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Tour Name : SOUTH INDIA
Tour Code : IOYO-47
Duration : 13 Nights & 14 Days
Routing : CHENNAI - TIRUVANAMALAI - YERCAUD - KODAIKANAL - MADURAI - CHETTINAD - THANJAVUR - PONDICHERRY - MAHABALIPURAM - CHENNAI
This 15 days South India tour is from Chennai and goes through a lot of important tourist destinations in South India and ends in Chennai. In this South India tour you are covering the entire Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. As the program is done leisurely, this itinerary could be a good South India Family Vacation tour and also good for elders. Services International Ltd an India based tour operator are travel services providers in South India. We are one of the best South India travel planners and offer you South India tour itineraries & routes as no one else can. Come and enjoy one of the best of Southern India tours. If you have a few more days, you could also include Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari in this program.

Day 01 :- Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai and transfer to hotel. Overnight Chennai.

Day 02 :- Chennai Kanchipuram Tiruvanamalai
Morning drive to Tiruvanamalai 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 Tiruvanamalai.

Day 03 :- Tiruvanamalai Gingee Tiruvanamalai
Excursion of Gingee. Gingee has three famous forts situate in a triangular set up known as Rajagiri, Krishnagiri and Chandragiri. Rajagiri is the primary fort and the other two forts are of a low profile. A wall stretching and encompassing all these forts remains as a standing monument. These three forts are said to have been built by some Konars, that refers to the names of some chieftains, during the period between 1200 A.D and 1240 A.D. Overnight Tiruvanamalai.

Day 04 :- Tiruvanamalai Yercaud
Drive to Yercaud. Overnight Yercaud.

Day 05 :- Yercaud
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.  Overnight Yercaud.

Day 06 :- Yercaud Trichy
Morning drive to Trichy. Afternoon city tour. 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 07 :- Trichy Kodaikanal
Morning drive to Kodaikanal. Overnight Kodaikanal.

Day 08 :- Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is 120 kms from Madurai, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station situated amidst the grandeur of the southern crest of the upper Palani hill -in the  Western Ghats, at a height of 2135 mts. Its tranquil lake framed by wooded hills, mighty rocks and slopes and enchanting  waterfalls mesmerize  visitors. It is noted for  hybrids and grafts, hill plantain fruits and plums and -Kurunji- flower which blossoms once in 12 years. Overnight Kodaikanal.

Day 09 :- Kodaikanal Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai. Afternoon city tour. 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. Overnight Madurai.

Day 10 :- Madurai Chettinad
Morning drive to Chettinad. Chettinad is the ancestral home of the Nattukottai Chettiyars, a prosperous banking community successful in the oversea business markets in South and Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are a total of 76 villages and Karaikudi is the largest one. Chettinad is famous for its houses for its unique, spicy, and very tasty cuisine. Overnight Chettinad.

Day 11 :- Chettinad Tanjore (Thanjavur)
Morning drive to Thanjavur. 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. Overnight Thanjavur.

Day 12 :- Thanjavur Pondicherry
Morning drive to Pondicherry. Overnight Pondicherry.

Day 13:- Pondicherry
The capital of French India before independence,  Pondicherry  traces its  origin  to  Saint  Agasthya, the revered sage of the south & excavations near-by reveal that a Roman settlement existed here  2000 years ago. It was the theatre of many a battle between the British. Afternoon free. Overnight Pondicherry.

Day 14 :- Pondicherry Mahabalipuram
Morning drive to Mahabalipuram. 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. Overnight Mahabalipuram.

Day 15 :- Mahabalipuram Chennai
Drive to Chennai airport.

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