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Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 2383

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Day 1: Chennai

Welcome to Chennai and the start of your South Indian Adventure! Arriving into Chennai airport our local team are on hand to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure to relax after your flight.

Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram

This morning your tour of the city includes a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. After, we drve to Mahabalipuram which is famous for its shore temple.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram

This morning in Mahabalipuram, your guide will take you to explore the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries. After lunch in a recommended local restaurant time is at your leisure to explore.

Day 4: Mahabalipuram - Bangalore

Today we have a 7hr drive ahead of us to Bangalore. Along the way we are going to stop and visit Kanchipuram which is one of the sacred cities in India.

Bull Temple

Day 5: Bangalore - Mysore

In the morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this bustling city in the morning. The tour will include Tippu's Summer Palace, Botanical Gardens, Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park. We then drive the 4hr leg to Mysore.

Bangalore city view

Day 6: Mysore

This morning enjoy a city highlights tour of Mysore visiting some of the gorgeous decadent palaces the city is famous for. This afternoon we visit the island of Srirangapatnam.

Day 7: Mysore - Coonoor

This morning we head to the charming hill station of Ooty after a look around the city we embark the narrow guage Blue Mountain Railway toy train destined for Coonor. Operating since 1899, the railway with its blue and cream steam livery has chugged from Mettupalayam to Otty via Coonoor, negotiating 16 tunnels, 31 major bridges and climbing to 2193 metres. The charming journey offers sweeping mountain views and breathtaking scenery. Upon arrival to Coonoor, transfer to hotel and afternoon at leisure. (OVERNIGHT AT THE TAJ GARDEN RETREAT)

Day 8: Coonoor - Periyar NP

Enjoy the stunning scenery today on your 6hr drive to Periyar (Thekkady) which has south India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to sambar wild boar, elephant, bison, antelope, langur and a small tiger population. This evening enjoy a guided nature walk which includes a tranquil elephant ride.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 9: Periyar NP - Kochi

Enjoy a shorter drive to Kochi (Cochin). The city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. Arriving here, check in and relax at your hotel.

Periyar birds

Day 10: Kochi

On your guided exploration this morning you will see Fort Kochi, winding streets with mosques, a 16th century Jewish synagogue and Jewish community with ancient roots and 500 year old Portuguese cottages! This evening we will take you out for an awesome Kathakali performance.

Jewish Market

Day 11: Kochi - Alleppey

This morning a short drive from Kochi to Allepey brings you to board your houseboat. Sit back enjoy the cozy comfort of a moving boat watch the countryside, ancient Champakulam church and taste local Kuttanadan dishes.

Alleppey sunset

Day 12: Alleppey - Kovalam

Disembarking at Allepey today we drive to Kovalam for your relaxing beach stay.

Kovalam Beach

Day 13: Kovalam

For today stroll for miles along white palm fringed sandy beaches, try sampling the local seafood and sipping cocktails on your sun lounger, it's the perfect way to unwind.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 14: Kovalam - Mumbai

Today a transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Mumbai. Arriving here, a transfer awaits to take you to your hotel.

Crawford market architecture

Day 15: Mumbai

Enjoy day at leisure. Alternately we have a couple of optional activities you can pre book with us? Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.

Gateway to India

Day 16: Mumbai

Sadly your journey concludes today, we will be sure to transfer you to Kochi Airport in time for your flight home.

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