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Having spent 4 weeks in the Rajasthan area along with Gwalior, khajuraho, and Varanasi, we are planning a return trip to explore the southern region. We will have 4 weeks in India and are considering adding an additional week for Sri Lanka.

We are in the beginning phases and have sought the assistance of castle and king who we previously used. He has suggested the following itinerary after we provided him with a rough idea of where we want to go.

We have beaches in our backyard, so that will not be our focus. We love ancient ruins, history, culture, scenery, interaction with the local people and photography. We normally take things slowly so we can wander the markets and towns, but as you will see, the itinerary below has us going at a very rapid pace. While we don't want to miss a lot, we realize we can't see everything and hope that those of you who have gone before us, can help make this a manageable and memorable trip. We plan to arrive in Mumbai in early November and will spend 3-5 days there. How many do you suggest?


Suggested Itinerary:
Day 01
Mumbai to Kolhapur (By Train: Koyna Express (11029), Dep: 0935, Arr: 2035 hrs: On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at Kolhapur
Day 02
In Kolhapur: Full day in Kolhapur City tour Overnight at Kolhapur
Day 03
Kolhapur to Bejapur : PM city tour Overnight at Bejapur.
Day 04
Bejapur to Badami : Pm city tour Overnight at Badami.
Day 05
Badami – Hospet: AM visit Aihole Pattakal then drive to Hospet Overnight at Hospet.
Day 06
In Hospet: Full day visit Hampi/Hospet. Overnight Hospet.
Day 07
Hospet to Hassan Via Saravanbelagola: Drive to Hassan en-route visit Saravanbelagola. Overnight Hassan.
Day 08
Hassan to Mysore: AM visit Belure and Halebedu than drive to Mysore Overnight at Mysore.
Day 09
In Mysore: Full day in Mysore Overnight at Mysore.
Day 10
Mysore to Ooty: Mysore to Ooty via Mudumalai Forest. Overnight stay in Ooty.
Day 11
In Ooty: Full day in Ooty Overnight at Ooty.
Day 12
Ooty to Cochin: Transfer to Cochin. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 13
In Cochin: Full day sightseeing tour. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 14
Cochin to Alleppey: Cochin to Alleppey House Boat Overnight at House Boat.
Day 15
Alleppey to Kumarakom: Alleppey to Kumarakom Overnight at Kumarakom.
Day 16
Kumarakom to Thekkady: Morning transfer to Thekkady. Overnight in Thekkady.
Day 17
Thekkady – Munnar: Thekkady to Munnar overnight at Munnar.
Day 18
In Munnar: Full day Munnar Sightseeing. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 19
Munnar – Madurai: Munnar to Madurai Overnight at Madurai.
Day 20
In Madurai: Full day sightseeing. Overnight in Madurai.
Day 21
Madurai – Trichy – Thanjavur: Madurai Trichy Tanjore Overnight at Tanjore.
Day 22
Thanjavur – Pondicherry: Tanjore Pondicherry via Darasuram Gangaikondachoolapuram Chidambaram. Overnight at Pondicherry.
Day 23
Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram: Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 24
In Mahabalipuram (excursion to Kanchipuram): Full day in Mahabalipuram Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 25
Mahabalipuram to Chennai: Mahabalipuram to Chennai transfer. Overnight at Chennai
Day 26
Chennai Airport Drop: As per flight schedule drop at Chennai airport drop Flight to Hometown.

Thanks for your help.

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