South Kerala

The Wonder of South



Mumbai - Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chidambaram - Tanjore - TrichyMadurai Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Trivandrum - Kovalam Kanyakumari Kovalam - Trivandrum - Cochin - Munnar Coimbatore - Ooty - Mysore - Shravanbelgola Hassan - Bangalore - Puttaparthi Mumbai - Home Town


Duration: 23 Nights 24 Days


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01 Day: Mumbai - Chennai


☛Assistance on arrival at Mumbai, later transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight for Chennai. Assistance again on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure and relax. Overnight at Chennai.


02 Day: Chennai


☛ Chennai is the gateway of South India will put you in touch with a different phase of India - Classical, Ancient, Gentle. Chennai, the 4rth largest city in India. Spread over 50 miles and features a large and beautiful waterfront on the Bay of Bengal. The British East India Company established its first trading post at Chennai, and in 1653 the company built Fort Saint George to protect its position. Take a sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government's secretariat, Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th-15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeswara Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthasarthy Temple. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles. Evening optionally you can visit to flowe r and fruit market. Overnight at the hotel.


03 Day: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai (75 kms - 1 ½ hours one way)


☛ Morning visit Kanchipuram - this is one of India's seven sacred cities and one of its loveliest temple towns also known for its handloom silks. Visit Kailasnathar, Vaikuntaperumal, Ekambareshwara, Kamakshiamma and Sakiswarar Temples. Later in the day visit Mahabalipuram known for its Pallava Art and its beautiful long beach, visit Cave Temples, Rathas Arjuna's Penace and Shore Temples, after sun set drive back to the hotel for overnight.


04 Day: Chennai - Chidambaram - Tanjore (150 - Kms - 3 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Tanjore, enroute visit Chidambaram, which is one of the foremost Saivite shrines; the very name Kovil refers to Chidambaram, where Natarajan is enshrined in the Chit Sabha or the Hall of Consciousness, in the Ananda Tandavam (Dance of Bliss) pose. Chidambaram is one of the Panchabhoota Stalams signifying the 5 elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai), earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram). The Moovar (Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar) as well as Manikkavacakar have sung praises of Chidambaram. Several literary works praise the glory of Chidambaram. Chidambaram is one of the 5 dance Halls of Shiva (Kanakasabhai). The five dance halls are Chithambram, Madurai, Tiruvalankadu, Tirunelveli and Kutralam. Late continue driving to Tanjore, on arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon, visit Tanjore (Thanjavur) which was the ancient capital of Chola kings. Visit the Brihadeshwara temple, which was built by Raja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. This temple is one of the monuments in India with World Heritage listing. Also visit the Thanjavur Palace, which was constructed in 1550 and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers.


05 Day: Tanjore - Trichy (50 kms - 1 hour)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Trichy, on arrival transfer to hotel. Later in the afternoon visit Trichy the most famous landmark of this bustling town - the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky outcrop, which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It is reached by a flight of steep steps cut into the rock and from its summit you get a fantastic view of the town plus its other main landmark, the Sri Ranganathanswami Temple. This temple is one of the largest and most interesting temple complexes in India, built on an island in the middle of the Cauvery River and covering a staggering 2.5 sq km and Jambukeshwara - Mysore Temples. Evening drive back to hotel or take a walk through old city particularly big bazaar street and China bazaar. Overnight in Trichy.


06 Day: Trichy - Madurai (165 kms - 3 hrs)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Madurai, on arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace and Vandiyur Mariamman Teepakulam where annual float festival takes place. Overnight at hotel in Madurai.


07 Day: Madurai


☛ After breakfast, visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple complex in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls, later visit Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Overnight at Madurai.


08 Day: Madurai - Periyar (150 kms - 3 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Periyar, on arrival transfer to the hotel, later visit at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centrepiece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron. The visit is done in a boat to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. Later in the evening take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight at Periyar.


09 Day: Kumarakom (130 kms - 3 hours)


☛ Early morning take a boat ride again in the Periyar Lake and drive to Kumarakom - for the nature-lover. Here in this backwater town, you can laze in a canoe amidst sylvan surroundings where the only presence is yours and the egrets. Later visit at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, to see bird viewing where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost are found. For an inquisitive bird watcher, it is always advisable to carry their binoculars at all times. Return to hotel, Make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy the favourite fresh water food and the local wine. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.


10 Day: Kumarakom - Alleppey (By Houseboats)


☛ Today morning after breakfast check out the resort and drive to jetty to embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Kumarakom by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Alleppey. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver). Overnight at the houseboat.


11 Day: Alleppey - Trivandrum / Kovalam (175 kms - 4 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Kovalam, on arrival transfer to hotel. Later in the day take a sight seeing tour of Trivandrum city visiting Padmanabhaswamy Temple & Palace, Chaitra Art Gallery & Napier Museum. Evening free to relax at the beach resort overnight in Kovalam.


12 Day: Kovalam - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam (90 kms - 2 hours)


☛ Morning day free to relax at the Beach Resort, later take an excursion tour to Cape Camorin, visit Kumari Amman Temple - The virgin Goddess Kanyakumari has watched over the phenomenon since the beginning of time, standing at the top of the country in, as if, an unending vigil, with the water of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal drawing to her feet. A temple stands here today, dedicated to the virgin Goddess. Visit Swami Vivekananda Statue Island. Drive back to Kovalam for overnight.


13 Day: Trivandrum - Cochin (175 kms - 4 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Cochin, on arrival transfer to hotel, take a sightseeing of Cochin includes Jewish synagogue, which contains beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and is paved with hand painted tiles from China. Visit the Dutch Palace with its wonderful murals depicting the entire story of the Ramayana on its walls. See St. Francis Church- the first European church built in India. In the afternoon take Backwaters cruise visiting the Bolghatty Palace the beautiful Dutch colonial mansion. We will pass islands with their traditional fishing hamlets and the fisher flock in their colourful costumes and the Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Return to the hotel. . In the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight at Cochin.


14 Day: Cochin - Munnar (134 kms - 3 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Munnar, on arrival transfer to hotel. Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in India. The word "Munnar" means three rivers. 3 mountain streams (Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala) are joining together here. During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favourite tourist place There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range exposes it's beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants which makes the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Later take visit at Rajmalai Wild Life sanctuary - this is the only sanctuary in India where Indian Ibex's are found, followed by visit at Kannan Devan Hills from here you can have a panoramic view of Munnar Tea Estates & the Lake of Munnar. Overnight at the hotel.


15 Day: Munnar - Coimbatore - Ooty (241 kms - 6 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Ooty enroute visiting Coimbatore, on arrival transfer to hotel. Day free to relax in Ooty, one can visit the Lakeside in the evening, overnight at the hotel.


16 Day: Ooty


☛ Morning take a toy train to Coonoor, assistance on arrival, visit Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose and St. Catherine's fall in Coonoor and drive back to Ooty through lush green tea & coffee plantations. Evening visit Botanical Gardens. Overnight at the hotel.


17 Day: Ooty - Mysore (155 kms - 4 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Mysore enroute visit Somnathpur Temple - The star shaped temple at Somnathpur is a splendid example of Hoysala architecture. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Mysore Palace - Build in Indo-Saracenic style with domes turrets, arches and colonnades, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The tastefully decorated and intricately carved doors open into luxuriously decorated rooms. The palace has now been converted into a museum, which treasures the souvenirs, paintings, jewellery, royal costumes of the rulers. Evening visit Brindavan Gardens, overnight in Mysore.


18 Day: Mysore - Sravanabelgola - Hassan (139 kms - 3 hours)


☛ Morning, checkout and drive to Hassan enroute visit Sravanabelgola a climb of 630 steps you can view the 17m high monolithic statue of Lord Gomateswara. On arrival in Hassan transfer to hotel, evening free to relax, overnight in Hassan.


19 Day: Hassan


☛ Morning take a sight sightseeing tour of Belur and Halebid. Belur (12 kms from Halebid). Situated on the banks of Yagachi River, Belur was the capital of the dynasty before it was moved to Halebid. Visit the Chennakesava Temple and Viranarayana Temple. Halebid (31 kms from Hassan) the ancient town of the Hoysala Empire. Visit the Jain Basti and the famous Hoyasaleswara temple, which is the largest Hoysala temple, it was started in 1121 and remained unfinished 85 years later. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.


20 Day: Hassan - Bangalore (200 kms - 4 hours)


☛ Morning checkout and drive to Bangalore, on arrival transfer to hotel. Bangalore - the Capital city of Karnataka, founded in the early 16th century and is also refereed to as the Garden City. It is India's one of the cosmopolitan city and has become landmark for IT industry. City tour of Bangalore visiting: Lal Baugh - the rich and beautiful Lal Baugh Garden spread over 240 acres of greens located up till southern suburbs of Bangalore. Among the many other gardens in the city, Lal Baugh is the most famous garden in Bangalore. It derives its name from the profusion of Red roses, which bloom here. Rulers of Mysore laid this garden. Haider Ali started building this garden in 1760, but his son Tipu Sultan completed it. Continue visiting the National Museum that was established in 1896, the Museum has significant collections of ancient weapons, stone carvings, pottery, painting and relics of the 5000-year-old Mohan- Je - Daro civilization. Vidhan Soudha, a magnificent po st independence structure incorporating the traditional feature of architecture. The time free for souvenir shopping. Return to hotel and overnight.


21 Day: Bangalore - Puttaparthi: (120 kms - 2 hours)


☛ After breakfast, take an excursion tour visiting Puttaparthi (120 kms-2 ½ hours). On arrival transfer to the hotel. Day free to spend the time in the Puttaparthi it's a "Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba" considered as a loving God by millions. Prasanthi Nilayam (Adobe of peace) is an imposing edifice at Puttaparthi built by the devotees in reverence to the living God at his birthplace. People seeing peace of mind and solace make a beeline to this village from all over the world. Overnight at Puttaparthi.


22 Day: Bangalore - Mumbai ( by Air)


☛ After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure and shopping.


23 Day: Mumbai


☛ After breakfast takes a sight seeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvellous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch at the Taj Hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens, Return back to the hotel for overnight.


24 Day: Mumbai - Home Town


☛ After breakfast the day is free for relaxation, later transfer to the international airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories.


Note:


  • Customized Tour: Above tour programme can be customized, as per the preference by the guest in terms of arrival and departure dates and destinations, adding or skipping of any destination, no. of days etc.,
  • Tour Cost:The cost of the above tour programme will be based on the preference of hotels’ category i.e. 2- 3 - 4 - 5 and 5 Star deluxe, as well as standard and deluxe heritage hotels, beside that no. of persons traveling together and travel period effect tour cost.

    The tour package will be inclusive of: hotel accommodation, air-conditioned car with English speaking driver (24 hours at disposal) for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel, and guide at the time of sightseeing, meals as per hotel package.

  • Individual Tour:The above programme is exclusive for any individual guest and their family only, (no sharing with any other tourist).
  • Group Tours:The above tour programme can be executed for group tours, if the guest or an agency forms a group in their own country. Conducting and forming a group tour in India with different nationals is not feasible.

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