This 21-day South India Tour that starts from Chennai will take you to all the key cities in South India. Through this tour, you can explore all the famous tourist spots, enjoy the delectable cuisine, visit all the places of sightseeing and experience the vibrant culture of South India. You will leave this part of the country with countless memories and experiences that you can cherish for a lifetime.
As you arrive at Chennai, our tour representative will pick you up from the railway station or airport. Following that, you straightaway embark on your road journey to Mahabalipuram, visiting Kanchipuram on the way. Referred to as ‘the golden city of thousand temples’, Kanchipuram is the ancient capital of Pallavas. It is home to the famous Kanchi Kamakshi Temple- the revered abode of Kamakshi (goddess Parvati), which was built during the 7th and 8th century. The Kailasanathar Temple is also popular for its majestic architecture. The largest, highest and most impressive temple of the town, Ekambeshwarar Temple dates back to the Pallava period. Overnight stay will be at Mahabalipuram.
After breakfast, your tour representative will pick you up for the city tour. This city tour will give you a chance to explore the rock-cut caves and carved temples of Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram. The place is home to the famous Shore Temple- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in around 700 AD. According to a popular myth, it is believed that once there used to be seven of these Shore Temples. Local legends suggest that God Indra become envious of this earthly city and sank it during a huge storm, leaving only one Shore Temple. Overnight stay will be at Mahabalipuram hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, you begin with your road journey to Pondicherry, The Capital of French India. The journey will take just 2 hours. This former gorgeous French colony traces its origin to Saint Agasthya, the admired sage of the South. Many excavations nearby suggest that a Roman Settlement existed here almost 2000 years ago. The small town has a lot to offer in terms of French bakeries, bohemian stores and incredible beaches. Just take a stroll down these streets to witness the beauty of colonial structures, cobbled-stone paths and bougainvillea laden walls. Overnight stay is at Pondicherry hotel.
The morning drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur will take 4 hours. Upon reaching, the tour representative will take you to your chosen hotel. After resting for some time, set out to visit some famous spots in tourist interest such as Vijayanagar Fort, Alangudi Guru Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and more. The biggest attraction of Thanjavur is The Brahadeshwara Temple. Also known as the Big Temple, this architectural marvel was built during the reign of the Great Chola Emperor – Raja Raja Chola. The roof of the temple is made from a monolithic dome carved out of a single granite block. The massive statue of Nandi Bull at the entrance is simply magnificent. Overnight stay will be at the Thanjavur hotel of Pondicherry.
Trichy, that was once the citadel of the Chola dynasty has come up as a fast-emerging city in Tamil Nadu. It is located on the banks of Cauvery River and is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. Visit the Danish Church and the Rockfort Ganpathi Temple. The latter derives its name from its unique construction style. The huge fort, which is said to have played a major role during the time of Carnatic wars, is made out of a huge single rock. After climbing 434 steps, you will reach the main temple of Lord Ganesha. Overnight stay at Thanjavur hotel.
In the morning, leave for Chettinad by road. The journey will take almost 2 hours. Chettinad is a small region located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. The places mainly comprises of a town called Karaikudi and a cluster of 96 surrounding villages. Chettinad showcases rich heritage and magnificent art and architecture in the form of many opulent mansions, temples and museums. Besides, the Chettinad cuisine is extremely popular for its taste and spices. Overnight stay at Chettinad hotel.
Chettinad to Madurai journey by road will take you 1-2 hours. Upon reaching, you will be transferred to the hotel of your choice. After checking in and taking some refreshments, you can set out to explore this cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India that was ruled by Pandya Kings for the longest time in history. Visit Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Samanar Hills and other such tourist spots. Shopping in Madurai is also fun and affordable. Overnight stay at Madurai hotel.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for the city tour. Visit the famous Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, dedicated to Goddess Parvati, also known as Meenakshi. Located on the Southern banks of Vaigai River, the temple is globally renowned for its striking architecture. It is believed that Lord Shiva visited Madurai to marry Parvati and this has been the sacred abode of the goddess since birth. Visit the Thirumala Nayak Palace, a stunning building made in the Indo-saracenic style with stucco art on the domes and arches. You can also visit the Alagar Hills. Overnight stay at Madurai hotel.
Next morning after breakfast, you drive to Kodaikanal, which will take approximately 4 hours. After checking in at your chosen hotel, you can visit some of the popular tourist places in Kodaikanal such as Kodai Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks and more. The place is blessed with a pleasant climate and a number of beautiful lakes and valleys. It is nestled on the slopes of Palani Hills, and stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level. It is ideal hill station to relax and connect with the nature. Overnight stay at Kodaikanal hotel.
Spend the day admiring the grandeur and magnificence of the gorgeous hill station. He perfectly manicured slopes, clear lakes and scenic water falls come together to offer the most amazing mountain experience. You must visit the Kodaikanal Lake, which is a manmade lake made in a star shape. It is surrounded by the rich green Palani Hills Range. Visit the Green Valley View Point to enjoy picturesque views of Kodaikanal. You can also go for a biking or trekking tour through the lush forests surrounding the area. Overnight stay at Kodaikanal hotel
The morning road journey from Kodaikanal to Munnar will take almost 5 hours. You will be taken to your chosen hotel by the tour representative, where you can rest for some time after the long journey. Munnar is a beautiful tourist destination, situated at an altitude of 6000 feet in the Idukki district of Kerala. It was one of the most preferred summer resorts of the British rulers in the colonial days. The hill station is renowned for its expansive tea estates, untouched valleys and exotic varieties of flora and fauna. Overnight stay at Munnar hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, embark on the road journey to Cochin which will take 3-4 hours. Cochin or Kochi, located on the south-west coast of India is the commercial capital of Kerala. The place showcases strong influences of Dutch, Portuguese, Arab, Chinese and Phoenicians as well as the Chera Dynasty that once ruled here. The city is dotted with trendy clubs, restaurants, cafes and some of the finest heritage accommodations. Visit the Mattancherry Palace, Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets and Willingdon Island. Overnight stay at Cochi hotel.
Next morning, you will drive to Cochin railway station to board the train to Calicut. Upon reaching, your tour representative will transfer you to the hotel as well as assist in the check in process. After relaxing at your hotel, you can step out to explore Calicut. Also known as Kozhikode, this small town is famous for its centuries old trade in cotton and spices with Chinese, Jews, Phoenicians and Arabs. Visit the tourist spots or take a stroll at beach before returning to your hotel. Overnight stay at Calicut hotel.
Next morning, you check out from your hotel and explore the beautiful city of Calicut. The name Calicut is derived from the word ‘calico’, the hand-woven cloth available here. The outer world discovered the existence of India when a Portuguese sailor, Vasco da Gama set foot on the remote beach of Kappad in Calicut in 1498 and established trade routes with the west. Ever since, the city has been a flourishing hub of domestic and international trade. Visit places like Kappad, Pazhassirajah Musuem, Dolphin’s Point, Manachira and the Science Planetarium. Later, embark on the road journey to Wayanad that will take almost 2 hours. Overnight stay at Wayanad hotel.
Wayanad is one of the prettiest places in Kerala, well-known for its enchanting waterfalls, wildlife tours, spice plantations, historical caves and pleasing resorts and home stays. It is part of a forest reserve and thus, the entire area is completely green. Visit Kapetta, a major Jain center and Lakkidi, a gateway town. You can take a walk through the expansive spice plantations or trek into the pre-historic caves. You can also spot beautiful scenery and wild elephants here. Overnight stay at Wayanad hotel.
In the morning, drive to Mysore by road. The journey will take 3 hours. After checking in and having some refreshments, step out to visit the Mysore Palace built in 1912. Built in an Indo-saracenic style, it was the former palace of the royal family of Mysore. It is known for its striking archways, turrets, domes, sculptures and colonnades, which are awe-inspiring. It is counted amongst one of the biggest palaces in India. Visit the Art Gallery in Mysore that boasts of over 2000 paintings from renowned painters in India. Go to Chamundeshwari Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga. Located atop Chamundi Hills, the temple offers picturesque views of the city. Overnight stay at Mysore hotel.
Next morning, Mysore to Hassan road journey will again take 3 hours. Hassan is quaint town located in the Malnad and Maidan districts of Karnataka. The place derives its name from the reigning deity Goddess Hassanamba. There are many places in tourist interest in Hassan such as Gorur Dam, Shettyhalli Church, Shri Ranganatha Temple, Ramanathpur Temples, and more. You can visit these places or explore the local markets of Hassan. Overnight stay at Hassan hotel.
You will go for a full-day excursion to Halebid and Belur temples. The Chenna Kesva Temple of Belur was built 900 years ago and is a marvelous specimen of Hoysala Art. Halebid’s Kedareswara and Hoysaleswara temples showcase sophisticated Hindu art. The intricately done carvings, sculptures and relief work are simply enchanting. If you have time, you must visit Shravanbelagola on your way back. It is one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage centers in South India. There is huge statue of Lord Gomteshwara which is carved out of a single rock and is visible from a distance of 25 kilometers. Every once in 12 years, it is bathed with milk and honey. Overnight stay at Hassan hotel.
It will take 6-7 hours to cover the distance between Hassan and Hospet by road. You can check out at your chosen hotel and relax for some time after the long journey. Hospet is a small historic town, located on the banks of Tungabhadra River. There are many tourist spots that you can see such as the Tungabhadra Dam, Virupakshi Temple, King’s Balance, and more. Overnight stay at Hospet hotel.
Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the capital city of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi was believed to be the largest city in the world. It was destroyed by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, gorgeous temples, treasury building, bustling street markets, and the captivating remains of the Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a delight for all history lovers. The Vittala Temple, Elephant’s Stable, Queen’s Bath and Matanga Hills are some of the best places to see here. You can also take a stroll through the lively Hampi Bazar to shop for some paintings, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Overnight stay at Hospet hotel.
In the morning, you will leave for Badami by road. The journey will take almost 3 hours. Badami is located in the valley of a huge red sandstone on the banks of Agastya Lake. It was once the royal capital of the Chalukyas. It is home to many famous fortresses and temples, built in Dravidian style of architecture. Most of these temples are carved out of a single rock and are adorned with intricate carvings. Some of the popular tourist spots are the Badami Fort, Bhuthanatha Temple, Aihole, and Agastya Lake. Shop for rosewood and sandalwood sculptures, rugs and traditional jewelry. Overnight stay at Badami Hotel.
Next morning, you will leave for Goa from where you will be escorted to the airport or railway station to commence your onwards journey. This will mark the end of our 21-day South India Tour.
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