Covered : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Trichy
- Madurai - Periyar - Trivandrum - Cochin
- Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore
12 Nights/13 Days
Day 01 :
Arrive Chennai(Madras). Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Mahabalipuram
Full day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram
(Checkout from the hotel at 1200 hrs). Kanchipuram
(64 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 and has
paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara,
Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy
are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous
for its silks.
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 transfer
to rail-station for Trichy night train.
Day 03 :
Morning arrive Trichy and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon tour of Trichy. Trichy 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. Lord Robert Clive's house
is still there to see and so is the Danish
Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of
Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the
ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a
further climb to a Shiva temple.
Day 04 :
Madurai : Morning drive to Madurai visiting
Tanjore enroute. At Tanjore, the beautiful
Chola Temple of Brihadeshwara is capped
by a monolithic cupola made of a single
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.
Day 05 :
Madurai :Morning 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. Also visit the Alagar
Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple.
Day 06 :Periyar
National Park :
Morning drive to Periyar National Park .
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, langur monkeys,
etc. Overnight Periyar.
Day 07 :
Drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin.
Morning tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural
harbour created by the famed underwater
Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures
that the rougher the seas are outside the
calmer the waters are within the Harbour.
Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map.
It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches,
mosques & Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese
Fishing Nets. Afternoon free. Overnight
Day 09 :
Morning transfer to airport for Bangalore
flight. Arrive Bangalore and drive directly
to Mysore. Overnight Mysore.
Day 10 :
Belur and Halebid :
Full day excursion to Belur and Halebid.
The Chenna Kesava 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 return, if time permits,
visit Sravanbelgola. At Sravanbelgola, 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.
Day 11 :
Morning visit the palace of the Maharaja
built in 1911 - 1912. 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 and a
panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back,
see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight
Day 12 :
Transfer to rail-station for Chennai (Madras)
train. Arrive and transfer to Hotel.
Day 13 :
Morning free. Check-out at 1200 hrs. Transfer
to airport for return flight