land of vibrant Dravidian cultures, colourful traditions, palm-fringed beaches, misty hill stations, spectacular temples, lush forests & prolific wildlife, friendly people…. is all that is woven together to make your tour a wonderful tapestry. To enhance its beauty is an overnight Houseboat cruise on panoramic backwater stretches, the most enchanting experience, you would cherish ever.
 
Day 01: MUMBAI: You are welcome in India. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
   
Day 02: MUMBAI: Visit the highlights of Mumbai (Bombay) covering Prince Of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, colourful bazaar of Crawford, and Afgan Church.
   
Day 03: MUMBAI: Morning visit the Gateway Of India. Followed by Half-day trip to Elephanta Caves Island for astonishing ancient sculptures. Rest of the day is at leisure.
   
Day 04: BANGALORE: Reach Bangalore by morning flight. Afternoon city tour includes Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh gardens, Cubbon Park, and imposing edifice of Vidhan Soudha. Evening is free to move around M.G. road area.

Colourful Flower Market of Bangalore

 
Day 05: SRAVANABELAGOLA: Morning visit ISKCON temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, and Nrityagram- India's only village to learn Indian classical dances. Later, proceed to Hassan,
  visiting enroute Sravanabelagola, the site of the world's tallest monolithic statue of Bahubali.
   
Day 06: HASSAN: Day excursion to Belur & Halebid. Visit Chennakeshava temple, which is a fine example of Hoysala architecture. This temple took over a century to complete.
   
Day 07: MADIKERI: Reach Madikeri, famous for its extensive coffee plantation that covers most of the hillsides. Visit Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara temple, Raja's seat and Abbey Falls. Also visit Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe to see impressive 40-ft Buddha.
   
Day 08: MADIKERI: Day free to move around in the misty Coorg hills or boating on Cauvery River. You can also take a plantation tour or just to laze in a hammock and watch a dung beetle do its thing. But, do not forget to relish local delicacies at plantation house.
   
 
Day 09: NAGARHOLE: Proceed to Nagarhole National Park- one of the country's finest deciduous forest and home to tigers, elephants, panthers, sloth bears, gaur, barking dear & sambhar. Afternoon enjoy elephant safari in the park.

Green Barbet, Nagarhole National Park

 
Day 10: KOZHIKODE: Morning Coracle ride on Kabini River. Later drive to Kozhikode, visiting enroute Kollam, to see people making Hookah. Afternoon visit Beypore where you can see people working on the Uru- the traditional Arabian trading vessel made entirely of
  wood by hand. Also visit Kappad beach, where Vasco de Gama landed with 170 men in three vessels.
   
Day 11: COCHIN: Proceed to Cochin visiting the Ayurvedic Centre at Kottakal and the Elephant stables at Guruvayur en route. At Cochin, sunset cruise to see Chinese Fishing Nets. Evening is reserved for a spectacular Kathakali dance performance.
   
Day 12: COCHIN: Sightseeing tour of Cochin. Afternoon is free for shopping. Evening, enjoy live performance of Kalaripayattu- the traditional martial art of Kerala (Optional).
   
Day 13: MUNNAR: Drive to Munnar, popularly known as the tea country, offers a breathtaking view of the hills draped in folds of green carpet of tea gardens. Reach Munnar and check in your hotel. Visit tea estate & factory after some leisure.

Tea Gardens of enchanting hill station Munnar

 
DAY 14: MUNNAR: Morning leave for Eravikulam National
  Park to watch rare mountain goat, Nilgiri Thar. Later visit highly specialized dairy farm- Indo Swiss Livestock Project and enjoy boating at Mattupetty Lake.
   
Day 15: MADURAI: Continue to the temple town of Madurai. Afternoon city tour of Madurai including Sri Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Koodal Alagar temple, and Gandhi Museum. Evening free to roam around the colourful bazaars.
   
Day 16: MADURAI: Daylong excursion to the Hindu pilgrimage centre of Rameshwaram.
   
Day 17: PERIYAR: Proceed to the wildlife reserve at Periyar, lies in the shadow of the Cardamom hills. Late afternoon enjoy a boat ride on the lake to see the herds of wild elephants that come to the lake to frolic in its waters.

Family of wild elephants, Periyar

 
Day 18: BACK WATERS: Picturesque drive through rubber, and spice plantations to Kumarakom. Arrive and commence
  an overnight houseboat cruise to Alappuzha. This most enchanting journey enables you to watch backwaters lifestyle from very close.
   
Day 19: SOMATHEERAM: Arrive Alappuzha. Check out from House Boat & drive to a beach resort at Somatheeram. Day at leisure. You can also take a walk along the rustic countryside.
   
Day 20: SOMATHEERAM: Day is reserved for-

Option I:
the excursion to Kanyakumari to visit Gandhi Memorial, and Vivekanand Memorial- built in the memory of Indian philosopher, Swami Vivekanand. Also visit wooden palace of Padnabhapuram, and Suchindram temple en route.

Option II:
the sightseeing trip of Trivandrum, including a trip to Chalai Market- a typical market of Kerala.
   
Day 21: SOMATHEERAM: Day free to relax at the immaculate tropical beach. Set out for fishing with local fishermen on traditional Catamaran OR join the Yoga class for transcendental meditation OR rejuvenate yourself with the much acclaimed Ayurveda treatment.
   
Day 22: TRIVANDRUM: Board the afternoon flight from Trivandrum airport to Mumbai. Met on arrival & transferred directly to the International airport.
   
Day 23: MUMBAI: Fly to onward destination.

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