Day 1 Arrival at Mumbai
After arrival at the International Mumbai airport, you will be transferred to hotel. Mumbai is the financial capital of India and with around 21 millions of inhabitants is the second largest city of the country after Delhi. It is even bigger than Kolkata and Chennai. Mumbai is the capital of the state Maharashtra. Located on the west coast of the Arabian Sea the city has more than 50 percent of India’s cargo go through the harbor, making it the busiest and largest harbor city of the Indian subcontinent. An overnight stay in Mumbai.
Day 2 Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering 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) and Colorful Crawford Market. An overnight stay in Mumbai.
Day 3 Flight from Mumbai to Goa
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight to Goa. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. An overnight stay in Goa.
Day 4 Goa
The exquisite churches from the Portuguese era with their remarkable architecture and mysterious history make the city truly exhilarating. Goa’s splendid coastline extends over 100 kilometres, and some of the world’s most charming beaches are located here. If time permits, Churches of astounding historical importance could squeeze in.
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will visit the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then, you will visit Dona-Paula for a view of India’s largest natural harbour-Mormugao. Afterwards visit old Goa and visit the Basillica of Bon Jesus which contains the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier housed in a silver ornate casket , St. Cathedral- the biggest Church in the East, St. Cajetan- built like St. Peter (Rome), Church of our Lady Rosary and St. Monica. Rest of the day is at leisure. An overnight stay in Goa.
Day 5 Flight from Goa to Kochi
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to board the fligt to Kochi. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. Spend the afternoon in city sightseeing. Kochi (formerly Cochin) is the most beautiful coastal city and one of the largest ports of India. It is a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas. Here you can see the oldest church in India, congested Portuguese built colonies, Chinese fishing nets, an ancient “white Jewish” community which has survived for 1000 years, a fabulous 16th century synagogue, a palace which contains the most beautiful murals, and many other attractions. The Fort of Cochin is the oldest European fort in India. The St Francis Church is the oldest European church in India the Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, is the oldest in the Commonwealth. An overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 6 Drive from Cochin to Allapuzha
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will visit Gundu Island by boat through the backwaters and see remarkable coir industries on the way. In the afternoon, you will drive to Allapuzha. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. An overnight stay in Allapuzha.
Day 7 Ride from Allapuzha to Kottayam and visit Periyar
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will cruise back to Kottayam. In the afternoon, you will drive to Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Kottayam is a pretty town at the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is a commercial centre noted for its trade in rubber, spices, tea, etc. It is also the main centre of the Syrian Christians (75% of the Kerala Christians). An overnight stay in Periyar.
Day 8 Periyar
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will spend the day in the Periyar Jungle, best approached from Kottayam (80km). The 800 sq. km wildlife sanctuary skirts the Periyar Lake at its centre. Cruise on the lake while taking in the pleasures of this habitat. You can see tigers, deer, wild dogs, lion-tailed macaque, Malabar squirrel and sloth bears. The lake attracts all kinds of water birds. In the vicinity are lofty observation towers, and a medieval palace, now a hotel. An overnight stay in Periyar.
Day 9 Train from Periyar to Madurai
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station to the train for your train to Madurai. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. An overnight stay in Madurai.
Day 10 Flight from Madurai to Chennai
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will proceed for a halfday sightseeing of Madurai. Situated on the banks of the Vaigai River, Madurai is the ancient capital of the Pandya Kings. Legend has it, that the divine nectar falling from the locks of Lord Shiva gave the town its ancient name, Madhurapuri—the land of nectar. The crowning glory of Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple Complex, which is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, her consort Lord Sundareshwara, and her celestial brother, Lord Vishnu. The Meenakshi Temple has a thousand-pillared hall. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to airport to board the flight to Chennai. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. An overnight stay in Chennai.
Day 11 Chennai – Departure
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will proceed for a half day sightseeing of Chennai. The city is the capital of Tamil Nadu, earlier known as Madras. Chennai is bestowed with a 4.5 kilometre long stretch of shore, called Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. A lighthouse here enables the visitor to see the entire city—a breathtaking sight. Also spend some time at the 40km long fascinating beach. Historically important are an old Catholic Church and a famous Durgah. Later, you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for onward journey.