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Home » Palaces & Forts Tour of India » South India Spice & Palace Tour

South India Spice & Palace Tour
Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights
Destinations : Mumbai - Bangalore - Mysore - Nagarhole - Ooty - Coonoor - Cochin - Kerala Backwaters - Periyar - Kodaikanal - Madurai - Chennai

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai International airport. A Hansa Vacations representative will meet and assist you at the exit gate and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Mumbai - Bangalore
After breakfast proceed for a city tour starting with Gateway of India, Princes of Wales Museum, Hanging Garden, Tower of Silence, Dhobi Ghat & Mani Bhawan. Return to hotel and check-out, in time our representative will transfer you to airport to board the flight to Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore our Hansa Vacations representative will transfer you to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Bangalore – Mysore (140 Kms / 03 hours)
After breakfast enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Bangalore city starting with the Bull Temple, and Tipu's Summer Palace, drive past numerous parks, the Vidhan Soudha and down town commercial centre. Later depart for Mysore. Upon arrival in Mysore check-in to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04: Mysore
After breakfast proceed for a city tour of Mysore starting with the Mysore Palace, the colourful flower markets of Chamundi Hill noted for the famous Nandi temple. Later take a excursion to Srirangapatanam followed by a visit to Somnathpur where the small Kesava temple is considered to be one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. For bird lovers the Ranganathittoo Bird Sanctuary is well worth a visit. Stay overnight at hotel in Mysore.

Day 05: Mysore - Nagarhole National Park (90 Kms / 03 hours)
Morning depart for Nagarhole National Park an excellent sanctuary for viewing elephants and a rich variety of bird life. Later take a jeep safari to the park and also enjoy a elephant ride. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Nagarhole - Ooty – Coonoor (113 kms / 03 hours)
After breakfast drive to the famous hill station Ooty in the Nilgiri hills where shooting has been done for many Indian blockbuster movies. Take a short tour of Ooty and continue drive to Coonoor which located just 13 kms from Ooty and offers a relaxing alternative. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 07: Coonoor
Morning you will visit the tea plantations which surround the entire town of Coonoor followed by a visit to the Botanical Gardens. Stay overnight at hotel in Coonoor.

Day 08: Coonoor to Cochin (280 Kms / 07 hours)
After an early breakfast depart for the coastal town of Cochin. Over the centuries the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all influenced this fascinating city. On arrival check-in to the hotel and evening will be at leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Cochin.

Day 09 : Cochin
Morning proceed for a city tour of Cochin visiting the Jewish synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the spice market. In the afternoon take a harbour cruise to see some of the nearby island and Chinese fishing nets. Stay overnight at hotel in Cochin.

Day 10: Cochin - Periyar
After breakfast drive along the coast to Alleppey and take a backwater cruise for 2½ hours through some of the most picturesque backwaters in Kerala. Continue your drive to Periyar which is also a very popular wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Cardamon hills. Evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar and see the fascinating flora and fauna of the Periyar wild life sanctuary. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Periyar to Kodaikanal (160 kms / 04 hours)
After breakfast drive to Kodaikanal which is a serene and peaceful backwater hill station noted for its mesmerizing landscape and lake. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Kodaikanal to Madurai (97 kms / 03 hours)
After breakfast morning drive to Madurai where life in this bustling city is centred around the famous Meenakshi temple. After checking in at the hotel, visit this living temple. Late evening return to this temple to witness the grand aarti ceremony at the temple. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Madurai to Chennai
Morning our representative will transfer you to airport to board the flight to Chennai. A Hansa Vacations representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel followed by a short city tour of Chennai. Stay overnight at hotel in Chennai.

Day 14: Chennai Departure
Morning proceed for a full day excursion to the shore temple towns of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Late evening our representative will transfer you to the airport to board your international flight back home.