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South India Odyssey

Tour Duration: 20 Nights/ 21 Days
Itinerary: Mumbai (2N) – Goa (2N) - Thiruvanantpuram - Varkala(2N) – Alleppey (2N) – Munnar (2N) – Ooty(2N) – Coimbatore(1N) - Madurai(2N) - Trichy (1N)– Pondicherry(2N) - Chennai (2N)
Best Season: October to April
Tour Theme: Visit to World Heritage Sites of India spread from North to South India including Wildlife heritage destinations.
Highlights: Visit to Kerala backwater, Goa beaches, South India Temples.

TOUR FLOW MAP
DAY 01: MUMBAI
India Tourism Our tour begins with your arrival at Mumbai, we will be transferred to our hotel in city. Rest of the day at leisure. If required, we may go for city visit in evening. It is also referred as business capital of India. Mumbai is located at Maharashtra state in West India.
Overnight at hotel in Mumbai.
DAY 02: MUMBAI
In this day we will do full day Mumbai sightseeing. Begin the day with visit to Victoria Teminus which is a popular railway station and renamed as "Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus". It is a UNESCO World heritage building, designed by Frederick William Stevens to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It was made in year 1887 during British India time. This building is very photogenic and often used a iconic image of Mumbai city. Later we will visit Gateway of India, another heritage monument. From here we will hire a ferry to visit Elephanta caves island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consist of two group of caves belonging to Buddhists and Hindus. Here sculpture art is the main attraction.
Overnight at hotel in Mumbai.
DAY-03: MUMBAI - GOA(By Flight)
In this day take morning flight from Mumbai to Goa. On reaching Goa airport, drive to hotel for refreshment. Later we will proceed for Goa local sightseeing. Goa is counted among most popular places for holiday tours in India. After marriage, honeymoon couples prefer to visit this place. It is a top destination for leisure tourism. In past it was a Portuguese colony since year 1510 to 1961, when it was annexed to India. Being remained a Portuguese colony, here local culture has changed alot. Local people are more westernized and have Anglo-Indian lifestyle. In this day we will visit the famous Goa beaches and enjoy the leisure activities like water games etc.
Overnight at hotel in Goa.
DAY-04: GOA
In this day we will continue our Goa tour. Here many lofty churches were built during colonial era which are now turned into heritage buildings. Goa has two World Heritage Sites: the Bom Jesus Basilica and churches and convents of Old Goa. The Basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, regarded by many Catholics as the patron saint of Goa. In addition to this, Goa attractions includes New Was Museum, Fort Aguada, Old Goa etc. Spend evening in hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Goa.
DAY-05: GOA - TRIVANDRUM (By Flight)
In this morning we will take afternoon flight from Goa to Trivandrum. Their is no direct flight connectivity from Goa to Trivandrum so indirect flight will take around 5 hours time. We have option of train transfer also which takes approx. 20:00 hours duration. By evening we will reach Trivandrum airport. Further transfer to Varkala hotel will be by taxi. It is located 50kms north-west of Trivandrum city. Rest of the time will be at hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Varkala.
DAY 06: VARKALA
In this day we will do Varkala sightseeing and enjoy its beautiful beach. The Cenozoic sedimentary cliffs formation, adjacent to Arabian Sea is the unique feature of Varkala. Here 2000 years old Janardana Swami Temple is an important Vaishnavaite shrine which is considered as Benares of South. Tourists also visit this place for Ayurveda treatment center. In addition to this, Sivagiri Mutt and hill-top mausoleum of Sree Narayana Gure are famous monuments here.
Overnight at hotel in Varkala.
DAY 07: VARKALA - ALLEPPEY (120kms/03:00hrs)
In this day we will explore famous backwater destination of Kerala, known by the name of Alleppey / Alapphuzha. It is located in north-west of Varkala and transfer will be by taxi. Alleppey is a very popular destination of Kerala tourism where fun of backwater and beach can be enjoyed at same destination. In evening we will have house-bat cruise ride on backwater route. Spend night in houseboat or hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Alleppey.
DAY 08: ALLEPPEY / ALAPPUZHA
In this day we will do full day sightseeing of Alleppey. It is a oldest planned township in this region known for its backwater, canals, lagoons and beaches. Boatrace of Alleppey is a popular event for visitors to this place. In this day we will enjoy the cruise drive on backwater to enjoy the scenic nature of this place. In addition to this we will visit the city temple and beach in evening.
Overnight at hotel in Alleppey.
DAY 09: ALLEPPEY - MUNNAR (160kms/04:00hrs)
After breakfast, we will proceed to our next destination i.e. Munnar. It is located in north-east of Alappuzha. It is a popular hill station of Kerala. On reaching hotel by afternoon, we will proceed for post lunch sightseeing. Munnar is spread over Kannan Devan hills which is part of Western Ghats of India. Amidst of serene green hilly nature, we will explore its nearby tourist spots. Munnar tourist attraction includes: Kundale lake, Echo point, Mattupetty lake, tea plantation, rubber plantations, spice fields etc. It is surrounded by wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.
Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
DAY 10: MUNNAR
In this day we will continue the Munnar sightseeing. As it is surrounded by wildlife sanctuaries, we have good chance to see wildlife and enjoy birding in this region.
Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
DAY 11: MUNNAR - OOTY (260kms/06:00hrs)
After breakfast, we will proceed to our next destination of tour package i.e. hill station Ooty in Tamilnadu state. Its actual name is Udhagamandalam and Ooty is its simplified name. Here we will proceed for half-day sightseeing, after lunch. It is a popular hill station located in Nilgiri hills means blue smoky mountains. It was originally a tribal land in past with tribes like Todas, Kotas, Badagas and Alu Kurumbas. In year 1819, Britishers established their first bungalow and thus it is followed by many more constructions in subsequent years. Here main tourist attractions are Ooty lake, Botanical garden, Rose Garden, Doddabeta Peak, Pykara lake etc. As per available time we will divide the sightseeing in two days.
Overnight at hotel in Ooty.
DAY 12: OOTY
In this day we will enjoy full day sightseeing of Ooty. Here we can do trekking also at a place called Avalanche, 25kms from Ooty.
Overnight at hotel in Ooty.
DAY 13: OOTY - COIMBATORE (90kms/02:00hrs)
In this day we will drive to Coimbatore, located on south-east of Ooty. It is the second largest city of Tamilnadu state and situated on the bank of Noyyal river, surrounded by Western Ghats. Here we have just single night stay so we will do all possible sightseeing in this day. City houses number of museums and art galleries like Government museum, Khadi Gandhi Gallery, Textile Museum, G.D. Naidu Museum & Industrial Exhibition, Science park, Planetarium etc. In addition to this, Coimbatore Zoo and Singanallur Lake is popular birding area for nature lovers. In addition to this some temple attractions are Marudamalai temple, Dhyanalinga Yogic temple, Thandu Mariamman temple etc.
Overnight at hotel in Coimbatore.
DAY 14: COIMBATORE - MADURAI (220kms/05:30hrs)
In this day we will proceed to Madurai city which lies in south-east of Coimbatore city. By afternoon, we will reach our hotel in Madurai. Here we will have lunch and after some relaxation, we will proceed for Madurai sightseeing. It is a pilgrimage city of South India, known for its temples and temple complexes. It is also called city of temples. Madurai tourist attractions includes mainly temples, museum and local customs and values. Some of the prominent tourist attractions are Sree Meenakshi Amman temple. It is a massive structure and distinctively seen from any place of city. Meenakshi temple enshrines Suyambulingam. Earlier temple was almost completely demolished by Islamic invaders in year 1310, in which most of the sculpture destroyed. Later in 14th century, it was restored by Hindu king Thurumalai Naicker. Temple is dedicated to wife of Lord Shiva i.e. Parvati which is also referred as Meenakshi. It is located on southern bank of Vaigai river. About 15000 visitors visits this temple on per day basis and this count increases on every Friday. Later we will return back to hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Madurai.
DAY 15: MADURAI
In this day of tour package, we will do full day sightseeing of Madurai tourist attractions. Some of the prominent place to see during sightseeing are Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Thirupparankundram Murugan temple, Kookal Azhagar temple, Gandhi museum, Aayiram Kaal Mandapam etc. Later in evening, just relax at our hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Madurai.
DAY 16: MADURAI - TRICHY (150kms/03:30hrs)
In this day we will drive from Madurai to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), which is located in north-east of Madurai city. It is a popular pilgrim city of India. On reaching our hotel, we will have quick refreshment and then proceed for Thanjavur town which is just 60kms from Trichy. It is a known world wide for marvelous Tanjore Temples which have been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites as "Great Living Chola Temples". Among them 11th century, Brihadeeshwarar temple is most prominent one, located at the central of city. We will visit this temple first. Later we will visit other temples. In evening, back to our hotel in Trichy.
Overnight at hotel in Trichy.
DAY 17: TRICHY - PONDICHERRY (210kms/05:00hrs)
In this day we will drive from Trichy to Pondicherry, which is located in north-east of Madurai city on eastern coast line of India. It is a popular educational city where students from all India comes for study purpose. It is also known for its beaches. As it is a long journey, we will reach Pondicherry / Puducherry. It is having a colonial past, ruled by colonial powers Dutch, Portuguese, English and French. This has a impact of city building architecture and city plan. In evening we will spend time in beach.
Overnight at hotel in Pondicherry.
DAY 18: PONDICHERRY
In this day we will do full day Pondicherry sightseeing in which we will have city tour and evening in beach. In city tour we will visit churches, temples, historical buildings, statues and understand the town planning. City have four popular beaches so we will visit any one of them in evening. Night in the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Pondicherry.
DAY 19: PONDICHERRY - CHENNAI (150kms/03:30kms)
In this day we will proceed to our last destination of tour package i.e Chennai city. After breakfast, we will drive in north-east to reach Mahabalipuram , known for its UNESCO World Heritage Group of Sculptured Monuments. These monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic and reflects Buddhist elements in Dravidian architecture. They constitutes cave temples, monolithic chariots, structural temples and sculpted reliefs. These monuments are excellent examples of human imagination and creativity. Mahabalipuram Group of monuments have visiting hours as 6:00 to 18:00hrs. In evening we will proceed from Mahabalipuram to Chennai city, in our hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Chennai.
DAY 20: CHENNAI
In this day we will do full day sightseeing of Chennai city. It is a largest South Indian city, capital of Tamilnadu state. Earlier it is also known by the name of Madras city. It is located at Coromandal coast of Bay of Bengal. Being a coastal city, Chennai have beaches a one of the tourist attractions. In addition to this other tourist attractions includes Saint Thomas Basilica, Parthsarthy Temple, Fort St. George India, Government Museum, War Memorial etc.
Overnight at hotel in Chennai.
DAY 21: CHENNAI - Departure
It is the last day of our tour package. This day will be at leisure. We may spend the day by doing some shopping or just relax at hotel. Later drop to airport for departure.
SUGGESTED TOUR EXTENSIONS
DESTINATIONS
DURATION
ATTRACTIONS
Hampi
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Very popular heritage tourism site/township, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in Karnataka state.
Bangalore City
01 Days
Silicon Valley of India, known for gardens and moderate climate.
Mysore
01 Days
It is known for lavish Mysore palace and Dussehra festival.
Rameshwaram
02 Days
Most important Hindu pilgrimage coastal town, referred in Hindu epic "Ramayana".

Tour Duration: 20 Nights/ 21 Days
Itinerary: Mumbai (2N) – Goa (2N) - Thiruvanantpuram - Varkala(2N) – Alleppey (2N) – Munnar (2N) – Ooty(2N) – Coimbatore(1N) - Madurai(2N) - Trichy (1N)– Pondicherry(2N) - Chennai (2N)


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