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Day 1 : Arrive Hyderabad
Day 2 : Hyderabad
Day 3 : Fly Hyderabad / Hampi
Day 4 : Hampi
Day 5 : Fly Hampi / Bangalore & drive to Mysore
Day 6 : Mysore
Day 7 : Drive Mysore to Bangalore & Fly to Kochi
Day 8 : Kochi
Day 9 : Kochi / Thekkady
Day 10 : Thekkady
Day 11 : Thekkady / Backwaters
Day 12 : Backwaters
Day 13 : Backwaters
Day 14 : Backwaters / Trivandrum & departure
Arrive Hyderabad, after clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel.
Thereafter, arrive at the hotel and check-in.
Overnight at the Hotel
Today, after breakfast set-off for city sightseeing tour of Hyderabad.
We will visit an amazing blend of Indo-Islamic architecture, Charminar represents the glorious history of the city. Built in 1591 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, Charminar is a square-shaped structure which is 56 meters high and 30 meters wide. Popularly known as ‘Arc de Triomphe of the East’, Charminar was constructed in the honour of Bhagmati, wife of Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah; immediately after he had shifted his capital to Hyderabad, which was earlier in Golconda.
After Charminar visit one of the oldest and most popular shopping areas of Hyderabad, Laad Bazaar is located adjacent to Charminar. It is said that this market was equally lively even during the times of the Qutub Shahis and the Nizams. Presenting an ages old heritage, the “Laad Bazaar” has got its name from the word “Laad” meaning Lacquer. This market boasts of an incomparable varieties of bangles, which have Lacquer has one of its key material.
Located atop 280-foot-high hillock of Kalapahad, the beautiful Birla Mandir has derived its name from the industrialist Birlas who have constructed Birla temples in various parts of the country. Constructed in 1976, it is said it took close to 2000 tonnes of white marbles to build this stunning temple which was brought from Rajasthan.
Later we will visit Chowmahalla Palace, with literal meaning of ‘four palaces’ in Urdu language was built in the 18th century. It was during the reign of fifth Nizam, Afzar-ud-Daulah, Asaf Jav V, from 1857 to 1869, that the palace was completed. Initially spread across an area of 45 acres, the palace now covers 12 acres of land.
Tonight we enjoy a dinner together at hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel (B)
Today morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel, transferred to airport for board the flight to Bellary (Vidyanagar).
Departure : Hyderabad At: 12:55 Hrs. Trujet Airline # 2T-416
Arrives : Bellary (Vidyanagar) At: 14:00 Hrs.
Upon arrival board a motor coach for the drive to Hampi (Approx. 29 Kms / 40 minutes’ drive).
Arrive Hampi and check into the hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel (B, D)
After breakfast ready for sightseeing tour of Hampi, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Someone rightly said “If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi”
The foundation of the Vijayanagara Empire was laid in Hampi in 1336 A.D, making it the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul India. It later became famous for its support towards renovation/reconstruction of temples re-establishment of Indian culture, its support for music, art and literature throughout India. Today the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur and fabulous wealth, palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men of infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction.
Vithala Temple Complex – The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars. Here see the famous Stone Chariot with stone wheels that revolve. In front of the shrine stands the great mantapa. Resting on a richly sculpted basement, its roof is supported by huge pillars of granite, each consisting of a central pillar surrounded by detached shafts, all cut from one single block of stone.
The Virupaksha Temple rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. The temple has a 120 feet tall tower on its eastern entrance. The temple contains the shrines of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari.Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself. The work of this style dates back to the 11th or 12th century.
Hazara Ramaswami temple is believed to have been the private place of worship of the royal family. The chief attraction of the temple is the series of scenes from the Ramayana carved on two of the inside walls of the mantapa. The genesis of the place known today as Hampi dates back to the age of the Hindu epic Ramayana when it was the site of Kishkinda, a monkey kingdom.
Later visit the Achyutaraya Temple and walk through the bazaars of Sule and Hampi
Return to hotel.
Today morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel, transferred to Bellary (Vidyanagar) airport for board the flight to Bangalore.
Departure : Bellary (Vidyanagar) At: 13:55 Hrs. Trujet Airline # 2T-418
Arrives : Bangalore At: 14:55 Hrs.
Upon arrival at Bangalore board a motor coach and drive to Mysore (Approx. 150 Kms / 4 hours drive).
Arrive Mysore and check into the hotel.
This morning, we visit the Chamundi Hills, site of the 12th-century Chamundeshwari Temple with its 1,008 ancient steps leading to the summit. The highlight of this lofty temple is the statue of Nandi, the enormous bull used as a mount by Hindu god Shiva, which sits on the 800th step of the temple. The ornately carved granite bull presides over the temple’s visitors; at over 15 feet high and 24 feet long, it dwarfs the iconic Charging Bull statue in New York’s Financial District.
Our next stop brings more magnificent architecture, as we visit the Palace of Mysore, the Indo-Saracenic blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles that remains the home of the Maharajahs of Mysore and counts among India’s most popular attractions. The palace before us, among India’s most grand, and the fourth to stand on this site, replaced the last which fire destroyed in 1897. An exquisite opulence greets us within through a dazzling array of carvings, chandeliers, mosaics, stained glass, paintings, and frescoes. From these two overwhelming structures, we move to a humbler stop: a visit to a local workshop to learn how the local sandalwood incense is made by hand.
Afternoon we visit the river island town of Srirangapatna, with its celebrated 9th-century Hindu Ranganatha Temple.
The Indian ruler Tipu Sultan made his capital here and opposed the East India Company forces in four wars until he fell in a siege in 1799; the temple and the island as a whole has become an important pilgrimage site.
Return to the hotel.
Today morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel, transferred to Bangalore airport (Approx. 94 Miles / 150 Kms / 4 hours drive) for board the flight to Kochi.
Departure : Bangalore At: 15:00 Hrs. Spice Jet Airline # SG-432
Arrives : Kochi At: 16:00 Hrs.
Upon arrival at Kochi, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel.
Arrive and check into the hotel.
Morning visit Fort Cochin, your first stop, where the Portuguese flag was first hoisted is also believed to be the oldest settlement in India. Thereafter, visit the St. Francis church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama. The gorgeous view of the ocean from the beach enhanced by the Chinese fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450 AD makes extremely picturesque sight. Proceed the old commercial area Mattancherry an take a walk along the Jew Street. Visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed to non-Jews Fridays and Saturdays) and the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) which contains mythological murals and traditional Keralite flooring.
In the evening watch a Kathakali dance performance, the most developed dance-drama art of India where facial expressions and hand gestures combine with movement to create this highly expressive traditional Kerala art form which depicts great Indian epics. Distinct among the six classical Indian dances, Kathakali is a highly dramatic and mimetic dance depicting various stories from Indian epics.
Today we will drive toward Thekkady. The journey by road itself is an experience, rubber plantations on the foothills and undulating tea gardens and spice plantations on the mountains.
Arrive Thekkady and check-in to the hotel.
We will do the guided walk of a nearby private spice plantation which grows pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and more. You will enter the magical world of Indian spices. What they are, how to use them, combine them, and savour the special magic they bring to even the most commonplace foods and understand how each tree has a story to tell.
This morning with packed breakfast proceed for the guided Nature Walk that takes one through dense deciduous forests and swampy grasslands followed by the exciting bamboo rafting.
(Special Note: 1st Batch from 07:30 – 12:00 hrs. and 2nd Batch from 09:30 – 14:00 hrs.)
Later in the afternoon, at the Elephant Camp, you will not only spend time by simply watching Elephants but of course, learning more about them. A trained expert is at hand to explain the various aspects of the Elephant history, ecology and biology. You may also take pictures, feeding and enjoy the Elephant ride.
After breakfast drive to the coastal village of Thottapalli to embark the houseboat. This lush and serene village by the spillway helps to drain the excess waters of the rivers from the Western Ghats into the low lying Kuttanad area partly to the east and the rest to the saline river mouth to the west.
We explore the narrow canals and arrive in the quaint village of Karumadi. The village is famous for its black granite partially broken statue of Buddha (9th or 10th century) that was recovered from the Pampa river in the last century. It is protected as a remnant of Buddhism that prevailed in ancient India. We interact with a toddy tapper and watch how he climbs coconut trees and taps the sap of coconut flowers which when fermented becomes Toddy, an alcoholic beverage.
Overnight on-board the Houseboat (B, L, D)
We take a walk around the temple and meet the devotees. We interact with the village folk and understand their relation with the Coconut Palm.
We watch women occupied in spinning coir rope, weaving coconut palm leaf, drying coconut in the sun extracting oil and cooking delicious cuisines using fresh coconut.
We cruise to the interiors of Kuttanad, watching the activities on the vast expanses of paddy fields and arrive in Kainakari village. The best way to enjoy the village is by country boat or by a relaxing walk.
After breakfast we cruise to the interiors of an ancient coastal village of Champakkulam where we visit an old church, meet children of a school and watch artisans sculpting biblical heroes.
Here we see Snake boats or Champakulam Chundans that were supposed to be Navy boats of Chempakasserry rulers; their structure and design reflect the prowess of ancient Kerala architecture. Traditionally each boat belongs to a village, and the villagers worship that boat like a deity. These are now used for racing during festivals. Only men are allowed to touch the boat, and to show respect they should be bare feet. Here we interact with the caretaker to know the nitty-gritties of construction of these boats and interesting tales.
We buy some fresh catch from the local fishermen and the chef on-board indulges us in delicacies flavored with local spices served on banana leaf.
After breakfast, cruise to Thottapally and check-out. Drive to Trivandrum and check-in at an airport hotel where you will have rooms for day use (for use till 6 PM).
In time, transfer to airport for your onward international flight.
Price Valid From: October 2018 to September 2019
Price Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 15th January 2019