South India Explored

South India Explored

19 Days / 18 Nights

This tour through Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu, includes some of the rich highlights of each state, as well as offering the opportunity to explore the hills, Temples & backwaters of Kerala.

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive Bangalore

Arrive Bangalore. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 02:

In Bangalore

Morning Sightseeing of the city with Vidhana Soudha, the beautiful botanical gardens of Lal Bagh, St Mark’s Cathedral and enjoy some shopping at MG road. Overnight stay.

Day 03:

Bangalore-Hasan by road 210 Kms / 04 Hrs Approx.

Morning drive to Hasan. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon visit the intricately carved Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid. Overnight stay.

Day 04:

Hasan-Mysore by road 150 Kms / 03 Hrs Approx.

Morning drive to Mysore enroute visiting the Gomatheshwara Statue at Sravanbelgola and Tippu’s Summer Palace at Srirangapattanam. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 05:

In Mysore

Morning sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting the Maharaja’s palace, also known as Amba Vilas, which harmoniously synthesizes the Hindu and the Saracenic styles of architecture. Afternoon visit Brindavan Gardens. Overnight stay.

Day 06:

Mysore-Ooty by road 160 Kms / 04 Hrs Approx. (Ooty-Coonoor by Nilgir toy train)

Morning drive to Ooty railway station . We board the famous miniature steam train from Ooty at 15.00 hrs which drops at Coonoor. The train trip offers stunning view points and is definitely a memorable experience. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 07:

In Coonoor

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Ooty visiting – Botanical garden (the most popular place of interest in Ooty), Doddabeda (Highest peak of Tamil Nadu) & the Market at the main town. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 08:

Coonoor-Cochin by road 290 kms 7-8 hrs.

Morning drive to Cochin. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 09:

In Cochin

Cochin, also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ has wonderful diverse influences. Afternoon you will visit the Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. Overnight stay.

Day 10:

Cochin-Alleppey by road 65 Kms / 01 Hrs Approx.

Morning drive to Alleppey to board your houseboat for remarkable journey through the coconut palmed canals. Your houseboat crew will take care of your every need, cook you delicious Kerala food and show you the places of interest. Overnight in Deluxe Houseboat.

Day 11:

Alleppey-Kottayam Boat jetty. (Kottayam boat jetty-Thekkady by road 165 Kms /4 hrs)

In the morning you will reach Kottayam boat jetty and will disembark from the house boat after breakfast. Then drive to Thekkady . Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Evening boat ride in Lake Periyar. One of the most fascinating wildlife Sanctuaries in India, renowned for the herds of elephants and scenic beauty. Overnight stay.

Day 12:

Periyar-Madurai by road 155 kms/04 hrs approx

Morning visit plantations of tea, cardamom and pepper and afternoon depart for Madurai by road. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 13:

In Madurai

Morning breakfast. Then begin with sightseeing tour of Madurai city. Visit the great Meenakshi Temple, an excellent example of Dravidian Architecture, dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams (rising high above the surrounding countryside). Also visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – a gracious building in the Indo Mughal style, famous for the Stuccowork on its domes and arches. In the evening witness the night ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple. Overnight stay.

Day 14:

Madurai-Tanjore by road 180 Kms / 04 Hrs Approx.

Early morning drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of famous Tanjore city, visiting the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tones, which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building the Pyramids. It’s bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight stay.

Day 15:

Tanjore-Pondicherry by road 177 Kms / 05 Hrs Approx.

Morning drive to Pondicherry. En route visiting Chidambaram & Kumbakonam. Chidambaram is situated between two rivers in a 40 acre temple complex & here lies the temples of Chidambaram, one of the oldest, most venerated and magnificent temples of South India. Shiva Natraja or the Dancing Shiva stands in his cosmic dance pose in the golden rooted sanctum sanctorum. Flanking the temple are 108 sculptured illustrations of Bharat Natya Shastra. In Akash Lingam hidden by a veil, lies the real secret of Chidambaram.

Kumbakonam is a very important Temple City of South India. Kumbakonam is one of the oldest towns in Tamil Nadu and is famous for its Mahamaham festival. In the 7th Century it was the Capital of Chola Kings. Visit the Kumbeshwaran Temple. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 16:

Pondicherry-Mahabalipuram by road 143 Kms / 03 Hrs Approx.

Morning sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Pondicherry, a former French colony, oozes a Mediterranean aura with classy streets, stylish houses and ornamental gardens & is famous for pleasant weather and easy paced life. Visit the serene atmosphere of Aurobindo Ashram, which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926 and has attained an international reputation for its spiritual tenets including yoga and modern science of living. The Botanical Gardens, conceived in 1826, boasts a variety of rare and exotic plants from India & abroad and take a stroll on the beaches of Pondicherry. Later drive to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 17:

In Mahabalipuram

Morning guide tour of Mahabalipuram to see the remarkable monolith rathas (5 rock-carved temple chariots); various panels that depict scenes from Hindu mythology and fables from the Panchtantra, the Cave Temple and the Shore Temple. Afternoon excursion to Kanchipuram, which was under the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century AD and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijaya-nagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. Overnight stay.

Day 18:

Mahabalipuram-Chennai by road 75Kms / 01.5 Hrs Approx.

Morning drive to Chennai. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel. Afternoon guided city tour of Chennai visiting Santhome Cathedral Church, St. Thomas Mount & Fort St. George. Overnight stay.

Day 19:

Depart Chennai

Transfer to Chennai airport to board your flight for onward destination.

Tailoring your trip

The itineraries shown are designed to give you a taste of what is possible and keeping in mind the travel logistics, routes that work out well. We can use this as a basis to plan your trip or can design a completely different itinerary to suit your interest. Prices vary according to selection of accommodation and season.

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