GATEWAY TO SOUTH INDIA

Departure Date

Monday

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16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS

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16 DAYS & 15 NIGHTS

BANGALORE I MYSORE I OOTY I COCHIN I PERIYAR I MADURAI I TRICHY I PONDICHERRY I CHENNAI

 

The picturesque beauty of India can be best defined through the magnificent hill stations, beautiful temples, lush forests and pristine beaches. All four of these natural marvels are sprinkled in plenty in South India. The southern region of India is famous for its vibrant culture and manmade marvels like Mylapore Temple, Brihadeshwara Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Dutch Palace. The intrinsic carvings and art of the temples and palaces are simply unparalleled and mesmerize the visitors. Our 15 days and 14 nights tour package introduces you to the vivid culture of South India amidst the captivating natural sceneries.

 

Note : This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Bangalore by Int’l flight

Arrive Bangalore International airport

Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive

Transfer to your Hotel.

Briefing of the tour by the executive

The Silicon Valley and IT Capital of India, Bangalore is a combination of sorts. Popularly known as the Garden City, Bangalore derives its name from 'Bendakaaluroo,' a name fondly given by King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty. The name went through a number of transformations, before it landed in its present form. This hip cosmopolitan city has grown in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. However, it has maintained its essence and roots, adapting well to the needs and norms of growth and culture. The pulse of the city can be felt along the upmarket streets of Mahatma Gandhi Road (M.G.Road), Brigade Road and Commercial Street.

Overnight at hotel

Day 02Bangalore

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Bangalore visiting

Vidhana Soudha - The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956. The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13th July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of Rs 1.84 crores. Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing buildings not only in Bangalore but in India. One of the interesting features of this building in grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty-five steps 62 m (204 ft) wide 21 m (70 ft) deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to an Assembly Chamber. The architecture of the building is based on Dravidian style, comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finials, etc; At the same time, the construction has been on modern designs, making use of the present-day materials like steel, reinforced cement concrete glass, plastic, etc.

Bull Temple

The Bull Temple, located in Basavanagudi, is a typical Dravidian style temple, and is famous for its mammoth bull statue that was carved from a single boulder. Legend has it that the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that stole local crops, and that the offering was effective with the bull subsequently leaving the area. Since then, local farmers have held an annual festival to express their gratitude.

Also visit Viswesevariah Memorial Museum.

Afternoon is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 03Bangalore/Mysore via Srirangapatnam by road (140kms/04hrs)

Breakfast in hotel.

Drive to Mysore en route visiting Srirangapatna

Mysore is famous for the festivities that take place during the Dushehra festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. Mysore also lends its name to the Mysore Mallige, Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore Peta (traditional silk turban) and the garment called the Mysore silk saree.

Situated on the Cauvery River, the island-fortress of Srirangapatna is famous as the former capital of the great kings, Hyder Ali, and his son, Tipu Sultan, the 'Tiger of Mysore'. The ruins of the magnificent fortress that stands here is the main tourism attraction. The small size of this island greatly belies its immense historical significance as it was the site of several battles fought against the British. Known as Srirangapatna under British rule, the island was initially named after the Srirangapatna Temple, one of the many ancient structures found here.

Continue your drive to Mysore and check in at hotel.

Mysore Palace

Afternoon Depart for sightseeing tour of Mysore.

Mysore Palace - The Palace of Mysore is a palace situated in the city of Mysore, Southern India. It is the official residence of Wodeyar's -the erstwhile royal family of Mysore, and also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court). Mysore has a number of historic places, and is commonly described as the City of Palaces. However, the term "Mysore Palace" specifically refers to one of within the old fort. The palace was commissioned in 1897, and its construction was completed in 1912. It is now the most famous tourist attractions in Mysore.

Also visit Mysore Art & crafts center & the Nandi Bull.

Overnight at hotel

Day 04Mysore/Ooty by road (130kms/03hrs)

Breakfast in hotel.

Drive to Ooty & check in at hotel.

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey n a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.

Afternoon depart for sightseeing tour of Ooty

Botanical Garden

The Government Botanical gardens, which were laid out in 1847.The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close.

Ooty Lake

If you love the outdoors, Ooty lake is a must see for you. It was built in 1825 and is about 2.5 km long. Visitors to this lake can go for boating or enjoy their favorite outdoor activity of fishing. Remember to get fishing permission before you head to buy baits!

Overnight at hotel

Day 05Ooty/Cochin by road (300kms/07hrs)

Breakfast in hotel.

Drive to Cochin & check in at hotel.

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

Rest of the day is free to relax or shopping at local markets.

Overnight at hotel
Day 06Cochin

Breakfast in hotel.

Depart for sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting

Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) – built in 1568 the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth stands, adorned by hundreds of exquisite hand – painted Chinese tiles in blue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town lies the synagogue of the white Jews near Mattancherry palace. The synagogue is now a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms.

Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays)

The Dutch palace at Mattancherry was actually built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in AD 1555. The palace acquired its present name in 1663 when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs in it. The main attractions of the palace lie in its wall murals that depict the scenes from the Ramayana.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church- it is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.

Afternoon is free to relax.

Kathakali Dance Drama

In the evening you will be invited to witness KATHAKALI – the ancient and traditional dance drama of Kerala. The drama shows different scenes from the epics of Maharabharata and Ramayana. To understand the entire process you must reach the place an hour before the show and see the make-up being done on the artists.

Overnight at hotel

Day 07Cochin/Alleppey by road (60kms/1.5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Alleppey to board the Rice Houseboat. Afternoon you would be sailing in the canales of the massive lake where you can see people doing their daily ritual

Overnight on the houseboat
Day 08Alleppey/Periyar by road (175kms/5hrs)

Breakfast on the Houseboat.

Disembark the houseboat

Depart for Periyar & check – in at hotel.

Afternoon visit Periyar Wildlife sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife sanctuary Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in God’s Own Country, Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Though it is a Tiger Reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian Elephant in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar lake.

Overnight at hotel

Day 09Periyar/Madurai by road (150kms/4hrs)

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for Madurai and check in at Hotel.

Madhurai is a major city in Tamil Nadu and home to the Meenakshi Temple. It is one of the most ancient heritage sites of India truly reflective of the cultural ethos of India. It is also known as the Temple City of India. You can find temples in almost every street in Madurai. The city is called "Thoongaa Nagaram", which means Sleepless City. You can find coffee/tea shops open at almost any time of day and night.

Overnight at hotel

Day 10Madurai

Breakfast in Hotel.

Depart for sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting

Meenakshi Temple.

Dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi (considered a form of Parvati) with a sanctum for her consort, Sundareshwarar (or Siva). The original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks. The Nayaks ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple. The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which are the two sanctums for meenakshi and Sundareshwara, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and grand pillared halls. Especially impressive are the 12 gopuras. Their soaring towers rise from solid granite bases, and are covered with stucco figures of dieties, mythical animals and monsters painted in vivid colours.

Thirumala Nayak Palace

Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th century palace was built by King Thirumalai Nayak, one of the Madurai Nayak rulers in 1636 AD in the city of Madurai, India. This Palace was built with the help of an Italian Architect and is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic and European styles. The building, which can be seen today, was the main Palace where the king lived. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure. In its heyday,Tirumalai Nayak's Palace at Madurai was considered to be one of the wonders of the South

Also visit the bustling market of Madurai outside the Meenakshi Temple.

Afternoon is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel

Day 11Madurai/Trichy by road (140kms/4hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Trichy and check in at Hotel.

Afternoon depart for sightseeing tour of Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches. Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant. The most famous landmark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which the wards of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century. The city is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil Nadu and is famous for artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys.

Overnight at hotel

Day 12Trichy/Pondicherry via Tanjore (240kms/5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Pondicherry en route visiting Tanjore

Tanjore is the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" and famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple was constructed more than thousand years ago by the King Rajarajan, is an architect's marvel. It is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and painting.

Thanjavur was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. Thanjavur was at height of its glory during Rajaraja Cholan. The Big Temple and the other famous temples in the district are known all over the world. Thanjavur was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. Thanjavur gained prominence during the period of Chola Kings, who made it as their capital. It is known as the Granary of the South India lying in the deltaic region of the famous river Cauvery and criss-crossed by lengthy network of irrigation canals.

Continue your drive to Pondicherry and check in at hotel

Pondicherry - It is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or regions, and named after the largest region, Pondicherry. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East. Pondicherry, is also considered an educational hub of Southern India.

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 13Pondicherry

Breakfast in hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Pondicherry.

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo on the 24 November 1926 (Siddhi Day). At the time there were no more than 24 disciples in the Ashram. Located on rue de la Marine, is one of the most well known and wealthiest ashrams in India, with devotees from India and all over the World flocking to it for spiritual salvation. Its spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science. And also visit Light House, Glass House, French Institute

Overnight at hotel

Day 14Pondicherry/Chennai via Mahaballipuram (170kms/5hrs)

Breakfast in hotel.

Drive to Chennai en route visiting Mahaballipuram.

Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It has an average elevation of 12 metres (39 feet). Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, Some important sculptures are The Shore Temple - a structural temple along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea. Recent excavations have revealed new structures here. The temple was reconstructed stone by stone from the sea after being washed away in a cyclone. Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) - five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. An interesting aspect of the Rathas is that, despite their sizes they are not assembled — each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone & other temples.

Continue your drive to Chennai & check in at hotel.

Chennai

Chennai formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Chennai, popularly regarded as the Gateway to the South, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It is the fourth largest metropolis in India, located on a 17 km stretch of the Coromandel Coast. The city grew up around the English settlement of Fort St. George and gradually absorbed the surrounding towns and villages. However, despite the strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil heritage and effectively blended it to create a unique synthesis of cultures.

Overnight at hotel
Day 15Chennai

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting

Fort St. George Fort is located on the banks of Bay of Bengal. It was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. It is a military architecture marvel, which was erected as a trading post and later evolved to be the origin of modern Indian Army. Situated in the coastal state of Tamil Nadu, this ancient monument is worth watching on your trip to Chennai. St. George Fort holds great historical importance and is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India & also visit.

The Fort St. George Museum

The Fort St. George Museum was organised and opened to the public from 31st January 1948. The museum began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by the then Madras Presidency Government, the St. Mary's Church authorities, the disbanded army units and others. Over the years many objects were acquired by various means and there are now 3661 registered antiquities in the collection. Best among them (602) are on display in ten galleries.

Marina Beach

Marina Beach – the Second longest in the world, beaches running 12 km in length and other places of Interest.

Afternoon is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel
Day 16Depart/Chennai by Int’l flight

Today you will be tranfserred to Chennai International airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination.

COST & INCLUSIONS

PremierLuxuryComfort
SummerUSD$3092USD$2622USD$2390
WinterUS$3566US$2879US$2547
BangaloreITC WindsorThe LalitSt Marks Hotel
MysoreWindflowerWindflowerSandesh the Prince
OotySavoySavoyFortue Sullivan
CochinVivanta by Taj - MalabarCrowne PlazaHoliday Inn
AlleppeyPremium HouseboatPremium HouseboatPremium Houseboat
PeriyarSpice VillageGreenwoodAbad Copper Castle
MaduraiThe Gateway HotelSangamFortune Pandiyan
TrichySangamSangamSangam
PondicherryPalis-de- MaheMainson PerumalThe Promenade
ChennaiITC Grand CholaRaintreeRadha Regent

The above rates are valid from

Winter: 1st Oct 2019 – 15th April 2020

Summer: 16th April 2020 – 30th Sep 2020

Based on Minimum 2 persons traveling together.

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of Local English speaking guide
   Kathakali dance drama ticket in Cochin
   Lunch & Dinner during stay on the houseboat
   Boat ride in Periyar
   Present Applicable taxes as on 15th May, 2018

  Tour Excludes

 

    Entrance tickets to Monuments
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc

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