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Goa & The South India Hill Country

Mumbai – Goa – Bangalore – Hassan – Coorg – Mysore – Mumbai          (21 Days / 10 Nights)

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Mumbai
During the morning excursion to Elephanta Caves, across the harbour you will see the world famous Elephanta Caves - 1200 years old and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous sculpture signifying the Trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is situated here.

The city’s long association with the British is reflected in the old world charm of its buildings made in the Indo-Saracen style. Some of the well-known landmarks are the Gateway of India at Apollo Bunder overlooking the harbour.

Half day city tour of Mumbai will include a visit to the Prince of Wales Museum, Marine drive, Mani Bhawan (Gandhi House), Flora Fountain, Kamla Nehru Park and finally to the Hanging gardens.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Mumbai – Goa
(9W 475 – 1200 / 1300 hrs)
Morning transfer to the airport in time to board flight for Goa, on arrival check-in at your beach hotel, rest of the day free for leisure at the beach, overnight stay.

Day 04: Goa
In the morning proceed for a sightseeing tour of Goa which has 82 miles of coastline, with silver sands and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Palm fringed rivers move lazily down to the Arabia Sea. Lush green with rice paddies, mango groves, jack fruit orchards, whitewashed villas and easy going people, all combine to make Goa the precious “ Pearl of the Orient”. Visit world famous Churches Basilica of Bom Jesus, St. Cajetan Church & Cathedral. Also visit some of the finest beaches of Goa. Afternoon free for leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Goa    
Day for leisure at the beach.

Day 06: Goa - Bangalore                
(9W 3516 – 1500 / 1630 hrs)
Morning free for leisure at the beach and later check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport in time to board flight for Bangalore, on arrival at Bangalore you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Bangalore – Hassan (Drive: 190 km / 5 hrs)
Morning sightseeing tour of Bangalore, one of the most pleasant cities of India takes in the central area which is studded with beautifully laid out parks, gardens, wide tree-lined avenues, imposing buildings and lively bazaars. Bangalore is famous for the Vidhan Soudha which is one of the India’s most spectacular buildings, built in granite in the neo-Dravidian style of architecture.

Later check-out of the hotel and drive to Hassan enroute visit Shravanbelgola, a small village nestled between two hillocks - the Vindhyagiri and the Chandragiri, arrive Hassan and check-in at the hotel.

Arrive Hassan and check-in at the hotel, later visit Belur & Halebid.

BELUR - Situated on the banks of river Yagachi, Belur was the capital of the Hoysala Empire 800 years ago, before it was shifted to Dwarasamudram (Halebid). Belur is a small town basking in the glory of one of the greatest monuments of medieval India - the 12th century Chennakesava Temple at Belur commemorates the victory of the Hoysalas over the Cholas in the great battle of Talakad. The exterior is covered with a variety of intricately-carved sculptures and friezes. The interior contains exquisite panels and richly carved pillars. A tall stone pillar in the temple courtyard is balanced, amazingly, only by its centre of gravity.

HALEBID - Halebid was the ancient capital of Hoysala Empire, then known as Dwarasamudra, was founded in the early 11th century AD. It was raided by the armies of the Delhi Sultanate in 1311 and 1327. Deserted afterwards, Dwarasamudra came to be called Halebid or the Old Capital. Of the many buildings of this ancient city, only a few have survived Muslim invasion. Notable among them is the imposing Hoysaleswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the evening return to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Hassan – Coorg (Drive: 250 km / 7 hrs)        
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive towards Coorg – 252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu. Coorg or Kodagu(originally called Kodaimalenadu) means 'dense forest on steep hill'. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.

Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Coorg
Day to explore the sights of this beautiful land or meet with the people of Coorg who are fair skinned and robust. The martial spirit runs strong in them and is reflected by their colorful customs and culture. Coorg is also known for honey, cardamom and pepper.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Coorg – Mysore (Drive: 120 km / 3 hrs)                
Morning check-out of the hotel and proceed to Mysore, on arrival check-in at the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Mysore.

Mysore sightseeing includes a visit to the Maharaja’s Palace, the palace built in Indo-Sarcenic style. It is profusely decorated and gilded and has a solid jewel studded golden throne. The Jaganmohan Palace converted into Art Gallery in 1875 exhibits paintings, which date back to that period.   Visit fabled Brindavan Gardens with its dancing fountains. These breathtaking gardens, with their colorful lights are an important visitor attraction.
Evening at leisure to explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Mysore - Bangalore - Fly to Mumbai  / Leave Mumbai
(9W 444 – 1345 / 1520 hrs)
Morning check-out of the hotel and drive to Bangalore airport en-route visiting Srirangapattna, summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, is an island fortress encircled by river Cauvery. High stone walls and moats enclose temples, palaces and a great mosque. Arrive Bangalore in time to board your flight for Mumbai, on arrival at Mumbai you will be transferred directly to the International airport in time to board your flight for onward destination.

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