Incredible -South India Tour

OVERVIEW- Incredible South India Tour will give you an insight into the best of destinations and attractions located in different parts of South India. The journey, beginning from Chennai, Tamil Nadu will take you all around to Kerala and further to Karnataka to visit the most astonishing tourist destinations. Explore Mahabalipuram and Madurai for the world famous temples, Pondicherry for French style architecture. While on tour enjoy being at Thekkady that is known for its Periyar Wildlife Tiger Reserve. Moving forward, see the giant Chinese Fishing Nets being lowered on the famous Vasco-da-Gama Square at Cochin, offering a spectacular view to its visitors. Explore Mysore for its scenic beauty. Sail through the scenic backwaters of Kerala, relax on the beach, and witness the natural treasures of Trivandrum, Ooty and medieval and colonial attractions of Bangalore.

CHENNAI- Chennai the fifth most populous city in India and the capital of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and was initially known as Madras. Chennai is also known as the automobile capital of India and it has the maximum number of automobile industry in India. It is city with a blend of old and new in the right proportion. Chennai is housed with a number of historic landmarks and beaches.

KANCHIPURAM- It is popularly call the Golden City and is one of the seven most sacred cities of India. Kanchi is also called as the Varanasi of the South and is held in great reverence. Kanchi is also famous for its finest hand woven silk fabrics and saris with delicate zari work. Kanchipuram is considered to be as India's seven sacred cities and the second holiest after Varanasi.

MAHABALIPURAM- Mahabalipuram also called as Mamallapuram is a famous coastal town and was earlier a sea port founded by a Pallavan King in the 17th century. Today it is a fascinating archeological site and a pleasant sea resort. Mahabalipuram washed by the shores of the Bay of Bengal is noted for its coastline. This golden sandy beach has striking interesting features in an unusual way bounded by the gleam of the sea and rolling hills. 

PONDICHERRY- The city of Puducherry is the Capital of this Union Territory. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. There are no hills or forests in this region. Pondicherry offers glimpse of France in India. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches and backwaters and French style architecture makes this a perfect place. 

TANJORE- One of the major cities in Tamil Nadu, Tanjore or Thanjavur is renowned as the ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu’ and ‘Art Capital of South India’. Historically, Tanjore was the regal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. It is also noted for its exquisite handicraft, bronze statue casting, pith temple models, and musical instruments. The temple, fort and palaces have been silent witness to the great culture of India.

TRICHY- Tiruchirappalli or 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. Today, this city is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil Nadu. This ancient city is famous for its architectural monuments and culture. 

MADURAI- The temple city of Madurai, poised on the banks of the Vaigai River, stands testimony to the fact that the Sangam age was the golden era of architecture in the history of South India. The history of Madurai goes back over 2400 years, and it is known to be the only city to be continuously inhabited, in the Southern peninsula. Madurai is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu and has been poetically referred to as the Athens of the East and the City of Festivals.

KANYAKUMARI- Located in the southernmost part of India, at the meeting point of three seas namely Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, Kanyakumari is well -identified for its rich culture and tradition. Referred by British as ‘Cape Comorin’, Kanyakumari got its name from Goddess Kanyakumari Amman. Kanyakumari is an important Hindu Pilgrim centre and draws huge tourists’ population from all over the world.

TRIVANDRUM- Trivandrum now called Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient seaside city built on seven hills. It is one of the major business centre and busiest harbor in the country. Capital of God’s Own Land, Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most beautiful and greenest cities of India. The city features long stretches of serene backwaters, beautiful palm fringed beaches, historic monuments and revered shrines. 

ALLEPPEY- Alappuzha Beach (Alleppey) also famous as ‘The Venice of the East', is blessed with the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea. This beach is the best backwater destinations in Kerala. Alappuzha is one of the most romantic and beautiful place with land between the sea and network of rivers falling into it into it. The Palm fringed canals, shores bustling with glimpses, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed Alappuzha. The other God’s gift to Alappuzha is the dense palm groves which lines the shore. 

KUMARAKOM- Kumarakom is a cluster of islands on the Vemband Lake.  Apart from this Kumarakom is also of interests to the ornithologists for the backwater section boasts of a bird sanctuary and exhibits a rich flora and fauna and is marked as one of the important Aqua Tourism destination. The major attraction of Kumarakom is the local houseboats known as Kettuvalloms. Most of these Ayurvedic centers are attached to the resorts in a peaceful and rejuvenating atmosphere which contributes for rejuvenation and healing.

KOCHI (COCHIN) - Kochi is the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi along with its mainland part, Ernakulum is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. With one of the finest natural harbors in the world, Kochi is the most modern city of Kerala where the best shopping markets are located. 

PERIYAR- Periyar in the southernmost state of Kerala is one of the sixteen Project Tiger reserves in India, and one of the most picturesque and beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in the world. With its waterways, forests and grasslands, it provides a magnificent venue for both mammal and bird watching.

MUNNAR- Munnar amidst beautiful landscapes often referred as the Kashmir of South India is more essentially a tea town. It is a commercial centre for tea and it has some of the highest grown tea estates in the world. It also takes the credit of having the world's best tea estates. 

KODAIKANAL- The charming hill station of Kodaikanal lies amid sylvan beauty in the southern part of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Perched at a height of about 2,133 meters, Kodaikanal - with its rocks, woods, lovely lake and refreshing environs - is an ideal hill resort for tourist and nature lovers.

OOTY- Ooty, the capital of Nilgiris district and the Queen of hill stations nestled in the beautiful Nilgiris Mountains is the land of picturesque picnic spots. It was a popular summer gateway of Britishers during the colonial days due to its high altitude (2240 meters above sea level). The travelers are greeted by the dense forest, sprawling grasslands, lofty mountains and numerous tea gardens on most of the routes. and shop for souvenirs at the popular local markets.

MYSORE- Mysore is a pleasant city with a old world charm, contributed by its broad shady avenues, well laid out gardens, fine buildings and a salubrious climate. Mysore city is 140kms away from Bengaluru is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world with its many institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance. 

HASSAN- A city with rich cultural heritage and history, Hassan is a town in the south-western region of the state Karnataka. The tourist places in Hassan offer a plethora of options to travelers - from basking in the spirituality of religious places to exploring finely crafted medieval architecture to gorgeous scenic beauty and more.

BENGALURU- Bengaluru, the Garden City of India is also the capital of Karnataka. The city ranks as one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. Its pleasant climate, friendly people and its highly educated population have made this Silicon Valley of India. Almost all computer related multinationals are setting up their Indian head office at Bengaluru. This garden city of India has many gardens and boulevards. There are number of places of tourist interest in and around Bengaluru.

Tour Destination: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum – Alleppey – Kumarakom – Kochi – Periyar – Munnar – Kodaikanal – Ooty – Mysore – Hassan - Bengaluru

Travel Duration: 24 nights/25 days

DAY 1: CHENNAI:- Arrive in Chennai and later transfer to the hotel.  After breakfast, full day city tour of The Capital City of Tamil Nadu- Chennai

SIGHT SEEING CHENNAI
FORT ST.GEORGE- It was built in 1640 AD, by the British East India Company under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. The flag staff at Fort St. George is still the tallest in India. South of the Fort is the War Memorial, built in 1939 in memory of the warriors who sacrificed their lives during the First World War. 

KAPELESHWAR TEMPLE- Located in Mylapore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is not clear as to who built the temple. Going by the songs by Nayanmars, it is believed that Kapaleshwar Temple was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings.

DAKSHINACHITRA- Located in the heart of Chennai city, DakshinaChitra , or "a picture of the south", as it is meant in English, is a hub of living art traditions , conventional performing arts, crafts and architectural works of the country with due emphasis on South Indian customs and practices. 

PARTHASARTHY TEMPLE- It is located at Triplicane, near the famous Marina beach in Chennai. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, it was built by the Pallavas in the 8th century. The temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna (Parthasarathy), houses images of the five incarnations of Vishnu. 

RAJIV GHANDHI MEMORIAL- Rajiv Gandhi Memorial is another must visit spot on your tour to Madras. It is located at a distance of about 40 km from the main city. The memorial is precisely situated at Sriperumbudur and is dedicated to the former Prime Minster of India, Raiiv Gandhi.

MARINA BEACH- This is naturally the instant choice for everyone that visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of silver sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting. Some of the sports activities possible in Marina Beach include fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: CHENNAI – KANCHIPURAM:- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards the City of Thousand Temples- Kanchipuram, 

SIGHT SEEING KANCHIPURAM
KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE- This is an ancient temple in the city of Kanchipuram. Dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, this shrine is believed to have been built by the Pallavas. Kamakshi resides here in a seated position as opposed to a standing one, which is unique to this temple.

VARADARAJA TEMPLE- The marvelous Varadaraja Temple was built during the 10th century by the Vijayanagar kings. There is a big outer wall that covers or as the locals say, protects this fine temple.

KAILASANATHA TEMPLE- It was constructed in the 8th century and has a beautiful panel depicting 'Lord Shiva and Parvati' during a dance. The Ardhanareeswarar is one of the best sculptural wonder.

EKAMBARANATHA TEMPLE- It is the largest temple in Kanchipuram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and was built by the Pallavas. This temple has 1000 lingas which are all carved out of one solitary stone. Also, there are one thousand pillared halls found within the temple. 

KACHAPESHWARAR TEMPLE- In this temple Lord Shiva can be seen being worshipped by Lord Vishnu in the form of a tortoise. 

In the afternoon also visit the market to buy some silk sarees that are world famous. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: KANCHIPURAM - MAHABALIPURAM:- Today, continue your drive towards Mahabalipuram. Straight transfer to hotel.  After freshen up at the hotel, visit Mahabalipuram viewing

SIGHT SEEING MAHABALIPURAM
SHORE TEMPLE- The oldest structure in the area, build c. 700 AD, this temple has been here for more than 1400 years. A Shiva lingam is enshrined in the central building and the site can get very crowded on weekends.

FIVE RATHAS- This site contains five Rathas, literally chariots, dating from the 7th century. The sculptures are complemented by some enormous stone animals, including a large elephant.

THIRUKADALMALLAI- This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was also built by Pallava King in order to safeguard the sculptures from the ocean. 

SCULPTURE MUESEUM: East Raja Street has hundreds of sculptures in stone, wood etc. The following structures like Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, Mahishamardini Cave. Varaha Cave having four impressive carvings of Vishnu, Gajalakshmi, Trivikrama and Durga are all carved straight out of rock in the central hillside area, so you can travel between them on foot. 

In the evening you can sit back and relax on the sandy beach or can enjoy Boat rides in the Bay of Bengal with life guards, fishing trips to the sea & Turtle walk at the sea shore. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY:- Next morning drive towards Pondicherry. Transfer to hotel. In the evening take a leisurely walk to the local market of Pondicherry.

Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 5: PONDICHERRY (PUDUCHERRY):- After breakfast, full day city tour of the Pondicherry

SIGHT SEEING PONDICHERRY
SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM - This was founded in 1920 by Sri Aurobindo when Pondicherry was a French colony with the aim of putting in place his ideas of a peaceful community. 

PONDICHERRY MUSEUM - The Pondicherry Museum situated in the Government Park has a fine sculpture gallery and a section for archaeological findings dating back to the Roman settlement at Arikamedu.

ARIKAMEDU-The Arikamedu archeological excavation site, which is around 7 km from Pondicherry, gives you a glimpse of ancient Roman trading in this part of the world.

AUROVILLE- This beautiful dome is synonymous with Auroville, and represents its very essence with a quiet hall for meditation. The dome is covered on the outside by golden discs that reflect the sun, giving it a surreal radiance.

PROMENADE BEACH- This lovely beach with a 1.5-km-long promenade, within a biking range from the heart of the city is one of the most delightful places in Pondicherry for a stroll, a sunbath or a swim.

PARADISE BEACH- A beautiful coastline, with the sun out most of the year. The beach is accessible only through a boat ride. The backwaters at Chunnambar along the Cuddalore Main road will guarantee you a pleasure ride - be it on one of those larger ferries or a jet ski.

CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS - This massive church built in the Gothic style, is one of the most beautiful in Pondicherry.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: PONDICHERRY (PUDUCHERRY) – SWAMIMALAI TEMPLE - TANJORE:- Next morning drive towards Tanjore. Enroute visit Swamimalai Temple.

SWAMIMALAI TEMPLE- The temple is located in Thanjavur district on the northern banks of the river Cauvery. It is one of the six famous abodes (Arupadaiveedu) dedicated to Lord Muruga (also spelt Murugan). Lord Muruga preached Pranava mantra “ OM ” to Lord shiva and that why he is called “Swaminathan”. The temple is built on an artificial hill and is reached by a flight of steps. It is believed that the sixty steps of the temple ascending to the sanctum sanctorum represent the sixty months of the ancient Tamil calendar.

Continue your drive to Tanjore. Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 7:  TANJORE – TRICHY:- After breakfast visit the city

SIGHT SEEING TANJORE
BRIHADEESWARAR TEMPLE- Also called the Big Temple, this is one of the best temples in South India. This temple was built by the greatest Chola emperor Raja I in 10th century AD.

THE ROYAL PALACE- This vast building of masonry is near the Big Temple. It has an Art Gallery comprising of many granite and bronze statues of the Chola period, and the ancient Hall of Music. SIVAGANAGA TANK- Renowned for its sweet water, this tank is situated near the palace.

RAJARAJAN MANI MANDAPAM- Built during the 8th World Tamil Conference, this mandapam has a small garden with children's play materials.

MARIAMMAN TEMPLE (PUNNAI NALLUR): This famous temple, located 6 km from Tanjore, is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman.

Later continue your drive towards Trichy (Tiruchirapalli). Straight transfer to hotel.  Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 8:  TRICHY – MADURAI:- After breakfast visit the city

SIGHT SEEING TRICHY
ROCK FORT TEMPLE - Among the many spectacular sites to visit in Trichy, the Rock Fort Temple is a must visit. The fort is a massive rocky structure built at an altitude of 83 m above sea level. Located on the banks of the river Cauvery, it is Trichy's most famous landmark. 

THAYUMANASWAMY TEMPLE- Halfway to the fort lies the Thayumanaswamy Temple, also known as the Rock Fort Temple. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an important pilgrimage site of the Hindus. This beautifully carved rock-cut cave temple of the Pallava period has a 100-pillar hall and a Vimana covered with gold. 

SRI RANGANATHASWAMI TEMPLE- 7 km from Trichy, Srirangam is said to be the abode of Lord Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple of Ranganatha is said to be the largest in India.

JAMBUKESHWARAR TEMPLE - Just 2 km from Srirangam, this beautiful Shiva temple overshadows the larger Ranganathaswami temple due to its excellent architectural design. It is named after the elephant believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

In the evening, continue your drive towards Madurai. Straight transfer to hotel.  Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 9: MADURAI:- After breakfast, full day city tour of the Athens of the East- Madurai

SIGHT SEEING MADURAI
SRI MEENAKSHI TEMPLE- A historic Hindu temple, Meenakshi Amman Temple, is situated on the bank of Vaigai River. The enormous temple is dedicated to Parvati, who is also known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva. This temple is among the most famous temples of India which is known throughout the world for its outstanding and impressive architectural beauty. 

VAIGAI DAM- Built across the Vaigai River, the Vaigai Dam is located around 70 km from Madurai. The Vaigai dam is a lifeline for the people of Madurai, Theni and Dindgul. 

THIRUMALAI NAYAK PALACE- This Palace was built with the help of an Italian Architect and is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic and European styles. Thirumalai Nayak's Palace at Madurai was considered to be one of the wonders of the South.

KOODAL ALAGAR TEMPLE- Dedicated to Vishnu, Koodal Alagar Temple is located in the heart of the city. The temple is an ancient Temple and very close to the famous Meenakshi Aman Temple.

THIRUPARANKUNDRAM TEMPLE- Dedicated to Murugan or Karthikeya, Thiruparankundram temple is located on a hillock approximately 8 km from the city. The temple is one of the six abodes of Murugan and is a pilgrimage site for devotees.

KALLAZHAGAR TEMPLE- One of the 108 sacred Divyadesam pilgrimage sites dedicated to the god Vishnu, the Kallazhagar temple is mentioned in the Divya Prabandha of the Azhwar saints. The temple is surrounded by granite walls, with a seven-story Gopuram rising above in the style of Dravidian architecture.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: MADURAI – KANYAKUMARI:- Next morning drive towards Kanyakumari. Transfer to hotel. After freshen relax at the beach.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: KANYAKUMARI – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:- After breakfast, full day city tour of the Hindu Pilgrimage Site- Kanyakumari

SIGHT SEEING KANYAKUMARI
KANYAKUMARI AMMAN TEMPLE- The temple is about at the end of Beach Road on the oceanfront; entry to the temple is through the northern gate.  Located at the tip of the Indian peninsula, the small temple of Kumari Amman in Kanyakumari has been a spiritual magnet for centuries. It is believed that as the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, the theerthams and bathing ghats of Kanyakumari are among the most sacred in the country. 

VIVEKANANDA ROCK MEMORIAL- The memorial was built in the year of 1970 and is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, the greatest social reformer and saint that India has ever produced. The Swami Vivekananda had meditated on this rock.

NAGERCOIL- Nagercoil is about 19km from Kanyakumari.  The Nagaraja temple is located here.  Nagaraja (the Serpent God) is the presiding deity; the images of Lord Siva and Anantha Krishna are also enshrined here.  

THANUMALAYAN TEMPLE- The temple is the repository of art treasures.  Inscriptions of 9th century AD are found in this temple.  The unique temple is dedicated to the Tirumurthys: Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.

Later in the evening, drive the capital city of God's own country Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Transfer to hotel. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12: THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:- After breakfast visit the capital city of God's own country Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. 

SIGHT SEEING THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE- A wealthy and popular temple of India, Padmanaswamy Temple with its brilliant Dravidian architecture is dedicated to Lord Padhmanabha (Vishnu). This is one amongst 180 Divya Desams in India which are holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu. 

PONMUDI HILLS- Ponmudi is an unspoiled hill-station in Thiruvananthapuram, having a thick carpet of forest rolling down to the foothills. And to add on more charm, tea gardens are located in the locale. The town is a treasure for nature-lovers and adventure enthusiasts who like to partake in activities like mountaineering, rock climbing and trekking. 

KOVALAM BEACH- Paradise of the South, Kovalam is famous for its beautiful beaches and tourist resorts and is located just 9 km south of Somatheeram. There are three beaches here- Light House Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. One to the south is the Light House beach and is the most popular. 

THIRUVALLAM BACKWATERS- The meeting place of two rivers Killi and Karamana, Thiruvallam backwaters is a beautiful place and is very popular for canoe rides. A temple in honor of Lord Parashurama, believed to be the creator of Kerala, is at Thiruvallam which attracts devotees from far and wide. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 13: THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - ALLEPPEY:- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards the one of the most popular backwater destinations of Kerala- Alleppey. On arrival, check in a traditional House Boat of Kerala, 24 hours cruise through the backwaters, fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

SIGHT SEEING ALLEPPEY 
ALLEPPEY BEACH- The Alleppey beach is one of the cleanest and well maintained beaches in Kerala. It’s very spacious, airy with good sceneries. It’s a very quiet beach where you can have the best picnic spot with the sun setting. It will be an exhilarating experience. 

Overnight in Houseboat

DAY 14: ALLEPPEY - KUMARAKOM:- Today check put of the houseboat at drive to the beautiful backwater village- Kumarakom. 

SIGHT SEEING KUMARAKOM
VEMBANAD LAKE- The Lake emits the hues of sapphire and emerald. The sight of emerald green coconut fringes flanked by the sapphire led backwaters is a treat for eyes. With 96 km length and 14 km width, Vembanad Lake is recognized as the longest lake in India and largest water reservoir in Kerala. 

KUMARAKOM BIRD SANCTUARY- Unique and diverse typography of Kumarakom is home to some of the peculiar variances of birds. This 14-acre bird sanctuary is sprawling on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake. As per the fact, the bird sanctuary was earlier a tree plantation. A vast variety of birds including endangered species like waterfowl, egret, heron, cormorant and Brahminy kite can be spotted here. A leisure walk through the lush green forest will show tourists the best of Kumarakom. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.

In the evening you can sit back and relax.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 15: KUMARAKOM - KOCHI:- After breakfast drive to The Queen of Arabian Sea- Kochi. Transfer to the hotel.  After freshen up full day city tour 

SIGHT SEEING KOCHI ( COCHIN )
CHINESE FISHING NETS, FORT KOCHI- The 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. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

FORT KOCHI BEACH- A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which make on demand mouth-watering traditional cuisines using freshly caught fish.

ST. FRANCIS CHURCH- It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. 

DUTCH PALACE- The Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. 

JEWISH SYNAGOGUE- The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry.

BOLGHATTY PALACE- This Dutch palace is situated on Bolghatty Island which is just a short boat ride away from the mainland. The island has a tiny golf course and the panoramic views of the port and the harbor, makes it an attractive picnic spot.. 

MARINE DRIVE- A stroll along the long tree-lined coastal pathway that lines the backwater is well worth the time spent, especially late afternoon or dusk. The bustling backwaters, dotted with fishing boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats, can be observed from this walkway that lines the coast.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 16: KOCHI - PERIYAR:- After breakfast, drive to Periyar. Transfer to hotel. Later visit

SIGHT SEEING PERIYAR
PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY- Periyar wildlife sanctuary and National Park in the Thekkady region of Kerala is an apt example of nature’s bounty that boasts of a rich bio-diversity in terms of flora and fauna. Best way to explore its magnetic natural surroundings and amazing wildlife is not a guided walk trip, but a boat trip in the adjoining Periyar Lake. The lake is branched into various creeks and islets that are certainly the prominent habitats of the wildlife prevailing in the region.

PERIYAR LAKE & BOAT RIDE- Periyar Lake is a beautiful artificial lake in the heart of Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Boat ride is the best way to explore the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Taking a boat ride in the lake of Periyar to explore the wildlife attractions and view the birds of the sanctuary offers a mesmerizing experience. 

In the evening you can sit back and relax.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 17: PERIYAR - MUNNAR:- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Transfer to hotel. After freshen up embark on a sightseeing tour in and around Munnar. 

SIGHT SEEING MUNNAR
TEA PLANTATIONS- A vast expanse of tea plantations, winding roads, passionate climate and royal gardens make this hill station, Munnar, the Darjeeling of the south.

ATUKKAD WATERFALLS- Located on the way to Pallivasal amidst dense vegetation; the Atukkad Waterfalls is one of the major tourist attractions in Munnar. The water is cold and is also known as a great trekking hotspot in Munnar.

MATTUPETTI DAM- The dam is situated 13 km off Munnar at 1700m above the sea level, is highly famous for the Indo-Swiss live stock projects. This picnic spot is also popular among its visitors for various activities like speed boating and horse riding.

ECHO POINT- A very beautiful place to visit when in Munnar, which is itself situated at the confluence of three mountain streams- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala and hence is a very scenic place to visit, Echo Point got its name from the natural echo phenomenon that occurs here. Echo Point is situated at a serene, calm lake bank. 

ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK- The protected forest is located at an average elevation of 2000 meters above sea level and is home to several endemic and rare species of flora, fauna, reptiles and avifauna totaling at a whopping 750 species. The Eravikulam National Park is a home to rare and endangered species like Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Indian Muntjac and Sambar Deer, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Wild dog and Dhole.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 18: MUNNAR – KODAIKANAL:- Today drive to a charming hill station of Kodaikanal. Transfer to hotel. In the evening visit

KODAI LAKE- Kodai Lake that lays in the heart of Kodaikanal, is a star shaped man made lake that is draped on an area of 60 acres. Boating, horse riding, cycling and angling are a few of the adventure activities tourists can appease themselves with, near the lake.

BRYANT PARK- Bryant Park is a wonderfully maintained garden situated towards the South-East corner of Kodai Lake. Along with Kodai Lake, this is one among the top Kodaikanal tourist places.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 19: KODAIKANAL:- After breakfast visit this beautiful hill station

SIGHT SEEING KODAIKANAL
COAKERS WALK- Coakers walk is an one killometer long built on the mountain. It was constructed in 1872, by Lt Coaker. The outlook of the path defines the beauty of the nature I.e Mountains, valleys, cities etc. Telescope house is must watch of the coakers walk. People are allowed to ride bicycles.

PILLAR ROCKS- The famous Pillars Rocks of Kodaikanal are located around 8 km from the lake and are an exquisite picnic spot. Constituting of a beautiful mini garden, the place is so named as it has three vertically positioned boulders reaching up to a height of 400 feet.

BEAR SHOLA FALLS- Bear Shola Falls that lies in close proximity to Kodaikanal is an exemplary picnic spot. Earlier, many bears used to drink water from this fall, hence the name Bear Shola Falls.

GUNA CAVE- Guna Cave is wonderful tourist spot in Kodaikanal on Moir Point road. The cave is formed between two large Pillar Rocks.This large, dark and ancient cae is also called as Devil's Kitchen.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 20: KODAIKANAL – OOTY:- After breakfast, drive to the Queen of Hill Stations- Ooty. Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure and relaxation.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 21: OOTY - MYSORE:- After breakfast at hotel, visit the Queen of Hill Stations- Ooty. 

SIGHT SEEING OOTY
BOTANICAL GARDEN- The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close. It is located at the slopes of the Doddabetta peak. The terraced garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu horticultural society and covers an area of 22 hectares. OOTY LAKE- Covering an area of around 65 acres, the Ooty Lake is a manmade lake formed in 1824 under the British. It features a boathouse which offers boating facilities to the visitors and is famous for for boating on the lake or enjoy their favorite outdoor activity of fishing.

DODDABETTA PARK- It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. The picturesque Nilgiris and the amazing views this place has to offer. This place offers amazing trek spots and plenty of quiet and picturesque locations to solitary wanderers like me. 

LAMB’S ROCK- another vantage point that is ideal for taking pictures and is a wonderful picnic spot.

PYKARA RIVER- Known as a sacred place for the Toda people, Pykara River flows through the plateau and form several cascades and waterfalls. The Pykara falls are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ooty and are famous for the shola trees, Toda settlements and wildlife.

Later continue your drive to Mysore. Transfer to hotel and evening free for leisure.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 22: MYSORE - HASSAN:- After breakfast visit Mysore City viewing 

SIGHT SEEING MYSORE
MAHARAJA PALACE- This palace occupies a prestigious place among the tourist attractions of Mysore,. The magnificent structure was designed by an English Architect

JAGANMOHAN PALACE- It features stained glass shutters and ventilators and also has a lovely garden setting that has now been transformed to an art gallery. Some of things this museum has on display are paintings, sculptures and musical instruments. 

CHAMUNDI HILLS- Mysore is located at the foothills of Chamundi Hills. On top of the hills there is Chamundeshwari temple that serves as a famous landmark. 

ST. PHILOMENA CHURCH- This church is a lure for the religious traveler and is a must watch among the tourist attractions of Mysore. 

MYSORE ZOO- This is a magnificent zoo which was established in the year 1892, and houses a diverse collection of animals, including magnificent species kept in natural surroundings. 

In the evening drive to Hassan enroute visiting Shravanabelagola. 

SHRAVANABELAGOLA- Located in the Shravanabelagola is famous worldwide for its splendid Jain Temples. The statue of the Saint Gommateshvara Bahubali in the city is one of the most significant pilgrimage places for Jains and attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

Later, continue your drive Hassan. Straight transfer to hotel, and evening free for leisure. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 23: HASSAN:- Today visit the city of Hassan

SIGHT SEEING HASSAN
BELUR AND HALEBIDU- Both these places are the best known temples of the Hoysala dynasty. The Belur and Halebid temples give a glimpse of Hindu temple art at its glorious best of the 16th century. They are famous for their carvings and splendid architecture. The Hoysalas improved on the Calukyan style of architecture by building extremely ornate temples in many parts of Karnataka noted for the sculptures in the walls, ceilings, curved pillars and many more. They followed Dravidian style, vesara style of architecture.

RAMANATHPUR TEMPLES- This is a holy town on the banks of River Cauvery. This temple town is also known as 'Dakshin Kashi' for its temples on the banks of the river. There are over five temples within a stone's throw of each other that see a major footfall throughout the year.

SHETTYHALLI CHURCH- This church is said to have been built about 450 years ago and is in Gothic architecture. The church gets submerged by the Hemavathi River backwaters. However, the water recedes during the summer and one can pay a visit to the crumbled church.

MOSALE HOYSALA TEMPLES- Chennakeshava and Someshwara temples are built in Hoysala architecture with intricate details. These temples see thousands of devotees from across the globe and charm most of them with its exquisite architecture.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 24: HASSAN – BENGALURU:- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards Bengaluru. Later, full day city tour of The Garden City- Bengaluru

SIGHT SEEING BENGALURU
VIDHAN SABHA- It was built by K.Hanumantaiah which is a granite structure built in Neo Dravidian style of architecture and is one of India's most magnificent buildings. Presently, the building houses the state Secretariat, Legislature and other state Government offices. 

LAL BAGH- The garden was laid during18th century by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The Bi-annual flower show at Lal bagh brings in entrants as well as visitor's from all over the world. It has also a magnificent Glass house built in 1840 on the lines of London's Crystal Palace.

TIPU’S PALACE- It is located in the heart of the city and adjustent to fort Venkateshwara temple. Supposed to be built by Tipu Sultan. Attracts people from all over the world. This palace is purely a wooden structure.

BULL TEMPLE- Built by Kempe Gowda in a typical Dravidian style. It has mammoth, monolithic Bull 15 feet high and 20 feet long. There is a mystery related to this temple, even to this day people celebrate "Kadalekayi Parishe" every year. 

CUBBON PARK- It was planned in 1864 by Sir Richard Sankey, the then chief Engineer of Mysore. In the Cubbon Park there is Attara kacheri, The Central Library, The Aquarium, The Jawahar Bal Bhavan with its Mini Theater and Toy train, The Musuem.

Other places to visit are Venkatappa Art Gallery, The Bangalore Palace, Ulsoor Lake, Chinaswamy Stadium.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 25: BENGALURU:- Day free for shopping and leisure. Later departure at airport to catch your flights towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Chennai - Kanchipuram: 80 kms/02 hrs
  2. Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram: 70 kms/02 hrs
  3. Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry: 100 kms/02 hrs
  4. Pondicherry - Tanjore: 200 kms/05 hrs
  5. Tanjore - Trichy: 60 kms/01 hrs
  6. Trichy - Madurai: 140 kms/02 hrs
  7. Madurai – Kanyakumari: 250 kms/05 hrs
  8. Kanyakumari – Trivandrum: 100 kms/02 hrs
  9. Trivandrum – Alleppey: 160 kms/04 hrs
  10. Alleppey – Kumarakom: 30 kms/01 hrs
  11. Kumarakom – Kochi: 50 kms/02 hrs
  12. Kochi – Periyar: 160 kms/05 hrs
  13. Periyar – Munnar: 100 kms/03 hrs
  14. Munnar – Kodaikanal: 200 kms/05 hrs
  15. Kodaikanal – Ooty: 275 kms/06 hrs
  16. Ooty – Mysore: 150 kms/04 hrs 
  17. Mysore – Hassan: 120 kms/02 hrs 
  18. Hassan – Bengaluru: 185 kms/03 hrs

Chennai at a Glance

  • Population: 8,551,768
  • Area: 426 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 33°C 
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 044
  • Airport: Chennai International Airport

Kanchipuram at a Glance

  • Population: 244,210
  • Area: 11.605 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 33°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 044

Mahabalipuram at a Glance

  • Population: NA
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 28°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 044

Pondicherry at a Glance

  • Population: 973,829
  • Area: 480 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 20°C -40°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October – March

Tanjore at a Glance

  • Population: 222,619
  • Area: 36.33 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 20°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 04362

Trichy at a Glance

  • Population: 846,915
  • Area: 4511 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 19°C - 22°C
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 0431

Madurai at a Glance

  • Population: 3,041,038
  • Area: 747 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 18°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0452

Kanyakumari at a Glance

  • Population: 1,863,174
  • Area: 995 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 17°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 04652

Thiruvananthapuram at a Glance

  • Population: 752,490
  • Area: 2192 sq kms
  • Geo Location: South West
  • Average Climate: 20°C - 34°C
  • Best time to visit: October - February
  • STD Code: 0471
  • Airport: Trivandrum International Airport

Alleppey at a Glance

  • Population: 174,164
  • Area: 46.18 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 17°C-32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 0477

Kumarakom at a Glance

  • Population: NA
  • Area: 51.67 sq km
  • Geo Location: South
  • Average Climate: 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: November - March
  • STD Code: NA

Kochi at a Glance

  • Population: 601,574
  • Area: 94.88 sq kms
  • Geo Location: South West
  • Average Climate: 17°C - 33°C
  • Best time to visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0484
  • Airport: Cochin International Airport

Periyar at a Glance

  • Population: NA
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: South West
  • Average Climate: 15°C-35°C 
  • Best Time to Visit: October – June
  • STD Code: 04554

Munnar at a Glance

  • Population: 38,471
  • Area: 26.2 sq km
  • Geo Location: South West
  • Average Climate: 5°C-25°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - May
  • STD Code: 04865

Kodaikanal at a Glance

  • Population: 32,931
  • Area: 21.45 sq km
  • Geo Location: South 
  • Average Climate: 8°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - May
  • STD Code: 04542

Ooty at a Glance

  • Population: 402,901
  • Area: 36 sq km
  • Geo Location: South 
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 25°C
  • Best Time to Visit: April – June; September - November
  • STD Code: 0423

Mysore at a Glance

  • Population: 887,446
  • Area: 152 sq km
  • Geo Location: South West
  • Average Climate: 15°C - 33°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - February
  • STD Code: 0821

Hassan at a Glance

  • Population: 1,721,669
  • Area: 6845 sq km
  • Geo Location: South West
  • Average Climate: 23°C
  • Best Time to Visit: All Year
  • STD Code: 08172

Bengaluru at a Glance

  • Population: 8,551,768
  • Area: 2190 sq km
  • Geo Location: South West
  • Average Climate: 21°C - 33°C
  • Best Time to Visit: All Year
  • STD Code: 080
  • Airport: Bengaluru International Airport

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