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Day 01 - Arrive Chennai
We will arrive Madras by international flight. After
assistance, we shall transfer to the hotel. Our check-in
time is 12 Noon.
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We shall have n overnight stay at the hotel in Madras.
Day 02: Chennai: Morning sightseeing tour.
South India hotels - Chennai, the capital city, popularly regarded as the
'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is
distinctly different from that of northern India.
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places of interest are Kalakshetra, a school of art
and music that encourages exponents of
Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort
St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India,
now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly
of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican
Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy
Temple built by the Pallavas in the 8th century AD;
Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century
Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas Cathedral
Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896
it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the
world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed
to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy
and science. We shall spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 03 - Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram-Chennai,
In the morning we shall drive to Kanchipuram, 70 kms
west of Mahabalipuram which is a city of thousand temples.
One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the
capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century
Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well
as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains
and Hindus. Apart from temples, the city is also famous
for its silk weavers, who settled here some 400 years
ago and have given it an enviable reputation.
Later on we shall proceed to Mahablipuram, driving
south of Madras on the coast which is the ancient port
of Pallavas. The pallavas have created many marvelous
monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic
Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam has a big bas relief,
notable for its realistic representation.
largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back shaped
rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men beasts,
birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore
Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th
century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural
temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas
are a group of five monolithic temples, each created
in different style. We shall return to Chennai for overnight
stay at the hotel.
Day 04 - Holidays in South India - Chennai-Pondicherry, 170 km
Extensive South India Tourism - We shall depart for Pondicherry. In the afternoon we
shall conduct a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Although
the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry
retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights
are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri
The ashram retreat was founded in
1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual
authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman
known as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental
in founding the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry.
Its original charter aimed at creating a city of the
future where people from India and abroad could live
and work together in a spiritual environment. Then we
shall arrive at Tanjore and on arrival, check-in at
the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05 - Holidays in South India Tourism - Pondicherry-Tanjore, 175 km
Holidays in South India - In the morning we shall drive to Tanjore visiting en-route
the temple or Lord Natraja at Chidambram. On arrival,
we shall check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, we
shall conduct a sightseeing tour of Tanjore.
of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional
handicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar
Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand
years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's
marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library
are also well known places of interest.
Day 06 - Extensive South India Tour - Tanjore-Trichy-Madurai, 201 km
We shall drive to Trichy and on arrival; we shall visit
Srirangam, which is an island, 5 kms from Trichy. Surrounded
by the Kaveri water is a 600 acres island town enclosed
within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami
temple. There are no less than 22 gopurams, one of which
is the tallest in India. The 72 m high 13 tiered gopuram
dominates the landscape for miles around.
Tour To South India India - The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri River,
Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock,
one of the oldest in the world aprox. 3,800 million
years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the
temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead
to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to
the 3rd century B.C. Later we shall drive to Madurai
and on arrival, we shall check-in at the hotel. We shall
have an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07 - Madurai Tour To South India India
In the morning we shall conduct a sightseeing tour
Madurai, known as Athens of the East, is the second
largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city
is believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city
got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that
fell from Shiva's lochs when he came to bless its people
for constructing a temple for him.
Madurai where the
people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of the
magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12
gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls
of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the
most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the
Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the
sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess
of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. We shall
spend the afternoon at leisure and have an overnight
stay at the hotel.
Day 08 - Madurai-Kanyakumari-Kovalam, 352 km
We shall drive to Kanyakumari which would take 5 hours.
In the afternoon we shall go for sight seeing. Kanya
Kumari is the southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, the land's
end of India or the point where the three seas meet
- the Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea and the Indian
Ocean. We shall visit the Kumariamman temple dedicated
to the virgin goddess Kanyakumari (Parvati) who stands
guard over the country.
The temple is built at the spot
where the goddess is believed to have waited for her
consort Lord Siva. Gandhi Memorial, constructed at the
spot where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept for
public view in an urn before a portion was immersed
into the three seas. Vivekananda Memorial built on the
Vivekananda Rock where the great Philosopher guide Swami
Vivekananda went into meditation that transformed him
into one of the most charismatic spiritual leader.
we shall drive to Kovalam visiting en-route Padmanabhapuram,
45 km short. The capital of Travancore until 1333, Padmanabhapuram
is known for its fort which encloses, among other buildings,
a palace and a temple. The palace has some important
art relics while the Ramaswamy temple has exquisitely
carved panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana. On
arrival, we shall check-in at the hotel.
Day 09: Kovalam Tour To South India India
We shall spend the day at leisure.
Day 10: Kovalam-Periyar, 250 km
In the morning we shall drive to Periyar and on arrival,
check-in at the hotel. Periyar, spread over an area
of 777 sq km, has about 35 tigers and leopards. However,
sighting a tiger in Periyar is a fortune for one out
of thousand. The park encompasses a 26 sq km artificial
lake and is the home of sambars, wild boars, elephants
and antelopes which can be occasionally seen on the
banks of the river during a boat cruise. Periyar, otherwise,
blessed by Nature has enormous tea, coffee, pepper and
cardamom plantations and is lush green. In the afternoon
we shall take a boat cruise on Lake Periyar to view
wildlife. We shall have an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 - Periyar-Kumarakom, 136 km
We shall drive to Kumarakom and embark on deluxe Houseboat
for backwater cruise. We shall embark on the Karnataka
Houseboat "Kettuvalam" at Kumarakom. Then
we shall head towards Munnattumugham village, through
We shall continue to Champakulam,
earlier named as Kalloorkad, the ancient trade centre
of backwaters. Visit famous St, Mary's France Church
that is believed as blessed by Str. Francis in 42 AD.
The mural paintings by vegetable oil are an exciting
panoramic vision. We shall also visit the famous Champakulam
snake boat construction yard. We shall have a night
stay at Champakulam village.
Day 12: Arrive Alleppey/Cochin
After breakfast, we shall take a leisurely cruise towards
Alleppey finishing point jetty. We shall disembark at
09:30 hours and drive to Cochin. We shall take the rest
of the day free.
Day 13 - Cochin
In the morning we shall have a sightseeing tour of
Cochin, Karnataka's commercial centre, has a fine natural
harbor. Cochin (Kochi) gateway for Karnataka is famous
for Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington
Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish
Synagogue. Cruising on the back-waters provides glimpses
of the rural life, fine view of the harbor and three
islands. We shall spend the afternoon at leisure. In
the evening we shall witness the Kathakali Dance Show
in an auditorium.
Day 14 - Cochin-Ooty drive, 280 km
On arrival, we shall transfer to the hotel. Rest of
the day we shall take free
Day 15 - Ooty
We shall undertake a sightseeing tour of Ooty and Conoor.
Ooty is an integral part of the great plateau occupying
the junction of the Eastern and Western Ghats. Located
at 2240 m above sea level, Ooty is the headquarters
of the Nilgris district. Apart from coffee and tea plantations,
trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and the wattle
dot the hillside in Ooty and its environ.
of interest in Ooty include Botanical Gardens where
"summer Festival" is held each during the
month of May: the artificial lake and Dodabetta Peak
which is the highest point in the district at a height
of 2623m. 17 km from Ooty is the first of these hills
stations. Coonoor is a small town with an equable climate
that has made it popular as hill resort. Tea and Tourism
Festival is held here during Dec-Jan. the main attraction
is the Sim's Park, a small well maintained botanical
garden that has several varieties of plants not to be
found in other hill stations.
Day 16 - Ooty-Mysore drive, 155 km
On arrival, we shall check-in at the hotel. In the
afternoon we shall have a sightseeing tour of Mysore.
Mysore, 770 m above sea level, is the imperial city
which was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars.
legend takes its name from a famous demon called Mahishasur,
a great warrior who ruled as a tyrant until he was killed
by the goddess Chamundeshwari. Mysore as we see today
is most famous for the imposing Royal Palace with a
magnificent Durbar Hall, particularly splendid during
the Dussehra Festival when the Maharaja's jewelry, studded
gold throne (weighing 200 kgs) is on display.
temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi
Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 meter monolith. 19
km north-west of Mysore is the KRS Dam and the ornamental
Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains and colorful
lights transform this place into a fairly land in the
Day 17: Mysore
In the morning we shall visit Somnathpur temple. 45
km from Mysore, the temple was built in 1268 AD and
is known for its Hoysala architecture. The temple is
seated on a star shaped base, set on a chiseled plinth
and guarded at intervals by miniature elephants. The
temple wall depicts scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharata
and Bhagvata. We shall spend the afternoon at leisure.
We shall stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: Mysore-Hassan drive, 150 km
On arrival, we shall check-in at the hotel. In the
afternoon we shall visit Belur and Halebid. Belur temple
took over 103 years to build and is a classic example
of the Hoysala style of architecture. It rises like
a wedding cake in stone, from a star shaped plinth,
one of the hallmarks of Hoysala building design.
the base upwards, there is an extraordinary wealth of
decorative detail; every available inch is crammed with
intricate carvings. In one frieze, 650 elephants jostle
one another in a continuous line. Many of the figures
of full blossomed women depicted at Belur are believed
to be portraits of King Vishnuvardhana's queen.
Halebid is 16 km east of Belur and 27 km from Hassan.
The Hoysaleswara Temple dating back to 12th century
is astounding for its wealth of sculptural detail. The
walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety
of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls.
Yet no two facets of the temple are the same.
temple -dedicated to Lord Shiva guarded by a Nandi Bull
was never completed despite 86 years of labor. In the
inner sanctum, the star black lingam, the symbol of
Shiva, is still worshipped. The carving at the door
is ornate with small details.
Day 19 - Hassan-Bangalore-Mumbai - 20:45/22:20 hours
We shall drive to Bangalore visiting en route Sravanbelgola
which is said to be the world's tallest monolithic statue
raises 17 meter high of Bahubali (Gomateshvara). The
statue was built in 981 AD by the sculptor Aristanmi
and is most sacred to the Jain Community. After arriving
Bangalore we shall take a city sight seeing tour.
the capital city of Karnataka is one of the most important
metropolises of India. It is a vital centre of science,
aeronautics and electronics. Situated 1000 m above sea
level, this garden city has pleasant weather round the
The Lalbagh, one of the finest botanical Gardens
of India, Cubbon Park laid in 1864 sprawling across
300 acres, Vidhana Soudha built in 1956 housing The
State Legislature and Secretariat are the main attractions.
Late in the evening we shall transfer to the airport
for flight to Mumbai. On arrival, we shall transfer
to the hotel.
Day 20: Mumbai
In the morning we shall take a city sightseeing tour.
Bombay, the Political capital of Maharashtra and commercial
capital of India, it has no recorded ancient past. Although
Buddhist and Hindu dynasties ruled the region until
around the 13th century, there were only scattered settlements
on the island.
The real development of Bombay commenced
soon after under the East India Company. Gateway of
India built to commemorate the royal visit of George
V and Queen Mary in 1911, the Prince of Wales Museum
housing collection of Indo Sarcenic architecture, Flora
Fountain, Victoria Terminus, St. Thomas Cathedral, Crawford
Market, Malabar Hill and the Hanging Gardens and Dhobi
Ghat (Washer men's village) are some of the attractions.
We shall spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 21: Mumbai-Dep.
We shall transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.
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