South Indian Aroma

South Indian Aroma “Flavour of Karnatka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala States”(15 Nights & 16 Days)

Day 01: Arrive Bangalore

On arrival at Bangalore airport, met and greet by our representative and transfer to hotel. On arrival check in at the hotel. Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka and its known as the ‘Garden City of India’. Afternoon proceed for a short city tour. Visit Vidhana Soudha – The legislative house of the state of Karnataka and Lalbagh Botanical gardens.Overnight at Bangalore.

Day 02: Bangalore / Mysore

After breakfast at the hotels drive to Mysore, called as the ‘City of palaces’. Enroute visit Srirangapatna, the historic capital of Tippu Sultan. Visit Tippu’s mausoleum, Palace and Ranganathaswamy temple.Later proceed to Mysore, which was the erstwhile capital city of Wodeyar dynasty and is considered the cultural capital of the state. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Mysore.

Day 03: Mysore

After breakfast proceed for a city tour. Visit Mysore Palace, official residence of the Wodyars – the Maharajas of Mysore, the former royal family of Mysore. The palace is built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture. Visit Chamundi hill which has a temple of Goddess Chamundeswari and the statues of Mahishasura & Nandi. Also visit, St.Philominas Church – one of the largest churches in country, built in Gothic style. Evening visit Brindavan Garden for the musical fountain light and sound show. Overnight at Mysore.

Day 04: Mysore / Chennai

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Mysore Railway station to connect the train to Chennai. Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu and located on the coromandel coast off the Bay of Bengal. On arrival at Chennai transfer to hotel. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 05: Chennai

After breakfast proceed for a city tour. Visit Fort Museum, St.Mary’s Church, Kapaleeswarar temple, Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas & Marina Beach. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 06: Chennai / Mahabalipuram

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram.Kanchiupram is a spectacular temple city known as ‘city of thousand temples’. Kanchipuram also known as ‘Silk City, famous for its thriving handloom industry. After sightseeing proceed to Mahabalipuram. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, check in at the hotel. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 07: Mahabalipuram

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing. Mahablipuram is an ancient historic town and the monuments are rock- cut and monolithic and constitute the early ages of Dravidian architecture. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas, sculpted reliefs and structural temples. Visit the Shore temple -a temple along the Bay of Bengal. Five Rathas – Five monolithic pyramid structures named after Pandavas.Arjuna’s Penance or Descent of the Ganges – a giant open air bas relief. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 08: Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry

After breakfast, drive to Pondicherry. Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India. The city has many beautiful colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues which, combined with the systematic town planning and the well planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance.

On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit the Beach, Churches and Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Auroville. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 09: Pondicherry /Tanjore

After breakfast drive to Tanjore, known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. On arrival check in at the hotel.

Afternoon visit the Brihadiswhara Temple which is famous for its architecture. Also, vist the Tanjore Palace, Sarwsati Mahal Library & Art Gallery. Overnight at Tanjore.

Day 10: Tanjore / Madurai

After breakfast drive to Madurai, one of the oldest cities of India. The city is famous for is rich heritage and promoting Tamil language through “Sangams”.On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon proceed for city tour. Visit Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi. The complex itself is a splendid example of the south Indian Dravida architectural idiom and also famous for its Thousand pillars hall. Also, visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace,which is a 17th-century palace erected in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, a king of Madurai’s Nayaka dynasty. This Palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian & Islamic styles.

Overnight at Madurai.

Day 11: Madurai / Periyar

After breakfast, drive to Periyar. Periyar is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuary in South India, encompassing an area of 777 sq. km. Set on the attractive man-made Periyar Lake. Though the sanctuary was made a part of Project Tiger in 1973, it is better known for its elephants. Periyar is also famous for the spice plantations. Evening enjoy a Boat ride on Periyar Lake to see the wildlife around the lake.Overnight at Periyar.

Day 12:Periyar /Kumarakom

Morning, visit the spice plantations with naturalist. Later proceed to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a cluster of Islands lies in the scenic backwater area on the shore of the pleasant Vembanad Lake. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Kumarakom.

Day 13: Kumarakom

Day at leisure at the backwater resort. Option to consult with the Ayurveda doctor and enjoy the Ayurveda massages on direct payment.Overnight at Kumarakom.

Day 14: Kumarakom / Cochin

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Cochin. Cochin is known as “The Queen of Arabian Sea” and ranks amongst the world’s finest harbors. It is one of the most fascinating cities of coastal South India, a city with indelible marks of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Jewish traditions. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 15: Cochin

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Cochin. Cochin, of Special mention is the older parts of the Fort Cochin area. It more or less exists as it used to be a 1000-year behind our times. This part of the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portugal, Dutch and English country life grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast. Visit – Jewish Synagogue (Dress code: men to wear full shirts and trousers and women to sport long skirts well below the knee. Bare shoulders are not permitted and should be covered with shawls – Closed on Fridays & Saturdays), Dutch palace (Closed on Fridays), St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Chinese Fishing Nets. The 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace is a fascinating fort with elegant buildings and interesting collections from the Royal traditions of the region. The unique feature of Cochin is the unexpected and isolated Jewish community, whose origins date back to AD 52. They are self-contained and have their own Synagogue. The area around the Synagogue, known as ‘Jew Town’ is one of the main centers of spice trade, together in old dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the aroma of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 16: Departure

Departure transfers to Cochin airport to connect the flight to the onward destination.