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22 Days
Availability : Mar 19' - Feb 20'
Tour Details

Places Covered - Ahmedabad - Dasada - Bhuj - Gondal - Sasangir - Diu - Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Cochin - Mumbai

Special Attraction

  • Teen darwaja
  • Dargah and Jain temples
  • wildlife sanctuaries
  • Ashapura Mata Temple
  • Naulakha Palace
  • Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nagoa beach
  • Shatrunjaya Hill
  • Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha
  • Dravidian style of Architecture
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Ahmedabad

Arrive at Ahmedabad airport, You will be received by our office representative and he will escort you to your hotel and help you in check in. Afternoon Visit city, Ahmedabad held the title as the Manchester of India in its heyday with more than 100 large textile mills. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad originally was a settlement ruled by a Bhil Ashaval when it was known as Ashaval or Ashapalli. Even today there is a tiny area in Astodia area in Ahmedabad that bears the name Ashaval no tekro near Astodia darwaja. The city was subsequently conquered by Karandev I of the Solanki Dynasty ruling in Patan and he modelled the gates of Ahmedabad after those in Patan. There is teen darwaja in Ahmedabad as well. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Ahmedabad.

Day 2Ahmedabad - Patan - Modhera - Dasada

Morning after breakfast check out from your hotel and drive to Dasada via Patan and Modhera. Patan has a lot of historical value and has been a part of the research of archaeologists in the past. Just as it has temples, it also has Dargah and Jain temples. Patan is a spiritual city and believes in the power of the almighty. Later in evening, transfer to hotel in Dasada.. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Dasada.

Day 3Dasada - Bhuj

Morning After breakfast check out from the hotel and visit Dasada, It is famous for Asiatic, a wild ass that does not live anywhere else in Indian lowlands. Spanning an area of about 4950 sq ft, it is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India. This sanctuary comprises of a wide range of habitat from arid grasslands, saline desert plains, rocky and thorn scrub to lakes and marshes. Afternoon drive to Bhuj. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Bhuj.

Day 4Bhuj

Morning after breakfast Visit Ashapura Mata Temple, the main deity of Jadeja clan. Later in evening visit local market of Bhuj. It has Artist villages where you get to see some of the best handicraft and handloom items. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Bhuj.

Day 5Bhuj - Gondal

Morning After breakfast check out from the hotel and visit Gondal. Arrive at Gondal & transfer to hotel. The city is famous for its craft heritage and bird watching. The most popular place to visit in Gondal is the Naulakha Palace, which is a perfect example of exquisite stone carvings and stunning balconies or jharokhas with an authentic spiral staircase. There stands a huge chandelier lit hall that has antique mirrors and wooden furniture coated with gold paint. Visit the Orchard Palace, located in a huge complex of lawns, gardens and fruit orchards. It has a collection of antique furniture, brass and miniature paintings. Gondal homes the Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic Pharmacy, which has herbal medicines as per the ancient principles. There is also a Swaminarayan Temple in the city that has an aura of devotion and beautiful wall murals of swamis who preached the faith. The stay will be overnight at Gondal.

Day 6Gondal – Sasangir

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Sasangir. Arrive at Sasangir & transfer to hotel. Sasangir is famous for Gir Wildlife Sanctuary which is the sole home for Asiatic lions. Among the other commonly spotted animals are included the Indian deer, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, bear, long tailed langur and chowsingha. Kankai Mata and Tulsishyam are other quant temples to be explored during tour to Sasangir. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Sasangir.

Day 7Sasangir - Diu

Morning Checkout from the hotel and drive to Diu. Arrive at Diu & transfer to hotel. After refreshing visit Diu, It takes up most popularity given the ample number of beaches, such as the Nagoa beach. The Diu Fort, a primary imprint of the Portuguese on the area's heritage and architecture makes up a popular tourist attraction. Another interesting place is the Vanakbara, a small fishing village whose charm has tints of colourful fishing boats and humming of day to day activity. The stay will be overnight at Diu.

Day 8Diu - Bhavnagar

Morning after breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Bhavnagar. Arrive at Bhavnagar & transfer to hotel. After refreshing, Visit Bhavnagar, Bhavnagar is the ideal base for forays into the places of interest in and around the area of Bhavnagar. It is most convenient for a trip to Shatrunjaya Hill, one of the holiest Jain pilgrim centres. Indeed, for many visitors, Shatrunjaya would be the highlight of their visit to Saurashtra. The Gaurishankar Lake, with its well laid out park, is a popular picnic spot.

Day 9Bhavnagar-Palitana-Bhavnagar

Morning same day excursion to Palitana. Palitana is a sacred city of the Jains. It was the capital of a small princely state founded by Shahji, a Gohel Rajput who belonged to the same clan as the Maharaja of Bhavnagar. Palitana is one of Jainism's holiest pilgrimage sites and gateway to the Shatrunjaya hill. Besides being a pilgrimage centre, Paliatana is also knowm for the horse-breeding. The stay will be overnight at Bhavnagar.

Day 10Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad

Morning drive to Ahmedabad and transfer to hotel. Day free to relax. The stay will be overnight at hotel in Ahmedabad.

Day 11Ahmedabad - Chennai by flight

After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Chennai.

Arrive at Chennai and drive to Mahabalipuram visiting Kanchipuram enroute,
Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai (Madras)) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. The stay will be overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 12Mahabalipuram

Morning visit Mahabalipuram, visit the shore temple and the rock- cut murals that adorn the caves here. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Mahabalipuram.

Day 13 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry by Road

Morning drive to Pondicherry. Arrive Pondicherry and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Pondicherry, The capital of French India before independence, Pondicherry traces its origin to Saint Agasthya, the revered sage of the south & excavations near-by reveal that a Roman settlement existed here 2000 years ago. It was the theatre of many a battle between the British. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Pondicherry.

Day 14Pondicherry - Tanjore

After breakfast check out drive to Tanjore. Arrive at Tanjore and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour of Tanjore, The beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India.
The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Tanjore.

Day 15Tanjore - Trichy - Tanjore

Morning same day excursion to Trichy.
Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Tanjore.

Day 16Tanjore - Madurai

After breakfast check out from your hotel and drive to Madurai, Arrive at Madurai and transfer to your hotel. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Madurai.

Day 17Madurai

Visit lotus –shaped Madurai, once the seat of Tamil learning. Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Madurai.

Day 18Madurai - Munnar

Morning after breakfast check out from your hotel and drive to Munnar. Arrive at Munnar & transfer to hotel. Day free to relax at Munnar. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Munnar.

Day 19Munnar

Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful. A haven of peace and tranquility, this idyllic tourist destination in God's own country is set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district. Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. It has an unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains along with exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests. An early morning visit is a must. The aroma of spice scented cool air will make you never want to leave this place. The stay will overnight at your hotel in Munnar.

Day 20Munnar - Periyar

Morning after breakfast drive to Periyar. Arrive at Periyar & transfer to hotel.
Later you visit a sanctuary, set up in 1934, it extends to 777 square kms & forms a part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. You may be fortunate to see elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. The stay will be overnight at your hotel in Periyar.
Also enjoy boat ride at Periyar.
- Enjoy Kathakali dance show.

Day 21Periyar - Alleppey

A morning drive gets you to Alleppey where you board an houseboat. The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts. The stay will be overnight at House boat. The stay will be overnight at Houseboat.

Day 22Alleppey - Cochin - Mumbai by flight and Departure

Morning after breakfast check out from your hotel Arrive at Cochin and transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and stay in transit to board flight for onward journey.

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Hotels check-in time is 1200/1400 hrs and checkout time is 1000/1200 hrs. (Noon)