- Active and outdoor
- Art and architecture
- duration 17 days
- tour type Small group
- age requirement 10+ years old
- max group size 3
- guiding method Fully guided
- Footprint carbonneutralCO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
- Chennai: The capital of Tamil Nadu is considered the most important cultural and economic center of southern India
- Mahabalipuram: The sandcolored temples of this area are on the Unesco World Heritage list and represent a glorious past of the Pallava dynasty
- Puducherry: You get to feel the inner peace in this city, visiting a utopian city and its meditation center
- Thanjavur: Visit the best example of Chola architecture in Tamil Nadu with the Brihadeshwara temple on the outskirts of Thanjavur
- Madurai: The great Hindu temple of Meenakshi and its more than 30,000 figures
- Periyar: One of the most famous nature reserves in the country where, with a bit of luck, you will see elephants, a variety of birds and even wild tigers
- Kochi: This coastal town boasts a lot of history and European influence that is perceived throughout the City
- Mumbai: Melting pot of cultures and commercial capital of India, home of dreamers, skytouching concrete towers, thriving nightlife, cricket, Bollywood and much more.
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Join this seventeen-day tour and discover the mysteries of some of the India Dravid´s most enigmatic cities. Get the first insight into the Indian vibrant culture and delightful food in the charming capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. Admire the “City of Thousands of Temples”, Kanchipuram, located on the voluptuous banks of the river Vegavathy and get amazed by the astonishing architecture of The Great Living Chola Temples in Darasurum. Be taught about the glorious history of Madurai, one of the ancient cities of South India and get to know the mythology and legends of the Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple. In the Periyar National Park enjoy sacred tranquility of its green surrounding, enjoying the boat ride over the lake and observe the thrilling wilderness of the bushy jungle. Ellore caves will unveil their alluring sculptures, and the large blooming city of Mumbai will display a melting pot of cultures and thriving nightlife, cricket, Bollywood and much more. This trip will fill all your senses and will leave great memories forevermore.
Day 1: Arrival Chennai
Day 2: Chennai
Day 3: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (60 Km – 1 Hrs)
Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Chidambaram - Darasuram - Thanjavur (270 Km – 6 Hrs)
Day 5: Thanjavur – Trichy – Thanjavur (60 Km - 2 Hrs)
Day 6: Thanjavur – Madurai (200 Km – 5.5 Hrs)
Day 7: Madurai – Periyar (145 Km – 4 Hrs)
Day 8: Periyar – Alleppey (150 Km – 5 Hrs)
Day 9: Alleppey – Kochi (60 Km –1.5 Hrs)
Day 10: Kochi
Day 11: Kochi – Bangalore (1.5 Hrs By Flight; Not Included) / Bangalore – Mysore (60 Km – 1.5 Hrs)
Day 12: Mysore
Day 13: Mysore – Halebidu & Belur – Hassan (150 Km – 3.5 Hrs)
Day 14: Hassan – Bangalore (180 Km – 4 Hrs) / Bangalore – Mumbai (1.5 Hrs By Flight; Not Included)
Day 15: Mumbai – Aurangabad (1.5 Hrs By Plane; Not Included)
Day 16: Aurangabad – Caves Of Ellora - Aurangabad (70 Km – 2 H)
Day 17: Aurangabad– Ajanta (105 Km – 2.5 Hrs) / Aurangabad – Depart Mumbai (1.5 Hrs By Plane; Not Included)
- 15 nights’ accommodation
- 1 night´s accommodation on a Houseboat (day 8)
- 16 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch (Day 8)
- 1 Dinner (Day 8)
- ***Half Board supplement upon additional cost as an optional extra (10 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners)
- ***Full Board supplement upon additional cost as an optional extra: (10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, and 9 Dinners)
- Arrival transfer from Chennai International Airport to the hotel on a shared basis
- Departure transfer to Mumbai Airport on a shared basis
- Air-conditioned transportation on a shared basis
- Operated with accompanied English or Spanish-speaking guide (Day 1-14)
- Operated with the local English or Spanish-speaking guide during the activities in Mumbai (Day 15), Ellora and Aurangabad (Day 16), Ajanta (Day 17)
- All monuments and parks as indicated: sightseeing tour of Chennai (Day 2); visit of Kanchipuram and guided tour of Mahabalipuram (Day 3); Chidambram and Darasuram temple tour (Day 4); excursion of Trichy (Day 5); Menakshi-Sundareshwara temple tour and Hindu puja ritual(Day 6); entrance to Periyar National Park, boat ride in Periyar Lake (on a shared basis) and Kerala martial arts performance (Day 7); city tour of Kochi (Day 9); city tour of Mysore (Day 12); Belur and Halebidu temples tour (Day 13); sightseeing tour of Mumbai (Day 15); excursion to Ellora and city tour of Aurangabad (Day 16); visit of the caves of Ajanta (Day 17)
- Meet & Greet on day 1, 11, 14, 15 and 17
- Porterage only in the Chennai airport
- Domestic flights on Day 11, 14, 15 and 17 are not included
- Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks, and meals if not stated explicitly in the program
- Optional excursions (as recommended/suggested) in the itinerary
- Any airfare, airport taxes, a supplement for which are quoted separately if applicable
- Tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff
- International or domestic flight tickets and airport taxes or visa fees.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this India Dravida With Aurangabad & Mumbai Extension (multi Country) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 35 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 34 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 02 March 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 02 March 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
India Dravida With Aurangabad & Mumbai Extension (multi Country) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this India Dravida With Aurangabad & Mumbai Extension (multi Country) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
- Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
- Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.