SOUTH INDIA DISCOVERY SPECIAL
Chennai/ Mamallapuram/ Bangalore/Hassan/Coorg/Mysore/Bandipur National Park /Ooty/Cochin
16 Nights / 17Days
fortress of Tippu Sultan
|Day 01: Arrive at
Meet on arrival and transfer to Hotel.
(Half-day sight seeing depending upon the arrival of
flight). Visit to Fort St. George-Fort St. George occupies pride of
place and prominence in Chennai, the State Legislature and
the Secretariat are located inside this fort . The St. Mary’s Church- the oldest Anglican Church in
India. Return to hotel and overnight.
|Morning breakfast and full day city tour, visit to San Thome Cathedral Basilica
- the apostle of Christ who is believed to have come to Madras sometime
was killed on St Thomas Mount just outside the city, Theosophical
Society - The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society, Marina Beach
- the pride of Chennai, is the second largest beach in the world and
has a wide sandy foreshore. An aquarium is also located on the Marina
Beach. Return to hotel and overnight.
|Day 03: Chennai /
Mamallapuram / Chennai (64 Kms / 2 Hrs)
Morning breakfast and proceed for a full day excursion. Visit to Mamallapuram - Built in the 7th century, this ancient Pallava port is the site of several antique sculptural marvels. Crocodile Bank
- not far from Mamallapuram, Romulus Whittaker runs this crocodile
breeding and research centre. Here several species of Indian and African
crocodiles and alligators are bred in captivity, V.G.P Golden Beach
- This beach is popular not just with the people of the city, but also
with tourists. There is an entertainment arcade for children. Return to
|Day 04: Chennai / Bangalore (5 Hrs by Indian
Super Fast Express Train – Shatabdhi Express)
Early morning checkout
and reach Chennai Railway Station at 0545hrs to board your train to
Bangalore. On arrival at 10.45hrs, check into a hotel. Afternoon
half-day tour to ISKCON temple - the Krishna Temple is a blend of Modern technology and spiritual harmony, Lalbagh - 240 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens, flowers abound, rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, Vidhana Soudha - this massive building houses the state Legislature and the Secretariat. Return to hotel and overnight.
Morning breakfast and proceed for full day sight seeing, cover Cubbon Park, Bull Temple
- Dravidian-style temple, has a huge monolithic Bull is the vahana of
Lord Shiva, Government Museum - Acclaimed as one of the oldest museums
in the country, Tippu's Palace - Tippu Sultan's summer retreat is a two-storied ornate wooden structure, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain - View the colorful swirling fountains dancing in tune to music, free for shopping at night and overnight.
|Day 06: Bangalore /
Hassan (180 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Morning breakfast, check and proceed to Hassan, enroute visit Shravanabelagola
- a Jain saint. Standing atop one of the hills and is said to be one of
the tallest and most graceful monolithic statues in the world. On
arrival at Hassan check into a hotel. Afternoon visit Belur - It is the
only Hoysala temple still in active worship. The most marvelous
specimens of Hoysala architecture. Halebid - Just 17 kms away from Belur
is Halebid, the ancient capital of the Hoysalas. The temple
complex has a museum which houses the idols, statues, busts and
sculptures excavated by the Archaeological Department from the ruins.
Return to hotel and overnight.
|Day 07: Hassan / Coorg
(155 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast, check and proceed
to Coorg - few other places in the world are blessed
with such natural beauty and fertility. Thick tropical
forests also call as “Scotland of South India”. On
arrival check into hotel. Half-day sightseeing, visit to Talakaveri - Set amidst the picturesque Brahmagiri
hills is the source of Cauvery River. Return to hotel and
|Day 08: Coorg
|Morning breakfast and proceed for full day sight seeing, visit to Onkareshwara Temple, Raja Seat -Raja's seat perched atop a hill, good for watching the golden sunset, Abbey Falls
- Tucked away between private coffee and spice estates, Abbey Falls
offers a splendid backdrop for picnics. Return to hotel and overnight.
|Day 09: Coorg / Mysore
(125 Kms / 3 Hrs)
|After breakfast check out and proceed to Mysore, Enroute visit to Bylakuppe-
One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India, it is known for
its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and an incense factory.
On arrival, check into hotel. Lunch & visit Srirangapatna - Island fortress of Tippu Sultan, Tippu's summer Palace, Mosque, and Sriranganatha Temple and evening visit Brindavan Garden
- the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam after sundown, when musical fountains and
colored lights transform this place into a magical fairyland. Return to
hotel and overnight.
|Day 10: Mysore
|Morning breakfast. Visit to Maharaja Palace - the palace is a splendid structure in the Indo-Saracenic
Style, among its many attractions are a magnificent gold
throne. It is an entirely modern structure continuing the
Hindu and Saracenic styles of Architecture, Chamundi Hills - perched a top a hill is the temple
of Chamundeshwari, a tall monoliths of Nandi and the gigantic
Mahishasura statue are added attractions and in the evening
visit to Mysore’s famous market, return to hotel and
|Day 11: Mysore /
Bandipur National Park (80 Kms / 3 Hrs)
|Morning breakfast, check out and proceed to Bandipur National
Park- Nestling in the foothills of the Nilgiris. It is
one of the Tiger reserves in the country. It also forms part of Nilgiri
Biosphere Reserve, which is one of the last refuges of endangered
Asiatic wild elephants. On arrival check in to Bandipur Safari Lodge.
Evening Jeep Safari into the Jungle and overnight.
|Day 12: Bandipur
National Park / Ooty (90 Kms / 3 Hrs)
|Early morning after a
cup of coffee/ tea, be lead by a trained naturalist into the
Tiger Reserve on a nature walk. Get back to the Lodge in
time for freshening up and breakfast. Check out and proceed to Ooty- called the Queen of Hill
Stations, Picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known Ooty
is the most popular hill station in the South, on arrival
check into a hotel. After lunch visit to Ooty Lake - is the
pride of the Blue Hills. It is Central and strategic
attraction, Rose Garden - the rose
varieties planted in this park were assembled from different
sources. Initially, 17,256 rose plants from 1919 varieties
have been planted. Return to hotel and overnight.
|Day 13: Ooty
|Morning breakfast, half-day tour to Coonoor - is a small town with an equable climate that has made it in its own right, visit Dolphins Nose - Ideally visited in the morning, you can get a beautiful view of the Catherine falls from here, Lamb's Rock-this
view point is within a reserve forest with a phenomenal view of vast
stretches of forests all the way to the Coimbatore plains, Law's Falls - is a paradise for naturalists, Katery
Falls- water from the Katery dam flows as a falls.
This is one of the highest falls in the Nilgiris. Return to hotel,
evening free and overnight.
|Day 14: Ooty / Cochin
(285 Kms / 7 Hrs)
|Morning breakfast, checkout of the hotel/resort and proceed to Cochin-
commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi, in
Ernakulam, is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. On arrival
check into hotel. Evening free and overnight.
|Day 15: Cochin
|Morning breakfast and full day city tour to Cochin St. Francis Church - these centuries old church at Fort Kochi was originally built completely of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry, Pierce Leslie Bungalow
- this charming mansion was the office of Pierce Leslie characteristic
features are wood panels that form the roof of the ground floor, arched
doorways, carved doors and sprawling rooms. Waterfront verandahs are an
added attraction. Loafer's Corner/Princess Street - One of the
earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, traditional meeting
place and hangout of the jovial fun loving people of the area. Return to
hotel and overnight.
|Day 16: Cochin
|Morning breakfast and full day city
sightseeing, visit to Maritime Museum - throws light on the genesis,
history, evolution and landmarks of the Indian Navy,
Indo-Portuguese Museum - the museum today is an important
center to understand the Indo-Portuguese Christian Art
heritage, Fort Kochi - turning it into one of the finest
natural harbors in the world. Vasco da Gama Square – an ideal place to watch
fishermen use these nets is the Vasco da Gama square, a narrow
promenade along the beach, Willingdon Island – it’s a man-made island,
surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The island is the city's
best hotels and trading centres, the Port Trust and the
headquarters of the southern naval command. Bolghatty Island - This lush, lovely island is
famous for its palace of the same name. Evening return to
hotel, and overnight.
|Day 17: Cochin
|Morning breakfast, check
out and transfer to Airport to board your flight for your
onward journey. |
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