South India Rail Tour

South India Rail Tour
Duration 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Cochin – Mettupalayam – Ooty – Mysore – Bangalore – Chennai
Tour Highlights Temples of Kanchipuram & Madurai, Kovalam Beach, Train journeys, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Mysore Palace

Day 01: Chennai

Assistance on arrival in Chennai airport and transfer to your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Chennai 

Day 02: Mahabalipuram Tour

Day excursion to Kanchipuram – one of the seven sacred cities in India, visit the Temples of Kanchipuram, includes Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal temple and Ekambareshwarar Temple later drive back to Mahabalipuram overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Chennai – Madurai by Train

Morning visit Dakshinachitra, a museum that preserves actual houses of different communities & village craftsmen from the four southern states of Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh , Karnataka & Kerala and after noon visit Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance – biggest bas relief in the world and leisure walk to Five Rathas witness the craftsmen making statues evening transfer to Chennai Egmore Railway station board Pandyan Express Train to Madurai overnight in Train Travel by 1st Class Air Conditioned Sleeper

Day 04: Madurai

Arrive Madurai railway junction at 06:15am transfer to your hotel after some rest afternoon visit the Sri Meenakshiamman Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva. Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – A gracious building in the Indo Saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches overnight in Madurai

Day 05: Madurai – Kanyakumari by Train

Morning visit Tiruparankundram and Vandiyur Mariamman Tank after noon board train to Kanyakumari arrive Nagarkoil Station at 09.00pm transfer to your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Kanyakumari 

Day 06: Kanyakumari – Kovalam

 
Early morning witness the Spectacular sunrise and visit Vivekananda Memorial and Tiruvalluvar statue after breakfast drive to Kovalam rest of the day free and relax in the beach overnight in Kovalam 

Day 07: Kovalam

Kovalam is well known for its beautiful sandy beaches and palm fringed coconut trees, full day free to relax on the beach Overnight in Kovalam 

Day 08: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Cochin by Train

After breakfast transfer to Trivandrum railway station board train to Cochin travel by air conditioned chair car arrive Ernakulam junction and transfer to your hotel after noon tour of Fort Cochin visiting Jewish synagogue, Dutch Palace, Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church evening watch the performance of Kathakali Dance Show overnight in Cochin

Day 09: Cochin – Mettupalayam 

After breakfast drive to Mettupalayam check into your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Mettupalayam

Day 10: Mettupalayam – Ooty by Nilgiri Mountain Railway

After breakfast transfer to Mettupalayam Railway station board your toy train departs 07.20am travel by 1st Class Chair Car, enjoy the scenic beauty of Nilgiri Hills arrive Ooty at 12.00pm transfer to your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Ooty 

Day 11: Ooty Tour

Day tour of Ooty visiting Botanical Garden, Totabetta Peak, explore the tea plantations that spread as green carpet over the mountains overnight in Ooty

Day 12: Ooty – Mysore

After breakfast leave for Mysore check into your hotel after noon visit Maharaja’s Palace and visit the colorful Devraja Fruit and Flower market overnight in Mysore

Day 13: Somnathpur Excursion

Day excursion to Somnathpur visit the Hoysala temples overnight in Mysore

Day 14: Mysore – Bangalore

 
After breakfast leave for Bangalore check into your hotel after noon visit Bull Temple, Vidhan Soudha and Iskcon Temple evening explore MG Road, option for shopping overnight in Bangalore 

Day 15: Bangalore – Chennai by Super Fast Shatabdi Express

Transfer to Bangalore railway station board your Super Fast Shatabdi Express to Chennai on arrival in Chennai transfer to airport for your flight back home

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