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  South India Tours >>South India With Buddhism

Duration: 16 Days Tour
Places Covered: Mumbai - Trivandrum - Kovalam - Cape Camorin - Kovalam - Varkala - Kumarakom - Cochin - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi
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Day 1 : Arrival Mumbai
On arrival you will be met by our representative & transferred to the hotel, where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis in the Kerala Beaches Tour. After traditional welcome, check in into the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 2 : Mumbai
Morning A half day tour of Mumbai Gateway of India - The stone archway designed by wittett in the 16th century. Elephanta Caves - 9kms by sea . These 7th century rock - cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are situated on the top a hill on the island. With everlasting memories of the day spend overnight at hotel.
 
Day 3 : Mumbai Trivandrum Kovalam [ By Flight ]
Today morning you will be transferred to hotel to connect flight to Trivandrum. On arrival in Trivandrum transfer to hotel, after check in formalities enjoy your day in the sand. At your choice from any of the centres nearby, you can pamper yourself with a herbal, body- toning message. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 4 : Kovalam Cape Camorin Kovalam
Today you will go for a same day return trip to Cape camorin. Visit, Padmanabhapuram Palace & Archaeological museum drive back to Kovalam. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 5 : Kovalam Varkala [ 8 Km / 1 Hrs.]
Morning after breakfast we will proceed towards Varkala: The most unspoilt beach resorts of India you also have an option to go for body therapy over there. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 6 : Varkala Kumarakom [ 75 Km / 2 Hrs.]
Today ride into Kumarakom the backwater country by speed boat or a luxury cruiser from Varkala and then make yourself at home in its small-town hush. Feel at home. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 7 : Kumarkom
Get set for the moments that will approach you today with a boat ride into the countryside, your visit to the Bird Sanctuary. If you are adventurous enough, you can indulge in water sports such as Wind Sailing & Water Skiing. You can even take a canoe out into the quiet lakes. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 8 : Kumarakom - Cochin [ 47 Km / 1 Hrs.]
Morning drive to Cochin, On arrival in "Queen Of The Arabian Sea" check into hotel. Afternoon free to relax. In the evening enjoy Kathakali dance show. Kerala renowned through out the world for its harmonious blending of poetry, music, costumes and gestures to narrate stories from Indian Epics. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 9 : Cochin - Varanasi [ By Flight ]
Morning transfer to Airport to catch flight to Varanasi. On arrival , transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Sarnath: famous for its Dhamekh Stupa and for it being the place where Buddha preached his first sermon enshrining the principle of his teachings into laws. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.
 
Day 10 : Varanasi
At dawn enjoy boat ride at River Ganges, followed by a city tour covering - Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 11 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya [ 240 Km / 5 Hrs.]
Stay there for two nights with excursions to Rajgir/ Nalanda / Sapta pari cave and Venevamas. Above two days you will come across with many locales of Buddhist significance, i.e., Rajgir : an important Buddhist pilgrimage since the Buddha spent 12 years here , and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha attained Nirvana was held here, Nalanda : founded in the 5th century known as center of intellectualism. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 12 : Bodhgaya Vaishali Kushinagar
Morning Proceed to Vaishali, a very special place to Buddhists as The Lord delivered his last sermon & announced his impending " Nirwana". See the majesty of Ashok Pillar Lotus tank, Chaumukhi & proceed to Kushinagar for overnight stay.
 
Day 13 : Kushinagar Lumbini
Morning visit Mahanirvana Temple, the modern Japan/Srilanka Buddhist center & monasteries , then proceed to Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 14 : Lumbini Kapilvastu Sravasti
Morning visit to Ashoka's pillar (249 BC) rediscovered in 1890's inside thick sal forest, a temple of Mayadevi, the ruins of an old monastery and some new stupas, then in the afternoon proceed to Sravasti where you will see the extensive ruins of this ancient city & Jetavana Monastery. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 15 : Lucknow
Morning after breakfast day free for your own activity, Evening explore the local Market of Lucknow, Overnight stay.
 
Day 16 : Lucknow - Delhi Dept.
After breakfast drive from Sravasti to Lucknow to catch your flight to Delhi International Airport to take flight back home.
 
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