Ancient Caves, Architecture, Hill & Backwater
Package price 2464 per person sharing twin
Product Code : AGORA130
The tour will begin in Mumbai a city famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry. Fly to Aurangabad and explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora. Fly to Hyderabad and visit Golconda Fort that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. Fly to Vidyanagar and begin the driving tour till Cochin exploring the the architecture wonder of Hampi, Halebedu, Belur, Shravanabelagola & Mysore, the hills of Ooty & Munnar, the spice plantation of Thekkady and the the backwater of Alleppey.
Day 01: Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai airport meet with our office executive assistance and transfer to hotel (hotels check in time 1200hr afternoon, early check in subject to rooms availability). Rest time free for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Mumbai
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Elephanta Island located 10kms away from the Gateway of India. Motorboats take passengers from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island. These caves house rock cut temples dating back to the 5th century BC.
Later Mumbai city tour. Visit the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (museum). Marine Drive which runs along the shoreline, starting at Nariman Point and up to Malabar Hill. Hanging Gardens laid out in 1881 these formally laid out gardens have a notable collection of hedges shaped like animals. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Mumbai - Aurangabad (flight)
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad.
On arrival at airport assistance and transfer to hotel.
Later city tour of Aurangabad, visit the Aurangabad Caves, which are artificial caves that were dug out of soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. Then, visit the Bibi Ka Maqbara - the burial place of Aurangzeb's first wife. Also visit a small archeological museum nearby. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04; Aurangabad - Ajanja - Aurangabad (104kms/ 2hrs approx one way)
Breakfast at hotel.
Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while tiger hunting. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora , which date from about 200 B.C to 650 A.D. Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves.
Evening back to hotel in Aurangabad for overnight stay.
Day 05; Aurangabad - Hyderabad (flight)
Breakfast at hotel.
Excursion to visit the Ellora Caves (Tuesday closed), a UNESCO World Heritage Site from about 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. There are a total of 34 monasteries and temples at Ellora, belonging to the three different religions, namely - Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The temple is an important pilgrimage site in Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light).
On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan. The defence system that made Daulatabad virtually impregnable comprises fortifications with double and even triple rows of massive walls.
Later transfer to airport to board flight for Hyderabad.
On arrival at Hyderabad airport meet with our office executive assistance and transfer to hotel (hotels check in time 1200hr afternoon, early check in subject to rooms availability). Rest time free for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Hyderabad
Breakfast at hotel, explore this wondrous capital, a 400 year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling-bazaars and Muslim monuments. Visit to Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi tombs, Salar Jung Museum, Hussain Sagar, Charminar, Grand Mecca Masjid. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Hyderabad - Vidyanagar/ Hampi (flight)
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for Vidyanagar.
On arrival at Vidyanagar airport assistance and transfer to hotel in Hampi (35km).
Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08; Hampi
Breakfast at hotel. Full day guided city tour of Hospet and Hampi monuments UNESCO world Heritage sites. Evening free to relax. Optionally you can visit Tungabhadra Dam with your driver. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Hampi - Hassan (330kms/ 7hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Hassan. Visit Halebedu & Belur temple an excelent example of Hoysala architecture developed under the rule of the Hoysala Empire between the 11th and 14th centuries. Large and small temples built during this era remain as examples of the Hoysala architectural style, including the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, and the Kesava Temple at Somanathapura.
Check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Hassan - Shravanabelagola - Srirangapatna - Mysore (140kms/ 3hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Hassan via visiting Shravanabelagola Jain temple. On arrival check in at hotel. Later city tour visit Mysore Palace & Srirangapatnam Fort & Ranganthaswamy temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Mysore - Ooty (120kms/ 3hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Ooty check in at hotel.
Ooty is a hill station it has built up a fame as the all-seasons hill resort and the queen of hill stations' at an elevation of 7216 ft above sea-level. Surrounded by trees, central Ooty Lake is a huge artificial expanse of water with beautiful boats. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway toy train is the highlight of visit to this popular hill station. It was established in the early 19th century by the British as the summer headquarters of the Chennai government. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Ooty – Munnar (240kms/ 6hrs approx)
Afternoon drive to Munnar which offer colorful landscape, breathtaking sights and mesmerizing view. The journey to Munnar is beautiful as the road stretches along the waterfalls. Arrive Munnar check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Munnar
Breakfast at hotel, Explore Munnar by visiting the Eravikulam National Park, which is a famous habitat of the rare mountain goats called the Nilgiri Tahr. Visit Tea Estate and delight in the sweet aroma of different types of tea grown here walk through the narrow pathways separating these beautiful fields from each other. Also visit Mattupetty Dam and Echo Point from where you can see the lustrous green carpet of the tea garden. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Munnar - Periyar (Thekkady) (110kms/ 2hrs approx.)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Periyar check in at hotel.
Late afternoon spice plantation tour and village visit. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Periyar (Thekkady)
Breakfast at hotel explore the park by boat. The special animals in this region include wild elephants, nilgiri langur monkeys, sambar deer, wild bison, and colorful birds. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Thekaddy – Alleppey (135kms/ 3hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Alleppey. Board a houseboat from here and glide over the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. Houseboat stay includes lunch & dinner on board.
Day 17: Alleppey – Cochin (60kms/ 1.5hrs approx)
After breakfast disembark houseboat and drive to Cochin.
City tour of Cochin - one of few places in India that has managed to preserve the remnants of its colonial past with utmost care. Visit Te Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue and the Mattancherry Palace.
Later in evening/ night board flight for onward destination.
Garland welcome and assistance of our office representative at airport
16 Nights/ 17 days accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar
Daily breakfast at hotel.
Accommodation in Alleppey Houseboat includes all meals.
Bottled drinking water in car
Private English speaking guide in each cities on sightseeing days.
Private chauffer driven air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfers, sightseeing & excursion as per program.
01 Time monument entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary. (Almost all places of tourist interest are included in our itinerary)
Kathakali dance show ticket
Boat safari on Pariyar River in Thekkady.
Applicable GST (Government taxes)
Hotels used or similar
Mumbai x 2 nights
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central
Aurangabad x 2 nights
3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel
Hyderabad x 2 nights
3* - Aditya Park/ Lemon Tree Hotel
4* - Lemon Tree Hotel/ Fortune Park Vallabha
5* - ITC Kakatiya, a Luxury Collection/ Trident Hotel
Hampi x 2 nights
3* - Krishna Palace/ Kishkinda Heritage Resort
4* - Heritage Resort / Royal Orchid Central Keerti
5* - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders
Hassan x 1 night
3* - Candy Southern Star/ Pavanputra Resort & Spa
4* & 5* - Hosyala Village Resort/ The Ashok
Mysore x 1 night
3* - Southern Star/Sandesh The Prince
4* - Fortune Park JP Palace/ Grand Mercure
5* - Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden/The Windflower Resort & Spa
Ooty x 1 nights
3* - Monarch Hotel/ Hotel Darshan
4* - Fortune Resort Sullivan Court/ Sinclairs Retreat
5* - Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Munnar x 2 nights
3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle
4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County
Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County
Alleppey x 1 night
3* - ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats
4* - ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats
5* - Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons/ Spice Route Premium
Any air fare
Camera charges at monuments
Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Or anything not mentioned above.