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Experience the grandeur of India tour

Start with a wonderful sightseeing tour of Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. Visit historical and modern-day buildings. Drive to Hassan while making a visit to Shravanabelagola (an ancient pilgrimage destination of the Jains) en route. Explore the 12th century temples of Halebid and Belur before reaching Mysore for a full day of guided sightseeing. While in Mysore, check out such popular attractions as Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill, Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple and Tipu's Summer Palace among others. Travel to the picturesque hill station of Ooty to spend some quality time. Next, drive to Calicut or Kozhikode, the most popular port along the Malabar Coast. In the ancient times, Greeks used this port to export spices and clothes from India. Enjoy sightseeing tours of Cochin and Alleppey – popular backwater destinations in Kerala. Sail along the backwaters in a houseboat. Later, set out for a tea and plantation tour of Periyar. Visit the cities of Madurai, Trichy and Tanjore to view a number of old Hindu temples. Head to Pondicherry, which was once a French colonial town. The French feel is existent even today. Explore some more popular Hindu temples in Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. The tour concludes with a full day of sightseeing in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

Trip Overview
Travel type : Small Group Tour
Tour code : RT/FD/GT/107
Travel style : Culture, Heritage
Clients rating :
Travel scale :
Trip length : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Start point : Bangalore, India
End point : Chennai, India
Price from : US$ 1360
Trip Inclusions
Accommodation
13 Nights in handpicked hotels
Transport
All ground transport for sightseeing trips
Guides Services
Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours
Meals
14 Breakfasts, 02 Dinners
Activities
Boat Ride, Houseboat
Other Services
Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance
Surprise Gift
Surprise gifts on departure

Grand South India Tour Itinerary


Day 01: Arrive Bangalore

Arrive at Bangalore capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore where you will be greeted & welcomed by representative at the Bangalore International Airport. After a warm welcome you will be transferred to your hotel and for a check in your hotel for an overnight stay.

Included meals: no meal included
Included entrances: no visit & sightseeing

Day 02: Bangalore sightseeing tour

Today after breakfast, we proceed for sightseeing tour of Bangalore City. First we visit Tipu Sultan's Palace, originally built in 1537 and further reconstructed later after a gap of few centuries by Haider Ali. Another attraction at Bangalore is Bull Temple which houses a huge granite monolith of Nandi, the holy Bull. Lall Bagh garden was laid out in the 18th century and is known as to be the most diversified botanical gardens in South Asia. We also visit Vidhan Soudha - the state legislative chambers built in granite with magnificent amalgamation of modern and traditional Dravidian temple style architecture.

Enjoy evening at leisure. Night stay will be at your hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Tipu Sultan's Palace

Day 03: Bangalore – Shravanabelagola - Hassan

In morning we drive to Hassan. On the way to Hassan, we stop at Shravanabelagola that is one of the oldest and most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism in India. This huge 17m-high naked statue of Bahubali (Gomateshwara) is said to be the tallest monolithic statue of the world. It is situated about 158 kms from Bangalore on the top of a rocky hill overlooking the sedate country town of Shravanabelagola. From here, we will continue our drive to Hassan. Upon arrival in Hassan, check into your hotel.

Included meals:Breaakfast
Included entrances: sightseeing

Day 04: Hassan – Belur – Halebid – Mysore

In morning, we enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and then drive to Halebid (or Halebidu) and Belur. Built in the superb baroque style during 12th and 13th century, the magnificent temples there are from carved stones. As one architect and critic said "These friezes carved with a minute elaboration of detail are one of the most marvellous exhibitions of human labour to be found even in the patient East". Located on the bank of river Yagachi Belur, it was the capital of Hoysala Empire and is considered as Benaras (Varanasi) of the South. It is also known as Dakshina Varanasi. The temple at Belur is famed for its profusely ornamented exterior. The temples at Halebidu are famous for being as an open-air museum for its endless depiction on the walls from Hindu mythology, animals and birds, etc. Here you will also visit the 57 ft high colossal monolithic Jain statue which stands on top of a steep bare hill.

After finishing the sightseeing of the Belur and Halebidu temples as it continue drive to Mysore to capture the heritage of the state from an altogether different angle. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Belur temples, Halebid temple

Day 05: Mysore – Ooty

Today morning enjoy sightseeing tour of Mysore. Visit the lavishly decorated Maharaja's Palace (Mysore Palace), Chamunid Hill, Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple and Tipu's Summer Palace.

Later drive to Ooty, the queen of South India hill stations. It nestles in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 7500ft above sea level. Still reminding us for the British raj in India, the Ooty is a picturesque hill station of the South India. Apart from its natural beauty Ooty has many other places of tourist interest nearby to visit and travel around.

Upon arrival in Ooty, check-in at hotel and spend rest of the time at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills

Day 06: Ooty sightseeing

After having your breakfast in the hotel you can take a tour of Ooty visiting St. Stephen's Church, Ooty Club – the intriguing headstones in the cemetery, Ooty Lake and the beautiful Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Garden of Ooty is perhaps the most iconic spot of this beautiful hill station. This is home to more than 2,000 species of plants and is a hot place for movie shoots.

In afternoon there is leisure to enjoy the nature.

Night stay at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Botanical Gardens

Day 07: Ooty – Calicut

Morning drive to Calicut or Kozhikode is the most famous port of the Malabar coast. Once, it was the main port for Greeks for exporting spice and clothes from India to Greek. Arabs were there first to arrive at Calicut followed by Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and finally British. Calicut or Kozhikode is popular for its picturesque beauty, festivals, and fun loving people who make the place much inviting for the travelers.

On arrival at Calicut check into your hotel and later take a sightseeing tour of Calicut. Visit the Beypore Fort, Kadalundi Bird sanctuary, Pazhassiraja Archaeology Museum (museums remain closed on Mondays) and further enjoy the unspoiled and uncrowded Kappad beach for a memorable experience. Here at Kappad beach you can spend some time in the evening watching the most beautiful sunset you might have ever seen.

Night stay will be at Calicut.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Botanical Gardens

Day 08: Calicut – Guruvayoor – Kochi

Today morning after breakfast drive to Kochi (Cochin). Popularly known to travelers as 'Queen of Arabian See' Cochin is the commercial hub and main natural harbor of the state of Kerala. It is said that it was once under the rule of Portuguese, Dutch and British rule.

As we drive to Cochin, about 80 kms out of Calicut, we will stop at Guruvayur, a thriving township in the district of Trissur or Trichur. Visit Guruvayurappan Temple, and Guruvayura Elephant sanctuary which is one of the largest elephant sanitarium in the world.

Proceed to Cochin and on arrival check into the hotel. Spend some leisurely time in the hotel before we go to watch spectacular Kathakali Dance performances. Kathakali is one of the oldest ballet forms in India and is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. During the show, you can see characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana. If you visit a little early you can also see the dancers getting ready and their preparation for the show.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Guruvayoor Elephant Sanctuary, Kerala Kathakali centre

Day 09: Cochin sightseeing tour

This morning meet with your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel and after a short briefing start sightseeing tour of Cochin. Known as the 'Gateway to Kerala backwaters', Cochin has a good number of important historic sites. The sightseeing tour of Cochin will cover a visit to Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jews Street, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing net.

Leisurely evening and night stay at the hotel in Cochin.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace

Day 10: Kochi – Alleppey – Houseboat

Have your leisurely breakfast in the hotel and then get transferred to Alleppey where we board the beautiful houseboat or riceboat to cruise through the calm backwaters of Kerala.

Spread in an area of about 1500 kms with a network of manmade and natural canals, lagoons, lakes and rivers; Kerala backwaters is one of the major attractions for travelers. Traditionally, used as one of the main sources of transport of people of Kerala, the houseboats are today serving the tourism of Kerala as semi luxurious floating hotel with all modern hotel amenities and services available on the board.

Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced while slowly rowing down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'Kettuvallam'. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional witnessing temple or church as you cruise through the canals. Enjoy the special Kerala style meals prepared by your chef on board. Overnight stay at houseboat

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included entrances:sightseeing

Day 11: Houseboat – Periyar

After breakfast disembark from your houseboat & drive Periyar, the wildlife and spice plantation hub of Kerala. Upon arrival in Periyar, check-in at hotel for one night stay. This afternoon, take a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. You also get the opportunity to shop for fragrant spices at a local market.

Visit Periyar Wildlife sanctuary - one of the finest elephant reserves of south India. Take a boat cruise on the serene Lake Periyar spotting migratory birds and local wildlife around the lake.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Periyar Forest

Day 12: Periyar – Madurai

Today morning drive to Madurai that is one of the oldest cities of India with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam period of the pre Christian era.

Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. In the evening, witness a pooja ceremony at Meenakshi temple. Witness the Aarti ceremony at the beautiful Meenakshi temple.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Meenakshi temple, Thirumalainayak Palace

Day 13: Madurai – Trichy – Tanjore

Today morning drive to Tanjore that is also called as Thanjavur which is a historical town and popularly known as the temple city .It was once the capital of Chola Empire. On the route visit Trichy that is 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. The climbing of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further ahead there is a Shiva temple. After a visit continue drive & upon arrival check-in at hotel for 01 night stay.

Later visit 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. Also you will visit Thanjavur Palace & Museum, which houses a library, museum and art gallery. The area, known for its craft industry is covered with fertile plains, whose rice plantations cover most of the requirements out of rice for Tamil Nadu.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Tanjore Art Gallery

Day 14: Tanjore-Pondicherry

Today after breakfast head to Pondicherry which was once the French Colonial town and still bestows the same culture. It was taken over by the Indian government in November 1954. Now Pondicherry is famous for its Auroville ashram which was founded in 1926 by a French woman. The Auroville ashram brings forward spiritual code of belief that represents a fusion of yoga and modern science. Sightseeing tour and stay will be at Pondicherry.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:sightseeing

Day 15: Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram

Today morning drive to Mahabalipuram, a town famous for its rocks carvings and monolithic sculptures. Upon arrival check-in at hotel

Later, visit the Shore temple (one of the oldest temples in south India, belonging to the early 8th century AD), Arjuna's penance (the world's largest bas-relief measuring 27m x 9m - this huge rock consists figures of Gods, men, beasts, birds that represents the entire creation), Five Rathas (five monolithic temples, each having its own style - also known as the "Panch Pandav Rathas"

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Five Rathas & Shore Temple

Day 16: Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram

Today we will proceed for a day return trip to Kanchipuram which is one of the seven holy cities in the country. It was a city of learning for both Tamil & Sanskrit & was believed to be visited by Hsuan Tsang. Visit Kailasanatha Temple built in 8th Century AD. It is built in the typical Pallava style with a pyramidal tower, a pillared hall & vestibule enclosed by a wall. Ekambaranatha is an ancient temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. The 57 metres high Raj Gopuram is one of the tallest towers in South India. The 3000 year old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yielding different variety of mangoes. Kamakshi Amman Temple, built in 12th century AD, as an important Shakthisthalam, known as Parabrahmaroonpini. The main deity is seated on Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Eswara & Sadasiva.

Including visit the silk factory.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:sightseeing

Day 17: Mahabalipuram – Chennai – Departure

Today morning drive to Chennai, the gateway and the capital of South India.

Upon arrival sightseeing of Chennai, visit Government Museum that has a good collection of paintings and sculptures, both traditional and modern. Fort St.George was originally a warehouse with a stockade around it. But the establishing of Fort St George in 1639, for all practical purposes, marks the birth of the city. Fort Museum has on its display many relics belonging to the times of British Raj in India and exhibits a collection of contemporary paintings as well as the rare military paraphernalia such as weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes and medals. Santhome Cathedral at the southern tip of Marina features the beautiful stained glass window at the basilica depicting the story of St Thomas and the central hall that has 14 wooden plaques depicting scenes from the last days of Christ.

Kapaleswara temple Built in the eight-century Pallavan architecture style, the Kapaleeshwar Temple located in Mylapore in Chennai is regarded by the Hindus to be one of the most sacred Hindu sites in the Southern Part of India.

In time, transfer to airport to catch the flight for back home.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances:Fort St. George, Museum, Santhome Cathedral church
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