South India Tour - Karnataka - Kerala- Tamilnadu

South India Tour - Karnataka - Kerala- Tamilnadu

SOUTH INDA TOUR – KARNATAKA – KERALA – TAMILNADU of India.

Day 01 :  ARRVIE AT BANGALORE

-- Arrive at Bangalore Airport
-- Meet and assist by our airport representative and transfer to hotel
-- Check in at hotel
-- Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India's third most 
Populous cityand fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. Bangalore is well known as a hub for
India's information technology sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in
the world.
-- If you are arriving Bangalore during Day time and if time permit we can arrange your Bangalore
Sightseeing.
-- Overnight at hotel – Hotel Villa Potti Patti  

Day 02 :  BANGALORE – MYSORE

-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Check out and transfer to Mysore – On the way can visit Srirangapatnam.
-- Arrive at Mysore - Also known as the City of
Palaces, Mysuru / Mysore retain a quaint charm that never fails to enchant.  Situated in the southern part of the Deccan Plateau, Mysuru District is an undulating tableland, covered in parts by granite outcrops   and fringed by verdant forests.  From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in the   History of South India.  Mysuru District is a popular tourist destination, offering several attractions    Ranging from the royal splendour of Mysuru City and its fabulous Dasara Festival to exquisite temples, Pilgrimage centres and scenic spots 
-- Check in at hotel
-- Afternoon sightseeing of Mysore -Visit: Chammundi Hills and Nandi, Maharaja Palace
-- Overnight at hotel – Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace

Day 03:  MYSORE – BANDIPUR WILD LIFE SANCTURY

-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Check out and transfer to Bandipur Wild life sanctuary
-- Arrive at Bandipur and Check in at hotel
-- Bandipur National Park (Kannada: ), established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, is a
national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It was once a private hunting reserve for
the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.[1] Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of
biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant.

    The park spans an area of 874 square kilometers (337 sq mi), protecting several species of India's
endangered wildlife. Together with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park (643 km2 (248 sq mi)),
Mudumalai National Park (320 km2 (120 sq mi)) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (344 km2 (133 sq
mi)), it is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve totaling 2,183 km2 (843 sq mi) making it the largest
protected area in southern India.

-- Afternoon Jungle Safari
-- Return to Resort
-- Overnight at hotel

Day 04: BANDIPUR – COONOOR

-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Check out and transfer to COONOOR
-- Check in at hotel
-- Afternoon sightseeing of Coonoor and if possible can Toda Tribes( If Time Permit and situation permitted)  . They are the most primitive tribes of Tamilnadu. The name Toda has possibly been derived from the word Tur, the sacred tree of the tribes. They only found in the Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu. Total population is 874 according to 1981 census. They are located at the height of altitude of Nilgiri about 5600 feet to M.S.L. they practice adelphic polyandry ( brothers sharing a wife )
-- Return to hotel and over night at hotel KURUMBA VILLAGE RESORT  

Day 05:  COONOOR – Day excursion to OOTY – COONOOR

-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Sightseeing of Ooty a visit to the Botanical Garden. Botanical Garden in Ooty is well known and one of
the oldest botanical garden in country. It is also special for its green lawns, rare trees, variety of Different collections of flowering plants, clear watered pools etc .
-- Heritage Train Drive at Ooty
--Return to hotel.
-- Overnight at hotel – KURUMBA VILLAGE RESORT

Day 06: COONOOR – COCHIN

-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Check out and transfer to Cochin
-- Cochi (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.
From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks
on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and
industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India
(after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to
many major cities worldwide.

-- Arrive at Cochin and Check in at hotel
-- Afternoon  sightseeing of  COCHIN - Jew Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church
Chinese Fishing net etc.
-- Overnight at hotel – HOTEL CASINO or LE COLONIAL

Day 07: COCHIN – ALLEPPEY HOUSE BOAT

-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Check out and transfer to Alleppey – House Boat – Boarding Time 12.00 ‘o’ noon. House boat is a unique experience of its kind. Throughout the day it will sail in the back water to see the activities of country side of Kerala .
-- Lunch at House Boat
-- Evening tea / coffee and snacks
-- Dinner and Overnight at house boat
-- Overnight at House Boat

Day 08: HOUSE BOAT – KOVALAM
-- Breakfast
-- Check out and transfer to Kovalam
-- Arrive at Kovalam
--Kovalam first received attention when the Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore
Constructed her beach resort, Halcyon Castle, here towards the end of the 1920s. Thereafter the
place was brought to the public eye by her nephew the Maharaja of Travancore.[2] The European
guests of  the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist
destination in the 1930s. However, Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of
the masses of  hippies on their way to Ceylon in the Hippie Trail. This exodus started the
transformation of a casual  fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations
in all India.
-- Check in at hotel
-- Afternoon relax at hotel
-- Overnight at hotel – THE TRAVANCORE HERITAGE

Day 09: KOVALAM

-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Transfer to Kovalam sightseeing of Padhamanabha Swamy temple, Museum, Horse Palace, Art Gallery.   
Kovalam considered as the Paradise of the South. It consists of three adjacent crescent beaches and
also picture perfect tropical beaches. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach
--Overnight at Hotel – THE TRAVANCORE HERITAGE

Day 10 : KOVALAM – KANYAKUMARI

--Breakfast at Hotel
--Check out and transfer to Kanyakumari
-- Arrive at Kanyakumar
--Kanyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town
in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It lies at the southernmost tip of the
Indian subcontinent (the southern extremity of India as a whole being Indira Point on Great Nicobar
Island). Cape Comorin is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats
range along the west coast of India. The nearest major city is Nagercoil, the administrative
headquarters of  Kanyakumari District, 22 km (14 mi) away. Kanyakumari was one of the important
towns of the ancient Tamilakam (Sangam period) and is a popular tourist destination
-- Check in to the Hotel
-- Sightseeing of Kanyakumari :-  visit   Triveni Sangamam, Devikumari Amman Temple, Gandhi
Mantapam, Kamarajmani Mantapam, Vivekananda Rock, Tiruvalluvar Statue (133 Ft.), Susendran  
Temple, evening enjoy the beautiful sunset also.
-- Overnight at hotel- SPARSHA RESORT

Day 11: KANYAKUMARI – MADURAI
--Breakfast
--check out from hotel and Transfer to Madurai
--Today we leave for Madurai; rich cultural heritage passed for more than 2500 years old & has been an
Important commercial centre as early as 550 AD. It is the oldest city in Tamilnadu & was originally
known as Kadambavanam or the forest of Kadamba
-- Arrive at Madurai and check in at hotel
-- Afternoon if time permit and if you wish can visit local market etc.
--Overnight at Hotel – FORTUNE PANDIAN 

Day 12: MADURAI

--Breakfast at hotel
--Sightseeing of Madurai:-Temple tour including Sri Meenakshi Temple, Chokanadhar Temple, Alagar
Temple, Lord Muruga Temple Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank, etc.
-- Overnight at hotel- FORTUNE PANDIAN

Day 13: MADURAI –TRICHY - TANJORE night stay at KUMBAKONAM
--Breakfast at hotel
-- Check out from Hotel and transfer to Tanjore  - On the way visit  Trichy: - visit the Ranganathaswamy temple (the biggest temple complex in India and
has the tallest temple tower) also view the Rock fort temple overlooking the Cauvery Delta. 
--Arrive at KUMBAKONAM and check in at hotel
--Overnight stay at hotel PARADAISE RESORT , KUMBAKONAM 

Day 14: TRICHY – PONDICHERRY
--Breakfast at hotel
-- Sightseeing of Tanjore - Tanjore, flourished during the rule of the Nayaks & Mahrattas. It has been the treasure house of art for centuries. It is called the Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu. Thanjavur is well-known throughout the world for its exquisite handicrafts like the Art Plate, pithwork, bronze icons, Thanjavur paintings & the classical South Indian musical instruments.
-- Brihadeshwara temple, also known as Big Temple, built by Rajaraja Chola I was completed around 1010 CE. This 10th century CE temple, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a brilliant example of the Dravidian style of temple architecture. The beautiful Chola Fresco paintings on the inner walls of the temple are no way less than Ajanta paintings

-- Check out from Hotel and transfer to Pondicherry
--
-- Arrive and check in at hotel
-- Afternoon can visit to  Auroville near Pondicherry. The community of Auroville consists of Indian &   International
residents who aim to develop a harmonious environment through the implementation of the
teachings Sri Aurobindo & the Mother.
-- Overnight at hotel.LE PONDY

Day 15  : PONDICHERY

--Breakfast at Hotel
--Sightseeing of Pondicherry: - visit Matri Mandir which was designed to be the
spiritual & physical centre of Auroville (Temple is opened between 1530-1630 hr). Further drive to
Pondicherry, the land of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the serene world of distinct spiritual vibration & thus
renowned as Sacred Land.
--Return to hotel and overnight at hotel LE PONDY

Day 16: PONDICHERY – MAHABALIPURAM

--Breakfast at hotel
--Check out from hotel and Transfer to Mahabalipuram
--Arrive at Mahabalipuram and Check in to Hotel
--Afternoon Visit – Mahabalipuram-  Mahabalipuram is world renowned for its beautiful Shore Temple & other temples. It was once the main port & naval base of the great Pallava kingdom & was later made the capital of this dynasty. Most of the temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva & Vishnu. These structures were built by three successive Pallava Kings, between 630 A.D & 728 A.D, who developed the Dravidian style of temple architecture within the short span of a hundred years. The monuments are mostly rock-cut & monolithic, constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture, wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries) & giant open-air bas-reliefs & has been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site.Today, we take a guided tour of Mahabalipuram, visiting Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 7th Century AD & is a good example of the first phase of the structure of temples constructed in the Dravidian style. Designed to catch the first rays of the rising sun & to illuminate the waters after dark, the temple ended up with an unusual lay-out.
Arjuna's Penance is the world's largest bas-relief. This huge whale-back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, birds. Next we visit Rathas, monolithic temples fashioned as chariots. They remain an architectural mystery, for each is apparently a faithful reproduction of a structure built of wood. In fact, even the grain of the timber beams & rafters has been simulated in stone. Of the eight Rathas, five have been named for the Pandava brothers, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata
--Return to hotel and Overnight at Hotel. CHARIOT BEACH RESORT

Day 17: MAHABALIPURAM – CHENNAI – BANGALORE
-- Breakfast at hotel
-- Morning can have relax at hotel or can do a drive tour of Chennai  and drop at Chennai Airport for Bangalore Flight .Mahabalipuram to Chennai just 2 hrs drive.
-- CHENNAI – BANGALORE Flight 9W 2309 , Dep at 17.10 hrs / Arr at 18.05 hrs
-- Arrive at BANGALORE AIRPORT – Please let us know your International Flight Time from Bangalore – If you need any assistance at Bangalore airport like Dinner in City or wash and change etc will do the needful.

HOTELS INCORPORATED: We can suggest you the following Hotels for your tour .These are very nice Heritage and unique hotels .Some of our regular clients from Italy and they are friends of Lorie Robinson has used these properties and were very much happy and hope you will like them also.
01 . BANGALORE – VILLA POTTIPATTI

 02. MYSORE – LALITHA MAHAL PALACE

03. BANDIPUR – THE SERAI

04. COONOOR – KURUMBA VILLAGE
 
05. COCHIN – HOTEL CASINO or LE COLONIAL
 
06.ALLEPPEY - HOUSE BOAT

07. KOVALAM – THE TRAVANCORE HERITAGE
 

08. KANYAKUMARI – SPARSA RESORT
09. MADURAI – FORTUNE PANDIAN
 
10. KUMBAKONAM – PARADISE RESORT

 11. MAHABALIPURAM – CHARIOT BEACH RESORT
 

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