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Maharaja Palace - Mysore

Past And Present


DURATION : 16 NIGHTS/17 DAYS

DESTINATION COVERED: MUMBAI - BANGALORE - HASSAN - MYSORE - OOTY - COCHIN - KUMARAKOM - VARKALA


DAY 01 ARRIVE MUMBAI

Arrive Mumbai Airport by International flight.

Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight.


DAY 02 MUMBAI

After breakfast proceed for Elephanta Caves by motorlaunch.

Elephanta Caves - The rock-cut Hindu temples at Elephanta, an island 6 miles across the harbour provide an exciting glimpses of Indian sculpture dating from 600 AD. Huge panels depict episodes relating to Lord Shiva, the central one being the most imposing one - a five metre bust of the God, represents his three aspects as creator, preserver and destroyer. Motor-launch takes about an hour to reach the island where the caves are situated.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai.

Mumbai - Political capital of Maharashtra and commercial capital of India, Mumbai is many cities in one. As the world's largest textile market, a major industrial center and country's busiest port handling over 40 percent of India maritime trade. Mumbai has no recorded ancient past. Mumbai 's colonial legacy is the Gateway of India built to commemorate the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Places of interest are Prince of Wales Museum commemorates George V's first visit to India in 1905 houses collections of Indian sculpture, miniature paintings and Nepalese and Tibetan art. Flora Fountain, St.Thomas Cathedral, Crawford Market, Chor Bazaar (thieves market), Marine Drive, Malabar Hill, Hanging Gardens & Kamla Nehru Park are the other places of interest. Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 03 MUMBAI-BANGALORE FLIGHT

After breakfast transfer to airport in time to board flight for Bangalore (1020-1155 - 9W 443).

Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bangalore.

Bangalore - A modern, bustling city and an important industrial center, is pleasant round the year. It is also one of India's mosr progressive and liberal cities. Vidhan Soudha constructed of granite in the noe-Dravidian style of architecture is one of the most spectacular buildings. Cubbon Park, covers 120 hectres, laid out in 1864 is a beautiful shady park, full of flowering trees. The Government Museum, one of the oldest in India, established in 1886 and houses collections on geology, art, numismatics and relics from Mohenjodaro, dating back 5000 years. Lalbagh covering 96 hectres was laid out in the 18th century by Hyder Ali.

Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 04 BANGALORE-SRAVANABELGOLA-HASSAN DRIVE 210 KMS

After breakfast drive to Hassan enroute visiting Sravanabelgola - Said to be the world's tallest monolithic statue rises, 17 metre high of Bahubali (Gomateshwara). The statue was built in 981 AD by the sculptor Aristanemi. On arrival check-in at hotel and overnight.


DAY 05 HASSAN

After breakfast excursion to Belur & Halebid.

Belur & Halebid are the masterpiece of most artistically exurberant periods of Hindu culture development. The Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid was constructed about 10 years after the temple of Belur, but despite 80 years labour was never completed. Every cm of the outside walls and much of the interior are covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals and birds depicting the life and time of the Hoysala rulers. No two are alike. Scenes which depict war, hunting, music and dance and some very sensual sculptures explicity portraying the après temple activities of the dancing girls.

Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 05 HASSAN-SRIRANGAPATNAM-MYSORE DRIVE 110 KMS

After breakfast drive to Mysore enroute visiting Srirangapatnam.

Srirangapatnam - 16 kms from Mysore, is situated on the banks of Cauvery River. Once the capital of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sulta, it is from here that Tippu Sultan, in alliance with French, fought the British. Inside the Fortress there is a Tippu's Mosque with its twin minarets. The famous Ranganathaswammay temple is also at Srirangapatnam.

On arrival check-in at hotel & overnight.


DAY 06 MYSORE

After breakfast full day tour of Mysore & Somnathpur.

Mysore - The seat of Maharaja of Mysore until independence is most famous for Indo-Saaracenic Palace. Just south of the city is Chamundi Hill, toped by an important Siva Temple. North of the city lie the ruins of the fortress of Srirangapatnam, built by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. To the east is the beautiful temple of Somnathpur while to the West, below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, are the Brindavan Gardens.

Somnathpur - 45 kms from Mysore is known for its Hoysala architecture. Built in 1268 AD the temple is seated on a star shaped base, set on a chiseled plinth and guarded at intervals by miniature elephants. The temple wall depicts from Ramayana, Mahabharata & Bhagvata.

Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 07 MYSORE-OOTY DRIVE 160 KMS

After breakfast drive to Ooty. On arrival check-in at hotel and overnight.


DAY 08 OOTY

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Ooty.

Ooty (Udagamandalam) - Is an integral part of the great plateau occupaying the junction of the Eastern & Western Ghats. Located at 2240m, Ooty is the headquarters of the Nilgiris disctrict. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like confiers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in ooty and its environ. The paradise remained unknown to the great southern dynasties and it took the British to discover it in the early 1800s. Even today the atmosphere of the Raj lingers in places like the club, the Nilgir Library and St.Stephen's Church. The places of interest in Ooty include Botanical Gardens where "Summer Festival" is held each year during the month of May; the articial lake and dodabetta peak which is the highest point in the district at a height of 2623 m.

Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 09 OOTY-COCHIN DRIVE 283 KMS

After breakfast drive to Cochin, on arrival check-in at hotel for overnight.


DAY 10 COCHIN

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin.

Cochin - Kerala's commercial center, it has a fine natural harbour. Cochin (Kochi) gateway for Kerala is famous for Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the backwaters provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbour and three islands.

Late afternoon enjoy sunset boatcuirse and overnight.


DAY 11 COCHIN-KUMARAKOM DRIVE 74 KMS

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom, on arrival check-in at hotel for overnight.


DAY 12 KUMARAKOM

Day free for independent activities & overnight at the hotel.


DAY 13 KUMARAKOM-ALLEPPEY-VARKALA DRIVE 110 KMS

After breakfast embark boat to have backwater cruise Kumarakom to Alleppey.

Travelling by boat on the backwaters in Kerala is one of the most unique experience. The boats cross, shallow, palm-fringed lakes and travel along narrow shady canals providing glimpses of small settlement on the narrow land, shops, schools and trading on boat, lush green rice fields. These canals are well connected between Kottayam-Alleppey-Changancherry-Quilon & Kumarakom on the edge of Asthamudi Lake. The delightful backwaters of Kerala begin from this picturesque town.

Upon arrival at Alleppey drive to Varkala. On arrival check-in at hotel for overnight.


DAY 14 VARKALA

Day free for independent activities & overnight.


DAY 15 VARKALA

Day free for independent activities & overnight.


DAY 16 VARKALA

Day free for independent activities & overnight.


DAY 17 VARKALA-TRIVANDRUM DRIVE 51 KMS

Breakfast & transfer to Trivandrum Airport in time to board flight for onward destination.






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