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Chennai - Madurai - Periyar - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore



Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel
Overnight at hotel


Breakfast at Hotel
Morning at Leisure
Lunch at the Hotel


Later city sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Government Museum and Art Gallery, to see the art and bronze gallery (closed on Fridays and public holidays) and also a visit to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, sacred to Tamil Shivaties. Non-Hindus are only allowed up to the outer courtyard. Later drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel .




After Breakfast depart for Mahabalipuram .Enroute visit Kancheepuram, located around 64 Km from Chennai, is one of Hinduism's seven most sacred cities. This "Golden city of a Thousand Temples" dates back to the early Cholas in the 7th century A.D. Only around 70 temples of the original 1000 old temple complex are still intact and the most famous of them is the Kailasanatha Temple built with sandstone in the early seventh century A.D. Kanchipuram is famous for its silk weaving and a visit to the nearby villages to see the craftsmen at work on their looms is rewarding experience.


Continue overland journey to Mahabalipuram . Upon arrival check into the Hotel .After Lunch city tour of Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) .  It occupies a stunning position on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon.  Built by the Pallava rulers in the seventh century, the complex comprises of 14 cave temples, nine monolithic "Rathas", three stone temples and two relief-sculptured rock panels.  These two rock panels give a graphic description of Arjuna's penance when he prayed for the powers of Shiva and forms the largest Bass Relief in the world.  Particularly of interest is the shore temple built on the water's edge with an east facing altar designed to catch the rising Sun.  This has now been declared a World Heritage Site. 
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel .


Day 4 : MAHABALIPURAM / PONDICHERRY / TANJORE (315 Kms / approximately 7 hrs)

After Breakfast depart for Tanjore. Enroute visit Pondicherry whose association traces its origin to Saint Agasthya, the revered sage of the South.  Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram - the final resting place of Sri Aurobindo, a Saint-cum-Yogi who synthesized yoga and modern science.  It is also the final resting place of the 'Mother'. 

Later visit the Natraja Temple at Chidambaram ; Lunch at Chidambaram -
Continue overland journey to Tanjore. Upon arrival check into the Hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.


Day 5 : TANJORE / TRICHY / MADURAI (220 Kms / approximately 6 hrs)

After Breakfast city tour of Tanjore.
Thanjavur (Tanjore) - famous for the Brihadeeswara Temple has gopurams over 90 ft. (27 m) high and are exquisitely sculpted.  They lead to a vast courtyard in which the main temple stands guarded by two sentries carved out of single stones.  Facing the sanctum is a
nandi (bull) Shiva's favourite vehicle.  The corridors around the sanctum have many sculptures as well as Chola frescoes which were recently discovered.  The Palace and the remains of the fort that surround it can still be seen.  Members of the former royal family of Thanjavur still occupy some apartments in the inner recesses but the Palace is now mainly used as a art gallery.

Leave for Trichy. Lunch at Trichy.
Afterlunch city tour of Trichy.  Visit the island of Srirangam across the River Kaveri - 3 miles (5 km) away.  The temple here is practically a town in itself with several residential streets within its 1 sq. mile together with a number of shopping streets.  Its annual winter festival attracts thousands of devotees.  The visitor can wander around freely in most parts of the temple.
Continue overland journey to Madurai. Upon arrival check into the Hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel .



After Breakfast visit Great Meenaskhi Temple Dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towersing Gopurams, rising high above the surrounding township. Later visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - a gracious biulding in the Indo-Saracenic style, famous for the stucco wrok on uts domes and arches. Also visit the Algar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock Temple. Lunch at Hotel.
Evening enjoy the night closing ceremony of the temples ( Hotel/Temple/Hotel by Auto Rickshaws )
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel .


Day 7: MADURAI / PERIYAR (160 Kms / approximately 4 hrs)

After Breakfast depart for Periyar. Upon arrival check into the Hotel
Lunch at Hotel
Late afternoon visit to sanctuary with boat cruise.  Twohour boat trips on the lake are the usual way of touring the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the Thekkady district of Tamil Nadu bordering with Kerala, Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the most important and frequently visited in India.  It conveniently falls between journeys from different parts of Tamil Nadu to important tourist destinations in Kerala.  Trips along the large artificial lake surrounded by dense forests is by itself value for money besides offering the opportunity to view wild life specially elephants, wild boar, sambar, etc.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel .

Day 8               : PERIYAR / COCHIN (215 Kms / approximately 5 hrs)
After Breakfast depart for Cochin.
Enroute Lunch & Boat Ride on Backwaters at Allepy
Transfer to Hotel in Cochin, on arrival check in at Hotel
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.


Day 9 : COCHIN

Breakfast at Hotel
Later city tour of the satellite towns of Kochi (Cochin) and Ernakulam comprises visits to the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue - ( closed on Saturdays) St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. While driving along the coastline, at the Harbour's mouth, one can also view the unique and still-in-use "Chinese Fishing Nets" which were introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century. The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Some parts of this nearly 500-year-old Fort are still amazingly well preserved.
Lunch at Hotel.
Afternoon at Leisure
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.


Day 10: COCHIN / OOTY (281 Kms / approximately 7 hrs)

After breakfast depart for Cochin. Upon arrival check into the Hotel Holiday Inn
Lunch at Hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.


Day 11 : OOTY / MYSORE (160 Kms / approximately 4 hrs)

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Ooty.  Visit the Botanical Gardens, established in 1847.  It has a large variety of exotic and colourful plants.  Also visit the Lake where boating is a favorite pastime and Doddabetta Peak, the highest point in the Nilgiri mountains (2623 metres high) offering spectacular views of the valleys below. 
Lunch at Hotel.
Afternoon leave for Mysore by surface
Transfer to the Hotel
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.



After breakfast  visit Somnathpur.Somnathpur.  33 Kms east of Mysore, Somnathpur has the Keshava temple built in 1268 during the hey days of Hoysala kings, an astonishingly beautiful and unspoilt building.  The walls of this star shaped temple are covered with superb sculptures in stone depicting the scenes from Hindu epics.
Lunch at the hotel




Afternoon visit the Palace & art gallery. Later walk through the fruit market.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.


Day 13 : MYSORE / HASSAN (115 kms / approximately 3 hrs)

After Breakfast  Visit the Chaumundi Hill and Bull Temple
Lunch at the hotel

Depart for Hassan. Enroute visit Srirangapatnam.  Srirangapatnam fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali.  Tipu made a last minute battle against the British in 1799 before surrendering the kingdom.  Among the many fort buildings still intact, are Tipu's airy summer-palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat bag (garden).  The celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple is also here.





Continue overland journey to Hassan. Upon arrival check into the Hotel
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.



After Breakfast proceed for an excursion to Belur & Halebid.
Belur and Halebid, - one of the finest specimens of Hoysalan architecture. The wealth of sculptural detail at Belur and Halebid rivals the temples of Khajuraho or the best of European Gothic art. At Belur the temple of Lord Channekeshava is embellished with superb carvings of deities, animals and friezes depicting the life and times of Hoysala rulers. Halebid was the seat of Hoysala Kingdom, its great Hoysaleswara Temple was also built in the typical Hoysala style of architecture. A stellar base with the emblem of the lion and elephants seemingly supporting the temple, symbolise stability.
Lunch at a Hotel.

Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.


Day 15 : HASSAN / BANGALORE (187 Kms / approximately 4 ½ hrs)

After Breakfast depart for Bangalore. Enroute visit Sravanabelegola
Lunch at Bangalore , short driving tour of Bangalore
Transfer to hotel for Dinner at hotel
Transfer to the Airport  for Onwards flight to Brussels
Departure transfer from Bangalore


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