Here you can find the day-to-day description for Southern India.
Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.
|3||Bus||Mamallapuram - Pondicherry||Pondicherry|
|4||Bus||Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Tiruchirappalli||Tiruchirappalli|
|5||Bus||Tiruchirappalli - Madurai||Madurai|
|7||Bus||Madurai - Periyar National Park||Periyar National Park|
|8||Periyar National Park||Periyar National Park|
|9||Bus||Periyar National Park - Alleppey (Backwaters)||Alleppey (Backwaters)|
|10||Boat, Bus||Alleppey (Backwaters) - Alappuzha - Kochi||Kochi|
|12||Bus, Train||Kochi - Calicut - Wayanad||Wayanad|
|13||Bus||Wayanad - Mysore||Mysore|
|15||Bus||Mysore - Sravanabelagola - Halebid - Hassan||Hassan|
|16||Bus||Hassan - Hospet/Hampi||Hospet|
|18||Train||Hospet/Hampi - Goa||Goa|
|20||Train||Goa - Mumbai||Night train to Mumbai|
|23||Mumbai||End of tour|
The total travel time for today is approximately six hours (275 km).
Wildlife in the Periyar National Park can best be observed by boat. There are many animals to see, including herds of elephants, bison and wild boar troops. There are also various types of monkeys that are often close to the hotel. Other animals in the park include otters and porcupines. Among the most important bird species in the area are the ospreys and Snake-necked birds. It is also possible to arrange hikes through the jungle, accompanied by a guide.
The total travel time for today is about 4 ½ hours.
You may choose an excursion to Somnathpur. The Kesava temple is located on the outskirts of the village and lies about 33 miles east of Mysore. The walls of this stunning building are filled with exuberant sculptures of scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. The ceilings display very intricate patterns and beautiful pictures of many different Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism and you can really see the craftsmanship of the artists.
On the north side of downtown, near the river, lie the great temples of Vijayanagar. The main one, the Vithoba temple, is undoubtedly the most northerly of the three. In the entrance hall are fourteen columns with "Yali's' (elephant-lion sculptures), together with their riders. South of the Sule Bazar are the Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stables. The Lotus Mahal is an elegant pavilion designed in a walled complex known as the Zezana (Harem). The building takes its name from the lotus bud in the center of the dome ceiling.
The group normally departs late tonight/early tomorrow.