Treasures of South India


Day 01:Arrive Chennai

Arrive in Chennai you will be meet the ETA representative at the arrival hall and transfer to Hotel, Afternoon sightseeing tour of Chennai including Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government's secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th/15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthsarthy Temple. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles.

Day 02:To Mysore

Intime transfer to Railway Station to board train for Mysore. Arrive Mysore and transfer to Hotel. Later visit Chamundi Hill. On the top of the hill stands, the temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the royal family's patron deity.

Day 03:In Mysore

Morning city tour including Maharaja's Palace built as recently as 1897, which is one of the biggest in India; St Philomena's Church etc; Sri Jauyachamarajendra Art Gallery housed in the Jagmohan Palace, which has a collection of exquisite paintings, and in the evening visit Brindavan Gardens, which illuminated 3 days a week.

Day 04:To Hassan

Morning drive to Hassan, a calm and peaceful town, Arrive Hassan and check in at Hotel. Later visit Belur , known for its exquisite temples and Chennakeshava Temple is a fine example. Also, visit to Halebid, where Hoysaleswara Temple has a wealth of sculptural detail, the walls covered with gods, goddesses, animals and dancing girls.

Day 05:To Bangalore

Morning drive to Bangalore visiting Sravanbelagola enroute, which is one of most important Jain Pilgrim centers. Arrive Bangalore and check in at Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bangalore visiting Tipu Sultan's Palace, originally built in mud in 1537 and rebuilt by Haider Ali a couple of centuries later; Bull Temple enshrining a massive bull carved out of a single piece of Grey granite; Lalbagh gardens laid out by Haider Ali in the 18th century; Cubbon Park laid out by the British in the 19th century. Vidhan Soudha built in granite incorporates features of traditional Indian architecture.

Day 06:To Kovalam

Intime transfer to airport to board flight for Trivandrum, Arrive Trivandrum and straight away proceeds to Kovalam, Arrive Kovalam and check in at Hotel.

Day 07:In Kovalam

Day free for independent activities or free to stroll along the beach

DAY 08:To Periyar

Morning drive to Periyar, Arrive Periyar and check in at Hotel. Later walk around in the peaceful town known for various Spice and coffee plantations.

DAY 09:To Madurai

Early morning enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to see Wild Elephants. Later drive to Madurai, Arrive Madurai and check in at Hotel.

DAY 10:In Madurai

Morning visit Meenakshi Temple, where the 1,000-pillared hall has stone figures carved on the pillars, some of which sound like metal when hit with an object. Also, visit Tirumalai Nayaka Temple and the Temple Art Museum.

DAY 11:To Trichy

Morning drive to Trichy, Arrive Trichy and check in at Hotel. Later sightseeing tour of Trichy including the Rock Fort, 434 steps cut into the rock side and interspersed with shrines lead up to the top. Also visit Srirangam Temple sprawling over a large area on an island as the Cauvery flows on both sides. It houses the image of the sleeping Vishnu along the mortal remains of Sri Ramanuja Acharya.

DAY 12:To Pondicherry

Morning drive to Pondicherry, Arrive Pondicherry and check in at Hotel. Later visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the final resting place of the founder of the Ashram, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. In addition, visit Church Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus is the place to visit for seeing stained glass windows, built in Gothic style.

DAY 13:To Mahabalipuram

Morning drive to Mahabalipuram, Arrive Mahabalipuram and check in at Hotel. Later visit Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Varaha Mandapam, Five Rathas, and Shore Temples.

DAY 14:Leave Chennai

Morning drive to Chennai airport to board flight for onward destination, End of our services

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