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Classical South India Tour

Tour Code – IJ 23

Duration: 22 Days

 

Destinations Covered: Bengaluru – Mysore – Helibidu / Belur – Chennai – Mamallapuram – Kanchipuram – Puducherry – Chidambaram – Thanjavur - Trichy- Madurai – Kanniyakumari – Kovalam – Kumarakom – Backwater Houseboat – Periyar – Munnar – Cochin

 

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Day 01: Arrive Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Arrive Bengaluru – famed as the Garden city and IT & software capital of India. One of the world’s fastest growing city and greatest commercial centre of South India, Bengaluru is also illustrated as Silicon Valley of India. Check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Bengaluru.

 


Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Bengaluru. Head to Mysore
Enjoy city tour of Bengaluru visiting The Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Cubbon Park, Bull Temple, Vidhana Soudha, The Bangalore Fort & Tipu Sultan’s Palace and ISCON Temple. Later in the day drive to cultural heritage city of Mysore which is also famed as the city of Palaces and tranquility. Mysore is 130 Kms from Bengaluru, arrive Mysore and check in to your designated Hotel. Overnight stay at Mysore.

 


Day 03: Mysore Sightseeing

Today enjoy full day sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting Maharaja Palace also famous as Mysore Palace and is the focal point of Mysore. The Palace is built in Indo – Sarcenic style of architecture, with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades. Other attractions of Mysore sightseeing are visit to Chamundi Hills and The Mysore Zoo. Evening enjoy the Sound and Light show at Mysore Palace. Overnight stay at Mysore.

 

 

 

 

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Day 04: Drive to Helibidu / Belur & Sightseeing. Overnight train to Chennai

Morning drive to architectural heritage sites of Helibidu and Belur which are approx 155 Kms from Mysore. Belur was originally capital of ancient Hoysala Kingdom and pose a marvelous piece of Hoysala architecture. Enjoy sightseeing of Belur visiting the Keshava Temple an artistic grandeur of temple architecture. Later enjoy sightseeing of Helibidu visiting the ancient Hoysaleshwara, Shanteshwara and Kedareshwara temples with their charming carved architectural beauty on the pillars, walls and the ceiling of the temple. Evening transfer to Bangalore railway station to board the overnight train to Chennai.

 

 

 

Day 05: Arrive Chennai. Chennai Sightseeing
Arrive Chennai in the morning and transfer to your pre booked Hotel. The graceful and elegant city of Chennai is the capital of Indian state of Tamilnadu and is popular as the Gateway to South India. After little relaxation enjoy city tour of Chennai visiting Fort St. George, built in 1653 and today housing the offices of Secretariat and Legislative Assembly, Fort Museum, Marina Beach- World’s second longest beach stretching to 13 Kms, 8th century Sri Parthasarathy Temple, St. Thomas Basilica and Theosophical Society. Overnight stay at Chennai.

 


Day 06: Drive to Mamallapuram & Kanchipuram Heritage sites and Sightseeing

Morning head to Heritage sites of Mamallapuram & Kanchipuram, which is 100 Kms from Tirupati. Arrive and enjoy sightseeing of Mamallapuram visiting Shore Temple this 8th century temple is considered as the oldest temple in South India and exhibits the fine example of Dravidian architecture, Magnificent skillfully carved Arjuna’s Penance, which is the World’s largest bas- relief sculpture, the stunning Krishna Temple, Mahishasuramardini cave, Varaha or Boar Temple and superb Rathas temple, which look like the chariots of the Temple. Later in the day enjoy sightseeing tour of Kanchipuram famed as Golden city and city of thousand temples. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple with its majestic main tower soaring up to 57 meters high, Kailasanathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Sakkishwaran Temple and Varadaraja Swamy Temple. Overnight stay at Kanchipuram.

 

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Day 07: Drive to Puducherry
Drive to Puducherry, 60 Kms from Kanchipurram is famed as mini France in India. The town was founded three centuries ago as a costal factory by the French and the city still retains the French culture with French language spoken by the majority of the people and the Bastille Day a French festival is celebrated with the same charm in Puducherry how it is celebrated in France. Puducherry is also a great seat for meditators and have alike importance in South India what Rishikesh enjoys in the North India among the meditation lovers. Reach Puducherry and check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax along the Puducherry beach a paradise for Sun bathers. Overnight stay at Puducherry.

 


Day 08: Puducherry Sightseeing

Today enjoy full day sightseeing tour of Puducherry visiting Aurobindo Ashram which is famed land mark of Puducherry. The Ashram is world famous for Yoga and meditation teachings. Other attractions of Puducherry sightseeing are Auroville, French Institute of Indology, Botanical gardens, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pondicherry Museum and Bharti Dasan Memorial Museum. Overnight stay at Puducherry.

 

 

 

 


Day 09: Drive to Thanjavur. Enroute visit Chidambaram
Morning drive to Cultural and historic town of Thanjavur popularly known as Tanjore, it is 225 Kms from Puducherry. Enroute visit the Temple town of Chidambaram, which literally means the sky permeated with an atmosphere of intelligence and wisdom. The main deity of Chidambaram temple is Shiva in the form of Lord Nataraja – The cosmic dancer, which is the unique form of Shiva represented by space rather than the idol. The famous temple of Chidambaram dates back to 9th century and is one of the most venerated among the ancient temples in South India. Arrive Thanjavur and check into your designated Hotel for overnight stay.

 

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Day 10: Thanjavur Sightseeing. Transfer to Trichy

Today enjoy Sightseeing tour of Thanjavur visiting Sri Brihadeswara Temple - This grandest temple is one of the most famous living monument of the world and an outstanding example of Chola architecture. Sri Brihadeswara Temple is honoured as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Thanjavur sightseeing attraction includes visit to Elegant Thanjavur Palace, Saraswati Mahal Library which exhibits more than 30,000 palm leaves and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages, Sangeet Mahal famous as the Mansion of Music, perfectly planned in acoustics and Mariamman Temple. Later drive to Trichy renowned for its legendary Temple architecture. Trichy situated on the bank of the holy river Cauvery is 55 Kms from Thanjavur. Arrive Trichy and check into your pre booked Hotel. Overnight stay at Trichy.

 

 

Day 11: Trichy Sightseeing. Drive to Madurai

Enjoy sightseeing tour of Trichy also popular as Tiruchirapally visiting Rock Fort Temple, which is situated at a height of 83 meters on a rocky outcrop. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Ganesha and exhibits the splendor of Dravidian architecture. Stone carved 437 steps lead to the top of the steep hill to reach magnificent Rock Fort Temple where the major attraction is the 1000 pillared hall with an elegant gold plated dome. Atop the rock offers an outstanding view of Trichy city. Other attractions of Trichy sightseeing are Sri Jambukeswara Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Government Museum and outstanding Srirangam Temple located 10 Kms from Trichy. Afternoon drive to historical city of Madurai with history of over 2500 years, Madurai is also known as Athens of East. Overnight stay at Madurai.

 

 

Day 12: Madurai Sightseeing

Today enjoy temple tour of Madurai visiting 13th century grand Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to Shiva as Sundareshwarar with his consort Goddess Meenakshi. The Temple with exquisite soaring gopurams adorned with figures of Gods, Goddesses and mythical animals reveal superb example of Dravidian architecture and is one of the greatest attraction for the tourists in South India. Other important sights to be covered in Madurai sightseeing tour are charming Thirumalai Nayakan Palace, The Temple of Art Museum, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Mariamman Temple and Gandhi Museum. Overnight stay at Madurai.

 

 

 

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Day 13: Drive to Kanniyakumari & Sightseeing

Transfer to sacred town of Kanniyakumari, 240 Kms from Madurai is the Land’s end of Indian peninsula and is point of confluence of three seas Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Kanniyakumari is named after the Kanya Kumari or The Virgin Goddess and is famous for the splendid sight of Sunrise and Sunset. Arrive Kanniyakumari and after little relaxation enjoy sightseeing of Kanniyakumari visiting Kumari Amman Temple dedicated to Virgin Goddess Kanya Kumari, thousand year old Konerishwarar Temple, Gandhi Memorial, Vivekananda Memorial and Tiruvalluvar Statue. Overnight stay at Kanniyakumari.

 

 

Day 14: Drive to Kovalam – Day Free

After breakfast transfer to Kovalam Beach, 80 Kms from Kanniyakumari, is renowned as one of the best beach in the world. Evening free to relax. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kovalam.

 


Day 15: Kovalam – Day Free

Day free to relax along the sun kissed beaches of Kovalam. Overnight stay at Kovalam Hotel.

 


Day 16: Drive to Kumarakom. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Sunset Backwater Cruise
Drive to Kumarakom, 175 Kms from Kovalam and famed as Mother land of Backwater’s in Kerala. Kumarakom is a romancing island and a paradise of mangrove forest, coconut groves and numerous Backwater canals. Enjoy visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary an eminent jewel of Kumarakom that attracts lots of bird watchers. Enjoy sunset cruise on backwaters of Kumarakom to rejuvenate yourself. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

 

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Day 17: Kumarakom – Alleppey Houseboat

Morning board the Backwater Houseboat cruise to enjoy the unsurpassed experience of Kerala Backwater’s. The cruise sails from Kumarakom to Alleppey covering 23 Kms and enroute passing through Villages, markets and paddy fields which offer the best opportunity to experience the everyday life of locals in Kerala. Overnight stay on Houseboat on Full board basis.

 

 

 

 


Day 18: Drive to Periyar. Visit to Cardamom hills
After breakfast disembark the houseboat at Alleppey and head to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best wildlife destinations in India, which gives a rare opportunity to observe wildlife by a motorboat. Periyar is 130 Kms from Kumarakom. Afternoon enjoy excursion to cardamom hills to witness the aromatic spice plantations of Kerala. Overnight stay at Hotel in Periyar.

 


Day 19: Periyar Wildlife Safari Cruise. Drive to Munnar

Periyar is a delight for wildlife lovers and abounds in more than 63 species of mammals including wild elephants, sloth bear, wild boar, bison, barking deer, wild dog and tiger. Periyar is also abode of more than 320 species of resident and migratory birds. Enjoy morning motorboat safari of Periyar wildlife sanctuary to experience the rich wildlife of Periyar. Later in the day drive to Munnar a cool green paradise is 110 Kms from Periyar. Munnar at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level is the most fascinating hill resort in Kerala and is famous for its green natural environment and hills woven with magnificent tea plantations, which soothe the spirit and satisfy the soul. Overnight stay at Munnar.

 

 

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Day 20: Munnar Sightseeing
Today get close to nature with full day Munnar sightseeing tour visiting spectacular Mattupetty Lake and Dam at an altitude of 1700 Mtrs, Top station gives opportunity to experience India’s highest altitude tea plantation, Echo point, Christ Church and Elephant Lake. Overnight stay at Munnar.

 


Day 21: Drive to Cochin & Sightseeing

After breakfast transfer to Cochin the cultural capital of Kerala. Cochin is 132 Kms from Munnar and referred as queen of Arabian Sea. Arrive Cochin and enjoy sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting 16th century famous Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue the oldest synagogue in Common Wealth, St. Francis Church the oldest European built church in India constructed in 1503 AD and the giant Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi. Evening enjoy the alluring Kathakali dance performance at Kalamandapam.Overnight stay at Hotel in Cochin.

 

 

Day 22: Departure from Cochin
In time transfer to Cochin airport for your flight back to Home / Next Destination.

 

 

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