Extensive South India Tour

Extensive South India Tour

Package Duration
34 Days / 33 Nights
Destination Covered
Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahaballipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambram - Gangaikondacholapuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Periyar - Periyar - Kumarakon - Allepy - Marari - Cochin - Ooty - Madhumalai - Mysore - Somnathpur

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  • Day 1: Chennai

    Fly from your country to Chennai, arrive & check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 2: Chennai

    Breakfast & leave for sightseeing of Chennai, the first British major settlement in India. Visit Kapleshwara temple, St. Thomas Church, Art Gallery, St. George Fort, Marina beach ( 2nd longest beach of the world after California ). Return to Hotel for overnight.

    Day 3: Chennai–Kahcipuram–Mahaballipuram ( 130 Km, 05 hours )

    Morning leave for Mahaballipuram enroute Kanchipuram, once the Golden city of India to visit Shiv Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi temples. Continue your drive to Mahaballipuram, arrive & check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 4: Mahaballipuram

    Morning visit 6-8th century Pallave rock cut caves, Panch Ratha temple, 7th century shore temple where both Vishnu & Shiva are enshrined under one roof and soap stone workers in the market who designs and made sculptures by chisel & hammer. This is very special to see. Afternoon free to enjoy at sea beach. Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 5: Mahabalipuram–Pondicherry(120 Km,02 Hours)

    Breakfast at the Hotel & leave for Pondicherry. Arrive & Check-in at the Hotel. Afternoon sighseeing of pondicherry visiting French Colonies, Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville.

    Day 6: Pondicherry–Chidambram–Gangekondcholapuram–Tanjore

    Morning leave for Tanjore, your first stop will be at Chidambrum golden Natraja temple. Afterwards drive to Gangekondcholapuram exciting Shiva temple built from 1012-1044 AD by Kind Rajendra I. The speciality of the temple and 1000 years engineering is the rays of sun falls on Nandi ( bull ) and it reflects and give light to the Shiva Lingam since sun rise to sun set. Your next stop will be at Kumbakonam water tank, it is believed that after every 12years 9 scared holy rivers including holy Ganges are meeting here. During those Days thousands of pilgrims dip into the tank to wash their sins. Next stop at 13th century Shiva temple at Darasuram. Finally reach to Tanjore, arrive and check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 7: Tanjore–Trichy(56 Km,01.1/2 hours)

    Morning sightseeing of Tanjore visiting Brideshwarar Shiva Temple was built by King Raja Rajan from the year 985 – 1010 AD. As usual South Indian temples have big Gopurmas ( towers ) but this temple is parameter shaped, 65 meters high from the ground. This is one of the superb temple architect of the Chola dynasty. Afterwards visit Raja Rajan art gallery to see bronze statures of 9-16th century. Return back to Hotel and after some rest drive to Trichy, arrive & check in at Hotel. Afternoon visit Srirangam Vishnu temple has 21 gopurmas ( towers ), one of the gopurma is 73 meters highest in India. Afterwards visit Rock Fort 83 meters above the ground having 344 steps to reach on the top to see Vinayaka temple. Return back to your Hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 8: Trichy–Madurai(131 Km, 03 hours)

    Morning leave for Madurai, arrive and check in at Hotel Taj Garden Retreat similar. Afternoon visit 16th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Afterwards visit biggest Meenakshi temple, the temple has two main shrines one is dedicated to goddess Parvati ( Meenakshi ) and another to Sunereshwara ( Shiva ). The doms of both the shrines are covered with heavy gold plates. You can also see 1000 pillars hall built in 16th century by Nayakas by pure granite stones. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 9: Madurai–Kanyakumari(Cape Comorin)-Kovalam

    Morning leave for Kovalam via e special visit to Last soil of India Sub Continent. Arrive Cape Comorin you will visit here Devi Kanya temple & by ferry to Temple of Swami Vivekananda.
    Afterwards drive to Padumbapuram Palace which is still a traditional structure was the capital of Maharajas of Travancore. After the visit depart for Kovalam to enjoy the Sea Beaches for next few Days.

    Day 10: Kovalam Enjoy Silver Sands & Golden Sun

    Day 11: Kovalam

    Enjoy Silver Sands & Golden Sun

    Day 12: Kovalam-Periyar(260 Km, 07 hours)

    Breakfast at Hotel and leaver for Periyar, arrive and check in at Hotel Spice Village Holiday Resort. Afternoon a special visit to the spices Garden to watch different varieties of spice plantations such as cardamom, cinnamon, peeper, clove, vanilla, ginger, tea and coffee plantations etc. Periyar is on 1000 meters above sea level and is rich in spice growing. 95% pepper in India is produced from here. Vaskodegama was the first European landed at Malabar coast in 1498 A.D. in search of spices. Those Days pepper was exported against the equal weight of gold, so in the beginning of 15th century pepper was called black gold.

    Day 13: Periyar

    After breakfast visit Periyar Tiger Reserve by boat to watch different varieties of animals such as tiger, panther, leopard, bison spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, groups of wild elephants and many birds. Return to Hotel for overnight stay

    Day 14: Periyar–Kumarakon(125,4Hrs)

    After breakfast drive to Kumarakon arrive & Check in at Hotel Coconut Lagoon . The Hotel is surrounded by Back Waters at its 3 Sides. You can enjoy the environment of this superb
    Property on the biggest lake of Kerala & its worth for Bird Watching as well.

    Day 15: Kumarakoan–Houseboat Cruise

    Breakfast at Hotel & board your houseboat to enjoy the cruise in backwaters. This cruise is very exciting and sensational to watch the real traditional Kerlan life who lives on the banks of backwaters. Overnight with full meals at Houseboat cruise.

    Day 16: Houseboat Cruise

    Enjoy the Back Waters of Kerala

    Day 17: Houseboat Cruise–Allepy–Marari(25 Km, 1/2 hours)

    Houseboat will drop you at Allepy to board your vehicle & drive to Marari. Arrive and check in at Hotel. Afternoon enjoy at Sea Beach

    Day 18: Marari–Cochin(45Kms,01 Hrs)

    Breakfast at Hoteland leave for Cochin. Arrive & Check- In at Hotel. Afternoon visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church, one of the oldest Church built by the Europeans in 1503 A.D.Late afternoon visit to watch traditional Kerlan Kathakali dances. Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 19: Cochin–Ooty(350Km,07 Hrs)

    Morning leave for Ooty which is the most famous Hill Station of South India at an altitude Of 2200 Mts. This wonderfull Hill Station is popularly known as Queen of Blue Mountains & lot of Indian Movies are Shooted overthere. Arrive & Check- In at the Hotel

    Day 20: Ooty

    Morning Visit Botonical Garden , Dodobeta which is the Highest Peak of South India at the altitude of 2632 Mts. Afterwards Visit Sensational Bazaars & enjoy Boat ride in Lake Ooty.

    Day 21: Ooty–Madhumalai(80Kms,02 Hours)

    Arrive & checkin at Hotel. Afternoon visit Madhumalai national park to watch different Varieties of Animals such as tiger, panther leopard & groups of elephants.

    Day 22: Madhumalai

    Morning enjoy elephant ride in the Jungles and afternoon visit to national park .

    Day 23: Ooty–Mysore(160Km,05 hours)

    Morning leave for Mysore enroute visit at summer palace of Tipu Sultan (tiger of Mysore). Continue your drive to Mysore, once the capital and today the second most important city of Karnataka. Arrive & check in at Hotel, afternoon visit the most impressive of Mysore’s numerous monuments, though, is the Maharaja’s Palace built in 1911 at the cost of 4.2 million Indian Rupees. One of the biggest in India, it is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture. Afterwards visit Chamunda Devi temple on the hilltop, local elegant & exciting markets, on Sunday The whole Maharaja Palace is lightened in the evening and it gives a great impression of the palace. Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 24: Mysore–Somnathpur-Mysore

    After breakfast drive to Somnathpur to visit 13th century Shiva Temple built by Hoyasala Kings. Afterwards drive to Srirangapatnam to visit summer palace and tomb of Tipu Sultan. Return to Mysore for overnight stay.

    Day 25: Mysore–Sravanabelgola–Hassan(150 Km, 04 hours)

    Morning leave for Hassan, enroute visit at Sravanabelgola Jain temple atop of the hill with five hundred steps cut out of rock lead to the summit and the colossal statue of Lord Gomateswara, which is 1705 meters high. It is nearly eighteen hundred years old. Continue your drive to Hassan, arrive and check in at Hotel. Afternoon drive and visit Belur temple of Vishnu built in 1117A.D. by the Hoyasala king Vishnuvardhan. Afterwards visit Helebid Shiva temple built in 13th century. Both these temples are worth to see the stone art. Return to Hassan for overnight stay.

    Day 26: Hassan–Hospet(350Km,07 hours)

    Morning leave for Hospet, arrive ad check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 27: Hospet–Hampi-Hospet(day trip)

    After breakfast leave for Hampi, where in lie the ruins of the famous capital of the Vijayanager empire, once abundant in wealth, military prowess, aesthetics and culture. The ruins , spread over an area of nearly 26 sq km, include temples, pavilions, baths and places. Many of tem are still in good condition. The Pampapati Swami temple with its many tiered phramidal tower crests above the others. The Vittala Temple has 56 pillars, eacha of which produces a different musical note when tapped. Return to Hotel at Hospet for overnight stay.

    Day 28: Hospet–Pattadakal–Aihole–Badami

    Morning leave for Badami, visit ancient temples of Aihole. Badami and Pattadakal, situated within a few kilometers of one another. At Aihole, the cradle of Hindu temple architecture, there are as many as 70 temples of which 30 lie in a single enclosure. The Durga temple with its pyramidal roof has some remarkable sculpture and the Jain Meguli temple is constructed at 630 small stone blocks.
    The Jain cave temple hewn out of solid rock of Badami, once a flourishing capital of the Chalukyas belong to 550 A.D. The columns and ceiling are so finely executed that it is difficult to believe that these caves were once dug out. Arrive & check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 29: Badami–Goa(190Km,05 hours)

    Morning leave for Goa, arrive and check in at Hotel till day to enjoy at sea beach.

    Day 30: Goa

    At leisure

    Day 31: Goa

    At leisure

    Day 32: Goa

    At leisure

    Day 33: Goa

    At leisure

    Day 34: Goa–Mumbai/Chennai(By Flight)

    Transfer to Goa airport to board flight for Mumbai/ Chennai , arrive & day free for personal activities. Late evening transfer to Mumbai / Chennai International airport to board flight back to your country.

Contact Detail

Stairways Tours

Contact Person :-

Mr Paul

Address :-

03, Saket Building, Kondhwa-katraj Bypass, Opp. Kantini Appt. Kondhwa BK, Maharashtra, India - 411048

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