Southern So-journ Tour 1

Southern So-journ Tour

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Day wise Itinerary
Day 01: Bangalore

On arrival transfer to the Hotel to relax. Later in the afternoon visit Lal Bagh- 240 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens, flowers abound, rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Glass House (built on the lines of London's Crystal Palace) covers 18000sq feet, Vidhana Soudha - built in 1954 in granite, this massive building houses the state Legislature and the Secretariat. Bull Temple-Dravidian-style temple, has a huge monolithic Bull is the vahana of Lord Shiva. Tipu-s summer Palace, and shopping at arts and Crafts Centre Emporium at M.G.Road. Overnight at Bangalore.

Day 02: Bangalore - Hospet

After breakfast drive to Hospet. On arrival check into hotel. The magnificent ruined city of Hampi, Karnataka once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire (One of the greatest empires in the history of India), comes alive during the lively festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November. Evening Witness the Cultural festival in the backdrop of Hampi temples. Night stay in Hospet.

Day 03: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet

Morning explore the beautiful world of Hospet. Visit Hampi, the site of the Medieval Vijaynagar Empire, (13 kms) is the most evocative of all the ruins in Karnataka. Evening Witness the Cultural festival in the backdrop of Hampi temples. Night stay in Hospet.

Day 04: Hospet - Hassan

After breakfast drive for Hassan. Check into hotel. Later visit Belur and halebid

The Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art showing variety of ornamental details and minute delicate carvings on the pillars and panels. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are masterpieces of Hindu art. Overnight at Hassan.

Day 05: Hassan - Mysore

After breakfast proceed to Mysore (120kms/3hrs), enroute visit famous Shravanabelagola a Jain Pilgrim centre and has a 17m high monolith statue of Jain Sage Gomateswara. Check into hotel. P.M. visit the Summer Palace, The Daria Daulat, and the Beautiful Wall Paintings, Vrindawan gardens. Overnight at Mysore.

Day 06: Mysore

Drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple that offers a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Later in the afternoon board. Shatabadi express train to Chennai. Arrive Chennai by 2200hrs and transfer to hotel.

Day 07: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast check out and proceed for a quick city tour, Visit the famous National Art Gallery and Museum. The museum remains closed on Friday. It has a selection of ancient paintings of almost all schools as well as section devoted to modern art. Visit the magnificent Fort St George and the St Mary-s Church. Also visit the San Thome Cathedral and the Mylapore Shiva Temple. Later drive to Mahabalipuram en route visiting terrific and marvellous temples at Kanchipuram, also called the golden city of thousand temples. Major temples to see at Kanchipuram are Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Kailashanathar Temple, Ekambareshwar Temple, etc, apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving hand loom industry and also known as Silk City since the main profession of the people living in and around is weaving silk saris; more than 5,000 families are engaged in this industry. Continue drive to Mahablipuram and check into hotel Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram lies on the Coromandel Coast which faces the Bay of Bengal. This is an elegant place to watch which a well established sea port was during the 7th and 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty. This was the second capital of the Pallavas who ruled Kanchipuram. Formerly, Mahabalipuram was known and called as Mahabalipuram. The former name of this place -Mahabalipuram- has a history. A very rude cruel king Mahabali reined this place and in a fierce battle king Mahabali was killed by Lord Vishnu and the place was named after the dead, arrogant kind Mahabali) Visit the Shore temple and afternoon is at leisure to relax at beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Mahabalipuram - Pondichery

After breakfast drive for Pondichery, arrive and check into hotel. P.M. visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram located on rue de la Marine, is one of the most well known and wealthiest ashrams in India, with devotees from across the world flocking to it for spiritual salvation. Auroville - or the -City of Dawn -- was conceived as a lay of research into the ideal of human unity by the Mother, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo also visit the heritage buildings etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Thanjavur

After breakfast drive to Thanjavur via Chidambaram - one of the most ancient and most celebrated of shrines in India. It is a great religious as well as historic and cultural significance, on arrival check into the hotel, Visit famous Brihadeeswara Temple - the foremost among the Great Living Chola temples. The temple is very popular among tourists. This city is also known for Tanjore Painting, a unique painting style. Other attractions in this city include the Royal Palace Complex, Shivganga Tank, Rajarajan Mani Mandapam, Rajarajan Museum, Mariamman Temple, etc. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Thanjavur - Trichy - Thanjavur

After breakfast excursion to Trichy. Visit the magnificent citadel - Rockfort. It houses many architectural structures such as Thayumanavar Temple, Ganesa Temple and Siva Temple. Other attractions include Teppakulam Tank, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Nadirshah Mosque, etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Thanjavur - Madurai

After breakfast drive to holy city of Madurai. On arrival check into hotel. Freshen up and relax. Enjoy sightseeing in and around Madurai covering the world famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. In the evening attend Aarati ceremonies (prayers) held at the Meenakshi Temple. Sound and Light Shows are also organized at the premise of the temple complex. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Madurai - Periyar

Have your breakfast at the morning. Continue the journey to Thekkady. It is the famous wild life sanctuary of South India. On arrival Check-in at the hotel. Periyar wild life sanctuary is the home of wild elephant, boar, deer, and more. In evening go to the lake from boat to watch wild animals. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Periyar

After taking hearty breakfast, go to see the amazing type of plants and animals. After that visit for species plantation like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. Return back to the hotel, local market is on the way. Take a visit of local market. Here can buy some perfume species. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Periyar - Cochin

Post breakfast drive to Cochin. P.M. visit fort Cochin, the Jewish Synagogue - built in 1568 AD contains Grand Scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates containing the privileges granted to the Jews by the Cochin rulers. The floor of the synagogue is paved with exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles. The Dutch Palace was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555 AD. 17th century murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana can be seen here. St Francis Church, built originally by the Portuguese in 1510 AD is believed to be the first church built by Europeans in India. Vasco da Gama was originally buried here. The Chinese fishing nets can be seen at the entrance of the harbor. The Chinese through trade contact taught this technique of catching fish. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Cochin - Alleppy

Transfer by surface to Alleppy, which is popularly known as the Venice of east. The place having large number of inland canals. Board the house boat.Kettuvallom or Houseboats (Rice boats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters which give a glimpse of paddy fields, toddy tapping.

Day 17: House Boat - Kovalam Beach

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s.A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmers, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minute. - Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 18: Kovalam- Cape Camorin-Kovalam

Morning, stroll down the beautiful beaches of Kovalam followed by journey to Cape Camorin. Visit Vivekananda Rock and Ashram, Amman Devi Temple and to see the 3 Seas meet over here (Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea) Sun Set from here is very scenic. Drive back to Kovalam in the evening . Overnight at your hotel.

Day 19: Kovalam - Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel

Day 20: Kovalam - Trivandrum - Departure

Transfer to airport to board flight to Trivandrum.
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