Kerala Maharaja Holiday Tours
Kerala Cultural Tours
Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Places Covered: Mumbai - Hyderabad - Chennai - Mysore - Bangalore
- Hampi - Bijapur - Goa - Mumbai
Day 1: Mumbai : A fitting place to start.
On arrival - met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Rest of
the day at your discretion.
Day 2: Mumbai : The city of dreams.
For the day 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.
Day 3: Hyderabad : Nijams rich legacy.
You will be transferred to Hyderabad by flight. After lunch, we
visit the Charminar- rectangular four arched monumental gate often
described as "The Arch of Triumph of the East", the Mecca
Mosque and Salar Jung Museum - one man's collection of manuscripts,
ancient weapons, costumes and curios. Later drive past the High Court
Day 4: Hyderabad : Uncovering the Mysteries of Golconda.
Full day excursion to Golconda Fort. Golconda, once famed for
its diamond mines (from which the famous Kohinoor diamond of the British
crown was mined), is the site of a strategic fort dating back to the
13th century. This invincible fort has an extraordinary acoustical
system and massive battlements. Later visit the Usmansagar Lake- one
of the most beautiful man-made lakes.
Day 5: Chennai : Dravidian Citadel.
From Hyderabad board the flight for Chennai. Arrive and check
in hotel. For the day visit Museum to see the Art & Bronze Gallery.
Drive through the Flower and Fruit Markets, High Court, Fort Museum,
Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral, The Theosophical Society and Snake
Day 6: Chennai : Sacred journey to Tirupati.
After breakfast, we take full day excursion of Tirupati- one of
the most important & the richest temple of the world. It is famous
for the shrine of "Seven hills" of Tirumala which attract
millions of pilgrims from all over India. Picturesquely situated amidst
sacred waterfalls and tanks, the shrine presents a fine example of
early Dravidian art. In front of it is the "Hall of Pillars"
from where an attractive stepped way leads to the temple. Evening
return back to hotel.
Day 7: Mysore : Silk & sandalwood.
Early morning board the train for Mysore. From Railway station,
you will be transferred to hotel. After lunch we take half-day sight
seeing tour of Mysore visiting the palace of the Maharaja built in
1911-12. The palace is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and saracenic
styles of architecture with magnificient 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.
Day 8: Mysore : Sublime expressions of stone.
Full day excursion to Sravanbelagola, Belur and Halebid. At Sravanbelagola,
hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms is
the statue of Lord Gomteshwara, which is bathed with milk , sandalwood,saffron
once every 12 years. The Chennakesava temple of Belur built 900 years
ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art. Halebid 's 12th century
Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are masterpieces of Hindu art.
Day 9: Bangalore : Passing through history.
After breakfast, we drive towards Bangalore. On the way we visit
Srirangapatnam ,16 kms from Mysore. This fort was the stronghold of
Tippu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali. Tippu fought a valiant battle against
the British in 1799 before laying down his life. Among the many fort
buildings till intact are Tippu 's airy summer palace and his tomb
at the Darya Daulat Bagh (Garden). Also visit Sri Ranganatha Temple.
Day 10: Bangalore : India's silicon valley.
For the first half we take day 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. Utilise rest of the day in shopping or personal
Day 11: Hampi : A city that was.
Proceed to Hampi- the erstwhile capital city of Vijayanagar Empire
which had Palaces, Temples and sculptures spread all over. The city
was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. We Check
in hotel at Hospet (12 km from Hampi). Rest of the day at your discretion
or you can explore group of monuments at Hampi.
Day 12: Hampi : Conversation with the monuments.
Whole day we explore the wealthy monuments of Hampi. Evening return
back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Bijapur : Gol Gumbaz - where the silence screams.
Bijapur was the capital of the Adil Shah Kings who left a wealth
of monuments. The most famous is the Gol Gumbaz whose dome is the
second largest in the world.A whisper into the dome on one side gets
magnified 12 times and on the other side of the dome is an amazing
acoustical phenomenon.Other buildings to see are Ibrahim Rauza, Gagan
Mahal, Bara Kaman etc.
Day 14: Goa : Baywatch.
After break fast we proceed to Goa. Arrive and check in hotel.
For the day you are free to relax.
Day 15: Goa : Rome in India.
We start our half-day sightseeing tour from the slopes of Altinho
Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then to
Dona-Paula for a view of India's largest natural harbour-Mormugao.
Afterwards we visit old Goa and see the Basillica of Bom Jesus which
contains the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavierh housed
in a silver ornate casket , Se. 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 at leisure.
Day 16: Goa : Time out for leisure.
Whole day free to explore its beaches or to relax.
Day 17: Mumbai : A fitting finale.
From Goa board the flight for Mumbai. Day will be kept free at
your discretion till the time of your departing flight. You'll be
transferred to the Airport for onward flight.
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