South India Sojourn

A month long tour including the prominent destinations of 3 states i.e Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka…

Package Includes :

Duration : 30 Nights / 31 Days

DAY 1 : Chennai

On arrival pick up and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at Chennai.

DAY 2 : Chennai

During the day you will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Chennai which includes your visit to Fort St. George, Kapaleeswara Temple, Parthasarthy Temple, High Court Complex and other places of tourist attraction.

DAY 3 : Mahabalipuram

Morning after breakfast, drive towards Kanchipuram. Later take a visit to Kanchipuram- one of the seven holy cities in the country, and a visit is believed to bestow salvation. Kanchipuram once had over a thousand temples. Today, there are more than a hundred extant, and all are worth a visit. Kanchipuram also has some notable churches and mosques. Kanchipuram is a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Shaivite Hindus.

Apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. The weavers of Kanchi have settled in the temple town more than 400 years ago and have given it enviable reputation as the producers of the best silk and cotton sarees in the country.

Later drive towards Mahabalipuram and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at Mahabalipuram.

DAY 4 : Pondicherry

Start your drive towards Pondicherry – the erstwhile French colony. Day is free to take walks in the city. This city is also famous for Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Whole day is proposed at your discretion. You may take a heritage walk to see the influence of French culture and architecture on the city.

DAY 5 : Pondicherry

Day is at your discretion. Stay overnight at Pondicherry.

DAY 6 : Tanjore

Morning after breakfast drive towards Tanjore. The sightseeing tour of Tanjore includes visit to The Palace, Saraswati Mahal Library, Sangeetha Mahal and Brihadeswara Temple (or the big temple of God). The temple tower rises to a height of 15 meters from a square base of 29 meters and then tapers off, making a total of 66 meters). Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7 : Trichy

Morning after breakfast,drive towards the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu – Trichy. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant. Stay overnight at Trichy.

DAY 8 : Madurai

Morning after breakfast drive towards the temple town of India, Madurai. At Madurai day is free to explore its markets and temples on your own. Stay overnight at Madurai.

DAY 9 : Madurai

Day is free to visit the Meenakshi temple – a superb example of Dravidian architecture and sculpture, the focal point around which the city has developed. Remaining day is free for leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Also visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style in 1639 AD. The curved dome, standing without the support of a girder or rafter, is an architectural feat Pass by the MariammanTeppakulam – the tank with a mandapam in the center. Visit Tirumangalam, 19 kms from Madurai.

Late evening attend the very special “night ceremony” at Shree MeenakshiTemple. The ceremony takes place every evening at 9 PM, when the bronze idol of Lord Shiva is carried to the bedchamber of Parvati. The procession is accompanied by religious prayer and enchanting temple music. Stay overnight at your hotel.

DAY 10 : Kanyakumari

Morning after breakfast drive towards Kanyakumari. During the day take a sightseeing tour which includes your visit to Vivekananda Memorial Rock Temple, Gandhi Memorial and Kanniyakumari Devi Temple. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Kanyakumari is situated at the southern tip of India, where 3 seas – the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet. Watching Sunrise and Sunset in Kanyakumari is highly rewarding.

DAY 11 : Kovalam

Morning after breakfast checkout from your hotel and proceed straight towards Kovalam. On arrival check in at your beach resort. Remaining day is at leisure. Evening you may take a walking tour of the excellent beach of your resort.

Kovalam is a quiet and isolated sandy expanse where you can have a relaxing beach holiday. Most interesting part of the beach is its spectacular sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The sunset at this beach is absolutely astounding with the sun dipping slowly down the horizon and the sky filled with red and orange hues.

DAY 12 : Kovalam

Day is at leisure. Stay overnight at Kovalam.

DAY 13 : Houseboat

Morning after breakfast drive towards Alleppey. On arrival embark in your luxury air-conditioned House Boat (backwater Cruise) with a fully furnished bedroom, attached bathroom, living room and sun deck. You will have your exclusive chef who will prepare tasty meals and seafood for you. For the whole day you will be moving over the backwater canals witnessing every aspect of backwater lifestyle in a leisurely manner. You have the discretion to ask your boat to be moored at any point you find appealing. In houseboat – Traditional Kerala food will be served. Overnight stay in your luxury air-conditioned houseboat.

DAY 14 : Kochi

Disembark your houseboat & drive to Cochin. Later, take a guided sightseeing tour of Jewish town; visit the synagogue and take a walk in the market.

You may also visit the Dutch Palace, St. Francis’ church and Santa Cruz Basilica. Evening is ideal to take a stroll near Chinese fishing Nets. An ideal spot for sunset photography! Stay overnight at Kochi.

DAY 15 : Periyar

On this day have a leisurely breakfast and drive to Periyar. On your arrival at Periyar you will be transferred to your hotel to check in. After having some leisure move out for a Spice Plantation tour. Return back to hotel by evening and rest of the time at leisure.In the evening set for the adventurous night patrolling activity with a learned naturalist accompanied with an armed forest guard.

DAY 16 : Periyar

Take a morning & evening boat ride over the Periyar Lake to see the wild animals congregating on the lake for drinking water.

DAY 17 : Munnar

Have your breakfast and drive towards Munnar. On your arrival at Munnar you will be transferred to your hotel to check in. Rest of the time is kept free for leisure. While staying here you may take walks in the beautiful surroundings. Stay overnight at Munnar.

DAY 18 : Munnar

On this day you will be taken to visit the tea plantation and other places of interest. Rest of the time is kept free as per your discretion. Stay overnight at Munnar.

DAY 19 : Ooty

Drive towards Ooty – the queen of hill stations. On your arrival at Ooty you will be transferred to your hotel to check in. Rest of the time is kept free for leisure. Night stay at Ooty.

DAY 20 : Ooty

During the day have an excursion to Nilgiris region and meet with the local tribes & also visit the attractions. Also take the fascinating toy train ride. By the evening drive back to your hotel for the overnight stay.

DAY 21 : Mysore

Morning after breakfast proceed towards Mysore. On arrival at Mysore, check in at your hotel. Move to visit sprawling Maharaja’s Palace with its outstanding treasures and ivory inlaid doors. The interior is also lavishly decorated with stained glass, mirrors, pillars, paintings and jewels. Later drive outside the city to Chamundi Hill and the huge Nandi Bull statue, St. Philomena’s Church & Mysore Zoo. Stay overnight at Mysore.

DAY 22 : Hassan

Visit the Devraja Flower market in the morning. Drive to Hassan. Visit Sravanabelagola on the way. On arrival check in at your hotel. Rest of the time is kept free to explore the place. Stay overnight at your resort.

DAY 23 : Hassan

Morning after breakfast move for an excursion to two most outstanding sites of Hoysala style temples namely Halebid and Belur. Visit some of the most beautiful temples of Hoysala kingdom notably the Hoysaleshwar temple and Kedareshwara temple at Halebid and Channekeshava temple at Belur. These temples have some of the most intricate and unbelievable carvings found anywhere in Hindu temples. Stay overnight at your resort.

DAY 24 : Hampi

Drive to Hampi. If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi. Hampi has been classified as a World Heritage Center and is one of the major tourist destinations in India.

Hampi, the seat of the famed Vijayanagara Empire was the capital of the largest empire in past – Moghul India, covering several states. The Vijayanagara Empire stretched over at least three states – Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute.

Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lie scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation.

Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth.

The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of man’s infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. A visit to Hampi is a sojourn into the past. Most of the important structures and ruins are located in two areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre.

DAY 25 : Hampi

Day is to explore the town. Stay overnight at Hampi.

DAY 26 : Badami

Drive to Badami. Badami was once the capital of Chalukyan Empire and today it boasts some of the most beautiful rock cut temples of that period. Rest of the time is kept free as per your own discretion. Stay overnight at Badami.

DAY 27 : Badami

After breakfast you will be taken for an excursion to Aihole and Pattadakal. Return back to your hotel and take some rest. Night stay at Badami.

DAY 28 : Goa

Drive to Goa and check in at your resort on arrival. Remaining day is free at leisure.

DAY 29 : Goa

Day is at discretion. Stay overnight at Goa.

DAY 30 : Goa

Day is at discretion. Stay overnight at Goa.

DAY 31 : Goa

Transfer to Goa airport to board the flight back home. The Tour Ends.