Best of South India ( Twenty two days )
Duration : 21 Nights / 22 Days
Day -1 - Chennai
Your exploration in Tamil Nadu will start from Chennai
(formerly known as Madras) owes its origins to the British
Empire, which established a fort-Fort St.George-and trading
post here in the 17th century. Chennai is today the 4th
largest city in the country.
Arrival at Chennai meet and assistance at the airport by our
representative and transfer to your hotel. Later in the
evening enjoy the drive through Marina Beach-considered one of
the longest beaches in the world, the Marina is about 12 Kms
long and is the favorite place for evening promenades.
Overnight at the hotel in Chennai.
Day - 2 - Chennai
Today after breakfast proceed to visit:
Fort St.George: The fort, built in the 17th century by the
British East India Company is one of the finest example of
British military construction in India.
High Court & Light House: Built in 1892,it is said to be the
largest judicial building in the world after the courts of
St.Andrews Church: The Kirk as it’s popularly referred to,
with a 55m steeple was completed in 1821 in the classical
St.Thomas Mount: Situated between the airport and the city,
this tiny cave is where St.Thomas lived and preached when he
came to India in 58 AD.
Day - 3 - Chennai – Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast visit Kanchipuram – this is one of India’s
seven sacred cities and one of its loveliest temple towns also
known for its handloom silks. Visit Kailasnathar,
Vaikuntaperumal, Ekambareshwara, Kamakshiamma and Sakiswarar
Temples. Later in the day visit Mahabalipuram known for its
Pallava Art and its beautiful long beach, visit Cave Temples,
Rathas Arjuna’s Penace and Shore Temples. Overnight stay at
Day - 4 - Mahabalipuram – Kovalam- Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram itself, or Mammallapuram as it was originally
called, is ancient sea port named after Mammala or Narasimha
Varman 1,the Pallava ruler who set up his capital here and
established a center of sculpture and art in the seventh
century AD. Visit Kovalam Beach.
One very good reason for driving down to Mahabs is the drive
itself. There are more than 40 carved monuments here but the
must-see are Shore Temple, the great open -air bas relief
called Arjunna's Penance and the Five Ratha.
Crocodile Bank -A unique wildlife park created by famous
conservationist Romulus Whitaker, it saves several crocodile
and Alligator species from extinction.
Day - 5 - Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
After breakfast check out and travel by road to Pondicherry.A
former French colony settle in the 18th century. Pondicherry
is indeed is a beautiful Indian town with traces of French
culture still intact and an ashram by the sea.
Walking is the best way to see Pondicherry.A walk around the
white Town-begin at the southern end of Goubert Salai, also
known as Beach Road-will take you past most of Pondicherry's
sights: the palace de la Republique, the Light house, the
French War Memorial, the statue of Joan of Arc, the church of
Our Lady of the Angels, the Pondicherry Museum and the
Day - 6 - Pondicherry
Day free for explore Pondicherry.We will visit:
(1) The Aurobindo Ashram: This ashram is now one of the most
popular and affluent in India today.
(2) The Pondicherry Museum: This building with its huge rooms,
wide windows and high ceilings is itself worth a visit.
(3) Shopping: Pondicherry is excellent for pottery, handmade
paper products, candles, incense sticks and other new age
Day - 7 - Pondicherry –Trichy
Travel by road to Trichy, on arrival transfer to hotel.
Evening free to relax, overnight in Trichy.
Day - 8 - Trichy
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Trichy. Trichy the
most famous landmark of this bustling town - the Rock Fort
Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky
outcrop, which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the
old city. It is reached by a flight of steep steps cut into
the rock and from its summit you get a fantastic view of the
town plus its other main landmark, the Sri Ranganathanswami
Temple. This temple is one of the largest and most interesting
temple complexes in India, built on an island in the middle of
the Cauvery River and covering a staggering 2.5 sq km and
Jambukeshwara Temples. Evening drive back to hotel or take a
walk through old city particularly big bazaar street and China
bazaar. Overnight in Trichy.
Day - 9 - Trichy – Thanjavur
Later travel by road to Tanjore, (Thanjavur) which was the
ancient capital of Chola kings. Visit the Brihadeshwara
temple, which was built by Raja and is termed as the crowning
glory of Chola temple architecture. This temple is one of the
monuments in India with World Heritage listing. Also visit the
Thanjavur Palace, which was constructed in 1550 and has huge
corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers.
Overnight at Thanjavur.
Day - 10 - Thanjavur – Swamimali – Thanjavur
Travel by road to Swamimalai, 8km west of Kumbakonam, is
reversed as one of the six sacred abodes of Lord Murugan,
Shiva’s son, whom Hindu mythology records become his father’s
religious teacher on a hill here. But of more interest to
non-Hindu are the hereditary bronze-casters workshops dotted
around the bazaar and outlying hamlets. Drive back to
Thanjavur and overnight stay at hotel in Thanjavur.
Day - 11 - Thanjavur – Madurai
After breakfast checkout and travel by road to Madurai, on
arrival transfer to hotel. Later in the afternoon visit
Meenakshi Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace and Vandiyur
Mariamman Teepakulam where annual float festival takes place.
Evening free to relax, overnight in Madurai.
Day - 12 - Madurai - Kanniyakumari
Early morning travel by road to Kanyakurari.Watching the sun
rise and sun set from here is the big attraction,especially on
the full moon day in April,when it's possible to see both the
setting sun and rising moon on the same horizon.Other
attractions are Kumari Amman Temple,Gandhi Mandapam and
Vivekananda Memorial.Overnight stay at Kanniyakumari.
Day - 13 - Kanniyakumari - Kovalam
Travel by road to Kovalam through green coastal belt and
cashew rubber plantations. Check into the hotel. Day free to
relax with the option of herbal oil massage. Overnight at
Day - 14 - Kovalam
After breakfast travel by road to Trivandrum, on arrival visit
Padmanabhaswamy Temple & Palace, also visit Chaitra Art
Gallery. The half-day is free for leisure at beach and resort.
Day - 15 - Kovalam – Alappuzha
After breakfast check out the hotel and travel by road to
Alappuzha. Check into the houseboat at 12 noon for 1 Night / 2
Days riding in the backwaters & small canals.
A glide in a houseboat through the enchanting backwaters is
sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding
through the vast expense of panoramic sight one can never
forget. Inl ess than 15 minutes, the low hums of the motor and
the dazzling afternoon light have tuned out the noises in your
head, the deadlines, the telephone, and the unfinished
chapters. Watch the white tyre-tread clouds turn into wisps of
animal fur and then disappear. The isolation on a luxury
houseboat is total. Overnight in houseboat.
Day - 16 - Alappuzha – Periyar
Breakfast on board. Disembark at Alappuzha.70 Kms from
Cochin), this unique backwater destination situated on the
banks of the Vembanad lake is considered as gateway to the
backwater of Kuttanad, the granary of Kerala.Travel by road to
Early evening at 1500 hrs take a boat ride in Periyar Lake to
see wild animals especially Wild Elephants which come on the
bank of the lake with their siblings for playing & quenching
thirst. Later in the evening visit Spice Plantations & market.
Overnight in Periyar.
Day - 17 - Periyar – Cochin
After breakfast travel by road to Cochin. Cochin, the Queen of
the Arabian Sea-one of the finest natural harbors on the
Arabian Coast of India. Cochin has been a port of call for
foreign traders from very early times. Arabs, Dutch, Chinese,
British, and Portuguese sea sailors followed the sea route to
Cochin and left their imprint on the town.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin including The Dutch
Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals
depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at
the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St.
Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa
Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The
Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets
believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally,
the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the
headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.
In the evening visit Kalari center to witness
Kalaripayattu.Kalarippayattu is one of the oldest living
tradition of martial training and physical culture in the
world. Overnight at the hotel in Cochin.
Day - 17 - Cochin – Ooty
Early morning travel by road to Ooty. Ooty was the first
established hill station in India and considered the ‘Queen of
Blue Mountains’. Overnight stay at Ooty.
Day - 18 - Ooty
After breakfast take a sight seeing of Botanical Garden, Ooty
Lake, Raj Bhavan and St, Stephen’s Church. Overnight stay at
Day - 19 - Ooty – Mysore
After breakfast checkout the hotel and travel by road to
Mysore.A center of sandalwood carving, silk and incense
production, 159 Km southwest of Bangalore, Mysore, the
erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar Rajas, is one of South
India's most -visited places. Mysore is a charming, old
fashioned and undaunting town, dominated by the spectacular
A after lunch and relaxation, we will visit Maharaja's Palace.
Designed in the hybrid Indo-Saracenic style by Henry Irwin,
the British consultant architect of Madras state. Overnight at
Day - 20 - Mysore
Day for sightseeing in and around Mysore, Jaganmohan Palace &
Art Gallery, St.Philomena’s Cathedral, Chamundi Hill,
Day - 21 - Mysore – Bangalore
After breakfast checkout the hotel and travel by road to
Bangalore. After relaxation take a sightseeing trip to Lalbagh
Botanical Garden and Vidhana Soudha.
The Garden City ' for its numerous parks and avenues of
jacaranda, gulmohar and cassia is the sixth largest and one of
the cleanest cities in India. Hiring a car is the ideal way to
visit some of the attractions listed below.
(1) Cubbon Park & Museum (2) Bull Temple (3) City Market (4)
Fort & Tipu Sultan's Palace and (5) Ulsoor Lake.
Overnight at Bangalore.
Day - 22 - Bangalore
Day for sightseeing in and around Bangalore.
Day - 22 - Bangalore – Airport
In time transfer to Bangalore airport. Tour End.