22-Day South India Heritages with Kerala & Bangalore
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
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- Day 1
Upon your arrival in Chennai, you will be greeted by a private representative and transferred directly to Mamallapuram which is located on the coast on the Bay of Bengal. After hotel check-in and you will have some free time to recover from the jetlag, get ready to find something in South India!
- Day 2
After breakfast start your day at Mamallapuram with a visit to the 7th-century Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens, followed by an exploration of the celebrated bas-relief at Arjuna’s Penance and the Five Rathas. The afternoon is at leisure on the beach.
- Day 3
Continue your journey down the coast to the former French colony of Pondicherry. First visit Auroville (City of Dawn) and Aurobindo Ashram that promotes the ideas to bring about a synthesis of yoga and modern science. Later take a walk through the French Quarter of Pondicherry to soak up the French flavors and feel the city's leisurely approach to life when strolling past charming colonial architecture & street side cafes, you may also take a bicycle if you prefer.
- Day 4
Today is free on your own leisure in this lovely town.
- Day 5
Travel further through the fertile region known as the 'rice bowl' of Tamil Nadu to Thanjavur. On guided afternoon tour you will discover the monumental granite Temple of Brihadeeshwara (Bull Temple) which is capped by a monolithic cupola and a symbol of power and might of the Cholas who ruled between 9th and 13th centuries. Enjoy a wonderful collection of royal remnants of early 19th century at nearby Thanjavur Palace. Observe and learn about how the exquisite bronzes and handicrafts are produced by the hands of local craftsmen. Drive to Trichy for overnight stay.
- Day 6
Today you will visit the Rock Fort. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. The rest of day is free at leisure. The car is at disposal all day.
- Day 7
Today you will drive to Madurai (approx. 3 hours), South India's greatest temple town and significant pilgrim site.
- Day 8
Madurai is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu. Today you will visit the thousand-year-old Meenakshi Temple,one of India's largest pilgrim sites with 12 towering gopurams; it's going to be unforgettable to observe the rituals and celebration during the evening puja ceremony inside the Meenakshi Temple.
Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace-a gracious building revealing the power and wealth of the Nayakas who made Madurai their capital in the 16th and 17th centuries. Continue to the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple.
- Day 9
After breakfast drive through the Western Ghats to Periyar Tiger Reserve, India’s earliest sanctuary and one of the best places to see the Asian Elephant. After checking into your hotel, you have time to stroll through one of the spice plantations this area famous for and learn about the many different uses of spices, both in medicine and food. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 10
In the early morning (around 7 am), you'll enjoy a forest trek inside the National Park which takes 1-3 hours regarding to your interest. After the trekking. Take a late morning cruise on the picturesque Periyar Lake at the heart of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Afternoon free at leisure. This night you can choose to take an optional martial art performance, the ancient Kalaripayattu that is said to be 3000 years old.
- Day 11
After the breakfast, drive to Alleppey, embark on your houseboat and start an enchanting cruise along the reputed backwater of Kerala; just relax and lay back while you navigate slowly through the tranquil waterways. It is a wonderful opportunity to discover Kerala's rural lifestyle. You'll see that Kerala is known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 12
Morning drive to Cochin and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques & Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Evening enjoy the Kathakali Dance Performance.
- Day 13
Morning drive to Munnar & transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 14
Today’s visit to the sights of Munnar will allow you to discover the breathtaking beautiful of this idyllic destination in God’s own country. The unending of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, abundant species of flora and fauna in the forests, that’s all Munnar has to offer.
- Day 15
Drive to Ooty this morning. After check in the hotel, you are free to explore Ooty by yourself.
- Day 16
Ooty is the right place for fans of nature. You will savor the “queen of all hill station” as you experience its charming flowers, lofty mountains and lush forests.
- Day 17
Drive to Mysore this morning and transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure
- Day 18
Morning tour of Mysore, visit the City Palace, a Hindu Temple and a monolithic sculpture of the bull Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Visit the beautiful Brindayan Gardens where you can admire the amazing topiaries and the illuminated, cascading fountains. In the afternoon visit the Srirangapatnam.
- Day 19
After breakfast proceed to Hassan, en-route visiting Belur & Halebidu enroute. Halebidu is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples.
Continue to discover the main attraction in Belur, including the Chennakeshava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.
- Day 20
Morning drive to Bengaluru visiting Shravanabelagla en-route. The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad. On arrive in Bengaluru for overnight.
- Day 21
Morning half day city tour of Bengaluru - visit the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, the Mysore Arts and Crafts Center, the Bull Temple, and the colorful bustling local markets. This afternoon is free for leisure.
- Day 22
Bid farewell, after check out from hotel, our representative will escort you to airport for your home bound flight.