Place to visit: Bangalore - Hassan - Mysore - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Trichurapalli - Madurai - Munnar - Palakkad - Cochin
DESCRIPTION: This tour takes you to the most famous tourist destinations of South India. The tour begins with the capital of Karnataka – Bangalore, the Hoysala Dynasty village resort – Hassan, to the city of palaces – Mysore, to the capital of Tamil Nadu – Chennai, to the 7th Century port city – Mahabalipuram, to Pondicherry – a former French colony, to Trichy, to Madurai – the ancient temple city, to the hill station in Kerala – Munnar, on to Kochi.
Day 1: Arrive Bangalore
Airport to hotel transfer by company representative.
Day 2: Drive Bangalore – Hassan (160 km, 4 hrs.)
Breakfast at hotel. En-route Hassan visit Sravanabelagola. Afternoon sightseeing of Belur and Halebid in Hassan.
Day 3: Drive Hassan – Mysore (115 km, 3 hrs.)
Breakfast at hotel. En-route Mysore visit Srirangapatnam. Highlights – the illuminated Mysore palace.
Day 4: Mysore – Chennai (by train)
Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Drive Chennai – Mahabalipuram (55 km, 1 hr.)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Mahabalipuram. Check-in at hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 6: Mahabalipuram
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. Highlights – ancient rock sculptures and temples.
Day 7: Drive Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Pondicherry ( 150 km, 3 hrs.)
En-route Pondicherry visit the city of Kanchipuram. Highlights – temples and silk fabrics of Kanchipuram, old French and Portugese buildings in Pondicherry.
Day 8: Drive Pondicherry – Trichy (206 km, 4 hrs.)
Check-in at Trichy hotel. Highlight – the ancient temples in Trichy.
Day 9: Drive Trichy – Madurai (140 km, 3 hrs.)
Check-in at Madurai hotel. Day at leisure, to explore the city.
Day 10: Madurai
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of Madurai city. Highlight – Meenakshi temple, evening ceremony at Meenakshi temple.
Day 11: Drive Madurai – Munnar (160 km, 4 hrs.)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Munnar. Check-in at Munnar hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 12: Munnar
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of Munnar. Highlights – Tea and Coffee plantations, scenic beauty.
Day 13: Drive Munnar – Cochin (130 km, 3 hrs.)
After breakfast at hotel drive to Cochin. Check-in at Cochin hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 14: Cochin
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of the city. Highlights – walking tour of Fort Cochin, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synangogue, Spice market.
Day 15: Cochin – Home
Transfer to Airport for flight back home.