South India, South India Tour, 14 Days South India Tour

15 Days South India Tour

(15 Days / 14 Nights)
(Chennai-Tirupati-Kanchipuram-Mamallapuram-Gingee-Tiruvannamalai-Pondicherry-Chidambaram-Gangaikondan- Cholapuram-Vaideeswaran Kovil-Tanjore-Trichy-Madurai-Rameswaram-Madurai-Chennai)

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South India is the home of the most ancient architectural beauties and sculptures in the world. Some of the interesting places and temple towns in South India are Rameshwaram, Tiruchirappali, Chidambaram, Madurai and Kanchipuram. During the 15 Days South India Tour you will visit various temples in South India like Tirupati, Kanchipuram, Mamallapuram, Tiruvannamalai, Chidambaram, Gangaikondan Cholapuram, Vaideeswaran Kovil, Tanjore, Trrichy, Madurai and Rameshwaram.

Day 1: Chennai
Around Midnight arrival in Chennai (formerly known as Madras). The cosmopolitan City and capital of Tamil Nadu is the main gateway for travellers to South India. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Day 2: Chennai - Tirupati (about 140 km / 3 hours)
In the morning after having breakfast drive from Chennai to Tirupati, the famous pilgrimage shrine. There we visit the famous Tirupati temple, dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and later drive down hill and visit the temples of Padavathi.

Day 3: Tirupati - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram (about 175 km)
In the morning drive from Tirupati to Kanchipuram. This temple town was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. Kanchipuram is one of the India's Seven sacred cities. The silk sarees produced here are famous throughout the world. In Kanchipuram we visit the Vaikuntam Perumal Temple and the Kailasanathar Temple. This Pallava temple was constructed in the 8th century and has an attractive panel depicting Shiva and Parvathi in the midst of one of their innumerable dance competitions. Later drive to Mamallapuram. In the evening visit the shore temples. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Mamallapuram - Gingee - Tiruvannamalai (about 165 km / 3 hours)
In the morning drive from Mamallapuram to Thirukazhu kunram. Then drive to Gingee and visit the Fort of Raja Jai Singh. After visiting the fort drive to Tiruvannamalai. In the evening visit the Tiruvannamalai temple.

Day 5: Tiruvannamalai - Pondicherry (about 100 km / 2 hours)
In the morning leave for Pondicherry. In Pondicherry, visit the French colonial town then visit the Auroville Ashram.

Day 6: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikondan Cholapuram - Vaideeswaran Kovil
Today we drive from Pondicherry to Chidambaram and visit the Chidambaram temple. Then drive to Gangaikondan Cholapuram temple which is an example of the Chola architecture and drive to Vaideeswaran Kovil.

Day 7: Vaideeswaran Kovil - Darasuram - Tanjore (about 90 km)
Today we visit the temple of Aikateswara in Darasuram and also visit the Swamimalai, then drive to Tanjore. Tanjore was the capital of great chola empire who built more than 70 temples between 10th and 14th century.

Day 8: Tanjore
Today we visit the Brihasdisvara Temple. We visit here one of the world heritage monument, Brihasdisvara Temple (11th century), which is also known as big temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9: Tanjore - Trichy (about 60 km / 1 hours 30 mins)
Today we drive to Srirangam and visit the Ranganathasvami Temple which is one of the largest temples in India dedicated to god Vishnu. After the visit of Srirangam we proceed to Trichy. Trichy, the land near the delta is very fertile and productive. This town Trichy is so ancient that it was mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC by Alexandrian geographer. We climb stairs to the famous Rock Fort which was built on 84 m high rock in the centre of town in about 1660. We also visit a Shiva and Ganesha temple and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings from the top.

Day 10: Trichy - Madurai (about 135 km / 2 hours 30 mins)
Today we leave Trichy and drive to Madurai. Madurai is situated on the banks of river Vaigai and also referred as the Athens of the East. Madurai has the most outstanding examples of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Meenakshi Temple, a standing monument to the temple builders of the 16th and 17th century. In the evening we visit the Meenakshi temple and afterwards have a walk through the bazaars of this 2500 years old town.

Day 11: Madurai - Rameshwaram (about 170 km / 3 hours)
Today we drive to Rameshwaram. In Rameshwaram, visit the Ramanatha Swamy temple, Agni Teertham and Rameshwaram setu, believed to have been built by the Lord Rama.

Day 12: Rameswaram - Madurai (about 170 km / 3 hours)
Today we drive from Rameswaram to Madurai.

Day 13: Madurai - Chennai (about 460 km / 7 hours)
In the morning drive to Chennai. In the late evening arrive in Chennai and drive to the hotel.

Day 14. Chennai
After having the breakfast we start the sightseeing of Chennai. We visit the Fort St. George near the harbour area of Chennai. The British built this fort in the 17th century. We will also visit the St. Mary's Church. This church was the first English church in India. After visiting the church we drive back to the hotel. The rest of the day at leisure for shopping. After having dinner we depart to the airport.

Day 15. Chennai (Departure)
Around midnight flight to home destination.

Tour Reservation
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About Hotels:
We provide you the accommodation as per your budget mentioned above in the table of hotels category for any of the booked tour. Hotels provided by us are from budget to luxury class hotels. Luxury hotels are all five stars or of above standard. Deluxe would be a combination of 3 and 4 star Hotels and standard would be a combination of 2 and 3 star or similar hotels. The criteria for selecting hotels by us remains the best value of your money. We also provide you wherever possible accommodation in heritage hotels. Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.

Our Services Include:
      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the
         chosen category. 
     
Rooms on the departure day.
     
American/continental Breakfast.
     
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice)
         at every place of sightseeing.
     
All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo Vacations
         representative.
    
  All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with
         driver. For groups an individual air-conditioned bus (Except Standard Hotels) will be
        
provided.   

Exclusions:

      Any kind of Personal Expenses such as Tips, Laundry, Telephone Bills and Alcoholic
         beverages.
     
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
     
Any Flight Charges.
     
Monument Entrances.
     
Unspecified Meals etc.

We always look forward for any changes in the itinerary as wished by you for your individual trip.

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