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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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South India Tour Package



Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
Places Covered:Chennai -Kanchipura- Mahabalipuram - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Hospet - Badami - Goa - Mumbai


Day 01: Chennai (Madras)
Begain Your Tour
Arrive into Chennai
Welcome to Vardman's " South India Tour Package ". On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 2 Chennai
This morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing 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 03 :Chennai- Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visit Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram (70 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 & has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambareswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and VaradaRaja swamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks.
Upon arrrival at Mahabalipuram check into your hotel.
Later visit Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is (75Kms from Kanchipuram) famous for the 7th Century Temples. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture.
Ovenight :Hotel

Day 04 : Mahabalipuram - Trichy
This morning drive Trichy, it 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. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top. From here you will get a good view of SriRangam Temple and the Cauvery River.
Upon arrival at Trichy check into your hotel.
Ovenight :Hotel

Day 05 : Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai
Today after breakfast drive to Madurai enroute visit 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.
Upon arrival at Madurai check into your hotel.
Ovenight :Hotel

Day 06 : Madurai
This morning after breakfast 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.
Ovenight :Hotel

Day 07 : Madurai - Periyar
After breakfast drive to Periyar, the earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extends to 777 square kms & 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, languor monkeys, etc.
Upon arrival at Periyar check into your hotel.
Ovenight :Hotel

Day 08 : Periyar - Kumarakom
Today morning drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival at Kumarakom check into your hotel. Later Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and have fun getting close encounters with various birds.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 09 : Kumarakom-Houseboat
Today morning board the Kettuvalam (houseboat) and spend the day cruising through the backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala and are found nowhere else in the world. Kumarakom Backwaters too are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting Eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable. Cruise through the backwaters to Alleppey. Kumarakom backwaters are there to silently embark the beauty signals spotted by the God of Nature.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 10 : Alleppey - Cochin
After breakfast, disembark your Houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Cochin.Upon arrival at Cochin check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Cochin
Visit Spice & Fish market, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St.Francis Church, Bolghatty, Gunda and Willington Islands, Mattancherry Palace. Evening enjoy Kathakali dance performance.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 11 : Cochin - Bangalore
This morning after breakfast transfer to Cochin airport to catch flight for Bangalore. Upon Arrival at Bangalore airport & drive to Mysore enroute visit Srirangapatanam.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 12 : Mysore
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Mysore.
Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911.The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent. Drive up to Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free for exploring the colourful vegetable and flower market and bazaars.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 13 : Mysore -Belur - Halebid- Hassan
Today morning drive to Hassan enroute visit Belur and Halebid. The Chennakesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are master pieces of Hindu art. On the way also visit Sravanbelagola. At Sravanbelagola, 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. Upon arrival at Hassan check into your hotel.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 14 : Hassan - Hampi- Hospet
After breakfast drive to Hospet enroute visit Hampi.
Visit Hampi. The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire - greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & 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 & Lotus Mahal.Upon arrival at Hospet check into your hotel.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 15 - 16: Hospet
Today morning visit pictures places such as Archaeological Museum, Jogimatti, Himavat Kedaya waterfall, Murugharajendra Matha and Ankli Matha.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 17 : Hospet - Badami
After breakfast drive to 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 & a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar.Upon arrival at Badami check into your hotel.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 18 : Badami - Goa
This morning after breakfast drive to Goa. Upon arrival at Goa check into your hotel.
Later proceed for sightseeing of Goa
Visit Old Goa, the most important Cathedrals and churches - namely Se-Cathedral, Church of St. Francis Xavier, St. Catherine's Church, Arch of Vice Roy of Goa. Miramar Beach - This is the only beach close to any city and has a good view of the river Mandovi flowing into the sea. Also visit Dona Paula fishing village which is a small village at the tip of Panaji, the place has a very good viewpoint and a monument at the same place. Later visit golden beaches, Temples, palm trees, paddy fields and wooded hills. Its churches, temples, shrines and forts tell its history. It is associated with music, the famous Goan cuisine and most of all with a peace-loving , smiling people.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 19 : Goa
Full day free for leisure activities on beach.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 20 : Goa - Mumbai
This morning after breakfast transfer to the Goa airport to catch flight for Mumbai. On arrival transfer to International airport to board the flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of " South India Tour Package " escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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