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29 Days South India Tour
(29 Days / 28 Nights)
(Chennai - Tirupati - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram - Gingee - Tiruvannamalai - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikondan Cholapuram - Vaideeswaran Koil - Darasuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Rameswaram - Coonoor Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore - Hassan - Hospet - Hampi Badami - Bijapur Gulbarga - Hyderabad)

Day 01. Chennai
Around Midnight arrival in Chennai (formerly known as Madras). The cosmopolitan City and capital of Tamil Nadu is the main gateway for travelers to South India. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Day 02. 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 03. 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 04. 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.

Chennai Church

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram

Chennai Church Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram
Day 05. 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 06. 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 07. Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikondan Cholapuram - Vaideeswaran Koil
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 08. 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 09. 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.

Pondicherry

Chidambaram Temple

Tanjore Temple

Pondicherry Chidambaram Temple Tanjore Temple

Day 10. 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 11. 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 12. 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 13. Rameswaram - Madurai (about 170 km / 3 hours)
Today we drive from Rameswaram to Madurai.

Srirangam

Meenakshi Temple Madurai

Ramanatha swamy Temple Corridor

Srirangam Meenakshi Temple Madurai Ramanatha swamy Temple Corridor

Day 14. Madurai - Coonoor (about 270 km / 6 hours)
In the morning having breakfast and proceed for Coonoor. Arrival in Coonoor at the late afternoon and transfer to Hotel.
The Pooja is held between 6.30 P.M. and 8.30 p.m, one can see the Theyyam ritual at this time

Day 15. Coonoor Ooty (by toy train) Ooty- Mysore (about 130 km / 3 hours)
In the morning we will take toy train from Coonoor to Ooty. Arrival in coonoor pickup from coonoor and drive to Mysore. Mysore is a magnificent royal city and is world famous for silk and sandalwood. Mysore is also a famous production centre of saris. Mysore is known for the famous temple of goddess Chamundeshwari and the palaces built by Tipu Sultan.

Day 16. Mysore
After having breakfast we visit the Mysore Palace. This palace is one of the most impressive and one of the largest city palaces in India. This beautiful Indo-Saracenic palace was built in the 1911-12 at the cost of 4.2 million rupees to replace the former Palace which was burnt down. In the afternoon we drive to the village of Somnathapur (33 km) to visit the intricately carved star shaped Prasanna Channakeshara Temple built in 1268 AD during the Hoysala Dynasty. In the evening we drive to the Chamundi Hill to visit the Chamundeshwari Temple, huge in structure with a seven storey Gopuram, 40 meters high. On the way up to the hill we visit the famous Nandi (Shiva's Bull) carved out of solid rock and about five meters high.

Day 17. Mysore - Bangalore (about 145 km / 4 hours)
Today we drive to Bangalore. En route we visit Srirangapatnam, about 16 kms from Mysore. Srirangapatnam is built on an island in the Cauvery River and the ruins of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan's capital are located. In Srirangapatnam we will visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a popular Hindu temple and the Tipu's summer palace, which is now a museum, set in a well maintained garden. After visiting Srirangapatnam we drive to Bangalore. Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. This former "Garden city" of Bangalore is known today as the "computer city" of India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Coonoor Toytrain

Mysore Palace

Bangalore Palace

Coonoor Toytrain Mysore Palace Bangalore Palace
Day 18. Bangalore
In the morning we drive through the garden city with its numerous avenues of Jacaranda, Gulmohar and Cassia. We will visit the Bull temple and the famous Gowda Fort. The Bull teample was built in the Dravidian style of architecture and has a huge Nandi Bull carved out of single grey granite. The famous Gowda Fort was built by Tipu Sultan. We will also visit the Vidhana Saudha and downtown commercial centre. This Vidhana Saudha, which is built after independence, stands out by its imposing architecture in the neo Dravidian style.

Day 19. Bangalore - Hassan (about 250 km / 5 hours)
Today we drive to Hassan. Excursion we visit Belur and Halebid temple complex belonging to the 12th and 14th century. The temples at Belur and Halebid were built by the Hoysala kings. The wealth of sculptural details found on the exterior and interior of these temples at Halebid and Belur makes them the most outstanding example of Hoysala art sculpture. In Halebid we visit the Hoysalesvara Temple of 12th century where we view the half-life size statues of Hindu deities, with minute details of each, all around the temple. After the visit of Halebid we proceed to Belur. In Belur we visit the group of Chennakesava Temples. These temples are famous for their architecture and sculptures.

Day 20. Hassan - Hospet (about 320 km / 7 hours)
Today we drive from Hassan to Hospet. In Hospet we will visit the Chitradurga fort. The Chitradurga fort is situated at the foothills of the group of granite hills. The fort was built in the 17th century by the Nayak Poligars, the wealthy semi-independent landlords who fled south after the collapse of the Vijayanagar Empire in 1565. Haider Ali defeated the Nayaks and captured the fort. Haider Ali then replaced the mud fort with one built out of stone and later his son Tipu Sultan built a palace, mosque, oil pits and granaries in it.

Day 21. Hospet - Hampi (about 13 km)
Today we drive from Hospet to Hampi. Hampi was once the seat of the great Vijayanagara empire and the centre of Hindu rule for 200 years from its foundation in 1336. The Vijayanagar city ruins near the village of Hampi is one of the most fascinating historical sites in south India. The superb ruins are set in a beautiful landscape, a hill country with enormous boulders. Extremely wealthy, greater than Rome, they held a monopoly of trade in spices and cotton. This site was chosen for strategic reasons, but the craftsmen excelled in adopting an indigenous style to blend in architectural masterpieces with the barren and rocky landscapes. Most of the sites belong to the 16th century and were built during the 20 year reign of Krishna deva Raya. In the evening we visit the temples, palaces and market places of Hampi.

Hoysala Temples Belur

halebidu

Lotus Temple Hampi

Hoysala Temples Belur Halebidu Lotus Temple Hampi

Day 22. Hampi Badami (about 140 Km / 3 hours)
Today we drive to Badami. Badami is set in beautiful countryside among the red sandstone hills, lakes and peaceful farmlands. Badami was once a capital city of the Chalukyan Empire which ruled much of the central Deccan between 4th and 7th centuries A D. Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami is known for its famous four cave temples. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanatha temples are also worth visiting temples. It is a temple that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples.

Day 23. Badami
Early in the morning we visit the famous cave temples as the best time to visit the cave temples is at sunrise. Four of these cave temples were cut into the hillside in the early 6th century. Cave 1 is reached by climbing 40 steps and in this cave the Lord Siva in his manifestation as Nataraja with 18 arms can be seen in 81 dance poses. In the Cave 2 there are reliefs of Varaha and Vamana and the Cave 3 is dedicated to Vishnu. According to a Kanada inscription which is unique to Badami, this cave was excavated in 578 AD and has numerous sculptures including a huge reclining image of Vishnu. Cave 4 is the only Jain cave excavated about 100 years later. Some of the temples which we visit includes the Buddhist temple, built near the ancient artificial Bhutanatha Lake, and the 7th century Mallegitti Sivalaya temple, one of the finest examples of the early southern style. The North fort temples include mainly 7th century work and give an insight into Badami history.

Day 24. Badami - Bijapur (about 120 km / 3 hours)
Today we drive to Bijapur. Bijapur is a distinct town as it resembles a north Muslim city with the different mosques and palaces. Bijapur was known as Vijayapura or "the city of victory" during the reign of Chalukyas. In the afternoon we visit the Jama Masjid, one of the finest in Deccan with a large, shallow, onion shaped dome and arcaded court. It was built by Ali Adil Shah I in the 16th century. The Ibrahim Rauza, the 17th century palatial tomb is beautifully decorated with its slender minarets, carved decorative panels of lotus, wheels and cross patterns and bold Arabic calligraphy. This square garden consists of 2 buildings, one houses the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his family and the other one is a mosque. The tomb, evidently executed under the orders of Ibrahim Adil Shah (1580-1627) is supposed to have been an inspiration for
the Taj Mahal at Agra.

Day 25. Bijapur
In the morning we visit the Golgumbaz. Golgumbaz means the round tomb. Golgumbaz is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (1627 -56), the seventh ruler of Adilshahi dynasty. This gigantic mausoleum took about 20 years to complete. The acoustical phenomenon of this dome is such that a sound is echoed eleven times over. Under the dome are the tombs of the Sultan, his two wives, his mistress Ramba, his daughter and grandson. The building complex includes a mosque, a Naqqar Khana, a gateway and a Dharamshala. The edifice in front of the tomb has been converted into a museum. This tomb has been described by some as startlingly ugly. It is the world's second largest dome unsupported by pillars and has a large whispering gallery.

Badami Cave Temples

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur

Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur

Badami Cave Temples Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur
Day 26. Bijapur Gulbarga (about 170 km / 3-4 hours)
In the morning we drive to Gulbarga. This town was the first capital of the Bahmanis and is known in South India as the home of Saiyid Muhammad Gesu Daraz Chisti who was instrumental in spreading the Islam faith in the Deccan in the 14th century. The most fascinating remains in the town are the fort, with its citadel and mosque and the tombs in its eastern quarter. In Gulbarga we visit the mosque and tombs. The mosque covers an area of 3500 sq m and is covered by a dome which cover the four corners and 75 minor domes make it unique among the various Indian mosques. The tombs of the Bahmani sultans lie in two groups and the tomb of the Chisti is two stories high with a highly decorated painted dome and a mother of pearl canopy over the grave.

Day 27. Gulbarga - Hyderabad (about 230 kms / 4 hours)
In the morning we drive to Bidar. Bidar, the walled fort town in North Karnataka was once the capital of the Hamanis and Barid Shahis. The fort is still intact and the palaces and tombs provide some of the finest examples of Muslim architecture in the Deccan, intermingling the Hindu and Islamic styles. After visiting the fort and old town we drive to Hyderabad. Arrive in Hyderabad in the evening.

Red Fort Delhi

Sariska

Golconda Fort Hyderabad

Red Fort Delhi Sariska Golconda Fort Hyderabad

Day 28. Hyderabad
After having breakfast, we drive to visit the impressive fort at Golconda. This fort is entered through gateways which have relief ornamentation of birds and animals. The Fateh Darwaza or Victory Gate is made of teak with an engraved Hindu deity studded with iron spikes. Within the ramparts lie the mosques, temples, the 3 storeyed armories, the harem, the Hall of Public Audience and the Rani Mahal with the royal baths. After visiting the Golconda fort we visit the Qutb Shahi Tomb. Each tomb is made of black granite or green stone with fine sculpture, inscriptions and remains of glazed decoration. After visiting the tomb we drive to the hotel.

Day 29. Hyderabad departure (by air)
Departure to Hyderabad Airport
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