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IndiaTour - South India - Glimpses of South India

Glimpses of South India

12 Nights / 13 Days

Places Covered : Bangalore - Mysore - Ooty - Cochin - Kumarakom -Madurai - Tanjavur - Mamallapuram - Chennai


Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
On arrival, you will be received by our representatives and will be transferred to the hotel. Dinner and over night stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Bangalore- Mysore (150 Kms / 3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast Bangalore Hlf day sightseeing & drive to Mysore, on arrival check into Hotel.Overnight stay in Mysore.

Day 03 Mysore
After Morning breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mysore. Visit Maharaja’s Palace built in 1911-12. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades ands culptures 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. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 04 Mysore - Ooty (150 Kms / 4-5 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive by surface to Ooty. Cuddled in the lap of hills of Dodabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill, and Club Hill in the Nilgiri ranges, Ooty (also Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam) is the queen of southern hill stations. Ooty made its presence felt in the tourist map of India. With the maximum temperature going up to 25°C, Ooty offers a pleasant climate throughout the year. One can visit this picturesque hill station at any time of the year. On arrival check into hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 05 Ooty
Morning after breakfast proceeds for sightseeing tour of Ooty. Botanical Gardens- maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares, Ooty Lake- built in 1825 and is about 2.5 km long.
Dodabetta Peak- stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty.Visitors to this lake can go for boating on the lake or enjoy their favorite outdoor activity of fishing. Also visit the beautiful hill station of Coonoor, eromatic Tea Gardesn, Sim’s Park and Dolphin’s Nose etc. Overnight at hotel

Day 06 Ooty - Cochin (276 Kms / 6 Hrs)
Proceed to Cochin - “Queen of the Arabian Sea” commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, evening at leisure

Day 07 Cochin
Morning breakfast, proceed for full day city tour, visit to St. Francis Church - centuries old church at Fort Kochi was originally built completely of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry, Pierce Leslie Bungalow - this charming mansion was the office of Pierce Leslie, characteristic features are wood panels that form the roof of the ground floor, arched doorways, carved doors and sprawling rooms. Waterfront veranda are an added attraction.

Loafer's Corner/Princess Street - One of the earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, the traditional meeting place and hangout of the jovial fun loving people of the area. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 08 Cochin - Kumarakom (85Km / 3 Hrs) - Houseboat
Drive to Kumarakom, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. An ideal palace to relax with one of the best surrounding. Embark on deluxe Houseboat for backwater cruise. As the boat glide along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the backwater villages. The breathtaking view of the lake during the dawn and dusk leaves you spellbound

Day 09 Kumarakom - Madurai (Approx 256Kms/6-7Hrs)
Morning breakfast, check out and proceed to Madurai - Evening View Aarti Ceremony at Meenakshi Temple,night Stay in Madurai.

Day 10 Madurai to Trichy(Approx 135 Kms/2Hrs) & Trichy to Tanjavur (60Kms/1Hrs)
Morning breakfast and proceed for a drive to Trichy & visit Srirangam and Rock Fort temple .later drive a head to Tanjavur - Scenically one of the most enchanting districts in the state, green, airy, Tanjavur lies to the east of Trichy and has the reputation as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Visit to Sri Bragadeeswarar Temple - built by the great Chola King, is an outstanding example of Chola architecture. The Palace - near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks, Art Gallery - In the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. night Stay in Tanjavur.

Day 11 Tanjavur- Mamallapuram (280 Kms / 5-6Hrs)
Morning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Mamallapuram - though it is no longer a port, Mamallapuram has retained its fame, thanks to the great Pallava artisans. On arrival check in to a beach resort. Rest of the day free and overnight.stay in Mamallapuram.

Day 12 Mamallapuram
Morning breakfast and full day sight seeing, visit to Caves - there are nine rock cut cave temples, contrasting the goddess fighting a demon on one side, and Lord Vishnu's cosmic sleep on the other, is a particularly remarkable one, Bas-Relief .- The World's largest bas relief is the pride of Mamallapuram. This huge whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, birds representatives of the entire creation, Five Rathas - these rock-cut temples are rated as excellent example of Pallava art. Shaped in different styles, The Shore Temple - this is one of the oldest temples in South India, Crocodile Bank - About 5000 Crocodiles representing 6 species and other reptiles are reared here. Return to resort and overnight.

Day 13 Mamallapuram - Chennai (60 Kms / 2 Hrs)
Depart to Chennai enroute visit Kanchipuram One of the seven sacred cities of India also famous for its hand-woven silk fabrics. Visit Kailashnatha temple, Ekambareswara Temple which is dedicated to Shiva. This is one the largest temple covering nine hectares of land. Later on depart to Chennai board your flight for onward journey.