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Destinations Covered: Bangalore - Hassan - Mysore - Ooty - Kodaikanal - Madurai - Trichy - Thanjavur - Mahabalipuram - Chennai

Duration of stay : 15 nights / 16 days

Day 01 - Arrive Bangalore

On arrival at Bangalore airport you will be taken to your hotel. Bangalore - the "Silicon Valley" of India, is today one of the most important city for trade and technology and is regarded as India’s one of most progressive and liberal city. It became an important fortress city under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, though little remains from this period except Lallbagh botanical gardens and a palace.
Overnight in Bangalore.

Day 02 - Drive Bangalore -Shravanabelagola- Hassan (160 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning after breakfast proceed for the half day city tour of Bangalore visitingRed fort and lotus temple Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Vidhan Soudha,Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull temple which is one of the Bangalore’s oldest temple. After the visit, drive to Hassan en-route visiting one of the oldest and important Jain pilgrimage site where standing a 17m – high naked statue of Gomteshvara, said to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue. After the visit continue your drive for Hassan, the base of visiting the famous temples of Belur and Halebid.
On arrival in Hassan , check into hotel
Overnight in Hassan.

Day 03 - Drive Hassan - Mysore (130 kms / 04 hrs)

Red fort and lotus templeAfter breakfast depart for a morning excursion to visit Halebid and Belur.Construction of the Hoysaleswara Temple at Helebid began around 1121 and in spite of more than 80 years of labor, it was never completed, is one of the most amazing example of Hoysala art.
Belur was the Hoysala capital of Halebid during eleventh and twelfth centuries. Chennakeshava temple in Belur is beautifully done and is one of the earliest examples of the Hoysala style. It is still one of the three major Hoysala sites in daily use. Construction began in 1116 to commemorate the victory over the Cholas of the Hoysala Talak and took almost a century to complete. The facade of the temple is covered with intricate carvings, frescoes of elephants and the episodes of the epics, sensuous dancers - these are all wonderful in the hands of their intricate work.
After the visit drive to Mysore. Mysore - known as the "City of Palaces" impresses the travelers. It is a pleasure to know this town with its picturesque charm, its interesting patrimonies, its magnificent palaces, well-planned gardens, its impressive buildings, its shady avenues and sacred temples.
 On arrival in Mysore, check into hotel
Overnight in Mysore.

Day 04 - In Mysore

Morning after breakfast set for the sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting the City Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and Chamundi Hill, where you see the twelfth century temple of Chamundershwari. Near the temple there is a  huge statue of the demon Mahisshasura. Visit the Church of St. Philomena and the Brindavan Gardens, with its lights and music sources, this place becomes a magical place at night.
Overnight in Mysore.

Day 05 - Drive Mysore - Ooty (165 kms / 04 hrs)

Red fort and lotus templeAfter breakfast drive to Ooty (Ootcamund)-- known as the "Queen of the summer season," spread over large area among rolling hills, bright waterfalls, enchanting streams, and lush tea gardens. It is a picturesque land with an altitude of 2.240 meters and for years, is one of the most famous destinations of India to escape from the heat of the city and relax in the midst of nature. It is the capital of the Nilgiri region, which means "Blue Mountains”. In the early 19th century the British established Ooty to serve as the summer capital of Chennai (Madras). On arrival in Ooty, check into hotel.  Spend rest of the day at leisure exploring the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Ooty.

Day 06 - In Ooty

After breakfast full day at leisure enjoying the mountain train, visiting a tea garden or walking around the "Blue mountains”.
Overnight in Ooty.

Day 07 - Drive Ooty - Kodaikanal (236 kms / 05 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kodaikanal in the hills of the taluk division referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations". Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station at an altitude of about 2133 m on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in Tamil Nadu in the Western Ghats. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal will mesmerize any visitor. On arrival in Kodaikanal, check into hotel.
Overnight in Kodaikanal

Day 08 - In Kodaikanal

Spend full day at leisure.
Overnight in Kodaikanal

Day 09 - Drive Kodaikanal - Madurai (120 kms / 2.5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Madurai. Over the centuries Madurai remained under the jurisdictions of the Cholas, the Pandyas, the Muslim invaders and the Nayaks who ruled Madurai until 1781. Madurai is proud of its 2500 years of heritage. On arrival in Madurai, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Madurai

Day 10 - In Madurai

Red fort and lotus templeAfter breakfast start your full day sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting the Meenakashi Temple- The Sri Meenaksh Temple was designed in 1560 during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak. This is a huge complex of temples is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture, with its bright colors and exquisite carved columns miles. Within the temple complex, housed is the 1000 pillared hall, is the Temple Art Museum. Later continue your city tour visiting Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Museums and Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank.
Overnight in Madurai.

Day 11 - Drive Madurai - Thanjavur (165 kms / 03 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Tanjavur.  Thanjavur (Tanjore) was the ancient capital of the Chola Kings, controlled most of the Indian peninsula, including parts of Sri Lanka  and the Srivijaya kingdom of the Malay Peninsula on the island of Sumatra. On arrival in Tanjavur, check into hotel. Later spent the day visiting Brihadishwara Temple, Fort, Thanjavur Palace & Museums.
Overnight in Tanjavur.

Day 12 - Drive Thanjavur - Trichy (54 kms / 02 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Trichy  - was the royal city of the Chola empire between 850 and 1270. On arrival  in Trichy, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Trichy including Rock fort Temple perched 83m high on a massive rocky outcrop, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple – a superb temple dedicated to Vishnu, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati and other religious sites.
Overnight in Trichy

Day 13 - Drive Thanjavur - Mahabalipuram (300 kms / 06 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) famous for its shore temple once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 06th and 09th century AD. This charming and quiet town was destroyed by the tsunami in December 2004. Showing their courage and determination, the citizens of Mahabalipuram rebuilt their home very fast. On arrival in Mahabalipuram, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 14 - In Mahabalipuram

Red fort and lotus templeMorning after breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram visiting Ganesh Ratha - a rock cut dravidian temples resembling a chariout, Trimurti Cave temple, just north to the Ganesh Ratha, Five Rathas – are sculptured temples in the style of Chariots.
Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day 15 - Drive Mahabalipuram - Chennai ( 55 kms / 1.5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Chennai enroots visiting Kanchipuram.  Kanchipuram-the city of thousand temples, once the capital of Pallava. Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. Mainly two rulers, Mahendray and Mamall Narashimha Parman, built the temples. Typical of their architecture is the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Shiva, believed to be 1200 years old. Other important ones include the 16th Century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Vaikunta Perumal. Kanchipuram is also the centre for silk weaving and is famous for its saris and dress materials. Later continue your drive for Chennai. On arrival in Chennai, check into hotel. Overnight in Chennai.

Day 16 - Depart Chennai

Chennai was the site of the first colonization of the British East India Company and was founded in the year 1639. For more than 2000 year Chennai area has been popular with seafarers, spice traders and cloth merchants. Chennai has grown from the merging of a number of small villages, including its former namesake Madraspatnam. After breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Chennai - the fourth largest city in India, visiting the Fort St.George, St.Mary’s Church, St.Thomas Cathedral and the Fort museum - the museum has a collection of objects that come from the occupation of Chennai by the British East India Company, including letters from the famous Robert Clive. Later in time transfer to Chennai airport to board flight for onward destination.


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