Duration : 19Nights / 20Days
Destination : Bangalore - Mysore - Mudumalai - Coonoor - Kochi - Periyar - Chennai - Kanchipuram - Chidambaram - Thanjavur - Trichy
After arriving at Bangalore Airport you will be taken to the hotel. Night halt in the hotel.
Drive to Mysore, after breakfast. Mysore is famous for: sandalwood carvings, silk and incense production. It is around 159 Km southwest of Bangalore. Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar Rajas, is one of South India's most -visited places. The spectacular Maharaja's Palace dominates it. At noon, visit Maharaja's Palace,
which is designed in the hybrid Indo-Saracenic style by Henry Irwin, the British consultant architect of Madras state. Later you can visit Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery, St.Philomena's Cathedral.
Drive to Mudumalai, along the Mysore - Ooty highway, at the foothills of the Nilgiris, after breakfast -India's best elephant country. At evening you will be taken for a safari in Mudumalai National park. The safari bus operated by the Forest Department, winds through the forest and comes to a halt in front of a tall stone watchtower. Most of the common wildlife can be seen at close range. Night halt at Mudumalai.
You can visit the Theppakadu Elephant Camp, which is one of the biggest elephant camps in south India. The remaining day is free for you to explore the sanctuary and surrounding area to your heart's content. Night halt at Mudumalai.
In the Early hours of the day travel by road to Ooty, Ooty, the Scotland of the East, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South India. Ooty has plenty of attractions, both on and off the beaten path; you can visit the Botanical Garden and the fossilized tree trunk -around 20 million years old.
You can move through the tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers and see Lush green hills all around. The Rose Garden, atop a hill off Etiennes Road, is all of 10 acres. In winter, when the 1919 varieties of roses of all hues are out, a stroll in this scented garden is an unforgettable experience.
John Sullivan, the first Collector and virtual founder of Ooty, constructed 2½ km long artificial lake in 1824. You can enjoy a good break at the lake garden, a jetty, snack bars and pony and toy train rides. Later you can visit the Raj Bhavan and St, Stephen's Church.
Drive to Kochi through Coimbatore, after breakfast. After relaxing take a harbor cruise to explore the Cochin backwaters. The backwaters are fed by Perineal Rivers and streams and opens out into the sea. In the evening visit Kathakali center to witness Kathakali dance presentation.
Proceed for sightseeing in Cochin, after breakfast. Later you can visit some well-known sights such as: St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jew Town, Old spice market, and Chinese fishing net.
At noon, visit the Tripunithra Hill Palace and Museum, the summer retreat of the Kochi Rajas, Bisque and granite floors segue into teak ones and the whole place is redolent of bygone opulence. Night halt at Kochi.
Drive to Periyar nestled in spice and rubber plantations after breakfast. Periyar has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. It is famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Leave for your trip to cardamom hills where you could have a closer look at the spice plantations. Here if you are lucky you maybe able to spot a tiger. You can spend the remaining day at leisure. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure.
There are three kinds of forests in the sanctuary: evergreen, grasslands and moist deciduous. Different species of animals can be seen in each type of forest. Many plant species are to be found too, the celebrities being teak, rosewood, bamboo and orchids.
You can opt for the eco-tourism programmes in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, which include Nature Walk. The trail is usually through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Night halt at Periyar.
Drive to Kumarakom, after breakfast on arrival in Kumarakom, check in at the houseboat. You can glide through the enchanting backwaters, and forget about the telephone and deadlines.
Note: Houseboat does not move from 5 PM to 8 AM. All meals will be provided in the houseboat.
Overnight Train Check out from the houseboat at 10 AM and drive back to Kochi. Reach Ernakulum railway station and head for Chennai.
Note: Overnight on board the train.
You can start exploring Tamil Nadu from Chennai (formerly known as Madras). It owes its origins to the British Empire, which established a fort-Fort St.George-and trading post here in the 17th century. Later Drive straight to Kanchipuram - this is one of India's seven sacred cities. After relaxing for sometime visit: Vaikuntaperumal, Ekambareshwara, Kamakshiamma, Kailasnathar, and Sakiswarar Temples. Night halt at Kanchipuram.
Note: Early check-in is subject to availability.
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram, Mahabalipuram city is also known as Mamallapuram and is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. The city was once the capital of Pallava kings and was named after the Pallava King, Mamalla. The rock cut temples and caves situated here are the finest in the world and originated between 7th and 9th century.
The main attraction of Mamallapuram is the Shore Temple, which is renowned for its intricate carvings and skilled craftsmanship, the world over. The temple is located on the shore facing the sea. The most striking feature of this temple is that it is dedicated to both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Some other well-known monuments are: such as the cave temples, sculpted relief and structural temples. Most of these monuments display Dravidian style of architecture. The pillars exhibit Dravidian art, whereas sculptures are excellent specimens of Pallava art.Night halt at the hotel
Drive to Pondicherry on your way to Chidambaram, After breakfast. Pondicherry - The small Union Territory is located in the eastern side of the Indian Peninsula. Even after the Independence of India, Pondicherry was under the French rule and it became a part of the Indian Union in 1954The French legacy is evident in its stunning landscape and old churches.
At noon visit the Pondicherry Museum - On display are the findings of Arikamedu, the Chola bronzes and sculptures, glimpses of French heritage, specimens of modern and traditional handicraft, paintings, armouries, carvings and many other things of historical interest. Later you can also visit the Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram. It takes at least half a day to thoroughly see and enjoy the temple of Nataraja and Govindaraja Perumal.
Drive to Trichy through Thanjavur, After breakfast. You must visit the Sri Brihadisvara Temple: Built by the great Chola king, Raja Raja I in the 10th century AD, this temple is an outstanding example of the Chola architecture and the Tanjavur Palace - The Palace, adjacent to the temple is a vast structure of fine masonry, built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD, and partly by the Marathas.
After breakfast drive to Madurai and check in at the hotel. Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. , Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. The Pandyan King Kulasekarar built a great temple and created a lotus shaped city around the temple.
On the day the city was to be named, as Lord Shiva blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Madhu) was showered on the city from his matted locks. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. Madurai is famous for Jasmine Flowers. At noon visit the Thirumalanayakar Mahal: This Palace was built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian Architect. Later you can see the the Pazhamudir Solai Temple and the Kallazhagar Koil.
The entire day is free in Madurai for independent activities. Night halt at the hotel.
The Day is free in Madurai, for individual pursuits. At noon head towards Madurai airport, for further travel.