Best of South India

Best of South India

Duration : 15 Days / 14 Nights

Route : Bangalore – Mysore – Ooty – Coimbatore – Kodaikanal – Madurai – Trichy – Tanjore – Pondicherry - Mahabaipuram – Kanchipuram – Chennai

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Itinerary Details

Day 01 : Arrive Bangalore
On your arrival at Bangalore Airport our representative will meet & greet and assist you towards your hotel. Bangalore is multifaceted: modern marvels, historical monuments, bustling shopping plazas, a race course and golf courses. Called the Silicon Valley of India for its growing software industry, it is also known as the city of draught beer. Bangalore is capital of Karnataka which harbours a diversity of interests such as the ruins of Vijaynagar, sculptures of Belur and Halebid, mausoleum of Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur, golden sands of Karavalli, proud hills of Kodagu, forests of Bandipur, Nagarhole and Bannerghatta, and Chikmagalur with its mountains and coffee plantations, majestic Mysore and the world’s tallest freestanding monolith of Bahubali at Sravanabelagola. Check in at hotel and overnight stay will be at Bangalore.

Day 02 : Bangalore
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing of the city.
Vidhana Soubha: This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon park, is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing.
Cubbon Park: This wooded and beflowered park was laid out in the heart of the cantonment in 1864. Since then, fairy fountains, an august bandstand and a wealth of atatury have been added. But the most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have added beauty and cultural wealth. Lush green lawns, shady flowering trees, vibrant flower beds, make Cubbon Park an ideal place for morning joggers and alike.
Lal Bagh: Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London’s Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400-acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House.
Tipu’s Palace & Fort: The Bangalore Fort was built by Kempe Gowda and expanded by Tipu Sultan. Within its walls is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple.
The Bangalore Palace was built by a Wodeyar king in 1887. Inspired by the Windsor castle, this palace was built in the Tudor style, complete with Gothic windows, the foiled windows, battlements and turrets resembling the Daria Daulat Palace in Srirangapatanam, this summer palace has been constructed largely of wood and is famous for it’s carving and paintings. End early and enjoy shopping or just sit in one of the numerous modern pubs in downtown area just enjoying the latest music and crowd. It will be a nice experience as the weather in this city is pleasant all through the year. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Bangalore – Mysore (By Road 150 kms)
Drive to Mysore after breakfast reach their check in and relax at hotel.
Mysore city was the capital of the old royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to “Mahishasurana Ooru” which means the town of Mahishasura. The story goes that the demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore, and hence the name. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity. Hills dedicated to her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town today. Later proceed with your sightseeing visit Srirangapatnam – this fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son of Haider Ali. Tipu made a last minute ditch against the British in 1799 before surrendering his kingdom. Among the many fort buildings still intact, are Tipu’s airy Summer Palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (garden). Here, is also the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple. To the people of India the word Mysore is synonymous with Sandalwood, silk and fine inlay-work using ivory. It is the home of incense sticks dipped in sandalwood oil perfume base and has two well known incense factories – the Aravinda Parimala and the Vasu and Cycle brand (together these two account for 70% of the incense stick export from India). Mysore is also the home of many well regarded musicians and artists. It is even today the hub of the tourist map of Karnataka. Nearby are several places of interest to visitors, some of these are Brindavan Gardens, Srirangapattana, Rangana Tittu bird sanctuary, Chamundi Hills, Nanjanagudu, Bandipur forest reserve, Shivanasamudra falls, and Talakaadu. Within the town are several places of interest. The grand palace with its four arched entrances stands at the centre of the town. Liberally covered with golden domes and home to the most expensive royal chair (Simhasana), made of gold and studded with diamond and precious stones, this palace rivals the best in the world. During weekends the whole palace is lit with thousands of lights, a great sight. Saint Philomina’s church is a fine cathedral dating back to the 18th century. The Venkatappa art gallary has inspired many an artist and conducts courses in traditional painting, drawing and woodwork. It is also the birth-place for the Mysore wooden toys, which are exported worldwide. Enjoy the palace sightseeing. Visit Chamundi Hills – Towering over the city, these hills are 13 km away from Mysore. Halfway-up is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8 m monolith. Right on top is the 2000-year-old Brindavan Gardens 19 km northwest of Mysore is the KRS Dam and the ornamental Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains and colorful lights transform this palace into fairy land in the evenings. Visit Sir Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery – Housed in the Jaganmohan Palace, this gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to 1875, the Russian Svetoslav Roerich and the traditional Mysore gold leaf style of painting. vernight will be at Mysore.

Day 04 : Mysore – Ooty (By Road 130 kms)
Drive to Ooty after a leisurely breakfast. Enjoy the tea and coffee plantations around you while you drive. Reach Ooty and relax for the day. Ootacamund, Ooty or more recently Udhagamandalam, call it what you like, still translates to a little town set on the stepped slopes of the Nilgiris, the oldest mountain range in India. Located 2240 meters, above sea level, the soothing clime and rustic setting gift Ooty a charm of its own. The verdant tea gardens and the rolling hills exude a pleasantness that will calm the high-strung city dweller and soothe his senses with the fragrance of eucalyptus and sandalwood that hangs in the air. What’s more, the superb 300km drive from Bangalore to the hill station takes the motorist through two dense wildlife sanctuaries. We’ve been there and done that and we’re about to tempt you to do the same.Overnight will be in Ooty.

Day 05 : Ooty
Breakfast will be at the resort. Visit the beautiful botanical gardens. Drive to DODABETTA PEAK and enjoy the day among nature. Also visit the oldest tribe in the hills and it will be a nice experience. Enjoy local shopping picking up natural oils and spices. Overnight will be at Ooty.

Day 06 : Ooty to Coimbatore (By Road 90 kms)
After breakfast proceed your drive to Coimbatore , also known as Kovai is the second largest Metropolitan city and urban agglomeration in the state of Tamil Nadu.. The city is located on the banks of the Noyyal River surrounded by the Western Ghats. Reach their and check in the hotel. Later get ready for your sightseeing visit Kovai Kutralam falls is an exciting water fall situated at Siruvani. The water fall is about 37 kilometers away from Coimbatore city and the water fall is popularly known for its magnificence. TheAnubhavi Subramaniar temple is one of the most famous temples situated some few kilometers away in the Coimbatore city. The Marudhamalai hill temple is located at a height of around 500 feet in the highland on the Western Ghats. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 : Coimbatore to Kodaikanal (By Road 180 kms)
After breakfast proceed your drive to Kodaikanal , reach their and check in the hotel. Later get ready to visit the Kodaikanal Observatory is a part of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and was earlier known as Solar Physics Observatory. The Bear Shola falls is another favorite tourist spot in Kodaikanal and it is called so, because in earlier days bears used to come and drink water from this fall. Berijam Lake is the most attractive picnic spot for any tourist in Kodaikanal which is situated about 21 km from the local bus stand. One of the favorite spots of tourists visiting Kodaikanal is the Kodaikanal Lake that is popularly known asKodai Lake. This is an artificial lake that takes the shape of a star and is spread over 60 acres with greenery all around it. Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga who is considered to be the God of the Hills as per Tamil literature. Return back to the for an overnight stay.

Day 08 : Kodaikanal to Madurai (By Road 120 kms)
After breakfast drive to Madurai , Madurai is a Tamil Nadu most happening cultural area. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial center even as early as 550 AD. Reach their and check in the hotel . later get ready to visit The temple built in Dravidian style Architecture with colorful has rich cultural heritage and history. In the afternoon we will visit the opulent Nayak Palace and Thirupparan Kundram Temple with rock carvings, monkeys and peacocks. Later soak up the energy of the magnificent Mennakshi temple where we will witness the special daily closing ceremony . Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 : Madurai – Trichy (By Road 140 kms)
After breakfast drive toTrichy , Reach their and check in the hotel. Later proceed your sightseeing of Trichy including banks of the Cauvery River at Amma Mandapam where various local rituals take place and the sprawling Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. The Rock Fort Temple with 437 stone cut steps to the top for panoramic views is surrounded by a bustling local bazaar which you are free to explore. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Trichy – Tanjore_ (65 Kms 1 ½ hours)
After breakfast drive to Tanjore, Palace and Art Gallery and the Brihadeshwara Temple. This is perhaps the crowning glory of Cholas architecture- also a World Heritage Monument the tower of the temple is an engineering marvel of the construction was made in such a way that the shadow of the Cupola never falls on the ground. Over Night Stay at Tanjore.

Day 11 : Tanjore – Pondicherry (by Road 175 Kms )
After breakfast procced your drive to Pondicherry. This former French enclave maintains its colonial charm and Gallic feel but is unmistakably Indian at the same time. In the afternoon we will take a walking tour to explore some of the history of the town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 : Pondicherry
After breakfast visit Auroville, Matri Mandir and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 13 : Pondicherry – Mahabaipuram – Kanchipuram – Chennai (By Road 160 Kms )
After breakfast proceed your drive to Chennai enroute visit Shore Temple, Five Rathas and Arjuna’s’ Penance at Mahabalipuram. Then visit Temples of Ekambareswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and VaradaRaja swamy. Later proceed your drive to Chennai . Reach there and check in the hotel. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 14 : Chennai
After breakfast get ready for your sightseeing tour of Chennai Visit to : Egmore Museum, Art Gallery ,Marina Beach, , Mylapore, Kabaleeswarar , Santhom Church, St. George Fort and Madras. Overnight at Chennai hotel.

Day 15 : Chennai Departure
Morning breakfast at hotel. Our representative will transfer you to airport in time to connect flight for onward destination.

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