Tour to Karnataka and Kerala Backwaters
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Destinations: Bangalore – Mysore – Ooty – Coonoor
– Calicut – Bypore – Guruvayur – Cochin – Alleppey – Kumarakom
– Periyar – Madurai – Tanjore – Trichy – Tanjore – Mahabalipuram
Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
On arrival at the airport Indian Horizons representative would welcome you and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Bangalore
Day 02: In Bangalore
In the morning after breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour. The highlight of the tour is the visit to the Vidhan Soudha, Nandi Temple, Lal Bagh and Botanical Garden. Overnight Bangalore.
Day 03: Bangalore-Mysore
In the morning after breakfast drive to Mysore. On arrival check-into the hotel. Refresh and relax, visit the Mysore Palace. Overnight Mysore.
Day 04: Mysore- Ooty
In the morning after breakfast drive to Ooty the Queen of the Southern Hill Stations. Once the most popular summer resort in south India for the British officials, it still revels in reputation of being a much sought-after tourist destination and is a popular location for shooting of Indian films. Overnight at Ooty.
Day 05: Ooty
Day free to relax. Overnight at Ooty.
Day 06: Ooty-Coonoor- Calicut
In the morning after breakfast drive to Calicut enroute sightseeing of Coonoor. On arrival check-into the beach resort. Overnight at Calicut.
Day 07: Calicut -Bypore-Guruvayur-Cochin
In the morning after breakfast drive to Cochin enroute
visit Beypore and Guruvayur. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 08: Cochin
In the morning after breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Cochin. The highlight of the tour is Backwater Canal Tour, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 09: Cochin-Alleppy-Kumarakom
In the morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey to board Houseboat for overnight stay in backwaters. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in houseboats (modified rice boats of the past) absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. The scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of breath taking greens and deep blues. A journey through the curving and winding backwaters of Kerala is an experience of returning to nature. Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 10: In Kumarakom
In the morning visit Bird Sanctuary at Kumarakom. Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Kumarakom.
Day 11: Kumarakom-Periyar
In the morning after breakfast drive to Periyar. On arrival check-into the hotel. Afternoon enjoy boat ride on Lake Periyar to view the wild animals. Overnight at Periyar.
Day 12: Periyar-Madurai
In the morning after breakfast drive to Madurai the city
of antiquity and the capital of the Pandyas. On arrival
check-into the hotel. After fresh-up visit the world famous
Meenakshi Temple, Palace of King Triumalay, Gandhi Museum
and Temple at Alaghat Koli.
Day 13: Madurai-Tanjore-Trichy
In the morning after breakfast drive to Trichy enroute sightseeing of Tanjore. Visit the Birhadeswara Temple, which is more than 200 feet in height and constructed in the Dravidian truncated pyramid form, and has a huge lingam in its sanctorum. On arrival at Trichy or Tiruchirapalli check-into the hotel. Overnight at Trichy.
Day 14: Trichy-Tanjore-Mahabalipurm
In the morning after breakfast take a city tour covering
Rock Fort, Sirangam and Jambukeshwar Temples. Trichy is
associated with history from Chola period to the 18th
century Carnatic Wars in which the contending parties
were supported by the British and the French. On arrival
to Mahabalipuram check-into to the hotel. Overnight at
Day 15: In Mahabalipuram
Morning after breakfast proceed for temple tour of Mahabalipuram, once the principal port of the Pallavas, and Kanchipuram, once the capital of Pallava and a city of a thousand temples. Visit the Shore Temple, a impressive display of early temple construction in South India and Penance of Bhagirata, the world's largest bas relief also known as "Arjuna's Penance". Other important temples of Kanchipuram include the 16th century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, dedicated to Parvati "the goddess with the eyes of love", and Vaikunta Perumal Temple. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 16: Mahabalipuram-Chennai
In the morning after breakfast transfer to Chennai. On arrival check-into the hotel. After fresh-up proceed for city tour visiting the Fort St. George and St. Mary's Church. In time transfer to the airport to board flight for onward journey. Tour ends.