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South India Tour (12 Nights / 13 Days)

Tour starts from : ex - Chennai
Destinations covered : Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Mahabalipuram , Mysore
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  • Visit Shore Temple
  • Visit Manakula Vinayagar Temple
  • Visit Brihadishwara Temple
  • Visit Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple

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South India Tour

South India Tour by Waytoindia.com is a unique tour that takes you through the temple cities of Tamil Nadu along with wildlife destination of Kerala and finally to heritage city of Karnataka.

South India tour package starts from Chennai, one of the largest metropolitan cities of South India.The next destination of your South tour package is Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temples.Also known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is a city in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu and is about 62 Kms from Chennai.Some important monuments to visit Thirukadalmallai,a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Varaha Cave Temple & Panch Rathas

South India holiday packages operated by Waytoindia.com are designed to make you discover the essence of the travel destinations in South India.The next destination you would cover as a part of your South India tour is Pondicherry or Puducherry, an erstwhile French settlement in India.Pondicherry is famous for its Promenade Beach, Auroville Beach , Serenity Beach and Auroville Ashram

South India tour package next takes you from Pondicherry to Tanjore.Tanjore, which is now known famously as Thanjavur, has been a great centre of art and learning in South India.It is famous for the UNESCO world heritage site of Brihadeeswara Temple.Thanjavur is also famous for its Tanjore paintings

As your south India tour progresses, few of the other destiantions you would be visiting are Tiruchirappalli, Madurai , Periyar, Kochi, Ooty , Mysore and Bangalore.

Itinerary Details

Day by Day itineraryDay 1: Arrive at Chennai

Upon your Arrival at Chennai meet our representative who shall meet and greet you.Later drive to Mahabalipuram. Arrive at Mahabalipuram and check-in at the Hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Mahabalipuram.

Day 2: Mahabalipuram - 75 Kms - 2 Hrs drive

In the morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.

Mahabalipuram, with its picturesque location on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon is known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, fabulous fishes and lobsters ! Despite the many visitors drawn-in by the former Pallava-dynasty town, the place is friendly and relaxed and the villagers are remarkably unperturbed by the large crowds always welcoming the tourists.

Mahabalipuram is renowned for its series of charming Five Rathas (chariot) and the spectacularly carved reliefs depicting Arjuna’s Penance. The magnificent Shore Temple, built by King Rajasimha in the seventh century, is a unique temple that houses the shrines of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Varaha Cave is a rock-cut mandapam (hall) with two incarnations of Vishnu — Varaha (boar) and Vamana (dwarf). The Krishna Mandapam (Hall) has a bas-relief of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill on his fingertips.Visitors get enthralled by the sheer magnificence of the site. Other important tourist attractions of Mahabalipuram include the Mahishasuramardini Caves, Kotikal Mandapam, Ramanuja Mandapam, and the Dharmaraja Cave.

Later visit Kanchipuram (64 Kms from Chennai), the ancient capital of the Pallavas. It is known as the city of 1000 temples and still has some 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built here as early as in the 7th & 8th century A.D. and has paintings on its walls. The Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanath, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of some interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks and silk sarees. Overnight stay at Hotel in Mahabalipuram.

Travel Tips For Mahabalipuram
  • The timing for Shore Temple & Five Rathas is 06:30 am to 06:00 pm.
  • The entry ticket for Indian tourists is INR 10 , while the entry fee for foreign tourists in INR 250.
  • The Five Rathas are Draupadi Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Dharmaraja Ratha & Nakula-Sahadeva Ratha.
  • Do not miss to see Krishna ‘s Butter Ball , a huge immoveable boulder a self balancing rock which provides a great photo opportunity for those who love to click selfies.
  • Apart from the rock-cut temples and the beach,other attraction in Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram are the numerous places offering Yoga,Reiki,Massage and other Ayurvedic holistic therapies.
  • There are local tour operators who run bicycle tours to places like Tiger Cave apart from local day trips to Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary.
  • One of the best times to visit Mahabalipuram is during the Mammalapuram Dance Festival which takes place in December-January.
  • Some of the best places to eat in Mahabalipuram include Gecko Café at Othavadai Cross Street, Le Yogi at Othavadai Cross Street .

Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry [100 Kms/2.5 Hrs]

In the morning drive to Pondicherry, the erstwhile French settlement .

Arrive at Pondicherry and check–in at Hotel. Later, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the final resting place of the founder of the Ashram, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Also visit the Church Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus with its stained glass windows built in Gothic style which captivates the visitors. The Pondicherry Museum, the Church of Our Lady of the Angels on Beach Rd. and the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception are yet other places of tourist interest.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Pondicherry.

Travel Tips For Pondicherry or Puducherry
  • Visit Manakula Vinayagar Temple located at Manakula Vinayagar Koil Steet (open between 05:45 am to 12:30 pm and again between 04:00 pm and 09:30 pm) , the interesting thing about this temple dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha is the elephant outside the temple patting the pilgrims and tourists giving them Ashirwad(blessings).
  • Pondicherry has some really amazing Yoga centers which offer long term Yoga training programmes, notable among them being the International Centre for Yoga Education & Research located 16-A Mettu Street Chinnamudaliarchavady,Kottukuppam (Via Pondicherry),Tamil Nadu -605 104 India, Phone Number : 2241561.
  • Shanti Tours located at Romain Rolland Street organize 2 hours Walking Tours of Pondicherry which is really nice and informative.
  • If you have interest in Yoga, then the best time to visit Pondicherry is between 4th January and 7th January when International Yoga Festival is celebrated.
  • Another exciting time to visit Pondicherry is on 14th July when Bastille Day (which is the National Day of France ) is celebrated by locals because Pondicherry was once a famous French Colony in Inida .
  • Few of the best places to eat in Pondicherry includeSatsanga located at Labourdonnais Street (famous for continental food), Surguru located at Mission Street(for South Indian Food), La Terrasse located at Subbayah Salai, famous for its Pizzas and Salads.

Day 4: Pondicherry - Tanjore [174 Kms - 4 Hrs]

In the morning drive to Tanjore.Arrive at Tanjore and check-in at the Hotel. Later, in the day proceed for the sightseeing tour of Tanjore.

In Tanjore,you can see and visualise the history, religion and nature in all the places of tourist attraction here. Tanjore is essentially a place for art lovers, especially those who love temple architecture. Visitors who visit Tanjore wonder about kings who erected these magnificent monuments. During their reign, the Cholas made significant contribution to the various fields of art and architecture.

Thanjavur style of painting developed here. This distinguished art of Thanjavur is a combination of raised and painted surfaces. Lord Krishna is the deity depicted here with his complexion shown as white rather than the traditional blue, generally seen elsewhere. The world famous Brihadeeswara Temple, the beautiful Palace, the Art Gallery and the Saraswati Mahal Library are some of the other things to see in Tanjore.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Tanjore.

Travel Tips for Thanjavur or Tanjore
  • Timings for Brihadishwara Temple are 06:00 am-12:00 Noon & 04:00 pm – 08:30 pm.
  • While you are at Brihadishwara Temple do not miss to view the monolithic Nandi Statue which weighs about 25 tonnes and is the largest statue of Nandi (bull of Lord Shiva) in India.
  • Visit the Thanjavur Royal Palace & Museum for which the timings are 9 am to 1 pm and again form 3 pm to 6 pm.Palace is a great exhibit of the South India’s Dynasties which ruled this region and their love for craftsmanship and architecture.
  • Best time to visit Thanjavur is in January when International Music Festival is organized at Thiruvaiyaru a city about 15 kms from Thanjavur.

Day 5: Tanjore - Tiruchirappally (Trichy) [ 58 Kms - 2 Hrs Drive]

In the morning drive to Trichy. Arrive at Trichy and check-in at the Hotel.

Later during day, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Trichy. Trichy has numerous sites within its proximity that you can visit. Most of the places here are of great historical importance. The Rock Fort Temple, an enchanting temple unique in its own way, makes for a must-see site in Trichy. Tiruvanaikkaval temple, which is famous for its Siva Lingam and the seven Gopurams, is yet another pilgrimage site you can visit in Trichy.

Later you will be driven back to Pondicherry.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Trichy.

Travel Tips for Trichy (or Tiruchirappalli)
  • Timings for Rock Fort Temple are 06:00 am to 08:00 pm.
  • Rock Fort Temple has two main temples – Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple (located halfway to the top) and Vinayaka Temple (located at the top).Please note that non-Hindus are not allowed inside these temples.One can have a panoramic view of Trichy from these temples.
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is another worth visting temple in Trichy, which perhaps is the largest temple of India.One has to pass through 7 Gopuram to reach the inner Sanctum. Timings for Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple are 6am to 1 pm and thereafter again between 3 pm and 9 pm.
  • The best time to visit Trichy is in January when the famous Temple Charriot Festival is organized in which the Hindu deities are taken in procession aboard a fine chariot.Another important festival is the 21 day long Vaikunta Ekadasi (Paradise Festival) which is celebrated in December.
  • Another fantastic temple to visit is the Sri Jambukeshwara Temple, which is one among the 5 elemental temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is related to the water element.
  • Other worth visiting places in Trichy include Lourdes Church and Hazrat Nathervali Dargah .

Day 6: Trichy - Madurai [126 Kms - 2.5 Hrs Drive]

In the morning drive to Madurai which is about 126 Kms. Arrive at Madurai and check-in at Hotel.

Later in day, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Madurai. Visit the famous Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to the Consort of Lord Shiva, with its ten towering gopurams (temple towers) rising above the surrounding courtyards and countryside of lush green fields of rice and coconut palms. See the "Hall of a Thousand Pillars", built in 1560, which is a great work of structural engineering and art,which makes one wonder the level of architectural competence of people as early as 1560 in this part of world . Each pillar is a picture book in stone, depicting the whole range of human expressions. Later, visit the Tirumalai Nayak Palace, a beautiful building constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style that is famous for the stuccowork on its domes and arches.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Madurai.
Travel Tips for Madurai
  • Timings for Meenakshi Amman Temple are 4:00 am to 12:30 pm & 4 pm to 9:30 pm.
  • Best time to visit Madurai is when two of its famous festivals are held.
    • The first famous festival is Teppam(Float) Festival which takes place sometime in January or February.Actually , its timing is decided according to the Full moon of the Tamil Month of Thai.During the festival, the deities of the Meenakshi Amman Temple are taken out in a procession across the town and thereafter floated on the huge Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank.
    • The second famous festival of Madurai is Chithrai Festival which is organized in April/May .This festival is a 14 day event which celebrates marriage of Meenakshi to Sundareshwar(Lord Shiva).

Day 7: Madurai - Thekkady [135 Kms - 4 Hrs drive]

In the morning drive to Thekkady famous for Periyar National Park. Arrive at Thekkady and check–in at Hotel.

In the evening proceed to visit the spice market.Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 8: Thekkady to Cochin [175 Kms - 5:30 Hrs]

Early morning leave for a boat cruise on Lake Periyar in the Periyar National Park, which is known for herds of wild elephant, bison, deer and spectacular bird life.

Later, return to hotel to have your breakfast before checking out and leaving for Cochin.

Upon arrival at Cochin, check-in at hotel.Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 9: Cochin (Kochi)

In the morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin.

Visit Fort Cochin, The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of a town locally known as the Jew Town. Also visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India and The Santa Cruz Basilica, which was originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Another tourist attraction is the Chinese fishing nets which are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders to Cochin.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Cochin.
Travel Tips for Kochi (Cochin)
  • One of the star attractions of Kochi, the Mattancherry Palace (Timing 8am-5pm) was given as a gift by the Portuguese to the then Raja of Kochi.One of the things that you must see on your visit to this Dutch Palace are the Hindu Murals depicting the scenes from the Epic Ramayana and Mahabharata.
  • Another place you may visit in Kochi is the Kerala Folklore Museum (Timings : 09:30 am-5:30 pm).It is a private museum located at Pandit Karuppan Road, Near Thevara Ferry Junction, Kochi, Kerala 682013, Phone Number : 0484 266 5452.The Museum has a huge collection of about 5000 artifacts.Also checkout the theatre on the first floor where cultural performances are organized.
  • Few other places worth considering as a part of your Kochi sightseeing plan are Indo-Portuguese Museum,St. Francis Church, Dutch Cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica.
  • Consider a day trip to Elephant Training Camp at Kudanadu which is about 50 Kms from Kochi.If you reach early morning by 7:00 am you may also get a chance to bathe the elephants apart from the elephant ride.
  • The best time to visit Kochi is in January/February when the 8 Day Ernakulathappan Utsavam Festival is celebrated.
  • You may enjoy Kathakali performances at See India Foundation, Kalathiparambil Cross Road, Ernakulam South, Ernakulam, Kerala 682016, Phone Number : 0484 237 6471. Another nice place to enjoy Kathakali dance performance is Kerala Kathakali Center Near Santa Cruz Basilica, KB Jacob Rd, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, Phone Number : 0484 221 5827.
  • Another great performance which you should not miss is Kalaripayattu which is a martial art which originated as a style in Kerala.The best place to experience it is at Ens Kalari located at Embran Madom, Nettoor PO., Kochi, Kerala 682040, Phone Number : 0484 270 0810.

Day 10: Kochi - Ooty [300 Kms - 7:30 Hrs drive]

In the morning drive to Ooty. Arrive at Ooty and check-in at Hotel.

Later in day, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Ooty and its surroundings. Visit The Botanical Garden, an ideal tourist spot besides being a source of plethora of information about the region’s flora. Also visit the Ooty Lake. In addition, there are various other sites like Lamb’s Rock (8 km away from Coonoor), Kodanadu (16 km from Kotagiri), and Dodabetta Peak which offer fascinating and captivating views of the surrounding plains and hills.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Ooty.

Day 11: Ooty

After breakfast, continue exploring the beautiful environs of Ooty, a jewel in the crown of Nilgiri hills of south India.

Overnight stay at Ooty.

Travel Tips for Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
  • If you are considering taking the toy train to Ooty, note that the Neelgiri Toy Train leaves from Mettupalayam railway station at 09:00 hrs in the morning and reaches Ooty at 14:00 Hrs.If you really wish to enjoy the scenic journey through the toy train to Ooty, we suggest that you take a seat on the left hand side, where you would get the best scenic views.
  • If you wish to see the old heritage buildings of Ooty, do not miss a visit to St. Stephen’s Church which was built in the year 1829.
  • Other places which are worth including in your Ooty tour itinerary ,depending upon time in hand are :
    • Doddabetta Lookout (Timings : 7 am- 6 pm).
    • Centenary Rose Park (Timings : 9 am- 6:30 pm).
    • Thread Garden.(Timings : 08:30 am- 08:00 pm).
    • Tribal Research Centre Museum.(Timings : 10am-5 pm)
  • Some of the things to do in Ooty include Trekking, Horse Riding and Boating .
  • You can enjoy a day trip to Madhumalai National Park via Pykhara Dam.

Day 12: Ooty- Mysore –161 kms - 4.50 Hrs drive

In the morning drive to Mysore. Arrive at Mysore and check-in at Hotel.

Later, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Mysore. Visit the Maharaja’s Palace, built as recently as 1897; it is one of the biggest in India. Also, there is St Philomena’s Church, Sri Jauyachamarajendra Art Gallery housed in the Jagmohan Palace, which has a huge collection of exquisite paintings and Brindavan Gardens, which are illuminated for 3 days a week. Later visit Chamundi Hill, on top of which stands a temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the royal family’s patron deity.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Mysore.

Travel Tips for Mysore
  • Timings for Mysore Palace are 10:00 am to 05:30 pm .One of the best time to visit Mysore is during the Dussehra days when the Palace is illuminated by nearly 1 lac light bulbs.
  • Do not miss a stroll into the heritage market by the name of Devaraja Market which dates back to the reign of Tipu Sultan and today combines both the ancient and the modern facets.
  • Visit the Chamundi Hill where there is Sri Chamundeshwari Temple (Timings : 7 am-2 pm & 3:30 pm – 9 pm) , from where you can have spectacular views of the city, particularly when the Mysore Place is illuminated during evening hours.
  • Other places that you may visit as per the time at your disposal are :
    • Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Jagmohan Palace Road.(08:30 am-05:00 pm)
    • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya,Welington Lodge,Irwin Road.(10:00 am- 5:30 pm).
    • Jayalakshmi Vilas Complex Museum, Mysore University Campus. .(10:00 am- 5:30 pm).
    • Rail Museum,KRS Road. .(09:30 am- 6:30 pm).
  • If you wish to experience the bird life visit Karanji Lake Nature Park near Mysore Zoo.
  • Another place you may visit famous both for its birds and crocodiles is Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary which is about 18 Kms from Mysore..

Day 13: Mysore - Bangalore [140kms - 3.50 Hrs]

Early in the morning, after breakfast drive to Bangalore. Upon arrival at Bangalore, continue your sightseeing tour of Bangalore

Visit Tipu Sultan’s Palace, originally built in mud in 1537 and rebuilt by Haider Ali a couple of centuries later, Bull Temple; enshrining a massive bull carved out of a single piece of Grey granite which is seen to be believed, Lalbagh Gardens; laid out by Haider Ali in the 18th century, Cubbon Park; laid out by the British in the 19th century and Vidhan Soudha; built in granite, which incorporates features of traditional Indian architecture.

later transfer to airport or railway station to board flight for onward destination.

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