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Classical South Tour Code:IVI/S/1518
14nights/15 days Route:Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondichery - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kovalam - Alleppey - Cochin - Bangalore
Day 01 Chennai
Transfer from Chennai airport to hotel by road and check in to your hotel.
Afternoon City tour.
Madras, the gateway to the sunny south, the capital of Tamil Nadu is also the seat of an ancient civilization, with a rich heritage of fine arts, sculpture and architecture. Historically, Madras has formidable credentials, going back 2000 years, when its old temple quarter, Mylapore, was a port on the fabled Coromandel Coast, busy trading with the Chinese, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, Romans, and later, the French, Portuguese, Armenians and Arabs. St. Thomas, Christ`s own Apostle, landed here in 58 A.D. and was martyred in 72 A.D. on an inland hillock.
Day 02 Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram
Breakfast
Drive from Chennai to Mamallapuram en route Kanchipuram and check into your hotel.
Kanchipuram, Kanchi, or Kancheepuram is a temple city and a municipality in Kanchipuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a temple town and the headquarters of Kanchipuram district. In ancient times it was called Kachi and Kachiampathi.
Kanchipuram is located on the Palar River, and known for its temples and silk sarees.
Today visit the city of Chennai covering the government museum and Fort St. George. After lunch an interesting excursion to Mamallapuram. Here we visit the shore temples that date back from the 8th century. Also see the rock cut monolithic temples including Arjuna`s Penance and Tiger cave.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 03 Mamallapuram - Pondicherry
Breakfast
Drive from Mamallapuram to Pondicherry
Having remained the capital of the erstwhile French India, the
legacies in Pondicherry have a special flavor not found anywhere in the Indian sub continent. The French town-sense, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beach promenade, French colonial history, the eventful life of Joseph Duplex (whose magnificent statue
Francois watches Goubert Avenue pensively from its southern corner), the Mansion of
Ananda Ranga Pillai "the Diarist", architecturally handsome churches and public buildings of
a bygone era, all add up to the French connection.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 04 Pondicherry - Trichy
Breakfast
On arrival in Trichy check into your hotel. Afternoon Trichy Sightseeing
Sri Rangam is known for its Vaishnavite temple. The temple has 21 magnificent towers surrounded. This temple built around the 13th and 14th centuries. Visit Sri Jambukeswara Temple, Rock Fort Temple is in the centre of the city. It is 83 metros high and can be reached by climbing 437 steps cut into a tunnel through the rock. There is a Vinayaka temple on the top.
Also visit the Srirangam Temple, the abode of Lord Vishnu in his reclining form. Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 05 Trichy - Thanjavur
Breakfast
Morning drive to Thanjavur
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast Full day city tour includes Sri Brahadeeswara Temple. This Massive temple was built by the great Chola King Raja Raja I in the 10th century AD. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the sanctum sanctorum. And finally visit the Palace, Royal Museum, Art Gallery, Naageswaran Temple, Schwartz Church etc.
Tour of the Meenakshi temple and the city, the city of Madurai was planned out in the shape of lotus with the famous Meenakshi temple in the center. This is one of the biggest temple complexes in India. The five pagodas that surround the temple are known for its intricate stuccowork and the 48.8 meter high southern gopuram is the tallest. The temple has a marvelous hall of a thousand elaborately carved pillars. Not too far from the temple is Thirumalai Mahal, a palace that is constructed in the Indo-Sarcenic style. A set of musical pillars here, each carved out of a single block of granite into 22 slender rods, emit musical notes when tapped.
Afternoon visit the Chettinad Villages, Karaikudi and 74 other villages comprise Chettinad, the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars. The Chettiars were a prosperous banking community who ventured overseas to do business in South and Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their legacies are the fascinating houses of Chettinad they built with simple materials. These are houses that have to be seen to be believed. Not yet discovered by the world, Chettinad is a rural area certain to surprise even the most discerning traveler. Apart from the houses, Karaikudi offers extensive antique shopping, weekly market, a number of temples, visits to craftsmen working with wood and metal, silversmiths and goldsmiths, attractive textiles and exciting Chettiar cuisine.
Day 06 Thanjavur - Madurai
Breakfast
Drive from Thanjavur to Madurai via, Karaikudi and check into your hotel.
One of South India`s great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial center even as early as 550 AD.It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings.
Evening visit Meenakshi Temple
Day 07 Madurai - Periyar
Breakfast
Drive from Madurai to Periyar.
Reach Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary and check into your hotel. Later get set for a jungle trail.
This is one of the most picturesque reserves in India. A dam constructed on the Periyar River in 1895 led to the submersion of a large forest area and the formation of a 55 sq km lake which assured the local wildlife a perennial source of water and led to its rapid multiplication. If we are lucky we`ll see Elephant, tiger, sambar, barking deer, lion tailed macaque and a rich birdlife on a government run boat ride.
Afternoon enjoy a boat ride on the lake to see wildlife. You can also see some spice gardens. Pepper, gooseberry and tamarind trees are in abundance in this area along with Cinnamon, all-spice, and curry plants are planted in the spice gardens.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 08 Periyar - Kovalam
Breakfast
Drive from Periyar to Kovalam and check into your hotel.
A world-famous beach resort 16 km south of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city, Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists since 1930s. Lovely coconut palms fringe the golden beach.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 09 Kovalam
Breakfast
Day free at leisure
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
 
Day 10 Kovalam - Alleppey
Breakfast
Drive from Kovalam to Alleppey and check into your house boat
ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT
Overnight stay at houseboat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Alleppey -Cochin
Breakfast
Drive from Alleppey to Cochin and check into your hotel.
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as `God`s Own Country`. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.
Afternoon sightseeing of Cochin.
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 12 Cochin - Bangalore
Breakfast
Today Fly from Cochin to Bangalore and check into your hotel.
Bangalore - Located 1000 m above sea level, this bustling capital city of Karnataka has a perpetual holiday atmosphere. Founded in 1537 by a local chieftain Kempe Gowd
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 13 Bangalore -Mysore
Breakfast
Drive to Mysore Enroute visit the ruins of Srirangapatnam. On arrival check in at hotel.
MYSORE CITY TOUR
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Mysore - Hassan
Breakfast
Drive from Mysore to Hassan en route Shravanbelagola
HASSAN
Overnight stay at hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 15 Hassan - Bangalore
Breakfast
Depart from Hassan to Bangalore for your flight to onwards journey
Meals: Breakfast
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