Day 02: Bangalore
Iskcon TempleMorning breakfast and full Day city tour, visiting to, Iskcon Temple - Built in an ornate architectural style, the Krishna Temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony, Vidhana Soudha - An imposing edifice housing the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka, this is one of the best-known landmarks of Bangalore, Tipu's Palace - Built in 1791, Tipu Sultan's summer retreat is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with fluted pillars, cusped arches and balconies. It now houses a museum that contains artefacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime, Bangalore Palace - Modelled on the lines of the Windsor Castle in England, the Bangalore Palace flaunts turreted parapets, battlements, fortified towers and arches. Entry to the palace is restricted. Lalbagh Gardens - Take a stroll in this 240-acre park, which is home to India's largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants, as well as many centuries-old trees. A surreal lawn surrounded by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, an ornamental clock, a beautiful lake, a topiary park, a charming wooden bandstand and a glasshouse modelled on London's Crystal Palace. Return back to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 03: Bangalore - Mysore (140 Kms - 03 Hrs)
Brindvan GardenMorning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Mysore, enroute visit Srirangapatna - Island fortress of Tippu Sultan, the legendary Tiger of Mysore who put up a valiant fight against British domination, Tippu's Summer Palace, Ranganatha Temple, Bird Sanctuary, etc., on arrival Check into a hotel, Evening visit Chamundi Hills - Perched atop a hill 13 kms. outside Mysore city is the temple of Chamundeshwari, the patron deity of the Wodeyars. The 4.8 metre tall monolith of Nandi and the gigantic Mahishasura statue are added attractions. Brindavan Garden -the famous gardens at the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam after sundown, when musical fountains and colored lights transform this place into a magical fairyland and return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 04: Mysore - Ooty (180 Kms - 05 Hrs)
Madumalai National ParkMorning breakfast and checkout and proceed to Ooty, enroute visit Bandipur - tread the path of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore with a visit to Bandipur, about 80km south of Mysore on the Mysore - Ooty Road. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role, you might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrubland vegetation and Madumalai National Park - The most prominent of the wildlife sanctuaries in the Tamilnadu state, as well as one of the most important in the southern region, thickly forested Mudumalai borders the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka and the Wayanad Sanctuary in Kerala. Apart from the wide range of animal and bird life, the rich fauna of this sanctuary has made Mudumalai very popular with wildlife enthusiasts. On arrival at Ooty, check in to a hotel, evening free and overnight.
Day 05: Ooty
Rose GardenMorning breakfast and proceed for full Day sight seeing covering Ooty Mini Garden - a t about one kilometre distance Tourist can visit this mini garden (Children's Lake Garden) which is on the way to Boat House. Children's amusement park is housed here. Lalith kala Academy - It is situated about 2 kms., from Udhagamandalam in the main Mysore road. It has various collections of contemporary paintings and sculptures all over from India. Rose Garden - It is located just 3/4 kms. away from Charring Cross. It lies with 10 acres of land with 1919 variety of roses. Also visit Elk Hill, Green Valley View and Snowden Peak but the most prominent is the Dodabetta Peak which is the highest point in the district at a height of 2623m. Provided the Day is clear, one can see as far as the plains of Coimbatore and the Mysore plateau. Return back to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 06: Ooty - Cochin (320 Kms - 08 Hrs)
St.Francis ChurchMorning breakfast and check out of the hotel/resort and proceed to Cochin. On arrival check into resort. Lunch and halfway Sightseeing City tour to Cochin St. Francis Church - these centuries old church at Fort Kochi was originally built completely of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry. It was restored in 1779 by the Protestant Dutch, converted to an Anglican Church by the British in 1795 and is at present governed by the Church of South India. Pierce Leslie Bungalow - this charming mansion was the office of Pierce Leslie and Co., coffee merchants, founded in 1862. A representative of the Fort Kochi colonial bungalow, this building reflects Portuguese, Dutch and local influences. Characteristic features are wood panels that form the roof of the ground floor, arched doorways, carved doors and sprawling rooms. Waterfront verandahs are an added attraction. Loafer's Corner/Princess Street - One of the earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, Princess Street with its European style residences still retains its old world charm. The best view of this quaint street can be had from Loafer's Corner, the traditional meeting place and hangout of the jovial funloving people of the area. Return back to resort, dinner and overnight.
Day 07: Cochin
Fort KochiMorning breakfast and full Day city sightseeing, visit to Maritime Museum - The Maritime Museum, located at INS Dronacharya in Kochi throws light on the genesis, history, evolution and landmarks of the Indian Navy. Indo-Portuguese Museum - The museum toDay is an important center to understand the Indo-Portuguese Christian Art heritage, which is still surviving. The museum is the outcome of the untiring efforts of the late Dr. Joseph Kureethra, Bishop of Kochi. Fort Kochi - The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European township in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century. Vasco da Gama Square - An ideal place to watch fishermen use these nets is the Vasco da Gama square, a narrow promenade along the beach. The square, which has numerous stalls serving fresh delicious seafood, tender coconut and so on, is also perfect for a nice, relaxed evening. Willingdon Island - Named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The island is the site of the city's best hotels and trading centres, the Port Trust and the headquarters of the southern naval command. Bolghatty Island - This lush, lovely island is famous for its palace of the same name. The Bolghatty Palace, built in 1744 by the Dutch and later taken over by the British. Evening return to resort, dinner and overnight.
Day 07: Cochin - Kumarakom (85 Kms - 02 Hrs)
Vembanad LakeMorning breakfast and check out of the resort and proceed to Kumarakom and check into Houseboat. The house boat takes you around the backwater and visit The Vembanad Lake - The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. Overnight in the houseboat ( all meals are served in the houseboat).
Day 08: Kumarakom - Thekkady (125 Kms - 03 Hrs)
Periyar Wildlife SanctuaryMorning breakfast and check out of the Houseboat and proceed to Thekkady. On arrival check in to the resort, lunch and relax. Later in the afternoon visit to The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - The pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature's splendor and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. After visiting Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary return back to the resort, dinner and overnight
Day 09: Thekkady - Madurai (140 Kms - 03 Hrs)
Vagai DamBreakfast, checkout of the resort and proceed to Madurai - Known as the Athens of the East, Madurai, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. An ancient city, more than 2,500 years old, Madurai is believed to have been built by the Pandyan King Kulasekara in the 6th century BC. On arrival check in to the hotel. Lunch and evening free to relax. Overnight.
Day 10: Madurai
Koodal Azhagar TempleMorning breakfast and proceed for a full Day sightseeing, land of temples in South India, Meenakshi Temple - Located at the heart of the city, the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. For the people of Madurai, the temple is the very centre of their cultural and religious life. Thirumalai Nayak Mahal - The palace of Tirumalai Nayak is about 1 km away from the temple. This Indo-Saracenic building was constructed in 1523 and was originally four times as large as it is toDay. There is no other building in Madurai which can better illustrate the architectural style of the Nayaks. The Gandhi Museum - the old palace is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, Koodal Azhagar Temple - This ancient shrine has Vishnu in sitting, standing and reclining postures one above the other. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Madurai - Tiruchinapally (160 Kms - 04 Hrs)
SrirangamMorning breakfast and check out of the hotel and proceed to Tiruchinappalli - now called Trichy is situated on the banks of the Cauvery river. Trichy, the fourth largest city in the state was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. On arrival check into the hotel, lunch and half Day sightseeing, visit to Rock Fort - the view from the fort is spectacular. The Vinayaka temple at the top is reached by climbing a tunnel in rock. Half way up is the Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Siva. It has a 100-pillar hall and a Vimana covered with gold. On the southern face of the rock are several beautifully carved rock-cut cave temples of the Pallava period. Tiruvanaikkaval (7 kms.) - the temple here has a Siva lingam almost submerged in water, which flows from a subterranean spring in the sanctum sanctorum. Srirangam - The most important pilgrim center in the district is located in an island just 5kms from Trichy. Srirangam, surrounded by the waters of the Cauvery on one side and its tributary Kollidam on the other, is a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganatha Temple. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Tiruchinapally - Tanjavur - Tiruchinapally (60 Kms - 01 Hr Each Way)
TanjavurMorning breakfast and proceed for a Day trip to Tanjavur - Scenically one of the most enchanting districts in the state, green, airy, Tanjavur lies to the east of Trichy and has the reputation as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. It is not surprising that the great Cholas chose Tanjavur as the location of some of their most magnificent creations, since this now small city once occupied the proud position as their capital and most treasured territory. Sri Bragadeeswarar Temple - b uilt by the great Chola King, Rajaraja.1 in the 10th century AD is an outstanding example of Chola architecture. The Palace - t he Palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas, Art Gallery : In the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Return back to Tiruchinappalli. Dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Tiruchinapally - Mamallapuram (300 Kms - 08 Hrs)
MamallapuramMorning breakfast and checkout of the hotel and proceed to Mamallapuram - Though it is no longer a port, Mamallapuram has retained its fame, thanks to the great Pallava artisans. It is among the most outstanding examples of Dravidian art and architecture and the jewel in the crown of the Pallava contribution to Tamil Nadu. In a land that is liberally strewn with some of the best in temple art, Mamallapuram holds its own, and stands as a silent yet eloquent witness to the glory of its creators and sculptors. Unfortunately most of the work was left incomplete, and time and natural have also eroded the remains of this once great port. On arrival check in to the hotel /Beach resort. Rest of the Day free and overnight.
Day 14: Mamallapuram
Crocodile BankMorning breakfast and full Day sight seeing, visit to Caves - there are nine rock cut cave temples. The Mahishasuramardhini cave, contrasting the goddess fighting a demon on one side, and Lord Vishnu's cosmic sleep on the other, is a particularly remarkable one. Krishna Mandapam: This cave has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The panel relates one of the stories of Lord Krishna. Bas-Relief .- The World's largest bas relief measuring 27m X 9m is the pride of Mamallapuram. This huge whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, birds and infact, representatives of the entire creation. Five Rathas - t hese rock-cut temples are rated as excellent example of Pallava art. Shaped in different styles, the five structures are named after the Pandava brothers of Mahabharatha and Draupadi. These are monolithic temples, each created in a different style, They are also known as the Pancha Pandava Rathas, and the fort of the rathas are supposed to have been scooped out of a single rock formation. The Shore Temple - t his is one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th Century AD and is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. Crocodile Bank - About 5000 Crocodiles representing 6 species and other reptiles are reared here. Return back to the hotel/resort, dinner and overnight.