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Ruins of South India & GOA

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Ruins of South India & GOA

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Tap back into the ancient Dravidian culture and observe the influence of Dutch traders centuries ago. Let the beautiful palaces, ancient temples and historic ruins awe you. Then be enchanted by the golden sand beaches of Goa and its stunning cathedrals.

Embrace the kaleidoscopic view of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, spices and spirituality. This is one unique journey that you won’t want to miss!

13 Days 12 Nights: Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Bijapur, Badami, Goa

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Shiva temple a tourist attraction

Chennai Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Mysore Palace At Night

Hampi Lotus Mahal

7th Century Pattadakal Monuments & Temples

Hampi Ruins Temple

Tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church

Goa Beach

High Tea


THE JOURNEY


 

    1

    Meet Up at Chennai (MAA) | Arrival & Transfer

    Upon arrival at Chennai airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore this capital city of Tamil Nadu state on your own.
     
    This city was named by the British settlers as Madras.
    2

    Chennai | City Tour

    Let’s take the Peacock Trail through Mylapore, a town that predates Chennai by at least 2,000 years and is the religious and cultural epicenter of the Tamil people. Visit the Kapaleeshwarar temple, rebuilt 300 years ago and is a fine example of the pure Dravidian style with gopurams and mandapams. The original Kapaleeshwarar (dedicated to Shiva) was demolished in the mid-sixteenth century by the Portuguese. The Portuguese built a colony on the shore and pushed Mylapore inland where it still stands today.
     
    The Kapaleeshwarar temple is surrounded by jewelers, silk merchants, fruit and vegetable sellers, flower vendors in the bazaars.  You will also find stores selling music and religious memorabilia in this neighborhood.
     
    Sri Parthasarathy Temple, an 8th century Hindu temple. The Chennai Government Museum (Madras Museum) is the second oldest museum in India and opened in 1851. This complex includes an impressive Bronze Gallery, Archaeological Gallery, National Art Gallery and more.
     
    Valluvar Kottam, a monument dedicated to a classical poet.
     
    St Thomas Cathedral Basilica, built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers over the tomb of St Thomas. Then rebuilt by the British in 19th century.
     
    Marina Beach is 4 miles long along the Bay of Bengal, one of the longest beaches in the world. Near the north of Marina Beach is Fort St George, the first English fortress in India. The fort also houses St Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican church and the oldest British building in India.
     
    This evening, enjoy a local dance performance with your welcome dinner.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast      Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Welcome Dinner
    3

    Chennai – Bangalore | City Tour

    Fly to Bangalore today.
     
    A half-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore's important destinations - Tipu's Palace, Nandi Bull Temple, photo op Vidhan Sabha, Government Museum, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    4

    Bangalore - Mysore | City Tour

    Today we drive to Mysore, ‘The City of Palaces’.
     
    Mysore is one of South India's most enchanting cities, famed for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings. Rich in tradition with a deeply atmospheric bazaar district littered with spice stores and incense stalls. This city is home to many acclaimed yoga schools that draw Ashtanga yogis from around the world.
     
    Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace). This former residence of Wodeyar Maharaja of Mysore has been converted into a museum displaying paintings, jewelry, royal costumes and other items that were once owned by the Wodeyars. Hear stories of the royal families who ruled Mysore for more than seven centuries! The impressive 3-story granite palace boasts several important halls and chambers under pink marble domes and expansive arches. Enter the Ambavilasa hall through a rosewood doorway inlaid with ivory to view stained glass ceilings and a mosaic floor of semi-precious stones. See Indian and European sculptures and ceremonial objects as well as 19th and 20th century dolls on display in the Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion). You’ll gaze in wonder at the marriage hall (Kalyana Mantapa) where peacock motifs decorate an octagonal-shaped pavilion in geometric patterns. Admire the intricate and richly carved interior as you explore the palace and marvel at its opulence. Your guide will point out features of this fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture – a blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and gothic styles – and help you appreciate the artistic heritage of this important monument.
     
    Inhale the fresh air among the orchards and water fountains in Brindavan Gardens (Vridavan Gardens).
     
    Enjoy high tea at the Lalita Mahal Palace Hotel, the second largest palace in Mysore. The palace was built in the Renaissance architectural style with a central dome inspired by St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  High Tea
    5

    Mysore - Hassan | City Tour

    Check out of the hotel and drive to Hassan for a half-day city tour.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    6

    Hassan - Hospet | City tour.

    Check out of the hotel and drive to Hospet for a half-day city tour.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    7

    Hospet | Hampi Day Tour

    Hampi was once the beautiful capital city of the Vijaynagar Emire. The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travelers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields.
     
    We will explore the ruins and the famous temples such as The Group of Monuments (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Virupaksha Temple, its most famous temple.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    8

    Hospet - Bijapur | Bijapur City Tour

    After hotel check out, drive to Bijapur for a half-day tour.
     
    A historic city and a perfect example of the Deccan’s Islamic era, Bijapur (Vijapura) tells a glorious tale dating back some 600 years. Blessed with a heap of mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications, it was the capital of the Adil Shahi kings from 1489 to 1686.
     
    Overnight in Bijapur.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    9

    Bijapur - Badami | Aihole, Pattadakal

    After hotel check out, drive to Aihole.
     
    Aihole is the cradle of stone temples with the Dravidan style of architecture. The oldest temple Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is famous for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings.
     
    Visit Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal in the past, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceilings.
     
    After sightseeing, continue to drive to Badami.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    10

    Badami - Goa

    Let’s drive to fabulous beach town of Goa. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality. Nowhere in India is quite like Goa.
     
    After arrival, relax on the virtually uninterrupted string of golden sand beaches.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    11

    Goa | Tour of Goa

    Goa stands out in India for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. The Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510, lured by the exotic East and the promise of lucrative spice routes. Their indelible mark is still evident in the state’s baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, colorful Catholic ceremonies, mournful fado music and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa.
     
    Today, we will tour Goa and sample Indo-Portuguese cuisine.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Farewell Dinner
    12

    Goa | Relax

    A free day to be a beach bum. Watch the shimmering sandy beaches along the Arabian Sea. You can explore the many beaches or just relax in the resort.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    13

    Depart Goa (GOI)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and transfer to Dabolim airport in Goa for your flight home.
     
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Hotel Information

    DestinationHotel Rating
    ChennaiLemon Tree Hotel★★★★
    BangaloreLemon Tree Premier★★★★
    MysoreRadisson Blu★★★★
    HassanThe Ashok Hassan★★★
    HospetHyatt Place Hampi★★★★
    BijapurHotel Kanishka★★★
    BadamiClarks Inn★★★
    GoaLemon Tree★★★★
      Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

    Dates & Pricing

    Private Tour, Daily Departure
    Tour Date2-4 Persons *
    Oct 1 to Dec 15, 2018. Jan 11 to Mar 31, 2019$4,530
    Oct 1 to Dec 15, 2019. Jan 11 to Mar 31, 2020$4,755
    Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    * Price per person, based on double occupancy. 
    ** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.

    Deposit

    ‣ $750
    ‣ Domestic Airfare- Chennai to Bangalore Airfare from: US$20
    (Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣  Airport Transfers, Meet & Greet
    • ‣  3 & 4 Stars Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣  Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣  Welcome & Farewell Dinners
    • ‣  English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣  Entrance Fees to Monuments

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Gratuities
    • ‣ Laundry Service
    • ‣ Telephone Calls
    • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
    • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions