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Duration : 16 Nights & 17 Days
Routing : CHENNAI (MADRAS) - TRICHY (TIRUCHIRAPALLI) - MADURAI - PERIYAR (THEKKADY) - COCHIN (KOCHI) - BANGALORE - MYSORE - HASSAN - HOSPET - BADAMI - GOA - BOMBAY (MUMBAI)

Day 01 : Arrive Chennai (Madras)
Arrive Chennai; our representative will meet you at the airport and will transfer to hotel.

Day 02 : Chennai - Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) by Train
Morning excursion to Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. Evening transfer to railway station to board train for Trichy. Overnight by train.

Day 03 : Trichy
Morning arrive at Trichy Railway station and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Trichy. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight Trichy.

Day 04 : Trichy - Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai visiting Tanjore enroute. At Tanjore, the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight Madurai.

Day 05 : Madurai
Morning visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.

Day 06 : Madurai - Periyar (Thekkady)
Morning drive to Periyar National Park. Free time for game viewing. Set up in 1934,it extends to 777 square kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight Periyar.

Day 07 : Periyar - Cochin (Kochi)
Morning visit a spice plantation. Afternoon drive to Cochin and check into hotel. In the evening watch katakali dance show. Overnight Cochin.

Day 08 : Cochin – Bangalore by train
Morning tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques & Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. In the evening transfer to railway station to connect train for Bangalore. Overnight on board.

Day 09 : Bangalore
Arrive Bangalore in the morning. Leave for full day city tour visiting museums, palaces, temples, etc. Major attractions include - the Vidhana Soudha, the State Secretariat, adorned with delicate Dravidian architecture; for nature lovers, there is the famous Cubbon Park, The Ulsoor Lake of Bangalore is also well known for its beautiful locales and boating facilities. Overnight in Bangalore.

Day 10 : Bangalore - Mysore
Morning drive to Mysore (143 kms / 3 hrs) and visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Overnight in Mysore.

Day 11 : Mysore - Belur - Halebid - Hassan
Drive to Hassan. Full day excursion to Belur and Halebid which are into ruins. Hoysala art is reflected at The Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago . Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara. Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are notable structures of Hindu art. On the return visit Sravanbelgola. At Sravanbelgola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara which is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years. Overnight at Hassan.

Day 12 : Hassan - Hospet
Morning drive to Hospet and visit Hampi. The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire - greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen's Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple & Lotus Mahal. Overnight Hospet.

Day 13 :Hospet - Badami
Morning drive to Badami stopping at Aihole & Pattadakal on the way. Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the southern Dravida School. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana & Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling. Overnight Badami.

Day 14 : Badami
Morning tour of Badami. Badami also known as Vatapi is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury & a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar. Overnight in Badami.

Day 15 : Badami - Goa
Morning drive to Goa. Check into hotel. Evening free for leisure at the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 : Goa
Full day tour of North and south Goa visiting various beaches, St Francis Church, Kali Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 : Goa / Out
Morning free for leisure at the beach. Afternoon transfer to the airport for onward flight.







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