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Tour of Tamilnadu – Pondichery – Kerala – Karnataka

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17 Days 16 Nights
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Tour Details

Chennai-Mahabalipura, -Pondichérry-Kumbakonam / Thanjavur-Karaikudi-Madurai-Munnar-Periyar-Alleppey-Mettupalayam-Ooty-Masinagudi-Mysore-Hassan-Bangalore

It is by going to the south of India that you can learn more about Hindu culture. You will also discover various types of spices that are grown in the area that has a tropical climate. It is in this area of India that Indian classical dance is practiced, Bharata Natyam.

Departure & Return Location

Chennai Airport (Google Map)

What to Expect

When you visit the countries of southern India, you will enjoy many benefits including:

  • Mahabalipuram
  • Kumbakonam / Thanjavur
  • Madurai
  • Periyar / Thekkady / Kumily
Itinerary

Day 1By way to Mahabalipuram

Once the plane has landed at Chennai Airport, you will be driven to Mahabalipuram.

Day 2A deep visit to Mahabalipuram

After having visited Mahabalipuram in depth, you can go to the beach for a relaxing time.

Day 3Pondicherry

In the morning, drive to Pondicherry (1h30) and visit the futuristic village of Auroville and Pondicherry visit Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayagaar temple, Pondicherry Museum and the French Quarter.

Day 4A trip to Kumbakonam

In the morning, travel to Kumbakonam on the road visit the Chidambram Natraja Temple, (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Dharasuram on site visit a weaving workshop of hand-made silk Saries and Swamimali known in the whole world for his workshops of bronze statues.
Tanjore is proud of the ancient Temple of “Brihadeshvara”, whose frescoes, full of refined details, are a jewel of Chola architecture.

Day 5Thanjvur / Karaikudi

In the morning, drive to Tanjore for about 15min, to visit the big temple and the palace at 10am. museums of stone and bronze statues. Then drive to Karaikudi which is the land of the Chettiars, who were once wealthy financiers, visit the mansions they built and stay in one of the old mansions.

Day 6On the way to Madurai

Upon arrival in Madurai, guests can visit local markets as well as Meenakshi Amman Temple and Nayak Palace.

Day 7Let yourself be charmed by nature in Munnar

In this place, it is not the statues that will charm you, but the beautiful reservoirs, lakes, tea plantations and beautiful forests.

Day 8A long-distance visit to Munnar

Excursion to Munnar, visit of tea factory (subject to authorization), Mattupetty Dam: there is possibility of boating (payable locally) Echo Point, etc. Then visit Munnar town and market. Later in the afternoon trekking of 3h in the mountains of Munnar

Day 9Visit to the spice market

Once in Periyar, you can make a discovery of the spice market. In the evening, you can participate in a traditional Keralias evening.

Day 10An elephant ride

Road to the elephant orphanage, elephant ride, meal and bath elephants, then visit the spice plantations. “Kalaripayat” martial arts evening and possibility of an Ayurvedic Massage

Day 11Day of navigation

Alleppey is where you will go. There you can sail on the backwaters.

Day 12Discovery of the waterfalls of Coimbatore / Metupalayam

After observing these waterfalls, you can then go to Mettupalayam, and if time allows you to visit Bharadhanatiyam Dance School.

Day 13Visit in Wildlife Reserves

Departure by train (toy train) at 7am, 5h drive. Arrival at 12 pm at Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty, considered the most popular hill station in southern India, located at an altitude of 2268 m in the Nilgiris mountains of Tamil Nadu.
Visit of the forest. Mudumalai “Wildlife Sanctuaries” is India’s recognized category IV protected area by the World Commission on Protected Areas. India has classified more than 500 areas, including 28 Tiger reserves and bird sanctuaries. Some areas, because of the importance of their wildlife have been declared national areas as the “National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary”.
This sanctuary is located at an altitude of 1140 meters (Kerala / Karnataka / Tamil Nadu junction, a variety of landscapes to discover.

Day 14 -15Mysore

Mysore known for its magnificent palaces and majestic buildings, vast gardens, sandalwood, shimmering silks, the “Royal City” remains a must for tourist itineraries.
Breakfast at the hotel. Mysore is the capital of the great Tipu sultan called the Mysore Tiger, who was killed fighting against the British in 1799. His remains rest in a magnificent mausoleum, the Gumbaz. Nearby is the Tipu Summer Palace, Daulat Dariya.

Day 16Discovery of the statue of Bahubali

En route, visit the Jain site of Sravanabelgola (the white hermit). To reach the colossal statue of Bahubali, considered the largest monolith in the world (17 m), you have to climb 614 steps and have left his shoes down. You will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the region. Not far from this statue, you will visit several temples Jains.
Afternoon discovery of several temples: the temple Channekeshava marvel bequeathed by the Hoysala dynasty; Halebid Hoysaleswara Temple, the most outstanding specimen of Hoysala art. The walls are covered with bas-reliefs representing countless Hindu gods and sages, stylized animals, as well as friezes depicting the lives of the Hoysala rulers.

Day 17Back to the airport

This is the day you will be driven to Bangalore where you can fly back.

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