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Tour Name : CHENNAI + KERALA + BANGALORE
Tour Code : IOYO-45
Duration : 14 Nights & 15 Days
Routing : CHENNAI - KANCHIPURAM - MAHABALIPURAM - TIRUVANAMALAI - YERCAUD - TRICHY - THANJAVUR - MADURAI - MUNNAR - KUMARAKOM - ALLEPPEY - COCHIN - CALICUT - MYSORE - BANGALORE
This 16 days tour itinerary of south India covers most of the important tourist destinations of the South Indian states. In this picturesque South India & Kerala trip you are visiting Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Highlights are visiting the temples and holidaying in Kerala in this South India tour package. The beautiful monuments of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and the backwaters of Kerala will force you to travel to South India. If you have a few more days to spare, you could add more cities like Rameshwaram, Trivandrum, Kovalam, Kanya Kumari, Hampi, Badami, etc. and make this South Indian tour more interesting. Services International Ltd is an India based tour operator offering South India holiday packages like no one else. Come and enjoy the entire Southern India travel itinerary.

Day 01 :- Chennai Mahabalipuram
Arrive Chennai.  Drive to Mahabalipuram visiting Kanchipuram enroute.
Kanchipuram (64 kms from Madras) 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. Overnight Mahabalipuram.

Day 02 :- Mahabalipuram Tiruvanamalai
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. Later drive to Tiruvanamalai. Overnight Tiruvanamalai.

Day 03 :- Tiruvanamalai Yercaud
Tiruvannamalai is one of the panchabhootasthalas representing the fire element. The other cities are Chidambaram, Sri Kalahasti, Thiruvanaikoil and Kanchipuram representing sky, air water and earth respectively. Places of interest are Sri Seshadri Swamigal Ashram, Sathanur Dam with beautiful parks, a zoo and a crocodile farm. Known to Hindus as the “Temple of the Eternal Sunrise”, the enormous Arunachaleshvara Temple, built over a period of almost a thousand years incorporates several distinct styles and consists of three courtyards with gateways topped by tapering gopuras.  Later drive to Yercaud. Overnight Yercaud.

Day 04 :- Yercaud Trichy
Yercaud is located in the Shevaroy Hills, about 4,500 ft above sea level. Famous for its scenic beauty and natural charm, the place is know for exotic flowers like sunflower, roses and dahlias. On the way to Yercaud, you will be seeing the coffee plantations and orange groves. The attractions of Yercaud are - the Big Lake for boating and Anna Park. Lady's Seat and Pagoda Point offers you a spectacular views. Shevaroy temple dedicated to local deity Servaran is situated atop Shevaroy Hills. Later drive to Trichy. Overnight Trichy.

Day 05 :- Trichy Thanjavur
Morning 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. Later drive to Thanjavur. Overnight Thanjavur.

Day 06 :- Thanjavur Madurai
Morning city tour. The beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara 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.   Later drive to Madurai. Overnight Madurai.

Day 07 :- Madurai Munnar
Morning tour of Madurai. 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. Later drive to Munnar. Overnight Munnar.

Day 08 :- Munnar
Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful and a haven of peace and tranquility. This is a idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial Days. Munnar has un-ending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air. Overnight Munnar.

Day 09 :- Munnar Alappuzah (Alleppey)
Morning drive to Alleppey. Overnight Alleppey.

Day 10 :- Alleppey
The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper  crops & coconuts. Embark on a rice boat and overnight on board.

Day 11 :- Alleppey Cochin
Drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin.

Day 12 :- Cochin
Morning city tour. 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 and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Overnight Cochin.

Day 13:- Cochin Calicut
Drive to Calicut. Calicut was a major center of trade between Kerala and the outside world. The city of Calicut came into existence in the 13th century. The name Calicut is derived from 'calico,' the fine variety of hand-woven cotton cloth said to have originated from this place.The outer world came to know about India in 1498 when the Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama came to Calicut and obtained permission to carry out trade from here. Places of interest are - Kappad where Vasco da Gama set foot in India, Pazhassirajah Museum, an art gallery displaying paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Dolphin's Point, the Science Planetarium and Mananchira with a musical fountain. Overnight Calcut.

Day 14 :- Calicut Mysore
Morning drive to Mysore. Later city tour. 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    ands culptures which are  magnificent. Visit the  Art  Gallery; drive upto Chamundi  hill to see Chamundeshwari  Temple and a  panoramic view  of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Overnight Mysore.

Day 15 :- Mysore Bangalore
Morning drive to Bangalore. Afternoon city tour. In this Garden City - visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old  trees, fountains, lotus  pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub- tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja's Palace & Government Buildings. Overnight Bangalore.

Day 16 :- Departure.
Transfer to airport to board the flight for departure.

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