Day 1 : Arrive
Arrive Chennai. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight Chennai
Day 2 : Chennai
breakfast, full day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram (64
kms from Chennai) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of
1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva
was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples
of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of
interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. The city of
Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an
interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of
Dravidian style of Architecture.
Day 3 : Chennai
After breakfast, city tour of Chennai. Visit the Museum to see the Art and
Bronze Gallery. Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort
museum, Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral and snake park . Check-out at 1200
hrs from the hotel. Late evening transfer to railway-station for overnight
journey to Madurai.
Day 4 : Maduri
arrive Madurai and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the great Meenakshi
Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva. Later, visit the Tirumala
Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for
the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and
Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.
Day 5 : Maduri - Periyar
After breakfast, drive to Periyar National Park. it extends to 777 square
kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild
life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Elephants,
wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. can be
seen easily. Overnight Periyar.
Day 6 : Periyar - Trivandrum
After breakfast, drive to Trivandrum viewing the scenic beauty enroute.
Kerala is lush green and is full of lakes and water. Overnight Trivandrum.
Day 7 : Trivandrum
After breakfast, Day free in Trivandrum or optional tours to Cape Comorin
(Kanya Kumari - the southern most part of India) or nearby places like
Kovalam beach, etc. Overnight Trivandrum.
Day 8 : Trivandrum - Cochin
After breakfast, drive to Cochin visiting the Kerala villages enroute.
Day 9 : Cochin
breakfast, city tour of Cochin. One of the finest natural harbours on the
Arabian Sea coast, Kochi, earlier known as Cochin, has been a pot of call
for foreign traders from early times. Cochin is the natural harbour created
by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the
rougher the seas are outside and the calmer waters are within the Harbour.
Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue,
Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing
Nets. Checkout at 1200 hrs. Transfer to railway-station for overnight
journey to Bangalore.
Day 10 : Bangalore
Morning arrive Bangalore and transfer to hotel followed by breakfast.
Afternoon tour of Bangalore city, visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old
trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and
sub-tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja's Palace & Government
Buildings. Overnight Bangalore.
Day 11 : Bangalore - Mysore
arrive Bangalore railway station and drive to Mysore. Arrive and transfer to
hotel. Overnight Mysore.
Day 12 : Mysore
Morning visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911 - 1912. The palace
is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture
with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are
magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see
Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see
the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight Mysore.
Day 13 : Mysore - Chennai
After breakfast, morning free. Transfer to rail-station to catch the train
for Chennai. Arrive Chennai & transfer to hotel.
Day 14 : Depart Chennai
Transfer to airport for onward destination.