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Classical South India Tour

Duration : 22 Days/ 21 Nights
Destinations Covered : Bengaluru - Mysore - Helibidu / Belur - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Kanchipuram - Puducherry - Chidambaram - Thanjavur - Trichy- Madurai - Kanniyakumari - Kovalam - Kumarakom - Backwater Houseboat - Periyar - Munnar - Cochin

Day 01 : Arrive Bengaluru (Bangalore) Airport
Bengaluru is the famous Garden city and IT & software capital of India. This city is one of the world's fastest growing cities with maximum commercial centre of South India. Bengaluru is also called as The Silicon Valley of India. Check in to your Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Bengaluru.

Day 02 : Sightseeing tour of Bengaluru. Drive Bengaluru to Mysore 130Kms

Today take the city tour of Bengaluru, present a number of sightseeing options enjoy your visit to The Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Cubbon Park, Bull Temple, Vidhana Soudha, The Bangalore Fort & Tipu Sultan's Palace and ISCON Temple. After the city tour start the drive towards – Mysore, Known as the civilizing inheritance city and famous for its Palaces and tranquility. Arrive Mysore and check in to your Hotel. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 03 : Sightseeing tour in Mysore

Explore the heritage city. Begin with the most important appeal of city The Maharaja Palace also famous as Mysore Palace. Indo - Saracenic style of structural design is used in building of this Palace, with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades. Other attractions in this city are Chamundi Hills and The Mysore Zoo. Evening enjoy the Sound and Light show at Mysore Palace. Overnight stay at Mysore.

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

Morning drive to architectural tradition sites of Helibidu and Belur which are approx 155 Kms from Mysore. Belur was initially capital of ancient Hoysala Kingdom and pose a wonderful piece of Hoysala planning. Enjoy sightseeing of Belur visiting the Keshava Temple a creative splendor of temple planning. Later enjoy sightseeing of Helibidu visiting the ancient Hoysaleshwara, Shanteshwara and Kedareshwara temples with their delightful carved architectural attractiveness 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

After the overnight train we arrive this morning in Chennai - the popular Getaway of South India. Check into your Hotel. Chennai is a very elegant city and is the capital of Tamil Nadu state of India. After little recreation proceed for the city tour of Chennai visit The Fort St. George- it houses the offices of [Classical Shore Temple Mahabalipuram] Secretariat and Legislative Assembly now and was built in 1653. Fort Museum, the 8th century Sri Parthasarathy Temple, St. Thomas Basilica and Theosophical Society are the main tourist places to be seen. Next head to the World's second longest beach stretching upto 13 Kms - The Marina Beach. Overnight stay at Chennai.

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

After breakfast head for a full day excursion tour to Mamallapuram & Kanchipuram Heritage sites. Mamallapuram is only 60 Kms from Chennai. Mamallapuram visiting 8th century shore Temple, this temple is very oldest temple in Tamil Nadu (India) and exposed the fine example of Dravidian structural design, superb carved Arjuna's self-punishment, which is world famous & largest bas- relief monument, the eye catching Krishna Temple. Also visit Varaha Temple and superb Rathas temple, which look like the chariots of the Temple and Mahishasuramardini cave. Later proceed for city sightseeing of Kanchipuram, known as Golden city and thousand of pilgrimage sights. Later visit Ekambareshwar Temple with its eye-catching main tower soaring up to 57 meters high, Kailasanathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Sakkishwaran Temple and Varadaraja Swamy Temple. Overnight stay at Kanchipuram.

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 greater part 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 mediators 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 chosen 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 well-known 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. En-route visiting the well known temple town of Chidambaram, The main idol of this temple is Shiva in the form of Nataraja (celestial Dancer), which is the eye-catching form of Shiva, this really means the sky filled with an environment of brainpower and good judgement. The famous temple of Chidambaram is one of the most appreciated among the very old temples in South India. Upon arrival check-in at your chosen hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10 : Thanjavur Sightseeing. Transfer to Trichy

After breakfast enjoys city sightseeing tour of Thanjavur visiting Sri Brihadeswara Temple which is listed a UNESCO World Heritage site. This temple is also an outstanding example of Chola structural design in India. The sightseeing tour of Thanjavur will also include a visit to Saraswati Mahal Library, dashing Thanjavur Palace, Mariamman Temple and Music Palace (Sangeet Mahal). Later after sightseeing take a drive to Trichy (Tirichurapalli). Night stay at your hotel in Trichy.

Day 11 : Trichy Sightseeing. Drive to Madurai

After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing tour of Trichy visiting Rock Fort Temple, which is situated at a height of 83 meters on a rocky projection. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha and displays the majesty of Dravidian construction. Stone imprinted 437 steps lead to the top of the sharp hill to reach magnificent Rock Fort Temple where you can see the main charisma is the 1000 pillared hall with a stylish gold plated dome. Atop the rock offers a marvelous view of Trichy city. A part this, visit Sri Jambukeswara Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, wonderful Srirangam Temple (located 10 Kms from Trichy) and Govt. museum. Afternoon drive to historical city called Madurai, Madurai is also known as Athens of East. Overnight stay at Madurai.


Day 12 : Madurai Sightseeing
Morning proceed for temple tour of Madurai visiting 13th century grand Meenakshi Temple, devoted to Shiva as Sundareshwarar with his companion Goddess Meenakshi. Goddesses and mythological animals reveal superb example of Dravidian structural design and is one of the greatest attraction for the tourists in South India. The Temple with beautiful soaring gopurams ornamented with figures of Gods, Also visit Koodal Azhagar Temple, charming Thirumalai Nayakan Palace, Mariamman Temple, Gandhi Museum and The Temple of Art Museum. Overnight stay at Madurai.

Day 13 : Drive to Kanniyakumari & Sightseeing

Transfer to sacred town of Kanyakumari, Arrive Kanyakumari and check-in at the hotel, 240 Kms from Madurai is the Land's end of Indian peninsula and is point of flowing together of three seas Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. After wash & change enjoy city sightseeing of Kanyakumari visiting Kumari Amman Temple devoted to Virgin Goddess Kanya Kumari, Kanniyakumari is named after the Kanya Kumari or The Virgin Goddess and is famous for the impressive sight of Sunrise and Sunset. The thousand year old Konerishwarar Temple, Tiruvalluvar Statue, Vivekananda Memorial and Gandhi Memorial. Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.

Day 14 : Drive to Kovalam - Day Free

After breakfast transfer to Kovalam Beach, 80 Kms from Kanyakumari, is famous 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 glory of mangrove forest, coconut groves and numerous Backwater canals. Enjoy visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary an renowned jewel of Kumarakom that attracts lots of bird watchers. Enjoy sunset cruise on backwaters of Kumarakom to refresh yourself. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

Day 17 : Kumarakom - Alleppey Houseboat

Morning board the Backwater Houseboat cruise to enjoy the unmatched skill of Kerala Backwater's. The coast sails from Kumarakom to Alleppey covering 23 Kms and enroute passing through Villages, markets and paddy fields which offer the best occasion to familiarity 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 which is one of the best wildlife destinations in India and gives a romantic and rare chance to observe wildlife by a motorboat. Periyar is 110 Kms from Munnar. Afternoon enjoy outing to cardamom hills to witness the perfumed 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 flourish in more than 63 species of mammals including wild elephants, sloth bear, wild boar, bison, barking deer, wild dog and tiger. Periyar is also house of more than 320 species of resident and migratory birds. Enjoy morning motorboat safari of Periyar wildlife sanctuary to familiarity the rich wildlife of Periyar. Later in the day drive to Munnar a cool green glory. Munnar at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level is the most attractive hill resort in Kerala and is famous for its green natural environment and hills natural fiber with superb tea plantations, which calm the spirit and keep happy the soul. Overnight stay at Hotel in Munnar.

Day 20 : Munnar Sightseeing

Today get close to nature with full day Munnar sightseeing tour visiting stunning Mattupetty Lake and Dam at an altitude of 1700 Mtrs, Top station gives chance to understanding 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 Cochin referred as queen of Arabian Sea. Enjoy visit to 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.