South India Tours
---- 17 days / 16 Nights
Places Covered : Chennai - Trichy - Madurai - Cochin -
Bangalore - Mysore
Day 01 : Departure
Departure from your own Country.
Day 02 : Chennai
Arrive Chennai(Madras). Transfer to Hotel. Overnight
Day 03 : Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram
Full day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram (Checkout from
the hotel at 1200 hrs). Kanchipuram (64 kms from
Chennai(Madras)) 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.
The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas.
Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock
hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of
Architecture. Evening transfer to rail-station for Trichy
night train. Night on board.
Day 04 : Trichy
Morning arrive Trichy and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour
of Trichy. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in
the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the
Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English.
Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is
the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy.
A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati
on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight
Day 05 : Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai visiting Tanjore enroute. At
Tanjore, the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeshwara is
capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block
weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of
a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for
building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore
one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight
Day 06 : Madurai
Morning visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the
consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising
high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the
Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo
saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes &
arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran
Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.
Day 07 : Periyar National Park
Morning drive to Periyar National Park . Set up in 1934,it
extends to 777 square kms & forms part of the high mountain
ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while
cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Amongst the
animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar,
tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight
Day 08 : Cochin
Drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin.
Day 09 : Cochin
Morning tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural harbour
created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose
quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the
calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama
placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue,
Portuguese churches, mosques & Hindu temples. Watch the
Chinese Fishing Nets. Afternoon free. Overnight Cochin.
Day 10 : Bangalore - Mysore
Morning transfer to airport for Bangalore flight. Arrive
Bangalore and drive directly to Mysore. Overnight Mysore.
Day 11 : Mysore
Full day excursion to Belur and Halebid. The Chenna Kesava
temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example
of Hoysala art. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and
Kedareswara temples are master pieces of Hindu art. On the
return, if time permits, visit Sravanbelgola. At
Sravanbelgola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a
distance of 25 kms is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara which
is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years. Overnight
Day 12 : Mysore
Morning visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911 -
1912. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and
saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes,
turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent.
Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see
Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the
way back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight
Day 13 : Mysore - Chennai
Transfer to rail-station for Chennai(Madras) train. Arrive
and transfer to Hotel.
Day 14 :
Morning free. Check-out at 1200 hrs. Transfer to airport for
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