BANGALORE - MYSORE - OOTY - KOCHI - ALAPPUZHA - PERIYAR - MADURAI - THANJAVUR - PUDUCHERRY - MAMALLAPURAM - CHENNAI TOUR.
This 13 days holiday package covering Karnataka & Kerala takes you to monuments, temples, mountains, beaches and wildlife. This travel package covers the best cities to visit in Kerala & Karnataka. The highly recommended travel agency for South India Services International Ltd offers you the best luxury holiday packages for Kerala.
Day 01 : - Arrive Bengaluru.
On your arrival in Bengaluru also known as Bangalore, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Your South Indian luxury vacation starts from here. Bangalore is the Silicon Valley of India and is one of the top preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. The story goes that a 12th century king lost his way and met a poor woman who offered him boiled beans. The grateful king named the place "benda-kaal-uru" which means town of boiled beans. Bangalore is also an important place for classical music and dance. Overnight is in Bangalore
Day 02 :- Bengaluru to Mysore by road.
This morning you will be enjoying a tour of Bangalore. Your morning sightseeing tour of Bengaluru also known as "Garden City of India" will take you to Lal Bagh, Maharaja's Palace, etc. The Lal Bagh started by Hyder Ali and finished by his son Tipu Sultan has India's largest collection of tropical plants - over a 1000 species of flora. The construction of the Bangalore Palace started in 1862 was completed in 1944 and looks similar to the Windsor Castle in England. Drive past different Government buildings. After the Bengaluru tour, you will drive to Mysore. Overnight is in Mysore.
Day 03 :- Mysore.
Mysore also known as Mysooru was the capital of the Mysore Princely Kingdom and is known as the city of palaces and quite famous for its Dussehra festival. Mysore was ruled by the Wadiyars excepting for some time in the 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruled this place. The Wadiyars were great patrons of art and culture which benefitted the cultural growth of the city, due to which Mysore is called the Cultural capital of Karnataka.
The morning city tour of Mysore will take you to the Mysore Palace with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures. Appreciate the exhibits at the Art Gallery. You will drive to the Chamundi hill to visit the Chamundeshwari Temple. From the hill enjoy the panoramic view of the city of Mysore and on return visit the Nandi bull. Your afternoon is at leisure or you could take an optional tour of Krishnarajasagar and the Brindavan Gardens. Mysore is a good place for buying the famous "Mysore silk". Overnight is in Mysore.
Day 04 :- Mysore to Ooty by road.
Today you will drive to Ooty, also known as Ootacamund or Udagamandalam. Ooty is also known as the Queen of Nilgiris or The Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains name comes from the blue smoky haze given off by the eucalyptus trees and also from the kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish color. Ooty was developed by one of the British Governors of Coimbatore Lord John Sullivan who encouraged the people to grow tea and teak trees. It is said that Snooker was invented by a British army officer - Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald Chamberlain.
You have an afternoon at leisure for visiting Ooty. Ooty offers mountains, lakes, forests, grasslands, miles of tea gardens and thousands of eucalyptus trees. The Government rose garden has thousands of varieties of roses. The Ooty Botanical Gardens has more than a thousand species of plants. St. Stephen's Church is one of the oldest churches of this area. The other places of interest are the Wax Museum, Tribal Museum, Deer Park, etc. Nilgiri Mountain Railway is an extension to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and the Mettupalayam to Ooty rail journey offers spectacular views of the Nilgiris and is worth the trip. Overnight is in Ooty.
Day 05 :-Ooty to Kochi by road.
Today you have a long drive to Kochi also known as Cochin. In Kochi you have time at leisure for exploring the city. Kochi earlier known as Cochin is referred as the Queen of Arabian Sea. Kochi has remained the popular centre in across the world for the trade of spices for number of centuries. The name of the city comes from Malayalam term “Kochazhi” that actually means small lagoon. Kochi was put on the world map by Vasco-de-Gama. The Arabs, Portuguese, British, Dutch, all have left their impression on the history of Kochi. In the evening, you could enjoy a Kathakali dance show. Overnight is in Kochi.
Day 06 :- Kochi to Alappuzha by road.
Today morning you will drive to Alappuzha which was earlier known as Alleppey or Venice of the East. The city is crisscrossed with canals and offers you backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. A cruise in the backwaters is an unforgettable experience. Kuttanad with continuous paddy fields and lush green coconut palms is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. This is one of the few places in the world where rice is cultivated below sea level.
Your afternoon is at leisure to this beautiful city. The Kerala backwaters are a network of large lakes linked by canals and fed by rivers. The backwaters are formed because of the waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands. Here you will embark a houseboat known as kettuvallam. Thatched roof covers provide protection from the sun and rain. The boats are like floating cottages with a sleeping area, toilets, dining area and a sit out on the deck. The food is cooked on board by staff. Overnight is on board the houseboat.
Day 07 :- Alappuzha to Periyar by road.
Today morning you will drive to Periyar animal sanctuary which is also known as Thekkady. Periyar is famous as an Elephant and Tiger Reserve and shelters various animals like Bengal Tiger, Indian elephant, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur, monkeys, etc. It has an abundance of birds and plants. The Park is surrounded by various plantation regions for coffee, tea, etc. and a visit to these plantations is a worth. You have free time for selecting any of the above activities. Overnight is in Periyar.
Day 08 :- Periyar to Madurai by road.
Today morning you will drive to Madurai. Madurai is one of the oldest living cities in the world and goes back to 3rd century BC. Madurai comes from the word Madhura which means sweetness. The people of Madurai celebrate many festivals and one of the important festivals is the annual 10 days Chittirai festival. Rani Mangamma's palace has been converted into Gandhi Memorial Museum. Mahatma Gandhi had adopted the loin cloth as his mode of dress after seeing agricultural laborers in Madurai wearing it. Meenakshi Temple is in the list of nominees of the "New Seven Wonders of the World".
The afternoon tour of Madurai includes Meenakshi Temple, Tirumala Nayak Palace, Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. The 2000 years old Meenakshi Temple complex is one of the largest and oldest in India and the deities are Lord Siva and his wife Meenakshi. The temple has a Hall of Thousand Pillars with every pillar showing life like features. The outermost corridors have musical pillars of stones which when tapped, produce different musical notes. Thirumalai Nayak Palace is famous for its domes and arches. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Madurai.
Day 09 :- Madurai to Thanjavur by road.
This morning, you will be transferred to Tanjore or Thanjavur famous for Tanjore paintings and Bharatanatyam the classical dance. This afternoon you will be visiting the city. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple from the 11th century AD is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons. The other places of interest are the Thanjavur Maratha Palace the Saraswati Mahal Library with 30,000 + manuscripts written on palm leaf & paper and the Raja Raja Chola art gallery with a huge collection of ancient idols. Overnight is in Thanjavur.
Day 10 :- Thanjavur to Puducherry by road.
This morning you will drive to Puducherry also known as Pondicherry or Pondy. You have time at leisure for visiting this beautiful city with a colonial influence. Puducherry was acquired by the French in 1674 and has colonial buildings, churches, temples, statues and the well planned French style avenues, preserves and gives a look of the colonial ambiance. Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Auroville Beach and Serenity Beach are the well known beaches of Puducherry.
This afternoon you will be visiting Pondicherry. Puducherry is divided into the French Quarters "Ville Blanche" and the Indian quarter "Ville Noire". Some of the streets still have their French names. In the French Quarters, it is common to see French style villas and colonial style buildings. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is globally quite popular. Auroville is a universal town where people from all nationalities live together in harmony and peace. The Lord Ganesha Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a quite visited Hindu Temple. Overnight is in Puducherry.
Day 11 :- Puducherry to Mamallapuram by road.
Today morning you will drive to Mamallapuram also known as Mahabalipuram or Mamallapattana, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a historic town and seaport. It was also known by the ancient mariners as the city of "Seven Pagodas". Out of the Seven Pagodas, only the Shore Temple survives. Mahabalipuram was a bustling seaport and the traders went to South East Asia from here. It was an important port for the Pallavas and most of the monuments portray events from the Mahabharata and date back from the 7th to the 9th century. Your afternoon is free. Overnight is in Puducherry.
Day 12 :- Mamallapuram.
Your tour of Mahabalipuram takes you through the cave temples and mandapams cut in the rocks showing depiction of incidents from legends, epics and mythology. The temples were built during the rule of Narasimhavarman and Rajasimhavarman. The bas relief Arjuna's Penance with life size images carved on the rock wall is the largest Bas-relief in the world. The five chariots are carved out of a single rock. The structure of the Shore Temple is one of the oldest in South India. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Mahabalipuram.
Day 13 :- Mamallapuram to Chennai by road.
Today you will be transferred to Chennai airport to connect to your onwards flight. The name Chennai was derived from Chennaipattanam, built by the English in 1639. The earlier name of Madras was a short form of Madraspattinam a fishing village. Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and an important centre for Carnatic music. The city is also famous for the Tamil movies and known as Kollywood. Chennai came into prominence because of the British who defended the town against several attacks from the French and converted it to a major naval port. Chennai has numerous places of interest and beautiful museums.
END OF YOUR LUXURY SOUTH INDIA TOUR.