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Kerala Backwaters, the hill stations of Munnar & Ootacamund, Mysore, The Golden Chariot and conclude in Goa (19 nts).



Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Kerala Backwaters: Travelling by boat along the Kerala backwaters is an experience not to be missed. The backwaters is an amazing network of lakes, canals, lagoons and rivers and coconut trees on the banks. You can view chinese fishing .nets and small village settlements along the narrow strips of land along the route.
Cochin: A inter-connection of islands. Diverse places to view such as The Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Cochin. An excellent place to view Kathakali dancing (a unique motion of body and the facial features).
Periyar wildlife Park: Built around an artificial lake and very close to the spice hills this wildlife park has a spectacular setting. It is an excellent retreat to view wildlife and enjoy the setting. Various animals can be found such as bison, monkey, sambar, antelopes. The most exciting viewing is that of elephants walking along the banks of the waters.
Munnar: This is a highly under-rated hill station in India at 1520 m. Surrounded by green rolling hills and with tea growing estates, it is an excellent retreat from the travels.
Ootacamund: Hill station in South India made famous by the little narrow gauge rack & pinion railway connecting Mettupalayam and Ootacamund.
Mysore:Maharajah's Palace, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, Jag Mohan Palace, important centre for sandalwood & silk products.
The Golden Chariot: Three nights in Luxury train covering the most interesting sections in Karnataka (i.e. World Heritage site of Hampi, The exquisite temple carvings of Belur & Halebid, monolithic statue of Gomateshwara at Sravan Belgola, Aihole (the building blocks of temple architechture), World Heritage site of Pattadakal, incredible rock carved cliff setting of Badami).
Goa: Notable for its' beaches, mapusa market and easy going life-style.

Detailed itinerary is given below:


Day No Itinerary
SUN 01 COCHIN. Arrival transfer from Cochin airport to hotel for 2 night's stay. Afternoon free to explore town.
MON 02 COCHIN. Car & driver available for full day sightseeing of Cochin.
TUE 03 COCHIN - ALLEPEY. Pick up from hotel in Cochin and drive onto Allepey boat jetty. Check in to houseboat for overnight stay on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in & around Allepey.
WED 04 ALLEPEY - PERIYAR. Early morning drive to Allepey. Board private motor boat for Kerala Backwaters boat trip with magnificent scenery. Then drive on to Periyar. Check in for 2 night's stay.
THU 05 PERIYAR. Day in Periyar Wildlife Reserve. (Note: Park rides and entry fees are not included). Afternoon free for exploration of the Spice Hills.
FRI 06 PERIYAR - MUNNAR. Morning at game reserve. Afternoon free for exploration of the Spice hills region. Then drive on to Munnar through the beautiful rolling hills scenery. Two night's stay in Munnar.
SAT 07 MUNNAR. Day at leisure for nature walks and leisurely strolls.
SUN 08 MUNNAR - OOTACAMUND. Morning drive on to Ootacamund for overnight stay. Car & driver acvailable for local sightseeing including the botanical gardens.
MON 09 OOTACAMUND - MYSORE. Morning drive from Ootacamund to Mysore for two night's stay. Afternoon drive onto Brindavan Gardens for viewing the Gardens and the evening lights.
TUE 10 MYSORE. Full day sightseeing of Mysore including Maharjah's Palace, Chamundi Hills & Srirangapatnam. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
WED 11 MYSORE.Morning drop off at Mysore Railway station to board the Golden Chariot. THE GOLDEN CHARIOT (MYSORE). For full details see the itinerary of the Golden Chariot. Board the Golden Chariot on a full board basis for 4 nights. Wednesday covers the main sites at Mysore plus a visit to Brindavan Gardens.
THU 11 THE GOLDEN CHARIOT (BELUR, HALEBID & SRAVAN BELGOLA). For full details see the itinerary of the Golden Chariot. Board the Golden Chariot on a full board basis for 3 nights. Thursday covers three of the great marvels in Karnatakan intricate rock carving architechture (i.e. Belur, Halebid & the monolithic statue of Gomateshwara in Sravan Belgola).
FRI 12 THE GOLDEN CHARIOT (HAMPI). For full details see the itinerary of the Golden Chariot. Full day sightseeing of Hampi a world heritage site steeped in history with a spectacular setting of boulder rocks.
SAT 13 THE GOLDEN CHARIOT (AIHOLE, PATTADAKAL & BADAMI). For full details see the itinerary of the Golden Chariot. This is probably the best way of concluding any sightseeing trip by covering Aihole (the building blocks of temple architechture), Pattadakal (a World Heritage site) and then the incredible rock carved cliff setting of Badami).
SUN 14 THE GOLDEN CHARIOT (GOA). For full details see the itinerary of the Golden Chariot. Morning arrival in Goa. Check out of the Golden Chariot after breakfast. Stay in hotel in Goa for 5 nights (Note: Transfer from The Golen Chariot train to hotel in Goa is not included).
FRI 19 Goa. Check out of hotel. Trip concludes.

KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.
Heritage on Wheels.



Rates given above are based on standard rooms on a twin share basis. If you require costing based on single rooms or triple rooms or superior rooms at the properties, please email us and we shall get back to you with a costing.

Standard hotels: Eden Garden/ Abad Plaza, Cochin; NAC Houseboat, Allepey; Pepper County Resort, Periyar; High Range Club/ Abad Copper Castle, Munnar; Bouganvilla, Ootacamund; Sandesh De Prince/ President, Mysore; The Golden Chariot; Siesta De Goa/ D'Silva Residence, Goa.
Superior hotels: Old Harbour, Cochin; AC Houseboat, Allepey; Spice Village, Periyar; Silver Tip, Munnar; Fortune Sullivan Court, Ootacamund; Royal Orchid, Mysore; The Golden Chariot; Cidade De Goa, Goa.
Cost Includes:   transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary in red using a non Ac car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share room only basis inclusive of local taxes; train travel on board the Heritage on Wheels inclusive of meals, local entrance fees to monuments and guides.
Cost Excludes: meals, guides and entrance & camera fees to monuments for all sections excepting the Heritage on Wheels; any internal flights in India.

Note: Price are valid for trip conclusion by Apr 2014. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2014 - 15 Jan 2015 and 01 - 28 Feb 2015. The Golden Chariot Train is run together by the Indian Railways & Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation. The itinerary is subject to change. SD Enterprises does not accept any liability in this regard.

Not included: International air travel.
However, S.D.Enterprises would be happy to recommend agents that could procure international scheduled air tickets as "ticket providers". (London - Mumbai - Cochin, Goa - Mumbai - London).

You can tailor-make a trip that suits your individual requirements.
For rates pertaining to the season specific to your trip, please email us.


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