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Grand Tour of Southern India
Duration : 14 Nights / 15
Places Covered : Bangalore - Hassan - Mysore - Chennai -
Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Thekkady - Kumarakom -
Houseboat - Alleppey - Cochin
merchants from Africa and Asia followed the monsoon winds to the thriving
ports of the Malabar and Coromandel coasts in search of the riches of
Southern India. The modern traveller is just as well rewarded. Southern
India is the country's Dravidian heartland where great civilizations, from
the ancient Chola Dynasty to the British Raj, have left a legacy of temples,
palaces and graceful cities. The tranquil beauty of the Kerala backwaters,
the elegant Palace of Mysore, the peaceful Hoysala temples, and the bustling
bazaars of Madurai and Cochin are just some of the highlights of this
journey through one of India's lesser known regions.
Day 01 : Bangalore
Arrive at Bangalore. Meet and assist at the airport. Upon arrival transfer
to the hotel. Later visit Bangalore's botanical gardens before touring the
ancient Bull Temple and Tipu Sultan's Palace. Then transefr to the hotel for
Day 02 : Bangalore - Hassan
Drive to Chikmagular (139 kms / 4 hrs) and transfer to Hotel. In the
afternoon we visit the temples at Halebid, one of the greatest examples of
Hindu architecture in India, whose walls are covered with detailed friezes
of the life and times of the Hoysala rulers. Our tour continues in Belur
with the victory temple, Cheenakesvara, crowded with exquisitely filigreed
Day 03 : Hassan - Mysore
to Srirangapatnam and visit the opulent Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan,
occupied briefly by the future Duke of Wellington in 1799. Continue to the
chairing city of Mysore ( 125 Kms/ 3 Hrs.). Our tour includes the Mysore
Palace whose rooms are a kaleidoscope of colour.
Day 04 : Mysore
A relaxing start to the day as we ascended Chamundi Hill - the Climb is
said to improve one's karma - for Panoramic views of the city and the giant
statue of the Nandi bull. Day is free for leisure at the local market.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05 : Mysore - Chennai
Morning is free for leisure. In the afternoon, board the modern Shatabdi
Express for our train journey to Chennai, train # 2008, Shatbadi Exp, Dep at
14:20 hrs and arr at 21:35 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel for
Day 06 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Chennai is a bustling city with a relaxed and friendly character. Our tour
commerce in the area around the 17th century Fort St. George, taking in St.
Mary's Church where Clive of India was married, before a visit to the
Government Museum to view the Chola bronzes. Finally we visit San Thome
Catherdal, said to house the remains of the apostle. Thomas who is reputed
to have brought Christianity to India in the 1st century AD. The afternoon,
drive to Mahabalipuram, 55 kms and 1 1/2 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to the
Day 07 : Mahabalipuram - Tanjore
After breakfast, visit the place, where the legendary Pallava Kings
Commissioned a range of temples. The most famous is the shore temple,
romantically weathered by wind and sea. Later proceed driving to the great
Chola Capital - Tanjore (290 kms / 6 Hrs).
Day 08 : Tanjore
Our Exploration of Chola architecture continues with the Bridhdiswara
Temple built in 1010. With a dome carved from a single piece of granite
weighting over 80 tonnes, this magnificent temple is now a World Heritage
Monument. In the afternoon we examine the temple of Airavatesvara at
Darasuram whose decorative friezes portray mythological stories.
Day 09 : Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai
morning drive to Trichy (56 kms / 1½ hrs) sightseeing concentrate on
the spectacular temple architecture near Trichy at Srirangam. Set on an
island in the Cauvery River within seven concentric walled Courtyards, the
Sri Ranganathaswami Temple is one of the largest complexes in India. We take
time to stroll though the local village before driving to Madurai (131 kms /
Day 10 : Madurai - Thekkady (Periyar)
Madurai, an Ancient and traditional town is dominated by the colorful and
lively Minakshi Temple whose thousand-pillared hall is crowded with
exquisitely carved columns. We explore the ruined Thirumalai Nayaka Palace
before departing to Thekkady (140 kms/3 hrs).
Day 11 : Thekkady
Enjoy morning and evening game viewing in the wildlife sanctuary of Periyar
where elephant, sambar, bison and spotted deer may be seen during our lake
cruise. Thekkady is renowned for its spices, and the aroma of cinnamon,
nutmeg, pepper and a multitude of other spices scent the air as we explore a
Day 12 : Thekkady - Kumarakom
drive to Kumarakom (130 km / 4hrs) negotiates some of India's most stunning
scenery. From the sea of clouds over the Cardamom Hills we descend into the
lush backwaters of Kerala to Kumarakom. Later visit Kumarakom Bird
Sanctuary. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 13 : Kumarakom - Houseboat
Morning free for leisure. Later board the houseboat, from Kumarakom to
Alleppey, Staying in this moving palace is breathtakingly stimulating
experience. While sailing down a maze of canals one sees different scenes
from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fisherman and local life.
Lunch, dinner next day breakfast and tea snacks will be provided in the
boat. The cool breeze from the Lake make you sleep early in the night after
anchoring in a fancy place.Dinner and Overnight in the houseboat.
Day 14 : Alleppey - Cochin
After breakfast, disembark the houseboat, and drive to Cochin, 90 kms and
01 hrs. Cochin is a curious blend of medieval Portugal, Mercandle Holland
and an English country village, set on the exotic Malabar coast. Morning
tour of the opulent Mattancherry Palace, a gift from the Portuguese to the
Raja of Cochin. The place has a collection of remarkable 16th century murals
painted on wooden walls. In the old Jewish quarter we visit the ancient
Synagogue. Later the warehouse and shops provide us with some of the best
shopping in India. We conclude our visit with the Church of St. Francis and
the tomb of Vasco Da Gama. In the evening there is an opportunity to
experience the renowned Kathakail dance at a local hall.
Day 15 : Cochin Out
Morning free time at the local market for shopping. Late evening transfer
to airport for onward destination. (Hotel Checkout 12:00 Hrs)
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