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South India Discovery Tour Package


South India

Day 1 – Arrive Chennai (Madras)

Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 – Chennai
Proceed on a tour of the sprawling metropolis of Chennai is one of the rapidly growing and changing cities of India and is also a classic example of the peaceful coexistence of the ancient with the modern.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 – Chennai - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast depart for Mahabalipuram a 7th century port city of the Pallava Dynasty. Its historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century is mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitutes the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas, sculpted relief’s and structural temples. Also visit Kanchipuram one of the oldest cities in South India, and home to the Varadharaja Perumal Temple for Lord Vishnu and Ekambaranatha Temple which is one of the five forms of abodes of Lord Siva,

Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Trichy
Depart for Trichy, also known as Tiruchirapalli. A city that was at the centre of a long and bitter power struggle between the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Pallavas, until the Cholas regained control in the 10th Century. The town and its most famous landmark, the Rock Fort, perched on an 83 m high rocky outcrop are truly spectacular.

Day 5: Trichy -Madurai
Drive to the temple city of South India and South India’s oldest seats of culture, learning and pilgrimage, Madurai. Evening visit the temple dedicated to the goddess Meenakashi, which is an outstanding example of south Indian temple architecture. Madurai through the picturesque countryside, and check in at the hotel.

Day 6: Madurai – Thekkady
Drive on to Thekkady, the Spice Capital of India, renowned for its sprawling spice and tea gardens and. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary the abode of elephants, spice scented plantations, and mountain folk.

Day 7: Thekkady – Kumarakom
From Thekkady you will continue your journey to Kumarakom and check in at the resort situated on the backwaters.  Next two days is spent at this backwater resort where you can enjoy a rejuvenation therapy at the in house ayurvedic center.

Day 8: Kumarakom
At leisure at the resort.

Day 9: Kumarakom - Alleppey
After breakfast check in to your houseboat for an overnight cruise through the enchanting backwaters of Kerala to Alleppey.

Day 10: Alleppey - Cochin
Morning at Alleppey from where you will then be transferred to Cochin Afternoon tour the historic sites of this ancient port city like the Dutch Palace, Jew Town, St. Francis Church, and Fort Cochin & the Chinese Fishing nets.

Day 11: Cochin – Bangalore
Fly on to Bangalore. The city boasts of spacious gardens, parks, tree-lined avenues, and a profusion of flowering trees, lakes, and parks, earning it the sobriquet of "Garden City." The once-sedate cantonment settlement of the British has now spread way beyond the mud fort and the four towers constructed by Kempegowda in 1537. With its booming economy and racy lifestyle, the city has metamorphosed from a sleepy Garden City into one of India's fastest growing cosmopolitan cities.

Day 12: Bangalore – Mysore
Mysore also known as the City of Palaces was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, which was great patrons of art and culture and is today a popular tourist destination, and it retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant. It’s a pleasant city with an old world charm; contributed by its broad shady avenues, well laid out gardens, fine buildings and a salubrious climate.

Day 13: Mysore
Proceed on a sightseeing tour of this palace city and the Brindhavan Gardens

Day 14: Mysore – Hassan
Leave Mysore to spend the day in the ancient town of Hassan. En-route you will visit Sravanabelagola, the Monk of the White Pond, the 17 m tall naked statue of Bahubali said to be the world’s largest monolithic statue.  Visit the Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid, some of the finest examples of temple architecture in the region.

Day 15: Hassan – Hosepet
Drive to Hospet which you will use as a base for an excursion to one of the most fascinating historical sites of south India, the ruins of Vijayanagar at Hampi, set amid a strange and beautiful boulder-strewn landscape. You will also visit the 16th Century Vittala Temple, a World Heritage Monument that stands as the pinnacle of Vijayanagar art and sculpture.

Day 16: Hosepet – Badami
Your next stop on this wonderful journey is at Badami. Set in a beautiful countryside amongst red sandstone hills, rock hewn tanks and farmlands, Badami was once the capital of the mighty Chalukyan Empire that ruled vast parts of central and south India from the 4th-8th Century. At Badami, you will see some of the finest examples of Dravidian cave temples.

Day 17: Badami
From Badami, you will take a full day excursion to Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole is where you will witness the evolution of Hindu temple architecture from the early shrines of the Lad Khan Temple to more complex structures like that of the Meguti Temple. In the centre of the village is the famous Durgigudi temple, known for its semicircular apse and the outstanding carvings that crowd the colonnaded passageway. Pattadakal, another developing ground for Hindu temple architecture, was the second capital of the Badami Chalukyans, used specially for royal coronations.

Day 18: Badami – Goa
After two weeks of Intense South India, it’s time to unwind. Proceed for the pristine beaches of Goa, sip a cool drink, get a tan, or if the urge for discovery lingers on, explore the rich historical, religious and natural charms of Goa.

Day 19: Goa
At leisure at your beachside resort

Day 20: Goa – Mumbai
Time to move on to the financial capital of India, Mumbai. A fascinating mix of commercial hustle and bustle, grand Victorian styled architecture and modern day high rise buildings, the customs and colour of a truly multi-cultural society.

Day 21: Mumbai
Explore the rock-cut caves and beautiful carvings on Elephanta Island, take a historical tour of the city, spend the day at a museum and shop for souvenirs to take home.

Day 22: Departure from Mumbai
After the long and fascinating trip, it’s now time to transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the sprawling metropolis of Chennai
  • Visit to the ancient port city of the Pallavas
  • Visit the Rock Fort at Trichy
  • Visit the Temple city of South India - Madurai
  • Tour of the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary and the spice gardens.
  • Overnight cruise on a private Houseboat.
  • Visit to the ancient port town of Cochin
  • A tour of the Garden City of Bangalore
  • Visit the Palace city of Mysore
  • Tour of the Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid
  • Tour of the ruins of Vijayanagar
  • Visit to Badami the capital of the mighty Chalukyan Empire
  • Three nights of leisure at Goa
  • Visit India's commercial Metropolis's Mumbai

 

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