Southern India: Places & Temples (land tour)

Dates: Sunday, January 26, 2020 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (18)
Tour Leader: Annapurna Garimella

Immerse yourself in the wonders of southern India with Dr. Annapurna Garimella, an expert in India’s art and architectural history, diverse religious and cultural traditions, and vibrant living legacies. This well-paced, 18-day tour is the most comprehensive overview of southern India available, and Dr. Garimella—who not only helped design the itinerary, but also has led this AIA tour five times to excellent reviews since 2004—will enhance our travel experiences through lectures, informal discussions, and special experiences “off the beaten path.”

Highlights include:

  • Many of India’s most important and spectacular Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian monuments, spanning the 2nd century B.C. to the 18th century A.D.
  • Seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the monuments at Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Pattadakal, and Old Goa; Brihadeshwara temple and fort; and the 6th- to 8th-century rock-cut Elephanta Caves.
  • Equally important but lesser-known sites, such as the 12th/13th-century Belur and Halebid temples; Sravanabelagola’s 55-foot-high statue of the Jain enlightened being; and the historical palace and a royal residence of the Wodeyar dynasty at Mysore.
  • A visit to Dakshina Chithra, a museum showcasing the art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts, and performing arts of southern India.
  • Best available accommoddations, staying at all but one for at least two nights apiece to allow plenty of time for in-depth exploration, including a luxurious beach resort in Goa.
  • Four nights aboard the lavish Golden Chariot train and several flights within India to maximize sightseeing time. When we do transfer by land, it is via deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach to visit important sites within convenient distance of each other.
  • An optional, post-tour extension to Kochi, in Kerala state, including a memorable day and night aboard a comfortable houseboat, cruising through the natural beauty of the inland waterways and tropical lagoons around Kuttanad.

Tour Prices per person (16 nights)
Double Occupancy (10-12 participants) ...........................$11,495
Double Occupancy (7-9 participants) ...............................$11,995
Single Supplement..........................................................$5,445

Post-Tour Extension Prices Per Person (3 nights)
Double Occupancy (6-12 participants) ........................... $2,645
Single Supplement ........................................................$565

With fewer than 7 participants on the main tour, and 6 on the extension, a small group surcharge may be applied. Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability).




Sunday, January 26, 2020: Depart U.S. on flights to Mumbai, India
Monday, January 27: Arrive Mumbai | Private transfer to hotel
Tuesday, January 28: Elephanta Caves | Mumbai: City overview tour, Prince of Wales Museum | Welcome dinner
Wednesday, January 29: Fly to Madurai | Gandhi Memorial Museum
Thursday, January 30: Madurai
Friday, January 31: Madurai | Kadiyapatti | Puddukothai | Thanjavur
Saturday, February 1: Thanjavur: Brihadeshwara, Bronze Museum, Saraswati Mahal Library
Sunday, February 2: Darasuram & Gangaikonda Cholapuram | Pondicherry | Mahabalipuram
Monday, February 3: Mahabalipuram | Dakshina Chithra
Tuesday, February 4: Chennai: National Art Gallery and Museum - Bronze Gallery | Fly to Bangalore
Wednesday, February 5: Somnathpur | Mysore | Board the Golden Chariot train
Thursday, February 6: Sravanabelagola | Belur | Halebid
Friday, February 7: Hampi
Saturday, February 8: Pattadakal | Badami
Sunday, February 9: Disembark the Golden Chariot | Goa
Monday, February 10: Panjim, Goa | PM at leisure | Farewell dinner
Tuesday, February 11: AM at leisure | Fly to Mumbai | Fly home or to Kochi for the extension
Wednesday, February 12: *Fly home

Optional Post-Tour Extension: Kerala
February 11-14, 2020 (4 days) with expert local guides
Tuesday, February 11, 2020: AM at leisure | Fly from Goa to Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, via Mumbai
Wednesday, February 12: Kochi: City tour, Kerala Folklore Museum
Thursday, February 13: Alleppey | Embark houseboat
Friday, February 14: Disembark | Kochi | Fly to Mumbai | Fly Home

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