This famous South India tour package starts from Chennai and ends in Mumbai. Every temple, palace and city tells you a different story full of heroics. The statues at Belur & Halebid give you the feeling of life. You feel that the statues will step down and start talking. The musical pillar at Hampi is unique. The ancient temples of Aihole & Pattadakal take you back into the history. The caves of Badami leaves you awe-struck. End the tour at the golden beaches of Goa followed by departure from Mumbai.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Departure from Home Country.
Day 2: Chennai (Madras) Arrival: Chennai Sight Seeing. Arrive Chennai and transfer to hotel.
Day 3: Chennai (Madras) - Trichy (Tiruchirapalli). Mahabalipuram temple, Chennai Sight Seeing Full day tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram (Checkout from the hotel at 1200 hrs). Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai(Madras)) 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. Evening transfer to rail-station for Trichy night train. Night on board.
Day 4: Trichy (Tiruchirapalli). Trichy Sight Seeing. Morning arrive Trichy and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour of Trichy. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight Trichy.
Day 5: Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) - Madurai. Madurai Sight Seeing Morning drive to Madurai visiting Tanjore enroute. At Tanjore, the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight Madurai.
Day 6: Madurai. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai Sight Seeing. Morning visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes and arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.
Day 7: Madurai - Periyar (Thekkady). National Park,Periyar Sight Seeing Morning drive to Periyar National Park. Free time for game viewing. Set up in 1934,it extends to 777 square kms and forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight Periyar.
Day 8: Periyar (Thekkady) - Cochin (Kochi). Jewish synagogue,Cochim Sight Seeing Drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin.
Day 9: Cochin (Kochi). Portuguese churches, Cochin Sight Seeing Morning tour of Cochin. 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 and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Afternoon free. Overnight Cochin.
Day 10: Cochin (Kochi) - Bangalore - Mysore. Mysore Sight Seeing Morning transfer to airport for Bangalore flight. Arrive Bangalore and drive directly to Mysore. Overnight Mysore.
Day 11: Mysore. Mysore Sight Seeing Morning visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. 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 12: Mysore - Belur - Halebid - Hassan. Hassan Sight Seeing Drive to Hassan. Full day excursion to Belur and Halebid. The Chenna Kesava temple. Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara.Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are master pieces of Hindu art. On the return, if time permits, visit Sravanbelgola. At Sravanbelgola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara which is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years. Overnight Hassan.
Day 13: Hassan - Hospet. Hazara-rama-temple, Hospet Sight Seeing Morning drive to Hospet. Visit Hampi. The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire - greater than Rome, had palaces, temples and sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen's Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple and Lotus Mahal. Overnight Hospet.
Day 14: Hospet - Badami. Badami Sight Seeing. Morning drive to Badami stopping at Aihole and Pattadakal on the way. Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the southern Dravida School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks.
The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling. Overnight Badami.
Day 15: Badami. Sight Seeing, Badami Morning tour of Badami. Badami also known as Vatapi is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury and a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar. Overnight Badami.
Day 16: Badami - Goa. Goa Beach, sightseeing morning drive to Goa. Goa hotels are not included in the cost has a seasonal rates which vary. Please choose the type/budget of hotels you need and we will quote accordingly.
Day 17: Goa. Please inform us the number of days you wish to stay in Goa.
Day 18: Goa - Bombay (Mumbai). Transfer to airport for Bombay flight. Arrive at the domestic airport. Transfer to the city centre. Later in the evening transfer to international airport.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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