Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Places Covered: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore- Belur - Halebid - Mysore - Chennai
01 - Arrive Chennai
Departure from home Country.
Day 02 - Chennai (Madras)
Arrive Chennai (Madras). Transfer to hotel
Day 03 - Chennai (Madras) - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Trichy
Full day tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. The former was the main port of Pallava dynasty & has exquisite rock-cut monuments, monolithic structures and bas reliefs. It is also a beach resort. Kanchipuram is famed for it's hand - woven cottons and kanjivaram silk.
Evening transfer to railway station for Trichy night train.
Day 04 - Trichy
Morning arrive Trichy & transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour of Trichy visiting the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapathi - 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple, yet another flight leads to the temple of Lord Shiva. The ascend is climaxed by magnificient view of the sacred Kaveri river. Visit Srirangam a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which contains within its walls a bazzar.
Day 05 - Trichy - Tanjore - Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai enroute visiting the famous 9th century Chola Temple Brihodeswara at Tanjore. Check in at hotel.
Day 06 - Madurai
Morning half day sightseeing tour. Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - a gracious building in the Indo Saracenic style, famous for the stucco work on its domes and arches. Afternoon free.
Day 07 - Madurai - Periyar
Morning drive to Periyar National Park
Day 08 - Periyar - Cochin
Morning drive to Cochin. Check in at hotel.
Day 09 - Cochin
Morning half day tour to visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue , Chinese fishing nets, & St.Francis Church . Afternoon free.
Day 10 - Cochin - Bangalore - Mysore
Morning transfer to airport for Bangalore flight. Arrive and drive directly to Mysore. Check in at hotel.
Day 11 - Mysore
Morning full day excursion of Belur and Halebid. The Chenna Kesava Temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temple are masterpieces of hindu art.
Day 12 - Mysore
Morning tour of Mysore. Afternoon free
Day 13 - Mysore - Chennai (Madras)
Transfer to railway station for Chennai (Madras) train. Arrive & transfer to hotel.
Transfer to airport for return flight.