Classical South India

Classical South India

Chennai - Mamallapuram - Bangalore - Mysore - Mudumalai - Coonoor - Cochin - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Starting Price : USD 1525 / Euro 1205

 

Explore 1100-year-old stone carvings in a UNESCO World Heritage site, watch weavers create silk saris, visit temples and magnificent palaces, take a jungle safari amidst tigers and other exotic wildlife, ride an historic steam train, witness colorful dances, cruise on a houseboat, and then unwind in a beachfront resort on the Arabian Sea.







 
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Classical South IndiaTour Duration : 13 Nights & 14 Days
Chennai - Mamallapuram - Bangalore - Mysore - Mudumalai - Coonoor - Cochin - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Package Inclusions:
. Accommodation on twin sharing rooms at listed hotel or equivalent with Meals as specified in the itinerary
. Transportation/Transfers by air-conditioned luxury vehicle for entire tour as per itinerary
. Service of English speaking tourist guide at Mamallapuram / Mysore / Cochin
. The colonial period toy Train journey for sector -"Ooty - Coonoor"
. Traditional lunch at Mamallapuram & Kanchipuram
. Kathakali dance performance visit while at Cochin
. One night House Boat on full board basis / cruise: 'Alleppey Round Trip'
. Fare well dinner at residing hotel in kOVALAM
. All applicable taxes


Package Exclusions:
. Meals other than those specifies in the itinerary
. Entrance, Camera fee, Special guide charges & tips
. Elephant rides, Jungle safari/Trekking any
. Things of personal nature like laundry, telephone etc.
. Inland/International flight charges
. All other than those listed in above inclusions


DAY 01: ARR. CHENNAI TRANSFER TO HOTEL
Evening: Late evening arrival in Chennai. Over night in chennai

DAY 02: CHENNAI - MAMALLAPURAM (65 km / 1.5 hrs)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: Explore Chennai where you visit the ancient "Shiva kapaleeshwarar Temple" which was constructed in the Dravidian style in 1250 AD and was rebuilt by Vijayanagar king in 16th century and displays the architectural elements with magnificent 37m tall colored gopurams, mandapams and a huge tank. Then you visit Santhome Church - a soaring Roman Catholic church which is said to house the remains of apostle Thomas
Afternoon: Drive to Mamallapuram and Check-in at hotel
Evening: At leisure
Meals Included: Breakfast

About Chennai - Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest metropolitan city in India. In spite of being the capital of a Tamil speaking state, it has emerged as a cosmopolitan city paying an important role in the historical, cultural and intellectual development of India, represent ting still the distinct components of the highest form of Dravidian civilization. In addition, it holds out an interesting fare of south Indian Architecture, Music, Dance, Drama, Sculpture and other arts and crafts.

DAY 03: MAMALLAPURAM (Heritage Walk)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: Interesting 'History walk of Mamallapuram' ,on this tour we visit "Arjuna's Penance" the large bas-relief on the face of a huge rock which depicts animals, deities and other semi divine creatures, the "Five Rathas", composed of five monolithic temples where each temple is created in a different style and derive their names from the champions of the Mahabharata. Afterwards, we visit the world heritage listed "Shore Temple", small romantic temple in the final phase of Palava art. We also take you to Visit to sculpture studio
Lunch: After sightseeing we proceed for Traditional Lunch served on Plantain Leaf.
Afternoon: Free for own activities
Evening: At leisure
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch


About Mamallapuram - Mamallapuram also known as Mahabalipuram is situated 60 km from Chennai on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. Mamallapuram a site of many sculptural marvels was once a port city of Pallavas is listed today as a world heritage site and is a renowned center for stone carving. The Pallavas have mastered many marvelous monuments with Sculptural Panels, Caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples where the various panels on the walls depict scenes from Hindu mythology and fables from the Panchatantra.

DAY 04: KANCHEEPURAM - BANGALORE (265 km / 5 hrs)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Travel to Bangalore. Enroute visit Kancheepuram - one of the seven sacred cities of India, you visit the 'Kailasanathar Temple', built by Raja Simha in 8th century in the typical Pallava style with a pyramidal tower, a pillared hall and a vestibule, enclosed by a wall, and paintings in fresco style adorn the inner walls and 58 shrines situated around the main shrine. Next you visit the `Ekambareswarar Temple', one of the most famous temples in South India. It was built before 6th century A.D but the old temple was pulled down and the new one built by the Pallavas, followed by Cholas and Vijayanagara King. The beautiful sculptures include three Lingams worshipped to Brahama, Vishnu, and Rudra. It's 57 m high Rajagopuram is one of the tallest towers in South India.Further you visit the 'Varadaraja Temple" constructed by the Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagaras. It has a hundred pillared hall with exquisite sculptures and chains made of stone. You see a unique idol of Lord Varadaraja made of the wood of Arthi tree. After that you proceed to visit one of the famous silk weaving industries.
Lunch: Hotel in Kancheepuram
Afternoon: Check-in at hotel in Bangalore
Evening: At leisure
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 05: BANGALORE - MYSORE (135 km / 2,5 hrs)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: Explore Bangalore - The Garden City of south India .we visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Government Buildings.
Afternoon: Travel to Mysore . Enroute visit toy factory to see brightly colored wooden toys and door curtains. (This is an initiative by Hi-tours to support the local population of the area to sustain itself from tourism. These artisans are unable to compete with the big showrooms and we support them by taking clients to their shops to give them better exposure.)
Evening: Check-in at hotel in Mysore
Meals Included: Breakfast

About Bangalore - Bangalore, according to state historians, got its name from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled beans) after a king strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th century. A woman offered him a meal of boiled beans, which the king enjoyed so much that he named the town after the dish. Bengaluru is a transliteration of the original spelling, according to state historians. Further drive to Mysore - the palace city of South India

DAY 06 MYSORE (sightseening)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: Explore Mysore visiting - Maharaja's Palace built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades. The interior of the palace is a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors and gaudy colours. The palace is especially magnificent on Sunday night and during festivals, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world with its many institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance.
Evening: Visit to Chamundi Hill Temple - at a height of 1062mts. The 2000-year-old temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi. A seven storey, 40mts high tower, dominates the temple. A view of entire Mysore city from this hilltop is breath taking.
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: MYSORE - MUDUMALAI (110 km /3 hrs)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: Travel to Mudumalai - one of South India's largest wild life reserves
Afternoon: Check-in to Hotel in Mudumalai
Evening: Visit to Elephant feeding in Mudumalai as a main attraction. (Depends on season) Optional to go for jeep isafari on the river side .
Meals Included: Breakfast

About Mudumalai: Mudumalai is a 321-km park, situated in the foothills of the Nilgiri at an elevation of 1000m is the forest area between Kerala and Karnataka. To give you an idea about this place, Mudumalai is India's one of the best sanctuaries where nature has been lavish in providing this sanctuary with thickly wood hills, plateaus, deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers, marshes and streams. Mudumalai Sanctuary is sandwiched between the Bandipur and Annamalai sanctuaries, and together the three form the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats. The fauna of Mudumalai includes Elephant, Gaur, Bonnet, Macaque, Common langur, Tigers and Leopards, Chital, Dhole Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Barking deer, Four-Horned- Antelope, Otter, Crocodiles (mugger), giant flying squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Jackal, Hare, Porcupine and Mongoose..

DAY 08: MUDUMALAI - OOTY - (70 km / 4 hrs) - COONOOR
Train No: 661 - Udagamandalam Mettupalayam Passenger /Dep UAM:15.00Hrs - Arr ONR:16.00Hrs
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: After breakfast Travel to Coonoor, Enroute visit to Ooty (Udagamandalam) is popularly referred to as 'Queen of Blue Mountains' is located at a height of 2,286 meters was the first established hill station in India. The British founded this popular hill station in the early 19th century as the summer capital of the Madras Government. Popular tourist attractions include the Botanical Gardens, Lake, Doddabetta, Mukurti Peak, the Pykara Dam and sprawling tea plantations
Afternoon: Board the steam train to enjoy a trip from Ooty to Coonoor affording some spectacular views of the precipitous eastern slopes of the rain-forested Nilgiri
Evening: Check-in to Hotel in Coonoor
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09: COONOOR - COCHIN (275 km / 7 hrs)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: Travel to Cochin
Afternoon: Check-in to hotel in Cochin
Evening: At leisure
Meals Included: Breakfast
About Cochin - A commercial capital of Kerala with its modern part Ernakulam and the old peninsular district of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, Cochin is situated on the southwest coast of the Indian peninsula. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin was an important spice-trading center on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century onwards. It was the first European colonial settlement in India. First Portuguese followed by Dutch and British ruled over here till 19th century.

DAY 10: COCHIN
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Explore Cochin - We visit 'The Jewish Synagogue' at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, 'The St. Francis Church', the oldest European Church in India, 'The Santa Cruz Basilica' originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, The Dutch Palace, Spice market at the narrow streets and the 'Chinese fishing nets' are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders.
Afternoon: At leisure
Evening: visit the famous dance drama of Kerala, the "Kathakali" This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Please note : Jewish synagogue & Dutch palace are closed on Friday & Saturday

DAY 11: COCHIN - ALLEPPEY (55 km / 1hr)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Morning: Travel to Alleppey - Land of Backwater situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Alleppey also known as Alapuzha - is one of the most magnificent Backwaters destinations of the Kerala state. Set in the labyrinth of Backwater channels and bridges the town is one of the best gateways to explore the unspoiled natural beauty of the countryside. Apart, Alleppey is known for the production of the high quality coir goods, rice bowl of Kerala, boasts of a diverse variety of fauna and its famous annual Snake Boat Race festivals On arrival Check-in to House Boat
Lunch: In House Boat
Afternoon: House boat take you on a tour through the backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the landscape from the protection of the cabin. The population's whole life takes place here on the water. The people sail, fish, swim and bathe here. They do their washing and their washing up. They are so adapted to the water that you can see people talking for an hour, while they are up to their necks in water. Peddlers take care of the supplies and the public transport goes on the water. Countless water birds wait for their chance to catch a fish. The trip goes through a wonderful area full of palm trees, rice fields and floating water plants that surround the boat like emerald Green Island.
Evening: leisure House boat
Accommodation: Overnight on Boarded Houseboat
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 12: ALLEPPEY - KOVALAM (150 KM / 4 HR)
Breakfast: On Boarded Houseboat
Morning: Travel to Kovalam - The paradise of South India
Afternoon: Check-in to Hotel in Kovalam
Evening: At leisure
Meals Included: Breakfast

About Kovalam - Just 16 km from the capital Trivandrum, on the coast of the Arabian Sea is situated Kovalam. Because of its beaches Kovalam belongs to one of the renowned Destinations for leisure. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The most popular, is lighthouse beach, the Hawah beach and Samudra beach. A golden strip of sand, laced with palm trees, this internationally acclaimed, lush, tropical beach is often referred to as " the Paradise of the South". The Sun bathing, Swimming, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Yoga and meditation, Herbal body toning massages, Special Cultural Programmers, Catamaran cruising; etc are the other attraction of this place.

DAY 13: AT KOVALAM
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
Afternoon: Leisure
Evening: leisure
Meals Included: Breakfast

In Kovalam you will have leisure on the beach. Swimming, sunbathing, walking on sandy beach will be the part of your holiday on beach. Apart from the leisure on beach you can also visit the Kovalam Harbor where you will see more than hundred of small fishing boats. Later on you can visit the Fish Market and Fish Aquarium. Overnight in Kovalam (NO TRANSPORT)

DAY 14: KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM (Departure) (25 km / 0,5 hrs)
Breakfast: Hotel dining room
Morning: Transfer to airport
Meals Included: Breakfast


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Tour Lodging Info: 12 Nights Hotels + 01 Night Houseboat
Accommodation is provided on twin sharing room with breakfast basis at listed hotels or equivalent, except for House Boat on Non air-conditioned accommodation and on full board basis. For Lunch and dinner there would be an additional supplement. . The Superior category comprises of 03 to 04 Star Hotels with swimming pool, bar and other regular facilities. A hotel list is as follows:

Places Nights Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Chennai 01 Night Lemon Tree Taj Connemera
Mamallapuram 02 Nights Chariot Beach Resort GRT Temple Bay
Bangalore 01 Night The Pride Royal Orchid
Mysore 02 Nights Sandesh the Prince Lalith Mahal Palace
Mudumalai 01 Night Casa Deep Woods Casa Deep Woods
Coonoor 01 Night Kurumba Village Kurumba Village
Cochin 02 Nights Abad Atrium Taj Residency
Alleppey 01 Night Rainbow cruises Rainbow cruises
Kovalam 02 Nights Travancore Heritage The leela


Departure Dates

Months Departure Dates
September, 2011 21
October, 2011 19
November, 2011 02,16
December, 2011 07, 21
January, 2012 18
February, 2012 08, 15
March, 2012 21
April, 2012 18
May, 2012 02



Tour Prices for above dates are available on request.


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