20-Day Private Tour from Bengaluru to Kovalam

The private tour will begin in Bangalore and include Vellore, Kanchipuram, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Darasuram, Thanjore, Trichy, Chettinad, Madurai, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Cochin & Kovalam in its itinerary. You will visit all destination by private car which will remain with you from arrival in Bangalore till departure in Kovalam. You will visit few active, few non active, small to largest temple complexes in India, before entering in the lush green natural land of Kerala. Here you will explore tea estate, spice plantation, wildlife, backwater & beach.

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$3,862

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Duration

20 days

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  • What's included :
    • 19x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 18 nights
    • Private airport transfer with assistance of office executive.
    • 19 Night accommodation in selected category hotels or similar.
    • Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
    • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
    • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).
    • Bottled water in car
    • Government taxes.
    • Entry/Admission - Chettinad
    • Entry/Admission - Periyar National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Any air fare
    • Camera charges at monuments
    • Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
    • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

  • Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

    Pass By: Bengaluru, Bengaluru, Bangalore District, Karnataka
    On arrival at Mumbai airport meet with our office executive assistance and transfer to hotel (hotels check in time 1200hr afternoon, early check in subject to rooms availability). Rest time free for personal activities relax.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 2: Bangalore

    Stop At: Bengaluru, Bengaluru, Bangalore District, Karnataka
    Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Bangalore. Visit to Lal Bagh Garden a botanical garden houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Bangalore Fort built by Kempe Gowda and expanded by Tippu Sultan. Within its walls is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple. Tippu’s Summer Palace the palace was first a mud-brick defense built by Kempegowda in 1537. Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan later rebuilt it 1791.

    Also see the Government buildings Vidhana Soudha a splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 3: Bangalore - Vellore (220kms/ 5hrs approx)

    Stop At: Vellore, Vellore, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Vellore check in at hotel. Vellore known for 16th-century Vellore Fort, with its imposing granite walls and surrounding moat. Inside the fort, the Jalakandeswarar Temple features many ornate sculptures. Nearby, the Government Museum has prehistoric relics and natural history displays. Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple inside the Sripuram spiritual park is situated at the foot of a small range of green hills. This temple is gilded with 1,500 kg of pure gold, double the 750 kg gilding of the dome of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. Rest time free and easy to relax.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 4: Vellore - Kanchipuram - Chennai (145kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Vedachalam Nagar Extension, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India
    Breakfast at hotel drive to Chennai via visiting Kanchipuram the city of Thousand Temples. Visit Kailasanathar 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, noted for its architecture and sculptures. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine compound wall. Ekambareswarar temple another ancient temple dedicated to Siva. The 2500-year-old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yields different varieties of mangoes. Varadharaja temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, noted for its wonderful sculptures. Vaikundhaperumal temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, it is also one of the 108 Divyadesams. Kamakshiamman temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi the presiding deity, one of the holy Sakthi worship places in India.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Chennai (Madras), Chennai (Madras), Chennai District, Tamil Nadu
    Continue drive to Chennai check in at hotel. Later city tour of Chennai. Visit Fort St. George & Museum built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. Kapaleeshwarar Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva, Semmozhi Poonga a beautifully landscaped botanical garden. Dakshina Chitra a living history museum & Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Temple an 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. Later walk on Marina beach.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 5: Chennai - Pondicherry (160kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Pondicherry, Pondicherry, Union Territory of Pondicherry
    Breakfast at hotel drive to Pondicherry via Mahabalipuram.

    In Mahabalipuram visit Monolithic Temples locally known as Rathas. They were executed by chiseling out the exterior face of the boulder. Shore Temple built with blocks of granitein in 7th century the temple complex consisting of two Siva temples and a carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Cave Temples cut and decorated with panels in the Mamalla style of the Pallava period in the 7th century. Remnants seen in the caves also indicate that they were plastered and painted when built. Krishna's Butterball a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline.

    Continue drive to Pondicherry check in at hotel. Later visit Aurovil founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs. Pondicherry Museum an art and history museum especially noted for its collection of fine lost wax bronzes form the period of the Chola Empire. The Museum's collection includes 81 Chola bronze sculptures, ranking as one of the largest collections of Chola bronzes. Later walk in French Colony. Pondicherry has some of the finest examples of old French culture with a hint of Tamil influence in its visual aesthetics. Observe and get inspired by the architectural beauty of the French part of the town while enjoying a cup of coffee and some deserts along the way. Customise your walk with your guide to cover French consulate, French Institute, Raj Nivas, Bharati Park (Aayi Monument), Government Square, Beaches, Monuments, Churches, French schools. Evening to relax on the beach.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 6: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Darasuram - Thanjore (180kms/ 4hrs approx)

    Stop At: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Thanjore. Enroute visit Chidambaram Nataraja Temple which is dedicated to the Nataraja the dancing posture of Lord Shiva. Further drive & visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple - The temple complex includes Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa and Ardha Mandapa. Continue drive & visit Darasuram Temple - a storehouse of art and architecture. The temple has some exquisite stone carvings. Continue drive to Thanjore check in at hotel.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 7: Thanjore - Trichy - Chettinad (140kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
    Breakfast at hotel. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort - built by great Chola king in the 10th century. It is an outstanding example of Chola architecture and is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. Thanjavur Palace & Museum - The palace houses an art gallery, a library and a hall of music. Art Gallery - in the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Saraswathi Mahal Library - another section of the Palace is the library where over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in India and European languages are preserved.

    After sightseeing drive to Trichy. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple - there are 22 gopurams including India’s tallest (72 meters, 13 storey high). Many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and rulers from Vijayanagar. Rock Fort Temple -The 83m high Rock Fort is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. Also visit Tiruvanaikkaval the Jambukeshwara temple, dedicated to Shiva, and it houses five concentric walls, and seven gopurams.

    Afterward drive to Chettinad check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 8: Chettinad - Madurai (90kms/ 2hrs approx)

    Stop At: Chettinad, Tiruchirappalli India
    Breakfast at hotel. Sightseeing in Chettinad - the region is well known for its 19th-century mansions, whose wide courtyards and spacious rooms are embellished with marble and teak. Construction materials, decorative items, and furnishings were mostly imported from East Asian countries and Europe. The marble was brought from Italy, chandeliers and teak from Burma, crockery from Indonesia, crystals from Europe and wall-to-wall mirrors from Belgium. Many of these mansions were built using a type of limestone known as karai.
    It is estimated that 11,000 such mansions still remain—about half the number that existed 100 years ago. They were built by men who once traded in everything from salt to gems, with countries like Burma, Malaysia and Singapore. Much of their profits went into building these grand residences, which used to be called natukottai or regional fort. But in the mid-20th century, most Chettiar families moved to cities. Their palatial homes were left in the custody of caretakers, who maintained them for those rare occasions, such as weddings or Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival, when the family came to visit.

    Visit few massions open for tourist like Chettinad Mansions, Chettinad Palace and few Chettinad Temples like Vairavan Kovil Temple, Karpaga Vinayakar temple, Kundrakudi Murugan temple, Kottaiyur Sivan temple.

    Afternoon drive to Madurai check in at hotel. In the evening visit the famous Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple to attend the Aarti (Prayers) witnessing interesting rituals and ceremonies.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel

    Day 9: Madurai - Munnar (160kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Madurai, Madurai, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu
    Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple one of the largest temple complexes in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls. Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple a Hindu temple and one of the Six Abodes of Murugan, built in rock-cut architecture by the Pandyas during the 6th century. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 foot high stone pillar, still stands.

    Afternoon drive to Munnar, check in at hotel. During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favorite tourist places. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range expose its beauty.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel

    Day 10: Munnar

    Stop At: Munnar, Munnar, Idukki District, Kerala
    After breakfast, visit to Pothamedu which offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Mattupetty dam and its reservoir, this concrete gravity dam is built between the hill ranges and it is used mainly for water storage for hydroelectric projects. Eravikulam National Park, The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here. This park established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiri Ibex) is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. Mattupedi Dairy Farm, famous for the Indo-Swiss Farm, this is a highly specialized dairy farm which comes under Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Echo Point, go there and scream as loud as you can and wait for a minute. You can hear your echo back!
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 11: Munnar - Thekkady (110kms/ 3hrs)

    Stop At: Thekkady, Thekkady, Idukki District, Kerala
    Breakfast at hotel drive to Thekkady enroute stop at Ramakkalmedu. The place gets its name from the impressions of the feet found on the rock surface here, which is believed to be of Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, as told in the Indian epic Ramayana.

    Ramakkalmedu is noted for its hills and also for the panoramic and picturesque views of villages in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, which is towards the eastern side of the Western Ghats. A noticeably tall, pillar-like rocky structure, about 300 m high and facing east is another attraction here.

    It is one of the windiest places in Asia and being so, one can also find here a wind farm generating electricity, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala. Other attractions in-and-around Ramakkalmedu include places like Frog Rock, Turtle Rock and the highest twin-statue in Kerala; called Kuravan and Kurathi.

    Continue drive to Thekkady check in at hotel. Afterwards take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. You could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Rest time free and easy to relax.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 12: Periyar - Kumarakom (140kms/ 4hrs)

    Stop At: Periyar National Park, Banks Of Artificial Periyar Lake, Thekkady India
    Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat. Nestled between the Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers Wildlife Sanctuary is blessed with the most diverse flora and fauna. The sanctuary has a gorgeous lake that is perfect for romantic boat rides. The tropical evergreen and deciduous forests teeming with elephants, bison, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger and wild boar along with various species of snake including cobras, vipers, kraits and many non-poisonous snakes is a wildlife lover’s dream. A variety of birds such as grey jungle fowl, Malabar grey hornbill, woodpeckers and bulbuls also have found a home in this sanctuary.

    Afternoon drive to Kumarakom check in a backwater resort.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 13: Kumarakom – Alleppey (Backwaters sailing boat to Alleppey)

    Stop At: Alleppey Backwaters, Alappuzha India
    Breakfast at hotel, transfer to boat jetty to board houseboat and sail to Alleppey through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. While sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals, the panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets the reminiscent of our past trade links are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Driver. Lunch, Dinner and
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Houseboat

    Day 14: Alleppey – Cochin (60kms/ 1.30hrs)

    Stop At: Kochi (Cochin), Kochi (Cochin), Ernakulam District, Kerala
    After breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin check in at hotel. Later city tour of the Cochin. Visit Fort Cochin famous for Chinese fishing nets, scenic beaches and architectural style of ancient buildings. At St. Frances Church see the town of Vasco da Gama. The Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568 in the old part of Mattancherry Town, one of the oldest lively synagogues. Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace which has an incomparable collection of huge Kerala Temple murals, exhibits & portraits. You may also visit the famous Hill Palace Museum, the largest archaeological and heritage museum in Kerala. Bolgatty Palace the oldest living Dutch palaces outside Holland, now converted into a heritage hotel. Willingdon Island a man-made island created in 1933 with wonderful walkways and jetty’s. In the evening, enjoy the Kathakali Dance, one of India's most famous Classical dances with lavish costumes, exotic makeup & Masks intensifying the beauty of the dancer’s intricate moments.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 15: Cochin – Kovalam (200kms/ 4hrs approx)

    Stop At: Kovalam, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Kovalam check in at beach hotel. Later city tour of Trivandrum. Visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple the guardian deity of the city. The Maharaja of Travancore till date pays homage at the Padmanabhan Swamy Temple that enshrines the image of Lord Vishnu reclining under the hood of "Anantha" the great serpent. Also visit Attukal Temple a Hindu religious shrine. The city has a rich tradition of nurturing art and culture since ancient times, witness same by visiting Napier Museum, Kuthira Malika & Sri Chitra Art Gallery. Drive thru famous beaches which include Shankumugham Beach, Kovalam Beach, Vizhinjam lighthouse & Light House Beach Road.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at beach hotel.

    Day 16: Kovalam

    Stop At: Kovalam, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala
    Breakfast at hotel, day free and easy for personal activities & relax on the beach.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at beach hotel.

    Day 17: Kovalam

    Stop At: Kovalam, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala
    Breakfast at hotel, day free and easy for personal activities & relax on the beach.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at beach hotel.

    Day 18: Kovalam

    Pass By: Kovalam, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala
    Breakfast at hotel, day free and easy for personal activities & relax on the beach.



    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at beach hotel.

    Day 19: Kovalam

    Pass By: Kovalam, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala
    Breakfast at hotel, day free and easy for personal activities & relax on the beach. Overnight at beach hotel.


    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at beach hotel.

    Day 20: Kovalam - Departure (flight)

    Pass By: Kovalam, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala
    Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward destination.


    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru India
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Pbrice Using 5 Star Hotel 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Price Using 4 Star Hotel 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Price Using 3 Star Hotel 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Agora Voyages OPC Pvt. Ltd.

Activity ID: V-135633P297

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