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Holidays in South India

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Duration 19 Nights
Best Time Oct - April
Routing Arrival Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Trichi - Tajore - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Sravanabelagola - Hassan - Belur - Halebid - Hospet - Hampi - Bijapur - Goa - Mumbai Dep

Southern India is an enchanting land of many ancient cultures and heritage, Sun drenched sand and sea, in the southern tip of the country, lapped by Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. If you want to get to the heart and soul of this fabled land where you can have an unforgettable vacation, come and explore this site, where more and more details will be added frequently. You may bookmark this site for your easy access, to know more about the best family vacation destinations in this part of India. Even young couple finds this place as one of the best places to get married and enjoy their honeymoon.


DAY 01 :

Arrival Chennai – Mahabalipuram (65 Km)

Upon arrival meet to the representatives at the airport, later transfer to Mahabalipuram (Mamalapuram), and on arrival check in to the hotel or resort. Later visit:

  • Panch Rathas
  • Shore Temple
  • Krishna Butter Ball
  • Ganesh Temple and Local market

Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 02 :

Mahabalipuram- Kanchipuram-Pundicherry

After an early breakfast drive to Pondicherry (Ponducheri) via Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples.

  • Visit Kanchipuram as Kailasanatha Temple
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple
  • Devarajaswami Temple

Later drive to Pondicherry, and on arrival check in to the hotel and for rest of the day enjoy some leisure time for individual activities. Once done, have an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 03 :

Pondicherry

After breakfast commence for a full day local sightseeing.

  • Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram,
  • Visit Auroville, which is conceived as a 'Universal Town'. This is a place were people with different nationalities; beliefs and culture live in harmony
  • The Varadaraja Temple located at Villiannur and Thyirukameswarar Temple

Any traveler who is looking for secluded beach and calm relaxing moments, Pondicherry beaches offer you all. For the rest of the day, explore the local market. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 04 :

Pondicherry-Chidambaram

After an early breakfast, leave for Chidambaram, through the eastern ghat. Upon arrival visit the temples at Chidambaram, such as:

  • Natraja Temple
  • Sivakamiamman Temple,
  • Kali Temple
  • The Nataraja Temple
  • Thillaikaliamman Temple, another of the medieval architectural type, made from marvel and greatly flocked pilgrim spots. Kopperunjingan, who ruled between 1229 AD and 1278 AD, built the temple. Later drive to hotel, for overnight an stay.


DAY 05 :

Chidambaram-Trichi-Thanjavur

After breakfast, commence drive to Tanjor (Thanjavur) en rouve visit Trichi,

  • Rock Fort Temple
  • Sri Ranganathaswami Temple
  • Later drive to Thanjavur, on arrival check in to the hotel, rest of the time have some leisure.

Overnight at hotel.


DAY 06 :

Tanjoure (Thanjavur) – Madurai

After breakfast commence our sightseeing of Thanjavur,

  • Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort,
  • Thanjavur Palace & Museum,
  • The Saraswatimahal Library is next door to the gallery
  • Later drive to Madurai, on arrival check in to the hotel
  • Visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple, one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage
  • Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple is located at the heart of the city
  • Tirumalai Nayak

Rest of the time visit the local market and once done take an overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 07 :

Madurai-Periyar (Thekkady)

After breakfast drive to Periyar, and before leaving Madurai, visit the Tirumalai Nayak Mahal.

  • Continue drive to Periyar, en route pose for photos and visit the local villages

On arrival check in to the hotel, and for rest of the time visit the local market of Kumili (Thekkady) and Spices Garden. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 08 :

Periyar-Kumarakom

Early in the morning, proceed to the Periyar Lake to witness the wild life.

  • Drive back to hotel, take breakfast and check out

Continue drive to Kumaramom. On arrival at Kumarakom, take the houseboat for an overnight stay.


DAY 09 :

Kumarakom-Cochin

After an early breakfast drive to Cochin (Kochi) and on arrival check in to the hotel,

  • Rest of the time sightseeing of Cochin,
  • Mattancherry Palace
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • ST. Francis Church
  • Chinese Fishing Nets

Rest of the time leisure for shopping etc. overnight at hotel.


DAY 10 :

Cochin-Bangalore (Flight)

After breakfast transfer to airport, take flight to Bangalore, and on arrival at Bangalore meet to our assistance transfer to hotel, later proceed for a half day sightseeing.

The city of Bangalore has witnessed the rise and fall of great empires as history progressed.

  • Lalbagh Gardens, Haider Ali laid out the garden while Tipu Sultan added plants and trees for other countries
  • Bull Temple, which was built at Basavangudi in the Kempe Gowda period in 16th century, is also located nearby
  • Finally you will visit the Vidhansuda

And for rest of the time visit the local market and once done have an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 11 :

Bangalore-Mysore

Early morning leave from Bangalore for Mysore

  • Enroute visit Srirangapatna,
  • Tippu's Palace, Fort, Tipu's Summer Palace, which was started by Haider Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan in 1789, is a two storied ornate structure
  • On arrival at Mysore check in to the hotel, later visit the Mysore Palace

For the rest of the day visit the local sandal wood market and once done have a peaceful overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 12 :

Mysore-Hassan via Sravanabelagola

Morning after breakfast, commence your drive to Hassan.

  • En route visit Sravanabelagola
  • Hassan has been deeply influenced by Jainism and Jain philosophy and mythology and can readily be seen in the sculptures, paintings and literary works of the region.

On arrival, check in to the hotel and for rest of the time visit the local market. Once done, take an overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 13 :

Hassan-Belur-Halebid-Hassan

After breakfast commence for a full day local sightseeing which includes Belur, Halebid, Sravanabelagoal, etc. Later drive back to hotel for an overnight stay.


DAY 14 :

Hassan-Hospet

Morning drive to Hospet, and on arrival check in to the hotel. For rest of the day have some relaxation and an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 15 :

Hospet-Hampi-Hospet

After breakfast full day local excursion of Hampi, which dates back to 14th century, when saint Vidyaranya founded the Vijaynagar kingdom with two of his disciples, Harihara and Bukka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Later drive back to hotel for an overnight stay. For rest of the day, visit the local market.


DAY 16 :

Hampi-Bijapur

Morning drive to Bijapur, which was established in the 10th-11th centuries by the Kalyani Chalukyas, who was also known as Vijayapura (City of victory).

  • Monuments of the city built during Adil Shahi Dynasty are its main attractions
  • Also, the attraction of the city remains in Gol Gumbaz or the Rounded Dome, located in the eastern end of the walled city
  • Other attractions include Ibrahim Roza, which is situated in the western outskirts of the city. Gagan Mahal, now mostly in ruined state, still has enough attraction to pull you there
  • Near the citadel, you can have a good look on attractions such as Sat Manzil (Seven-storied palace), Bara Kaman (twelve arches), and Jala Manzil (water pavilion)
  • Other important attractions in the city are Jama Masjid, Taj Bawdi (water tank), Upli Burj (watch tower), Mehtar Mahal (palace built by the sweepers), and Asar Mahal.

Once done with visiting the major places, take an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 17 :

Bijapur-Goa

Early in the morning, leave from Bijapur to Goa, and on arrival check in to the hotel or resort.

Once reached, take some time out for individual activities.


DAY 18 :

Goa

Goa is famous for beaches and leisure time. Enjoy the beaches such as Dona Paula, Calangute, Anjuna, Colva, Miramar, and Vagator, which can be said to be the best beaches in the world. Churches and forts in Old Goa take the visitor to an era far back in time. Goa is rich not only in culture or entertainment, but it also has a rich floral and faunal heritage making it a complete destination. After visiting the amazing places, take an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 19 :

Goa

Take the full day for relaxation and enjoy the beaches. Overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 20 :

Goa - Mumbai (Bombay) & Departure (Flight)

In the morning take the flight to Mumbai, upon arrival meet to our representative, transfer to hotel near by the airport, and for rest of the day have some leisure time for individual activities. In the late evening have a wonderful dinner and in time departure transfer to International Airport. End the services.

Cities Deluxe Luxury
Mahabalipuram Ideal Beach Resort Taj Fisherman's Cove
Pondichery Annamalai International Le Duplex
Chidambaram Rathina Lodge Hotel Saradharam
Thanjavur Oriental Tower Hotel Sangam
Madurai Hotel German Taj Garden Retreat
Periyar (Tekkadi) Cardamom County Speice Village
Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon Taj Garden Retreat
Cochin Gokulam Park Inn Taj Malabar
Banglore Royal Orchid Taj Residency
Mysore Regaalis Windflower Resort and Spa
Hassan Hotel Southern Star Hoysala Village Resort
Hospet Hotel Malagi Hotel Malagi
Bijapur Hotel Shashinag Residency Hotel Shashinag Residency
Goa The Leela Kempinski Taj Holiday Village
Mumbai Hotel Suba Palace Leela Kenpiski

Small supplements apply for travel between 15th December'2010 and 15th January'2011.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis at the selected categories of hotel OR Similar.
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary using an air-conditioned Car or Coach.
  • Sightseeing tours as per the above itinerary along with an English speaking monuments guide.
  • Kathakali Dance show at Cochin or Periyar.
  • Flight Fare in "Y" class Cochin-Bangalore

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