South India mainly consists of the four Indian states, that is Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in count to the union territories of Lakshadweep, Pondicherry and the Andaman and the Nicobar island. South India Trip is planned to familiar you to rich culture and natural beauty of South India. Throughout this tour, you visit frequent very old temples of South India that are more than 1000 years ago. In this tour, you get a opportunity to visit art, culture and architecture of some prime cities of South India. South India is filled with exotically situated destinations that can mesmerise the traveler from all over the globe with its beautyful views. The blossoming green valleys among the plantations of tea and coffee and the silvery backwaters behind most of the cities makes them a speculate to be discovered From Alappuzha in Kerala in South India.
South India Tour
Day 01 - Arrive Bangalore Banglore Palace - Banglore :On entrance at Bangalore International airport followed by transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to travel around in town. Overnight at hotel in Bangalore. Reputed as Garden City of India Bangalore is a enjoyable place with an union of various rich cultures, crafts, and heritage centres. This capital of Karnataka houses finest temple and garden. Bangalore is even gaining the rank of the "Floriculture Capital of India" due to the present blossoming of flower exports from the city. The stunning parks like the Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park are indeed a treat to the eyes. A trip around the city can be very interesting and provides a varied sightseeing experience with museums, temples, Palaces, churches and gardens.
Day 02 - Bangalore :After breakfast go for 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 03 - Bangalore-Mysore (139 kms 3 hours drive by road) :After Breakfast drive to Mysore. Mysore is defined by superb palaces, scenic gardens, fragrant sandalwood, luxurious silks, flamboyant festivals-- Mysore is a veritable tripist 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 eye-catching destinations. Daylight 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 04 - Mysore Sightseeing /Ooty (155 kms 3.5 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 daylight drive to Ooty. Ooty gurgle of streams, attractive mist make a impression of welcome to Ooty. Located at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level it is one most popular hill station of India. Nearest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore at a distance of commanding a panoramic view of District. Dodabetta perched on altitude of 2637, the merging point of eastern and Western Ghats is the highest peak of Nilgiri. Other tripist attraction includes botanical garden, Ooty Lake, Coonoor etc. Arrive Ooty and check in at hotel.
Day 05 - Ooty :After breakfast continue for complete day sight seeing visit to Botanical Garden - is spread over 22 hectares ascending the slopes on the hill, Rose Garden - the rose varieties planted in this park were assembled from different sources with 17,256 rose plants from 1919 varieties, Aquarium: It is close to bus station and is run by Dept. of Fisheries. In this aquarium, department rears exotic fish varieties. Deer Park - It is one of the high altitude animal parks in India, Dodabetta, and Enjoy boat ride in Ooty Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Ooty - Cochin (281kms 7hrs drive by road) :After breakfast drive to Cochin. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated 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. Watch a Kathakali Show (Traditional art performance of Kerala). Overnight at hotel in Cochin.
Day 07 - Cochin :After breakfast continue for a guided trip 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 nearby 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08 - Cochin - Munnar (140 Kms, 4 hours drive by road) :After breakfast drive to Munnar. Throughout the trip enjoy beautiful streams small water falls, Rubber, Pepper cardamom and Tea plantations and thick forests. Arrive Munnar and check in at resort.Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and quiet - the peaceful tripist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air.
Day 09 - Munnar :After breakfast start for a full day sightseeing of Munnar watch beautiful mist kissing romantic green meadows- mind-blowing hills sleeping under green carpet (Tea Gardens) visit Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai, Eravikulam Wildlife sanctuary and Tea Plantation. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Day 10 - Munnar - Thekkady (120 kms, 4 hours drive by road) :After breakfast check out of hotel and start for Thekkady. Drive through panoramic western Ghat hills covered with spice plantations and occasional view of water falls and streams. On arrival at Thekkady check into Hotel. Thekkady - one of India's most fascinating 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. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern of Thekkady. Afternoon experience the mind bowing view of calm crystal clear Periyar lake to view the wildlife. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
Day 11 - Thekkady - Kumarakom (145 kms, 4 hours drive by road) :After breakfast begin trip for Kumarakom. When nature is all you need to recuperate, Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala, God's own country. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind with renewed inspiration for your vocation and life. That is the pristine beauty of Kumarakom. Arrive Kumarakom and check in at resort. Visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. In the evening canoe down the narrow canals. Join the evening sunset cruise or enjoy the beauty of backwater by just relaxing near Vembanadu Lake. Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 12 - Kumarakom (Houseboat) :Breakfast at resort. Morning at leisure at resort, 1230 hrs check in at houseboat. Rest of the day at leisure on the House Boat. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwater canals. Lunch, Evening Tea/Coffee with snacks, dinner and enjoy your evening on the sundeck away from polluted cities and maddening crowd. Overnight stay on House Boat.
Day 13 - Kumarakom-Alleppey (38 kms, 40 minutes drive by road) :After breakfast start for Alleppey. Arrive Alleppey and check in at Houseboat and enjoy an over night cruise cum stay in your houseboat. Food will be served in the houseboat. Enjoy the unique experience of a day on backwaters in a houseboat, and meander through the labyrinth of canals, that makes Kumarakom a top world destination. The backwater ride paints vivid picture of the traditional country life in all its natural beauty. Over night stay at the houseboat.
Day 14 - Alleppey-Cochin-Chennai (729 kms, 2 hours by Air) :After breakfast start for Cochin to board flight for Chennai. Chennai is the fifth largest city in India and the capital city of the Tamil Nadu. Located 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. The Tamil film industry, known as Kollywood, the second largest after movie industry (after Bollywood) in India, is based in the city. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore city. Overnight at hotel in Chennai.
Day 15 - Kumarakom (Houseboat) :Chennai - Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram-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 inspires to connect a bond with royal dynasty of Pallava.
Kanchipuram: It is well regarded as City of 1000s temples. Kanchipuram attained its highest stature in 4th to the 9th centuries as capital of pallav dynasty. Kanchi has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. Buddhist monk Bodhidharma 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 undergo many changes and came to be known as Shaolin kung fu or boxing. Sunset come back to Chennai. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 - Chennai Depart :After breakfast transfer to International Airport connect flight to onward destination.
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