South India with Goa Tours
Duration: 16 Nights/ 17 Days
Places Covered: Mumbai - Hyderabad - Chennai - Mysore - Bangalore
- Hampi - Belgaum- Bangalore - Goa - Mumbai
Day 1: Mumbai
Begin your tour
Arrive into Mumbai-'Commercial Capital of India', 'City that Never
Sleeps', 'City of Dreams'
Welcome to your "South India with Goa Tours"
On arrival in Mumbai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's
representative to your hotel. Relax for rest of the day.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 2: Mumbai
This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Mumbai-
The city of dreams.
Visit Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens
on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines
& Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatma
Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church,
Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre), Colourful Crawford Market
and Marine Drive.
Overnight : Hotel
Day 3: Mumbai-Hyderabad
Half day Excursion to Elephanta caves.
These caves are situated at the Elephanta Island, which lies at
a distance of approximately 10 km from the Gateway of India. These
caves basically comprise of rock cut temples. The name of the caves
has been kept after the island's name on which they are situated.
The island in turn was named so by the Portuguese, after the massive
elephant statue that stands majestically near its landing area of
the island. Elephanta Caves have been found to date back to as far
back as the 5th century CE. These caves have been beautifully adorned
with Lord Shiva sculptures, to whom they are dedicated. They were
chiseled out of a rock, leading to the creation of the columns,
the internal spaces and the images.
Later in the afternoon transfer to the Mumbai airport to catch flight
to Hyderabad. On arrival, you will be met by our representative
at the airport and you will be transferred to your pre-booked hotel
for an overnight rest.
Hyderabad: The City of Nizams, has all charms to keep people engaged
in its vividness. The 'Biryani City' has a royal legacy of more
than 500 years. Its picturesque beauty appears incredible in the
evenings, when the sun sets and the whole city gets illuminated.
Day 4: Hyderabad
On the day 4 of your tour proceed to visit the 'City of Pearls'
which is the boasts of marvelous historical monuments and hi-tech
buildings as well.
Birla Mandir is a structural wonder that dominates the skyline of
Hyderabad. It is a fine specimen of man-made marvel, dedicated to
the spiritual powers of Lord Venkateshwara. Perched on the Kala
Pahad (Black Hill), the temple offers a panoramic view of the twin
cities of Andhra Pradesh.
Perhaps Charminar is the pictogram of Hyderabad. Rising to the astounding
height of 180 feet, the monument lies centrally in the old city.
This marvelous monument is a true picture of elegance, a great tribute
to the fighting spirit of human race. Charminar was built by Muhammad
Quli Qutb Shah.
Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest and biggest mosques of not only
Anhdra Pradesh, but the whole of India. In the year 1617, Mohammad
Quli Qutub Shah started the construction of the mosque, whereas
it was completed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1694.
Spread over an area of 120 acres, Botanical gardens are the first
of its own kind in Andhra Pradesh. These gardens embrace numerous
varieties of herbs, plants and trees. The serenity and quietude
appear charismatic with presence of water bodies, meadows and rich
Uncovering the Mysteries of Golconda.
Golconda, once famed for its diamond mines (from which the famous
Kohinoor diamond of the British crown was mined), is the site of
a strategic fort dating back to the 13th century. This invincible
fort has an extraordinary acoustical system and massive battlements.
Later visit the Osman Sagar Lake- one of the most beautiful man-made
lakes. Situated 20 kms away from the city of Hyderabad, popularly
known as Gandipet. This water body was formed by constructing a
dam on the river Moosi in 1920 by Mir Osman Ali Khan. The twin city
of Hyderabad and Secunderabad receive water supply from this lake.
It is spread over an area of 46 square kilometers. The surroundings
here are very pleasant and landscaped gardens with a swimming pool
are added attractions.
Day 5: Hyderabad-Chennai
This morning after breakfast transfer to the Hyderabad airport
to catch flight to Chennai- Dravidian Citadel. On arrival, you will
be met by our representative at the airport and you will be transferred
to your pre-booked hotel. Relax for a while and later visit Chennai.
Chennai, the scion of Dravidian movement, is a vibrant city that
keeps on reinventing itself. During your tour to Chennai you will
get an opportunity to explore the distinct and vibrant culture of
Chennai that is so different from the one you experience in North
India. Everything, right from music to cuisine, is distinct in itself.
Chennai travel will help you understand a new city and a new culture
Visit the Fort St George, Government Museum, Valluvar Kottam, Snake
Park, Kapaleeshwarar Temple,High Court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach,
San Thome Cathedral, The Theosophical Society and Snake Park. Evening
is free to relax or go for shopping.
Day 6: Chennai-Tirupati-Chennai
Sacred journey to Tirupati.
Early morning proceed for a full day excursion of Tirupati- one
of the most important & the richest temple of the world. It
is famous for the shrine of "Seven hills" of Tirumala,
which attract millions of pilgrims from all over India. Picturesquely
situated amidst sacred waterfalls and tanks, the shrine presents
a fine example of early Dravidian art. In front of it is the "Hall
of Pillars" from where an attractive stepped way leads to the
The term 'Tirupati' is made of two words, where 'Tiru' means 'Sri'
and 'Pati' means 'Husband'. Thus, 'Tirupati' suggests 'Maha Vishnu'
or 'Lord of Maha Lakshmi'. Dotted with several temples and immersed
in the divine aura in conjunction with scenic beauty, Tirupathi
appears truly charismatic. Apart from Sri Venkateswara Temple, there
are many famous shrines here, like those of Govindaraja, Rama, Mallikarjuna,
Evening return back to Chennai hotel for an overnight rest.
Day 7: Chennai-Mysore
Silk & sandalwood.
Early morning board the train for Mysore. Arrive Mysore Junction
railway station and then you will be transferred to hotel. Relax
for a while and then proceed on a half-day sight seeing tour of
Mysore visiting the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The
palace is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and saracenic styles
of architecture with magnificent Archways, Domes, Turrets, Colonnades
Also visit the Art Gallery, drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari
Temple & panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back see the
Nandi Bull -a monolith structure.
Day 8: Mysore
Full day excursion to Sravanbelgola, Belur and Halebid.
At Sravanbelgola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance
of 25 kms is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara, which is bathed with
milk, sandalwood, saffron once every 12 years. The Chennakesava
temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala
art. Halebid 's 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples
are masterpieces of Hindu art.
Return back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 9: Mysore-Bangalore
After breakfast drive towards Bangalore-India's silicon valley.
On the way visit Srirangapatnam, 16 kms from Mysore.
Srirangapatnam: This fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son
of Hyder Ali. Tipu fought a valiant battle against the British in
1799 before laying down his life. Among the many fort buildings
till intact are Tipu 's airy summer palace and his tomb at the Darya
Daulat Bagh (Garden). Also visit Sri Ranganath Temple.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Relax for the remaining part
of the day.
Day 10: Bangalore
For the first half of the day proceed for the sightseeing tour
of the "Garden City" which covers the Lal Bagh having
variety of old Trees, Fountains, Lotus, Pools, Terraces and an assortment
of Tropical Herbs and Sub - Tropical Herbs. Also see the Government
Buildings and the Maharaja's Palace. Utilize rest of the day in
shopping or personal activities.
Day 11: Bangalore-Hampi
On the day 11 of your tour drive towards Hampi- the erstwhile
capital city of Vijayanagar Empire, which had Palaces, Temples and
sculptures spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by
the Sultanates of South in 1565.
Upon arricval, check into your hotel at Hospet (12 km from Hampi).
Rest of the day at your discretion or you can explore group of monuments
Day 12: Hampi
Whole day free to explore the wealthy monuments of Hampi.
The landscape of Hampi was dotted with magnificent palaces, sacred
temples, massive fortifications, baths, markets, pavilions, and
stables for royal elephants. The Vijayanagara kings were great patrons
of art and Hampi became the epicenter of a flourishing indigenous
culture. The sprawling city was planned in such a way that the important
structures are located in two areas, referred to as the Royal Centre
and the Sacred Centre. The Royal Centre contains remnants of opulent
palaces, baths, pavilions, royal stables, while the Sacred Centre
locates holy temples. The Sacred Centre is situated on the northern
edge of the city along the banks of the holy Tungabhadra River.
Evening return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Hampi-Belgaum
Early morning drive toward Blegaum. Enroute visit Badami.
Badami: Derived its name from the legend of Batapi, the demon who
was devoured by Agastya the sage. The cave temples of Badami came
up due to the efforts of the latter. Travel to Badami for a glimpse
of these temples. Among the four cave temples, three are Brahmanical
temples while the fourth cave is a Jain temple dating back to the
7th century. The cave temples are an integral part of Badami tourism.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for an overnight rest.
Day 14: Belgaum- Goa
This morning after breakfast drive to Goa. Arrive and check
in hotel. Relax for remaining part of the day.
Day 15: Goa
Rome in India.
Start your half-day sightseeing tour from the slopes of Altinho
Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then to
Dona-Paula for a view of India's largest natural harbour-Mormugao.
Afterwards we visit old Goa and see the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which
contains the tomb, & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier housed
in a silver ornate casket, Se. Cathedral- the biggest Church in
the East, St. Cajetan- built like St. Peter (Rome), Church of Our
Lady Rosary and St. Monica.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 16: Goa
Day 17: Goa-Mumbai
Whole day free to explore Goa beaches.
On the last day of your tour you will be transfer to Goa airport
to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai Airport transfer
to Mumbai international airport to board flight for onward journeys
with sweet and pleasant memories of your "South Inida with Goa
Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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