Begain your tourArrive into Chennai Welcome to Vardhman’s “South India Wildlife Tour”!!!On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman’s representative to your hotel. Relax for a while and later proceed for sightseeing of Chennai. Visit 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.
DAY 2 - Madras - Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram
Today morning leave for Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram (64kms from Chennai (Madras), which was the capital of the Pallava dynasty and has about 1000 temples and many of them are in use to this day. Some important temples include Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy. Knachipuram is well known for its silks.
DAY 3 - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
Morning city tour of Mahabalipuram.The travel to the city of Mahabalipuram is famous for its rock cut temples and the Seashore temple these are excellent examples of Dravidian Style of Architecture.Later in the afternoon drive to Pondicherry. Upon arrival, check into your hotel to stay overnight.
DAY 4 - Pondicherry - Tanjore
On the day 4 of your tour proceed on a city tour of Pondicherry.Visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo’s ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. After lunch at hotel, visit Auroville – a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Later in the afternoon drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check into your hotel to stay overnight.
DAY 5 - Tanjore -Trichy- Madurai
Morning proceed on a city tour of Tanjore.Tanjore once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple(or the big temple of God).The temple tower rises to a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 mts and then tapers off, making a total of 66mts. Later in the afternoon proceed for Madurai enroute visit Trichy.Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam.Upon arrival, check into your hotel to stay overnight.
DAY 6 - Madurai
Madurai-The ancient city some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Proceed on a city tour visiting – Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala’s Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Visit Meenakshi Temple for prayer ceremony in the evening.
DAY 7 - Madurai - Periyar
This morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Periyar. Upon arrival,check into your hotel. Relax for sometime and later proceed on a city tour of Periyar.Visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctury. Later visit spice plantations like 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.
DAY 8 - Periyar - Kumarakom/Kottayam
This morning after breakfast drive to Kottayam/Kumarakom. On arrival, check into your Houseboat. The overnight cruise takes you through Kumarakom/Kottayam backwaters allowing you to enjoy serene surroundings en route. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served on board. Enjoy the backwaters of Kerala by getting a glimpse of the village life from a close quarter. Enjoy the sunset and stay overnight on the houseboat. It will definitely be a unique and unforgettable experience for your lifetime.
DAY 9 - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin
The houseboat comes to halt at Alleppey. Disembark the houseboat after breakfast and drive to Cochin. On arrival, check into your hotel. Relax for rest of the day. OPTIONAL: In the evening attend the Kathkali Dance Show.
DAY 10 - Cochin - Ooty
This morning after breakfast drive to Ooty. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Relax for a while and visit Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens, Dodda Betta etc
DAY 11 - Ooty - Mysore
This morning drive to Mysore. On reaching Mysore, transfer to a hotel and visit illuminated Vrindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagar dam in the evening.
DAY 12 - Mysore-Bangalore
City Tour of Mysore. Visit Maharaja Palace and later in the day drive to Chamundi Hill and see the huge Nandi Bull statue, St. Philomena’s Church & Mysore Zoo. Later drive to Bangalore. Enroute visit Srirangapatam. Reach Bangalore and check into your hotel.
DAY 13 - Mysore - Bangalore
This morning after breakfast transfer to Bangalore airport or railway station to board flight or train for your onward journey to backhome with sweet and unforgettable memories of your “South India Wildlife Tour” escorted by Vardhman Vacations.