South India Tour Package 16N17D

South India Tour Package 16N17D

South India Tour Package – 16N17D

Destinations Covered: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Periyar – Kovalam – Allepey – Kumarakom – Kochi – Ooty – Nagarhole – Mysore – Bangalore

Day 01 Arrive Chennai
On arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel. Later proceed for the sightseeing of Chennai, “the gateway of South India”. P.M. Visit National Art Gallery and Museum (closed on Fridays) which has a selection of ancient paintings of almost all schools as well as section devoted to modern art, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, Drive along Marina Beach (the second longest in the world), San Thome Cathedral, Mylapore Shiva Temple and shopping.

Day 02 Mahabalipuram
Kanchipuram, the city of 1000 temples. It is considered as the second holiest city in India next to Varanasi. Visit Vaikuntaperumal temple, Ekambareeswarar and Varadarajar temple. Kanchipuram is famous for its exquisite silk sarees. Visit the handloom and shop if you please. Drive to Mahabalipuram, the only surviving shore temple. It boasts of some of India’s most sublime rock cut art comprising of Arjuna’s Penance – the largest open-air bass-relief, Five Rathas, structured temples, man-made caves and chariots.

Day 03 Pondicherry
Pondicherry, once a French settlement and now home to the Aurobindo Ashram – It spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science and Auroville or the City of Dawn, an international settlement where community living is the focus of life. The sphere shaped Matri Mandir a hall of meditation is the splendid centre of Auroville. Visit Pondicherry Museum which has an outstanding collection of artifacts. The sculpture gallery is a treasure house of Pallava and Chola art. Evening Relax at the beach, which runs along the city.

Day 04 Tanjore
Tanjore is rich in its architecture, exquisite handicrafts, paintings, bronzes and South Indian Musical instruments. Visit the magnificent Brahadeeswara temple, where the shade of the tower (gopuram or vimanam) will not fall on the ground. The second largest monolithic sculpture, Nandi (Bull) can be found in the portal of the shrine. The Royal palace complex houses in important library and museums, including a superb collection of Chola bronzes.

Day 05 Trichy
Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive’s house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple Visit Srirangam temple and RockFort temple.

Day 06 Madurai
Drive to Madurai, known for 1000-pillared Meenakshiamman temple. Visit Meenakshi temple, famous for its Court of Thousand Pillars, built in 1560 A.D and visit to the temple to witness the famous night ceremony when the Temple bronze of Lord Siva is carried to the bed chamber of Goddess Parvathy to the accompaniment of religious prayers and music. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak’s Palace and Gandhi Museum.

Day 07 Periyar
Periyar. You will be taken to one of the best game sanctuaries in India – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Your journey to Thekkady is through breathtaking, winding, dense rubber, etc; do not forget your camera. A boat ride on the spending Lake Periyar is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Visit the Spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back to hotel, you can shop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

Day 08 Kumarakom
A cruise on the Vembanad Lake, gently rocked by the waves rippling to the rhythm of the swaying coconut palms on the distant banks could be truly exhilarating. Stay in the backwater resort and enjoy your day in swimming or a massage that would do wonders on your body. The splash of water slapping softly on the banks provides a soothing background music. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The breathtaking view of the lake during the dawn and dusk and the glimpse of the formation of birds flapping in and out of the bird sanctuary can be seen from any spot of the island.

Day 09 Allepey
After witnessing the sunrise, drive to Allepey. This is the heart of backwaters and it is naturally known for its snake boat racing events. Spending an overnight at the resort is an ideal getaway from the madding crowds of everyday life. For those in search of peace and tranquility, this is a refreshing interlude. Day free to relax at backwater resort or proceed for a backwater cruise (Optional).

Day 09 Kochi
Visit the pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature’s splendour and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at the end of the day.

Day 10 Kochi
Visit the Dutch Palace – the oldest Synagogue of the British commonwealth, The Jewish Synagogue – the oldest in India with features like great scrolls of the old testament, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, gold and silver crowns, blue willow patterned floor tiles in which each tile is unique, St. Francis Church – India’s oldest European church, Bolghatty Palace, Hill Palace Museum and Bird Sanctuary. Spend around Kochi city shopping for handicrafts, antiques and other traditional goods. Witness the traditional Kathakali Dance Show in the evening.

Day 11 Ooty
Drive to Ooty, the queen of hill stations. The beautiful hill station established by the British in the early part of the 19th century. A fine retreat from the heat of the plains. Ooty offers scenic beauty and relaxed ambience. The Beautiful Ooty Lake, Set Among Groves Of Eucalyptus Trees Is A Popular Spot With Its Facilities For Boating.

Day 12 Ooty
Full day excursion to Ooty and Coonoor. Visit Botanical Gardens, the Lake, Dodabetta peak, which provides beautiful views of the surrounding hills and plains at Ooty. Located at a lower altitude, with a warmer climate, Coonoor is a popular hill resort in its own way. You can take a Optional toy train to Coonoor to enjoy the scenic beauties. The well laid-out Sim’s park here is a beautiful botanical garden, with many rare flowers, shrubs and trees. Lambs rock and Dolphin’s Nose are some of the viewpoints and picnic spots around Coonoor. Overnight at Ooty.

Day 13 Kabini
90 kms southwest of Mysore lies Nagarhole National park, which claims populations of tiger, leopard and elephant as well as over 250 species of birds. Visit the park by jeep, on elephant back and in a coracle. Stay two nights at the Kabini river Lodge or at water Woods a small six bedroom bungalow, beautifully appointed, and situated on the banks of the Kabini river.

As an alternative to Nagarhole National Park, anglers may wish to consider staying at the Cauvery fishing camp on the banks of the Cauvery River at Bheemeshwari, which is noted for its mahseer fishing (best season November to June). The mahseer is considered to be one of the finest game fish in the world. Accommodation is in spacious, well furnished “ethnic log huts.” The Cauvery fishing Camp is situated 100 kms from Bangalore and 85 kms from Mysore.

Day 14 Kabini
In the morning go on a Coracle Ride on Kabini river. The Coracle is a round native boat. In the afternoon go on a wildlife tour in the National park in jeeps / vans.

Day 15 Mysore
Drive to Mysore, the Sandalwood City. A city with rich heritage with magnificent palaces, beautifully laid out gardens, imposing buildings, avenues of flowering trees and many ancient temples. The City of Mysore still retains an extraordinary charm that never fails to fascinate. Sights include the Mysore Palace, one of the largest of its kind in India – illuminated during weekends, the Art Gallery, Brindavan Gardens, etc. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 16 Bangalore
Visit Srirangapatna – The island fortress of Tipu Sultan is 16 Km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu’s mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy temple, Tipu’s Summer Palace known as the Daria Daulat Bagh, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned. On arrival check-in at hotel. Later visit Lal Bagh, the Botanical Gardens, Tipu’s summer Palace, Bull Temple, and shopping at Arts & Crafts Centre Emporium at M.G.Road. Overnight at Bangalore.

Day 17 Departure
Today you will be transferred to the Airport to board connecting flight to onward destination.

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South India Tour Package 12N13D

South India Tour Package 12N13D

South India Tour Package – 12N13D

Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Hyderabad – Bijapur – Badami – Hospet – Hassan – Mysore – Bangalore

Day 01  Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, the gateway of India.  On arrival transfer to the hotel to relax.  Later in the evening proceed for a half-day sightseeing of the city.  Visit Gateway of India, Hanging gardens, Crawford Market, Marine Drive, Coloba causeway, Kamala Park.

Day 02  Mumbai / Hyderabad
Today you will visit Elephanta Caves.  Leave by motor launch and go across the harbour to the world famous Elephanta Caves, 1200 years old and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous sculpture signifying the Trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is situated here. In the afternoon take a flight to Hyderabad.  On arrival transfer to the hotel & check-in.  Visit Golconda Fort.

Day 03    Hyderabad
Morning sightseeing of Hyderabad.  Visit Salarjung Museum, Mecca Mosque, Bangle Bazaar, Chowmohollo Palace and Charminar.  In the evening if interested one can visit Sound and Light show.

Day 04    Hyderabad / Bijapur
Breakfast at Hotel.   Check-out and drive to Bijapur.  check-in at hotel and rest of the day free to relax.

Day 05    Bijapur / Badami
Morning visit to Bijapur Dome, one of the 2nd largest in the world.  In the afternoon drive to Badami.

Day 06    Badami
Breakfast at Hotel.   Today you’ll have a day excursion to Patadakal & Aihole.  They were built in the early years of Chalukya’s dynasty.

Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the Southern Dravida School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings.

Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana & Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling.

Day 07    Badami / Hospet
Drive to Hospet.  Rest of the day free to relax

Day 08    Hospet
The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire – greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen’s Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple & Lotus Mahal.

Day 09    Hospet / Hassan
Drive to Hassan.  Visit Belur and Halebid temples.

There are more than 150 temples, each bearing a masterpiece of sculpture, mainly based on Chalukyan style, but enriched with decorative creation.  They are built on a star shaped pedestal and one centered around a pillared hall.  The walls and niches are filled with genius and delicate work.   The Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art showing variety of ornamental details and minute delicate carvings on the pillars and panels. Halebid’s 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are masterpieces of Hindu art.

Day 10    Hassan / Mysore
Drive to Mysore, the sandalwood city enroute visit Shravanabelagola, a Jain pilgrim centre.  In the Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing of Mysore.  Visit the Palace, Chamundi Hills, Devraj market and the beautiful Brindavan Gardens.

Day 11    Mysore                                       
Day excursion to Srirangapatna and Somathpur.

Day 12    Mysore / Bangalore
Drive to Bangalore, the garden city and now know for Information Technology Park.  In the afternoon proceed for a half-day sightseeing of Bangalore.

Day 13    Bangalore Departure
Breakfast at hotel.  Later check-out of the hotel and transfer to the Airport to connect flight to onward destination.

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South India Tour Package 22N23D

South India Tour Package 22N23D

South India Tour Package – 22N23D

Destinations Covered: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore –  Madurai – Periyar – Kovalam – Kumarakom – Allepey – Kochi – Bangalore – Mysore – Hassan – Sharavanabelgola – Bangalore – Mumbai

Day 01 Chennai
On Arrival Traditional Welcome & Transfer To Hotel. Sightseeing of Chennai includes Fort St. George, Fort Museum, National Art Gallery, Kapaleeswarar temple and drive past Marina Beach.

Day 02 Mahabalipuram
Visit Ekambareswarar temple – One of the largest temples in Kancheepuram, covering 9 hectares. Varadarajaswamy temple – noted for its costly jewellery and diamonds and precious stones presented by the kings of various dynasties temple and Kailasanathar temple – reflects the freshness and simplicity of early Dravidian architecture. Kanchipuram is famous for its exquisite silk sarees. Shopping and Visit the handloom.

Day 03 Mahabalipuram
Visit Arjuna’s Penance, Shore temple, Five Rathas, Krishna Mandapam, etc.   Rest of the day free to relax on the beach.

Day 04 Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry.  Visit Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville.

Day 05 Tanjore
Tanjore is rich in its architecture, exquisite handicrafts, paintings, bronzes and South Indian Musical instruments. Visit the magnificent Brahadeeswara temple, where the shade of the tower (gopuram or vimanam) will not fall on the ground. The second largest monolithic sculpture, Nandi (Bull) can be found in the portal of the shrine. The Royal palace complex houses in important library and museums, including a superb collection of Chola bronzes.

Day 06 Trichy
After breakfast drive  Visit Srirangam temple and Rockfort temple.

Day 07 Madurai
Drive to Madurai, known for 1000-pillared meenakshiamman temple. Visit Meenakshi temple, famous for its Court of Thousand Pillars, built in 1560 A.D and visit to the temple to witness the famous night ceremony when the Temple bronze of Lord Siva is carried to the bed chamber of Goddess Parvathy to the accompaniment of religious prayers and music. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak’s Palace and Gandhi Museum.

Day 08 Periyar
Periyar. You will be taken to one of the best game sanctuaries in India – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Your journey to Thekkady is through breathtaking, winding, dense rubber, etc; do not forget your camera. A boat ride on the spending Lake Periyar is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Visit the Spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back to hotel, you can shop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

Day 09 Kovalam  
Kovalam, a former fishing village enchanted by the strips of golden sands laced with rich greenery of coconut palms. After breakfast you are free to go swimming and more adventure for surfing. Afterwards you can attend the yoga classes. Rest of the day relax at the beach. Watch the sun setting and you are free for shopping for handicrafts in the twilight hours.

Day 10 Kovalam
Day Free to relax on the beach or proceed for a day excursion to Trivandrum (Optional).

Day 11 Kumarakom
Drive To Kumarakom. A cruise on the Vembanad Lake, gently rocked by the waves rippling to the rhythm of the swaying coconut palms on the distant banks could be truly exhilarating. Pm Free & Evening Sun Set Cruise.

Day 12 Kumarakom
Visit the bird Sanctuary. The island is surrounded by Vembanad Lake and the land has lots of streams and canals which provides an ideal tourist experience, apart from being a fishing township.

Day 13 Kochi
Drive to Allepey known for its backwaters. Have a short cruise on the backwaters and later proceed to Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala. Later proceed for the Boat Cruise To See The 7 Islands Of Kochi & Beautiful Sun Set At Chinese Fishing Nets. Spend around the city shopping for spices.

Day 14 Kochi
After breakfast Visit the Dutch Palace,  The Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets. In the evening witness the make-up session and performance of traditional Kathakali Dance Show.

Day 15 Bangalore / Mysore
Transfer to Airport in time to Connect flight for Bangalore. On arrival drive straight to Mysore enroute visit to Srirangapatna – The Little Island Fortress Of Tipu Sultan, Who Was Once Known As The “Tiger Of Mysore”. Visit the Summer Palace, The Daria Daulat, and the Beautiful Wall Paintings. Rest of the day free to relax.

Day 16 Mysore
Visit the palace,  Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight Mysore.

Day 17 Hassan
Today you will witness the hoysala architecture.  Visit Belur & Halebid temples.

Day 18 Bangalore
Drive to Bangalore enroute visit Sravanbelgola, noted for its 17 metre high image of Lord Gomateshvara, which is cut into the rock of Indragiri hill. Hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms, the Lord Gomteshwara is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years.
Later visit Bangalore, the Garden City. Vist Bull temple, ISKCON temple, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and the magnificient building of Vidhana Soudha.

Day 19 Goa
You will be transferred to the Airport to board flight to Goa. On arrival you will be checked-in at the hotel / resort. Rest of the day free for your own activites like Swimming, Water Sport Activities, etc.

Day 20 Goa
Today Morning proceed for the city tour of Old Goa. Visit old Goa Churches, Bassilica of Boom Jesus, Sri Mangueas Temple, Dona Paula & Miramar Beach. Afternoon at leisure for swimming & sun bathing.

Day 21 Mumbai
Day free to relax and later transfer to Airport to connect flight to Mumbai. On arrival you will be checked-in at hotel to relax or proceed for the shopping.

Day 22 Mumbai
After breakfast proceed  for the sightseeing of Mumbai.  It includes Gateay of India, Marine drive, Coloba causeway.  Visit Hanging gardens and  Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market.

Day 23 Departure Transfer
You’ll be transferred to the Airport to connect flight to onward destination. Depart India with lingering memories.

To get this South India Tour customized to your requirements, please contact us. While filling the Contact Form, please specify the tour you like, travel dates, number of people traveling and the accommodation type / budget for your tour. Also, let us know what all changes you would like us to make and if you have any other requirements especially for families traveling with kids or elderly. You can ask us to add a night here and there, change the type of accommodations, meal plans, mode of transportation or even combine 2 or more itineraries to create a extended holiday tour of India for you. We will be happy to create a custom plan matching all your requirements. Our experts will be glad to help if you have any queries.

 

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