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12 Days / 11 Nights

Tours Overview
The sights, sounds and aromas of India await as you wend your way through the lush landscapes and colorful markets. Your tour begins in the “Garden City” of Bangalore from where you embark on a magical journey that includes the gardens, temples and waterways encompassing centuries of Indian mythology.

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. (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 (Madras)
Visit Shree Meenakshi Temple, ThirumalaiNayak Palace, the Gandhi Museum, and MariammanTeppakkulam 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 bas-relief depicting Hindu legends. (B)

Day 12 - Chennai (Madras) 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)

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  2017
 
  Prices quoted are based on 2 Persons Traveling.
  Please contact us for Single Traveling Alone.
 
  Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
  Jan 06 - Apr 15 CAD 5,635 CAD 8,191
  Apr 16 - Sep 30 CAD 5,103 CAD 7,095
  Oct 01 - Dec 20 CAD 5,985 CAD 8,908
   
  Internal airfare applies. Please contact us for current applicable pricing.
 
  Hotels
 
  Bangalore Thekkady
  ITC Windsor (Executive Club) Spice Village (Standard)
 
  Chickmanglur Madurai
  The Gateway (Standard) Heritage Madurai (Deluxe)
 
  Mysore Madras
  Windflower Hall (Suite Room) ITC Chola Sheraton (Executive Club)
 
  Cochin
  Taj Malabar (Superior Tower Wing)
 
  Kumarakom
  Lake Resort KKM (Luxury Pavilion Room)
SITA Exclusive
As a guest of SITA, you will receive a Silk Scarf and Necktie as a souvenir of your unforgettable journey to India.

Includes:
• Deluxe and First-class accommodation with private facilities
• 11 Breakfasts
• All sightseeing as per the itinerary on private basis
• Arrival & departure transfers
• Local English-speaking guides for sightseeing
• Boat ride in the Backwaters
• Entrance fee to monuments and cultural events
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