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The Great Grand South India Tour

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The Great Grand South India Tour - 19Days

Bangalore – Mysore – Coorg - Bekal – Calicut – Cochin – Periyar – Madurai – Tanjore – Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram - Chennai


South India is the country’s Dravidian heartland where great civilizations such as the ancient Chola Dynasty and the British Raj, have left a legacy of temples, forts, palaces and graceful cities.

Begin your tour with witnessing the cultural sites in Bangalore & Mysore. Bangalore is the fastest growing Metropolitan city and is also known as “City of gardens”. Thereafter, travel to the ancient dynastic capital and “Sandalwood city” of Mysore famous for its palaces, monuments and Mausoleums.

Then, head to explore the Scotland of India – Coorg / Kadagu a wonderful place to rewind .This quaint and tiny town also known as Madekri from the British rule time has the old world charm and is one of the biggest producer of coffee.

Heading to the God’s own country – Kerala , visit places like Bekal , Calicut,Cochin & Periyar where you will experience great variety of natural landscapes, jungle, bright green paddies, lines of coconut trees and rugged coast. Life has a slow pace here: take the boat ride on Periyar Lake, relax on the serene beaches or soak up the architectural styles of Fort Cochin.

During the last phase of our great south India tour, we will visit the ornate Hindu temples and colorful bazaars of Tamil Nadu – a sacred state brimming with the ritualistic dance customs and traditional festivals.

Highlights

  • Visit Bangalore Palace, Nandi Temple and witness evening Aarti at Iskcon Temple in Bangalore
  • Captivate yourself with magnificent and immense Mysore Palace
  • Visit the coffee estate in Coorg
  • Visit the stunning magical beaches of Bekal
  • Witness in and around in the traditional capital of Northern Kerala (Calicut)
  • Explore Periyar wildlife sanctuary
  • Discover great Meenakshi Temple of Madurai
  • Visit the French town in Pondicherry
  • Visit the shore temple and relax near beach in Mahabalipuram

From 1,650 USD per person, based on double/twin sharing room.

Tour cost includes:
  • Transfers and ground transports (private vehicle with and English speaking driver)
  • Flights and/or trains as mentioned in the program
  • Accommodation: twin/double room in standard hotels
  • Breakfast


  • Tour Cost does not include:
  • Any International Airfare / Airport taxes
  • Lunches and Dinner are not included unless mentioned
  • Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, and hotel lobby.
  • Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc
  • Visa charges are not the part of the tour package
  • Repatriation fees, should they be required
  • Optional activities
  • Any others expenses
  • Day 1 - Arrive Bangalore

    Arrive at the Bangalore airport and check in to the hotel. The day is at leisure to relax or take a tour of Nandi Temple and spend a spiritual evening in Iskcon Temple witnessing Aarti. Overnight will be at Bangalore.

    Day 2 - Bangalore to Mysore By road 150kms / 4hrs

    Post breakfast, start Bangalore Sightseeing tour. Visit Vidhana Soudha (State Legislature), the 240-acre Lalbagh Botanical Gardens with many centuries-old trees and different species of plants and the Bangalore Fort. Later start your drive to Mysore. On the way to Mysore, visit Srirangapatna, Somnathpur and the temple of Kesava. Upon arrival in Mysore, check in to the hotel. Relax in the evening and retire early for the night. Overnight will be at Mysore.

    Day 3 - In Mysore

    After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, start with your full day guided tour of Mysore, which will first take you to Chamundeshwarari Temple and magnificent Mysore Palace. After that, visit Brindavan Gardens and enjoy light fountain show. Overnight will be at Mysore.

    Day 4 - Mysore to Coorg By road 120kms / 4hrs

    After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive to Coorg en route visiting the largest colonies of Tibetans Bylakupee. Reach Coorg and check in to the hotel. Afterwards, you can walk through the coffee plantations and see the way the coffee beans are prepared for refinement. Coorg is also famous for honey, so if you have a sweet tooth you can buy the best honey available in India. Rest of the evening is free to explore on your own. Overnight will be at Coorg.

    Day 5 - Coorg to Bekal By road 130kms / 4hrs

    After breakfast, explore the Maidekeri village by visiting the coffee plantations and the orchards; there is a fort on top of a hill that overlooks the town. Later, visit the temple of Lord Omkareswara. Afterwards, drive to Bekal and upon arrival check in to the hotel. The evening is free to explore on your own. Overnight will be Bekal.

    Day 6 - Bekal to Calicut By road 190kms / 4hrs

    After breakfast, visit the Bekal fort and later drive to Calicut. Reach Calicut and check in at the hotel. Later, you can go to the beach and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight will be at Calicut.

    Day 7 - In Calicut

    The best way to capture the essence of Calicut is to be present at the Dolphin’s point, early in the morning! Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later visit the Manchirra Square- the marine life aquarium and explore the local cotton industry. Afterwards, witness Kalarippayattu’ martial arts performance at the Hindustan Kalari Sangam. Evening is at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight will be at Calicut.

    Day 8 - Calicut to Cochin By road 185kms / 6hrs

    After breakfast, begin your drive to Cochin en route visiting the Elephant farm at Guruvayoor. Reach Cochin and transfer to your hotel. Retire early for the night. Overnight will be at Cochin.

    Day 9 - In Cochin

    Breakfast will be at the hotel. Afterwards, begin the sightseeing tour of Cochin which includes The Santa Cruz Cathedral, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry or “Dutch Palace” and the famous St. Francis Church- the first European Church that was built in India. Later, head to the harbor where local fishermen use the old Chinese fishing nets introduced centuries ago. In the evening, enjoy traditional Kathakali dance performances or a kaleidoscope of martial arts and traditional dance forms of Kerala. Overnight will be at Cochin.

    Day 10 - Cochin to Periyar By road 145kms / 4hrs

    After breakfast, begin your drive to Periyar. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you will enjoy the boat ride at Lake Periyar. This is the most enjoyable part - seeing the wildlife around the lake in a boat. From the safety of a boat you can witness herds of wild elephants coming down to the water. Overnight will be at Periyar.

    Day 11 - In Periyar

    Early morning, proceed for jungle walk experience at Periyar National Park. You will see the rare species of plants and animals. The ‘experience’ will be customized as per your preference depending on how many hours you want to spend in the park. Return to resort for the breakfast. In the afternoon, visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back to the hotel, you can stop at the local Kumily market to buy the fragrant spices. Overnight will be in Periyar.

    Day 12 - Periyar to Madurai By road 145kms / 5hrs

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast drive towards Madurai. Reach Madurai and check in to the hotel. In the evening, witness the daily ‘Aarti Ceremony’ at the famous Meenakshi Temple during which an icon of Shiva is delivered by worshippers to the shrine of his wife to rest for the night. Overnight will be at Madurai.

    Day 13 - In Madurai

    Enjoy leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Madurai. Start tour with a visit to the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple dedicated to Shiva’s wife Parvati (also known as Meenakshi). Afterwards, visit the weaver’s colony to learn how the famous Madurai cotton is woven, creating some of India’s most beautiful saris. Later, visit the Gandhi Museum and witness the sound and light show at Thirumalai Nayak Mahal. The evening is free to explore the colorful market of Madurai before returning to hotel. Overnight will be at Madurai.

    Day 14 - Madurai to Tanjore via Trichy By road 150kms / 5hrs

    After breakfast, begin your day driving to Tanjore en route visiting the town of Trichy. Visit Srirangam, an island that houses the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple- dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. Next, visit the Rock Fort, a well-known landmark in Trichy on 84 m high rock, attracting a large number of tourists. An added attraction in this fort is an ancient temple, called Lalitankura Pallaveswaram that was built during the reign of the Pallava rulers. Reach Tanjore and check in to the hotel. Overnight will be at Tanjore.

    Day 15 - Tanjore to Pondicherry By road 177kms / 5hrs

    After breakfast, visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort built during the 10th century by the great Chola king Rajaraja Chola I. Later travel towards Tanjore en route visiting Gangai Cholapuram and Darasuram. Reach Pondicherry and transfer to the hotel. Later on, in the evening enjoy walking in the French town. Overnight will be at Pondicherry.

    Day 16 - Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram By road 177kms / 5hrs

    After breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Pondicherry and visit the commune of Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the French colonial town. The serenity and peacefulness of these places are something well worth experiencing. Later travel towards Mahabalipuram. Reach Mahabalipuram and transfer to the hotel. The evening is free to enjoy the beach. Overnight will be at Mahabalipuram.

    Day 17 - In Mahabalipuram

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram with a visit to the 7th-century Sea Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens, followed by an exploration of the celebrated bas-relief at Arjuna’s Penance and the Five Rathas. The evening is free to relax on the beach. Overnight will be at Mahabalipuram.

    Day 18 - Mahabalipuram to Chennai By road 60kms / 2hrs

    Post breakfast, drive to Chennai. On the way, stop at Kanchipuram, housing one of the most well-known temples of the southern part of India. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the Chola rulers. Visit the various temples including the most well-known one - the vSri Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of Goddess Parvati. Reach Chennai and transfer to the hotel. The evening is free to relax on the beach. Overnight will be at Chennai.

    Day 19 - Chennai Departure

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed for short sightseeing tour of Chennai which includes a visit to the historical fort of St. George, one of the English East India Company’s first bases in India and drive past Marina beach before driving to the airport. As per your flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight back home with sweet memories of the tour. TOUR ENDS !

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