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Best of South India

Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Pondicherry – Trichy – Tanjavur – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Cochin – Ooty – Mysore – Hassan – Bangalore : 20 days

 

DAY 01             ARRIVE CHENNAI

On arrival at Chennai airport you will be taken to hotel. For more than 2000 years the 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.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02              CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM (165 KMS)

After breakfast start your city tour of Chennai-the fourth largest city in India. visiting the National Art Gallery. Fort St.George, St.Mary’s Church and the St.Thomas Cathedral and drive along the Marina. Later leave by surface for Mahalbalipuram (Mamallapuram) famous for its shore temple once the principal port of the Pallavas who rules between the 06th and 09th century AD. On arrival in Mahablipuram, check into hotel. Later in the afternoon start your tour of Mahabalipuram. 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.
Overnight at the hotel.

mahabalipuram

DAY 03                MAHABALIPURAM – KANCHIPURAM – PONDICHERRY(145 KMS)

After breakfast depart for Pondicherry en-route visiting KanchipuramKanchipuram-the cit of a thousand temples, once the capital of Pallava. Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. Mainly two rulers, Mahendray and MamallNarashimhaParman, 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, KamakshiTemple , and VaikuntaPerumal. Kanchipuram is the centre for silk weaving and is famous for its saris and dress materials. Later continue your drive for Pondicherry. On arrival in Pondicherry, check into hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04                  PONDICHERRY

Pondicherry is a charming town with a French culture which settled in the early 18th century. Start your tour visiting the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and a Frenchwoman known as the The Mother. The ashram does many cultural and educational activities in Pondicherry.
Rest of the day spend visiting Pondicherry Museum , Churches etc.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05                 PONDICHERRY – TRICHY (220 KMS)

After breakfast leave by surface to Trichy. On arrival in Trichy, check into hotel. Hotel. Later city tour of Trichy including Rock fort Temple perched 83m high on a massive rocky outcrop, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple-superb temple dedicated to Vishnu Sri Jambukeshwara Temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvatiand other religious sites.
Overnight at the hotel.

trichy

DAY 06                 TRICHY – TANJAVUR (60 KMS)

After breakfast leave by surface for Tanjavur. Thanjavur (Tanjore) was the ancient capital of the Chola Kings, controlled most of the Indian peninsula, including parts of Sri Lanka and the Srivijayakingdon of the Malay Peninsula and Sumatara. On arrival in Tanjavur check into your prebooked hotel. Later spent the day visiting Brihadishwara Temple & Fort, Thanjavur Palace & Museums.
Overnight at the hotel.

Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple

DAY 07                 TANJAVUR – MADURAI(190 KMS)

After breakfast leave by surface from Madurai. Over the centuries Madurai has come under the juridictions of the Cholas,thePandyas, the Muslim invaders and the Nayaks who ruled Madurai until 1781. On arrival in Madurai check into your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.


DAY 08                 MADURAI

After breakfast start your full day tour visiting the Meenakashi Temple- The Sri Meenaksh Temple was designed in 1560 during the reign of TirumalaiNayak. This is a huge complex of temples. Within the temple complex , housed in the 1000 pillard hall , is the Temple Art Museum. Later continue your city tour visiting TirumalaiNayakPalace , Museums and MariammanTeppakkulam Tank.
Overnight at the hotel.

Meenakshi Temple

DAY 09                   MADURAI – PERIYAR(155 KMS)

After an early breakfast drive to Periyar. Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary created by British. It’s home to Wild Boar, Antelopes, langur, Boison, Sambar. The drive to this hilltop wildlife sanctuary is one of the most beautiful ones.On arrival in Periyar, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure exploring on your own.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10                  PERIYAR

Morning after breakfast, proceed to enjoy boat ride at lake periyar to experience the while life. Later enjoy spice plantation tour . Thereafter enjoy short elephant ride
Night in Periyar.

Thekkady

DAY 11                   PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM (185 KMS)

After breakfast start your journey for Kumarakom. The drive is a wonderful experience passing through the backwater and plantations. Upon arrival In Kumarakom, check into hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12                   KUMARAKOM

Spend full day at leisure.Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 13                   KUMARAKOM – HOUSEBOAT

Morning at leisure, later in-time transfer to the embarkment point for the houseboat. It’s once a lifetime experience to have such a romantic and beautiful experience. Time spend on the houseboat passing through the Backwaters of Kerala.
Overnight on board houseboat.

kerala

DAY 14                  HOUSEBOAT – COCHIN (65 KMS)

Disembark houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin,check into hotel.
After a short rest proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the oldest church in India winding streets with mosques and 500 year old Portuguese houses, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community with ancient roots, a 16th-century synagogue and a palace built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of cochin. The Palace , which was later renovated by the Dutch, contains some of India’s most beautiful murals. Evening experience the World famous dance performance «KATHAKALI «
Overnight at the hotel.

kochi

DAY 15                  COCHIN – OOTY(320 KMS)

After breakfast leave by surface for Ootacamund also known as Ooty. It derives its name from the Niligiri or the Blue Mountains. In the early 19th century the British eastablishedOoty to serve as the summer capital of Chennai (Madras). Ooty is spread over a large area amoug rolling hills and valleys. On arrival in Ooty, check into hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 16                 OOTY

After breakfast after a short city tour of Ooty visiting Botanical Gardens ,St.Stephen’s Church spend rest of the day relaxing or doing nature walk. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnght at the hotel.

DAY 17                OOTY – MYSORE (165 KMS)

After breakfast start your drive for Mysore. The City is famous for its silk and also a thriving sandalwood and incense centre. Mysore was named after the mythical Mahisuru, where the goddess Chamundi slew the demon Mahishasura. On arrival in Mysore check into hotel. Later in the afternoon continue your city tour including Mysore Palace , the seat of the maharajas of Mysore, Zoological gardens and the Brindavan Garden, beautiful by day as well as night.
Overnight at the hotel.

Mysore

DAY 18                 MYSORE – HASSAN (135 KMS)

After breakfast depart for Hassan enroots visiting Halebid and Belur. Construction of the Hoysaleswara Temple at Helebit began around 1121 and de spite more than 80 years of labour, it was never completed. It is one of the most amazing example of Hoysala art. The Channekeshava Temple at Belur is the only one at the three major Hoysala sites still in daily use. Later continue you drive for Hassan. On arrival in Hassan, check into hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Chennakesava temple

DAY 19               HASSAN – BANGALORE (160 KMS)

After breakfast leave by surface for Banglore. Bangalore is regarded as India’s one of the India’s most progressive and liberal cities. 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. On arrival in Bangalore check into hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 20                VISIT BANGALORE AND DEPART

Morning half day city tour of Bangalore. Visiting Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull temple which is one of the Bangalore’s oldest temple. Later in-time transfer to Bangalore airport to board flight for onward destination.

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