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South India Sampler (14 nts).



Some of the sights within are listed below:-
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.
Madurai: Dravidian temple architechture at its best. A temple town with all the activities concentrated around the temple. Other sights worth visiting are Tirumalai Nayakar Palace.
Tiruchi: Temple town of Tamil Nadu known for the Rock Fort temple, Srirangam temple & Jambukeshwara temple.
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).
Goa: Known for its beaches, mapusa market and easy going life-style.


Detailed itinerary is given below:


Day Itinerary
01 MUMBAI - Goa. Daytime scenic train ride along the Western Ghats from Mumbai to Goa: 0655 -1845. 3 night's stay in hotel.
04 GOA - COCHIN. Catch overnight train from Goa to Cochin: 2055 - 1055*.
05 COCHIN. Arr Cochin at 1055 hrs. Three night's stay in Cochin.
08 COCHIN - TIRUCHI. Catch overnight train from Cochin to Tiruchi: 2210 - 0750*.
09 TIRUCHI. Arr Tiruchi 0750 hrs. Day in Tiruchi (no hotel provided). TIRUCHI - MADURAI. Train to Madurai:1730 - 2015. Overnight stay at hotel.
10 MADURAI - OOTACAMUND (via Coimbatore and Mettupalayam). Overnight train from Madurai to Podanur: 2320 - 0445.
11 COIMBATORE - OOTACAMUND. Arr Pdanur 0445 hrs. Road to Coimbatore (approx. 5 kms. Road cost not included). Coimbatore - Mettupalayam: 0515 - 0615. Mettupalayam. Catch toy train from Mettupalayam to Ootacamund for one of the great scenic rides in India (subject to operation due to weather conditions): 0750 - 1200. Overnight stay at hotel.
12 OOTACAMUND - MYSORE. Road from Ootacamund to Mysore (Road Cost not included). Two night's stay at Mysore.
14 MYSORE - BANGALORE - MUMBAI. Day time train from Mysore - Bangalore: 1100 - 1325. Afternoon to wander in Bangalore (no hotel provided). BANGALORE - MUMBAI. Overnight train from Bangalore to Mumbai: 2000 - 1955*.
17 MUMBAI. Arr Mumbai 1955 hrs. Note: Section from Pune - Mumbai on this train is another classic journey in India passing through rugged ghat scenery. Trip concludes on arrival in Mumbai.

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.

Standard hotels: Siesta De Goa/ D'Silva Residence, Goa; Eden Garden/ Abad Plaza, Cochin; Germanus Days Inn, Madurai; Bouganvilla, Ootacamund; Sandesh De Prince/ President, Mysore.
Superior hotels: Cidade De Goa, Goa; Old Harbour, Cochin; Fortune Pandayan, Madurai; Fortune Sullivan Court, Ootacamund; Royal Orchid, Mysore.

Cost Includes:   stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share room only basis inclusive of local taxes; train travel if applicable in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier.
Cost Excludes:   transfers; meals; sigtseeing and guides; entrance & camera fees to monuments.

Note: Prices are valid for trip conclusion by 30 Sep 2016. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2015 - 20 Jan 2016 & 01 - 28 Feb 2016.

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 - London).

Note: The rates have not been updated since 2016 season, as there has been a violent change in the exchange rates ever since the Brexit Vote. We have left the rates as per 2015 - 16 season to give you something of an idea. For current rates, pl email your requests with dates & number of passengers. We can then get back to you on the same.


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