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South India Temple Tour

Duration :
(10 Nights/11 Days)
Destinations : Chennai - Tirupati - Kanchipuram - Mamallapooram - Tiruvannamalai - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai -Trivandrum

Mahabalipuram temple, Chennai TravelDay 01: Arrive Chennai
Met upon arrival at airport by our representative & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 02 : In Chennai – Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Early in the morning after breakfast enjoy a full day guided tour to Mahabalipuram famous as a major seaport of the great Pallava Kings between 08 and 10th century AD and noted for its rock carvings and the shore temple. On your way back to Chennai visit the Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 03: Chennai - Tirupati – Chennai
Early in the morning after breakfast enjoy a full day excursion to Tirupati famous for ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 04: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapooram
After breakfast, met at hotel and drive to Mamallapooram enroute visit Kanchipuram the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. On arrival check-into the hotel. Later early in the afternoon enjoy a visit to several antique sculptural marvels of shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks that dates back to 1200 years during the reign of Pallava Kings. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes - of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others - are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple that remains here is the spectacular two - spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum sanctorum. Overnight at Mamallapooram.

Mahabalipuram temple, Chennai TravelDay 05 : Mamallapooram - Tiruvannamalai – Pondicherry
Met at hotel and after breakfast drive to Pondicherry enroute visit to Tiruvannamallai a pilgrim center with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva After lunch proceed to Pondicherry, which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St.Agasthaya settled down. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 05 : In Pondicherry
Enjoy a visit to Aurbindo Ashram the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science to unite the spirit and matter. After lunch visit Auroville a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 06 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram – Tanjore
Morning after breakfast drive to Tanjore enroute visit Chidambaram famous for the Nataraja temple with the root of the sanctum-sanctorum covered with golden plates. In this temple postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Later drive to Thanjavur visiting the Brass factory at Kumbakonam. On arrival check-into the hotel. Overnight at Tanjore.

Day 07 : Tanjore - Trichy
Early in the morning explore the famous Chola Temple of Brideshwar at Tanjore and later on drive to Trichy situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim center famous for Ranganath Temple at Srirangam. On arrival check-into the hotel. Later in the afternoon enjoy a visit guided visit to temples. The prominent temple is the Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam Temple. Overnight at Trichy.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai Travel GuideDay 08 : Trichy - Madurai

Met at hotel and drive to Madurai some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the center. Later in the afternoon explore the famous Meenakshi Temple, a finest example of the Dravida School of Architecture and is known for its profusely carved and gigantic gateways. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 09 : Madurai - Trivandrum
After breakfast drive to Trivandrum and check in at hotel. Overnight at Trivandrum

Day 10: In Trivandrum
Early in the morning after breakfast proceed for full day excursion to Kanyakumari where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim center of India famous for the Amman Temples a symbol of unity and sanctity dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. Visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Evening enjoy the beautiful sunset. Overnight at Trivandrum.

Day 11: Trivandrum – Fly out
Morning after breakfast, met at hotel transfer to airport in time to board flight to return destination.

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South India Tour

Duration : (20 Nights/21 Days)
Destinations : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kovalam - Kumarakom - Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Halebid - Belur

Mennakshi Temple, kanchipuram TravelDay 01: Arrive Chennai
Met upon arrival at airport by our representative & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram (40Kms / 1Hr)
Morning drive to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram, famous for its hand woven silk fabrics. Later in the afternoon enjoy a guided city tour i.e. visit the Shore Temple, an impressive display of early temple construction in South India and Penance of Bhagirata, the world's largest bas relief also known as "Arjuna's Penance". Other important temples of Kanchipuram include the 16th century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, dedicated to Parvati "The goddess with the eyes of love", and Vaikunta Perumal Temple & then to Mahabalipuram. Rest of the day relax on the beach. Overnight at Mahabalipuram

Day 03 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (162Kms / 4Hrs)
Met at hotel and drive to Pondicherry. Later in the afternoon enjoy a guided excursion tour to Aurobindo Ashram and Museum. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 04 : Pondicherry - Thanjavur (231Kms / 6Hrs)
After Breakfast met and drive to Thanjavur. Afternoon visit to Brihadeshwara Fort & Temple, Thanjavur Palace & Museum. Overnight at Thanjavur.

Mahabalipuram temple, Chennai TravelDay 05 : Thanjavur/ Trichy (54Kms / 2Hrs)
Morning drive to Trichy. Afternoon enjoy a half day city tour to Srirangam Temple & Jambukeshwara Temple Overnight at Trichy.

Day 06 : Trichy - Madurai (128Kms / 3Hrs)
Morning drive to Madurai. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Madurai.

Day 07 : In Madurai
Morning with the Indian Horizons guide half day city tour of Madurai City visiting Famous Meenakshi Temple & Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 08 : Madurai - Periyar
Morning drive to Periyar. Afternoon boat ride at The Periyar Lake. Overnight at Periyar.

Day 09 : Periyar - Trivandrum - Kovalam
Morning drive to Kovalam enroute visit Trivandrum. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Kovalam.

Day 10 : In Kovalam
Relax on the Beach. Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 11: Kovalam – Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kotayam. On arrival board Houseboat in backwaters to Kumarakom. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in the houseboats (modified rice boats of the past), absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight Kumarakom.

Elephants, Periyar TravelsDay Day 12 : In Kumarakom
Morning visit the Bird Sanctuary. Rest of the day at leisure to experience the fascinating natural beauty of this destination. Overnight at Kumarakom

Day 13 : Kumarakom – Cochin
Morning board Houseboat in backwaters cruise to Alleppy. On arrival transfer to Cochin 60kms/1.5 hrs drive approx. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Cochin.

Day 14 : In Cochin
Enjoy a guided city tour of Cochin visiting Fort Cochin, St. Francis Church and the huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 15 : Cochin - Bangalore – Mysore

Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Bangalore. Met upon arrival by our representative and transfer to Mysore. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight at Mysore.

Day 16 : In Mysore
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Mysore city visiting Maharaja's Palaces, Chamundi Hills & Somnathpur. Evening visit Brindavan Gardens, the musical fountains & colorful lights transform this place into a fairyland in the evening. Overnight at Mysore.

Day 17: Mysore - Belur - Halebid - Hassan (130Kms / 3hrs)
Morning drive to Hassan enroute Belur and Halebid. Overnight at Hassan.

Day 18 : Hassan - Shravanbelagola - Bangalore (150Kms / 3Hrs)
Morning drive to Bangalore en-route visit Shravanbelgola. 51 kms south - east of Hassan, this is one of most important Jain pilgrim centres. Here is the 17m high monolith of Lord Bahubali - the world's tallest monolithic statue. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bangalore city visit Vidhan Saudha, Nandi Temple - One of the oldest temples of Bangalore, popularly known as the Bull Temple, in Basavanagudi and Lal Bagh Botanical garden. Overnight at Bangalore.

Bull Temple, Bangalore Pilgrimage PlacesDay 19 : Bangalore – Mumbai
Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Met upon arrival by our representaive and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Mumbai.

Day 20: Departure Mumbai
Morning in time transfer to the International Airport to connect flight for your onward destination.

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