DAY-6 Aurangabad / Ellora Caves - Mumbai
Lord Fergusson, an authority on Indian architecture, observes “There are many buildings in India which are unsurpassed for delicacy of detail by any in the world, but the temple of Belure surpasses even these for freedom of handling and virtuosity of Indian sculptors reached its peak at the temples of Belure and Halebid. This morning we explore these majestic monuments.
Morning is free to visit local bazaars. Drive to Bangalore and fly to Madras.
8 - Chennai
Madras is the Gateway to a voyage of discovery of an ancient temple-studded state. Sightseeing includes Mylapore Temple, St. Thomas Cathedral, St. George Fort, and National art Museum.
9 - Chennai
Mahabalipuram is famous for its rocks cut shore temples and monolithic figures in Dravidian architecture. After touring the Five Rathas, Mahisaura and Krishna Mandapams we will proceed to Kanchipuram, the city of woven silk and temples.
10 - Madurai
Fly to Madurai. The city was planned as a lotus flower with Meenakshi Temple and its court of thousand beautifully carved pillars at its center. We will explore this jewel of a temple city.
Full day excursion to Trichy and visit Rock Fort and Srirangam temples.
12 - Periyar
Periyar is known to have fair population of tigers, herons, leopards, sambers, boars, darters, white-necked storks, kingfishers, osprey, and woodpeckers but is best known for its wild elephants. View wildlife while cruising on Lake Periyar.
13 - Kovalam
Drive to the sea resort of Kovalam, Kerala. The ice blue sea and a backdrop of gently swaying coconut trees make this a paradise for seaside holidays.
14 - Allepey - Backwaters
Drive to Allepey-The ‘Venice of the East’. Board a houseboat and cruise the backwaters. Waterways and lagoons covered with canopies of lush green foliage meander their way past the fishing villages, dense coconut groves and rise paddies.
15 - Backwaters (Kumarakom)
Visit lush green villages and Vembanad Lake, home to thousand of migrating birds as you float on the houseboat.
16 - Cochin
Disembark the houseboat and you will be driven to Cochin, the picturesque seaport on the palm fringed coast of Arabian Sea, laced with inland waterways and tropical lagoons. Sightseeing includes Cochin Fort and the Jewish Synagogues.
17 - Cochin
City tour visiting Dutch Fort, Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church-the oldest church in India and Bolghatty Palace.
Fly back to Mumbai. Change planes.
19 - Homebound
Depart for New York, Newark, Chicago or Los Angeles in the morning. Arrive in the afternoon.