Bangalore is the capital of southern Indian state of Karnataka. A hub of trade, industry, sightseeing and professional education in present times. It is known as the Garden City for its many gorgeous gardens and parks. It is also known as the Silicon Valley of India because of the presence of the booming IT industry. Bangalore is also valued for its quality civic amenities and fun loving nature of Bangaloreans.
Bangalore with South India
Day 01 - Arrive Mumbai : Traditional welcome on entrance at Mumbai airport. Transfer to hotel. Loosen up for the rest of the day. Mumbai- A city that never sleeps, if you want to feel fresh young and recharged then Mumbai is for you. Flooded with nightclubs, Restaurants Mumbai in actual is the Las Vegas of India. Mumbai is a city where every night seems like a festival night. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Mumbai : After breakfast begin for going to places of interest of Mumbai. Gateway of India Mumbai, India. Gateway of India is a historical gateway built in British style. Prince of Wales Museum is designed into the Indo-Saracenic style. It is one of the finest buildings constructed during British rule. Prince of Wales museum was designed in the Honour of the Prince of Wales on his first visit to India. Mahalaxmi Temple one of the famous temples of Mumbai, Mahalaxmi temple is devoted to The Goddess of wealth Mahalaxmi. Idols of Hindu Goddesses Mahalaxmi, Maha Saraswati and Mahakali are also situated in the temple. And the mosque at the tomb of Haji Ali is a magnificent piece of architecture standing on an island. Hundreds of devotees arrive everyday to pay homage to the Saint Haji Ali. After that go for the attraction of Chowpatty enhances many folds during Maharashtra's most famous festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Chowpatty has done wonders to Mumbai Tourism. And lastly and major attraction of mumbai is Elephanta Caves. Situated about 10 kms from the Gateway of India or 9 nautical miles into the sea are the famous Elephanta Caves, which are a great tourist attraction. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Mumbai-Bangalore (998 Kms 2 hours by air):After Breakfast drive to airport to catch the flight for Bangalore. Reputed as garden city of India Bangalore is capital of Karnataka houses finest temple Gangadhareshware Temple (Cave Temple) -Built by Kempe Gowda and known for its four monolithic pillars and rare idol of Agni, the God of fire. On Jan. 13/14th every year, the rays of the setting sun enter through the window; pass between the horns of the Nandi and shine on the Shiva lingam, in a unique phenomenon. Arrive Bangalore and check in at hotel. Relax in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Bangalore :After breakfast visit Lal Bagh, Cave temple- Built by Kempe Gowda and known for its four monolithic pillars and rare idol of Agni, the God of fire. On Jan. 13/14th every year, the rays of the setting sun enter through the window; pass between the horns of the Nandi and shine on the Shiva lingam, in a unique phenomenon, Hesaraghatta. Remainder of the day is free to explore commercial section of city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Bangalore-Mysore (139 kms 3 hours drive by road):After Breakfast drive to Mysore. Mysore is defined by magnificent palaces, scenic gardens, fragrant sandalwood, luxurious silks, flamboyant festivals-- Mysore is a veritable tourist extravaganza with its glorious history and rich tradition. Located 140 Kms from Bangalore, this City of Palaces bursts at the seams with a mind-boggling array of attractive destinations. Afternoon visit to Maharaja Palace-built in 1911-12 by Wodeyar Rulers, the palace is a splendid structure in the Indo-Saracenic Style; its attraction is a magnificent gold throne. Visit Chamundi Hill, Vrindavan Garden - the famous gardens at the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Mysore Sightseeing /Hassan (115 kms 2.5 hours drive by road): After breakfast visit to Maharaja Palace-built in 1911-12 by Wodeyar Rulers, the palace is a splendid structure in the Indo-Saracenic Style; its attraction is a magnificent gold throne. Visit Chamundi Hill, Vrindavan Garden - the famous gardens at the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam. In the late afternoon drive to Hassan. As base to visit remnant of one of prominent Royale Dynasty of Hoysala Empire. Era of Hoysala Dynasty was an important period in the development of art, architecture, and religion in South India. A excursion to visit Belur and Halebid awards an firsthand experience of understanding development of art, architecture, and religion in South India. Arrive Hassan and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - Hassan: After breakfast proceed for excursion to Belur and Halebid.
Belur : This quaint hamlet - 38 Kms from Hassan - is sited on the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire nowadays made memorable for its exquisite temples.
Halebid : It is 27 Kms north-west of Hassan and 17 Kms east of Belur. The temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the 12th century, is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed, despite 86 years of labour. The Jain basadis, Channarayapatna, Ramanathpur, Gorur and Manjarabad are the other places of interest around Hassan. Overnight in Hassan.
Day 08 - Hassan-Coorg (115 kms 2.5 hours drive by road): After breakfast drive to Coorg. Coorg or Kodagu means 'dense forest on steep hill'. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination. Coorg is on the Western Ghats. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit. Arrive Coorg and check in at hotel. In the afternoon begin for seeing the sights of Coorg which includes very famous coffee Plantation, Omkareshwara Temple and Cauvery Nisargadhama. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - Coorg-Calicut (206 kms 4.5 hours drive by road): After breakfast begin for Calicut. Calicut is a city with greenery and having small lake (canoli canal) going through the city. Kozhikode, previously known as Calicut was the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule. Calicut, the main city of Malabar region of Kerala, was a leading trading centre for spices on the West Coast of India during the medieval era. Arrive Calicut and check in at hotel. In the afternoon begin for seeing the sights of Calicut. Kappad is the place where Vasco da Gama set foot for the first time when he came to India on May 27, 1498. There is a small stone monument at the beach to commemorate that event. Pazhassirajah Museum is placed on the East Hill. Ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes, old coins, models of temples, and megalithic structures are on display here. Dolphin's Point is a good place to watch dolphins playing in the sea early in the morning. On this beach are also located Calicut Town Center, Lions Club, and a lighthouse. Two crumbling piers, more than hundred years old, stand out into sea at Kozhikode beach. The beach is easily accessible from the city and provides a good view of the setting sun. The place also has a Marine Life Aquarium open whole day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Calicut-Cochin (225 kms 5 hours drive by road): After breakfast drive to Cochin. Cochin is a vibrant city located on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. Arrive Cochin and check in at hotel. Relax for the rest of the day or take a walk along the historic colonial streets of Fort Cochin. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Cochin: After breakfast proceed for a guided tour of Fort Cochin and the Jew Street in Mattancherry. Visit the synagogue, century's old churches and palaces, colonial buildings, Chinese fishing net etc. Spend your evening on the near by Fort Cochin beach or ferry across to Cherai Beach which is half an hour away. Come back to the hotel or visit Ernakulam city for souvenir and other shopping on Mahatma Gandhi Road. Over night stay at the hotel.
Day 12 - Cochin-Kottayam (76 Kms 1.5 hours drive by road): After breakfast begin for Kottayam. Kottayam is one of the exotic backwaters sites attracting tourists throughout the year. Being a mountainous region with scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples and churches make this a place of tourist attraction. Lying below the sea level, some of its nearby places are also a treat to the eyes. Arrive Kottayam and check in at resort. In the afternoon visit Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple, Thalikotta Temple, Mahadevar Temple, Valiapalli and Cheriyapalli Churches. Overnight at resort.
Day 13 - Kottayam-Kovalam (176 kms 3.5 hours drive by road): After breakfast begin for Kovalam. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. Azure water and favourable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Sea here is pacific and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters. Surfing and swimming are among the other water sports possible in Kovalam beach. Many people from different countries and cultures intermingle with each other and get together in this paradise of the South and spend their leisure time joyfully. Check-in at hotel at Kovalam. The rest of the day is kept for leisure at the Kovalam Beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 14 - Kovalam – Thekkady (140 Kms- 3 hours drive by road): After breakfast begin for Thekkady. one of India's most interesting natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Overnight stay at Thekkady. On arrival at Thekkady check into Hotel. daylight, experience the mind bowing view of calm crystal clear Periyar Lake to view the wildlife. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
Day 15 : Thekkady-Madurai (137 Kms- 3 hours drive by road): After breakfast begin for Madurai. One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. to be found on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. Arrive Madurai and check in at hotel. In the afternoon visit the great Tirumala Nayak Palace, Alagar Hills, Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Spare your twilight to immerse in divine loveliness of Meenakshi Temple. Over night at Madurai.
Day 16 : Madurai -Tanjore (200 Kms-6 hrs drive by road): After breakfast continue for Tanjore. Tanjore is the well-known for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple was constructed more than 1000s years ago by the King Rajarajan, is an architect's marvel. It is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and painting. The pastimes and life of Lord Krishna are seen in Tanjore paintings. The matchlessness of the Tanjore paintings is their extraordinary gold leaf work, beautiful jewellery with stones, dazzling color design, and striking engraved glasses. The laissez-faire application of gold leaf and precious and semi-precious stones like rubies and diamonds speaks the greatness of the adroit artists of those times. The characteristic of Thanjavur painting is that the figures in the paintings have a round body and egg shaped effulgent eyes and are bounded by curtains and arch. These paintings will illuminate in the dark room. Arrive Tanjore and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 : Tanjore: After breakfast visit Brahadeeswarar temple originally called as Peruvudaiyar Koil in Tamil, is a very old Hindu temple positioned at Tanjore in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The central temple known as the Periya Kovil (Big Temple) stands within a fort, whose walls were later additions built during the 16th century. The name periya Kovil came from its original name "periya aavudayar Kovil". This awe inspiring temple has many outstanding feature in its architectural marvel one of them is the sky touching vimana of the temple is around 65 m (215 ft) high and is the tallest in the world. It was so designed that the vimana never casts a shadow at noon during any era of the year. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18 : Tanjore- Pondicherry (190 kms 5 hrs drive by road): After breakfast proceed for Pondicherry. Puducherry, till lately known as Pondicherry used to be a French colony. The main tourist spots to be visited during the tours of Puducherry include the beach, Auriobindo ashram, Auroville, the museum, botanical gardens, and the Anglo-French textile mills. Arrive Pondicherry and check in at resort. Twilight is at leisure to explore city. Overnight at resort.
Day 19 : Pondicherry: After breakfast continue for city tour visit paradise beach, serenity beach, karaikal beach Auriobindo ashram, Auroville, the museum, botanical gardens, and the Anglo-French textile mills. Paradise beach is renowned for dolphins and stunning crescent shaped beach. Just refresh your spirit for complete day unfettered fun and relaxation. Overnight at resort.
Day 20 : Pondicherry-Chennai (162 Kms 3.5 hours drive by road): After breakfast drive to Chennai. Chennai is the 5th main city in India and the capital city of the Tamil Nadu. Situated on the Coromandal coast of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the Musical and Cultural Capital of India. The city is known for its classical dance shows and Hindu temples. Arrive Chennai and check in at hotel. After lunch continue for guided tour of city visit one of oldest and biggest museum of India - Government Museum, first establishment of British in India-Fort St George, One of largest auditorium of South Asia Vallur Kottam where a 33mt tall statute of poet-saint Tiruvalluv struck a awe in guests. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21 : Chennai-Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram : After breakfast proceed for full day excursion to Mahabalipuram (60 km, 1 hr drive by road) and Kanchipuram (76 km from Chennai).
Mahabalipuram : A UNESCO World Heritage site is an architectural marvel of Dravidian style incorporating Buddhist elements. These rock cut and monolithic monuments constitutes cave temples and monolithic chariots (Rathas). A walk around these monuments helps in connecting a bond with royal dynasty of Pallava.
Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing powerful evidence to its magnificent Dravidian heritage. Buddhist monk Bodhidharma (A.D. 520) went to China from Kanchipuram to spread Buddhism. He stayed at the Shaolin Monastery and preached Buddhist ideologies. At that time he trained the local people in the art of Varmakkalai. The art underwent many changes and came to be known as Shaolin kung fu or boxing. Twilight come back to Chennai. Overnight at hotel.
Day 22 - Chennai Depart : After breakfast transfer to International Airport connect flight to onward destination.
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