Day 1 : Mumbai / Goa Day 2 : Goa Day 3 : Goa/ Badami Day 4 : Badami / Hampi Day 5 : Hampi Day 6 : Hampi / Chikmagalur Day 7 : Chikmagalur to Hassan Day 8 : Hassan to Mysore Day 9 : Mysore / Bangalore / Cochin Day 10 : Cochin Day 11 : Cochin / Kumarakom Day 12 : Kumarakom Day 13 : Kumarakom / Trivandrum
Places to see in South India : Visit to beach
paradise Goa, ancient Chalukyan city Badami, World Heritage Site of Hampi,
cultural city of Mysore, old city of Cochin. Kerala's famous Kumarakom
backwaters and Kathakali dance drama are also the highlights of this tour.
South India Attractions, a 13 days tours brings the best of south Indian region
for you. Right in the beginning of this tour you will visit Goa, known for
its serene beaches and flea markets. Next destination will be the ancient
Chalukyan kingdom, Badami which houses a number of structures of historic
and architectural significance. Chikmagalur, Halebid, Belur and Hassan are
other destinations which are known for their cultural importance. Mysore
will fascinate with its magnificent palaces, while the fort Cochin area will
take you back to a bygone era. From Cochin, this tour takes you to the
tranquil backwaters of Kumarakom. Stay with us we will offer much when you
will visit India on Best of South India tour.
Accommodation, Meal, Transport, Local guides / Naturalist for city tours,
Meet and greet services, Entrances fee to monuments.
Shopping and other meals apart from breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Meals : Daily American Breakfast, Lunch and
Transportation : Air-conditioned Private
car with driver at disposal for all journeys and tours as per itinerary.
Airfare for Mumbai / Goa and Bangalore / Cochin sectors.
Accommodation : Accommodation on Twin
Sharing Basis at hotels as per itinerary.
Namaste - We welcome you with folded hands
Day 1 : Arrival - Mumbai - Mumbai / Goa (9W479 - 63/73)
Meeting and assistance upon arrival, our representative would guide you to
your luxury car, and, would introduce India and your tour to you. Welcome to
India, or as we say 'Atithi Devo Bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of
God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Goa. Meeting and
assistance upon arrival & transfer to hotel Fort Aguada Beach Resort.
Set like an exotic pearl on the picturesque coastline of Arabian Sea, Goa
is one of the finest beach and water sports destination in the world. The
Sun, the Sea and the Sun, are the three simple realities beckoning tourists
from far and wide.
On your arrival in Goa, you will surely be struck by a number of
attractions, the seemingly endless stretch of spectacular beaches and palm
grooves, the imposing Old churches, people dressed in Portuguese outfits and
relaxed easy going atmosphere.
Bordered by the lovely Arabian sea in its west the beautiful land of Goa
makes every water sport enthusiasts experience an adrenalin rush with its
wide array of opportunities. With no limits to the surfing, sailing, skiing
and so, water sports in Goa add a sensational bonus to your holiday
experience. Besides, Goa is criss-crossed by several water-bodies like
rivers, lakes and back-waters, where you can enjoy exciting cruises.
Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Day 2 : Goa
Whole day free for sightseeing trips, have your breakfast and set out again
to discover Goa on your own. You can visit the tourist destinations of Goa
to see a number of tourist attractions. Explore the lovely beaches, popular
wildlife sanctuaries or see the marvellous old churches, magnificent temples
and big mosques.
In addition, also do some shopping in any of beach-side bazaars or big city
markets. For passionate shoppers, Goa offers several ideal places where you
will find a vast range of items including handicrafts, electronic items and
souvenirs like coral rings and sea shells. In addition to these, Goa is also
known for its lively nightlife, delectable cuisines and much more.
Explore the tourist destinations of Goa, but these trips are optional not
included in the tour. Overnight : Fort Aguada Beach Resort (Superior Sea View Room /
Day 3 : Goa/ Badami
Early morning drive to Badami. Upon arrival check into your Hotel Badami
Following rest and relaxation we proceed on a guided tour of Badami, which
is well known for its rich history and ancient architecture. It was the
ancient capital of the early Chalukya kingdom. A number of richly carved
monuments and caves belonging to Chalukyas, dating back to the 6th and 7th
centuries can be found here.
The Chalukyas laid the foundation of a unique style of architecture, which
is a fine blend of North Indian Nagara style and the South Indian Dravidian
style of architecture. The architecture and sculptures created in Badami
during the time of the Chalukyas inspired later-day architectural and
sculpting traditions. A number of places of historical importance are
situated near Badami. Overnight : Hotel Badami Court
Day 4 : Badami / Hampi
Following breakfast drive to Hampi. Upon arrival check into Hampi Boulders.
Nestled in the Yamani Hills on the banks of the majestic river Tungabhadra
and 7 km from Hampi lies this resort. Swift flowing Tungabudra river
criss-crosses to create an awesome array of naturally sculpted rock
formations. This network of eroded boulders, make a beautiful sight of the
resort. A sight that leaves you gazed on in wonder. From the vantage points
of our luxury cottage, savour this unique and unspoilt glimpse of nature's
wonderment, the water and rock formations that leave you spellbound.
A world heritage center, Hampi- is the most beautiful of all the ruins in
Karnataka. Founded in the 14th Century, this was the glorious capital city
of a flourishing dynasty who were great patrons of art and architecture. The
remains can still be seen in the vast ruins of Hampi, which historians have
praised as 'greater than Rome'. Hampi is famous for its ruins belonging to
the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar and it has been declared
a World Heritage site. The temples of Hampi, its monolithic sculptures and
monuments, attract the traveler because of their excellent workmanship. The
Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi reflects the splendor of the
Vijayanagar Empire. The rugged landscape adds to the historic ambience of
Overnight : Hampi Boulders
Day 5 : Hampi
After leisurely breakfast, proceed on a guided tour of city. Hampi holds
many delightful surprises. The most famous is the King's Balance where kings
were weighed against gold or money which was then distributed to the poor.
Also worth a visit are the Queen's Bath with its arched corridors,
projecting balconies and lotus shaped fountains, the two storeyed Lotus
Mahal, the huge Elephant Stables, the splendid Vitthal Temple with its
musical pillars and the Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple, Ugra
Narasimha, the 6.7 meters tall monolith, the Pushkarini Tank, the Mahanavami
Temples of this city are noted for their large dimensions, florid
ornamentation, bold and delicate carvings, stately pillars, magnificent
pavilions and a great wealth of iconographic and traditional depictions,
which include subjects from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Pampapati
temple is one of the largest temples at Hampi. The Vitthal temple is an
excellent example of Vijayanagar style. Also present are some monolithic
statues of Lakshmi, Narasimha and Ganesha, which are noted, for their
massiveness and grace. Other temples in the surroundings are the Krishna
temple, Pattabhirama temple, Hazara Ramachandra, Chandrasekhara temple and
the Jaina Temple.
Day 6 : Hampi / Chikmagalur
After breakfast, drive back to Goa. Upon arrival check into your hotel Taj
Overnight : Taj Garden Retreat
Day 7 : Chikmagalur / Halebid / Belur / Hassan
Following breakfast drive to Hassan enroute visiting Belur and Halebid.
Upon arrival proceed on an excursion to Belur and Halebid - temple towns
slightly bigger than villages. The temples in typical Dravidian style are
excellent examples of traditional Hindu architecture. The wealth of
sculptural details on the temples make them easily the most outstanding
example of art and architecture. Every inch of the outside wall and much of
the interiors are covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages,
scenes from wars, hunting, agriculture, music and dance and some very
sensual sculptures explicitly portraying the amorous lifestyles of the
The life outside the temples is extremely busy and colourful. Pilgrims,
bare feet with horizontal or vertical sandalwood paste smearing on their
foreheads and wearing traditionally coloured saffron or black pilgrim's
costumes move in and out of the temple complex with flowers and other
offerings in their hands. The pavement flower shops, shops selling religious
artefacts, the fruit and tea stalls with pilgrims flocking around, add
colour and character to the place. Following the tour we ride to Hassan,
upon arrival check into your Hotel Hassan Ashok.
Overnight : At Hassan Ashok
Day 8 : Hassan / Sharavan Belagola / Mysore
After breakfast drive to Shravan Belagola, which is one of the oldest and
the most important pilgrimage centres for the followers of Jain religion. It
is the site of the 17mtr monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali - believed to be
the world's tallest monolithic statue.
Later drive to Mysore. Upon arrival check into your hotel Lalitha Mahal
Evening, we visit the extremely colourful Devaraja Fruit and vegetable
market where tropical fruits and vegetables are arranged in fascinating
heaps and shapes. Watch out for the amazing patterns in which fruits and
vegetables are heaped upwards as hills. The adjoining local bazaar is also a
very popular spot with local Indian shoppers where all things needed for
daily use can be found.
Overnight : At Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace
Day 9 : Mysore / Bangalore / Cochin (9W3527 - 1745/195)
Following breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of the city. Mysore, which
has been for centuries an important center for South Indian culture and
learning. It is also the city of lingering aroma of Jasmine, Musk, rose,
sandalwood, etc. This is so because Mysore is one of the major manufacturers
of incense sticks through scores of family owned factories. The city is also
a crafts center. It is an extremely friendly and easygoing city and at an
altitude of 77 meters it has a wonderful climate.
The Maharaja's Palace (197) is a huge building in Indo - Saracenic style of
architecture; it hosts an extravaganza of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and
gaudy colors, beautifully carved wooden doors, mosaic floors and a series of
historically important paintings. Of special mention are the beautifully
carved mahogany ceilings, solid silver doors, white marble floors and
superbly collumned durbar hall (Hall Of Public Audience). Next we visit the
temple of Shri Chamundeshwari, set on top of the Chamundi Hills (162
meters.). Three quarters up the hill is the famous Nandy (Lord Shiva's Bull
- His vehicle) carved out of a single solid piece of granite and 5 meters in
height. The temple itself is a huge building with a 4mtr high seven-storied
Afternoon, drive to Bangalore airport to connect your flight to Cochin
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and check into The Brunton Boatyard - a
Casino Group of Hotel in Cochin is situated right at the Fort Kochi, build
on the old Portuguese architecture, Situated at the Harbour mouth
overlooking the busy ship channel all rooms boast of a magnificent view of
the sea and the Delta. There is never a dull moment out there for boats of
every size and colour constantly ply these waters not forgetting the mammoth
Ocean liners which silently glide past just outside the window. The hotel
has its own private jetty, which doubles up as a 'café'. Over looking
the pool garden and the sea, The History Restaurant a unique gastronomic
exploration of Kerala's famous port and its rich past, the Terrace Grill
adjacent to the History restaurant opens for Dinne, The Armoury offers a
breath-taking view of the Delta. Serving mini meals light snacks and tall
drinks is open right through the day and a major part of the night
Overnight : Hotel Brunton Boatyard (Standard Room)
Day 10 : Cochin
This morning we proceed on a guided tour of the City. The true character of
the city is to be found in the older parts of the Fort Cochin area. It more
or less exists as it used to be a 1 years back, when it was first built. The
roads have not been widened because the old haggard buildings, through
patchwork repairs over the centuries, still stand on the edges. This part of
the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portugal, Dutch and English
country life grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast.
The fishing community of Cochin is also very interesting. They ancient
cantilevered fishing nets called Chinese Fishing Nets. The net is fixed to a
pole on the shore. While fishing, the entire net is lowered by a primitive
fulcrum mechanism using long bamboo poles. By the same mechanism the pole is
lifted along with the catch. We will explore the sights of Photographic as
well as cultural interest.
We would also visit the 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also known as the
Dutch Palace since the Dutch substantially renovated the palace in the 17th
century. The double storied quadrangular building surrounds a courtyard
containing a Hindu temple. The Central Hall on the first floor was the
coronation hall of the Rajas of Cochin; on display are their dresses,
turbans and palanquins. The most important feature of this palace, however,
is the astonishing murals in the bedchambers and other rooms, which depict
scenes from the Ramayana and other religious legends. These murals are
undoubtedly some of the most beautiful and extensive anywhere to be seen in
India. The unique feature here is the unexpected and isolated Jewish
community, whose origins date back to AD 52. They are self-contained and
have there own Synagogue.
The area around the Synagogue, known, as 'Jew Town' is one of the main
centres of spice trade. Scores of small firms huddle together in old
dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the aroma of ginger,
cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves. The area is very busy. The potters are
loading gunny bags of spices on to carts, which keep running up and down the
narrow lanes. We would visit Jew Town, in the Mattancherry section and a
short walk from the ferry is one street long. Jews used to occupy virtually
all the houses on Jew Town Road, where they sold fruits, vegetables and
spices or worked as oil pressers or carpenters. The spice markets are still
located on the narrow street. Kathakali Dance : A special treat awaits us this evening as we
proceed to witness the strength and vigor of Kathakali dance drama, as it
enacts episodes from great Indian epics. The extremely stylized gestures,
the elaborate make-up, the masks and the splendid costumes of these all-male
dancers, recreate an incomparable sense of pageantry.
Overnight : Hotel Brunton Boatyard (Standard Room)
Day 11 : Cochin / Kumarakom
Following breakfast, ride 45 kms to Kumarakom to experience Kerala's famous
backwaters that comprise of vast lakes and a system of narrow canals and
waterways linking them to one another. Not so long ago, these waterways
served as the backbone of Kerala's transportation. Kumarakom is the ideal
place to experience the fascinating lifestyles of the backwaters.
Upon arrival check into Coconut Lagoon, which has rightly carved its place
among the top heritage resorts of the world. The resort is on a small island
and can be reached only by boat. The accommodation consists of individual
cottages built in the traditional Kerala style, relying heavily on wood and
some with private pools.
Overnight : Coconut Lagoon (Mansion)
Day 12 : Kumarakom
Day is at leisure for independent activities. You can also enjoy the
optional ayurvedic body massage at the resort. You could also choose to
explore the surrounding tribal villages, visit the nearby water bird
sanctuary or ride through the narrow backwater channels through back of
Day 13 : Kumarakom / Trivandrum
/ Trivandrum Departure
A leisurely breakfast and drive to Trivandrum airport for your onward
flight back home
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Indicative Low Season Cost Based on 2 People Traveling Together : USD 1958
Thanks to Trinetra tour for providing us an organized trip. Our guide
Pandey was well aware about the best tourist spots of South India, he made
our vacation a wonderful experience.
--- Michel Sayed (Bahrain), visited in
Best of South India tour was great, we visited Goa, famous cities of Kerala
such as Cochin, Trivandrum and also the capital of Karnataka, Bangalore.
Kerala Backwaters, Goa Beaches, Mysore Palace fascinated us.
--- Pamela Dixon (UK), visited in
My trip to South India ran very smoothly due to the group leader Vishal, he
was superb throughout the trip. Thanks to Trinetra for providing a fantastic
trip of India's Southern part.
--- Peter Parkes (Thailand), visited in