Incredible South India Beaches Tour

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South India is a linguistic-cultural region of India that covers the four Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Pondicherry

Tour Details

Day 01 : Arrive Chennai : Arrive Madras (Chennai)Arrive Madras by international flight. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 : At ChennaiMorning free to relax from long flight. Breakfast at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Madras city. Chenna - the capital of Tamil Nadu,Guest Posting popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. During your sightseeing tour you will vist 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 : Arrive Chennai – depart for MahabalipuramMeeting on arrival at Chennai airport and proceed to reach Mahabalipurm via visiting Kanchipuram (time permiting otherwise Kanchipuram will be visited tomorrow). Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is most famous for its exquisitely woven handloom silk saris. It has some very famous temples like the Kamakshi Temple and the Ekambareshwar Temple. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples. Most of the temples and rock carvings were completed around 630 - 660 AD and are notable for their folk- art origins. Evening relax by the beach. Overnight at self booked Hotel.

Day 04 : Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry. Morning after an early breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pondicherry, which was formerly a French colony. Today it is famous for the Aurobindo Ashram, which was chosen by the late Sri Aurobindo, revolutionary turned saint and Auroville, the inspiration of The Mother, a French woman who was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and conceived the idea of an international city of Dawn. Auroville was established to experiment and develop a new order of integrated living.

Day 05 : At PondicherryFull day free for self exploration. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Thanjavur. Chidambaram is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja, who is believed to have performed his cosmic dance here. Arrive at Thanjavur and check into hotel. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of this region. It is the home of Carnatic music and dance. It is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple, constructed more than a thousand years ago. Saraswati Mahal Library, The Art Gallery, and Sangeetha Mahal are also of interest. The land surrounding Thanjavur is known as the granary of Tamil Nadu, blessed as it is by the waters of Kaveri River.

Day 07 : Thanjavur - Madurai. Morning Bathe in the sea at Agnitheeram, which is considered sacred and a pure place to bathe. Afternoon drive to for Madurai.

Day 08 : Madurai.The 2600 years old Madurai is often referred to as the 'Athens of the East'. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu both historically and mythologically. A reference is made to Madurai in the Indian epic Ramayana, and great chroniclers Magasthenes (302 BC) and Ptolemy ( 140 AD) have made references to it in their travelogues. Marco Polo, the famous explorer visited this city in 1293 AD. Enjoy a full day tour of city and temples. In the Evening see sound and light show and late night temple rituals.

Day 09 : Madurai – OotyMorning after breakfast at the resort drive to Ooty. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Blue Mountains’ along with its nearby neighbors Coonoor and Kotagiri, Ooty was developed as a hill station by the British and is famous for its pine and eucalyptus forests as well as its coffee and tea plantations. Nestling in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 7,500 feet, Ooty was expanded by the Collector of Coimbatore, John Sullivan, in 1819 when he built a house and soon grew in popularity with the British who superimposed their lifestyle from home on the hill station.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 10 : At OotyLittle early in the morning drive to Coonoor to enjoy tea plantation. For return travel by Toy train back to Ooty which will take around one hours time and will pass through the highest point on its route.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11 : Ooty to NagarholeMorning after breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park and check in at the Jungle lodge. Nagarhole : The enchanting 247 square-mile park was originally designated as a game sanctuary. Nagarhole, in the Coffee land of Coorg was declared a National park in 1974. It has recently been renamed 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park.' Gentle slopes and shallow valleys surround it on all sides. Huge herds of Asian Elephants flock here together and it is blessed with wildlife abundance. You find a variety of trees and shrubs often making it a sanctuary for illegal timber traders. Among reptiles, the marsh crocodile, monitor lizard, rock python and several other species can be found. Aquatic and terrestrial tortoises, frogs, toads and tree frogs and a myriad insects, including some very colourful butterflies, adorn this lovely southern jungle of India.Afternoon proceed to the park for game viewing.

Day 12 – At NagarholeMorning and evening game viewing. Meals and overnight at the lodge.

Day 13 : Nagarhole - MysoreMorning drive to Myosre. On arrival check into the hotel. Mysore is a charming and relaxed city surrounded almost entirely by fertile farmland and tree clad hills. Until independence Mysore was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, a princely state covering about a third of present day Karnataka. The city is noted for its sandalwood carvings, incense, silk weaving and for its coffee

Overnight at the hotel

Day 14 – At MysoreTour of Mysore and the surrounding area. Places of interest include the colourful vegetable and flower markets in Mysore, Chamundi Hill to view the Chamundeswari Temple and the famous Nandi Bull. The City Palace was re-built by Henry Irwin in 1897 after the original wooden palace was destroyed in a fire. It is one of the largest palaces in the country and is Indo-Saracenic in style with domes, arches and colonnades of carved pillars. Drive outside of the city to see the Sri Chamundeswari Temple at Somnathpur, built around 1260 AD by the Hoysala Kings. The walls of this temple are covered with stone animal sculptures - it has been said that this is one of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in India.Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 15 – Mysore to BangaloreMorning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Bangalore.Bangalore is a booming city and considered fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia. Home to well over 6 million people,and a base for over 10,000 industries, Bangalore combines a quaint old world charm with the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolitan city. It is a delightful place with an amalgamation of various rich cultures, crafts, and heritage centers. This city while enjoying the reputation of being a modern, high-tech city, still offers a lot of places of historical interest for the avid sightseer to explore. A trip around the city can be very interesting and provides a varied sightseeing experience with Palaces, museums, temples, churches and gardens. It has an enviable posterity and presents much to be discovered. Despite being one of Asia's fastest growing cities, Bangalore remains one of the most elegant metros in India. A well-planned city,with tree-lined avenues,a large number of parks, gardens and lakes,Bangalore is aptly called India's garden city. Bangalore is even gaining the status of the "Floriculture Capital of India" due to the present blossoming of flower exports from the city. The beautiful parks like the Lalbagh and Cubbon Park are indeed a treat to the eyes.

Day 16 : Bangalore to DelhiMorning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of Bangalore visiting : Tipu's Palace - Built in 1791, this beautiful two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies was one of Tipu's favourite summer, Gandhi Bhavan - The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, houses a comprehensive picture gallery and other exhibits of Gandhiji which depict the life and times of Gandhiji. The Bhavan is open on weekdays, The Bull Temple - This temple, built by Kempe Gowda, houses the magnificent stone statue of the sacred bull, Nandi. It stands over 15 feet tall and is over 20 feet long . In Nov/Dec every year, when the groundnuts have been harvested, a groundnut fair is held near the temple. The first groundnuts are offered by the farmers to the sacred bull. Lal Bagh , Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modelled along London's Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in this 2400 acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House. In July, 2003 it was decded that the Department of Horticulture and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) would jointly take up the development of Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Government Museum - One of the important buildings, the Government Museum is one of the oldest in India(1886). A special attraction here are the antiquities from Mohenjodaro period. Situated nearby the museum is Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum named after the great engineer-statesman , This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon park, is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing.

Late afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Meeting on arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay (meet up and beer together !).

Day 17 – DelhiTransfer to the airport in time to board flight.

Bon Voyages

For more details please contact us at:Chaman ThakurDISCOVERY FULL CIRCLE TOURS227, Plot No. 3, Vardhman Dwarka DeeshSector 10, Main MarketDwarka,New Delhi - 110 075 (India)Phone : Cell : Telefax : + 91 11 28083543 (91 is code for India)Email : mktg@discoveryfullcircle.com, tours@tourism4india.com

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