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Best of South India
Bangalore - Mysore - Ooty - Cochin - Munnar - Alleppey - Periyar - Madurai -
Trichy - Tanjore - Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai
20 Nights / 21 Days


01 Day: Arrival Bangalore:
Welcome to the mesmerizing land of India. As per your scheduled flight, our representative will met, assist and escort you to the booked hotel. All documents will be handed over to you with traveling brief and interaction for any query in terms of tour and services. Rest of the time is for leisure and overnight at the hotel.

02 Day: Bangalore:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the city. Bangalore is one of the most attractive cities in India with its beautiful parks avenues and impressive buildings. It is also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Later take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting Lal Baugh - Regarded as one of the most richly diverse Botanical Garden's in South Asia; it derives its name from the profusion of Red roses which are in bloom here, Cubbon Park - Named after Mark Cubbon, Bangalore's longest-serving commissioner, this beautifully laid out park spreads over 300 acres in the heart of the city. The Bull Temple - The 4.57 m high and 6.10 meters long image is carved out of single granite rock, Tipu's Palace - The summer palace of Tipu Sultan later followed by visit to Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple - the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is carved out of a monolithic stone. Iskcon Temple - located on a seven-acre hillock, known as the 'Hare Krishna Hill', the gorgeous deities of the lord Sri Radha Krishna and the pure spiritual atmosphere make the pilgrimage a lasting memory. In the evening you can visit Ulsoor Lake. Overnight at the hotel.

03 Day: Bangalore - Mysore (140 kms: 3 ½ hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Mysore, the capital city of the Wodeyars has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. Later take a sight seeing tour of the city visiting Maharaja Palace built in 1911-1912. The architecture of the palace blends the Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture. Today it is a museum housing treasures from across the world reflecting the rich and colorful history of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore. In the evening visit to the Brindavan gardens famous for its well planned and well maintained lawns, innumerable pools, fountains. At night the gardens are transformed into a kind of fairy land when the concealed lights near the flower beds and fountains are turned on and add a new dimension to the garden. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Mysore - Ooty (170 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast drive up to Chamundi Hill to see Chamundeshwari temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. Later drive to Ooty. Ooty is fondly known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Ooty with its rolling lawns and salubrious climate it became the important hill station in South India and the summer capital of the former Madras presidency. In the evening visit to the Ooty Lake where you can opt for boating. Overnight at the hotel.

05 Day: Ooty:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Ooty visiting the Botanical Garden a lush green well maintained lawns, rare tree species (like the cork tree, the paper bark tree and the monkey puzzle tree - monkeys cannot climb this tree), a 20 million year old fossilized tree, an Italian-style garden bordering a clear pool, a vast variety of flowering bushes and plants in myriad hues, fern house with a vast range of ferns and orchids, are some of the many highlights of this garden. Besides these, there are various view points like Lamb's Rock, Kodanadu and Dodabetta Peak is the highest point in the district at a height of 2623 meters. Provided the day is clear, one can see as far as the plains of Coimbatore and the Mysore plateau. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Ooty - Coonoor - Ooty (30 kms: 1 hr drive):
After breakfast drive to Coonoor, visiting Sim's Park, unusual botanical garden famous for naturally occurring trees, shrubs and creepers, are in the park as are many unusual species of plants that have been brought in from a variety of places around the world., Dolphin's Nose, the Nose is a unique rock of tremendous proportions which looks like a Dolphin whereas you can also take a glimpse of the Catherine Falls from here., Lamb's Rock vantage point to view the fantastic landscape and the tea and coffee plantations, Laws Falls a paradise for Nature lovers. If you love trekking visit to The Droog, takes one into the past, with the ruins of a fort, which was once used by Tipu Sultan in the 16th century. Later drive back to Ooty for overnight stay.

Note: Optionally you can take a Toy Train ride from Ooty to Connor.

07 Day: Ooty - Cochin (Kochi) (300 kms: 8 hrs):
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Cochin (Kochi). On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy Kathakali Dance Presentation, a traditional dance form of Kerala with Lavish Costumes, Exotic makeup, Masks etc. This is considered to be the King of theater performances. Overnight at the hotel.

08 Day: Cochin (Kochi):
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Cochin (Kochi): The Gateway of South India. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Cochin (Kochi) has been ruled by the Dutch, British and the Portuguese. Hence you will find here a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle. Sightseeing tour includes visit to Fort Cochin & St. Frances Church to see the town of Vasco da Gama. We also see the Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace. Also famous in Cochin (Kochi) are the Chinese fishing nets, which dominate part of the seafront and attract tourists in large numbers, These nets suspended in the mid air all along the coast and are set up on bamboo or teak poles giving an appearance of huge hammock. If you wish you may opt from a variety boat trips offered like Backwater Canal Tour, the sunset cruise, and so on. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

09 Day: Cochin (Kochi) - Munnar (130 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Munnar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. This luxuriant gift of nature to the Western Ghats, is derived from the three mountain streams; Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala which join together in Munnar. Enjoy the tea estates, hills, lakes and forests of Munnar. Visit to the Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar,) This sanctuary was set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park also shelters Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhar's, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri, Langur, Tigers and Leopards. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.

10 Day: Munnar:
After breakfast you can opt to visit to Mattupetty (cattle village), the Swiss Livestock Project is a highly specialized dairy farm where over a hundred breeds of highly yielding cattle are reared. Visitors are allowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm, followed by visit to Pothamedu is one of the major plantation hubs of Munnar. The panoramic view of greenish tea, coffee and cardamom plantation and the cloud kissing mountain is exciting one. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks. Later visit at Devikulam (7 km from Munnar) is famous for its breath-taking locales, scenic spots and for its unique flora and fauna. Right in the heart of this landscape is Sita Devi Lake. The lake, with its picturesque surroundings, mineral water, and trout-fishing and adventure sports facilities, is a favorite tourist destination. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

11 Day: Munnar - Alleppey (190 kms: 4 hrs) Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Alleppey:
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the jetty to embark on the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters 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 ne ver 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.

12 Day: Alleppey - Periyar (114 kms: 2 ½ hrs):
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive to Periyar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries, which is an example of nature's bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 sq .kms, the animals found here include Elephant, Aur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and birds like Ibis and Grey Heron. A boat ride through the waters of the man made Periyar Lake around which the wild - life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul - stirring pleasant experience. Periyar is the only sanctuary in India where you can enjoy wildlife viewing at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the Lake. At Periyar you can see, herds of elephants bathing and playing on the Periyar Lake. 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 the hotel.

13 Day: Periyar - Madurai (140 Kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Madurai. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple complex in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva (in the form of Sundareshwar or Beautiful Lord) and his consort, Goddess Parvati (in the form of Meenakshi). The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers including two golden Gopurams for the main deities that are elaborately sculptured and painted. Followed by visit to Gandhi Museum, Government Museum, Koodal Alagar Temple and Vandiyur Mariamman Teepakulam where annual boat festival takes place. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak's Palace, is a notable an architectural masterpiece. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 - foot high stone pillar, still stands. Enjoy evening special aarti at the Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at the hotel.

14 Day: Madurai - Trichy - Tanjore (158 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Tanjore. Enroute take a sightseeing tour of Trichy; visit most famous landmark of this bustling town - the Rock Fort Temple, is a combination of two famous 7th century Hindu temples, one dedicated to Lord Ganesh and the other dedicated to Lord Shiva, located a top of a small rock, 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. After visit proceed to Tanjore. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

15 Day: Tanjore:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Tanjore visiting Brihadeshwara temple, the greatest architectural achievement of the Chola rulers. Built by the Chola King Raja raja (985-1014), is dedicated to lord Shiva. This temple is one of the monuments in India with World Heritage listing. Also visit the Thanjavur Palace, is among many architectural marvels of the Tanjore city. It is a massive structure with huge halls, wide corridors, observation towers and a shady courtyard. Then visit Saraswati Mahal Library: This library has one of the most important oriental manuscripts collections, in India. Established around 1700 AD, the library contains a collection of over 44,000 palm leaf, and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages. Overnight at the hotel.

16 Day: Tanjore - Pondicherry (170 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After breakfast you may visit to Auroville, conceived as a 'Universal Town'. This is a place were people with different nationalities; beliefs and culture live in harmony. Evening is free at the Pondicherry Beach and to explore the French colonies. Overnight at the hotel.

17 Day: Pondicherry:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the city. This attractive, former French colony exudes a Mediterranean aura with its sophisticated streets, elegant houses, ornamental gardens and the Hotel de Ville. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, which has been a seat of learning and Vedic cultures since ancient times. Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this church is noted for its gothic architecture and stained glass panels which depict the entire life of Jesus Christ, Ecole Françoise d'Extreme Orient, which is nearly 100 years old, with programs in Sanskrit, Tamil and Archaeological studies. The Church of Our Lady of Angels (1855), famous for an oil painting of Our Lady of Assumption given to the Church by King Louis Napoleon III, and the 17th century Chapel of Our Sisters of Cluny. Followed by visit to Pondicherry Museum, Anglo-French Textile Mills, Mansion of Ananda Rangapillai: Built in 1773, this mansion is a fine specimen of Indo-French architecture. Then visit Botanical Garden it preserves a large variety of exotic species of plants from all over India and abroad. Evening is free at the Pondicherry Beach. Overnight at the hotel.

18 Day: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram (135 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram. Later take a sightseeing tour of the city. Mahabalipuram with its picturesque location on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon is a happy combination of history, good beaches, hassle-free tourism and fabulous fish and lobster! It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the seven pagoda-style Shore temples, Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapa, Shore Temple, Mahishasurmardini Cave, Varaha Mandapa and Mandapams, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments & animal figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes - of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others - are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two - spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum. Overnight at the hotel.

19 Day: Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai (135 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Chennai. Enroute visit Kanchipuram known as one of India's Seven Sacred cities. Later explore the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a 'City of a Thousand Temples' and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Visit the most famous temples: Kailasnathar, Vaikuntaperumal, Ekambareshwara, Kamakshiamma and Sakiswarar. You may opt to visit the silk cloth markets, as Kanchipuram is world famous for silk cloth and sarees, the traditional Indian costume for the women. After visit proceed to Chennai for overnight stay.

20 Day: Chennai:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Chennai. Chennai often referred as the 'Gateway to South India' is also a place of historic importance. It is a pulsating city, ever changing and ever expanding. The city is probably the most peaceful and green metropolis of India. It was once a group of small villages until the appearance of East India Company to set up a new trade centre in the place. It is spread over 50 miles and features a large and beautiful waterfront on the Bay of Bengal. Later take a sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government's secretariat; Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th - 15th centuries and is another colonial structure worth visiting, the Kapaleeswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the oldest temple in Chennai. Then visit Parthasarthy Temple which is an 8th century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Evening optionally you can visit Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. Watching sunset from here is a fascinating experience. Overnight at the hotel.

21 Day: Chennai - Onwards Journey (BY Air):
After breakfast, morning is free for leisure. Later check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board flight for onwards journey with happy memories of your holiday to India.
 
 
 
 
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