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HIDDEN JEWELS OF INDIA

Destinations: Bombay - Aurangabad - Bangalore - Hassan - Mysore - Ooty - Cochin - Alleppey Backwater - Kovalam - Bombay
Duration: 18 Nights / 19 Days
Day 1: Arrival at Mumbai

Upon arrival meet and assisted at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay.

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Day 2: Mumbai - Sightseeing

After breakfast enjoy the city tour of Mumbai. Mumbai is the commercial hub and Bollywood City of India.

Visit - The Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghats (open air laundry), Nariman Point, Chowpaty Beach, Malabar Hills, Hanging Gardens and Prince of Wales Museum.

Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 3: Bombay-Aurangabad (by Flight)

Breakfast and a late flight to Aurangabad

Rest of the day is free to relax. Night stay in Aurangabad.

Day 4: Aurangabad (Full day sightseeing)

After breakfast, Enjoy city sightseeing visiting Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki, Bibika Maqbara built by Sultan Azam Shah to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal.

Later go for an excursion to visit Ellora Caves, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India.

Night stay in Aurangabad.

Day 5: Aurangabad (excursion to Ajanta Caves)

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the Ajanta caves recognized as a World Heritage Site. Its location within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism.

Night stay in Aurangabad.

Day 6: Aurangabad-Bangalore (by Flight)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Bangalore. Upon arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to the Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Night stay in Bangalore.

Day 7: Bangalore–Hassan (By road 190 Kms, 04 Hrs)

After breakfast and introductory tour of Bangalore followed by drive to Hassan. En-route Visit Shravanabelgoa it is one of the most important Jain pilgrim center; here visit the 17 meter high monolith of Lord Bahubali. Rest of the day at leisure.

Night stay in Hassan.

Day 8: Hassan – Belur – Halebid-Hassan (60 Kms / 01:30 Hrs)

After breakfast, Excursion of Belur which is located at river Yagchi. Also visit the Chennakeshava Temple (one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture) &Veeranarayana Temple (which has exquisite carvings of various Hindu Gods). Later visit Halebid (16 Kms form Belur), the ancient capital of Hoysala. Visit the Hoysaleswara Temple.

Later in the afternoon back to the Hassan. Night stay in Hassan.

Day 9: Hassan–Mysore (By road 120 Kms, 03 Hrs)

After breakfast, check out form hotel and drive to Srirangapatnam and visit the Palace of Tipu Sultan. Later drive to Mysore and check in the hotel.

Night stay in Mysore.

Day 10: Mysore Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Mysore. Tour includes visits to The Mysore Palace; built in 1912 in the Indo Saracenic style, The Jaganmohan Palace, Chamundi Hill.

Also visit Brindavan Gardens and St. Philomena's Church.

Night stay in Mysore.

Day 11: Mysore–Ooty (By road/125 Kms, 4 Hrs)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Ooty it is the capital of Nilgiri (Blue Mountains) district. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots and also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations'.

Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Night stay in Ooty.

Day 12: Ooty

After breakfast day is at your leisure - enjoy the mountain train, visit a tea garden, head to Coonoor or hike Blue Mountains.

Day is completely free to relax or pursue independent activities. Night stay in Ooty.

Day 13: Ooty – Cochin (By road/ 275 Kms/05 Hrs)

Breakfast and drive to Cochin.

After breakfast drive to Cochin. Cochin has one of the most beautiful harbors on India's west coast.

Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 14: Cochin Sightseeing

After Breakfast, enjoy sightseeing tour by taking a boat across the waterway to the nearby Peninsula, discover the remains of Fort Cochin and St Francis church, the oldest church in India.

On your way back stop at the spice shops. Evening witness Kathkali dance show – a famous classical dance drama of Kerala.

Stay overnight in Cochin.

Day 15: Cochin-Alleppey Backwater (Houseboat Stay)
(By road 60 Kms, 1.5 Hours)

After breakfast travel to Alleppey, on arrival embark on the houseboat. Ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky will make you feel of this beautiful land.

Night stay in House boat with full board.

Day 16 : Alleppey Backwater–Kovalam (By road/170 Kms/3.5 Hours)

After breakfast checkout from the houseboat and travel to Kovalam through green coastal belt and cashew plantations.

Upon arrival, check in to the resort with rest of the day free for your own activities. Walk along the beach to enjoy the scene of the waves. Kovalam means a grove of coconuts trees.

Night stay in Kovalam.

Day 17 & Day 18 – Kovalam

These two days are free for your independent activities in your Resort. Opt for an Ayurveda Therapy / Treatment, Yoga Session, Stroll along the Golden Beach, Visit a Fishermen Villages, and lay on the Golden beach.

Night stay in Kovalam.

Day 19: Depart Kovalam – Trivandrum – Onward Destination

Hotel checkout is at 12.00 hrs. Leave for Trivandrum airport to connect your onward home bound flight

THE ABOVE TOUR PROGRAMME CAN BE MODIFIED AS PER YOUR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS - (NO OF DAYS YOU HAVE FOR THE TRIP, YOUR BUDGET AND OTHER RELATED ASPECTS).