22 Days / 21 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Chennai
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative & transferred to Hotel. Chennai - India’s fourth largest city and the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu was the site of the East India Company’s first settlement founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijay nagar rulers of Hampi. Overnight at Chennai.
Day 02: Tour Chennai
Morning tour the ‘St. Mary’s Church’, built in 1678 – 80, was the first English Church in Chennai. The Saint Thomas Cathedral, built in 1504, then re-built in neo - gothic style in 1893, this Roman Catholic Church is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle. Also visit the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple, constructed in pure Dravidian style. The Sri Parathasarathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, built in 8th century during the reign of the Pallavas. Other attractions include the National Art Gallery and Museum, which house some beautiful temple friezes, the bronze gallery, and archeological section. Drive past the High Court Building, Fort St. George and the famous film studios. Overnight at Chennai.
Day 03: Chennai – Kanchipuram (01 hr) - Mahabalipuram (02 hrs)
Today drive you to Mahabalipuram. Enroute tour Kanchipuram - is the golden city of a thousand temples and one of the seven sacred cities of India. Its many gopurams can be seen while approaching the city from a long way off. Today, it is known not only for its temples but also for its handwoven silk fabrics. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in the 7th and 8th centuries continue your drive to mahabalipuram and check in. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 04: Tour Mahabalipuram
After breakfast visit Mahablipuram - an ancient coastal port, world famous for its shore temple and was the second capital and sea port of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram. The whole of Mahabalipuram is a fabulous open-air museum of sculpture in living rock, Monolithic shrines, scooped out caverns magnificently sculpted within and the world’s biggest, bas relief in rock are truly wondrous examples of the sculptor’s art. Vying with this splendour is a beach. The famous temples of the Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, the Shore Temple and the eight Mandapams. (Shallow, rock cut halls). Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 05: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (02 hrs)
Today we drive to Pondicherry - formerly a French colony settled early in the 18th century, it became part of the Indian Union in the early 50’s when the French voluntarily relinquished control. On arrival check in. Later visit the Botanical Gardens, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus, The Promenade, Government Park, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Roman Rolland Library, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French Institute and other museums and art galleries. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Pondicherry.
Day 06: Pondicherry - Tanjore (200 kms)
After breakfast drive to Tanjore - the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty. Today, it is the little town set amidst the lush green rice fields of the Cauvery delta. Magnificent temples, still bear witness to the splendour of Chola architecture. Enroute visit Nataraj Temple at Chidambaram and also visit the temples at Kumbakonam. Upon arrival check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at Tanjore.
Day 07: Tanjore – Trichy (01 hr)
Today proceed on a guided tour of Tanjore, visiting Brihadeeswara Temple, the palace, Sangeetha Mahal, Saraswati Mahal, Library, Raja Museum, Temple Museum and Schwarz Church. Later drive to Trichy - situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Here you will visit the Rock Fort, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple, Tiruvannaikaval, Srirangam & other museums and art galleries. Check in late evening. Overnight at Trichy.
Day 08: Trichy - Madurai (03 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Madurai - one of the oldest cities in South India, has been the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Upon arrival check in. Later tour of Madurai - the primary interest is the Meenakshi Temple, where Dravidian temple architecture may be considered to be at its best. Its hall of a thousand pillars is fabulous and is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. The tour also includes a visit to the Thirumalai Nayak Palace & Thiruparangundram temple. In the evening witness temple ceremony at Shree Meenakshi temple. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 09: Day return trip to Rameshwaram (02 hrs)
After breakfast drive from Madurai to Rameshwaram visiting the temples there and later come back to Madurai Overnight stay at Madurai.
Day 10: Drive Madurai to Kanyakumari (04 hrs)
After breakfast drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari.Arrive Kanya Kumari travel to Kanyakumari, which is the land's end of India. It is an important pilgrim center as well. Arrive at Kanyakumari and check into the hotel.Relaxe at the hotel.Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.
Day 11: Drive from Kanyakumari to kovalam (03 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kovalam -India's one of the best beaches for the travelers in the south of India. It consists of a number of small, palm fringed bays separated by rocky headlands. On arrival check in. Day is free for leisure. Overnight at Kovalam.
Day 12: Kovalam to Alleppey (04 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed to Alleppey, Arrive & check-in to hotel, later proceed to, cruise the backwaters on one of these beautifully crafted vessels with your attentive crew - a relaxing and romantic way to explore this remarkable area. You will spend the remainder of your day cruising around the serene backwaters, a vast network of lakes, lagoons, rivers and canals and watch life go by. Evening back to hotel. Overnight stay at Alleppey.
Day 13: Alleppey to Kochi (02 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kochi and continue with Kochi tour visit: Morning, Kochi tour begins from “The Dutch Palace” also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portuguese in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the puranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church, established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church built in India. The tour also includes a visit to the seaside where one can still see the, nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets which are still in use. Evening witness a Kathakali, a traditional dance form depicting Indian epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The dancers are dressed in very colorful and elaborate costumes. Their faces are painted to depict various characters of these epics. This dance has a lot of facial expressions and brisk, yet articulate body movements. Overnight at Kochi.
Day 14: Kochi to Coimbatore (05 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Coimbatore- Coimbatore, also known as Kovai is a major city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city and urban agglomeration in the state after Chennai and the sixteenth largest urban agglomeration in India. Arrive and check-in overnight stay at Coimbatore.
Day 15: Coimbatore – Ooty (03 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hote and Transfer to Ooty - situated on an altitude of 2286 m and has been known as Queen of hills. The natural surroundings of Ooty includes landscape, dense forest & national parks. On arrival check into resort & relax. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Ooty.
Day 16: Ooty tour
After early breakfast proceed on sightseeing tour of Ooty visiting Botanical Garden - Established in 1848, by the Marquis of Twedale, the gardens lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, the highest point in Ooty. The gardens are formally laid out with lily ponds, and there are clipped bushes in the form of elephants, with raised trunks. Here, a thousand different species of plants including some thirty types of eucalyptus are to be found. Dodabetta Peak - The highest peak (2623 meters) in the Nilgiris, it lies at the junction of Western & Eastern Ghats and offers beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri Hills ranges. Valley View Lake - This artificial lake was constructed in 1824 by Mr. John Sullivan the then Collector of Coimbatore. The lake covers an area of one and a half square miles, with a railway running along one bank. Rest of the day at leisure .Overnight stay at Ooty.
Day 17: Tour Ooty
After breakfast visit the large graveyard Of St. Thomas's church, built in 1870, overlooks the lake. It has the tallest memorial of Ooty, a huge pillar surmounted by a cross, over the grave of William Patrick Adam, the Governor of Madras Presidency, who died in Ooty in 1881. Paddleboats or rowing boats are available for boating enthusiasts. The lake garden and toy train are other attractions. Rest of the day at leisure .Overnight stay at Ooty.
Day 18: Drive Ooty – Mysore (04 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Mysore - known for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings. Its World Heritage–listed palace may be what brings most travellers here, but it’s also a thriving centre for the production of premium silk, sandalwood and incense. These days ashtanga yoga is another drawcard, attracting visitors worldwide with its reputation as one of India’s best places to practice yoga. Arrive & check-in overnight stay at Mysore.
Day 19: Mysore tour
After breakfast proceed to sightseeing tour of Mysore - upon a hill overlooking the city is the temple to Chamundeswari, its patron goddess. The major tourist attraction is the “Mysore Palace”, the beautiful profile of this walled Indo-Saracenic Palace, the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, graces the city skyline, rebuilt in 1912. The Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre is famous for its fine craftsmanship in wood, ivory, sandalwood and silk. Tour includes tour visit the Zoological Gardens and the St. Philomena’s church, one of the largest churches in the country, built in the Victorian Gothic style. This evening drive 10 miles from Mysore to enjoy the beautiful and exquisitely illuminated Brindavan Gardens, sprawling amid gorgeous cascading fountains. Evening relax at Hotel. Overnight stay at Mysore.
Day 20: Mysore - Hassan (03 hrs)
Today drive to Hassan. Enroute tour Sravanabelagola - the monk of the White Pond, the 17m tall naked statue of Bahubali said to be the world largest monolithic statue. It is one of the oldest Jain pilgrimage Centre’s. Continue your drive and check in. Overnight at Hassan.
Day 21: Hassan – Bangalore (03 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Bangalore: Popularly known as Garden city & Silicon Valley, the capital of the state, with a finely balanced mix of natural attractions & superb historic architecture. This day do local sightseeing at Bangalore. Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 22: Departure
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Bangalore airport for onward destination.