01: Flight to India (Chennai)
Around Midnight arrival in
Chennai (formerly known as Madras).
The cosmopolitan city and capital of Tamil Nadu is the
main gateway for travellers to South India. Upon arrival, you will be met
by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to
After having the breakfast we start the sightseeing of
Chennai. We visit the Fort St. George near the harbour
area of Chennai. The British built this fort in the 17th
century. We will also visit the St. Mary's Church. This church
was the first English church in India.
03: Chennai - Mysore
In the morning we drive through the betel nut and pepper
plantation and proceed to
Mysore. Mysore is world famous
for Silk and Sandalwood. Mysore is also a centre of producing
saris. Saree is a common dress of woman in India. In Mysore
we drive to Chamundi Hill to see a giant Nandi (buffalo
god) and enjoy the view of the surroundings form the hilltop.
In the evening we will visit the beautiful Brindavan garden.
04: Mysore - Halebid - Belur (about
Today we visit the most impressive and one of the largest
city palaces in India. The City Palace of Mysore "Ambar
Vilas" is built in the Indo-Saracenic style. After
the sightseeing of Mysore we proceed through picturesque
hilly landscape and arrive in
Halebid. Halebid was the
ancient capital of Hoysala Empire. In Halebid we visit
the Hoysalesvara Temple of 12th century where we see half-life
size statues of Hindu deities, with minute details of
each, all around the temple. After the visit in Halebid
we proceed to
Belur. In Belur we visit the group of Chennakesava
Temples. These temples are famous for their architecture
and sculptures. Belur and Halebid are the apex of the cultural
heritage of Karnataka.
05: Belur - Sravanbelgola - Bangalore
(about 160 km)
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to
On the way to Bangalore we make a stopover in Sravanbelgola
where we visit the colossal monolithic statue of Gomatesvara,
standing 18 meters high of 1980 AD. This Jain sculpture
represents the saintly prince Bahubali after he had gained
enlightenment. After the visit of Sravanbelgola we proceed
for Bangalore. Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian
state Karnataka. This former "Garden city" Bangalore
is known today as "computer city" of India.
In Bangalore we visit the monolithic Nandi, Shiva's Bull
and famous Gowda Fort. The Gowda Fort was built by the Tipu Sultan.
06: Bangalore - Hassan
In the morning we drive through the garden city with its
numerous avenues of Jacaranda, gulmohar and cassia. Today
we visit Tipu's summer palace. Drive past numerous parks,
the Vidhan Sauda and downtown commercial centre. Today
we also visit Protima Bedi`s Dance Village. Overnight
07: Hassan - Mahabalipuram
Today after having breakfast we drive through the coastal
route to Mahabalipuram. In Mahabalipuram we visit some
of the 14 cave temples and 9 monolithic rathas (temple
chariots). Pallavamala was the ruler who made the port
famous in the 7th century and was largely responsible
for building the temples.
08: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to
Pondicherry was retained as French colony until 1954.
Pondicherry has even today French atmosphere amidst the
surrounding Tamil country. We visit the Sri Aurobindo
Ashram, which is a world famous Yoga and philosophy center.
Then we drive through the tropical mountains to Chidambaram.
Chidambaram lies on the north edge of the Coleroon River.
In Chidambaram we visit the Natraja Temple. This temple
is dedicated to the dancing Lord Shiva, a famous Hindu
deity of the Chola Kings.
09: Chidambaram - Kumbakonam - Tanjore
Today after having breakfast we drive to Tanjore. On the
way to Tanjore we have a stop over in Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam
is famous for its 18 temples in the town centre. Tanjore
was the capital of great Chola King who built more than
70 temples between 10th and 14th century. We visit here
one of the world heritage monument, Brihasdisvara Temple
(11th century), which is also known as big temple.
10: Tanjore - Srirangam - Trichy
(about 60 km)
Today we drive to Srirangam and visit the Ranganathasvami
Temple. This temple is one of the largest temples in India
dedicated to god Vishnu. After the visit of Srirangam
we proceed to
Trichy. Trichy, the land near the delta
is very fertile and productive. This town Trichy is so
ancient that Ptolemy mentioned it in the 2nd century BC
by Alexandrian geographer. We have to climb stairs for the famous
Rock Fort. This fort was built on 84 m high rock in the
centre of town in about 1660. We also visit a Shiva and
Ganesha temple and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings
from the top.
11: Trichy - Madurai (about 140
Today we leave Trichy and drive to
Madurai. Madurai is
situated on the bank of river Vaigai and is also referred
to as the Athens of the East. Madurai has the most outstanding
examples of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Minakshi
Temple, a standing monument to the temple builders of
the 16th and 17th century. We spend enough time in Minakshi
Temple and afterwards have a walk through the bazaars
of this 2500 years old town before we drive back to the
Today we first visit Tirumalai Nayaka Palace. This palace
was built in the 1636 and represents the Indo-Mughal style.
Today we will also visit Gandhi Museum. In Gandhi Museum
we get the information about the life of Gandhi and freedom
movement during the presence of British in India.
13: Madurai - Chennai
Today after having breakfast we drive to Chennai. After
arrival in Chennai we will get refresh and have dinner
before we depart to the airport with the Indo Vacations
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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