Duration: 13 Nights & 14 Days
Destinations: Chennai (Madras) -Madurai -Periyar -Trivandram - Cochin- Bangalore - Mysore - Chennai
Day 01: Arrive Chennai. On arrival our representatives will meet and assist you at the airport and help you transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 : Morning a full day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas, famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks weaving industry. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for its temples including the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples, which are examples of the Dravidian style of Architecture.
Day 03: A sight seeing tour today takes you to the interesting sights of Chennai, visit the Museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort museum, Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral and Snake Park. Later in the evening, transfer to the railway station for the night train to Madurai. Overnight on board the train.
Day 04: Morning, arrive at Madurai and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, visit the 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 & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 05: Morning drive to Periyar National Park. Set up in 1934,it extends to 777 square km & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motorboat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight Periyar.
Day 06: Drive to Trivandrum viewing the scenic beauty enroute. Kerala is lush green and is full of lakes and water. Overnight at Trivandrum.
Day 07: Day free in Trivandrum or optional tours to Cape Comorin (Kanya Kumari - the southern most part of India) or nearby places like Kovalam beach, etc.
Day 08: Morning drive to Cochin visiting the interesting Kerala villages enroute.
Day 09: Morning tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue , Portuguese churches, mosques & Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Checkout at 1200 hrs. Transfer to the railway station for the night train to Bangalore. Night on board the train.
Day 10: Morning arrive at Bangalore and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon enjoy a city tour. In this Garden City - visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja's Palace & Government Buildings. Overnight in Bangalore.
Day 11: Morning drive to Mysore. Afternoon free. Overnight at Mysore.
Day 12: Morning visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911 - 1912. The palace is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures, which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive up to Chamundi hill to see the Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight in Mysore.
Day 13: Morning free. Transfer to the railway station to board the Express Train to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 14 : Early morning meeting and assistance at the Hotel and transfer to the airport for your journey back home.
Your hotel room will be retained till 12 noon of Day 14.