Early morning transfer to Chennai Railway station and take train to Bangalore (5 hrs). Tour the "Garden City," including a visit to Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, the Mysore Arts and Crafts Center, the bull temple, and the colorful and bustling markets.
Morning drive to Hassan enroute visiting Sravanabelagola (5 hrs). One has to climb 600 steps to reach the hilltop dominated by 1000 years old Gomateshwara statue. The statue is considered to be the tallest monolith (17 m) and most graceful sculptures of the world. Afternoon visit Belur and Halebid temples. The visual is often described as the jewel box of Hoysala temple architecture.
Morning excursion to Somnathpur (1 hr). Visit Keshava temple built in 1268 AD, richly adorned with carved friezes and sculptured images. Evening visit to Brindavan Gardens, with its many water features, including the musical fountains.
Arrive Chennai, upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai) 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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Chennai is a bustling city with a relaxed and friendly character. Our tour commence in the area around the 17th century Fort St. George, taking in St. Mary's Church where Clive of India was married, before a visit to the Government Museum to view the Chola bronzes. Finally we visit San Thome Catherdal, said to house the remains of the apostle. Thomas who is reputed to have brought Christianity to India in the 1st century AD. Later transfer to the International Airport to catch the flight for onward destination.