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Silks & Spices

12 DAYS Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Mysore, Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar, Madurai, Chennai

Day 1 - Arrive Bangalore
Spend your first day in Bangalore, India’s garden city. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Bangalore / Shravanabelagola / Chikmagalur
The morning tour includes a visit to Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, the Mysore Arts and Crafts Center, the Bull Temple, and the colorful bustling markets. Later, depart for Chikmaglur, en route visiting Shravanabelagola. (B)

Day 3 - Chikmagalur / Belur / Halebidu / Mysore
Visit Belur this morning. The Chennakesaya Temple with its intricate sculptures is an outstanding example of medieval Indian art. Continue on to Halebidu, to see the Hoysaleshwara Temple, covered with a succession of friezes, the tableaus of everyday life in ancient times. This evening in Mysore, catch a glimpse of the illuminated City Palace. (B)

Day 4 - Mysore Sightseeing
Explore Mysore, visiting the City Palace, a Hindu Temple and a monolithic sculpture of the bull Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Visit the beautiful Brindayan Gardens where you can admire the amazing topiaries and the illuminated, cascading fountains. (B)

Day 5 - Mysore / Bangalore / Cochin
Visit the island fortress and Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapatnam before continuing on to Bangalore. Fly to Cochin in the state of Kerala. Enjoy an evening presentation of the colorful Kathakali dance drama. (B)

Day 6 - Cochin Sightseeing / Kumarakom
In Cochin, visit the Portuguese church built by St. Francis in 1562, the Jewish Synagogue, the famed Mattancherry Palace, and learn about the Chinese fishing nets. Later, depart for Kumarakom to experience the backwaters and waterways, with the rich culture and active lifestyle of the region. (B)

Day 7 - Backwaters Cruise
Cruise along the canals and lagoons which create and maintain the ecological balance in this region. Take advantage of a free afternoon to experience an Ayurvedic therapeutic massage or enjoy a fishing expedition. (B)

Day 8 - Kumarkom/Thekkady
Depart for Thekkady this morning.This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 300 square miles and centered around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 9 - Thekkady / Madurai
Enjoy the varied flora and fauna, cruising along the waterways of this tropical ecological reserve. Later drive to Madurai with it’s many pilgrims who throng the narrow streets. The Puja ceremony performed nightly at the Meenakshi Temple is an interesting activity this evening. (B)

Day 10- Madurai Sightseeing / Chennai
Visit Shree Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, the Gandhi Museum, and Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank, site of the annual Teppam, or Float Festival, held in January. Fly to Chennai this evening. (B)

Day 11 - Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram Excursion
Journey to Kanchipuram, with its many temples and visit the three that exemplify this sacred town-Kailasantha and Ekambareshwara, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Vaikuntaperumal dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Travel to the ancient Pallavan port of Mamallapuram and visit the last surviving shore temple, stone chariots and a basrelief depicting Hindu legends. (B)

Day 12- Chennai Sightseeing/Depart Chennai
The morning tour of Chennai includes stops at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bronze Gallery and Chennai Museum. The Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple complete your visit. After a relaxing afternoon, bid India farewell and board your International flight home. (B)

ArrivalDepartDouble OccSingle Occ
Aug 11, 2012  Aug 22, 2012  $1,955$3,070
Sep 8, 2012  Sep 19, 2012  $1,955$3,070
Oct 13, 2012  Oct 24, 2012  $2,545$4,240
Nov 10, 2012  Nov 21, 2012  $2,545$4,240
Dec 8, 2012  Dec 19, 2012  $2,545$4,240



HOTELS

Bangalore
The Park
Chikmagalur
The Gateway Hotel
Mysore
The Windflower Spa & Resorts
Cochin
Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Kumarakom
Vivanta By Taj - Kumarakom
Periyar
Spice Garden

Madurai
The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Chennai
The Park


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