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Chennai is the largest city in Tamil Nadu and is located on the southeastern coast of India. The city was formerly known as Madras and was established by the British. They developed it into a significant urban center and naval base. Around 20th century, Chennai became an important administrative headquarter and the capital of Madras Presidency. The growth and expansion of British Empire led to development of the city.It has been endowed with the rich heritage of art and culture.
It is for this reason that Chennai is also called as the ‘Gateway to South India’. The city been blessed with the wealth of arts and literature. It is famous for its various cultural events, showcasing the performing arts such as Dance, Music and Drama at its best. Tamil literature is very rich in content and preaches ancient morals and values. Chennai is also popular for the glitz and glamour of Kollywood, the ‘Tamil film industry’. Many Tamil films have won acclaim in the international film festivals and have brought fame to India.
The modern history of Pondicherry, now known as Puducherry, is largely dominated by the French, and the impressions of the colonial rule can still be found out everywhere, from the symmetrically aligned streets to the layout and design of the city. Though the credit for the transformation of a merely fishing village to a big port city goes exclusively to its colonial rulers, it is not hard to find traces of its history before the coming of the Europeans, which included the Portuguese, the Dutch, the English and the Danes in addition to the French. Pondicherry has a history that can be said to have begun in the very first millennium, as the findings of the excavations at Arikamedu have led us to conclude. It was supposed to be in contact with the Romans, mainly for trade of dyed textiles, semi-precious stones and pott.
Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India, with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam period of the pre Christian era. The glory of Madurai returned in a diminished form in the earlier part of this millennium; it later on came under the rule of the Vijayanagar kingdom after its ransack by the ravaging armies of Delhi (Malik Kafur). During the 16th and 18th centuries, Madurai was ruled by the Nayak Emperors, the foremost of whom was Tirumalai Nayakar. The Sangam period poet Nakkeerar is associated with some of the Tiruvilayaadal episodes of Sundareswarar – that are enacted as a part of temple festival traditions even today.The Sangam age or the Golden age of Tamil literature – produced masterpieces way back in the Pre christian era and in early 1st millennium . Madurai was the seat of the Tamil Sangam or Academy of learning. The entire city of Madurai is built around the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple – the temple par excellence. Concentric rectangular streets surround the temple, symbolizing the structure of the cosmos.
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. 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 is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.
Munnar with its impeccable beauty is the most famous holiday destination in South India. In the green and serene Kamman Devan Hills lies the quiet and restful resort of Munnar. Munnar is located in the Idukki district in Kerala. Munnar, the queen of hill stations is located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is located about 6,500 feet above the sea level along the Western Ghats on the eastern border of Kerala. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. There are various tropical plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom and other spices, dense forests and wildlife sanctuaries full with various types of flora and fauna. The major wildlife animals which are found in Munnar are the Nilgiri Tahrs (Mountain Goats), Langurs and Elephants. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here, is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD.
Periyar National Park
Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in God’s Own Country, Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Though it’s a Tiger Reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar Lake. Apart from Elephants, the other animals to be seen in the Periyar sanctuary are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and very rarely, a Tiger. There are, now, an estimated 40 tigers here. Four species of primates are found at Periyar – the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur and Bonnet Macaque. Periyar also happens to be the habitat of the elusive Nilgiri Tahr, which is rarely to be seen.
Washed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, Alappuzha, the Venice of the East welcomes you to the backwaters of kerala. The Palm fringed canals and shores bustling with glimpses from the day to day life in the country side, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed Alappuzha, the water locked district, to become one of the best Backwater tourism destinations in God’s Own Country. The large network of canals provides Alleppey its lifeline. Water carnivals using the gigantic snake boats and the country canoes of varying sizes have an important role in the community life of the people of the district.
Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum.Today Kovalam beach is known as the “Paradise of the South”.
Bangalore is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is also called “Garden City” for its beautiful gardens, flowers and trees which flourish in each and every street. It is India’s fifth largest city and India’s fifth largest metropolitan area, with a 2001 population of about 6.5 million. There are numerous gardens and historical sites within the city to keep you occupied. The Vidhan Soudha or the State Secretariat is the prime attraction. The Government Museum of Bangalore and the Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum are worth visiting. The Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, which holds a number of flower shows, especially during the Republic Day attracts several tourists. The Fort and Palace of Tipu Sultan and Palace are other important places in Bangalore. You may pray at the temple dedicated to Nandi, the Bull besides the Venkataramanaswamy Temple, the Gavi Gangadhareswara Cave Temple and the Someshwara Temple. The Ulsoor Lake is an ideal spot for picnics.
The city of Mysore is the cultural capital of the state of Karnataka. The city is known for its majestic, mystical and mesmerizing beauty. The city is geographically located between 12° 18′ 26” North Latitude and 76° 38′ 59” East Longitude. The weather of Mysore is very pleasant throughout the year. but the ideal time to visit the city is between the months of October and March. Tourism occupies a very prominent place in the industrial sector of the city. Some of the places of interest in the city are Mysore Palace, Krishna Raja Sagara, Kukkarahali Lake, Jaganmohan Art Gallery, Brindavan Gardens, Lalitha Mahal, Datta Peetham, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Folk Lore Museum and many more. The city is adorned with a number of temples namely Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple, Trinesvaraswamy Temple, Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple, Shweta Varahaswamy Temple, Chamundi Temple, Mahabaleshwara Temple and Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple.
Ooty in the south of India is a famous tourist attraction, mainly for its natural beauty. It has grown to be one of the most famous hill stations in India. Here are some more information about Ooty that may come to your help while planning a trip there.
Ooty or Udhagamandalam is the capital of the Nilgiri district. The climate of this place is generally pleasant and thus suitable for leisure tours. The major attractions of this hill station are the green valleys, beautiful mountains and the vast tea estates.
One of the nice season to visit Ooty is during the annual Tea and Tourism Festivals when the hill station bustles with many tea lovers of the country. Many international travelers also visit this beautiful place during this time of the year.
As per the history the name Hassan was derived from Simhasanapura, later it became Hassan. There is a temple in the heart of the city of Goddess Hasanamba, the temple will be opened for public once in a year. Hassan is popularly called as “poor man’s Ooty”. Hassan will be your base for visiting the famous temples of Belur and Halebid. Hassan is a picturesque town in the heart of Malnad with a pleasant climate. Hassan is adequately organized in terms of hotels, shops and transport. It is also well connected by road and rail to Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.
Hampi – Hospet
Hampi, as it is popularly known today was the medieval capital of the Hindu empire Vijayanagara (the City of Victory). Hampi in the Karnataka state of India is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state. It attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, basement of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings.., the list is practically endless. Hampi is a backpackers paradise, the same way the pilgrims delight. In Hampi at every turn there is a surprise. Every monument hides more than what they reveal. As an open museum, Hampi has numerous popular (100 plus!) locations visitors throng.
Badami once a royal capital of the Chalukyas is now a sleepy town in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The town was known as Vatapi previously. It is settled in a valley at the base of a furrowed, red arenaceous rock that rings Agastya lake. Badami is a place which is full of cave temples, entryways, fortresses, dedications and carvings. The Chalukyas who had ruled Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during 6th and 8th centuries had Badami as their capital. The greatest among the Chalukyas was Pulakeshi II who ruled between 610-642 AD. He defeated many kings and Mahendra Verman I, the Pallava king, was one among them. The state was founded by him in 540 AD.
Arrive at Chennai International Airport,. Upon Arrival you are welcomed and assisted by the local representative after that transfer to the hotel and your rest of day is free for leisure and overnight at the hotel
Chennai, the capital city, popularly regarded as the ‘Gateway to the South represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. The places of interest are Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India, – now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society – the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy and science.Afternoon at leisure
Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Morning drive to Kanchipuram.Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram, this city of thousand temples lies. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Apart from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers, settled here some 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation. Later proceed to Mahablipuram.Mahabalipuram, driving south of Madras on the coast lies Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam, has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The world’s largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men .beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas, a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style.reach pondicherry and Overnight at the hotel.
Pondicherry – Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry’s main sights are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram retreat was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter aimed at creating a city of the future where people from India and abroad could live and work together in a spiritual environment. Overnight at the hotel.
Drive to Tanjore visiting enroute Chidambram. Chidambram, the seat of the Cosmic Dancer; dedicated to Lord Nataraja. Spread over an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on each side, the temple is distinguished by the five sabhas or counts. The towering gopurams, the tallest one on the north is 42.4 m are carved on it with 108 dance poses of Bharatanatiyam.On arrival, check-in at the hotel.Afternoon visit Tanjore.Tanjore – The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect’s marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest.
Thanjaur –Trichy – Madurai
Drive to Trichy, 56 km for sightseeing.Srirangam – 5 kms from Trichy, located in an island is Srirangam. Surrounded by the Kaveri water is a 600 acre island town enclosed within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple. There are no less than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest in India. The 72 m high 13 tiered gopuram dominates the landscape for miles around.The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy’s most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Later drive to Madurai and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Madurai – Periyar national park
Breakfast at the hotel and Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500 yeras old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva’s locs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of magnificent ‘The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.today we drive to Periyar national park and check in at the resort and in the afternoon we visit Periyar national park. Park is famous for Elephant, wild cats etc. we come back to the resort and Overnight at the hotel.
Periyar National Park – Alleppey
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Alleppey and check in at the houseboat and full day leisure at the houseboat and overnight at the houseboat.
Alleppey – Kovalam
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Kovalam and check in at the hotel and in the evening we visit one of the famous beach of India “The Kovalam Beach” and later we come back to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and today we visit southern most past India “Kanyakumari”. There we visit some interesting places such as Kanyakumari temple, Padmanabhapuram temple and sunset point. We drive back to Kovalam and Overnight at the hotel.
Kovalam & Around
Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today it is one of the world famous tourist destinations for Beach lovers. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore .On arrival Kovalam transferred to beach resort later move out for a local tour of Kovalam and Trivanduram visit covering Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach Evening return back to resort rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach shore and you can make use of resort facilities, Swimming pool, Health club, out door and indoor games and you can also take a Ayurveda Massage at resort and over night stay at resort .
Kovalam – Cochin
Breakfast at the hotel and check out from the hotel and we drive to Cochin and Transferred to the hotel and in the afternoon we go for half day city tour of Cochin. We visit some of the famous places of Cochin such as St. Francis church, Jewish Synagogue , Bolghatty Palace, Chinese fishing nets and Sant Cruz Baslica Church. We come back to the hotel in the evening and overnight at the hotel.
Cochin – Munnar
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Munnar (one of the finest hill station of South india) and check in at the hotel and our afternoon is free for leisure , in the evening we can take a walk through lush tea gardens of Munnar.( A must visit place in Kerala) and Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and today we visit full day trip to Munnar. We visit famous tea gardens of munnar and also visit Photo point, Mutthupeddy dame, Echo point & tea Museum. Come back to the hotel in the evening and Overnight at the hotel.
Munnar – Ooty
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Ooty and check in at the hotel and today we are free to do own activities and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and today we do a full day tour of ooty and in the evening we come back to the hotel and overnight at the hotel
Ooty – Mysore
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Mysore and later we go for Half-day city tour of Mysore and and overnight at the hotel.
Mysore – Bangalore
Breakfast at the hotel and and later we check out from the hotel and drive to Bangalore and upon arrival we check in at the hotel and later we go for half day city tour of Bangalore and Overnight at the hotel.
Bangalore – Hassan
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Hasan, visit Sravanabelogola that is renowned for the 17m high statue of Lord Gomateshvara atop the Indragiri Hill. Later visit Behur and Halebid. Revel in the nostalgia of the historical sites in the state of KarnatakaOvernight stay at the hotel.
Hassan – Hampi
After having your breakfast, today you will travel north to reach Hospet. On reaching Hospet, you will check-in at the hotel. Make yourself comfortable and get ready to go for a sight-seeing trip that will include Archeological museum, Himavat Kedaya Waterfall, Jogimatti, Murugharajenra Matha and Ankli Matha. Calling it a day, stay for the night in your hotel
Following your breakfast, you will drive towards Hampi, a World Heritage Centre. On reaching Hampi, check-in at the hotel. Relax for some time and then you will move to visit the Vithala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, House of Victory, Hazara Ramaswamy Temple, King’s Balance, Lotus Mahal and Mustard Ganesha. You must have got tired by now. So, relax yourself for night in the hotel.
Hampi – Badami
Early morning, have your breakfast as today you will move towards Badami. In order to reach Badami, you will drive across the Deccan Plateau en route Hospet. On your way, you would visit a picturesque gorge located between two sandstone hills. In the afternoon, you will stopover South Fort to see the exquisitely carved temples dating back to the 6th century. On reaching Badami, you would check-in at the hotel and retire for the night.
Following breakfast, you would go for a sight-seeing trip. Your itinerary will include remarkable temples of Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole is regarded as the birthplace of Indian temple architecture; moreover it was the first capital of Chalukyan. You will also visit the ancient cave temples of Badami. Calling it a day, rest for the night in your hotel.
Badami – Goa (350 Km /7 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel and check out from the hotel and we drive to goa and transferred to the hotel and rest of day is free for leisure and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and today we do half day tour of old goa and we visit some of the famous churches and other vintage things related to goa and overnight at the hotel.
Goa – Mumbai
Breakfast at the hotel and later we are transferred to the airport to take flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.
Mumbai – Fly out
Breakfast at the hotel and later we go half day city of Mumbai and later we are transferred to the airport to take flight to desired destination.
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|4 – 10 Adults||Toyota Hiace 13 Seated with Roof for Baggage|
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|Destination||Standard Hotels||First Class||Deluxe Hotels|
|Chennai||Radha Regent||Ambassador pallava||The Le royal Meridian|
|Pondicherry||Calve hotel||Le Dupleix||CGH EARTH|
|Thanjore||Sangam hotel||Sangam hotel||Sangam hotel|
|Madurai||Sangam hotel||Fortune Pandan hotel||Fortune Pandyan hotel|
|Periyar||Aranaya Niwas||Hotel Muthoot cardamom county||Elephant Court|
|Munnar||Hotel Sienna Village||Hotel Tea county||Club Mahendra Lake View resort|
|Cochin||Gokulam Park inn||The Ramada||Taj Gateway Hotel|
|Kovalam||Hotel Sagara beach resort||Hotel Uday Samudra||The Leela Kovalam t Camp|
|Ooty||Sinclair hotel||Forture Sullivan court||Savoy hotel|
|Mysore||Sandesh the prince||The Regallis||The Regallis|
|Bangalore||Radha homotel||The Regallis||The leela palace|
|Hassan||Southern star||Southern star||Southern star|
|Hampi||Maligi home||Maligi home||Maligi home|
|Badami||Badami court||Badami Court||Badami Court|
|Goa||Goan Village||Baywatch Resort||Cidade de goa|
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