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Southern Splendor Tour

Destination:
Chennai (Madras) - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Pondicherry - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore - Mumbai
Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days

Temple MadrasDay 01 : Arrive Chennai

Arrive Chennai (Madras). Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Chennai

Morning breakfast at hotel and explore the city of Madras visit Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple National Art Gallery, Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church and the St. Thomas Cathedral and drive along the Marina beach and Walk with our guide though some colourful market areas. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Madras - Mahabalipuram

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival in Mahabalipuram check in at hotel.. Afternoon city tour of Mahabalipuram, built in 7th century, Now it known as Mamallapuram, this ancient Pallava port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town, shrines and huge sculptures cutout of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

Morning breakfast at hotel and excursion to Kanchipuram, city of a thousand temples, Once the capital of Pallava, Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. The temples were built mainly by two rulers, Mahendray and Mamalla Narashimha Parman. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Later return back to Mahabalipuram for overnight stay.

Day 05 : Mahabalipuram -Pondicherry

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Pondicherry - which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St.Agasthaya settled down. Upon arrival Check in at hotel. Afternoon city to of Pondicherry visiting war memorial, Town hall and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06 : Pondicherry - Triuchirapalli
Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Triuchirapalli, upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Trichy visiting Rock fort temple, Srirangam temple, Horse court etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 : Tiruchirapalli - Madurai
Morning after breakfast at hotel proceed to Temple city Madurai. Upon arrival check in at hotel. The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Meenakshi Temple MaduraiDay 08 : Madurai

Morning breakfast at hotel and followed by city tour, Madurai's history goes back to six centuries before Christ. The Pandyan rulers made this their capital until the 14th Century and the city flowered with the genius of its writers, builders, poets and academics. Then the Nayaks ruled Madurai from the middle of the 16th Century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple were raised during their dynasty. visiting - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 : Madurai - Periyar

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Periyar (Thekkady). The drive up to this hilltop wildlife sanctuary is one of the most beautiful sanctuary. Starting with coconut groves at the lower lever you then see rubber, tea and the spice plantation as you gain height. Upon arrival check into hotel. Afternoon take a boat ride in the Periyar Wildlife reserve and see the groups of elephants with other flora and fauna. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Periyar - Kumarakom

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive for Kumarakom. The drive is a beautiful experience passing through the backwaters and plantations. Kumarakom - Island 16 Kms west of Kottayam. Kumarakom is surrounded by the Vembanand lake and the land has lots of streams and canals. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Kumarakom popularly known for its bird sanctuary later in afternoon visit to bird sanctuary to watch various species of birds. Overnight at hotel

Day 11 : Kumarakom/Alleppey Houseboat
Morning breakfast at hotel and transferred to the embarkment point for the Houseboat. It is once a life time experience to have such a romantic and beautiful experience. House Boat passing through the Backwaters of Kerala and sail through many canals and waterways The journey will pass through the following areas Kumarakom, Vattakkayal, Chambakulum, Ambalapuzha, Karumadi, Kayakulum, Alleppey. Overnight on the House Boat.

Day 12 : Houseboat Dismbark at Alleppey/Cochin-

Morning after leisure breakfast at HouseBoat board your transport for interesting drive to Cochin "Queen of Arabian Sea" and "Venice of the East" Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free or at leisure. Evening optional visit to see Kathakali dance performance on direct payment basis. Overnight at hotel.

Sunset CochinDay 13 : Cochin
Morning breakfast at hotel and followed by city tour of Cochin visiting The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders, Cochin fort. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 : Cochin - Ooty
Morning after breakfast drive towards Ootacamund most popularly known as Ooty. It is mostly referred to as the Queen of the Southern Hills stations. It drivesss its name from the Niligiri or the Blue Mountains - the name to the Hills by the inhabitants for more than 850 years because of the blue haze of clouds which envelope the hill slopes. Upon arrival check into hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 : Ooty
Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for city tour of Ooty features Dodda Betta, Conoor Tea Gardens, Sims Park, Dolphin's Nose, Lake and Botonical garden. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 : Ooty - Mysore

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive towards Mysore , wending along through verdant and hilly countryside, where the legendary warrior Tipu Sultan built the island fortress and Summer Palace entirely of wood, with exquisitely painted walls. Upon arrival in Mysore check into hotel. Evening relaxing or visiting the local bazaar. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 17 : Mysore
Morning breakfast at hotel and followed by sight-seeing of the city of Mysore. Mysore a city of 17 Palaces - the Maharaja's City Palace being one of the largest in the country. Today's city tour include the zoological gardens, the Chamundi Temple, handicraft Centre and 22 kms away - the Brindavan Gardens, which are a sight by day and night. Evening visit to the gardens where there are many illuminated fountains. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 18 : Mysore - Hassan

Morning after leisure breakfast at hotel and drive to Hassan. Enroute visit Sravanbelagola visiting The huge 17.7mtr high monolithic statue of first Jain sage Gommateshwara Bahubali and Frescoes. Thereafter continue your drive to Hassan upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Hassan. Overnight at hotel.Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19 : Hassan - Bangalore

Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Garden city of Bangalore, upon arrival check in at Hotel Bangalore International. Afternoon city tour of Bangalore visiting Vidhan Soudha, the Legislative Assembly, famed for its massive carved sandalwood doors and the Lal Bagh, a botanical garden boasting one of the largest Banyan trees in Asia. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20 : Bangalore/Bombay

Morning breakfast at hotel. Intime meeting/assistance at hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Bombay. Arrive Bombay meeting/assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21 : Bombay/Onward destination
Morning breakfast at hotel. Intime meeting/assistance at hotel and transfer to airport to board return flight. Hotel check out at 1200 noon.

Price: Rs. 43,200/- per person/night with standard hotel

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