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Enchanting South India

Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Destination: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry- Trichy- Madurai – Kodaikanal – Munnar – Cochin – Ooty – Mysore – Coorg – Bangalore

Itinerary for

South India Holidays

DAY 01 : Arrive Chennai
On Arrival in Chennai, you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel. Overnight at hotel

DAY 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram 60 KMS 2 Hours Drive
Morning proceed for a guided city tour of Chennai. After visiting chennai, drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check- in at hotel.

DAY 03 : Mahabalipuram
Morning we undertake a full day city tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Mahabalipuram, once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 06th and 09th Centuries AD. "The City of Seven pagodas". Is nothing less than a breathtaking display masterful sculpture carved out of solid rocks of granite, the Shore Temple - a plendid example of early temple construction in the south. Penance of Bhagirata the worlds largest bas - relief also known as "Argon's Penance'.

Kanchipuram, city of a thousand temples, Once the capital of Pallava, Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. The temples were built mainly by two rulers, Mahendray and Mamalla Narashimha Parman. Typical of their architecture is the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Siva, believed to be 1200 years Old . Other important ones include the 16th Century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Vaikunta Perumal. Kanchipuram is the centre of Silk weaving and is famous for its saris and materials. Return to the Hotel for an Overnight.

DAY 04 : Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry 120 KMS 4 Hours Drive
Morning drive to Pondicherry a former French colony, the strong French influence in clearly visible in the town's architecture and planning. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 05 : Pondicherry - Trichy 245 KMS 6 Hours Drive
Drive to Trichy via Chidambaram and Kumbakonam to Trichy . Overnight at Hotel .

DAY 06 : Trichy
City tour of Tiruchirapalli, visiting the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapathi 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple, yet another flight leads to the temple of Lord Shiva. The ascend is climaxed by magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri river. Visit Srirangam a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which contains within its walls a bazaar as well. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07 : Trichy - Madurai 145 KMS 3 Hours Drive
Morning Drive to Madurai, The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. After noon city tour visiting - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Dinner and overnight at hotel

DAY 08 : Madurai - Kodaikanal 120 KMS 3 Hours Drive
Morning After breakfast drive to Kodaikanal, Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste. Berijam lake, one among the beautiful lakes of South India, spreads over an area of 24 hectares. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 09 : Kodaikanal
Full day sightseeing tour of Kodaikanal visiting the Bryant Park, Coakers Park, Green Valley view and Pillar Rocks. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: Kodaikanal - Munnar 190 KMS 5 Hours Drive
Morning drive Towards Munnar. Munnar is a breathtakingly beautiful, a haven of peace and tranquility- the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British ruler in the colonial days. Afternoon seeing of Munnar and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lush green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: Munnar
Morning Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting Raja Malai, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam etc. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12: Munnar - Cochin 130 KMS 4 Hours Drive
Morning drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Afternoon visit the historical sites in Mattancherry/Fort Kochi - Jew Town, Jewish synagogue, St. Francis church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Vasco House, Dutch Palace, Fort Kochi beach, Chinese fishing nets and watch the sunset. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 13: Cochin - Ooty 295 KMS 7 Hours Drive
After an early breakfast, drive to Ooty, which is called the Queen of hill stations picturesque, green Ooty better known, as Ooty is the most popular hill station in the South. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 2240m, Ooty is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two Ghats ranges meet. Nature has been generous with this region, which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Ooty and its environs. On arrival, check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 14: Ooty
Morning full day of tour Ooty visiting Botanical Garden,Dolphin's Nose and Lamb’s Rock viewpoint and in the evening go for boat ride on the lake .Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 15: Ooty - Mysore 155 KMS 4 Hours Drive
After breakfast, drive for Mysore. Mysore is a city of 17 Palaces - the Maharaja's City Palace being one of the largest in the country. Today's city tour include the zoological gardens, the Chamundi Temple, handicraft Centre and 22 kms away - the Brindavan Gardens, which are a sight by day and night. Evening visit to the gardens where there are many illuminated fountains. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 16: Mysore - Coorg 260 KMS 5 Hours Drive
Today drive towards Coorge. Upon arrival check in at your pre-booked hotel. Coorg is a beautiful hill resort in Karnataka, Not much is known about the history of Coorg, however the region was ruled by Lingayat and Kodavas. In 1785, Tipu Sultan reined the region. Later Coorg came under the British. Overnight stay at hote.

DAY 17: Coorg
Full day

sightseeing tour of Coorg

. Coorg has a number of beautiful villages that present a picture post card look. There are a number of picnic spots in Coorg that include the beautiful Abbey Falls. Most of the wonderful places are located near Madikeri, the district headquarter, which is located at an altitude of over 5,000 feet above sea level. Tadevendamol, the highest peak in the region is best for trekking. The peak offers beautiful view of the Arabian Sea in the distance. Nagarhole National Park is an ideal place for wildlife enthusiasts. Coorg also has few temples that one can visit. Located on the confluence of the Cauvery and Sujyothi, the Bagamandala Temple is built in traditional Kerala style. The Omkareshwara Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is another beautiful temple that you can visit. The temple is about 200 years old.Raja's Seat, at a short distance from the center of the town is wonderful spot that presents panoramic view of the area. It is believed that kings of Kodagu used to come here to see the sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Coorg

DAY 18: Coorg - Bangalore 240 KMS 6 Hours Drive
Morning drive to Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore, proceed for a city tour and later transferred to airport to board flight for onward Journey.

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