SPLENDOURS OF THE SOUTH
15 nights/ 16 Days
DAY 01 ARRIVE AT BANGALORE
On arrival at Bangalore Airport, meet and transfer to hotel for 01 night stay. Bangalore, often referred to as the 'Garden City' is known for its numerous parks and avenues. Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Bangalore covering Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh Gardens, Cubbon Park& Museum and Vidhana Soudhawhich houses both the State Legislature and the Secretariat. Overnight, stay at Bangalore.
DAY 02 BANGALORE - MYSORE
After breakfast, drive to Mysore. The capital of a former princely state, Mysore is a city of palaces and gardens and is famous for its silk, sandalwood and jasmine. En route, visit Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapatnam and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. On arrival, check into the hotel for 02 nights. Evening you are free to explore the colourful bazaars. Overnight stay at Mysore
DAY 03 MYSORE
Morning, leave for a city tour including Mysore Maharaja's Palace, the Nandi Bull and Chamundi Hills. Rest of the day you are free to relax. At night stay in Mysore.
DAY 04 MYSORE - OOTY
After breakfast, proceed to Ooty. On arrival, check into the hotel for 01 night stay. Afternoon, visit popular attractions including the Botanical Gardens, Lake Doddabetta, Mukurti Peak and tea plantations. Overnight, stay at Ooty.
DAY 05 OOTY - COCHIN
Morning, enjoy a toy train ride through the hills to Coonoor. Thereafter drive to Cochin and on arrival, check into hotel for 02 nights' stay. Evening, you watch a Kathakali performance at a cultural centre nearby. Overnight, stay in Cochin.
DAY 06 COCHIN
After breakfast, go for half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin covering the Dutch Palace, Jew Street, The Jewish Synagogue, The St. Francis Church and The Chinese fishing nets. Afternoon you are at leisure. Later in the evening you leave for the Cultural Centre to enjoy the Kathakali dance show. Overnight stay at Cochin
DAY 07 COCHIN - ALLEPPEY
After breakfast, drive to Alleppey where you will check into a Houseboat at 1200 hrs for night cruise towards Kumarakom. Meals will be served on board. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
DAY 08 ALLEPPEY - KUMARAKOM
Arrive at Kumarakom around 0930 hrs after a relaxing breakfast on board. Check into the backwater resort for O1 night stay. Rest of the day you are at leisure for own activities. You can opt for an Ayurvedic Full Body Massage at the resort. Overnight, stay at Kumarakom.
DAY 09 KUMARAKOM - THEKKADY
Early morning, you can opt to visit the nearby bird sanctuary. After breakfast, drive to Thekkady. On arrival, check into the hotel for 02 nights' stay. Afternoon, visit the spice plantations and the Kumily town. Overnight, stay at Thekkady.
DAY 10 THEKKADY
Morning you are at leisure. You can opt for a soft trek through the forest or go for an elephant ride. Evening, you can enjoy boating through Lake Periyar to watch the wildlife. Overnight,stay at Thekkady.
DAY 11 THEKKADY - MADURAI
After an early breakfast, drive to Madurai. On arrival, check into the hotel for 01 night stay. Afternoon you enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madurai. The sites include Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Naicker Palace, Koodal Azhagar Temple and the Gandhi Museum. Evening, visit Sri Meenakshi Temple and attend the Pooja ceremony. Overnight, stay in Madurai..
DAY 12 MADURAI - TRICHY - TANJORE
After an early breakfast, drive to Tanjore-en route visiting Trichy. Visit the Rock Fort, Vinayaka Temple, Tayumanaswamy and Sriranqam temples. Thereafter proceed to Tanjore and check into the hotel for 02 nights. Overnight, stay at Tanjore.
DAY 13 TANJORE
After breakfast, go for sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Visit the Brihadeeswara Temple, Saraswathi Mahal Library and the Art Gallery with its large collection of Chola bronzes. Overnight, stay at Tanjore.
DAY 14 TANJORE - PONDICHERRY
After an early breakfast, drive to Pondicherry. En route, visit Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram. On arrival, check into the resort for nights' stay. Afternoon you explore the nearby places including the Auroville, Pondicherry Museum and the Botanical Garden. Evening you take a stroll on the promenade or relax at the beach. Overnight, stay at Pondicherry.
DAY 15 PONDICHERRY - MAHABALIPURAM - CHENNAI
After breakfast, drive to Chennai. En route, visit Mahabalipuram. Visit the Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance and Artisans Village at Mahabalipuram. Later proceed to Chennai and check into the hotel for 01 night. Overnight, stay at Chennai.
DAY 16 DEPART FROM CHENNAI
Transfer to Chennai for your flight / train to onward destination.