HISTORIC RELIGIOUS TOUR OF SOUTH INDIA

02 NTS MUMBAI – 02 NTS MYSORE – 02 NTS CHENNAI – 01 NT TANJORE – 02 NTS MADURAI – 01 NT PERIYAR – 02 NTS KUMARAKOM – 01 NT HOUSEBOAT – 01 NT COCHIN

DAYS

SECTORS

DETAILED PROGRAM

01

ARRIVE MUMBAI BY FLIGHT

[NEED TO CHECK FLIGHT TIMING)

Meeting and assistance on arrival by YATRA EXOTIC ROUTES representative and transfer from airport to city.

Arrive Bombay Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

02

IN MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning Sightseeing of Bombay.  Visit the Prince of Wales Museum (Monday closed) here you will see its extensive collection of fascinating 18th & 19th century miniature paintings; elegantly carved ivory artworks; and a rich collection of Nepalese and Tibetan art, among other fine works of art. Also visit the Gateway of India overlooking the Harbor; and the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and colorful outdoor ‘laundry’. Drive up to the Malabar Hill to the lovely Hanging Gardens and the Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of Bombay and the Arabian Sea spread out before you.  Also visit Mani Bhavan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi; and the bustling Crawford Market.

Overnight at Hotel

03

MUMBAI – BANGALORE BY FLIGHT

 

BANGALORE – MYSORE BY SURFACE  

[145 KMS / 03 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning transfer to airport to connect the flight to Bangalore, on arrival Drive to Mysore. En route visiting Sirangapattnam once the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, is known for its fortress and tomb of the famous Warrior King.  (closed on Friday)

Check-in at Hotel

Overnight at Hotel

04

IN MYSORE

Breakfast at the hotel

Half day  you will visit the beautiful city of Mysore, that is known for its fine  craftsmanship  in wood, ivory, sandal-wood, and for its silk.  Visit the Maharaja’s Palace which is lavishly decorated  in  a  mixture  of styles.  Also visit the Zoological Garden, Mysore Arts & Crafts  Center  and  then  proceed to the Chamundi Temple on a hill high above the city.      

Evening drive to the Brindavan Garden, beautifully illuminated daily, truly a pleasure garden.

Overnight at Hotel.

05

MYSORE – CHENNAI BY TRAIN

[SHATABDI EXP 1420 / 2135 HRS ]       

 

[TRAIN OPERATES DAILY EXCEPT ON TUESDAY)

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning at leisure for independent activities

Later in the afternoon transfer to railway station to board train Shatabdi Express for Chennai

On arrival check-in at hotel for overnight stay

06

IN CHENNAI

Breakfast at the hotel         

Full day Mahabalipuram & Kanchaipuram.

Kancheepuram, known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples.  This is one of India’s sacred cities. Many early styles of temple architecture may be seen here.  Visit Ekambareshwar Temple,  Kailashnath  Temple,  Kamakshi  Temple,  the  Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in the  7th  and  8th  centuries. Kancheepuram has also long been famous for its silk weaving.

Mahabalipuram – an ancient coastal port – south of Madras.  Here you will see many  sculptures  and  temples  of  typical  South  Indian architectural design; the Five Rathas –  a  group  of  monolithic  monuments  and animal figures carved out of solid rock; the Shore Temple, lashed by the waves of  the  sea; and the huge frescoe, “The Penance of Bhagirath”.

Overnight at hotel.

07

CHENNAI – TANJORE BY SURFACE

[334 KMS / 07 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning Drive to Tanjore.On arrival Check-in at Hotel.

Afternoon Temple Visit temples built during the 10th and 14th centuries.  Later it became part of the  Vijaynagar Kingdom, then passed into the hands  of the Marathas and went to the British.

Overnight at Hotel

08

TANJORE – MADURAI BY SURFACE

[197 KMS / 05 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning Drive to Madurai enroute visiting Trichy.  The Rock Fort rises abruptly to a height of 273 ft.   A steep staircase cut into the rock leads up to the Fort. At  the  first level are the remnants of a  huge  hall blasted  into  ruins in 1772.  The next storey  is  the Mathrubhuteshwarer Shrine dedicated to Shiva.   Finally at the top of the hill, the Ucchi  Pillayar  Koil-  a Ganesh Temple offering a commanding view of the city.

Late evening visit Meenakshi temple to witness the Pooja ceremony (a procession of God/goddess in gold chariot inside the temple premises).

Overnight at the hotel

09

IN MADURAI

Breakfast at the hotel

City  sightseeing  tour  of   Madurai, visiting  the  Meenakshi  Temple  where  Dravidian temple  architecture maybe seen in  its  exuberant baroque  phase. Its Hall of a Thousand Pillars  is fabulous  and  is filled with worshippers  at  all hours  of the day. Also visit the Tirumal  Nayak’s Palace  which is in a highly decorative  monument. Its’ enormous roofed arcade supported by 48-foot-high stoned pillars, still stands.

Overnight at hotel.

10

MADURAI – PERIYAR BY SURFACE

[148 KMS / 04 HRS]

Morning drive to Periyar. On arrival check-in at Hotel

Periyar  Lake  in the cool  surroundings  and  the panorama  spreads around – tropical jungles,  wild elephants,  Indian  gaur, monkeys,  spotted  deer, barking  deer,  wild  boar  and  birds  of  myriad varieties.  With an area of 777 sq km the wildlife sanctuary  lies at an elevation of 914 to 1828 meters above sea level on the Periyar Lake in the hills of Western Ghats.

Afternoon visit to Spice plantation

Overnight at the hotel

11

PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM BY SURFACE

[125  KMS / 04 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel

Later, drive to Kottayam (90 kms/2.5 hrs)  from where  you  will  travel by  boat  for  Kumarakom.

On arrival check-in at Hotel       

Relax   at   the waterfront, with the occasional native row boat gliding silently by, and the air so

calm, you can reach out and touch the sky with your fingertips.

Overnight at hotel

12

IN KUMARAKOM

Breakfast at the hotel

Day at leisure at Kumarakom spent time exploring nearby area. Overnight at hotel.

13

KUMARAKOM – HOUSEBOAT

Breakfast at the hotel

Today board the houseboat. Overnight on House Boat.

14

HOUSEBOAT / COCHIN BY SURFACE

[85 KMS / 2 ½ HRS]

Morning disembark the Boat and  drive to Cochin (80 kms / 2 hrs) and. On arrival check in at Hotel.

Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Cochin, visiting the Jewish synagogue (closed on Saturdays), built over 400 years ago.  It contains beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers, and is paved with hand painted tiles from China. Visit the “Dutch Palace” (closed on Fridays) with its wonderful murals depicting the entire story of the Ramayana on its walls.  See St Francis Church, (closed on Sundays) the first European Church built in India.

In the evening enjoy Kathakali dance performance

Overnight at hotel

15

COCHIN / MUMBAI BY FLIGHT

 

Transfer to airport to airport to connect the flight to Bombay, on arrival transfer to Hotel near the airport.   Late  night transfer to International airport to connect the flight for onward destination

 

 

‘A’ COMBINATION (3 STAR)

ON TWIN SHARING

‘B’ COMBINATION (4 STAR)

ON TWIN SHARING

Min 02 Paying Pax

USD 1065 PER PERSON

USD 1410 PER PERSON

Supplement for Entrance Fees

USD 45 PER PERSON

USD 45 PER PERSON

Domestic airfare for BOM / BLR & COK / BOM*

USD 248 PER PERSON

USD 248 PER PERSON

* The Airfare quoted above is lowest refundable airfare

CITY

‘A’ COMBINATION (3 STAR HOTELS)

‘B’ COMBINATION (4 STAR HOTELS)

NIGHTS

Mumbai

HOTEL SAHIL

HOTEL THE FARIYAS

02

Mysore

PAI VISTA

HOTEL SANDESH THE PRINCE

02

Chennai

SOUTHERN CREST

HOTEL THE PRIDE

02

Tanjore

ORIENTAL TOWERS

HOTEL SANGAM

01

Madurai

HOTEL GERMANUS

HOTEL FORTUNE PANDYAN

02

Periyar

HOTEL TREE TOP

HOTEL ABAD GREEN FOREST

01

Kumarakom

COCOBAY RESORTS

HOTEL GOLDEN WATERS

02

Houseboat

AIR-CONDITIONED HOUSEBOAT

AIR-CONDITIONED HOUSEBOAT

01

Cochin

THE PRESIDENCY

HOTEL DREAM

01

CHILD POLICY:-

A

For Child up to the age of 12 years and sharing the room with the parents without an extra bed, we shall not charge for land arrangements, however, all meals can be settled directly with hotel.

PRICE INCLUDES:-

A

ACCOMMODATION:

# On twin sharing basis for a total of 14 nights as indicated above

B

MEALS:

Buffet breakfast basis at all the hotels EXCEPT in houseboat where all meals included  

C

TRANSPORT:

02 Pax          : Using A/c Medium car

Services — Arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing, excursion and long distance travel as per itinerary including transfer of baggage in the same transport, One bottle of mineral water on first arrival, welcome with garlands on first arrival in Mumbai

Meeting and assistance on arrival / departure by representative.

D

AC Chair car class train tickets for Mysore / Chennai sector

E

All sightseeing tour with Local English speaking guide

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:-

# Visa charges
# Domestic Airfare
# Airfare or airport tax
# Camera / Video charges
# Insurance coverage
# Escort charges
# Personal expenses like telephone bills, laundry charges, table drinks etc.
# Mineral water / soft drinks during the sightseeing or long distance travel.
# Our transfer rates do not include any travel insurance/ repatriation charges/ damages/ claims etc
# Entrance fees to any other monuments
# Any other items not mentioned above.