The Enchanting South IndiaDuration : 21 Days
- Sultana's Battery
The grand tour of South India covers the Chennai city, the regal city of Mysore, Sulthans Battery, the colonial charm of Cochin, the temple town of Madurai and the fantastic architecture of Tanjore and Pondicherry. The last few days are spent on the beaches of Mahabalipuram.
DAY# 1 DelhiThe guests assembled at the hotel in Delhi are taken to Chennai by flight.
Day# 2 ChennaiThe morning in the city is dedicated for leisurely activities. In the afternoon you can visit St. George Fort, the Indo-Saracenic High Court building, the Theosophical Society building and gardens, the Kapaleeswarar Temple of Shiva of the 16th century and the Cholamandal Artistsâ€™ Village.
Day# 3 MysoreFrom Chennai, you are taken to Mysore by train. The whole afternoon is spent on Karnatakaâ€™s second city, Mysore. The Maharajaâ€™s Palace situated at the foot of the Chamundi Hills is the most wonderful attraction in Mysore. Mysore is a wonderful place for shopping as it is famous for its silk, incense and carved sandalwood. A half-an-hour drive from Mysore will take you to Tipu Sultanâ€™s fort, Srirangapatnam. The burial places of Tipu and Hyder Ali can also be seen in the summer palace.
Day# 4, 5 & 6 Sultanâ€™s BatterySultan Battery is a beautiful place of coffee and cardamom plantations. It was previously known as the Ganapathivattom - "the fields of Lord Ganesha." Tipu Sultan had built a fort and battery for his army here. There are the Edakkal Caves on the summit of the Ambukuthimala Hill and Muthanga National Park. Tourists are taken to various historical and natural attractions.
Day# 7 & 8 CochinThe guests are taken to Cochin. The afternoon is spent for sightseeing and shopping. Cochin is the great water city of the Malabar Coast sprawling over islands and headlands in the Arabian Sea and leading into the canals of the Backwaters. There are Portugal Churches, Hindu temples, the Mattancherry Palace all of which have a wonderful blend of architectural styles.
Day# 9 Kerala BackwatersYou can travel to the backwaters and spend the day in a houseboat. It is a place just to relax watching the birds and looking at the jungle that slides by. These backwaters are a set of canals and lakes that stretches between Cochin and Quilon on Malabar Coast.
Day# 10 KeralaOn this day the guests can spend their time in boating, fishing, trekking, sightseeing as they wish.
Day# 11 & 12 MaduraiThe guests are taken to the extrovert city of Madurai. The Madurai city had originally evolved around the Great Temple of the Meenakshi-Sundareshwar. It was ruled by the great Queen Pandai.
Day# 13 ChettinadThe guests are brought to Chettinad and the afternoon is spent at the ancestral homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars or â€œChettinadâ€. The city is renowned for its mansions and rich and distinctive dishes.
Day# 14 TanjoreGuests are taken to Tanjore. It is the busiest rural center of the fertile rice-growing region of the vast delta of the river Kavery.
Day# 15 Tanjore & TrichyTanjore was once the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty. The Cholas were great art patrons and this can be seen from the beautiful carvings in the Brihadiswara Temple built by King Rajaraja.
Day# 16 Arrive PondicherryA drive via Dharasuram, Kumbakonam and Gangaikondacholapuram would bring you to Pondicherry.
Day# 17 PondicherryThe day is spent by sightseeing around Pondicherry. It is the Union Territory in the Bay of Bengal and is also the home to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. There are Catholic Churches, museum and the 19th century Botanical Gardens.
Day# 18, 19 & 20 MahabalipuramA drive would bring you to Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temples; Mahabalipuram is an old port city. The afternoon you can spend for sightseeing, shopping and the following days you can visit the temples.
Day# 21 DelhiOn the 21st day guests are taken to hotel in Delhi. From there they can depart to their hometown.