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Southern Jewel Strip

Southern Jewel Strip

Destinations :- Bangalore – Mysore – Nagarhole – Ooty – Cochin – Kumarakum – Madurai – Tanjore – Covelong
Durations :- 14 Nights / 15 Days
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South India, a land of vivid colour, spices and backwaters, hill stations from the days of the Raj, massive ancient temples, palaces, art galleries, game parks and palm fringed beaches. On this journey experience the rich and the vibrant culture of South India. The tour starts with the garden city of Bangalore, then on to the princely state of Mysore, sandalwood country, with its lavish palaces and gardens. Watch wildlife in the Nagarhole National Park noted for herds of elephant, tiger and the rich diversity of wildlife. Relax in the hill station of Ooty in the Nilgiri hills. Drive through the Western Ghats to Cochin and the backwaters to see Keralan life. Continue on to the temple cities of Madurai and Tanjore and see amazing Dravidian temple architecture and religious fervour. Relax on the palm dotted Covelong beach before returning home.

Day 1 Bangalore

Arrive in Bangalore early in the morning. Meet and assist on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the morning at leisure. Bangalore, noted for its gardens, tree-lined avenues and Gothic churches. Afternoon tour of the city visiting the Tipu Sultan’s palace and Fort, Bull temple and the impressive Vidhan Sabha. Overnight stay in Bangalore.

Day 2 Bangalore to Mysore

Drive to Srirangapatnam and visit the summer palace and museum of Tipu Sultan who was defeated by the British in 1799. Also visit Sriranganathswamy temple. Continue on to to Mysore, renowned for sandalwood, teak and incense. Two nights stay in Mysore.

Day 3 Mysore

Morning city tour of Mysore visiting the City Palace of the Maharaja of Mysore (built in the Indo-Saracenic style) and the museum. Drive to visit Chamundi Hill where a huge statue of Nandi Bull overlooks the city. Explore the colourful Devraja fruit and vegetable market. Afternoon free.

Day 4 Mysore to Nagarhole

Morning drive to the Nagarhole National Park, an excellent sanctuary with tropical teak forests and the Kabini river running through. The park is noted for herds of elephant, tiger, leopard, samber deer and variety of birdlife. Afternoon safari by elephant, jeep or coracle. Overnight stay in Nagarhole.

Day 5 Nagarhole to Ooty

Morning safari in the park. After breakfast drive into the Nilgiri hills to Ooty (Queen of the Nilgiri hills), a popular hill station during the British Raj, with its tea plantations, gardens and bungalows. Remainder of the day at leisure in this picturesque area. Overnight stay in Ooty.

Day 6 Ooty to Cochin

A long but picturesque drive to Cochin through the Western Ghats on the Malabar Coast. Set amidst lagoons and backwaters, Cochin is also known as the ‘‘Venice Of the East’’. Over the centuries Europeans have traded ivory, spices and teak. The British, Dutch and Portuguese left their cultural influence on this great city. In the evening see the famous Kathakali dance performance, a traditional folk dance of Kerala enacting stories from the Hindu epics. Two night stay in Cochin.

Day 7 Cochin

Morning city tour visiting the Dutch Palace, with its 17th century murals of Ramayana, the Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, housing the Grand Scroll of the Old Testament. Also visit Fort Cochin and St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. Vasco de Gama, who discovered India, was buried here. In the evening a Sunset harbour cruise to see the Bolgahtty Island and the Chinese fishing nets.

Day 8 Cochin to Kumarakum

Drive to Allepy and take a boat cruise to Chengnacherry. The cruise takes over 2 hours and passes through tranquil palm fringed narrow canals and waterways. Drive to Kumarakum on the shores of the Vembanad Lake. Overnight in Kumarakum.

Day 9 Kumarakum to Madurai

After breakfast leave for the ancient city of Madurai, dating back to 6th century. It was well known to Greeks and Romans with whom the city carried on active trade. Remainder of the day at leisure. Two night stay in Madurai.

Day 10 Madurai

Morning city tour visiting the Tirumalai Nayak Palace, built in 17th Century on Indi-Saracenic style & the spectacular Shree Meenakshi temple, a superb example of Dravidian temple architecture. It has profusely carved massive gopurams and a 1000-pillared hall. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening return to Meenakshi temple and visit the colourful temple market.

Day 11 Madurai to Tanjore

Drive to the temple town of Trichy, the citadel of Chola dynasty in the medieval period. The city saw wars fought between the British and French in 18th century. Visit the Srirangam Island, a living example of a temple town where the life centres around the temple with 22 magnificent gopurams (gateway towers), the tallest being 236 feet high. Continue onto Tanjore, the granary of Tamil Nadu and the cultural capital of the region. Overnight stay in Trichy.

Day 12 Tanjore to Covelong Beach

Morning tour of Tanjore visiting the famous 10th century Brihadeeshwara temple, an engineering marvel and now preserved as a world heritage monument. Tanjore is also famous for paintings. You will see some of famous frescos depicting myths and courtly pursuits. Drive to Covelong Beach visiting en route the famous shore temple in Mahabalipuram. Stay for three nights.

Days 13 & 14 Covelong Beach

At leisure by the beach. During your stay take a half day city tour of Chennai, the fourth largest city of India, and visit the Fort St George, built by the East India Company in 1653, St Mary’s church, the first Anglican Church in India and the Kapaleeshwara temple, destroyed by the Portuguese in 1566 and rebuilt 300 years ago.

Day 15 Chennai to Londond

Return flight with British Airways, arriving London in the morning.

Subject to availability at the time of booking or else similar hotels will be suggested:-
Destinations  Deluxe  Hotel    Premium Hotel Luxury Hotel
Bangalore/Bangaluru 12th Avenue/Similar Adarsh Hamilton/Similar Alila Bangalore Hotel/similar
Mysore Crystal Paark Inn/similar Hotel RegaalisMysore/Similar Fortune JP Palace/Similar
Nagarhole The Kings Sanctuary/Similar The Kings Sanctuary/Similar The Kings Sanctuary/Similar
Ooty Hotel Lakeview/Similar Fortune Hotel Sullivan Court/Similar Highland Hotel/Similar
Cochin Bolgatty Island Resort/similar Abad Atrium/Similar Beaumonde The Fern/Similar

Kumarakom

Ashirwad Heritage Resorts/similar Abad Whispering Palms/Similar Coconut Lagoon Resort/Similar
Madurai GRT Regency/Similar Fortune Pandiyan/Similar Fortune Pandiyan/Similar
Tanjore Hotel Star Residency/Similar Hotel Star Residency/Similar Hotel Star Residency/Similar
Mahabalipuram Chariot Beach Resort/Similar Le Waterina/Similar Coconut Beach Resort/Similar

Extra Govt. Service Tax @ 3.09 % (Applicable on total billed amount)

Cost Includes:

  1. Accommodation for 14 Nights on twin / double sharing basis.
  2. Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels.
  3. Transportation by private air-conditioned car with driver for all arrivals, All arrivals, departures, sightseeing and inter-city drive as per the itinerary.
  4. Services of English speaking guide as per the itinerary above.
  5. Services of Travel Pals representative on all arrivals and departures.
  6. Complimentary mineral water bottles during drives and sightseeings.
  7. Fuel charges, toll tax, state tax & parking charge
  8. All presently applicable luxury taxes.

Cost does not Includes:

  1. Entrance fees at monuments/parks/museums.
  2. Items of personal nature like drinks on table, laundry, telephone bills etc.
  3. Meals other than mentioned above.
  4. Indian visa fees or international airfare / domestic flight fare / train ticket
  5. Still Camera or video charges levied by some monuments.
  6. Any other shopping and personal purchase.
  7. Medical Requirements on request.
  8. Service Tax as per government.
  9. Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

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