Best of Central South India

This itineraries introduces to mesmerizing Central India. After glimpses of Commercial Hub & IT Hub of India we traverse into rejuvenating mountain ranges with luscious greenery & tranquil waters flowing through the hills.

Splendid coffee, tea & cardamom plantations give a breath-taking experience. Nature’s offerings of flora & fauna provide a complete experience coming full circle with elements of wild life i.e; Asiatic elephants, Indian Bisons & beautiful birds. Tour ends with visit to Breath-taking & Majestic Palaces & Temples.

Day 1
ARRIVE MUMBAI

Arrival Mumbai. Upon arrival at Mumbai, kindly proceed to arrival hall and look for our representative with a ply card with guest’s name on it. Our representative will provide assistance in transfer to your pre-booked hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2
MUMBAI

After breakfast an English speaking guide will report at hotel with car. Proceed to Gate way of India to board Ferry for Elephanta Caves – Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD, and attract more visitors each year than the entire city of Mumbai. No wonder: this place resonates with the spiritual energy of India. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It is situated on Gharapuri Island in Mumbai’s harbor, about an hour’s boat ride from the Gateway Of India. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta : there’s Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer Unfortunately, many of the sculptures inside have been damaged by iconoclastic Portuguese rulers who took potshots at Hindu Gods with their rifles. And yet somehow, nothing has disturbed the sublime beauty of this place for centuries.
Come back by afternoon. On arrival proceed for tour to visit Mumbai (Bombay) the commercial capital of India. Gateway of India built to commemorate the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911, the Prince of Wales Museum housing collection of Indo Saracenic architecture, Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3
MUMBAI

After breakfast proceed for half day city tour to visit to Hanging Gardens – Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park, these terraced gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens. Kamla Nehru Park – At the top of Mumbai’s Malabar Hill where the elite have built their plush modern palaces is Kamala Nehru Park, the hangout of the bourgeois middle class. For most Mumbaiites, Kamala Nehru Park is to Mumbai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris — a vantage point that casts a proud eye on the entire city. Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus ( V.T) (drive past) – Modeled on the lines of the St Pancras Station in London, Victoria Terminus, now rechristened as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is undoubtedly the Raj’s piece de resistance, Complete with carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses. The station was christened to commemorate Victoria Jubilee Day in 1887 when India’s first steam engine puffed out to neighboring Thane, about 45 kms away. Later in the afternoon you will be assisted in transfer to aiport to connect flight for Bangalore.

MUMBAI – BANGALORE (BY AIR)

Upon arrival at Bangalore airport, kindly proceed to arrival hall and look for our representative with a ply card with guest’s name on it. Our representative will provide assistance in transfer to your pre-booked hotel for overnight stay Rest of the time is free to relax.

Bangalore – The Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore has managed to keep itself closer to nature than most of the other metropolitans in India. Hence, it is also known as the City of Gardens. Bangalore, located 1000 Mts. above sea level, this city was formed by Kempegowda. This city also is a gateway to Southern India. People on their way to Ooty, Kodaikanal, Madras, Kanyakumari, Mangalore etc., for that matter even Karnataka, stop here as it acts as a center point to all the other places and is well connected to other major cities.

Day 4
BANGALORE

Morning after breakfast an English speaking guide will report at the hotel along with car to proceed for sightseeing tour to Bangalore. The tour includes Bull temple, which is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. – One of the major landmarks of the city, the Bull temple attracts tourists and devotees alike for the magnificent monolithic Bull structure. The Kadalekayi Parishe (The Groundnut fair), which is held in the month of November attracts large number of tourists. , Planetorium & Vidhan Soudha – which is built after independence. This majestic structure, housing the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka, has an imposing presence on the landscape of Bangalore. Influenced by the Neo-Dravidian style of architecture, it is reputed to be the largest secretariat in India. Vidhana Soudha came up courtesy the efforts of Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state between 1951-1957. St. Mary’s Basilica Bangalore – The only church to attain the status of a basilica in Karnataka, The St. Mary’s Basilica church boasts of an elegant interior with stained-glass windows, multiple columns with rich Corinthian capital supporting stately arches. In September each year, lakhs of devotees, dressed in saffron, gather here to celebrate St Mary’s Feast.

Day 5
BANGALORE – COORG (APPROX 250 KMS. / 5 HRS. DRIVE)

After breakfast at hotel proceed to Coorg (5 Hrs. drive). On arrival at Coorg, check-into your Hotel. Rest of the evening free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Coorg is a district of Karnataka State in southern India. It occupies about 4,100 square kilometers (1,580 mi²) of land in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka, It is a hilly district with the lowest elevation. Coorg climate remains more or less pleasant throughout the year. Since Coorg is a hill station, during the night the temperature falls.

Day 6
COORG

Breakfast at Hotel & proceed for a half day sightseeing of the lovely hill station with an English speaking guide.
Abbey Falls – A waterfall surrounded by hills & lush green coffee estates. The mountains of the Western Ghats, several streams combine, swelling with the monsoon rains and plunging down the mountain slope at enormous speed, hitting the huge boulders hard and forcing through the crevices and ravines. A misty cloud hangs over the falls. From here the water flows into the Kaveri River. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. The falls appear suddenly, the water cascading over rocks into calm pools. During the monsoon season the water flow is very high. During the dry seasons the flow is considerably diminished. Later visit the Madikeri fort built by the British rulers which house a nice Museum.
Madikeri Fort: The fort is atop an elevated ground, crowning Madikeri with its imposing structure. The original mud fort was rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan. Two life-size elephants made of mortar, catch the eye of the visitor on entering the Fort. In the inner Fort, a temple of Virabhadra was removed by the British in 1855 and in its place built an Anglican Church. The Church, in Gothic style, with colour stained glasses has now been converted into a museum. The museum, run by the state archaeology department, is a repository of many antiques of Coorg.
Madikeri Palace: The Palace of the erstwhile kings located inside the Fort, now houses the offices of the Deputy Commissioner. The brick and mortar Palace was built in 1814 by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II. The two-storied lofty and spacious structure is 110 feet long. The British renovated the structure twice and in 1933, a clock tower and a portico to park the commissioner’s car were added. Return to your hotel in the evening for overnight stay.

Day 7
COORG

Breakfast at Hotel & proceed with an guide to visit the temple with four Minarets controversial for its Mausoleum kind of. It gives credence to some views that the Kodagu trives are originally from turkey. Later proceed to visit the Gaddige (Rajas’ tombs) – Gaddige or the tombs of Virarajendra and Lingarajendra at Madikeri is one of the important monuments of Coorg. The royal tombs on a hillock to the north of Madikeri provides a commanding view of the town. Lingarajendra’s tomb was built in 1820. There are also the tombs of a Raja’s priest and that of two army commanders. A commemorative plaque, eulogizing the bravery of General Biddanda Bopu who fought Tipu Sultan has been recorded by Dodda Veerarajendra in an inscription. The tombs are in the style of Muhammadan edifices with domes in the center and turrets at the angles. The bars of windows made of brass have fine engravings. The grounds surrounding the tombs have been encroached.
Omkareshwara Temple: The Omkareshwara temple in Madikeri was built by Lingarajendra II in 1820 in the Mumammadan style of architecture with a dome in the center and four turrets at four corners. Legend has it that the King put to death a pious Brahmin unjustly and in order to appease the spirit of the Brahmin, the temple was built. The temple is akin to a Muslim dargah with a Linga installed near the entrance door. The King inscribed the history of the temple in a copper plate which is fixed at the entrance door frame. There is a water tank in front of the temple and in the middle of the tank there is a “mantapam” connected by a causeway.
RAJA SEAT: The Raja’s Seat in Madikeri town, the spot from where kings of yore watched sunsets with their consorts, could be considered as one of the most scenic spots in south India. The spot offers a breathtaking view of towering hills, green valleys, studded with paddy fields. It is fascinating to watch the road to Mangalore like a curved ribbon lying in the valley. The Raja’s Seat, which means the “Seat of Kings”, is a brick and mortar structure with four pillars, was a spot from where the kings of Coorg watched glorious sunsets. overnight stay at Coorg.

Day 8
COORG

Breakfast at Hotel & Day free for some shopping & to explore the lovely hill station on your own (Coffee & Honey are very pure at Coorg). Overnight stay at Coorg.

Day 9
COORG – NAGARHOLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (APPROX 22 KMS. 1 HR. DRIVE)

After breakfast at Hotel, proceed to one of the famous Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka- NAGARHOLE-Rajiv Gandhi National Park, which rates among the Top five National parks in the World for its preservation & conservation efforts. On arrival, check-into your Hotel. Afternoon proceed for Jungle Safari into the National park (3 Hrs Safari), where you will be able to spot the Tiger-if lucky & many other Animals. In the evening come back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10
NAGARHOLE – MYSORE (APPROX 80 KMS. 1 HR. 30 MINUTES DRIVE)

An early wake-up call & proceed for a lovely early morning Wildlife Safari into the Jungle. Return back at around 09.30 hrs. to have a sumptuous breakfast. Later enjoy the stroll among the 40 acres Resort & enjoy Bird watching.
Check-out & proceed to the land of Maharajas – MYSORE. Check-into your Hotel.
Mysore – City of Palaces bursts at the seams with a mind boggling array of attractive destinations
A city steeped in history, Mysore was the regal capital of the Woodeyar dynasty who ruled virtually uninterrupted from 1399 until Independence, barring the 38 – year rule of Haider Ali and his prodigious son, Tipu Sultan, in the 18th century. The profusion of stunning palaces, picturesque gardens, imposing buildings, shady avenues and sacred temples stands as proud witness of the grandeur of the bygone era.
After lunch proceed for a half day city tour of Mysore to see the Mysore Palace which is definitely a grandeur & the Museum which has the interesting collection of Folk toys , weapons & the Art and Archeology Museum has some precious antiques. The Mysore palace is the crown jewel of Mysore, the city of palaces. Irwin built the Mysore palace in the Indo-Saracenic style, incorporating the design elements of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. The three-storied stone building of fine gray granite with deep pink marble domes features domes, turrets, arches, and colonnades ornated with beautiful carvings. In the evening proceed to the Brindavan Gardens (19km from the city) – famous for their MUSICAL FOUNTAINS. Colored footlights light up the shooting sprays that dance to accompanying that forms a 130sq km lake & fuels a power station. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11
MYSORE – BANGALORE (APPROX 139 KMS. 2 HRS. 30 MINUTES DRIVE)

After breakfast proceed for the bird’s sanctuary on a river island in the Cauvery River called the RANGANATHITTU BIRDS SANCTUARY which has the resident folks of ibis, egrets, cormorants, storks, spoonbill ducks, darters & others. This is usually covered by boat. On the way back to Bangalore, visit SRIRANGAPATNAM – the home of the great TIPPU SULTAN THE GREAT.
Afternoon drive back to Bangalore & proceed to Bangalore Airport for your return flight.