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South India Gateway

12 Nights / 13 Days

Places Covered : Bangalore - Mysore - Ooty - Cochin - Kumarakom -Madurai - Tanjavur - Mamallapuram - Chennai

Itinerary


Day 1: Mumbai
After arrival at the Mumbai airport, meet our representative who’ll guide you to one of our listed hotels. Welcome drink on arrival. Check-in at one of our listed hotels. Rest and relax for the day in the hotel room. In the evening take a leisurely walk to the nearby areas in Mumbai. Stay the night at hotel.

Day 2: Mumbai
In the morning after breakfast, move out for an excursion at the Elephanta Caves. These caves are located at a distance of 9 Kms from the Gateway of India. To reach the caves board a ferry from the Gateway of India. These caves are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are situated atop of a hill on the island. On reaching Elephanta Caves visit the Mahesh Murti cave where Lord Shiva is depicted as a creator, protector and destroyer. After visiting all seven caves return to the hotel in Mumbai for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Mumbai - Goa
In the morning after breakfast, transfer to Mumbai airport to board a flight to Goa. Upon reaching Goa, check-in at one of our listed hotels. After taking rest in your hotel room, embark on a sightseeing tour of Goa. The major tourist attractions scheduled for the day include Church of St Francis of Assisi, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Chapel of St Francis Xavier. After the visit return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Goa
Post breakfast, embark on an half day excursion to Dona Paula beach. On this beach relax and indulge in sunbathes. Enjoy the stunning water views from all the sides. Enjoy water sports like toboggan ski biscuit, yachting, para-sailing, sport fishing, swimming, snorkeling and harpoon fishing at this beach. After lunch visit the Calangute beach and the Arjuna beach. The Calangute beach is often called the “Queen of Beaches” as it is the most beautiful beach of Goa. In the evening enjoy a boat ride on Mandovi River. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5: Goa
In the morning after breakfast, drive straight to visit the Aguade Fort, situated at a distance of 18 Kms from Panaji. Later in the day visit the Chapora Fort, offering mesmerizing scenic views as it is covered by the sea on two sides and by the river on the other sides. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the hotel room. After dinner retire for the night at the hotel room.

Day 6: Goa - Belgaum - Badami
Early morning after breakfast, transfer to Badami. En-route visit Belgaum for a temple tour to the major temples. The major temples of Belgaum include Kamal Basti, Kapileshwar temple, Shani temple and the Maruti temple. After the visit, continue drive to Badami. On reaching Badami, check-in at one of our listed hotels. Relax for the day in the comfort of your hotel room. In the evening, take a leisurely walk to the nearby area of Badami. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Badami
Post breakfast, proceed on a guided tour of Badami. It is house to large number of entryways, fortresses, cave temples and carvings. On reaching Badami, get accommodated at one of our listed hotels. After taking rest for some time, head to visit the major tourist attractions of Badami. The major tourist attractions of Badami include Badami cave temples, Badami Fort and the Open Air Museum. The Badami cave temple complex exhibits the finest example of Indian rock-cut architecture, especially Badami Chalukya Architecture. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8: Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hospet
On the following day after breakfast, leave for Hospet. Stop midway to visit Aihole and Pattadakal. On reaching Aihole visit the Kontigudi group and the Galaganatha group of temples. After the visit, resume drive to Pattadakal, situated on the left bank of Malaprabha River. This World Heritage Center features 10 major temples representing the early Chalukyan architecture. After the visit continue drive to Hospet. On reaching Hospet, check-in at one of our enlisted hotels for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9: Hospet
In the morning after breakfast, leave for Hospet. On arrival at Hospet, check-in at one of our listed hotels. Rest and relax for a while at the hotel room. Later in the day after lunch, embark to visit the popular Tungabhadra Dam. Then proceed to visit the major tourist attractions of Hospet covering Royal Place, Lotus Mahal, Vittala temple and the Archaeological Museum.In the evening enjoy a sumptuous dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10: Hospet - Hassan
After breakfast, drive to Hassan. On reaching Hassan, get accommodated at one of our listed hotels. Hassan has many famous tourist attractions which include Belur and Halebid. In the afternoon visit the famous Chennakesava temple and the Halebidu Hoysalaeswara temple. Rest of the day is to spend at leisure. Retire for the night at the hotel.

Day 11: Hassan - Shravanbelagola - Hassan
In the morning after breakfast, move out on an excursion to Shravanbelagola. Located at a distance of 51 Kms in the south-east of Hassan, Shravanbelagola is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centers. This center features a 17m high monlith of Lord Bahubali, which is the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Spend the evening at the leisure. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12: Hassan - Madikeri
Next morning after breakfast, drive to Madikeri- Scotland of India. On reaching Madikeri check-in at one of our listed hotels. After resting in the cozy comfort of your hotel room, set off to visit the major tourist attractions of Madikeri. The major tourist attractions of Madikeri include Abbey Fall, Gaddige Raja's Tomb, Omkareshwara Temple and the Madikeri Fort. After the visit return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 13: Madikeri - Mysore
After breakfast, drive to Mysore. On the drive to Mysore enjoy the rich scenic beauty and the breathtaking lush green surroundings for their calming effect. On arrival, check-in at one of our listed hotels in Mysore. After resting for a while visit the major tourist attractions of Mysore including Mysore Palace, Chamundeswari temple and the Nandi Bull monolith. Later in the evening visit Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains & colorful lights transform this place into a fairy land. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14: Mysore
After breakfast, proceed to visit the other major tourist attractions of Mysore. The attractions scheduled for the day include Kabini River, Lord Srikanteswara temple, St. Philomena's Church and the Trinesvaraswamy temple. In the afternoon visit Somnathpur. It is a little village where you can see the famous 13th century temple well known for its great architectural beauty. Retire for the night at the hotel.

Day 15: Mysore – Srirangapatnam – Bangalore
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Bangalore. Stop midway to visit the Srirangapatnam. The major tourist attractions of Srirangapatnam include Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, Jama Masjid, Dodda Ghosai Ghat, and the Nimishamba temple. After the visit continue drive to Bangalore. On reaching Bangalore, check-in at one of our listed hotel. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: Bangalore – Mumbai
In morning after breakfast, proceed to a sightseeing tour of Bangalore. The major tourist attractions of Bangalore include ISKCON temple, Bellandur Lake, Vidhana Soudha Lal Bagh, Bangalore Palace, Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple and the Ragigudda Anjaneya temple. In the late evening, transfer to Bangalore airport to board a flight to Mumbai. On reaching Mumbai, transfer to one of our listed hotel. After enjoying a sumptuous dinner at the hotel, transfer to Mumbai airport to board a flight for onwards journey.