South India Grand Tour

South India Grand Tour
Duration 27 Nights / 28 Days
Places Covered Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Kovalam – Alleppey – Thekkady – Cochin – Ooty – Mysore – Hassan – Hospet – Badami - Goa HighLights : Architectural wonders of Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hassan, UNESCO Heritage sites of Tanjore, Hampi, Beaches of Goa
Tour Highlights Architectural wonders of Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hassan, UNESCO Heritage sites of Tanjore, Hampi, Beaches of Goa


Day 01: Arrive Chennai & transfer to Mahabalipuram

Assistance on arrival in Chennai airport transfer to Mahabalipuram check into Hotel rest of the day free and relax in the beach overnight in Mahabalipuram 

Day 02: Mahabalipuram Tour

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 overnight  at Mahabalipuram

Day 03: Kanchipuram Excursion

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 04: Mahabalipuram – Tanjore 

After breakfast leave for Tanjore enroute Kumbakonam, visit Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram temple later check into hotel rest of the day free overnight in Tanjore

Day 05: Tanjore 

Morning tour of Tanjore visit the Brahadeeswara temple which was built by Chola King Raja Raja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture, listed in world heritage monuments and also visit the Tanjore Palace which was constructed in 16th Century and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers after noon free overnight in Tanjore

Day 06: Tanjore – Trichy

after breakfast leave for Trichy enroute Kalanai witness the green paddy fields later check into your hotel after noon the Srirangam Temple, superb temple complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and is probably the largest in India, later visit Rock Fort Temple – dedicated to Lord Ganesha and explore the market area around the temple overnight in Trichy 

Day 07: Trichy – Madurai

After breakfast leave for Madurai check into hotel evening witness the temple ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple overnight in Madurai

Day 08: Madurai 

Madurai, Madurai – one of the oldest cities in South India and has been a centre of learning & pilgrimage for centuries visit Sri Meenakshi temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India and also visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace evening explore the flower market around the temple overnight in Madurai

Day 09: Madurai – Kovalam

After breakfast leave for Kovalam check into your beach resort rest of the day free on the beach overnight in Kovalam

Day 10: Kovalam

Day free and relax in the beach overnight in Kovalam

Day 11: Kovalam – Alleppey

After breakfast leave for Alleppey board your houseboat at 12.30pm cruise into the canals of Vembanad Lake to witness the traditional Keralan village life remind unchanged for many years here your crew will prepare you delicious Keralan meal on board overnight in Houseboat

Day 12: Kumarakom – Thekkady 

After breakfast disembark from the houseboat at 9.00am drive to Thekkady check into your hotel after noon boat ride on the lake of Periyar to watch the wildlife chances of seeing the wildlife and take spice plantations tour you will actually see the spices of Kerala in its natural habitat overnight in Thekkady

Day 13: Thekkady

Morning take bullock cart ride to visit farmlands of a village hidden in the valley behind the mountains of Periyar Tiger Reserve after noon free overnight in Thekkady

Day 14: Thekkady – Cochin

After breakfast leave for Cochin check into your hotel evening witness the Kathakali dance show – traditional dance of Kerala overnight in Cochin

Day 15: Cochin

Morning tour of Fort Cochin including St. Francis Church – first European Church in India, Chinese Fishing nets – introduced by Chinese traders long ago still available in Kerala backwaters still available in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing and explore the Jew Town and spice markets after noon free overnight in Cochin

Day 16: Cochin – Ooty

After breakfast leave for Ooty enroute take toy train journey from Coonoor at 4.30pm enjoy the scenic beauty of the Nilgiri hills arrive Ooty at 5.45pm transfer to your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Ooty

Day 17: Ooty

Day tour of Ooty visiting botanical garden, Totabetta peak, and explore the tea plantations that spread as green carpet over the mountains overnight in Ooty

Day 18: 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 19: Somnathpur Excursion

Day excursion to Somnathpur visit the Hoysala temples overnight in Mysore

Day 20: Mysore – Hassan

After breakfast leave for Hassan check into your hotel enroute visit Sravanabelagola rest of the day free overnight in Hassan

Day 21: Hassan

Day visiting Belur and Halebid Hoysala temple overnight in Hassan

Day 22: Hassan – Hospet

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

Day 23: Hospet

Day tour of Hampi visiting the World heritage sites listed in UNESCO overnight in Hospet

Day 24: Hospet – Badami

After breakfast leave for Badami check into your hotel after noon tour of Badami – Badami also known as Vatapi well exemplifies the rock cut cave temples, the gateways, the inscriptions on the pillars and structures well crafted. The city was founded by Pulkeshin I, The lion King under whom the city was transformed into a centre of rock cut caves along with Aihole and Pattadakal visit the remarkable temples at Aihole and Pattadakal Aihole was the first Chalukyan capital and is regarded as the birthplace of Indian temple architecture overnight Badami

Day 25: Badami – Goa

Drive to Goa check into your Beach resort rest of the day free overnight in Goa

Day 26 & 27: Goa

Day free at your discretion overnight in Goa

Day 28: Goa – Mumbai

Transfer to Goa airport for your flight to Mumbai and connect your flight back home

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