South India Heritage Tour

South India Heritage Tour

Duration 14 Nights & 15 Days
Places Covered Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Thekkady – Alleppey – Cochin – Bangalore – Hassan – Mysore – Bangalore

Day 01 : Arrive Chennai

Assistance on arrival in Chennai transfer to your hotel rest of the day free for holiday activities. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 02 : Chennai

Chennai, capital city of Tamilnadu in South India. Fullday tour of Chennai visiting Theosophical society, Fort St. George and Museum, some of the important heritages of Chennai. Overnight at your hotel in Chennai

Day 03 : Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram

After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram – a sacred city to Hindus, city of thousand temples that still has shrines more than hundred, visit the Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambareshwarar temple and Vaikunda Perumal temple after lunch drive to Mahabalipuram check into your hotel rest of the day free for holiday activities. Overnight stay at your hotel in Mahabalipuram

Day 03 : Mahabalipuram

Morning tour of Mahabalipuram, important destination for heritage lovers, visit Dakshinachitra , a museum that preserves actual houses of different communities & village craftsmen from the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh , Karnataka & Kerala after noon visit Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance – biggest bas relief in the world and leisure walk to Five Rathas witness the craftsmen making statues in stones overnight stay at your hotel in Mahabalipuram
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Day 04 : Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry

Leave for Pondicherry, formerly a French Colony check in at your hotel after noon sightseeing of Pondicherry, 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 and visit Manakula Vinayagar Temple evening explore the French buildings overnight at your hotel in Pondicherry

Day 05 : Pondicherry – Tanjore

After breakfast, leave for Tanjore, enroute visit Chidambaram Natarajar Temple, on arrival in Tanjore check in at your hotel later visit the Brahadeeswara temple which was built by Chola King Raja Raja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture, listed in world heritage monuments and also visit the Tanjore Palace which was constructed in 16th Century and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers overnight at your hotel in Tanjore

Day 06 : Tanjore – Trichy

After breakfast, leave for Trichy visit the Srirangam Temple, superb temple complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and is probably the largest in India. Check in at your hotel evening visit Rock Fort Temple – dedicated to Lord Ganesha and explore the market area around the temple overnight at your hotel in Trichy

Day 07 : Madurai

After breakfast, leave for Madurai – one of the oldest cities in South India and has been a centre of learning & pilgrimage for centuries check in at your hotel after noon visit Sri Meenakshi temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India and also visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace overnight at your hotel in Madurai
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Day 08 : Madurai – Thekkady

After breakfast, leave for Thekkady, check in at your hotel afternoon boat safari on the lake of Periyar to view the wild life and take spice tour overnight at your hotel in Thekkady

Day 09 : Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey

After breakfast, leave for Alleppey, enroute take boat ride on Vembanad Lake enjoy the thrilling holiday experiences at the backwaters of Kerala. Arrive Alleppey transfer by car to your backwater resort rest of the day leisure overnight at your hotel in Alleppey

Day 10 : Alleppey

Fullday free and relax in the backwater resort, option for explore the backwater villages by country boat overnight at your hotel in Alleppey

Day 11 : Alleppey – Cochin

After breakfast, drive to Cochin – known as Queen of Arabian Sea after noon tour of Fort Cochin visit the St. Francis Church, oldest European Church in India built in 1503 by Portuguese; Chinese Fishing Nets, traditional way of fishing introduced by the Chinese and Mattancherry Palace, in the evening, witness Kathakali Dance Show overnight at your hotel in Cochin

Day 11 : Cochin – Bangalore by flight

Transfer to airport and fly Bangalore, transfer to your hotel in Bangalore, afternoon, city tour of Bangalore – visit, the Vidhan Soudha, Nandi Temple – One of the oldest temple, popularly known as the Bull temple and option for shopping at MG Road overnight at your hotel in Bangalore
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Day 12 : Bangalore – Hassan

After breakfast drive to Hassan, enroute visiting Sravanabelagola, one of the oldest and most important Jain pilgrimage centers in India, and the site of the 17m high statue of Gomateshwara, said to the world’s tallest monolithic statue arrive Hassan and check in at your hotel after noon excursions to Hoysala Temples at Belur and Halebid overnight at Hassan

Day 13 : Hassan – Mysore

After breakfast drive to Mysore check in at your hotel afternoon visit the Mysore Palace, this palace was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore and visit Chamundi Hill – overlooking Mysore from 1062m summit of the hill is the Sri Chamundeeswari temple and the Brindhavan Gardens overnight at your hotel in Mysore

Day 14 : Mysore

Day free for own discretion or shopping as Mysore is known for silk overnight at your hotel

Day 15 : Mysore – Bangalore

Transfer by road to Bangalore board your flight for onward journey.

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