BENGALURU - KOCHI - ALAPPUZHA - CHENNAI - PUDUCHERRY - MAMALLAPURAM - CHENNAI TOUR.
This 1 week tour of south India holiday package starts from Bengaluru and covers some important places of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. This is one of the best short duration travel packages for south India. India's travel specialist Services International Ltd offers you the best package tours for south India. Our South India holiday packages cover most of the monuments.
Day 01 : - Arrive 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. Overnight is in Bangalore
Day 02 :- Bangalore.
Your morning 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. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Bangalore.
Day 03 :- Bangalore to Kochi by flight & drive to Alappuzha.
You will be transferred to the Bangalore airport to board your flight for Kochi. On your arrival in Kochi, you will drive directly to Alappuzha or Alleppey also known as 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. Overnight is in Alleppey.
Day 04 :- Alappuzha.
Your morning 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. This afternoon 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 05 :- Alleppey to Kochi by road and flight to Chennai.
Today you will drive to Kochi airport in time to board your Chennai flight. 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. Chennai the capital of Tamil Nadu is an important centre for Carnatic music and famous for its Tamil movies. 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. Overnight is in Chennai.
Day 06 :- Chennai 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. Overnight is in Puducherry.
Day 07 :- Puducherry to Mamallapuram by road.
This morning 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.
After the visit of Puducherry, 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 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 08 :- Mahabalipuram to Chennai road.
This morning you will be transferred to Chennai airport in time for your return/onward flight.
END OF YOUR SHORT SOUTH INDIA HOLIDAY.