Discover The Best Kept Secret of South India's
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The Best Kept Secret of South Indias private tour will begin with pick up from Bangalore airport. The itinerary cover visit to few magnificent palaces, and wonderful temples of Karnataka that illustrate the variety of architecture prevalent in various periods. Then fly to Cochin, to explore Kerala famous for its unique geography, tranquil backwaters, and mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. Further in Tamil Nadu you will visit many Dravidian-style Hindu temples, of which few are active and few non active.
Day 1: Arrive Bangalore
On arrival at Bangalore airport, assistance and transfer to hotel check in (check in/out time 12pm). Rest time free and easy to relax. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Bangalore
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Lal Bagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Bangalore Fort, Tippu Summer Palace & Bull Temple. Drive pass Vidhana Soudha & Secretariat. O/n at hotel.
Day 3: Bangalore - Mysore (150kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mysore enroute visit Shri Ranganathaswamy Temple a 10th century beautifully carved temple complex located in Srirangapatna. On arrival check in at hotel. Later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundeswari Temple, Nandi Bull Temple, City Palace & St. Philomenas Church. O/n at hotel.
Day 4: Mysore - Shravanabelagola - Hassan (140kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to visit Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura. Thenafter Drive to Hassan via visiting Shravanabelagola one of the most important Jain pilgrim enters. Arrive Hassan check in at hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 5: Hassan - Hampi (330kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Hampi enroute visit Chennakeshava Temple built by Hoysala Empire in 1117 AD in Belur. Next visit Hoysaleshwara Temple a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva in Halebidu. Continue drive to Hassan check in at hotel.
O/n at hotel. Meal plan: B.
Day 6: Hampi
Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Hampi an UNESCO world Heritage sites dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire on the bank of the River Tungabhadra. Visit Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal enclosures, Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala And Lotus Mahal, Vithala Temple Complex and ASI Museum. O/n at hotel.
Day 7: Hampi - Lakkundi - Gadag - Badami (150kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Badami via visiting Trikuteshwara & few ruined Temples in Gadag. And Mallikarjuna, Virabhadra, Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara temples in Lakkundi. Continue drive to Badami check in at hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 8: Badami, Aihole & Pattadakkal
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to visit Aihole a historical site & home to over 125 beautiful Chalukyan temples and monuments from 6th to 12th century. And Pattadakal a treasure trove of Hindu and Jain temples complex built-in 7th and 8th century CE. Return to Badami visit cave temples, Badami Fort and Agastya Lake. O/n at hotel.
Day 9: Badami - Hubli (110kms)/ Cochin (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Hubli airport to board flight for Cochin. On arrival assistance & transfer hotel, check in. In the evening enjoy Kathakali, a traditional dance form of Kerala with lavish costumes, exotic makeup, masks etc. O/n at hotel.
Day 10: Cochin - Alleppey (60kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour visiting Fort Cochin St. Frances Church, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Dutchs Palace & Chinese fishing nets. Later transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat and sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a chef & driver. O/n in houseboat.
Day 11: Alleppey - Thekkady (160kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Disembark from houseboat and drive to Thekkady check in at hotel. Evening watch Martial Arts & Kathakali Dance show. O/n at hotel.
Day 12: Thekkady
Breakfast at hotel. Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat. Sanctuary is home to tigers, elephant, rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. Later spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee etc. O/n at hotel.
Day 13: Thekkady - Munnar (100kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Munnar via Ramakkalmedu one of the windiest places in Asia and being so, one can find here a wind farm generating electricity. Visit Frog Rock, Turtle Rock and the highest twin-statue in Kerala called Kuravan & Kurathi. Continue drive to Munnar check in at hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 14: Munnar
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Pothamedu, Mattupetty dam, Rajamala hill, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupedi Dairy Farm, Echo Point & Tea Museum. O/n at hotel.
Day 15: Munnar - Madurai (160kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Madurai check in at hotel. Later visit Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple & Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. O/n at hotel.
Day 16: Madurai - Trichy - Thanjavur (190kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Thanjavur, via visiting Trichy Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Rock Fort Temple & Jambukeshwara temple. On arrival check in at hotel. Later visit Brihadeshwara Temple built by great Chola king in the 10th century. Also visit Thanjavur Palace & Museum. O/n at hotel.
Day 17: Thanjavur - Darasuram - Gangaikondacholapuram - Chidambaram - Pondicherry (180kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Pondicherry via visiting The Great Living Chola Temples at Darasuram, Airavateshwarar Temple a storehouse of art and architecture and Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple complex which includes Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa and Ardha Mandapa. Also visit Chidambaram Nataraja Temple dedicated to the dancing posture of Lord Shiva. Arrive Pondicherry check in and o/n at hotel.
Day 18: Pondicherry
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Aurovil & Pondicherry Museum. Drive pass or walk through stunning French Quarters, charming mustard streets and colonial villas which include French consulate, Raj Nivas, Government Square, Churches & French schools. Rest time free and easy to rtelax on the beach. O/n at hotel.
Day 19: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai (240kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Chennai enroute visit Mahabalipuram Monolithic Temples, Five Rathas, Krishna Butterball, Cave Temples, Shore Temple & The Arjuna Penance. Next visit Kanchipuram Kailasanathar temple, Ekambareswarar temple, Varadharaja temple, Vaikundhaperumal temple & Kamakshiamman temple. Continue drive to Chennai check in and o/n at hotel.
Day 20: Chennai - Departure (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Chennai visit Fort St. George, St Mary's Church inside the fortress, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Government Museum, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral & Marina Beach.
Later as per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
19 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels.
Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 19 nights accommodation
Bangalore x 2 nights
3* - Ramada/ The Rialto
4* - Fortune Select JP Cosmos/ Lemon Tree Premier Ulsoor Lake
5* - ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection/ ITC Windsor a Luxury Collection
Mysore x 1 nights
3* - Southern Star/Sandesh The Prince
4* - Fortune Park JP Palace/ Grand Mercure
5* - Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden/The Windflower Resort & Spa
Hassan x 1 night
3* - Candy Southern Star/ Pavanputra Resort & Spa
4* & 5* - Hosyala Village Resort/ The Ashok
Hampi x 2 nights
3* - Malligi Hotel/ Krishna Palace
4* - Heritage Resort / Royal Orchid Central Keerti
5* - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders
Badami x 2 night
3* - Rajsangam Hotel/ The Heritage Resort
4* & 5* - Badami Court/ Krishna Heritage
Cochin x 1 night
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien
Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat (ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats)
4* - Premium Houseboat (Abad Premium Houseboats/ Rainbow Premium Houseboats)
5* - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)
Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County
Munnar x 2 nights
3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle
4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar
5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County
Madurai x 1 night
3* - Astoria by Sparsa/ Madurai’s Residency
4* - GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
5* - Heritage Madurai/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Thanjore x 1 night
3* - Grand Gardenia/ Oriental Towers
4* - Le Pondy/ The Windflower Resort & Spa
5* - Svatma
Pondicherry x 2 night
3* - Shenbaga Hotel/ Annamalai International
4* - Le Pondy/ The Windflower Resort & Spa
5* - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Chennai x 1 night
3* - Raj Park/ MGM East Woods
4* - The Raintree/ Accord Metropolitan
5* - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace
Hubli - Cochin flight ticket approx â‚¹5500 per person in economy class.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.