Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days Places Covered: Chennai (Madras) - Madurai - Periyar - Trivandram
- Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore Day 01: Chennai
Arrive Chennai. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight Chennai
Day 02: Chennai
After breakfast, full Day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram
(64 kms from Chennai) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as
a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated
to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the
walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy
are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. The city of
Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is
an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples
of Dravidian style of Architecture.
Day 03 : Chennai After breakfast, city tour of Chennai. Visit the Museum to see the Art
and Bronze Gallery. Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court,
Fort museum, Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral and snake park . Check-out
at 1200 hrs from the hotel. Late evening transfer to railway-station for
overnight journey to Madurai.
Day 04: Madurai Morning arrive Madurai and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the great
Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva. Later, visit the
Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style,
famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar
Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.
Day 05: Madurai / Periyar After breakfast, drive to Periyar National Park. it extends to 777 square
kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild
life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Elephants,
wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. can be
seen easily. Overnight Periyar.
Day 06: Periyar / Trivandrum After breakfast, drive to Trivandrum viewing the scenic beauty enroute.
Kerala is lush green and is full of lakes and water. Overnight Trivandrum.
Day 07: Trivandrum After breakfast, Day free in Trivandrum or optional tours to Cape Comorin
(Kanya Kumari - the southern most part of India) or nearby places like Kovalam
beach, etc. Overnight Trivandrum.
Day 08: Trivandrum / Cochin After breakfast, drive to Cochin visiting the Kerala villages enroute.
Day 09: Cochin After breakfast, city tour of Cochin. One of the finest natural harbours
on the Arabian Sea coast, Kochi, earlier known as Cochin, has been a pot
of call for foreign traders from early times. Cochin is the natural harbour
created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures
that the rougher the seas are outside and the calmer waters are within the
Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue,
Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing
Nets. Checkout at 1200 hrs. Transfer to railway-station for overnight journey
Day 10: Bangalore Morning arrive Bangalore and transfer to hotel followed by breakfast.
Afternoon tour of Bangalore city, visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old
trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical
and sub-tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja's Palace & Government
Buildings. Overnight Bangalore.
Day 11: Bangalore / Mysore Morning arrive Bangalore railway station and drive to Mysore. Arrive
and transfer to hotel. Overnight Mysore.
Day 12: Mysore Morning visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911 - 1912. The palace
is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture
with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent.
Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple
and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon
free. Overnight Mysore.
Day 13: Mysore / Chennai After breakfast, morning free. Transfer to rail-station to catch the
train for Chennai. Arrive Chennai & transfer to hotel.
Day 14: Chennai / Onward destination Transfer to airport for onward destination.
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