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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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Southern Splendour



Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places Covered: Mumbai- Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty-Cochin-Kumarakom-Alleppy-Periyar-Madurai -Chennai

Day 01 Mumbai

Begin your tour.
Arrive into Mumbai
Welcome to Vardhman's " Southern Splendour Tour ". On arrival in Mumbai you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Mumbai
On the day 2nd of your tour proceed 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 03: Mumbai - Bangalore (By flight)
After leisurely breakfast, transfer to the Mumbai airport to catch flight for Bangalore. Upon arrival at Bangalore check into yoru hotel.
Latre proceed on a city tour of Bangalore.
Visit Lal bagh Garden, lake & lotus filled pools., Cubbon park, Bull temple and Mysore arts and crafts centre.
Viswesvaraya Industrial and Technological museum, Ganesh temple, Gandhi Bhavan, Ulsoor Tank , Gavipuram Cave Temple, St. Mary's Basilica Church,Vidhan Soudha.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 04: Bangalore - Mysore
Today drive to Mysore. On arrival in Mysore check into the 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 05: Mysore - Ooty
After breakfast, depart for Ooty by road (165 kms / 4 hrs). On your arrival in Ooty check into the hotel of your choice. Fondly known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Ooty is snugly ensconced in the heart of the Nilgiris. Dotted with undulating hills, sparkling waterfalls, gurgling brooks and lush green tea gardens, this tranquil haven is sure to capture the hearts of every visitor.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 06: Ooty
This morning 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 07: Ooty - Cochin
After breakfast drive to Cochin, " THE QUEEN OF ARABIAN SEA " is the palm green commercial capital of Kerala.
Upon arrival at Cochin check into your hotel.Relax for the rest of day.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 08: Cochin
This morning after breakfast proceed on a 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.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 09: Cochin - Kumarakom
After breakfast 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 10: Kuamarakom - Houseboat
Today morning board the houseboat (Kettuvalam) 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 :Houseboat

Day 11: Alleppy - Periyar
After breakfast, disembark the houseboat in Alleppey and depart for Periyar. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is one of the best maintained wildlife sanctuaries in Southern India, giving an opportunity of spotting elephants, leopards, tigers and bisons, amongst various other species of Flora and Fauna. On your arrival in Periyar check into Hotel.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 12:Periyar
Early morning boat ride on Periyar lake to watch wildlife. After breakfast proceed on a short jungle trek with a naturalist to watch flora, fauna and avifauna.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 13: Periyar - Madurai
This morning after breakfast drive to Madurai. The city is known for its rich heritage, culture and historical background and is most famous for the Meenakshi Temple.
Upon arrival at Madurai check into your hotel.
Evening witness temple ceremony at Meenakshi Temple.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 14: Madurai - Chennai
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Madurai
Visit The Shree Meenakshi Temple, the Teppa Kulum -- a tank with an island temple and Tirumalainaik Palace.
In time transfer to the Madurai airport to catch flight for Chennai. Upon arrival at Chennai check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 15: Chennai- Mahabalipuram- Kanchipuram- Chennai
Today full day for Excursion of Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram
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.
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.
Evening drive back to Chennai.
Overnight :Hotel

Day 16: Depart 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..
In time transfer to the airport/railway station to catch flight/train for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of " Southern Splendour Tour " escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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