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Come to the enticing land - South India! The South India tours attract tourists from all over India and the world on account of its territory dotted with tourist spots. The tourists throng the God's Own Country - Kerala to witness the enchanting backwater destinations and the breathtaking landscapes. The Tamil Nadu state is having the famous temples known for its exceptional art and Dravidian architecture. The wildlife sanctuaries like Mudumalai, Bandipur and Periyar make the bird watchers' and nature lovers' paradise. The historians, artists and the archaeologists find their mental gratification in the historical sites like Hampi, Hospet, Hassan etc. The temple cities and pilgrimages like Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Rameswaram, Sravanbelagola, Madurai etc. satiate the tourists spiritually.
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Best of South India



Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days
Places Covered: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Pondicherry - Swami Malai - Tanjore - Tirchy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Kodaikanal - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam - Periyar - Kottaym - Alleppey - Cochin - Ooty - Coonoor - Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Hassan - Belur - Sravanbelgola - Bangalore - Mumbai


Day 01: Chennai
Begain Your Tour
Arrive into Chennai
Welcome to Vardman's "Best of South India"! On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Chennai
Visit Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). High court, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park..
Overnight :Hotel

Day 2: Chennai- Kanchipuram- Mahabalipuram- Chennai
This morning after proceed on a full day excursion of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai) 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.
Mahabalipuram
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 drive back to Chennai.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 3 : Chennai - Pondicherry
This morning after breakfast drive to Pondicherry. Upon arrival at Pondicherry check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Pondicherry.
Pondicherry: Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram retreat was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter aimed at creating a city of the future where people from India and abroad could live and work together in a spiritual environment.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 4 : Pondicherry - Swami Malai
After breakfast drive to Swami Malai enroute visit Chidambram and Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Upon arrival at Swami Malai check into your hotel. Later visit Swami Malai Temple.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 5 : Swami Malai - Tanjore - Trichy
This morning after breakfast drive to Trichy enroute visit Tanjore.Upon arrival at Trichy check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Trichy.
Visit Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 6 : Trichy - Madurai
On the day 6 of your tour drive to Madurai. Upon arrival at Madurai check into your hotel.
Later proceed for sightseeing of Madurai.
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 & arches. There is also an extensive museum dedicated to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.
Evening witness Prayer Ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple
Overnight :Hotel

Day 7 : Madurai - Rameshwaram or Kodaikanai
Full day at leisure .
Optional: Visit Rameshwaram or Kodaikanal.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 8 : Madurai - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam
This morning after breakfast drive to Kanya Kumari (Cape Comorin), the last end of India where three Oceans meet. Continue drive to Kovalam. On arrival and check into your hotel.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 9: Kovalam
Day free to relax at the golden beach, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. Evening enjoy the beach.
Optional: Sight seeing of Thiruvananthapuram covering Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli Tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach after breakfast. Return to Kovalam to stay overnight.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 10: Kovalam - Periyar
After breakfast drive to Periyar. Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Periyar to view wildlife.Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 11: Periyar - Kottayam/Kumarakom
To experience the best of Kerala, go aboard an exciting houseboat cruise along the Kerala backwaters. Morning drive to Kumarakom and check in to the houseboat on arrival. The overnight cruise takes you from Kumarakom to Alleppey allowing you to enjoy serene surroundings en route. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served on board
Overnight : Houseboat

Day 12: Alleppey - Cochin
The houseboat comes to a halt at Alleppey today morning after breakfast. Then drive to Cochin. Upon arrival at Cochin check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 13: Cochin
This morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Cochin.
Visit Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.
Evening watch a performance of Kathakali Dance.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 14: Cochin - Ooty
This morning after breakfast, drive to Ooty, the beautiful leading hill resort of South India. Situated in the heart of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), at the height of 2287 Mtr., it lies on a plateau and looks like a vast park. Lofty hills add to the grandeur of the scenery. Its climate is similar to summer in England. The terraced beautiful gardens, which are landmark in Ooty. Ooty is also known for its tea & coffee plantations.
Upon arrival at Ooty check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 15: Ooty - Coonoor
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Ooty.
Visit the lake, Botanical Gardens, Conoor Tea Gardens, Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose. Later visit Film shooting points & other points of interest or shopping etc.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 16: Ooty - Mysore
This morning after breakfast drive to Mysore. Upon arrival at Mysore check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Mysore
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 that offers a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Later visit the Somanth temple, Mysore Zoo evening proceed to Brindavan garden to visit lighting show.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 17: Mysore - Srirangapatnam
Today morning visit Somnathpur Temple. Afternoon visit Srirangapatnam. Evening back to your hotel.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 18: Mysore - Hassan
After breakfast drive to Hassan and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Belur and Halebid Temples.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 19: Hassan - Sravanbelgola - Bangalore
This morning after breakfast drive to Bangalore enroute visit Sravanbelgola. Upon arrival at Bangalore check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Bangalore.
Visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja's Palace & Government Buildings.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 20: Bangalore - Mumbai (By flight)
After breakfast transfer to the Bangalore airport to catch flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival at Mumbai check into your hotel.
Later proced on a city tour of Mumbai.
Visit the Gateway of India,The stone archway designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style, Prince of Whales Museum & Elephanta Caves – 9 kms by sea. These 7th century rock – cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are situated a top a hill on the island. In the evening make your way through the various sets of a typical film studio. From a place to the village square. See men with cameras mounted on cranes shooting sequences, inviting your tour of Film city's electrifying ambience while dining on delicacies that are no less interesting than the 'masala' (spice ) of Indian movies.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 21: Mumbai Departure
This morning after breakfast transfer to the Mumbai airport/railway station to catch flight/train for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of "Best of South India" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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