25 Days South India Tour
Duration: 25 Days / 24 Nights
Destination Covered: Chennai – Kanchipuram- Mahabalimpuram- Pondicherry – Tanjore – Madurai – Kovalam- Periyar – Alleppey – Cochin- Ooty – Mysore- Bangalore- Hassan – Halebid- Belur- Hospet (Humpi) – Badami – Goa – Mumbai
Day 01: Arrival Chennai
Arrive Chennai, Gateway of South India, where you are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome on arrival at the airport and escorted to the hotel. After check in at hotel our representative will explain you the travel plan and hand over the essential travel documents to you. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Chennai
Morning start city tour of Chennai. Visit Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India, now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises. Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by the Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896. it was made a basilica and Theosophical Society – the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy and science. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahablipuram
Morning drive to Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram which is a city of thousand temples. The city is also famous for its silk weavers. Later proceed to Mahablipuram. The pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam has a big bas relief i.e. the world’s largest bas relief. Shore Temple & Five Rathas are a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Mahablipuram –Pondicherry (135Kms)
Morning drive to Pondicherry. Later you will visit Pondicherry city. Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry’s main sights are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram retreat was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter aimed at creating a city of the future where people from India and abroad could live and work together in a spiritual environment. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Pondicherry –Chidambram –Tanjore (175kms)
Morning drive to Tanjore on the way you will visit the temple or Lord Natraja at Chidambram. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, city tour of Tanjore. Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple.The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect’s marvel. Evening free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai (201Kms)
Morning drive to Madurai on the way visit Trichy. Visit Srirangam, which is an island, 5 kms from Trichy. Surrounded by the Kaveri water is a 600 acres island town enclosed within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri River, Trichy’s most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world approx. 3,800 million years. Later drive to Madurai. on arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Madurai
Morning city tour of Madurai. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace.Evening watch night ceremony at the temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Madurai – Thekkady (Periyar wild life sanctuary ) (160kms)
Morning drive to Thekkady ( Periyar wild life sanctuary). Periyar, spread over an area of 777 sq km, has about 35 tigers and leopards. The park encompasses a 26 sq km artificial lake and is the home of sambars, wild boars, elephants and antelopes which can be occasionally seen on the banks of the river during a boat cruise. In the afternoon we shall take a boat Safari on Lake Periyar to view wildlife. Evening free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 : Periyar –– Alleppey – Cochin (195Kms)
Morning drive to Cochin enroure enjoy Boat cruise at Backwater also enjoy lunch on board. “Kettuvalam” Hose boat move towards interior backwaters. his cruise is very exciting and sensational to watch the real traditional Kerlan life who lives on the banks of backwaters. Further continue drive to Cochin. On arrival check in at hotel.
Day 10: Cochin
Morning visit the 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace. We would visit ‘Jew Town’, in the Mattancherry section.The area around the Synagogue, known, as Jew Town is one of the main centres of spice trade. St. Francis Church, and Jewish Synagogue. Later visit Fort Cochin. The true character of the city is to be found in the older parts of the Fort Cochin area. This part of the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portugal, Dutch and English country life grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast Also visit Chinese Fishing nets.Evening show witness the Kathakali Dance Show in an auditorium. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Cochin – Ooty ( 280Kms)
Morning drive to Ooty. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of day free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 : Ooty
Morning sightseeing tour of Ooty. Located at 2240 m above sea level. The places of interest in Ooty include Botanical Gardens where “summer Festival” is held each during the month of May. The artificial lake and Dodabetta Peak which is the highest point in the district at a height of 2623m. Rest of day free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Ooty – Mysore (150Kms)
Morning drive to Mysore. On arrival check in at hotel. Later sightseeing tour of Mysore. Mysore as we see today is most famous for the imposing Royal Palace with a magnificent Durbar Hall, particularly splendid during the Dussehra Festival when the Maharaja’s jewelry, studded gold throne (weighing 200 kgs) is on display. Chamundeshwari temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 meter monolith. 19 km north-west of Mysore is the KRS Dam and the ornamental Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains and colourful lights transform this place into a fairly land in the evenings. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Mysore – Srirangapatna – Bangalore (140kms)
Morning drive to Bangalore enroute visiting Srirangapatna. Srirangapatna is a rocky island formed by Cauvery River.That made it significant from a military as well as religious point of view. Further continue drive to Bangalore. After wash & change do sight seeing tour. Visit Lalbagh, one of the finest botanical Gardens ofIndia, Cubbon Park laid in 1864 sprawling across 300 acres, Vidhana Soudha built in 1956 housing The State Legislature and Secretariat are the main attractions. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Bangalore – Sravanbelgola- Hassan (172Kms)
Morning drive to Hassan enroute visit Sravanbelgola which is said to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue raises 17 meter high of Bahubali (Gomateshvara).The statue was built in 981 AD and is most sacred to the Jain Community. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of day free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Hassan – Excursion to Belur & Halebid
Full day tour of Belur and Halebid. Belur is famous for its ancient exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava Temple being the finest example of the Hoyasala architecture it took 103 years to complete. The Veeranarayan Temple and the smaller shrines are well worth a visit. Halebid the temples of Halebid like those of Belur, bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the 12th century, is astounding for its wealth of sculpture details. This magnificent temple-guarded by a Nandi Bull-was never completed, despite 86 years of labour. Evening return to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 : Hassan – Hospet by road (320 kms)
Morning travel north to Hospet, which will be the base from where you will visit the Vijanagara City (Hampi) ruins near the village of Hampi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Hampi
A full day tour of the Hampi ruins. Hampi holds many a delightful surprises. The most famous is the Kings Balance and the Queen’s Bath with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus shaped fountains, the two storied Lotus Mahal, the huge Elephant stables, the splendid Vitthala Temple with its musical pillars and the Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple, Ugra Narashima, the 6.7 meters tall monolith, the Pushkarini Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba, etc. Temples of this city are noted for their dimensions, florid ornamation, bold and delicate carvings, stately pillars & magnificient .Also present are some monolithic statues of Lakshmi, Narashima and Gnash which are noted for their massiveness and grace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Hospet – Aihole – Pattadakal – Badami (180Kms)
Morning leave for Badami enroute we will visit Aihole and Pattadakal, a world heritage site. Aihole has over 125 temples, all intricately carved and rich in detail. The oldest temple is perhaps the 5th century Lad Khan Temple.r temples representing the early Chaulakya architecture the biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksheshvara,has a huge gateway and several inscriptions. In front of the temple is a majestic 2.6 m high Nandi. On arrival check in at hotel. Later visit Badami. It has four rock cut cave temples, the largest being the third cave dedicated to Vishnu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20 : Badami – Goa (380Kms)
Morning proceed to Goa. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21: Goa
Morning sightseeing tour of Goa visit famous churches & beaches. Evening enjoy boat cruise at Mandavi river (optional). Overnight at hotel.
Day 22: Goa
Day free. Overnight at hotel.
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