01 : ARRIVE CHENNAI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to hotel.
: At the southern tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai
- or Madras as it was known earlier - is its capital city of the
state of Tamil Nadu. It is also the third largest metropolis in
India. Chennai as the gateway will put you in touch with a different
face of India - classical, ancient, gentle. Definitely touched by
colonialism but not ravaged by wars & intensely aware of its
roots & traditions.
DAY 02 : CHENNAI - KANCHIPURAM - MAHABALIPURAM
After breakfast , city tour of Chennai visiting
Museum to see the art and bronze gallery (Closed on
public holidays). Drive through the Flower & Fruit Market,
High Court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San Thome cathedral.
Afternoon, leave for Mahabalipuram, enroute visit Kanchipuram
- (64 km from Madras) ancient capital of the Pallavas, famous as
a city of 1000 temples that still has 124 shrines. The first temple
dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th & 8th century &
has painting on the walls. Templs of Ekambaswara, Kailasnatha, Sri
Kamakshi & Vardarajaewamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also
famous for its silk. On arrival in Mahabalipuram
checkin at your prebooked hotel.
DAY 03 : MAHABALIPURAM
After breakfast, visit Mahabalipuram
, which was the main port of the Pallava dynasty & has
exquisite Rock-cut monuments, monolithic structures & Bas-reliefs.
It is also a beach resort. Visit a very interesting creation enroute
Dakshin Chitra , a museum that preserves actual houses of different
communities & village craftsmen from the four southern states
of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh , Karnataka & Kerala.
DAY 04 : MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERY
After breakfast, leave for Pondicherry.
On arrival checkin at hotel.
Afternoon, sightseeing of Pondicherry which was formerly a French
Colony. Settled early in the 18th century Pondicherry became part
of the Indian Union in the early 50s when the French voluntarily
relinquished control. The main attraction here is the Aurobindo
Ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. The ashram
is one of the most popular in India with westerners, and is also
one of the most affluent. Also to be visited is the Pondicherry
Museum which has a well displayed variety of exhibits ranging from
French furniture to this history of bead making.
05 : PONDICHERRY - TANJORE
After breakfast, leave for Tanjore.
On arrival checkin at hotel.
Afternoon, visit Tanjore (Thanjavur) which was the ancient capital
of Chola kings. Visit the Brihadishwara temple which was
built by Raja 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 contructed in 1550 and has huge corridors, spacious halls,
observation and arsenal towers.
DAY 06 : TANJORE - TRICHY
- SRIRANGAM - MADURAI
After breakfast, leave for Madurai.
Enroute visit the Rock Fort Temple in Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)
and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam - This superb
temple complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams
and is probably the largest in India. Most of it dates back from
14th to 17th centuries. The largest gopuram was completed as recently
as 1987, and now measures an astouning 73 metres. After visiting
Srirangam, continue drive to Madurai. Arrive Madurai and arrival
checkin at hotel.
DAY 07 : MADURAI
After breakfast, visit Madurai - one
of the oldest cities in South India and has been a centre of learning
& pilgrimage for centuries. Visit Madurais main attraction
- Sri Meenakshi temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims from
all over India. The temple is named after the daughter of a Pandyan
King. Designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak, the present temple
was substantially built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak (1623-55
AD), but its history goes back 2000 years to the time when Madurai
was the capital of Pandya Kings.
DAY 08 : MADURAI - PERIYAR
breakfast, leave for Periyar (Thekkady). On arrival in Periyar checkin
at your prebooked hotel. Afternoon, game viewing at the wild life
DAY 09 : PERIYAR - KOTTAYAM
- ALLEPEY - COCHIN
After breakfast, leave for Cochin. Enroute disembark from
the vehicle at Kottayam to do a very pleasant stretch upto Allepey
in boats on the backwaters of Kerala. At Allepey board our car/coach
which awaits you to drive you to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin checkin
at your prebooked hotel.
DAY 10 : COCHIN
After breakfast, visit Cochin - the city of lagoons. Visit
the St. Francis Church, India's oldest European Church was
contructed in 1503 by Portuguese; Chinese Fishing Nets, strung
out along the top of Fort Cochin; Mattancherry Palace or The
Dutch Palace, built by Portugese in 1557, this palace was presented
to the Raja of Cochin, Veera Kerala Verma. The palace's alternative
name, the Dutch Palace, resulted from substantial renovations by
the Dutch after 1663Palace.
Afternoon, free for individual actitivities. In the evening, witness
Kathakali Dance Show.
DAY 11 : COCHIN - BANGALORE
Transfer to airport to board flight
for Bangalore. On arrival in Bangalore, transfer to prebooked hotel.
Afternoon, city tour of Bangalore - "city of gardens".
Visit, theo Vidhan Sudha - It houses the States Legislature and
Secretariat, Nandi Temple - One of the oldest temple, popularly
known as the Bull temple.
12 : BANGALORE - HASSAN
breakfast, leave for Hassan, enroute visiting Sravanabelagola,
one of the oldest and most important Jain pilgrimage centres in
India, and the site of the 17m high statue of Gomateshvara, said
to the world's tallest monolithic statue - an important Jain religious
centre - a colossal Gomateshwara statue. Arrive Hassan & checkin
Afternoon, excursion to Hoysala Temples of Halebid & Belur.
Visit the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid which is the most outstanding
example if Hoysala art. At Belur, visit the Channekeshava temple
is the only one at the three Hoysala sites still in daily use.
DAY 13 : HASSAN
After breakfast, leave
for Mysore. On arrival in Mysore checkin at hotel. Afternoon, visit
the magnificent city on the foothills of Mount Chamundi. Visit the
Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, this
palace was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore. Burnt down in 1897,
the present one was completed in 1912, at a cost of Rs. 4.2 million;
Chamundi Hill - overlooking Mysore from 1062m summit of
the hill is the Sri Chamuneswari temple and the Brindavan Gardens.
DAY 14 : MYSORE - CHENNAI
Morning, free. In the afternoon, transfer
to the railway station to board train for Chennai Arrive Chennai
and transfer to prebooked hotel.
DAY 15 :
Transfer to the international airport
to board flight back home/onward destination.