guruvayur – Cochin (280 kms: 6 hrs):
Early morning drive to Cochin. Enroute visit to Guruvayur Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, one of the most popular pilgrim centers of India, followed by visit to Punnathur Kotta, where 44 elephants belong to the Guruvayur Krishna Temple are fenced and fed in the Punnathur Kotta. Later, drive to Cochin. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Cochin:
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Cochin: Oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coasts & Kochi (formerly Cochin), one of the India's most colourful cities. These inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Visit to Fort Cochin & St. Frances Church to see the town of Vasco da Gama. We also see the Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace. This evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced - Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters. In the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight at the hotel.

07 Day: Cochin – Alleppey (64 kms: 1 ½ hrs) Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Kumarakom:
After breakfast checkout and drive for Alleppey, on arrival embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Kumarakom. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver). Overnight at the houseboat.

08 Day: Kumarakom – Trivandrum – Kanya Kumari (260 kms – 5 hrs)
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive to Kanyakumari. If time permits, enroute visit Trivandrum. Visit the famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple (from outside) is dedicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city. Later drive to Kanyakumari. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Watching sun set from here is the big attraction, especially on the full moon day in April, when it's possible to see both the setting sun and rising moon on the same horizon. Other attractions are Kumari Amman Temple, Gandhi Mandapam and Vivekananda Memorial. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay at Kanyakumari.

09 Day: Kanyakumari – Tiruchendur – Rameshwaram (325 kms: 7 - 8 hrs):
Early morning check out from the hotel and drive to Rameshwaram. Enroute visit Tiruchendur temple. Later drive to Rameshwaram. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Evening is free for relaxation and individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.

10 Day: Rameshwaram – Madurai (172 kms: 3 – 4 hrs):
After early breakfast visit to Adam's Bridge the name given to the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. According to legend, this is the series of stepping stones used by the monkey army, lead by Hanuman to cross the ocean in a bid to rescue Sita from the clutch of Ravana. Later visit the city, often referred to as the ‘Island of Prayer’, and also considered to Varanasi of the South this major pilgrimage center is on an island in the Gulf of Mannar. Most of the town’s places to stay and eat are clustered around the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Built in the 12th century AD, the temple with its awe-inspiring corridors, and the longest in India. After visit drive to Madurai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening if time permits, witness the special evening aarti at the Meenakshi Temple. Later return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

11 Day: Madurai – Bangalore/Mumbai – Hometown (By Air):
After breakfast, visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple complex in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls; also visit Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple, Alagar Kovil. Later check out from the hotel and drive to the airport to board the evening flight for Bangalore/Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the International airport to board the flight for hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

Tour Packages in USD per Person

Package
01 Pax
02 Pax
04 Pax
Extra Pax
Premium
3050
1650
1250
560
Superior
2700
1400
1090
400
Standard
1850
1000
750
300

Accommodation:

Sector
Premium ( 5 Star) 
Superior ( 4 Star)
Standard ( 3 Star)
Bangalore
The Park
The Chancery
Hotel Sandesh
Mysore
Windflower Resort and Spa/ Regaalis
Sandesh the Prince
President
Ooty
Gem Park
Fortune Sullivan
Meadows/ Kings Cliff
Cochin
Trident
Dream Cochin
Abad Plaza
Alleppey
A/C Luxury Houseboat
A/C Deluxe Houseboat
Deluxe Houseboat
Kanyakumari
Sparsa Resort (Higher Category Rooms)
Sparsa Resort
Sea View
Rameshwaram
Daiwik (Higher Category Rooms)
Daiwik
Royal Park
Madurai
Heritage Madurai
Sangam/ GRT Regency
Germanaus

The above Tour Package is valid from 1st April 2016 to 30th September 2016.

Services Included:

  1. Hotel accommodation with breakfast and all luxury taxes.
  2. Extra Supplement staying in the double room with extra bed with breakfast and other services.
  3. A/C Car with English speaking driver throughout the tour for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel etc as per the above tour programme.
  4. The transportation services in inclusive of all toll taxes, fuel cost, vehicle insurance, driver allowance (Stay and food), parking charges.
  5. English Speaking Guide during city tours, historical places, ancient temples, monuments (Guides are not required/ available at places like religious temples, beaches, mosques, hill stations).
  6. 01 Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin
  7. Alleppey Houseboat accommodation inclusive of all meals.

Not Included:

  1. Any domestic Train/ Air fare
  2. 3.09% Government service tax on the total tour cost.
  3. Expenditure pertaining to personal nature: like mineral water,  portage, laundry, tips, phone calls etc.,
  4. Monuments charges/Entrance fees/Safari/Any event/ New Year Gala or any Festival Gala Dinner at actual directly payable by the guest.
  5. Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and starters
  6. Vehicle use for those places /excursions not included in the tour plan.
  7. Medical and travel insurance.
  8. Anything not specifically mentioned in the “included” section.

Note:

  1. In case of non-availability of the above hotels similar category of hotels will be provided.
  2. Child over 6 years with extra bed in parents room with breakfast (directly payable to the hotel on actual basis)
  3. Any additional visit to any sightseeing places, food, entry fees or any other services will be on extra cost.
  4. 5 Star Deluxe luxury hotels package can be worked out according to the date of travel and destinations. 
  5. Tour cost subject to change on ground of unexpected hike due to government taxes, fuel cost and other unseen reasons with prior information to the guest before commencement of the tour.