Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka - 22 Days
Arrival assistance at Chennai International Airport..Transfer to the hotel. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Chennai.
After the breakfast have a visit to some of the important sightseeing places of Chennai like Bronze Museum, Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church, Santhome Church, Marina beach, and Kapaleeshwara Temple.optional visit to Dhakshin Chitra / Kalashetra Chitra Cultural Centers. Overnight Stay at Chennai.
In the morning drive to Kanchipuram, the capital city of Pallava Dynasty. Visit the important temples like Ekambareshwara Temple dedicated for Lord Shiva, One of the three principal deities of Hindus. Then have a short drive to Kailasanatha Temple, One of the ancient temple with beautiful sculptures and stone carvings. Have a lunch in the city. Have a visit to the Silk Weaving Centre where you can have a demonstration of weaving process. Drive to Mahabalipuram, a seaport city of Pallava Dynasty. Have a relax in the beach resort. Overnight Stay at Mahabalipuram.
After the breakfast, Have a short drive to visit the most famous World Heritage UNESCO Monuments. . First, to the Sea Shore temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and then to Five Rathas "Five Chariots", a monolithic structure, representing a unique style built by the pallavas, then finally to Arjuna's Penance. Have a relax in the beach resort. Overnight Stay at Mahabalipuram.
In the morning, drive to Pondicherry "The French Colony". Check-in to the hotel. In the late afternoon have a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, an Ashram dedicated to Sri Aurobindo & "The Mother" Have a visit to "The Church of Sacred Heart" and "Notre dame des Anges". Have a rickshaw ride in the commercial streets , French Colony and markets. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Pondicherry.
After the breakfast, drive to Tanjore. Enroute, visit the famous Shiva Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram which was built in the 11th century by the chola dynasty, one of the World Protected UNESCO Site. In the late afternoon, visit the 12th century Chola temple Airavatesvara Temple in a small village named Darasuram and then proceed your drive to Tanjore. Overnight Stay at Tanjore.
In the morning visit the famous Tanjore Art Gallery which houses the collection of sculptures and statues, Saraswati Mahal Library Museum, Brihadeeshwara Temple also known as Big Temple which is one of the World Heritage Monument built by the chola dynasty in the 11th century. In the late afternoon,Optional visit to Bronze Making Artisan to see the Bronze Casting. Overnight Stay at Tanjore.
In the morning drive to Trichy. Have a stop at 'Amma Mandapam' - the holy banks of River Cauvery, where you can see the Hindu rituals after the cremation. ItÃ¢â‚â„¢s quite interesting to see the rituals performed by the Hindus with the help of the priest. Then proceed to visit the famous Vishnu temple in Srirangam, the most important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. In the evening, climb the Rock Fort where you can have a good panoramic view of the city. Overnight Stay at Trichy.
After the breakfast, drive to Chettinadu also known as Kanadukathan. Have a village walk to see the traditional houses of Chettiars. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Chettinadu.
Drive to Madurai. Visit the famous Tirumalainayak Palace built in 17th century with grand pillars is the most attractive one. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati and a thousand pillared hall with eye-catching sculptures. In the evening, have a visit to the Meenakshi temple again to see the night ceremony inside the temple around 9.00 pm. Have a relax in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Madurai.
Drive to Periyar. In the afternoon after reaching Periyar "the frontier between Tamil Nadu and Kerala", have a guided visit to the spice plantations to know about the medicinal values about the spices like cardamom, vanilla, cinnamom, cloves, nutmeg, green chilly, pepper etc. In the evening, attend the Martial Arts Show called Kalaripayattu traditional martial art of kerala. Overnight Stay at Periyar.
In the morning have a boat ride in Periyar Forest Lake. Have some activities which are optional like Elephant Safari, Traditional Ayurvedic Massage, Trekking etc.Optional cooking classes with a chef to prepare your dinner with your participation. Overnight Stay at Periyar.
Drive to Alleppey "the land of backwaters". Enroute you can see the tea plantations that serve as the natural greenish carpets. In the afternoon check in the houseboat and have a delicious lunch and enjoy the cruise in the Vembanadu Lake by passing through its canals for about 5 hours. In the evening, the boat will be anchored at the edge of the Lake / Backwater and take your dinner in the boat itself. Have a comfortable stay in the houseboat. Overnight Stay in Air-conditioned Luxury houseboat at Alleppey.
In the morning, after the check out from the houseboat, drive to Cochin (Kochi). If you like beach and sea you can spent about 1 - 2 hours in the marari beach on route to Kochi is also known as the "Queen of the Arabian sea". In the late afternoon have a visit to some important monuments and churches belongs to 15th and 16th centuries. First visit the St. Francis Church, the oldest protestant church built by the Portuguese in 1510, where you can see the tomb of a Portuguese Sailor Vasco-da-gama. Then to Santa Cruz Basilica, a catholic church and Chinese Fishing nets. In the evening attend the Kerala Traditional Dance Show named "KATHAKALI". Overnight Stay at Cochin.
Visit the Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Jewish Synagogue. Have a short drive to visit the Marine Drive. Overnight Stay at Cochin.
In the morning drive to Ooty, the queen of hill stations. Have a visit to the famous Botanical Garden and the Rose Garden. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Ooty.
Full day relax in the resort. Have a walk to the local markets. Overnight Stay at Ooty.
In the morning drive to Mysore. Today you are going to cross two wild life reserves namely Mudhumalai Forest and Bandipur National Park. You can able to see some animals while you are in travelling. Conitnue your drive. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Mysore.
In the morning have a visit to the Mysore Maharajah Palace, a huge complex belongs to 19th century designed by an Italian architect "Henry Irwin" and built by the Wodeyars. Then have a drive to Chamundi Hills to visit the famous Chamundeshwari Temple. In the afternoon have a drive to visit the famous historical city "Srirangapatna", the capital city of great muslim warrior Tipu Sultan. Overnight Stay at Mysore.
After the breakfast, drive to Hassan. Enroute visit the most popular Jain pilgrimage centre called "Shravanabelogola". This place is known for its Colossal monolithic statue of Gomateshwara. If you are not able to climb 620 steps, you can hire DOLI / Basic Palanquin service and pay directly. Then continue your drive. In the late afternoon have a short drive to visit the Hoysaleshwara temple in a small village called Halebidu and Chenna Kesava Temple at Belur. Both the temples belong to the Hoysala dynasty of 12th century depicts the detailed architecture of Hoysala dynasty. Drive back to the hotel. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Hassan.
In the morning drive to Bangalore. Visit the famous Lal Bagh Garden and Tipu Palace in the city. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Bangalore.
If you are not particular to visit bangalore. you can proceed to bangalore international airport directly to Hassan tommorrow.
Departure to Bangalore Airport.