The southern India quickly fills every heart with wonder and delight. Each state in this part of the country is so rich in culture that you would only like to spend more days and experience more. Exploring states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka is something that every traveller covets. This tour gives you an opportunity to see and discover the best and the untouched in southern India. Plus, it takes you to Goa where life truly feels like a celebration you wish would never end.
Arrive in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, and prepare yourself for a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Make a visit to such popular tourist attractions as the Fort St. George, Saint Thomas Cathedral, Kapaleswarar Temple, Marina Beach and Vivekananda House. Next, you'll reach Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the sea shore, Mahabalipuram is a famous temple city. After an excursion tour to Kanchipuram, which is another temple city in Tamil Nadu, head for Pondicherry, an erstwhile French colonial town. Your next halt is Thanjavur which has as many as 74 temples each one of which is worth visiting. See the Rock Fort Temple of Trichy. Proceed to Madurai which has the very well-known Meenkashi Temple. Check out other tourist attractions in the city of Madurai before heading to Periyar in Kerala. Enjoy a wildlife safari into the jungles of the Periyar National Park. Set out for a backwater trip in places like Kumarakom, Alleppey and Cochin. A wonderful houseboat cruise will provide a window into the beauty and charm of Kerala backwaters.
Step into the state of Karnataka. Enjoy wildlife viewing in the Bandipur National Park, which is also visited for its 5000-year-old rock drawings. Have a fantastic sightseeing experience in Mysore and Bangalore, capital of Karnataka. Also, explore historically significant places like Belur, Helebid, Hospet, Hampi etc. Finally, have the time of your life in Goa and enjoy its long, silvery beaches. Reach the Goa airport to fly back home or continue your onward journey.
Welcome to Chennai, the gateway city of South India. Get welcomed by the Company's representative, who will receive you with a smile and then escort you to the hotel.
Your tour of Chennai takes you to Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleswarar Temple, Marina Beach and Vivekananda House. In the afternoon, drive to the temple city of Mahabalipuram situated on the sea shore.
Depart for the sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. This city is listed in the UNESCO's list of 'World Heritage Sites'. You will visit Arjuna's Penance, Five Rathas, Kotikal Mandapam, Krishna's Butter Ball and Shore temples. Then enjoy excursion tour of Kanchipuram which is one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus filled with temples. Visit temples in Kanchipuram and then return back to Mahabalipuram for night stay.
Head to Pondicherry which was once the French Colonial town and still bestows the same culture. Pondicherry is famous for its Auroville Ashram, founded in 1926 by a French woman and Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Depart to Thanjavur which is being dotted with no fewer than 74 temples, the most famous of which is the Brihadeeswarar Temple. Also visit Tanjore Palace – Still the royal family of Marathas who resides in this palace and Saraswathi Mahal Library.
Today, leave for Tiruchchirappalli, situated on the banks of river Kaveri it was the Chola citadel during the Sangam Age. Enjoy tour of Trichy visit The Rock Fort Temple situated at a height of over 23 mts and the Jambukeshwara Temple. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a must visit temple.
Proceed for Madurai, a 2500 years old city and an important cultural and commercial center in 550 AD, Evening, visit the famous Meenakshi Temple, one of the major attractions of Madurai.
We will depart for a morning guided tour of Madurai. One can chose to visit the Meenakshi Temple early mourning to witness the prayers, Gandhi memorial museum, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Koodal Azhagar Temple and Saint Mary's Cathedral - One of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in India.
Drive to Periyar, the wildlife and spice plantation hub of Kerala, nestled in spice and rubber plantations. Settle down in the hotel. Afternoon, leave for boat cruise to view the jungle activities where you can spot elephants, wild boar, sambar, and deer coming on the shore of the Periyar Lake. Rest of the day is at leisure.
We depart to Kumarakom. Check into your backwater resort. After wash and change, visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary spread in 14 acres wide and the largest back water in Kerala. Kumarakom is known for its migratory birds, coconut palms, never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and calm backwaters.
In the morning after breakfast board your houseboat to cruise through the gorgeous backwaters of Kerala. This beautiful floating villa offers tastefully designed rooms, attached bathroom and toilet for the guests and a separate toilet for the crew. All meals and night stay will be in your comfortable houseboat.
Have a leisure breakfast onboard houseboat and disembark at Alleppey. From here, we drive to the Cochin (Kochi) the harbour city of Kerala. Reach Cochin and proceed for sightseeing tour visit Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets introduced by the Chinese explorer for fishing.
We will leave for Wayanad enjoying the mystic quality of awe inspiring mountain views and the plantations coexist with the rich diversity of tranquil sub-tropical forests. After freshen-up and explore the scenic surroundings in Wayanad.
Morning, we depart for Bandipur National Park. Enroute visit Edakkal Caves (28 km), which are famous for its 5000 year old fascinating ancient rock etchings and drawings. Upon arrival Bandipur check in to the wildlife resort. In the evening enjoy the calm serenity of the forest resort.
Wakeup early in the morning and get ready for first jungle experience to spot the wildlife. Board the safari vehicle to explore the Bandipur National Park which is home to Leopard, Asiatic Wild Dogs, Stripped Hyenas, Jackals, Jungle Cats, Leopard Cats, Rusty Spotted Cats. After safari, head to beautiful city of Mysore for night stay.
This morning we take in a guided tour of Mysore visit Mysore Palace an architectural wonder, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Brindavan Garden and St. Philomena's Church. Later drive toward India's silicon valley 'Bangalore'. Enroute visit Srirangapatana famous for Ranganathaswami Temple. Night in Bangalore.
Enjoy half day tour of the garden city of Bangalore visiting Bangalore Palace, Tipu Sultan Palace, Ganesha Temple, very famous Nandi Bull Temple, Lallbagh Botanical Garden. Later head to Hassan known as the architecture capital of Karnataka state. Enroute visit very important Jain centre at Shravanabelagola famous for 1000 year old and 17 meter high monolith of Lord Bahubali.
Start your tour with a visit to Hasanamba Temple which opens once in a year for a week before Diwali and closes on very next day. Later take an excursion tour to Belur and Helebid. In Belur, visit the beautiful Chennakeshava Temple. Again 17 kms ahead from Belur is another beautiful town called Helebid where you will visit the Hoysaleswara Temple.
Morning, check out from the hotel and drive to Hospet. On arrival at Hospet, short sightseeing tour and relaxed time at the hotel.
This morning explore the beautiful world of Hospet. Located in proximity to Hampi, one of the 'UNESCO World Heritage Sites' it is also known as the 'Rome of India'. The city of Hampi is full of surprises which includes the place like King's Balance, Hampi Bazaar, Vittala Temple and Virupaksha Temple.
Hit the road to Badami. Enroute visit Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole, the first capital of Chalukyas is situated along Malaprabha River and offers temples dating back to 6th century CE. The group of 9 temples at Pattadakal are almost in single file. Some of the temples represent South India's Dravidian architecture. Afterward, head straight to Badami.
Enjoy your tour of Badami which is famous for Rock Cut caves and temples consist of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples, Badami fort dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Once you finish your Badami tour, head straight to Goa to enjoy the spectacular beaches.
Day is at leisure to enjoy the spectacular beaches of Goa or enjoy half day tour of Goa visiting magnificent temples, Old Goa churches (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Also enjoy cruise on Mandovi River.
Our trip ends after breakfast and it's time to say good bye. Catch your flight to onward destination.
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