DAY 1 - Arrive Chennai
Depart on an evening 9W flight to Chennai. On arrival you are transferred to the hotel.
Hotel Taj Coromandel or Similar -
DAY 2 - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
64 kms from Chennai, Mahabalipuram is a beautiful coastal town and the birthplace of art and architecture in South India. Attractions: Rathas (Chariots), Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapa, Shore Temple, Mahishasurmardini Cave, Varaha Mandapa and Mandapams.
Hotel Taj Coromandel or Similar - B
DAY 3 - Chennai - Mysore
A ride on India's flagship t2007 Shatabdi Express train service brings you to tour Mysore.
This salubrious and charming city lies 770 m above sea level is an easy-going city famous for it's silk and is also a thriving sandalwood and incense centre. The city is steeped in history. The Mysore Palace, built in Indo - Saracenic style is one of the largest and most brilliant palaces in India. It's a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and colours. There are beautiful carved wooden doors, mosaic floors, as well as exquisite paintings. Half-way up the Chamundi Hill is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8 m monolith. It was carved out of solid rock and is one of the largest in India. Hordes of pilgrims come here throughout the year. Right on top is the 2000 year old Chamundeswari Temple. The temple provides a typical festive atmosphere without overwhelming religious overtures. In Mysore you will also visit the incredibly colourful Devraj Fruit & Vegetable Market.
Hotel Wind Flower or Similar - B
DAY 4 - Mysore - Bangalore Airport - Cochin
A three hour drive to Bangalore airport for a short 9W flight to Cochin.
Hotel Le Meridien or Similar - B
DAY 5 - Cochin - Alleppey - Houseboat
After the tour of Cochin, late morning board the Houseboat for a unique experience through the narrow canals and channels of the backwaters of Kerala. The material that go into the making of houseboat are all local and Eco-friendly; bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats carpets etc. Cruise through remote tribal villages along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala along snake boat docks, friendly cheering villagers, coir (Jute) making communities, toddy (local spirit) shops, fishing nets pitched for the day's catch, bunded paddy fields and manual canoes of different sizes criss-crossing each other.
Premium Houseboat or Similar - B,L,D
DAY 6 - Houseboat - Kumarakom
Disembark at the exotic Resort, Kumarakom is the ideal place to experience the fascinating lifestyles of the backwaters. The Resort, which has rightly carved its place among the top 10 heritage resorts of the world. The resort is on a small island and can be reached only by a boat. The accommodation consists of individual cottages built in the traditional Kerala style, relying heavily on wood and some with private pools.
Kumarakom Lake Resort or Similar - B
DAY 7 - Kumarakom - Cochin - Delhi
Proceed to Cochin airport for your flight to Delhi. An afternoon flight from Cochin airport brings you to Delhi.
Hotel Le Meridien or Similar - B
DAY 8 - Depart New Delhi
Early morning depart for home city.
Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates
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