CHENNAI - MAMALLAPURAM - KANCHIPURAM - MADURAI - PERIYAR - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - KOCHI - BENGALURU - MYSORE - CHENNAI TOUR.
The 2 weeks South India holiday package is an ex-Chennai holiday package of Kerala. In this travel itinerary of South india, you are covering the best cities to visit in South India. The India based travel agency Services International Ltd is a specialized tour and travel service provider for Kerala and can suggest you other tours package for South India. We offer you the best discounted luxury travel packages to Kerala. You are covering monuments, temples, wildlife, beaches and much more in this luxury Kerala vacation tour.
Day 01 : - Arrive Chennai.
This morning on your arrival in Chennai you will be transferred to your hotel. 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. Overnight is in Chennai.
Day 02 :- Chennai Mahabalipuram Kanchipuram Chennai.
Today, you will have a full day excursion to Mamallapuram and Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram was the ancient capital of the Pallavas and was the town of a 1000 temples. Kanchipuram sight-seeing takes you through some of the known temples such as Siva temple from the 7th century, Ekambareswara temple, Sri Kailasanathar Temple from the 8th century, the Sri Vardaraja Perumal Temple, etc. Kanchipuram is a shopper’s paradise as it offers the world famous Kanchipuram silk and saris. After the visit, you will continue by road to Mamallapuram.
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 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. Overnight is in Chennai.
Day 03 :- Chennai to Madurai by overnight train.
In Chennai you will visit the oldest museum of India - The Government Museum with 46 galleries and different sections for Archaeology, Zoology, Geology, Bronze, etc. The Museum is closed on Fridays and other public holidays. The Bronze Gallery with its beautiful statues going back to a thousand years is worth visiting. San Thome Basilica from the 16th century was originally built by the Portuguese. Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Marina Beach, and other places of interest. Check-out from the hotel is at 1200 hrs. Afternoon is at leisure. Late in the evening transfer to rail station for your Madurai train. Overnight is on board the train.
Day 04 :- Madurai.
This morning on your arrival in Madurai, you will be transferred to your hotel. 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 05 :- Madurai to Periyar by road.
Today morning you will drive from Madurai to Periyar animal sanctuary which is also known as Thekkady. Your evening is free for game viewing. 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 06 :- Periyar to Thiruvananthapuram.
Today morning you will drive to Thiruvananthapuram viewing the scenic beauty enroute. Kerala is lush green and is full of lakes and rivers. Rest of the day is at leisure in Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram earlier known as Trivandrum means the "City of Lord Ananta". The name comes from the deity of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. The city shot into fame globally recently as when some of the vaults of the temple were opened, a treasure worth billions was discovered making it one of the richest temples of this world. A few more vaults still are to be opened. Overnight is in Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 07 :- Thiruvananthapuram.
You have an entire day free in Thiruvananthapuram. You could go for an optional city tour or an excursion to Kanya Kumari or Kovalam beach or take an optional tour of Thiruvananthapuram. The tour of Thiruvananthapuram will take you to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Napier Museum. Napier Museum an art and natural history museum is closed on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons and on public holidays. Paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich and other painters are at the Sree Chithra Art Gallery. The museum has a good collection of bronze idols, old ornaments, etc. and also a temple chariot.
Kanya Kumari is a holy place for Hindus with two of the 51 Shakti Peethas Bhagavathy temple and Shuchindram present here. You will take a ferry to reach the Vivekananda Rock Memorial with a 133 feet tall statue of Tamil saint–poet Thiruvalluvar. Swami Vivekananda had meditated here for three days. Gandhi Memorial was built where the urn with Gandhi's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Kanya Kumari is known for its spectacular sunrise and sunset.
Kovalam meaning a grove of coconut trees is a town at the Arabian Sea and is a paradise of the south. Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore had built the Halcyon Castle here in the 1920s. Kovalam has a lot of salons for Ayurvedic treatments for all. Kovalam is an important city in Kerala's honeymoon tours packages. The Lighthouse Beach derives its name from the Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a rocky promontory. Eve’s Beach also known as Hawa Beach offers calm blue waters. Overnight is in Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 08 :- Trivandrum to Kochi by road.
This morning you will drive to Kochi passing through the numerous villages of Kerala villages. You have rest of the time at leisure. 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. Overnight is in Kochi.
Day 09 :- Kochi to Bengaluru by overnight train.
During the morning city tour of Kochi, you will be taken to some of the renowned spots of Kochi that will include the Portuguese churches, mosques and temples along with a Jewish synagogue. You will be taken to watch the Chinese style fishing nets. It holds around 10m of height and consists of cantilever along with an outstretched net that is suspended in the sea and one huge stone suspended on other end with ropes for the counterweights. Checkout at 1200 hrs. You have time at leisure in the afternoon. Later transfer to rail station for your Bangalore overnight train. Overnight on board the train.
Day 10 :- Bengaluru.
This morning on your arrival in Bangalore, you will transferred be to your hotel. Rest of your day is at leisure. 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.
Your afternoon sightseeing tour of Bengaluru or Bangalore, 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. Overnight is in Bangalore.
Day 11 :- Bangalore to Mysore by road.
This morning you will drive to Mysore. Rest of the day is free. 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. Overnight is in Mysore.
Day 12 :- Mysore
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 13 :- Mysore - Chennai
You have time at leisure today. Check-out is at 1200 hrs from the hotel. Later you will be transferred to rail station for your Chennai train. On arrival in Chennai you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight is in Chennai.
Day 14 :- Departure
Today morning you will be transferred to airport for your connecting flight.
END OF YOUR LUXURY SOUTH INDIAN CULTURAL RAIL TOUR.