Famous South India Tour

Destinations Covered

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Pondicherry - Swami Malai - Tanjore - Tirchy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Kodaikanal - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam - Periyar - Kottaym - Alleppey - Ooty - Coonoor - Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Hassan - Belur - Bangalore - Sravanbelgola - Mumbai

Duration

20 Nights / 21 Days

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Chennai

Begin your tour.

Arrive into Chennai., Welcome to your ‘Best of South India’. On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman’s representative to your hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Chennai. City tour of Chennai, visiting museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 2 - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram-Chennai

Today you drive to Mahabalipuram after visiting Kanchipuram on the way.
Enroute Visit Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 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. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Later in the evening drive back to Chennai.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 3 - Chennai - Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Formarly a French colony which has settled in the early part of the 18th century. Places of interest are Sri Aurobindo Ashram Auroville – the brain child of the mother and designed by French Architect roger Anger, AuroVille was meant to be an experiment in international living where man and women could live in peace and progress harmony with each other above all creeds.

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 4 - Pondicherry - Swami Mailer

Pondicherry-Swami Mailer, 166 km Drive to Swami Mailer ethnic Village Resort visiting en-route Chidambram and Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 5 - Swami Malai - Tanjore - Trichy

This morning after a leisurely breakfast we will proceed to Tanjore after visiting Srirangam and Trichy on the way. Visit Trichy and Srirangam,
Srirangam: 5 kms from Trichy, located in an island is Srirangam. Surrounded by the Kaveri water is a 600 acre 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.
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.
Trichy – Visit Temples, Forts etc.

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 6 - Trichy - Madurai

This morning you drive to Madurai and transfer to your hotel. Relax for a while. Later proceed for the sightseeing of Madurai.Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500 yeras old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva’s locs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him.City tour of Madurai:- Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams – (rising high above the surrounding countryside). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – a gracious building in the Indo-Saracenic style, famous for the stucco work on its domes and arches.

Overnight: Hotel.

DAY 7 - Madurai - Rameshwaram or Kodaikanal- Madurai

Madurai Day at leisure – optional Day trip to visit Rameshwaram or Kodaikanal.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 8 - Madurai - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam

This Morning after breakfast drive to Kanya Kumari(Cape Comorin), the last end of India where three Oceans meet. Continue drive to Kovalam on arrival and check into your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 9 - Kovalam

Morning drive to Kovalam, the international beach Resort with full of Coconut trees.
Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse – sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. Evening enjoy the beach.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 10 - Kovalam - Periyar

After breakfast drive to Periyar. Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Periyar to view wildlife.Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 11 - Periyar - Kottayam

Early Morning, drive to Alleppey and on arrival, switch over to the House Boat and cruise along the backwaters, passing through paddy fields, villages, market etc. The cruise is through `Kuttanad’ literally meaning the land which is lower than the sea level but is kept intact by its bunds and dikes.It is the `rice bowl’ of Kerala. The rice fields are very beautiful and this lush land and surrounds governs the placid way of life of the people who live on the backwaters.

Overnight: Houseboat

DAY 12 - Alleppey - Cochin

Arrive Alleppey-Cochin At noon time, disembark Houseboat at Alleppey and proceed to Cochin.Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 13 -Cochin

This morning after breakfast, proceed on a city tour of Cochin
Cochin – the palmgreen commercial town of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world.
The Chinese fishing nets can be seen at the entrance of the harbour. The Chinese through trade contact taught this technique of catching fish. Evening witness Kathakali Dance Show in a Theatre.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 14 - Cochin - Ooty

This morning after breakfast Drive to Ooty and check-in at the hotel.Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 15 - Ooty - Coonoor-Ooty

Ooty Full day sightseeing of Ooty and Coonoor

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 16 - Ooty - Mysore

This morning drive to Mysore and transfer to hotel.
Visit Vrindavan Garden Like Mughal Pattern, Vrindavan Garden is built step by step below the dam. Fountain, Flower beds, topiary-all have made the environment beautiful and romantic. In the evening the garden is illuminated and it looks more beautiful and also the fountains of the garden are operated rhythymically with music.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 17 - Mysore - Srirangapatnam

Mysore Morning visit Somnathpur Temple Afternoon visit Srirangapatnam.Evening back to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 18 - Mysore - Hassan

After breakfast Drive to Hassan and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Belur and Halebid Temples.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 19 - Hassan - Sravanbelgola-Bangalore

After breakfast depart for Bangalore.
Enroute visit Shravanbelgola :- The name conjures up images of great monolithic statue of Gomateshwara or Lord Bahubali. The colossal statue, carved from granite is the worlds tallest images creation of art which is 58.6 feet in high. Chavundandaraya, the Ganga general is said to have taken the enormous task in establishing the statue on the to of Vindhyagiri hills. The statue established around 1000 years back is a symbol of peace, tolerance and nonvoilsence. The statue is clearly visible from a distance of 15 km. One has to climb hundreds of steps chiseled out in the rock to reach the statue. There are two hillocks in Shravanabelagola- Vindhyagiri or Doddabetta and Chandragiri or Chikkabetta. Vindhyagiri is the larger of the two where the statue is located, over looks Chandragiri, where large number of basadies including Chavuvdaraya basadi, Chandragupta basadi, Parshwanatha basadi, Bhadrabahu cave, Mahanavami mantapa etc are situated.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 20 - Bangalore-Mumbai

This morning after breakfast transfer to Bangalore airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai Airport, you will be met and transferred by our representative to your hotel. Later proceed on a city tour of Mumbai.Visit Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre), Colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 21 - Mumbai

This morning after breakfast transfer to the International airport for your onward destinations with sweet and unforgettable memories of ”South India Tour” escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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