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  Discovery of South India  

 

    Best Time November till March  

Discovery of South India

Some say that India’s South is the pure ancient India. Here you can age old and glorious temple cities alive with traditional rituals. From the Bay of Bengal in the east across the Deccan plateau to the Malabar Coast of Kerala in the west, there is tremendous diversity as you see stunning temple architecture in Tamil Nadu, never ending paddy fields in Kerela, thick forests with wildlife, golden beaches, spice, tea and coffee plantations in Coorg, and serene palm fringed backwaters. Your tour will take you through all this after you land in Chennai & make your way through Cochin (Kochi) to Bangalore.

Tour programme:
Day 01 - Arrive Chennai. Meeting & transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 - Morning depart with guide for Full day city tour visit National Art Gallery and Museum (closed on Fridays), Fort St. George, the Fort Museum, St. Mary’s Church, Snack Park, visit to the St. Thomas Cathedral, the Mylapore Temple and the Victoria Technical Institute. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 - Morning drive to Mahabalipuram En-route visit Temples of Kanchipuram (approx.150 kms/3-4 hrs). Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 - Morning depart with guide for half day tour of Mahabaliuram, visit Arjuna’s Penance, Varaha Caves, Shore Temple, Pancha Pandava Rathas. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 - Morning drive to Thanjavur (Aprox 250 Kms/ 5-6 hrs.), Enroute visit temples of Trichy, visit Ranganathaswamy Temple, Rock Fort Temple, Sri Jambukeshwar Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06 - Morning departs with guide for half day sight seeing, visit Sri Brihadeswara Temple, The Palace, Schwartz Church, Mariamman Temple, Rest of the day free for leisure. O/n at hotel.

Day 07 - Morning drive to Madurai (Aprox 163 Kms/ 2-3 hrs.). Afternoon depart with guide for half day city tour, visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Thirupparankundram Temple, Gandhi Museum, Evening witness Aarti ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Temple. O/n at hotel.

Day 08 - Morning drive to Periyar (Aprox 140 Kms/ 2-3 hrs). Afternoon depart with guide to explore wildlife at Periyar National Park with Elephant Ride, also visit tea, coffee plantation. O/n at hotel.

Day 09 -Morning Drive to Kumarakom, Board on House Boat for Backwaters Cruise. Boat along side the Kumarakom Bird Sancutary & bia Kuttanad Paddy Fields. O/n on board at Pallathurthy.

Day 10 - Morning Proceed to Poothapandy Kayal, Mankombu, Pulinkunnu, Kavalam and covers all sightseeing ambience in Upper Kuttanad Area. Visit to Chavara Church and Champakulam is also included. O/n on board at Punnamada Lake.

Day 11 - Morning disembark at Alleppey & drive to Cochin (Aprox 53 Kms/ 1-2 hrs). Afternoon depart with guide for half day sightseeing of Cochin, visit of St. Francis Church (Morning Closed on Sunday), Santa Cruz Basilica Church, Mattancherry Palace (Closed on Monday), Cherai Beach, Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Saturday), Willingdon Island, Chinese Fishing Nets. O/n at hotel.

Day 12 - Morning drive to Wayanad, enroute visit Calicut (Aprox 266 Kms/ 5-6 hrs.) In Calicut visit Kappakkadavu Beach, The Thali Temple, Dolphin’s Point. O/n at hotel.

Day 13 -Morning drive to Mysore (Aprox 140 Kms/2-3 hrs). Enroute visit Coorg. Afternoon sightseeing of Coorg. Arrive Mysore. O/n at hotel.

Day 14 - Morning depart with guide for full day city tour of Mysore, visit to Mysore Maharaja Palace, Barindavan Garden, St. Philomena’s Church, Chamundeshwari Temple, Srirangapatanam etc. O/n at hotel.

Day 15 - Morning Proceed to Hassan (Aprox 120 Kms/2-3 hrs). Enroute visit Belur & Halebid. O/n at hotel.

Day 16 - Morning drive to Bangalore (Aprox 140 Kms/3-4 hrs). Afternoon depart with guide for half day city tour, visit Tipu Sultan’s Fort & Palace, The state secretariat building, Botanical Garden, Museum. O/ n at hotel.

Day 17 - Morning after Breakfast, Drop off at Airport to connect flight for onward destination.

Post Tour extension:
Goa, Srilanka or Maldives - 4-8 Days Duration

 
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