Day 01 / Arrival Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, meet assist at the airport. Transfer to hotel
and night stay in Mumbai.
02 / Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering
Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on
the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines
& Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where
Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit
Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre), Colourful
Crawford Market and Marine Drive. Night stay in Mumbai.
03 / Mumbai - Goa
Transfer to the airport to board flight to Goa. Meet assist
and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Goa.
04 / Goa
The exquisite churches from the Portuguese era with their remarkable
architecture and mysterious history make the city truly exhilarating.
Goa’s splendid coastline extends over 100 kilometres,
and some of the world’s most charming beaches are located
here. If time permits, Churches of astounding historical importance
could squeeze in.
Morning half-day sight-seeing tour from the slopes of Altinho
Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then
to Dona-Paula for a view of India's largest natural harbour-Mormugao.
Afterwards visit old Goa and see the Basillica of Bom Jesus
which contains the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis
Xavierh housed in a silver ornate casket , Se. Cathedral- the
biggest Church in the East, St. Cajetan- built like St. Peter
(Rome), Church of Our Lady Rosary and St. Monica. Rest of the
day at leisure. Night stay in Goa.
05 / Goa - Kochi
Transfer to airport to board the fligt to Kochi. Arrive Kochi
and transfer to hotel. Spend the afternoon in city sightseeing.
Kochi (formerly Cochin) is the most beautiful coastal city and
one of the largest ports of India. It is a cluster of islands
and narrow peninsulas. Here you can see the oldest church in
India, congested Portuguese-built colonies, Chinese fishing
nets, an ancient "white Jewish" community which has
survived for 1000 years, a fabulous 16th century synagogue,
a palace which contains the most beautiful murals, and many
other attractions. The Fort of Cochin is the oldest European
fort in India. The St Francis Church is the oldest European
church in India The Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, is the
oldest in the Commonwealth. Night stay in Kochi.
06 / Kochi - Allapuzha
Morning proceed to half-day tour to Gundu Island by boat through
the backwaters and see remarkable coir industries on the way.
In the afternoon, drive to Allapuzha, arrive and transfer to
hotel. Night stay in Allapuzha.
07 / Allapuzha - Kottayam - Periyar
Proceed to backwater cruise to Kottayam. Afternoon drive to
Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Night stay at the lodge. Kottayam
is a pretty town at the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is
a commercial centre noted for its trade in rubber, spices, tea,
etc. It is also the main centre of the Syrian Christians (75%
of the Kerala Christians). Night stay in Periyar.
Day 08 / Periyar
Spend the day in the jungle, in Periyar, best approached from
Kottayam (80km). The 800 sq. km wildlife sanctuary skirts the
Periyar Lake at its centre. Cruise on the lake while taking
in the pleasures of this habitat. You can see tigers, deer,
wild dogs, lion-tailed macaque, Malabar squirrel and sloth bears.
The lake attracts all kinds of water birds. In the vicinity
are lofty observation towers, and a medieval palace, now a hotel.
Night stay in Periyar.
09 / Periyar - Madurai
Transfer to railway station to the train to Madurai, arrive
and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Madurai.
10 / Madurai - Chennai
Proceed to half-day tour of Madurai. Situated on the banks of
the Vaigai River, Madurai is the ancient capital of the Pandya
Kings. Legend has it, that the divine nectar falling from the
locks of Lord Shiva gave the town its ancient name, Madhurapuri—the
land of nectar. Today, it is an important business centre. The
crowning glory of Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple
Complex, which is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, her consort
Lord Sundareshwara, and her celestial brother, Lord Vishnu.
The Meenakshi Temple has a thousand-pillared hall. Afternoon
proceed for sightseeing tour of Madurai. Afternoon, transfer
to airport to board the flight to Chennai. Arrive Chennai and
transfer to hotel. Night stay in Chennai.
11 / Chennai - Departure
Morning proceed for half - day sightseeing tour of Chennai.
The city is the capital of Tamil Nadu, earlier known as Madras.
Chennai is bestowed with a 4.5 kilometre long stretch of shore,
called Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world.
A lighthouse here enables the visitor to see the entire city—a
breathtaking sight. Also spend some time at the 40km long fascinating
beach. Historically important are an old Catholic Church and
a famous Durgah. Later transfer to airport to board the flight
for onward journey.