Saffron & Sandalwood
DAY 1: ARRIVE MUMBAI (BOMBAY)
Arrive India's commercial and business capital of Mumbai. On
arrival stay at Taj Mahal Palace & Towers Hotel.
DAY 2: MUMBAI
Morning free. Afternoon exploring the sights of India's
commercial capital which is hugely spread out and is replete with
DAY 3: MUMBAI - MADURAI
Morning flight to Madurai. Stay 2 nights at The Gateway Hotel.
Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 4: MADURAI
Spend the morning exploring this bustling city, including the
famous Meenakshi Temple (excluding the inner sanctum). A car and
driver is at your disposal for the afternoon. Evening return to
DAY 5: MADURAI - THANJAVUR
Full day drive to Thanjavur, via the ornate Srirangam Temple at
Tiruchirapally. On arrival stay 2 nights at the Ideal River View
DAY 6: THANJAVUR
Half day tour of this ancient Chola capital which is dominated
by the mighty Brihadeeshwara Temple with its huge go purams.
Afternoon free. Afternoon car and driver at disposal.
DAY 7: THANJAVUR - PUDUCHERRY
Full day's drive en route visiting the exquisite and rarely
visited temple complexes at Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram, and
Chidambaram. On arrival in Puducherry stay 2 nights at The
DAY 8: PUDUCHERRY
Morning exploration of this pretty, peaceful town. The French
quarter boasts some exceptional old, colonial buildings and is easy
to explore on foot.
DAY 9: PUDUCHERRY - CHENNAI
Morning drive up the coast to Chennai. Enroute visit the
fabulous shore temples at Mahabalipuram. On arrival, stay 2 nights
at the Taj Coromandel Hotel.
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DAY 10: CHENNAI
Spend the morning exploring the city which had strong colonial
ties during the days of the East India Company. See the various
sightsbefore spending an afternoon at leisure.
DAY 11: CHENNAI - BENGALURU
Early morning train to Bengaluru and stay 1 night at the Taj
West End hotel. Afternoon city tour.
DAY 12: BENGALURU - NAGARHOLE NATIONAL
Morning drive to Nagarhole National Park. Stay 2 nights at the
Cicada-Kabini Lodge. Afternoon game drive.
DAY 13: NAGARHOLE
Early morning and afternoon game drives either by boat, by jeep
or by elephant back. The area is home to a rich variety of
DAY 14: NAGARHOLE - MYSORE
After an early morning game drive, proceed to Mysore and stay 2
nights at The Windflower Hotel. Explore the city this afternoon,
visiting the ornate city palace and drive to the top of Chamundi
Hill, passing the huge monolith Nandi Bull, en route.
DAY 15: MYSORE
Morning drive to nearby Srirangapatnam which boasts the ruins of
Tipu Sultan's summer palace. Afternoon visit to the Hoysala Temple
DAY 16: MYSORE - CHENNAI
Morning at leisure. Afternoon train to Chennai. Room at disposal
at the Trident Hotel until late tonight. After dinner, depart for
DAY 17: DEPART CHENNAI
Early morning departure for onward destination.