SOUTH INDIA CLASSIC TOUR

Duration : 17 Nights / 18 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Munnar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore

Day 01 - Arrive Chennai

Arrive Chennai. Meet assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight stay at Chennai Hotel.
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Day 02 - Chennai

After relaxed breakfast sight- seeing tour of Chennai visiting St.Thomas Church, Kapaleshwar Temple and Fort St.George. Evening drive past the Marina Beach known for the natural sandy beauty. Overnight stay at Chennai Hotel.

Day 03 - Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast check out and drive to Mahabalipuram. En-route visit Kanchipuram one of the oldest towns of India and known Thousand Temples and hand-woven silks. Kanchipuram is one of the cities of India which is associated with both Shiva and Vishnu. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple. Visit the local homes of the weavers and experience making of saris the most famous outfit for Indian women out of silk thread. Later continue drive to Mahabalipuram & transfer to hotel. Check in and relax for a while. Later sightseeing of Mahabalipuram known for its beaches and artistic rock cut temple at the sea shore. Experience the architecture where figures are carved out of solid rocks. Evening visit the sea shore temples till sunset. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram Hotel.
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Day 04 - Mahabalipuram - Trichy

After breakfast check out and drive to Trichy situated on the banks of Kaveri River and famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Arrive Trichy and check in the hotel. Later city tour visiting Rock fort and temple. Later visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Back to the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay at Trichy Hotel.

Day 05 - Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai

Morning after breakfast check out and drive to Madurai. Enroute visit Thanjavur known as Tanjore which is approx 105 Km. Visit the Brass factory at Kumbakonam and Brahadeswara temple being the world first complete granite temple with a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 meters making a total height of 66mts. Its also part of the UNESCO world heritage site. Later continue drive to Madurai. City of Madurai is located in the banks of river Vaigai which looks like a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Arrive Madurai and transfer to hotel. Relax and overnight stay at Madurai Hotel.

Day 06 - Madurai

After relaxed breakfast visit Meenakshi Temple dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, Lord Sundareshwara, and Lord Vishnu with thousand pillared hall. Later enjoy a 'light & sound Panorama' in Thirumala Naik Temple. Overnight stay at Madurai Hotel.
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Day 07 - Madurai - Periyar (Thekkedy)

After breakfast check out and drive to Periyar. Arrive and check in the hotel. Later sightseeing of Periyar visiting Periyar Lake by boat and witness the amusing wildlife. You can witness elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar and a number of rare species of birds. Later visit spice plantation. Return to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Thekkedy Hotel.

Day 08 - Periyar - Munnar

Early morning after breakfast again enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to see wildlife. Back to the hotel and check out by afternoon. Later drive to Munnar the famous hill station of Kerala. Arrive Munnar and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar Hotel/Resort.

Day 09 - Munnar

After breakfast sightseeing of Munnar seing some of the spectacular sights covering Mount Carmel, the first Catholic Church in the high ranges, tea factory, Mattapetty Lake, Cattle breeding centre. Evening free at leisure and enjoy the place at its best. Overnight stay at Munnar Hotel.

Day 10 - Munnar - Kumarakom

Morning after relaxed breakfast check out and drive to Kumarakom. Experience the backwaters and nature at its best. Overnight stay at Kumarakom Backwater Resort.
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Day 11 - Kumarakom - Alleppey

After morning breakfast relax and check out. Later transfer to backwater luxurious Houseboat boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms where you can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins which adds a touch of exotica to this experience. One can stop at villages and other places and visit vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders in small wooden boats. Enjoy the complete day sailing in the back waters. Overnight stay at house boat.

Day 12 - Allapuzha - Cochin

Early Morning after breakfast check out and drive to Cochin which is approx 220Kms. Arrive and check in the hotel. Later sightseeing tour of cochin visiting The Hill Palace Museum. Mattanchery Palace also known as Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese. Return to hotel to relax. Evening Witness Kathakali the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is known for its great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Back to the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay at Cochin Hotel.

Day 13 - Cochin - Ooty

After breakfast and check out drive to Ooty. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Ooty being one of the major hill station of South India. Evening free to explore the beauty of Ooty and visit Zotanical Garden. Overnight stay at Ooty Hotel.

Day 14 - Ooty

After breakfast day free to relax and explore the surroundings and beauty of Ooty. Overnight stay at Ooty Hotel.
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Day 15 - Ooty - Mysore

Morning after breakfast check out and drive to Mysore known for its sandalwood, musk and rosewood. Arrive Mysore and check in the hotel. Later visit Lalit Mohan Palace, Jagan Mohan Palace now a famous art gallery containing royal paintings. Overnight stay at Mysore Hotel.

Day 16 - Mysore

Today after breakfast visit St. Phenomena's Church one of the largest churches of the country. Later visit Chamundi Hills having Brindavan Gardens on top of the hill. Back to the hotel by evening. Overnight stay at Mysore Hotel.

Day 17 - Mysore - Bangalore

After breakfast check out and drive to Bangalore enroute visiting Sirangapatnam the capital of warrior King Hyder Ali and Mysore Palace. Arrive Bangalore and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Bangalore Hotel.

Day 18 - Bangalore- Departure

After breakfast visit the city of Gardens visiting Vidhan Sudha house of State's Legislature and Secretariat. Later visit Nandi Temple known as the Bull temple. Back to the hotel and check out. Later transfer to Bangalore international airport to board the flight for onward journey.
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