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South India Tour

Destination Covered

CHENNAI-MAHABALIPURAM-PONDICHERRY-THANJAVUR-TRICHY-MADURAI-THEKKADY-KUMARAKOM-ALLEPPEY-COHINE-OOTY-KABINI-MYSORE-BANGALORE

Duration

17 DAYS/16 NIGHTS

OverviewThe incomparable, intoxicating and inimitable country of India is known the world over for its rich cultural heritage. The land of the saintly sages and the royal rulers boasts of colorful customs and timeless traditions. The people carry on with the legacy of their own lands and the beautiful built buildings act as the evidence of the elegant architecture we have inherited. The Rich Heritage Tour of Rajasthan is a tour to the magical land of Rajasthan that is famous for its rich culture, festivities and historical sites. The lively Rajasthan tour presents you with a variety of palaces, forts desert safari in the charming Sam sand dunes. The tour to Rajasthan is sure to be a lifetime experience for anyone as it is a vibrant combination of natural beauty, old culture and chivalry.

Starting from – **€ / Person

  • Keep your adrenaline charged with a tiger spotting adventure among the lakes and crags of Ranthambhore National Park
  • Ballooning over Jaipur while the sun rises is an unforgettable experience
  • The hills and shimmering lakes of Udaipur make it India’s capital of romance
  • A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal a masterpiece of Indian architecture
  • Enjoy a variety of accommodation – from a fortified mansion to camping under the stars

PACKAGE DETAIL

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Day 1: Arrival at Chennai

Later visit The city of Chennai, formerly Madras and originally Madraspatnam. It has its origins in a warehouse built by the British on the beachfront in 1639. In 1654, the Fort St. George was established and ultimately, village after neighboring village was added to the territory to form the modern city we know today. Also, visit Fort Museum located in the oldest surviving building of the fortress is of particular interest to tourists and  Arrival at Chennai

has an impressive collection of exhibits spread over ten galleries. We also visit the buzzing Kapaleeswarar Temple, St. Thomas Mount, Central Railway station and shopping in the local market for  the sweet memory of this place.

Overnight will be at Chennai.

Day 2: Mahabalipuram

Drive to Mamallapooram (Mahabalipuram) visiting Kanchipuram en route.

The thousand-year-old city of Kanchipuram was well-known in the antique world as a seat of learning. Today, Kanchipuram has recognized the world over for its stunning hand woven silk. Continue to drive to Mamallapooram (Mahabalipuram) and visit Mahabalipuram according to legend, Mahabalipuram was such a beautiful city that was known for, leaving behind only the structure known today as the Shore Temple. The Mahabalipuram Caves are temples cut out of solid rock. The magnificent giant bas-relief work of Arjuna’s Penance depicts a scene from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. the Pancha Rathas or five chariots. One of the oldest temples in Mahabalipuram, the spectacular, brooding Shore Temple on the edge of the sea houses shrines to both Shiva and Vishnu and is one of the earliest examples of the pure Dravidian style of architecture.

Overnight will be at Mahabalipuram.

Day 3: Pondicherry

Pondicherry, founded by nationalist turned mystic Sri Aurobindo, Aurobindo Ashram is a commune housing followers from the world over. The ashram aims to disseminate the philosophy of Aurobindo’s “integral yoga”, a synthesis of ancient mystical thought and modern science. In the evening, go for a walk on the lovely mile long walkway by the beach. Enjoy the sundown at the PROMENADE which stretches for 1.5 km along the beach. Don’t miss the old lighthouse and the war memorial to French soldiers who fell in the battle for India against the British. Also, visit Pondicherry Museum which has an outstanding collection of artifacts. The sculpture gallery is a treasure house of Pallava and Chola art. Evening Relax at the beach, which runs along the city.

Overnight stay will be at Pondicherry.

Day 4: Thanjavur by road, en route visit Tiruvannamallai

After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamallai (112kms/03hrs) – a pilgrim center with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva.

After lunch proceed to Thanjavur. Reach and check into the hotel.

Tanjore or Thanjavur was the capital of the Chola empire from the 10th century to the 14th century A.D. and was for long eras the political and cultural nerve center of the region. The Great Living Chola Temples that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site are situated around Thanjavur, also home to the characteristic Tanjore style of Painting.

The magnificent Brihadisvara Temple is an architectural marvel and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 16th century Palace of Thanjavur is spacious with large halls, shady courtyards, endless corridors, tall observation posts and an ornate bell tower. It is also home to the Royal Museum as well as the iconic Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur Art Gallery.

Day 5: Sightseeing in Trichy

Next day proceed for an excursion to Trichy.

Located on the banks of river Kaveri, Tiruchirapalli or Trichy is one of the biggest cities in the state of Tamil Nadu. Here is a lot of places to visit i.e Rock Fort temple or Malaikottai  is a temple carved out of an 80m high rock, the rock itself being of prehistoric vintage and older than the Himalayas. The riverine island of Srirangam with its seven-walled Vishnu Temple is also worth a visit.

Later drive back to Thanjavur. Spend evening in leisure

Overnight will be at Thanjavur.

Day 6: Visit Madurai Drive by road

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

The olden temple town of Madurai touches its history as far back as the 3rd century BC and finds an indication in the writings of Greek explorer Megasthenes.

The breathtaking Sri Meenakshi Amman temple, a mini-city in its own right, directs the Madurai skyline. One of the supreme living examples of Dravidian art and building, its towering gopurams loom over the city, every inch of its outer superficial crowded with multicolored carvings of gods, goddesses, and beasts of mythology. Visit temple during the evening Aarti ceremony. Don’t miss the Thousand Pillar Museum in the temple complex. The spacious Gandhi Memorial Museum chronicles in loving detail the history of India’s independence movement. Also, visit the Vishnu Temple situated a few minutes from Madurai, It is one of the most important temples of South India and is unique in the layout of its three altars, arranged as they are one on top of one another.

Overnight will be at Madurai.

Day 7: Sightseeing in Periyar ( Thekkady )r

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

On the banks of the Periyar river, amidst coffee plantations and the fragrant cardamom hills, lies the Periyar National Park, one of India’s major wildlife reserves. Look out for the Asian elephant, antelope, the Indian bison, the elusive Bengal tiger, the dhole or wild dog, and the extremely rare and endangered Nilgiri Tahr, a species of ibex native to the region. Not to be missed, a bamboo rafting excursion down the river. You could also try a jungle walk with a highly experienced guide. The local spice market reputed to be the largest in Asia is also worth a visit. Spices make for a unique and imaginative gift for friends and family back home.

Overnight will be at Thekkady.

Day 8: Visit Kumarakom by road.

After breakfast proceed to Kumarakom.

Barely 16 km’s from the city of Kottayam, Kumarokom is built by the Vembanad, Kerala’s largest fresh water lake, and is one of the imperative venues for Kerala’s famous boat races. Kumarokom is one of your entry points into the famed backwaters of Kerala. On our way to Kumarakom a short stop over at Aryad Church is a must, where one of the oldest pictures of The Holy Virgin is preserved. Then we proceed on to Pathiramanal. This little island or the sand of midnight in the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the worlds.

Now sit back and lose yourself as your boat glides silently forward on its final journey to Kottayam. An intense experience awaits you in Kottayam, the land of lakes. The journey will be through the paddy fields some of which are known all over the world as “14000 & 9000” fields.

Day 9: Sightseeing of Allepey

The city of Alleppey or Alappuzha is the head quarter of Alappuzha district and extremely popular with travelers for its lush greenery, beaches, lagoons and the famed backwaters of Kerala. The name Alappuzha means “the land between the river and the sea” and its intricate network of inland canals earn it the title of “Venice of the East.” This watery network has long been Alleppey’s lifeline, from its days as one of the best-known ports on the Malabar coast up until modern times as the world’s gateway to the Backwaters. Alleppey too is an important venue for boat races, in particular, the Nehru Trophy Race on the Punnamada Lake on the second Sunday of August.

Attractions in Alappuzha include the beautiful Alappuzha Beach, the Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, the Edathua Church and the Krishnapuram Palace.

Also not to be missed, the old lighthouse, the first ever built on the Arabian Sea.

Day 10: Sightseeing in Cochin:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city.

The Old Cochin area is home to one of the oldest Jewish societies in the world, and the Paradesi Synagogue built in 1568 is a must-see treasure of this eclectic corner of South India. The ancient port city of Cochin or Kochi comprises a cluster of islands and peninsulas in a serene saltwater lagoon. Ferries connect the islands to Ernakulam town on the mainland. Dotted with lakes and gently swaying palm groves, Kochi’s otherworldly beauty, coupled with the lure of spices and seafood, draw scores of travelers every year to this natural harbor. Also visit the Nearby are Vasco Da Gama Square, the Santa Cruz Basilica that counts among India’s oldest churches, St. Francis Church where Vasco Da Gama was originally interred, VOC Gate and Bastion Bungalow, all of which, according to local records, go back to between the mid-fourteenth and early fifteenth century. Enjoy Kathakali Dance presentation in evening.

Day 11: Ooty

Drive to Ooty, this is well-known for the queen of hill stations. The beautiful hill station made by the British in the initial part of the 19th century. A fine retreat from the heat of the plains. Ooty offers scenic attractiveness and relaxed ambiance. The Attractive Ooty Lake, Set Among Groves Of Eucalyptus Trees Is A Popular Spot With Its Facilities For Boating.

Night spend in Ooty Hotel.

Day 12: Sightseeing of Ooty

Full day trip to Ooty and Coonoor. Visit Botanical Gardens, the Lake, Dodabetta peak, which provides beautiful views of the surrounding hills and plains at Ooty. Situated at a lower height, with a warmer weather, later visit Coonoor, it is a famous hill resort in its own way. You can take an Optional toy train to Coonoor to adore the scenic beauties. The well laid-out Sim’s park here is an attractive botanical garden, with many rare flowers, shrubs, and trees. Lambs rock and Dolphin’s Nose are some of the viewpoints and picnic spots around Coonoor. Overnight at Ooty.

Day 13: Visit Kabini

After Breakfast go to Kabini. 90 km’s southwest of Mysore lies Nagarhole National park, which entitlements populations of tiger, leopard, and elephant as well as over 250 species of birds. Visit the park by jeep, on the elephant ride and in a coracle. Stay two nights at the Kabini river Lodge or at water Woods bungalow, which is beautifully fixed, and located on the banks of the Kabini river. As an alternative to Nagarhole National Park, anglers may wish to reflect keep on at the Cauvery fishing camp on the banks of the Cauvery River at Bheemeshwari, which is noted for its mahseer fishing (best season November to June). The mahseer is considered to be one of the finest game fish in the world. Lodging is in spacious, well furnished “ethnic log huts.” The Cauvery fishing Camp is situated 100 kms from Bangalore and 85 km from Mysore.

Day 14: Kabini

In the morning after having healthy breakfast go on a Coracle Ride on Kabini river. The Coracle is a round native boat. In the afternoon go on a wildlife tour in the National park in jeeps / vans. Overnight  stay In the hotel.

Day 15: Mysore visiting

Drive to Mysore, which is famous for their sandal it is also called the Sandalwood City. A city with rich heritage with wonderful palaces, attractively laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, avenues of flowering trees and many antique temples. The City of Mysore still retains a surprising charm that never fails to fascinate. Sights include the Mysore Palace, one of the prime of its kind in India – illuminated during weekends, the Art Gallery, Brindavan Gardens, etc. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 16: Visit Bangalore

First visit Srirangapatna this is the island fortress of Tipu Sultan is 16 Km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu’s mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy temple, Tipu’s Summer Palace known as the Daria Daulat Bagh, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned. Rest in the hotel later visit Lal Bagh, the Botanical Gardens, Tipu’s summer Palace, Bull Temple, and don’t forget to shop at Arts & Crafts Centre Emporium at M.G.Road for sweet memories. Overnight at Bangalore.

Day 17: Departure

Today you will be transferred to the Airport to board the connecting flight to onward destination. I hope you Enjoy the journey

INCLUSION AND EXCLUSIONS

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Included

Not Included

1
Hotels with breakfast
Entrance Fee for Monuments
2
Aircondition car with unlimited km according to itinerary
Your Accommodation
3
English speaking well behave experienced ,professional ,reliable ,informative & safe tourist driver
Your PERSONAL EXPENSES like Water , Drink , Laundry , Meal etc
4
All kind of Tax & Toll Tax , State & city entrance fee , Government & Tourist tax
Your Boat ride tour , Jungle Safari,Camel package tour , Elephant ride , Bicycle Ricksawa ride etc
5
Driver Salary , Driver Services Charge , Driver Meal & Driver Accommodation
Driver TIP it is depend on your Satisfaction as you like
6
Car Parking , Car Fuel ( Gasoline ) , Car & Driver regular expenses
7
Tourist and Driver Insurance included with Car Insurance
8
Your Arrival , Departure and city excursion tour with unlimited KM according to tour Itinerary,
9
Complimentary Tourist Guide services for monuments for Agra & Jaipur

PRICING DETAIL

Budget

For our Budget accommodation we have selected a nice range of small hotels and guesthouses. Charming and very authentic guesthouses that will suit travellers with a limited budget traveling through Rajasthan and India……..More Info

Comfort

For our clients choosing our Comfort range of accommodation, you will be hosted in upper class hotels and Havelis (ancient Rajasthan mansions). We have selected some of the best places in India to make sure your stay is an amazing experience. This selection is the result of several years of touring our guests through Rajasthan and India, with their car and indian driver. We continuously collect the feedback from our guests about their experience in India at our hotels, and look to improve our range……..More Info

Luxury

We have selected the best accommodation throughout India so you can indulge yourself during your stay with us. Our selection tends to get away from the international hotel chains, and offers you real hidden gems in Rajasthan and India. Many of them are former indian Palaces that have been renovated and rehabilitated into luxury properties………More Info

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