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|When||Where||What To Experience and Admire|
|Day 1-2||Chennai||National Art Gallery and Museum, Cathedral of San Thome, the Mylapore Temple, and St Mary’s Church.|
|Day 2-4||Mahabalipuram||The Five Rathas, the Shore Temple, huge frescoe. Kanchipuram, Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple|
|Day 4-5||Pondicherry||Aurobindo Ashram|
|Day 5-7||Tanjore||Chidambram, Kumbakonam ,Darasuram, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, The Rock Fort Temple, Brihadeshwara temple .|
|Day 7-9||Madurai||Chetinad, Meenakshi Temple, Tirumal Nayak's Palace, evening ceremony of the Meenakshi Temple.|
|Day 09-10||Thekkady||Boat cruise on the Periyar Lake, spice Plantation tour.|
|Day 11-12||Cochin||The Paradesi Synagogue, Chinese fishing net, St Francis Church, Kathakali dance performance,|
|Day 12-14||Mysore||Maharaja's Palace, Mysore Arts & Crafts Center, Chamundi Temple, Somnathpur Temple.|
|Day 14-16||Chikmaglur||Srirangapatnam , Belur and Halebid, Plantation walk.|
|Day 16-17||Bangalore||Sharavanbelagola. Optional half day sightseeing tour of Bangalore|
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at Chennai Airport, our local representative will receive you at the arrival hall and escort you to your Hotel in an air-conditioned Car. Our representative will help you with check-in process, brief you about your tour program and handover your entire tour related documents.
Chennai – Mahabalipuram
Morning sightseeing tour of Madras to see some of the highlights of India's fourth largest city. Visit the National Art Gallery and Museum, which house some beautiful temple friezes and South Indian bronzes; the Cathedral of San Thome; the Mylapore Temple, and St Mary’s Church. (Museums are closed on Fridays and National Holidays).
Morning sightseeing of Mahabalipuram - an ancient coastal port, south of Madras. Here you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South Indian architectural design; the Five Rathas - 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 Bhagirath".
Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (Puducherry) (100Kms/2Hours)
Morning drive to Pondicherry. Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. In the Northern Tamil Nadu region, quite a contrast to the temple heritage is provided at Pondicherry. Formerly a French colony settled early in the 18th century, Pondicherry became part of the Indian Union in the early 50’s when the French voluntarily relinquished control. French is still widely spoken, and seaside villas and cobbled streets are more reminiscent of the South of France than the South of India. We also visit the famous place, the Auroville, conceived as a tribute to Sri Aurobindo, Auroville is an entirely new concept in education and urban living. The Aurobindo Ashram is known to the world as the “Centre of Integral Yoga”. Founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926.
Pondicherry (Puducherry) – Tanjore (Thanjavur)183Kms/5hrs
Morning drive to Tanjore (Thanjavur) (approx 5Hrs) enroute visiting Chidambram, Kumbakonam ,Darasuram
Thanjavur or Tanjore –was the ancient capital of the Chola Kings –between 850 to 1270 AD. The main attraction of the city is the Brihadishwara temple built by Raja Raja ,the Greatest of the Chola kings who ruled from 985 to 1014 AD. The Chola dynasty were also responsible for building the enormous temple complex at Srirangam near Trichy –which is probably India’s largest.
Thanjore to Madurai enroute visit Chetinad approx 200 Kms.
After breakfast drive for Madurai, enroute visit Chetinad. The Chettinad region is well known for its 19th-century mansions, whose wide courtyards and spacious rooms are embellished with marble and teak. Construction materials, decorative items and furnishings were mostly imported from East Asian countries and Europe. Visit the village area and temples.
Morning, proceed for a sightseeing 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. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak's Palace, which is a highly decorative monument.
Witness the evening ceremony of the Meenakshi Temple.
Madurai – Periyar/Thekkady (137 kms/4 hours)
Morning drive to Thekkady (Periyar)
Periyar/Thekkady – Allepey approx 139kms/4Hrs
Morning you will have a Spice Plantation tour. Periyar of Thekkedy district is full of variety of spices like Clove, cardamom, different types of peppers etc.
Houseboat – Cochin
Breakfast onboard houseboat.
Cochin – Bangalore by flight
Bangalore – Mysore approx 4 hours
Morning in time transfer to airport to connect your flight for Bangalore.
Morning, you will visit the beautiful city of Mysore, which is known for its fine craftsmanship in wood, ivory, sandalwood, and for its silk. Visit the Maharaja's Palace, which is lavishly decorated in a mixture of styles. Also visit, the Mysore Arts & Crafts Center and then proceed to the Chamundi Temple on a hill high above the city.
Mysore to Chikmaglure via srirangapatnam
After breakfast drive for Chikmaglur, enroute visit Srirangapatnam (approx 194kms /5hrs)
Plantation walk and Visit Belur and Halebid
Chikmaglur – Bangalore approx 258Kms 5 ½hrs
After breakfast drive for Bangalore, enroute visit Sharavanbelagola.
Depart Bangalore. Optional half day sightseeing tour of Bangalore.
In time transfer to Delhi Airport to connect flight for onward destinations.
|Chennai||The Leela Palace|
|ITC Grand Chola|
|Mahabalipuram||Radisson Blu Temple Bay|
|Taj Fisherman's Cove|
|WelcomHotel Kences Palm Beach|
|Chariot Beach Resort|
|Ideal Beach Resort|
|Palais De Mahe|
|Ideal River View Resort|
|Madurai||Taj Gateway Pasumalai|
|The Heritage Madurai|
|Shalimar Spice Garden|
|The Elephant Court|
|Houseboat||Spice Coast Cruise|
|Mysore||Royal Orchid Metropole|
|Lalitha Mahal Palace|
|Chikmaglur||The Serai Resort|
|Bangalore||Taj West End|
|Vivanta by Taj|
|The Lalit Ashok|
Kalakshetra Dance school
Bazaar Trail in to the Crowded Markets and Narrow lanes
Dancers Trail Story Telling Dances of Bharatanatyam
Walking tour Story Trail
Kumbalangi Village Tour
Kodanad Elephant Training Centre
Greenix Village Dance Classes
Philip Kutty Farm
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