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Home > India Tour Packages > Grand South India Tour
Grand South India Tour
Duration : 17 Nights & 18 Days
Destinations : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Munnar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore

Day 01 : Arrive Chennai
On your arrival at Chennai airport our company representative shall meet you and greet you. Later our representative will assist you to the hotel with the check-in formalities. Chennai - formerly known as Madras, is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the country. It is the biggest industrial and commercial Centre in South India, and also a major cultural, economic and educational Centre of the country. Today your evening is free at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay is in Chennai.

Day 02 : Chennai sightseeing
Morning after a relishing breakfast in hotel, proceed for the guided city sightseeing tour of Chennai. Visit St. Thomas Church built in the year 1523 by the Portuguese in honour of St. Thomas, who died in Madras. Later it was rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1893, and is believed to house the remains of the Apostle. Next visit Kapaleeswarar Temple which is among the most popular temples in the city. It is one of the most sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva where one can see several daily rituals held in the temple. Also visit the historic Fort St. George - the first British fortress in India founded in the year 1644. Later drive past the Marina Beach - a natural urban beach located along the Bay of Bengal. The natural sandy beauty, spacious promenade and beautiful gardens of the beach attract tourists visiting Chennai. Overnight stay is in Chennai.

Day 03 : Chennai - Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (150 kms / 03 ½ hrs)
Morning after having breakfast drive towards one of the oldest towns in India – Kanchipuram, also known as “The City of Thousand Temples”. It is one of the seven sacred cities of India and is only one city associated with both Lord Shiva and Vishnu temples. On arrival at Kanchipuram, visit the world famous 7th and 8th centuries temples which reflects the glorious traditions of South India. Kanchipuram is also popular for its renowned crafted world famous silk sarees which are embellished with stunning patterns. Here pay your visit to the local homes of the weavers and enjoy shopping the great Indian magical stuff. Later continue your drive to Mahabalipuram - situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal and was already a famous seaport in the 1st century AD. On arrival at Mahabalipuram transfer to your pre booked hotel. Later after some relaxation proceed for sightseeing. Visit the seven pagoda-style Shore temples lashed by the waves of the sea and the temple chariots. This temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India which are the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. End the visit by photography of the beautiful Shore temples at sunset. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Overnight stay is in Mahabalipuram.

Day 04 : Mahabalipuram – Trichy (300 kms / 04 ½ hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive towards Tiruchirappalli formerly known as Trichy, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre and famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. On arrival at Trichy, transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Later after some relaxation proceed for city tour visiting Rock fort Ganapathi temple. The temple is 83m height and this is the oldest rock in the world dating around 3800 million years. The rise of it is a thrill and is an actual attraction with the temple at the pinnacle. Also visit Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple. This temple dates back to the 14th century, devoted to Lord Vishnu and numerous rulers have contributed in the temple construction such as Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas and Hoysalas. Also visit Jambukeshwara Temple which is a famous temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple was built by Kocengannan, one of the early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Overnight stay is in Trichy.

Day 05 : Trichy – Tanjore – Madurai (250 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning after breakfast continue your drive to Tanjore – once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brihadishwara temple. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples". The temple tower rises to a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 meters and then tapers off, making a total of 66mts. Later continue your drive towards Madurai. On arrival check in to your pre-booked hotel. Madurai is over 2500 years old and is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. The city is planned in the shape of a lotus. Situated on the banks of the Vaigai River, Madurai is the ancient capital of the Pandya Kings. It is the one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Later on arrival at Madurai transfer to your hotel. Evening is free at leisure to explore on your own. Overnight stay is in Madurai.

Day 06 : Madurai sightseeing

Today morning after breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple Complex - one of the largest of its kind in India and undoubtedly one of the oldest too. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, her consort Lord Sundareshwara, and her celestial brother Lord Vishnu. Also visit Alagar Koil - situated on a hill amidst a panoramic view and contains some beautiful intricate carvings. The temple is dedicated to Lord Alagar. Next visit Tirumalai Nayakar Mahal - constructed in 1523 is an Indo-Saracenic palace which was originally four times larger than its present size. Its most remarkable feature is the Swarga Vilasam or the audience hall, whose dome rises to a height of 20 m without any kind of support. Next visit Gandhi museum – dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and highlights the Freedom Struggle and contain images and artifacts of the Gandhi’s movement. Lastly visit Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam - tank with a mandapam (covered platform) at the centre enshrines Lord Vigneshwara. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Overnight stay is in Madurai.

Day 07 : Madurai - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (200 kms / 04 hrs)
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, drive towards Periyar on a beautiful scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cocoa, cardamom, green pepper and areca nut. On arrival at Periyar, transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Today you have the opportunity to find out why the Kerala cuisine is so different from most of the other Indian cuisines. Enjoy visit to Periyar’s famed spice plantations which grows over the hills around Periyar Tiger Reserve to see blooming cardamom, pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and many other varieties of spices and medicinal plants. Overnight stay is in Periyar.

Day 08 : Periyar – Munnar (130 kms / 3 ½ hrs)
Today morning after breakfast enjoy a boat ride on lake Periyar where you have a golden opportunity to sight elephants and other animals. Later in afternoon drive towards tea estate of Munnar through the beautiful tea plantation. Munnar - located at a lofty height of 1600m above sea level, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding hills carpeted with tea plantations. It is the world famous region of South India known for tea plantation. Evening is free at leisure to explore on your own. Overnight stay is in Munnar.

Day 09 : Munnar
Morning after a relaxed breakfast, enjoy hiking in the world's highest tea estates spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometres, lust green hills. Munnar is a place so difficult to describe, very low population and too far from pollution, most of the area is covered by Tata tea. Also the Raja Malai located 15 kms from Munnar. A visit here is a must to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at Anamudi, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam, Indo Swiss project. Evening is free to enjoy a leisure boat ride in Lake at Mattupetty. Overnight stay is in Munnar.

Day 10 : Munnar – Kumarakom (150 kms / 04 hrs)
Morning after breakfast continue your drive towards Kumarakom which is popularly known all over the world for its backwater tourism and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Later in afternoon visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary - located on the banks of the backwaters and renowned for its varied avian population. The attraction of the sanctuary is undoubtedly the local birds which houses various species such as waterfowl, cuckoo, egret, ducks, Siberian Crane and many more. Evening is free at leisure to explore the city blessed with unsurpassable naturally bounty. Overnight stay is in Kumarakom.

Day 11 : Kumarakom – Alleppey (By Houseboat)
Morning after a relishing breakfast and ayurvedic massage in the resort, embark your houseboat by the early hours of afternoon. Today you will cruise from Kumarakom to Alleppey to observe & experience the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters. Experience true character of Kerala and relish your lunch on banana leaf in a traditional and healthy way. The crew and chef will be at your disposal and will look after all your requirements. Enjoy a pleasant cruise in a stylish houseboat and explore the secluded beauty of these backwaters. Spend the night on board.

Day 12 : Alleppey – Cochin (70 kms / 01 ½ hrs)
Morning after having breakfast in houseboat, disembark the houseboat and drive towards Cochin - beautiful southern state of Kerala. The city has a rich cosmopolitan culture, highly influenced by historical trading partners, Portuguese, Dutch, Arab, Chinese, and Japanese. On arrival at Cochin, transfer to your hotel. Later head towards the sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Hill Palace Museum - Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum which is a fully-fledged archaeological museum (Closed on Monday’s). Chinese Fishing Nets – fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing which were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by Chinese traders. Also visit Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Friday’s). Santa Cruz Basilica, historic church which was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Later Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. Lastly visit Jewish Synagogue, oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth which was built in 1568, (Closed on Saturday’s). Evening enjoy Kathakali dance show and photograph yourself along with the artists wearing colorful costumes as a souvenir. Overnight stay is in Cochin.

Day 13 : Cochin – Ooty (300 kms / 06 ½ hrs)
Morning after breakfast continue your drive towards Ooty – popularly recognized by the name of "Queen of hill stations' among the tourist. It is one of the most popular hill resorts in southern India at an elevation of 7216 ft. above sea-level. On arrival at Ooty, transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Later after some relaxation visit Zotanical Garden - a variety of exotic and ornamental plants adorn this garden which is the venue for the flower show held in May every year. Overnight stay is in Ooty.

Day 14 : Ooty

Today you full day is free at leisure to explore the beautiful & ravishing beauty of Ooty. Overnight stay is in Ooty.

Day 15 : Ooty – Mysore (140 kms / 03 hrs)

Today morning after breakfast continue your drive towards Mysore. The city of Mysore is known as the 'City Of Palaces'. The city is noted for its palaces and festivities. Mysore was earlier the capital of the Wodeyar rulers. The Wodeyar rulers were great patrons of art and culture, which one can see in the rich heritage of the city. On arrival at Mysore, transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Today your rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay is in Mysore.

Day 16 : Mysore Sightseeing
Today morning after having breakfast in hotel, proceed towards the city sightseeing tour of Mysore. Visit the places you must have been longing. Visit the famous Mysore Palace - situated in the middle of the city and is a reminder of the grandeur of a bygone era. The original wooden palace was destroyed in a fire in 1897 during a marriage ceremony but later it was redesigned by a British architect, Henry Erwin who handed it over to the king in 1911-12, at a cost of Rs. 4.2 million. The palace is a blend of Indo-Saracenic, Mogul and Hindu architecture styles. Also visit Chamundi Hill where Nandi, a huge monolithic image of Shiva's Bull, is always garlanded with flowers and held in high esteem by Hindus. Next visit St. Phenomena's Church – built in the Gothic style, one of the largest churches of the country, Brindavan Gardens which sprawl amid gorgeous cascading fountains and witness the exuberant beauty of it, Sir Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery – Housed in the Jag Mohan Palace, this gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to 1875. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Overnight stay is in Mysore.

Day 17 : Mysore – Bangalore (150 kms / 03 hrs)
Today morning after having breakfast in hotel continue your drive towards Bangalore en route visiting Sirangapatnam which is the capital of warrior – King Hyder Ali & his son Tipu Sultan, has magnificent monuments that are well worth a visit. Later continue your drive towards Bangalore. On arrival at Bangalore, transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour which include visit to Tippu Summer Palace, located in the heart of the city, was the summer residence of the Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan. He endearingly called the Palace as lask-e-jannat (the envy of heaven). An inscription on the wooden screen describes the palace as the "abode of happiness", almost mocking the ruins that surround it. Lalbagh Botanical Garden - enchanting garden set on 240 acres with a rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical trees and plants. The garden was originally commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, and later finished by his son Tipu Sultan. It houses a majestic glasshouse built on the lines of London's Crystal Palace. Vidhana Soudha – which was built in 1954, is a landmark of the city. Constructed purely out of granite and porphyry, Vidhana Soudha is adorned with four domes on its four corners. Also visit Iskcon temple - the Krishna temple which is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony, Cubbon park - beautiful park which is spread over 300 acres in the heart of the city, serves as the lung space of the ever-growing Bangalore city. Later after sightseeing drive back to hotel. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay is in Bangalore.

Day 18 : Bangalore Depart
Today morning on time transfer to Bangalore airport to board the flight back home or onward journey.