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Best of South India

South India is also known as Dravida and many believe that they are the original Indian’s. The South India region is adequately surrounded by two mountain ranges, the Western and Eastern Ghats, and is also covered by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Arabian Sea in the west, the Indian Ocean in the south and has the Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Kaveri rivers. Moreover, The South India occupying 19.31% of India's area and encompassing Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as the union territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry. As we know that South region is full of cultural values and is imbibed by diverse languages, festivals and heritage richness. In true sense the land is incredible in this region our visitors can see and explore wildlife sanctuaries and parts, can take a glance of natural beauty like hills and rivers. Further, the place is well admired for its rich and delicious foods. In Kerala coconut is an important ingredients, whereas in Andhra Pradesh people like the spicy pickles and curries and Tamil Nadu is popular for is Dosa, Idli, Uttapam and even for its Hyderabadi Biryani. In addition, if someone is well rooted with south than can surely sense the true cultural values, here people from all over world come and admire the Traditional dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and many more.

Detail Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Chennai
Arrive at Chennai International Airport; Upon Arrival you are welcomed and assisted by the local representative after that transfer to the hotel and your rest of day is free for leisure and overnight at the hotel
 
Day 02: Chennai
Chennai, the capital city, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. The places of interest are Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy and science.Afternoon at leisure
 
Day 03: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Morning drive to Kanchipuram.Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram, this city of thousand temples lies. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Apart from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers, settled here some 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation. Later proceed to Mahablipuram.Mahabalipuram, driving south of Madras on the coast lies Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam, has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The world's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men .beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas, a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style. reach pondicherry and Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 04: Pondicherry
Pondicherry - Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram retreat was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter aimed at creating a city of the future where people from India and abroad could live and work together in a spiritual environment. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 05: Pondicherry– Thanjaur
Drive to Tanjore visiting enroute Chidambram. Chidambram, the seat of the Cosmic Dancer; dedicated to Lord Nataraja. Spread over an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on each side, the temple is distinguished by the five sabhas or counts. The towering gopurams, the tallest one on the north is 42.4 m are carved on it with 108 dance poses of Bharatanatiyam.On arrival, check-in at the hotel.Afternoon visit Tanjore.Tanjore - The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest.
 
Day 06: Thanjaur –Trichy - Madurai
Drive to Trichy, 56 km for sightseeing.Srirangam - 5 kms from Trichy, located in an island is Srirangam. Surrounded by the Kaveri water is a 600 acre island town enclosed within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple. There are no less than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest in India. The 72 m high 13 tiered gopuram dominates the landscape for miles around.The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Later drive to Madurai and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay.
 
Day 07:  Madurai – Periyar national park
Breakfast at the hotel and Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500 yeras old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of magnificent 'The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.today we drive to Periyar national park and check in at the resort and in the afternoon we visit Periyar national park. Park is famous for Elephant, wild cats etc. we come back to the resort and Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 08:  Periyar National Park – Alleppey
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Alleppey and check in at the houseboat and full day leisure at the houseboat and overnight at the houseboat.
 
Day 09:  Alleppey – Kovalam
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Kovalam and check in at the hotel and in the evening we visit one of the famous beach of India “The Kovalam Beach” and later we come back to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 10: Kovalam
Breakfast at the hotel and today we visit southern most past India “Kanyakumari”. There we visit some interesting places such as Kanyakumari temple, Padmanabhapuram temple and sunset point. We drive back to Kovalam and Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 11: Kovalam & Around
Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today it is one of the world famous tourist destinations for Beach lovers. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore .On arrival Kovalam transferred to beach resort later move out for a local tour of Kovalam and Trivandrum visit covering Museum complex, Padmanabhapuram Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach Evening return back to resort rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach shore and you can make use of resort facilities, Swimming pool, Health club, out door and indoor games and you can also take a Ayurveda Massage at resort and over night stay at resort.
 
Day 12: Kovalam – Cochin
Breakfast at the hotel and check out from the hotel and we drive to Cochin and Transferred to the hotel and in the afternoon we go for half day city tour of Cochin. We visit some of the famous places of Cochin such as St. Francis church, Jewish Synagogue , Bolghatty Palace, Chinese fishing nets and Sant Cruz Baslica Church. We come back to the hotel in the evening and overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 13: Cochin – Munnar
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Munnar (one of the finest hill station of South India) and check in at the hotel and our afternoon is free for leisure , in the evening we can take a walk through lush tea gardens of Munnar.( A must visit place in Kerala) and Overnight at the hotel.

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