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South India Tour

Destination: Bengaluru - Hassan - Mysore - Trichy - Madurai - Chennai

Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days

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Day 01: Arrive Bengaluru

Forts & Palaces Arrive Bengaluru, Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. (Check-in time 1200 hrs.)

In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of: -

City which includes the Lal Bagh, Gole Temple, the Government Building, Vishveshwara Industrial and Technology Museum and the Ulsoor Lake. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02: Bengaluru / Hassan

In the morning leave Bangalore for Hassan by surface.

In the afternoon visit :

Belur - Halebid : Visit the Chennakeswara Temple at Belur and the Hoyasaleswara Temple at Halebid. These are some of the finest examples of temple architecture. Overnight at the Hotel

Day 03: Hassan / Mysore

Forts & PalacesIn the morning leave Hassan for Mysore by surface and enroute visit:

Sravanabelagola : “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D. “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D.

Srigangapatnam : 16 Kms. north of Mysore Srirangapatnam meaning “port of the Lord of the World” is an ancient religious site on an island in the river Cauvery.

Continue you drive for Mysore. Rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 04: Mysore

In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:

Mysore: The old capital town has the magnificent Maharaja’s Palace, Chamundi Temple, and the Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings and musical instruments. Finally you also visit the fruits and flower markets.

Afternoon free for independent activities.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 05: Mysore / Trichy

In the morning leave Mysore for Trichy by surface.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 06: Trichy

Forts & Palaces In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:

Trichy : Visit the Rock Fort, Srirangam, one of the largest temple of God Vishnu; and the jambkeswaram temple of Lord Shiva submerged in water.

After sightseeing tour of Tanjore.

Thanjavur or Tanjore is the city of Chola rulers and bears their stamp in an array of temples finely sculpted and carved. It is the home of Carnatic Music, Musical Instruments, dance and traditional handicrafts. The Brihadesvara Temple built by Raja Chola is said to have been the tallest monument in ancient India, rising height of 92 meters in pyramidal form. Near the inner shrine of Brihadesvara is a gigantic, five meters long black granite sculpture of Nandi, the bull of Lord Shiva. At Thanjavur one can also visit the Subramanya Temple

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 07: Trichy / Madurai

Leave for Madurai by surface and check in at hotel. Rest of the day free

Overnight at hotel

Day 08: Madurai

In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:

Madurai City : You will visit Minakshi Temple- built in the 17th century the iconography makes much use of the lotus, which in Indian symbolism is a representation of the female sex and at the same time an emblem of bliss and of the abode of the gods; Palace of Nayak Tirumalai - depicting influence of Mughal art on traditional Hindu art- the beginning of the Indo-Saracenic or Indo-Mauresque Style.

Afternoon at leisure.

In the evening witness the “Night ceremony” at Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 09: Madurai - Chennai

Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Chennai.

Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10: Chennai

Forts & PalacesEnjoy full day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.

Kancheepuram : known as the Golden city of a thousand temples. This is one of India´s sacred cities. Many early styles of temple architectural design; the Five Radhas-a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock; the Shore Temple, lashed by the waves of the Sea; and the huge frescoe; ‘The Penance of Bhagirathi’.

Mahabalipuram : An ancient coastal port South of Madras, here you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South India architectural designs; the five Radhas - A group of Monolithic monuments of animal figures carved out of solid rock; the shore temple, lashed by the waves of the sea, and the Huge frescoes; the penance of Bhagirath.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Chennai

In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:

Chennai City : A typical Indian city, its the capital of Tamil Nadu. Though it was the oldest settlement of the British, Chennai remained unaffected in spirit. Only the cathedral and the Fort of St. George are a reminder of its British past. Visit the Marina Beach- second longest beach in the world, its an elegant promenade; Fort St. George- the first foothold of British from where Robert Clive started the expansion of British Rule. Afternoon free.

Evening Kathakali Dance Show. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Depart Chennai

Transfer from hotel to international airport in time to connect your flight back home.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis at the hotels of the choice
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at all places as per the itinerary except at Wildlife Sanctuaries and Houseboat on back waters where the same would be on Full board basis
  • Overland Travel by Ac Indigo Car for FIT (01-03 Pax) Ac Toyota Innova (04-05 Pax) , Ac Micro Coach
    (05-08 Pax) ,AC Mini Coach (09-14 Pax) and Ac Large Coach 15 pax onwards
  • Local English Speaking guide for sightseeing in the cities as per the program except for Wildlife Sanctuaries where the services of Naturalist will be provided.
  • Train Fare in AC Chair Car and or Ac II Tier where ever applicable as per the program
  • Jungle Safaris in the Canter on a Sharing basis
  • Elephant Ride at Amer Fort
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