Ancient Caves, Architecture, Hill & Backwater 17 days

 
  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly
  • Eco Aware

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 1 Arrive Mumbai

On arrival at Mumbai airport assistance & transfer to hotel (check in/out time 12pm).

Mumbai is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre, music & gourmet restaurants offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more. Rest time free for personal activities. O/n at hotel.

Day 2 Mumbai (B)

Morning excursion to Elephant Caves (Monday closed). Later city tour visiting CST, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan & Dhobhi Ghat. O/n at hotel.

Day 3 Mumbai - Aurangabad (B)

Transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad.

Arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit Bibi ka Maqbara built in 1678 is a sons loving tribute to his mother, Panchakki which discharged water on the wheel to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims & Aurangabad Caves artificial caves that were dug out of soft rock during the 6th & 7th century.

Day 4 Aurangabad - Ajanta - Aurangabad (210kms round)

Excursion to Ajanta (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while hunting tiger. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between AD 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora which date from about 200 BC to 650 AD. 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. Drive back to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Day 5 Aurangabad - Hyderabad (B)

Excursion to visit Ellora Caves, 34 monasteries and temples date back from 600 to 1000 AD. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple & Daulatabad Fort. Also visit Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki & Aurangabad Caves. O/n at hotel.

Transfer to airport to board flight for Hyderabad. Arrival transfer to hotel check in.

Day 6 Hyderabad (B)

City tour of Hyderabad, explore 400 year old metropolitan city teeming with bustling bazaars & Muslim monuments. Visit Golconda Fort renowned for its diamond mines that have given the world famous Kohinoor and Darya-i-noor diamonds. The ancient fort complex of Golconda will charm you with its history, tinged with legends and anecdotes. Qutub Shahi Tombs a group of small and big mosques and tombs built by the rulers of the Qutub Shah dynasty on a raised platform and have a dome-shaped structure. Charminar built in 1591 by Quli Qutub Shah is an identifying landmark of Hyderabad. It is also famous for the market that sprawls around it called Laad Bazaar. Salar Jung Museum (Friday closed) a treat for tourists famous for being the third largest museum in the country, having the largest antiques collection dating back to the first century. Chowmahalla Palace (Friday closed) the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Birla Mandir made of pure white Rajasthani marble the temple beauty leaves you awestruck. Also drive pass Hussain Sagar Lake one of the largest man made lake renowned for its monolith of Lord Buddha placed right at the center of the lake. O/n at hotel.

Day 7 Hyderabad - Vidyanagar/ Hampi (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for Vidyanagar. On arrival assistance & transfer to hotel in Hampi check in. Rest time free and easy to relax. O/n at hotel.

Day 8 Hampi (B)

City tour of Hampi an UNESCO world Heritage sites dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. Visit Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal enclosures, Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala And Lotus Mahal, Vithala Temple Complex and ASI Museum. O/n at hotel.

Day 9 Hampi - Hassan (330km) (B)

Drive to Hassan enroute visit Belur, once the capital of the Hoysala Empire is known for its exquisite temples. Celebrated temple of Chennakeshava built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD, is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Everything is carved in black stone looking like metal. Kappe Chennigaraya Temple is another majestic 12th CE temple built next to a pond. The stone architecture has splendid carvings and bas-relief work. Temple complex include two ornate pillars, one of the Garuda built during the Vijaynagar period and one with a lamp built during the Hoysala period. Lakshmi temple, Sowmyanayaki temple & Ranganayaki temple are other temple in same complex.

In Halebedu visit the Hoysaleswara Temple built in 12th CE surrounded by ponds, mantapas and lakes. It is well known for the sculptures and architecture of Hoysala period standing on platform like a casket, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses. Other temple in Halebedu are Kadareswara Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Ishvara Temple, Koravangala Temple, Lakshmi Devi temple & Hulikere Pond. Also visit the Jain bastics. Continue drive to Hassan check in at hotel.

Day 10 Hassan - Mysore (140km) (B)

Drive to Mysore via visiting Shravanabelagola one of the most important Jain pilgrim enters. Visit Vindhyagiri Hill where a 17m high naked Lord Bahubali (Gommateshwara) the world tallest monolithic statue, is placed. And Chandragiri Hill which is also a seat of several ancient Jain centers, much older than Gommateshwara statue.

Arrive Mysore check in at hotel. City tour visit Mysore Palace built in the 1912 for the 24th Ruler of the Wodeyar Dynasty and is counted amongst one of the biggest palaces in the country. Chamundi Hills, site of the Chamundeswari Temple, one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas located on the eastern edge at the height of 1000ft. The temple also has statues of Nandi Bull and Mahishasura the demon. City Palace which was re-built by Henry Irwin during 1897 in an indo-saracenic style. The palace contains astonishing wall paintings, authentic stained glass work and ornamented doors. St. Philomena`s Church the second tallest church of Asia built in Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Jaganmohan Palace that housed the royals before the construction of The Mysore palace, this structure displays various paintings of the past kings of Mysore and is one of the oldest buildings in the city.

Day 11 Mysore - Ooty (120km) (B)

Drive to Ooty check in at hotel. Ooty is 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. Enjoy the town and visit the well-maintained botanical gardens, which have over 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Also take a ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway that winds its way down through spectacular scenery and breathtaking views to the nearby town of Coonoor. It was established in the early 19th century by the British now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 12 Ooty - Munnar (240kms) (B)

Drive to Munnar, check in at hotel. Later tea estate visit & tea testing tour. O/n at hotel.

Day 13 Munnar (B) - Eravikulam National Park

Visit Pothamedu, Mattupetty dam, Rajamala hill, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupedi Dairy Farm, Echo Point & Tea Museum. O/n at hotel.

Day 14 Munnar - Thekkady (110km) (B)

Drive to Thekkady via Ramakkalmedu one of the windiest places in Asia and being so, one can find here a wind farm generating electricity. Visit Frog Rock, Turtle Rock and the highest twin-statue in Kerala called Kuravan & Kurathi. Evening watch Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts for self-defense) & Kathakali Dance show performance.

Day 15 Thekkady (B) - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat. Sanctuary is home to tigers, elephant, rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. Later spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee etc. O/n at hotel.

Day 16 Thekaddy - Alleppey (135km) (B,L,D)

Transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat and sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a chef & driver. O/n in houseboat.

Day 17 Alleppey - Cochin (60km) (B)

Disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin. City tour of Cochin the lovely seaside city flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. You will find here a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle. Visit Fort Cochin a charming seaside area known for its Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial architecture and elaborate bamboo fishing nets at Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church was the original burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama. Upscale eateries and chic cafes serve Keralan specialties, and quaint shops sell cotton clothing and handmade souvenirs. Heritage buildings house contemporary art galleries. Also visit Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry Dutch`s Palace.

Later transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions and exclusions

  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • 16 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels
  • Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in car
  • Government taxes
  • Mumbai x 2 nights
  • Aurangabad x 2 nights
  • Hyderabad x 2 nights
  • Hampi x 2 nights
  • Hassan x 1 night
  • Mysore x 1 night
  • Ooty x 1 nights
  • Munnar x 2 nights
  • Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night
  • Alleppey x 1 night
  • Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Aditya Park/ Lemon Tree Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Candy Southern Star/ Pavanputra Resort & Spa DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Fortune Park JP Palace/ Grand Mercure DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Fortune Resort Sullivan Court/ Sinclairs Retreat DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Heritage Resort / Royal Orchid Central Keerti DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Hosyala Village Resort/ The Ashok DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Hotels used or similar for 16 nights’ accommodation DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • ITC Kakatiya, a Luxury Collection/ Trident Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Krishna Palace/ Kishkinda Heritage Resort DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Lemon Tree Hotel/ Fortune Park Vallabha DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Monarch Hotel/ Hotel Darshan DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden/The Windflower Resort & Spa DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Southern Star/Sandesh The Prince DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Spice village/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons/ Spice Route Premium DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Mumbai - Aurangabad - Hyderabad - Vidyanagar flight fare approx INR 15,500 per person in economy class
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Meals other than mentioned in day plan
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc
  • Gratuities & optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Available in

English
(Other than English guide subject to availability at additional cost)


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Pick up times available: 09:00

Pick up location: Mumbai Airport

Ends at: Cochin Airport

Nearest airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)



Covid-19 measures

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

We are Eco Aware:

  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Interaction with locals or nature
    Interaction with locals or nature
    The major part of the tour is spent on interacting with local communities, their representative(s) (other than guides) or observing the nature or animals without disturbing their natural habitat and environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 15 days or more before the travel date
20% cancellation fee - between 7-14 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

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from $2008 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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* Free cancellation until 15 days before departure