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South India Holidays

The 'Exclusive South India Tour' offers visit to magnificent rock temples in Mahabalipuram and rock-fort. This tour covers almost all the major cities and towns of the South India. One can buy bronze and handicrafts at Tanjore. Visit the great Meenakshi Temple and enjoy excursion to Sravanbelagola and Belur and Halebid.

Destinations Covered: Chennai (Madras) - Madurai - Mysore - Hampi - Mahabalipuram - Periyar - Belur - Badami - Kanchipuram - Cochin - Halebid - Goa - Trichy - Bangalore Hospet - Bombay
Tour Package Duration: 18 Days

Day 1: Departure from Country

Departure from your own Country.

Day 2: Arrive Chennai

Transfer to hotel after arrival at Chennai. Overnight stay at Chennai.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram

Full day tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Drive to Kanchipuram (64 km from Chennai) - ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are main attractions. Kanchipuram is also popular for its silks. 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. Evening transfer to rail-station for Trichy night train. Night on board.

Day 4: Arrive Trichy

Morning arrive at Trichy and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Trichy - the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight stay at Trichy.

Day 5: Madurai

Drive to Madurai visiting Tanjore on the way. The beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara of Tanjore is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight stay at Madurai.

Day 6: Madurai

Morning visit to great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - a gracious building in the Indo-saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes and arches. Visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon is free. Overnight stay at Madurai.

Day 7: Periyar

Morning drive to Periyar - earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extends to 777 square km and forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life like elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys etc. can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motorboat. Overnight stay at Periyar.

Day 8: Cochin

Morning drive to Cochin. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 9: Cochin

Morning tour of Cochin - Vasco-de-Gama, Jewish Synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Afternoon is free. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 10: Bangalore

Morning transfer to airport for Bangalore flight. Arrive and drive directly to Mysore. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 11: Mysore

Morning tour of Mysore - palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12, Art Gallery; Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. See the Nandi Bull on the way back. Afternoon is free. Overnight stay at Mysore.

Day 12: Belur - Halebid

Full day tour of Belur and Halebid - Chenna Kesava Temple of Belur (built 900 years ago), Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara Temples. On the way visit Sravanbelgola, a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 km is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara, which is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years.

Day 13: Hospet - Hampi

Morning drive to Hospet. Visit Hampi - once a beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire, greater than Rome had palaces, temples and sculptures, spread all over. The Sultanates of South razed the city to ground in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen's Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple and Lotus Mahal.

Day 14: Badami

Morning drive to Badami. Stop at Aihole and Pattadakal on the way. Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the southern Dravida School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti Temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha Temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling.

Day 15: Badami

Morning tour of Badami. Badami is also known as Vatapi and rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury and a watchtower. The Malegitti Shivalaya Temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar.

Day 16: Goa

Morning drive to Goa.

Day 17: Goa

Kindly inform us the number of days you wish to stay in Goa.

Day 18: Flight for Bombay

Transfer to airport for Bombay flight. Arrive at the domestic airport. Transfer to the city centre. Later in the evening transfer to international airport.

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