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Destinations Covered: Mumbai -Bangalore -Puttaparthi-Mysore-Ooty-Munnar-Periyar-Alleppey-Kovalam-Kanyakumari-Rameshwaram-Madurai-Chennai-Varanasi-Delhi.

Your day to day itinerary

Day 1: Mumbai

Begin your tour
Land Mumbai-'Commercial Capital of India', 'City that Never Sleeps', 'City of Dreams'
Vardhman's representative will meet & greet you & then will transfer you to your hotel. Relax for rest of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2: Mumbai city tour
This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Mumbai- The city of dreams.
Visit Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre), Colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive.

The Film City is located away from the city life, bollywood films shooting is done in the film city so you can visit the sets of various bollywood films by getting prior permission. If you are lucky you can even get a chance to meet and see bollywood stars there are multiple places which you would certainly find interesting.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3: Mumbai
Day free for Shopping & marketing.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4: Mumbai-Bangalore by train (Depart Mumbai at 2318hrs on day 3, Reach Bangalore on day 4 at 2150hrs)
Half day Excursion to Elephanta caves.

These caves are situated at the Elephanta Island, which lies at a distance of approximately 10 km from the Gateway of India. These caves basically comprise of rock cut temples. The name of the caves has been kept after the island's name on which they are situated. The island in turn was named so by the Portuguese, after the massive elephant statue that stands majestically near its landing area of the island. Elephanta Caves have been found to date back to as far back as the 5th century CE. These caves have been beautifully adorned with Lord Shiva sculptures, to whom they are dedicated. They were chiseled out of a rock, leading to the creation of the columns, the internal spaces and the images.

In the evening transfer to Kalyan Junction railway station to board Coimbatore Express train number 1018 for Bangalore at 2318hrs.
Overnight: On Board Train

Day 4: Bangalore (Reach Bangalore at 2150hrs)
Morning and afternoon on board train. Reach Bangalore CY JN railway station at 2150hrs and you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our representative for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5: Bangalore city tour
For the first half of the day proceed for the sightseeing tour of the "Garden City" which covers the Lal Bagh having variety of old Trees, Fountains, Lotus, Pools, Terraces and an assortment of Tropical Herbs and Sub - Tropical Herbs. Also see the Government Buildings and the Maharaja's Palace. Utilize rest of the day in shopping or personal activities.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 6: Bangalore- Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi (150 km)
Prasanthi Nilayam can be reached from Bangalore (150 km) by road. 'Prasanthi Nilayam' or Abode of the Highest Peace, one of the most important pilgrim centres of India and the world. This is the abode of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 73, perhaps India's most known saint of modern times. The Sri Sathiya Sai Baba Ashram has a code of conduct which every visitor should follow. The Ashram also has museums, stadiums, educational institutions, the Sai Space Theatre etc.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 7: Puttaparthi- Bangalore
This morning drive back to Bangalore. Reach and check into your hotel. Remaining part of the day free for shopping.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 8: Bangalore-Mysore
On day 8 of your tour drive to Mysore. On route to Mysore, visit island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, Tipu's Palace, Gumbaz, Tipu's Summer Palace.
On reaching Mysore, transfer to a hotel and visit illuminated Vrindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagar dam in the evening.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9: Mysore City tour
Morning proceed for the sightseeing of the city.
Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The palace is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with magnificent Archways, Domes,

Turrets, Colonnades and Sculptures.
Also visit the Art Gallery, drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back see the Nandi Bull -a monolith structure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Mysore-Ooty
Morning after breakfast, drive towards Ooty- the Beautiful leading hill resort of south India. Situated in the heart of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), at the height of 2287 Mtr., it lies on a plateau and looks like a vast park. Lofty hills add to the grandeur of the scenery. Its climate is similar to summer in England. The terraced beautiful gardens, which are landmark in Ooty. Ooty is also known for its tea & coffee plantations. Reach & check in at the hotel for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11: Ooty city tour
This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Ooty.
Visit the lake, Botanical Gardens, Conoor Tea Gardens, Sim's Park, and Dolphin's Nose. Later visit Film shooting points & other points of interest or shopping etc.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Ooty-Munnar
After breakfast drive down to Munnar. Reach and transfer to hotel for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Munnar city tour
City tour of Munnar
Visit Anamudi, Eravikulam National Park to see rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, Old Munnar Town, Dairy Farm and the Mattupetty Dam. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14: Munnar-Periyar
This morning after breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the wildlife sanctuary at Periyar/Thekkady.
Check in at the Hotel. Later visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel; you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: Periyar
Full day free to explore Periyar National Park.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: You can enjoy Elephant ride, Jeep Safari, Bamboo rafting and Nature walk at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 16: Periyar-Alleppey
Early morning proceed to Kumarakom. Reach and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.
Cruise through the backwaters to Alleppey.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 17: Alleppey-Kovalam
The houseboat comes to a halt at Alleppey today morning after breakfast. Proceed to Kovalam and transfer to your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 18: Kovalam/Trivandrum city tour
Today you can spend the whole day visiting several attractions in and around the town. Start with a visit to Thiruvanthapuram and visit the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple , Museum Complex, Science and Technology Museum , Aakulam Boat Club, Veli Tourist Village and the lovely Shangmugham Beach
Overnight: Hotel

Day 18: Kovalam -Trivandrum - Kovalam
Full day free for Shopping in Trivandrum.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 19: Kovalam-Kanyakumari
This morning after breakfast drive to Kanyakumari. Reach and check into your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 20: Kanyakumari city tour
City tour of Kanyakumari - is the land's end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea , the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India , it is famous for the Amman Temples - a symbol of unity and sanctity - deidicated to the virgin Goddess , Kanyakumari. To its South - East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Lunch at local restaurant.
Evening enjoy the beautiful sun set.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 21: Kanyakumari-Rameshwaram city tour
On the day 20 of your tour drive towards Rameshwaram-one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrim centres. Temples Associated with Lord Ramas, Beach & 1000 Pillared Mandapam. Upon arrival check in at Hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 22: Rameshwaram-Madurai (163 kms)
This morning proceed on a city tour of Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram- the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them.
After sightseeing drive towards Madurai. Reach and check into your hotel for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 23: Madurai city tour-Chennai by overnight train
Full day sightseeing of the City.
Visit Sri Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Tiruparankundram (rock-cut)Temple, Alagarkoil Temple.
In the evening transfer to Madurai Junction railway station to board POTHIGAI EXP train number 2662 for Chennai at 2210hrs.
Overnight: On Board Train

Day 24: Chennai (Reach Chennai at 0710 hrs) city tour
Reach Chennai Egmore railway station at 0710hrs and you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Freshen up and then proceed on a city tour of Chennai.
Visit museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 25: Chennai
Full day free for Shopping OR leisure activities.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 26: Chennai-Varanasi by flight
This morning after breakfast transfer to Chennai airport to board flight for Varanasi. Reach Varanasi and check into your hotel. Freshen up and then proceed on a city tour of

Varanasi.
visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University, which has an art gallery and the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb, built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. A walk through the old centre ("golden" temple, ghats...), Bharat mata temple, Kashi Viswanath temple.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Enjoy boat ride on sacred Ganges river.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 27: Varanasi city tour
Half day excursion to Sarnath.
Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renewed school of learning from 6th Century B.C. to 12th Century A.D. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist Temple and the Museum.
Rest of the day free for shopping.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 28: Varanasi-Delhi/Mumbai by flight
This morning after breakfast transfer to Varanasi airport to board morning flight for Delhi/Mumbai. Reach Delhi/Mumbai domestic airport and then transfer (through shuttle service available at the airport) to Delhi International airport to board flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of your tour escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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