15 days South India Tour
South India Tour Package of 14 nights and 15 days, offers you a chance to visit some of the most well-known destinations of southern region of India such as Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom, Cochin, Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore as well as Bangalore. During the tour, you also explore the wildlife of this region at Periyar and Bandipur. One of the major highlights of the tour is a visit to Kanchipuram, a city with some of the most beautiful temples of South India.
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore
Day 01 : Arrive Chennai
Today after you reach the Chennai airport or railway station, a representative from Mahendra India Travel takes you to a pre-booked hotel.
Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram (70 km - 02 hr)
After Breakfast enjoy the famous sightseeing places of Chennai like FORT ST.GEORGE, SAN THOME CATHEDRAL.Followed by visit of Kapaleeswar Temple then drive to the National Art Gallery - fort museum (Closed on Fridays and public Holidays). Later you will drive to Mahabalipuram, 7th century port city of the South Indian. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th & the 9th century, & has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments are mostly rock-cut & monolithic, constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. Upon arrival at Mahabalipuram, you will be accommodated at a pre-booked hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 03 : Mahabalipuram - Excursion to Kanchipuram (65 km - 1½ hr)
After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram is one of India’s seven sacred cities and one of its loveliest temple towns also known for its handloom silks, followed by visit to temples Kailasnathar, Vaikuntaperumal, Ekambareshwara, Kamakshiamma and Sakiswarar. We visit Kailasanatha Temple. The temple is famous for exquisite carvings & attracts devotees & tourists alike. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine, as a compound wall. Next we visit Ekambaranatha, ancient temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. The 3000 year old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yielding different variety of mangoes.Before returning to Mahabalipuram we will also visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, known as Parabrahmaroonpini. You can do shopping of silk cloth market and weavers homes.
Later return to Mahabalipuram to stay for overnight.
Day 04 : Mahabalipuram - Tanjore (300 km - 06 hr)
In the morning after a hearty breakfast you will proceed to Tanjore, Called the Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu. Later we visit Brihadeshwara temple, also known as Big Temple, Built in the 10th Century A.D., by Raja Raja Chola, the Temple Tower is capped by an 81.3 tones round monolithic cupola.. The temple is considered an engineering skill of the Chola architects who planned its construction in such a way that the shadow of the cupola never falls on the ground.
Check-in at your pre-booked hotel.
Day 05 : Tanjore - Madurai via Trichy (200 km - 04 hr)
In the morning after breakfast you will leave for Madurai, rich cultural heritage passed for more than 2500 years old & has been an important commercial centre as early as 550 AD. Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India, with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam period of the pre Christian era. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of magnificent 'The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. Later we visit Rockfort most famed landmark is an 83 m high rock which is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The most amazing fact about the rock is that it is one of the oldest in the world approximately 3,800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland & older than the Himalayas.
Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Madurai
In the morning after breakfast you have an opportunity to take a Half Day Tour to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, It was first built 2000 years ago & was substantially expanded between the years (1623-55 AD). Initially there was only the Shiva temple. A striking feature of the temple is the astonishing structure known as Ayiramkaal mandapam or the Hall of a thousand pillars in the outermost corridor.
Stay Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 : Madurai - Periyar (136 km - 3 ½ hr)
After Morning breakfast you visit to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Set on an attractive lakeside, it is South India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds. After lunch you will take safari to a nearby Coffee Plantations & villages. On arrival at Periyar, you will be transferred to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel.
Day 08 : Periyar - Kumarakom (135 km - 04 hr)
At sun rise we take a boat ride to view wildlife in the sanctuary on Lake Periyar. After two hours of wildlife viewing we get back to the hotel for breakfast. Disembark at Kumarakom. Afternoon you will proceed for Kumarakom, is known for backwaters, huge Vembanad Lake & the famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. There are two seasons for birds: between October & February there are cormorants, teals, & other ducks & from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets, & Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker, crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc.
Stay Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 : Kumarakom - Alleppey (Overnight Houseboat)
In the morning complete you breakfast and ready to visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. There are two seasons for birds: between October & February there are cormorants, teals, & other ducks & from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets, & Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker, crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc. Later we board the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise around beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom to Alleppeyto observe & experience the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters.
Overnight Stay at the Hotel.
Day 10 : Alleppey - Cochin (65 km - 01 hr)
Today we disembark the boat at Alleppey. Later drive to Cochin, one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings & structures representing different regions of the world. Today we visit Jew Town, synagogue, the spice market, Chinese fishing nets, (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.In the evening see Kerala's most popular classical dance, Kathakali.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 : Cochin - Ooty (300 kms - 07 hours)
In the morning after breakfast you will drive to Ooty (Udagamandalam), Queen of hill stations & the capital of Nilgiri district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiri means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. It was a very popular summer & weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. An added attraction for the tourists is the mountain train journey on a ratchet & pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam & wends its way through many hair-raising curves & fearful tunnels & chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams & tea gardens.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at the Hotel.
Day 12 : Ooty - day at leisure.
Overnight hotel - Ooty
Day 13 : Ooty - Mysore (150 kms - 03 hours)
Today morning after breakfast you will drive to Mysore and where you meet our tour representative who transferred to your pre-booked Deluxe / Luxury hotel. check-in at the hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Mysore. Mysore, the third largest city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is famous for its sandalwood and silk. Mysore was once the home to the royal family, and the spectacular Maharajah's palace still occupies a large portion of the city centre. Chamundeshwari temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 metre monolith.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14 : Mysore
On the 4th day the itinerary includes a tour of the exclusive locales of Mysore. Visit Brindavan Gardens, dancing musical fountains on the terraces of Krishnarajasagar Dam, is a vast stretch of the most delicately planned symphony in architecture, horticulture, engineering & aesthetics. Srirangapatnam has a number of magnificent monuments that are important tourist destinations and are well worth a visit. You must have been longing to visit such as the Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery that is housed in the Jagmohan Palace and has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to the year 1875. St. Philomena's Church that was built in the Gothic style is one of the largest churches in India. You stay at the hotel overnight.
Day 15 : Mysore - Bangalore (136 km - 03 hours)
Take your leisurely breakfast at the Hotel. Later we departure for Bangalore, the garden city. The spacious city has many imposing structures full of historic & modern architecture. You may take a half day tour of Bangalore, Visit famous attractions like Lal Bagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Vidhan Soudha, High Court and MG Road. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel. Other attractions close to Bangalore include the Nrityagram Dance Village, the town of Ramanagaram, the village of Ramohalli, and Shivaganga, where you can expect to find lots of wild monkeys wandering around, so be sure to hold onto your belongings.