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Gems of South India Tour: Caves, Palaces, Temples & Backwaters

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Product Code : AGORA362

Embark on a fascinating journey through the Gems of South India, where you'll discover a treasure trove of ancient caves, majestic palaces, sacred temples and serene backwaters. This private tour takes you on a personalized adventure to witness the region's rich history, vibrant culture and natural beauty. From the mystical caves of Badami to the opulent palaces of Mysore, the ornate temples of Madurai to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, this tour promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you spellbound. Come explore the gems of South India with us!


Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai

Welcome to Mumbai, the city of dreams! After you arrive at the airport, our representative will meet and greet you, and transfer you to your hotel. Check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the bustling city on your own. Overnight stay in Mumbai.


Day 2: Mumbai city tour

Post breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Begin by visiting the iconic Gateway of India and take a ferry to the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its rock-cut cave temples. Return to Gateway of India and continue the city tour. See the Victorian architecture of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Parliament House, witness the unique Dhobi Ghat, and visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay museum. Overnight stay in Mumbai.


Day 3: Mumbai to Aurangabad

After breakfast, check-out and head to the airport for a flight to Aurangabad. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and proceed for a local sightseeing tour. Visit Bibi ka Maqbara, a tomb built by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother, Panchakki, an ancient water mill, and Aurangabad Caves, a group of rock-cut Buddhist caves. Overnight stay in Aurangabad.


Day 4: Aurangabad to Ajanta

Post breakfast, take an excursion to Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its beautiful Buddhist rock-cut cave paintings and sculptures. (Closed on Mondays). Return to Aurangabad for an overnight stay.


Day 5: Aurangabad to Hyderabad

After breakfast, check-out and head to Ellora Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the famous Grishneshwar Temple and explore the historic Daulatabad Fort before heading to the airport for a flight to Hyderabad. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Hyderabad.


Day 6: Hyderabad city tour

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a full-day city tour of Hyderabad. Visit the iconic Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs, and the famous Charminar, an Islamic monument and mosque. Take a tour of the Salar Jung Museum, known for its vast collection of art, antiques, and artifacts, and explore the Chowmahalla Palace, a former residence of the Nizams. End the day with a visit to the Birla Mandir and a drive past the beautiful Hussain Sagar Lake. Overnight stay in Hyderabad.


Day 7: Hyderabad to Gulbarga

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Gulbarga. En route, visit the Bidar Fort and Bahmani Tombs, known for their impressive architecture and historic significance. On arrival in Gulbarga, check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Gulbarga.


Day 8: Gulbarga - Bijapur (170km)

Post breakfast, check-out and visit the Gulbarga Fort, a historic structure that houses many ancient mosques and tombs. Visit the Jama Masjid, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, and the Tomb of Sufi mystic Khwaja Bande Nawaz before driving to Bijapur. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Bijapur.


Day 9: Bijapur - Badami (120km)

After breakfast, explore Bijapur Fort, Asar Mahal, Bara Kaman, Gol Gumbaz, Jama Masjid, Malik-e-Maidan, Mehtar Mahal, and Ibrahims Rouza. Later, drive to Badami, check-in at the hotel, and spend the night there.


Day 10: Badami

Begin your day by visiting Aihole and Pattadakal, two ancient temple towns with several temples and monuments from the Chalukya dynasty. Afterward, explore the Badami Cave temples, Badami Fort, and Agastya Lake, all located within the city limits. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 11: Badami - Hampi (180km)

On your way to Hampi, visit Gadag and Lakkundi to see the unique blend of ancient Hindu and Jain temples and medieval architecture. Upon arrival in Hampi, check-in at the hotel and spend the night there.


Day 12: Hampi

Today, explore the ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site with several temple complexes and monuments dating back to the Vijayanagara Empire. Visit Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal enclosures, Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, Lotus Mahal, and ASI Museum. Spend the night at the hotel.


Day 13: Hampi - Cochin (flight)

After breakfast, transfer to Hubli airport to board a flight for Cochin. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend the night there.


Day 14: Cochin - Munnar (140km)

Explore Cochin's charming seaside area, Fort Cochin, known for its colonial architecture and fishing nets. Visit St. Francis Church, the original burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama, the Jewish Synagogue, and Mattancherry Dutch's Palace. Later, drive to Munnar and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 15: Munnar

Spend your day exploring the tea, coffee, and cardamom plantations of Pothamedu. Visit the Mattupetty Dam and Reservoir for water storage and hydroelectric projects. Take a trip to Rajamala hill station in Eravikulam National Park to see the Niligiri tahr, a rare mountain goat. Visit Mattupedi Dairy Farm and Echo Point before discovering the tea culture at the Tea Museum. Spend the night at the hotel.


Day 16: Munnar - Thekkady (110km)

After breakfast, drive to Thekkady via Ramakkalmedu, a windy place with a wind farm generating electricity. Enroute, stop at Frog Rock, Turtle Rock, and Kuravan & Kurathi twin-statue for some unique photo opportunities. In the evening, watch a Martial Arts & Kathakali Dance show, a traditional art form of Kerala that tells stories through dance and music. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thekkady.


Day 17: Thekkady - Kumarakom (140km)

Embark on a boat safari at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the morning, which is home to a variety of wildlife such as elephants, bison, deer, and more. After the safari, take a tour of a spice plantation to learn about the cultivation of spices and pick up some fragrant spices at the local market. Later, drive to Kumarakom and check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kumarakom.


Day 18: Kumarakom - Alleppey

After breakfast, transfer to the Alleppey boat jetty to board a houseboat for a relaxing cruise through the backwaters. Enjoy the sights of palm-fringed narrow canals and tiny hamlets while cruising on the houseboat. Experience farming below sea level in one of the few areas in the world, and witness the daily life of the locals. Spend the night on the houseboat and enjoy the sunset from the sun-deck.


Day 19: Alleppey - Cochin (60km)

After breakfast on the houseboat, disembark and drive to Cochin for your departure transfer to the airport. If time permits, explore the city and visit popular attractions like Fort Cochin, St. Francis Church, and the Jewish Synagogue. Depart for your onward journey with fond memories of your Kerala trip

- Assistance on arrival at airport.

- 18 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

- Daily breakfast at hotels.

- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.

- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

- Bottled drinking water in car.

- Government taxes.


Hotels used or similar for 18 nights accommodations

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* - 7 Apple Hotel Aurangabad / Ginger Aurangabad
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas 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

Gulbarga  x 1 nights
3*/4*/5* - Hotel Heritage Inn

Bijapur  x 1 nights
3*/4*/5* - The Fern Residency/ Sun Hotel

Badami x 2 nights
3* - Krishna Heritage/ The Heritage Resort
4*/5* - Badami Court/ Krishna Heritage

Hospet/ Hampi x 2 nights
3* - Krishna Palace/ Kishkinda Heritage Resort
4* - Heritage Resort/ Malligi Hotel
5* - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders

Cochin x 1 nights
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien

Munnar x 2 nights
3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle
4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County

Thekkady (Thekkady) x 1 nights
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County

Kumarakom x 1 nights
3* - Abad Whispering Palm/ Cocobay Resort
4* - Eastend Lake Song/ Goldfield Lake Resort
5* - Coconut Lagoon/ The Zuri

Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat (ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats)
4* - Premium Houseboat (Abad Premium Houseboats/ Rainbow Premium Houseboats)
5* - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)

- Any flight tickets.

- Camera charges at monuments if any.

- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.

- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

- Gratuities and optional activities.

- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.