Splendours of South India (16n/17d)

The Backwaters of Alappuzah

The Backwaters of Alappuzah

Day 1 Arrive Chennai
On your arrival at the International Airport, you will meet our representatives and transfer to the hotel. Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and an important gateway city to South India. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 2 Chennai – Kancheepuram – Mammalapuram
Drive to the temple town of Kanchipuram, the ancient capital of Pallavas. It is famous as the city of 1000 temples that still has 124 temples. It is also famous for its silk. Later visit Mammalapuram, an attractive port town and temple city of south India that dates back to 7th century. Overnight at Mammalapuram.

Day 3 Mammalapuram – Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Pondicherry, is a former french colony. Still the city boasts of its French aura and look. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Pondicherry city. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 4 Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Tiruchirapalli
The highlight of the day is a visit to Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, the ancient and attractive capital once ruled by the Chola Kings. Evening: Visit the famous temples such as Rock Fort, Sri Ranganathaswamy and Jambukeshwara Temples. Overnight at Tiruchirapalli.

Day 5 Tiruchirapalli – Madurai
Drive to Madurai, the erstwhile capital city that dates back to 2600 years old. It is a famous tourist city of Tamil Nadu in South India. Afternoon, visit the popular Meenakshi Temple, built in an attractive style with multi colour sculptures. Visit the Mariamman Teppakulam or Great Tank and the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak. Again visit Meenakshi Temple in the evening for the prayer ceremony. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 6 Madurai – Kanya Kumari – Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam enroute vi s i t Kanyakumari. One of the most important pilgrim centres of India. Continue your journey to Kovalam, one of the popular and beautiful beaches that looks picturesque with its enchanting environs of lush coconut palms. Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 7 Kovalam
Day at leisure. Enjoy having sunbath on the cool golden beaches of Kovalam. Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 8 Kovalam – Periyar
Drive to Periyar, the heart of wildlife at the Periyar National Park. Enjoy the memorable and fun filled boat cruise on the Periyar Lake to view the wildlife and natural splendour. Overnight at Periyar.

Day 9 Periyar – Kottayam – Alappuzha
Embark the luxury Houseboat that offers a best medium to sail on the backwaters. Overnight on the Houseboat.

Day 10 Alappuzha – Kochi
Reach Alappuzha and move on to Kochi, one of the most important tourist destinations and IT cities of India. In the evening, you will enjoy a Kathakali Dance Show. Overnight at Kochi.

Day 11 Kochi – Ooty
Morning take a city tour of Kochi. Later drive to Ooty. Upon arrival, check in the hotel. Ooty is considered to be the “Queen of southern hill resorts”. It is located at the altitude of 7,350 ft. above the sea level amongst the scenic environs of Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. Overnight at Ooty.

Day 12 Ooty – Coonoor – Ooty
Take a half day excursion to Coonoor. Make a visit to Sims Park and enjoy walking through the tea estates. Overnight at Ooty.

Day 13 Ooty – Mysore
Drive to Mysore & check in the hotel and relax. Mysore is an erstwhile capital city of the Wodeyar dynasty. Afternoon, enjoy the half day sightseeing tour of Mysore. Overnight at Mysore.

Day 14 Mysore – Srirangapatnam
Visit the Somnathpur Temple & Srirangapatnam. Overnight at Mysore

Day 15 Mysore – Hassan
Drive to Hassan. Visit the Hoysala Temples of Belur and Halebid. They are a wonderful complex of temples where you will get the chance to see unique architecture. Overnight at Hassan.

Day 16 Hassan – Sravanbelgola – Bangalore
Drive to Bangalore enroute visiting Sravanbelgola. The sacred Jain site, most visited by the pilgrims to take the darshan of the extraordinary 18-metre high huge statue of the naked male figure of Gomateshvara. Afternoon, take a city tour of Bangalore. Overnight at Bangalore.

Day 17 Depart Bangalore
Take a timely transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Reach Mumbai and connect onward International flight back home.

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